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Do campus reports of alcohol consumption understate abuse?

National study belies campus stats I DON’T THINK of Fresno State students as paragons of virtue. I rarely think of any college-aged individual as a paragon, especially when it comes to alcohol. Eddie Jimenez, a columnist for The Fresno Bee, ...

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Feminism — not a four-letter word

Strife for equality for women is an ongoing quest I KEEP HEARING people complain when I use the ‘F’ word. It offends people. Men often feel attacked by the use of it. Of course, an astute reader will realize I ...

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Should video games be held accountable?

As violence among teens increases, who should take responsibility: parents or products? A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN accused of murdering a teenager with a shotgun claimed that a history of violent video games affected him into action. “He would just go into ...

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The One-Finger Salute

Thumbs up to Fresno’s diligent police force this St. Paddy’s Day — drunk driving is a bad thing and it’s worse when you’re green. Thumbs up to March Madness. We wish you were here all year long. We would never ...

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Breaking Even 3-19-07

“Breaking Even” by Patrick Tran – Monday, March 19, 2007

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Redefining “bitches� and “hoes�

Ambiguous language of hip-hop discourse demands reconsideration I LOVE LANGUAGE. It’s a powerful tool that helps us make sense of our world. But sometimes I worry that words aren’t exactly enough. I worry that we lack the strong definitions necessary ...

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Criticism aimed at television is unfair

“TV IS GOOD.� That’s a slogan the ABC network used for an ad campaign about 10 years ago. I remember this because I watched a lot of television growing up. I still do. And I wholeheartedly agree with this assertion. ...

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Gossip: not as good as we thought?

WITH SO FEW weeks left until the end of my undergraduate career, I was hoping to coast by on autopilot for the remainder of the semester, avoiding any and all dirty imbroglios that might come my way. But as luck ...

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Sewing and cooking: lament for the lost art of creation

LAST SEMESTER, I worked as an English tutor while I was an exchange student in Japan. In Japan, you will inevitably be asked what your hobby is. The head English teacher asked everyone this question: “What’s your hobby?� “I like ...

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Keeping children safe

SO, I HAVE an idea, and I think it just may make me a rich man. Imagine a large briefcase, with the dimensions 14 inches by 12 inches by 10 inches. The outside of this apparatus will have smooth, rounded ...

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The One-Finger Salute

Thumbs up to local art in general and the Rogue Festival in particular. We’ll be looking forward to next spring! Thumbs up to the men’s basketball team for proving to the country that they are indeed one of the top ...

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Letters to the Editor

While Scott Neyman’s March 7th article “Is racism still an issue for our generation?� has some good points, I disagree on some of his views. I do agree that we should not be extreme and quick to label someone a ...

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Campus garden inspires meditation

OUR CAMPUS IS full of little gardens, unexpected enclaves of order and natural beauty. One of my favorites is the romantically named Allergy-Free Demonstration Garden, just behind the Smittcamp Alumni House. Even though it’s situated next to a busy parking ...

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Bad teaching experience inspires change in future teacher

EVEN BEFORE I get into why, most people are pretty shocked when I say I want to be a teacher. I don’t know why. I’d think that being just as immature as a high school kid lets them relate to ...

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Is racism still an issue for our generation

THE UNUSUAL HAPPENED a few days back. I decided to attend a seminar and actually listen to someone else talk without interrupting. The lecture was on the book “Freakonomics,” and if you did not attend, you missed out. But the ...

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Defining gender for children, limiting

HERE I AM again and, as usual, I am inspired to write about what has come up in classes I’m in. These past two weeks has given me plenty to talk about. Gender is the issue. Not gender alone, but ...

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Night at the movies proves costly affair

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! I drove my brother and good friend David to the movie theater, where I was being forced against my will to see “Ghost Rider.� I didn’t have anything against Nicholas Cage or the idea of him racing ...

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A reliable “happy place”

EVERYONE HAS A Happy Place. A couple of weekends ago my mother and I made a trip out to the Bay Area. And while we were there we must have hit up every shop around. But, there was one store ...

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