Media Focuses disproportionately on deaths of celebrities

WHY IS IT that the death of one semi-famous individual such as Anna Nicole Smith can garner so much publicity yet only a few words are allocated to a young man who recently died in a motorcycle crash? The first, ...

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Remembering the life of a ‘corporate sellout’

WHEN MY CHILDHOOD best friend Megan Pauls and I were young hipsters, trying to find our way in our newly discovered hipster world, we would spend a lot of time contemplating where all the truly cool kids hung out. We ...

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American icon Dr. Phil takes on the country’s big issues

DO YOU HAVE a problem that you’re just itching to know the answer to? How to discipline your children when they draw on your newly-painted walls with permanent marker? How to settle a long-standing dispute with neighbors about who should ...

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“Real world,� a scary affair

FOR THE LAST few weeks I have been utterly, over-the-top scared out of my mind. And no, it’s not been in anticipation about the latest nail-biting thriller — “Vacancy.� And no, it’s not about “Disturbia,�either. (Man, what’s with all these ...

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Graduation requirements fail students

Graduation approaches swiftly for the class of 2007, and as it does, Fresno State seniors have to cope with the demands of the “real world� for a certain degree of readiness their education should have prepared them for. The basic ...

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The One-Finger Salute

Thumbs up to Vintage Days. There was definitely enough good food and entertainment to keep us coming back for years to come. Thumbs up to Nick Watney, the Fresno State alumnus who won his first PGA tournament — the Zurich ...

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As apocalypse draws nearer, so does time to start caring

CALL IT VALHALLA, Armageddon or the Rapture, there’s nothing like a good end-of-world scenario. Nothing like it at all, and usually nothing afterwards, too.

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Virginia Tech massacre: preventable?

LIFE FOR A college student or a professor is stressful enough. For the 25,000 students and faculty at Virginia Tech this Monday, life became a nightmare. For 32 of them, life was over. The names of the victims flash before ...

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Energy awareness campaign a worthy, economical cause

AS ALL OF YOU might know, there was an energy awareness carnival of sorts that took place on campus last week. The games, food, prizes and a lovable Wally Watt turned what some would probably consider to be a bore ...

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Correction regarding Monday’s AS editorial

The April 16 issue of The Collegian included the editorial “AS fails to promote elections,� which incorrectly stated: “AS pulled the remaining four ads that had not yet run.� Due to an internal miscommunication in The Collegian office, the editorial ...

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Imus debacle, revealing

I HATE TO BEAT a dead horse, but this Don Imus business has been on my mind for a few days. Foremost, I think he’s a dumb-dumb for saying what he did. In fact, I feel it was outright offensive, ...

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AS fails to promote elections

While we realize that many students on campus do not care about the student government, Associated Students Inc. (the organization formerly known as Associated Students), we were surprised to find AS does not care about itself. On Wednesday, April 11, ...

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Addressing heightism

Thank you CNN, for pointing out prejudice I didn’t know was affecting me. Honestly, I did not know about “heightism� — discrimination based on height for unusually tall or short (primarily short) people. At 4 foot 9 inches, I definitely ...

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The One-Finger Salute

Thumbs up to the 60th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major team sports in the United States. Thumbs up to the erratic weather we’ve had over the past week. Yes, it’s been a little rainy, maybe ...

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God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut

KURT VONNEGUT IS DEAD. Most of my favorite authors over the years have been dead guys, except Kurt Vonnegut. He was a living, breathing writer that I could count on. As of Wednesday, April 11, 2007, all my favorite authors ...

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Defining political priorities

Should John and Elizabeth Edwards continue working to be the First Family or put family first? EDWARDS FOR PRESIDENT. Well, Edwards for President, the sequel. John Edwards is running for President for the second time, but this time he faces ...

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Letters to the Editor

Responsibility for impact of video games should be shared The media today is protected by the First Amendment, and people have the right to publish. Despite freedom of speech, popular mass media need to consider the outcome of various publications ...

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A history of inequality drives modern feminism

I’M PICKING UP where I left off in my last column. Yup — feminism is my topic today, as it is near and dear to my heart. Last time I wrote about how women are still not treated equally to ...

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