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The NFL must accept marijuana use amongst its athletes

According to ESPN analyst Lomas Brown more than 50 percent of NFL players admit to using marijuana.

Taylor Kruger,

June 26, 2014

The NFL is certainly dealing with an image crisis, and it is definitely taking a toll on how players and fans are viewing marijuana use in a sport that is so closely tied to American life and has millions of fans. The league makes billions of dollars off of the athleticism of young men, and it seems...

Warriors made right decision hiring Steve Kerr as head coach

Paul Dewhurst,

June 13, 2014

The media has been abuzz since last month when the Golden State Warriors hired former NBA player and TNT commentator Steve Kerr as their new head coach, despite the fact that Kerr has zero coaching experience. Kerr is a five-time NBA champion, a former NBA general manager and 20-year college and professional...

Don’t let tickets limit your graduation

Zohal Amiri,

June 5, 2014

Graduating California State University, East Bay seniors are upset with the five-ticket limit for commencement, but that does not mean the fun is over. This is the second year where CSUEB will have their commencement ceremony with the four colleges combined. During last year’s graduation workshop,...

Should Bechtel receive an honorary degree?

Susan Gubernat,
Professor of English

June 5, 2014

As the one full-time poet at CSUEB (I say “full-time” because there are, and have always been, many others; poetry tends to be something one does AFTER the real or metaphorical time clock gets punched), I am often asked what I think about rap and hip-hop. Rap? Hip-hop? Are they real poetry? Do I...

Let’s have the courage to face misogyny in our society

Let’s have the courage to face misogyny in our society

Yousuf Fahimuddin,

May 30, 2014

Last Friday there was a mass shooting at University of California, Santa Barbara that left six innocents dead, and several injured. I wanted to honor the people who lost their lives. Chris Martinez, Katie Cooper, Veronika Weiss, Chen Yuan Hong, George Chen, and Weihan Wang didn’t deserve what happen...

The United States should carefully consider Ukraine crisis: peace, not control

Amalia Alexandru,

March 20, 2014

When discussing the current situation in Ukraine, you need to be very careful with the words you choose. Stating an opinion could be a trap. I come from an ex-communist country, so I do have some background with the way this type of political system works and the hard process that comes after a big...

Reasoning with people against vaccines doesn’t work

Daniel O’Neil,

March 13, 2014

The growing threat of unvaccinated children is creating death babies. No but seriously friends, if you don’t vaccinate your infants, Junior will kill all the grandparents whose elderly immune systems cannot fight back the horrific diseases we nearly banished from the earth before Jenny McCarthy to...

Razonar con aquellos en contra de las vacunas es perder el tiempo

Daniel O’Neil- Contribuyente,
Traducción por Beatriz Orozco

March 13, 2014

La creciente amenaza de los niños no vacunados a creado lo que hoy llaman ‘los bebés de la muerte’. En serio amigos, si no vacunan a sus bebés, Jr. va a matar a todos esos abuelos, cuyos sistemas inmunológicos no pueden luchar contra las terribles enfermedades desterraron de la tierra antes de...

What is the difference between ‘nigga’ and ‘nigger?’

What is the difference between ‘nigga’ and ‘nigger?’

Stephan R. Frost,

February 27, 2014

About week ago I was sitting in the barbershop waiting to get my haircut when this white boy sitting in the barber’s chair was using the word “nigga.” I decided to ask him why he felt so comfortable using the word. He replied, “It’s just a word, it doesn’t have the same meaning as the...

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Andréa Duprée,
Copy Editor

February 6, 2014

I’ve been able to curb my growing need to shout, “It’s Black History Month!” to my friends and colleagues this week, but I can’t dismiss the feeling of disparity at realizing that no one is talking about Black History Month right now. Not even me. Just how many people are unaware...

It’s not all about medals & trophies

Amarylis Proulx,

January 19, 2014

Sports are good for your health, you should do more.“ How many times have we heard that? While there is no denying that being physically active will increase your life expectancy by lowering your risks for many diseases and also give you better self esteem and appreciation of your own self, the way...

The Man History Forgot

Stuart Wilkinson

October 10, 2013

He was the invisible man. He stood, frozen in place, in the middle of a stadium crammed with thousands of shocked spectators, while the eyes of the world were transfixed on two young African-American sprinters with their fists raised in protest. At that moment, a pin dropping would have sounded like an ea...

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