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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...

Editorial: Governor’s budget proposal won’t work for community colleges

Editorial: Governor’s budget proposal won’t work for community colleges

February 26, 2013

In his 2013-14 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed the idea to fund community colleges based on the amount...

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...

The courts shouldn’t have to be the ones to ban sex offenders

Stephan Starnes, Connection Staff

February 19, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

A federal appeals court’s decision to call the sex offender ban on Facebook unconstitutional is a bit of an awkward situation. It’s unclear how social media fits into the 225-year-old document, but constitutionalism shouldn’t even be a factor. Mark Zuckerberg and every other brain behind Facebook should have instituted...

Immigration is the foundation of America

Immigration is the foundation of America

February 7, 2013

America was built on the very foundation of immigration. The roots of this country reside in the fact...

Boy Scout’s progress is not so progressive

Zach Hannigan, Editor-In-Chief

February 4, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Progression is a word usually reserved for politics, but in the case of the Boy Scouts of America organization, it could be the very word that saves them. The BSA national board is considering lifting the ban on gay scouts and leaders and allowing local organizations to decide on the issue for themselves. The organization’s...

Kings, you’re not welcome anymore

Latisha Gibson, Connection Staff

February 1, 2013

Filed under Sports, The Cheap Seats

On the cusp of their seventh consecutive losing season, the Sacramento Kings owners, the Maloofs, want to part ways with the city and go elsewhere. The city is known as a cow town, so when you think of Sacramento you wouldn’t expect a basketball team to be in the equation. If the team stays in Sacramento, the city will...

Pro/Con: Government and guns, an eternal debate

Jonathan Rich & Josh Slowiczek, Connection Staff

February 1, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

By Jonathan Rich Cold, hard steel ejecting copper shells and sending hot lead down range is a thrill and a way of life for most of us Americans who choose to use our right to bare arms. Smith and Wesson, Colt, Kimber and Remington are just a few of the companies that make up a $32 billion industry that supply me with all ...

To pee or not to pee, that is the question

To pee or not to pee, that is the question

January 30, 2013

We all know that the law protects people from discrimination based on sex, race, religion and sexual...

Turning tragedy into travesty, the gun control debate

Kevin Frodahl, Copyeditor

January 29, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

The School shooting in Newtown, Conn. may have occurred over a month ago, but pundits from both ends of the political spectrum continue to use the tragedy as ammunition for gun control bickering. It may be important to analyze our gun laws, especially in the wake of a massacre that wouldn’t have been possible without guns....

Arming teachers arms students, this is not the answer

Britni Alford, Features Editor

January 29, 2013

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

The recent, tragic shooting of Newton, Conn. has raised many questions about the safety of our nation’s schools. Several schools have changed policies and reemphasized policies already in place, such as locking all classroom doors during school hours. Recently, there has been talk about providing guns in the classrooms....

An Apple a day keeps user away

Latisha Gibson, Connection Staff

December 15, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Dear Apple, You suck! You tried so hard to be different with your sleek screen and multiple applications that your phone provides but now you’re losing your touch. Android comes out with an upgraded phone and tablet almost every month and now they came out with a phone and tablet that is giving you a run for you money. Don’t...

You just might be a jerk

Scott Redmond, Connection Staff

December 11, 2012

Filed under Opinion

There is a little thing that I like to refer to as the jerk factor that is ever prevalent within society.What is the jerk factor you ask? The jerk factor is where there is a person, typically a male, which is a complete jerk that behaves in ways that are the opposite of what society would expect or desire yet they still g...

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