Debt ceiling debate misses Americans’ needs

October 15, 2013 Opinion

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta Much like a person who maxes out one credit card after another, the political fight over raising the United States’ debt ceiling does nothing but kick an uncomfortable can down the road. The proverbial can in this sense is our over-consumptive spending. We have a country whose government spends more than ...

Smartphones lend themselves to compulsive buying

October 1, 2013 Opinion

Cartoon by Kirstie Haruta If I have a perfectly good smartphone with no operational issues, and I decide to spring on the newest, fastest design on the market, what does that make me? For millions of people, it means they became the owners of the new iPhone 5S and 5Cs that recently hit the market. ...

Degree costs make junior college more viable

September 4, 2013 Opinion 1 Comment

Whether trying to escape the clutches of their parents, beginning the road to their dream career, or fulfilling their familial obligations — high school seniors everywhere will begin applying to universities in the next couple of months. The wave of excitement between now and the time acceptance letters come in early next year will be ...

Turns out, college is worth the cost

August 26, 2013 Opinion

Whether you are just beginning your college journey or continuing the trudge through semesters, we are all unified by the fact that our venture for higher education has a price tag — and a rather hefty one to boot. CaliforniaColleges.edu estimates that a yearly sum of full-time education at a California State University will run ...

SPEAK poetry group hones talents, competes in New York slam

April 2, 2013

Artistic expression calls for a medium to showcase its creativity. For SF State student Jarvis Subia, he found that medium through poetry. “Having somewhere to openly express your art and who you are is vital, I feel for most artists,” Subia, a 22-year-old creative writing major, said. “Without SPEAK (Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds), ...

The drone next door: The negatives of drone implementation

March 16, 2013 Opinion 1 Comment

[HTML1]Unmanned aerial vehicles — more commonly known as drones — have become invaluable to the United States military. Their presence increases every year in carrying out “necessary” assassinations against “terrorists,” as does the controversy surrounding their use. In a world ruled by Murphy’s Law, analyzing a newer military technology’s role shouldn’t be discouraged. Especially when that technology is finding ...

Social media, hashtag era invites simple opinions

February 23, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country,” the late Kurt Vonnegut said. The Twittersphere and news world erupted after Marco Rubio’s grasp for a drink of water during the Republican response to the State of the Union address. The kind of society that ...