The simply confusing factors of the Affordable Care Act

On Monday, ABC News online reported that Tennessee state Senator Brian Kelsey handed a humorously titled book to Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. secretary of health and human services. The book, titled “Websites for Dummies,” was a obviously meant as a ...

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Rethinking mandatory education

Psychological investment is exactly what it sounds like: the act of investing psychological energy into something, whether it is something you spend money on or put time into (or both). Studies have shown that psychological investment can seriously alter our ...

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Dear [other] music: this one’s for you

If anyone were to take a seat in my 2003 Honda Civic, they would see about 20 to 25 homemade mix CDs stacked in the center console. Making mix CDs is kind of my “thing.” 

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My little sister’s misadventures in Italy

My family has always been really proud of our heritage. It’s probably because our European roots are a bit stronger than a lot of Americans’ roots, or so we’d like to think.

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Getting in the spirit of the (fall) season

A handful of movies to get you in the leaf-changing, crisp air joy of autumn! “To Kill A Mockingbird” (1962) This film is not only great for its story about coming of age in Depression-era Alabama, but also exemplifies the ...

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Puff, Puff, Prohibition: Understanding the ethos behind a CSU anti-smoking campaign

Imagine for a moment, that you are addicted to caffeine. A seemingly harmless drug that increases heart rate in its attempt to awaken us. (You may not actually have to imagine this scenario)

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Fresno lacks more than professional sports

A friend recently asked me to weigh in the question, “Why can’t Fresno support a professional sports franchise?” It’s a question I’ve asked myself several times. On its face, Fresno seems, theoretically, a contender as the home to an NBA, ...

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2003 Nobel Prize for MRI denied to Raymond V. Damadian

According to Ulf Lagerkvist, a member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences who participated in judging nominations for the chemistry prize, “It is in the nature of the Nobel Prize that there will always be a number of candidates who ...

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The ideal midsemester experience

“My wife, whenever I’d go off to work and I’d be kind of anxious, she’d say, ‘Remember, have fun.’ Oh, I forgot, thanks for the reminder. Because sometimes we do forget. We take it all too seriously, and there’s a ...

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Campus failures exemplified by financial aid mishaps

This is an article for all of the struggling students on campus. If you are like me, you have done it all at some point during your college career: work, go to school full-time, face internal strife at home and ...

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The latest stars in country music are performers, not artists

Last week I flipped through People magazine’s country music edition. I sat in the waiting room at the Walmart automotive center, hoping to find some interesting bit about this or that country music artist. Granted, there were plenty of stories, ...

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Always necessary, always disgusting: the public restroom experience and finding Shangri-La

There are things we love doing: reading, skiing, shopping, watching football, baking cakes, etc. When someone says, “Cake is good.” You think “Yeah it is!” And proceed to make one. If skiing is mentioned, you might talk about why it’s ...

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Why Should Muslims be the Only Ones to Speak Out Against Injustice?

Recently, the op-ed section of this paper has seen some heated debate. Mark Twain once said, “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” Against his sage advice, I have thrown my hat into this arena.

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Government Shut-Downs: Are They Really So Bad?

With the recent government shut-down due to the inability of Congress to negotiate and find common ground regarding the budget, (but more truthfully) the Affordable Care Act, (“Obamacare”) Americans have been in an uproar, and rightfully so. More than 800,000 ...

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The truth about happiness

I don’t know about you, but when I’m asked what will make me happy, my first instinct is to begin making a mental list. Like a child writing a Christmas letter to Santa, I think up my heart’s deepest desires: ...

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Taking issue with extremism

As a junior majoring in political science and a Christian Armenian born and raised in Armenia, the extremist labeling from all sides and all issues concerns me. In my opinion, the reason the government has shut down is because there ...

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Why America is not the moral high ground

As an Egyptian-American Muslim, I have come across many reasons I am proud of my country. For starters, this whole freedom of speech thing seems to be a great addition to my basic civil liberties, considering the vast amount of ...

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Muslims should speak out against terrorism

In the Friday Sept. 27 edition of this publication was a very intriguing Op-Ed piece about Islam in the United States. If you are not familiar, the author, Sumaya Attia, argued that a certain media pundit named Bob Beckel asserted ...

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