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Groundless conspiracy theories go too far

Nick Valenzuela, Connection Staff

May 15, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

In years past and especially in recent times, the United States has faced tragedies of varying magnitude that have shocked and shaken its citizens to their cores. What typically follows such tragedies is a slew of conspiracy theories. The 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster,...

Embracing obesity quickly and cheaply right at your doorstep

Embracing obesity quickly and cheaply right at your doorstep

May 10, 2013

Ever since Morgan Spurlock’s film “Supersize Me” was released in 2004, knowledge of the  low qu...

Communities rally for sexual predators instead of supporting victims

Kevin Frodahl, Connection Staff

May 7, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Sports are an important part of American culture, but the way Americans embrace sports and athletes is in terrible need of revision. Over the last few years, public attention has been drawn again and again to incidences of horrific sexual misconduct on the part of both athletes and faculty members. While the victims, towns...

The age old tale of Barbie and the body proportions of women

The age old tale of Barbie and the body proportions of women

April 27, 2013

Many young girls love to play with Barbie dolls, dressing her up, brushing her hair and playing out a v...

Flying the not so friendly skies

Flying the not so friendly skies

April 16, 2013

Since the terrorist attacks in 2001, the U.S. has been devoted to national security and the safety of...

What you weigh is the price you pay on Samoa Air

What you weigh is the price you pay on Samoa Air

April 16, 2013

Sorry ladies, if you’re planning on travelling via Samoa Air any time soon, you may want to pack light,...

How media twists predators into rape victims

Courtney Rich, Connection Staff

April 15, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Steubenville, Ohio recently hosted deplorable behavior as the highly publicized rape of a young girl caught the attention of national news sources. A 16-year-old girl was raped by a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy. These boys were stars on the high school football team and as such had many opportunities ahead of them. ...

Leave parenting to parents and not celebreties

Emily Collins, Connection Staff

April 12, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

In a society that glamorizes celebrities, parents should beware that it’s not unusual for children to look up to these people as role models. It’s not the responsibility of celebrities to censor themselves. It’s the responsibility of the parent to censor what their children are exposed to, especially if the behavior of...

A dash of history and culture one month a year is not equality

Scott Redmond, Online Editor

April 11, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

February and March marked the celebrations for Black History and Women’s History Month respectively, and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is just around the corner. Each history month is designed to explore the heritage and history of different cultures, races and people and what they have contributed to America. ...

Football system not ready for breaking the gender mold

Sean Thomas, Connection Staff

March 23, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

NFL history was made March 3. when the first woman to participate in the regional scouting combine took to the field of the New York Jets practice facility. Laura Silberman, a former club soccer player at the University of Wisconsin, tried out as a place-kicker and attempted two kicks. The first went for 19 yards, and the...

Saving one’s job is not worth the life of another human

Nick Valenzuela, Connection Staff

March 17, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

As Lorraine Bayless collapsed on the floor of an independent living community’s dining room, a nearby staff member refused to give the 87-year-old CPR as she called 911 and watched Bayless die. The resident services director who called 911 asking for assistance for Bayless said she couldn’t administer CPR because it was...

Love is for the birds, marriage is for the pregnant

Scott Redmond, Online Editor

March 16, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

If gays and lesbians are allowed to get married, then next people can marry dogs, hurricanes will strike the country as a sign of God’s wrath, the institution of marriage will fail or the idea of family as we know it will cease to exist. These are all arguments that have been thrown out by opponents of gay marriage at some...

Rihanna might ‘like the way it hurts’

Rachel Norris, Connection Staff

March 14, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Four years ago as Rihanna glammed up for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2009 she had no idea that she would become the victim of a brutal attack by former boyfriend Chris Brown. The attack left many Americans in complete shock and many fans questioned their loyalty towards him after the morally wrong act. He even got a tattoo...

Same-sex couple equality goes beyond the calls for marriage

Victor Macias, Connection Staff

March 7, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Just as the Obama administration felt that California voters were wrong for passing Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, the Roseville Galleria Mall and its security were wrong for asking a gay couple to leave the property for showing simple signs of affection. Jose Guzman, 24, and his boyfriend 21-year-old...

Photo I.D. login for Facebook is commendable

Ben Brown, Connection Staff

March 6, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

With the rise of social media, more and more people are able to communicate and spread information. Having the possibility to connect with that person you lost contact with after high school or even reach out and meet your future partner is just a click away. The problem with this is the amount of scam and fake accounts that...

Stripped of our common sense

Scott Redmond, Online Editor

March 6, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

On a 16th birthday most youths find themselves lucky to get a license or even a car as a gift from their parents. A New York mother decided that her 16-year-old son’s birthday needed a little something more. While a car might be normal for that age, it stands to reason that a stripper at a birthday party is not so normal. ...

Drones give preview of troubling future for warfare

Drones give preview of troubling future for warfare

March 1, 2013

A decade ago, the United States reported possession of a mere 60 unmanned aerial vehicles, better known...

Healthcare act may hurt more than it helps

Nick Valenzuela, Connection Staff

February 28, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act may end up hurting a portion of those it was intended to help. As the ACA takes effect, geography will play a much larger role in the rates Americans, especially Californians, pay for health insurance. Under the ACA, insurance agencies cannot factor gender or a patient’s...

Body art does not determine a person’s character

Katana Brown, Connection Staff

February 27, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

It’s truly sad that many businesses won’t hire a person due to visible tattoos as if a person who has tattoos defaces the company’s value. Those with tattoos are often intelligent and genuinely good people who just use bolder statements to express themselves creatively. Tattoos can tell stories and create vivid images...

Split Decisions: Lifting the ban for women combat roles for the better

Latisha Gibson, Connection Staff

February 25, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Women are finally getting the recognition that they have been waited centuries for. The fight to have the same rights as men is at the tips of our fingers but there are people questioning a recently passed bill which allows women to serve in combat. The big arguments against the combat bill are hygiene and the integration...

Split Decisions: Women in combat opens Pandora’s Box

Jonathan Rich, Connection Staff

February 25, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Equality, to be equal, to have the same value.  Men, women, young and old all deserve to be treated equal and have the same opportunities but at the same time, are all able to achieve and excel in the same areas? For example, if 90-year-old seniors felt they weren't equally being hired at banks and managed to pass a bill...

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