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by Nathan Villasenor
There are a few reasons that I both loved and hated Thursday night’s week 8 NFL matchup between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. First and foremost, within my six NFL Fantasy Football teams, I have a cumulative 16 players from either San Diego or Denver. When you’re going up against the first place team in your fantasy league, three TDs from Manning to Sanders isn’t something to complain about. And while some players certainly did their share of underperforming (I’m looking at you, Orange Julius), points are points in a league matchup. Outside of fantasy land, there’s also just the pure excitement of watching two top-tier NFL teams, each with a dangerous quarterback and a 5-game winning record, go head to head in a division battle. In this high-profile showdown, Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos earned another victory and secured the top slot in the AFC West with their 6-1 record. Though they were defeated, the San Diego Chargers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot and are only just a game behind Denver. Even the Kansas City Chiefs, division-mates with Denver and San Diego, are not statistically out, as they’ve a 4-3 record. However, it’s the fourth team in the AFC West that leads me to say that Thursday night was as painful as it was blissful…
by Nathan Villasenor
On Thursday, October 2, the Minnesota Vikings suffered a demoralizing defeat on the road against their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers. The final score of 42-10 reflected the obvious offensive troubles that the Vikings have been having so far this season. Christian Ponder was a quarterback of questionable production, his stat line for that night reflecting a 50% completion rating off of 44 attempts. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been an interesting gem, when healthy, and if nothing else, he might offer a helping hand in a comeback campaign. They seem to be on an entirely different page with second-year wideout Cordarelle Patterson, who analysts were hailing as a breakout-season candidate in the offseason. All other receivers seem to have consistency issues as well, but let’s face it: Minnesota hasn’t exactly been a pass-happy team for the past seven years; since 2007, the Vikings have only recorded six more passing touchdowns than rushing touchdowns. In a statistic that could potentially include players of every offensive position, an overwhelming 64% of all rushing touchdowns for the Vikings since 2007 fall on the shoulders of one man: Adrian Peterson.
by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
Recently, I had the honor of being chosen as the student panelist for the 7th District Congressional Debate. When I was first approached to participate over summer, I was obviously very nervous. Never before had I been asked to be involved in such a high profile event. I had no idea about the amount of time and effort it takes to put on an event such as this. From sound checks and segment times, to makeup and wardrobe, everything is meticulously discussed and decided upon.
by Nathan Villasenor
On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, two candidates for the 7th Congressional District of California met up for their only scheduled debate before the election, in one of the most closely watched political races in America. Incumbent Democratic Representative Ami Bera battled republican challenger Doug Ose in a contest that covered many of California’s most pressing current issues, including the job market and the price of tuition at the university level.
The event, held at Sacramento’s KVIE News Station, was moderated by Jason Shoultz and featured three journalistic panelists: Marianne Russ, the managing editor of Capital Public Radio, Dan Smith, Bee Capitol Bureau Chief, and Michaela Kwoka-Coleman, editor of Folsom Lake College’s newspaper, The Talon. In addition to local media coverage, the debate was broadcast live from KVIE and recorded for a later showing by C-SPAN, a public affairs network that has been carrying more than 100 debates across the country for this election cycle.
by Rachel Warden
As a college student, you often hear from people that it’s best to travel young. “Go out and have an adventure,” my father would always tell me. So last summer, I took a week off from work, chores, and other responsibilities to take a road trip. I packed up my little pink suitcase, tossed it in the trunk of my boyfriend’s car, and off we went to endure a ten hour drive! Our destination? Portland, Oregon. Taking a long drive to explore a constantly rainy, overcast hipster city is kind of an unusual place for a couple of college students to go during their summer break. But I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.
by Kaitlyn Nicolai
It's amazing to think about the multitude of ways our favorite novels have been adapted. From radio, to motion picture, to television, the past century has been a testament to the many different ways we are able to capture the beauty and depth of great pieces of work.
Amazing...and repetitive. Although many of these media have brought out some truly wonderful productions, it can be tiresome to see the same work done again and again (Romeo and Juliet, anyone?). It seems that these vibrant, imaginative films - no matter what time period they are produced in - sometimes have a lack of variation
by Rachel Warden
On the surface, many people view the fashion industry as something negative. Modeling is often generalized as young girls who stand at six feet tall with a flawless complexion, and weigh in at ninety pounds. However, this is not always the case. Within the last couple of years, the fashion industry has begun to change for the better; designers are beginning to cast models that are more relatable to the variety of everyday people.
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