Category Columns


(Originally published in The California Aggie) Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one of the most enduring works by one of America’s most beloved authors, is read and enjoyed by millions of students every year. Yet the legacy of the classic tale is not as idyllic as the great Mississippi River that young rascal […]

CD v. MP3

(Originally published in The California Aggie) When was the last time you bought a CD? Go ahead, take a minute to think about it. If you’re anything like me, you made your last purchase at an actual music store in middle school. You browsed the alphabetized stacks for Avril Lavigne, Foo Fighters or No Doubt, […]

Vacation education

(Originally published in The California Aggie) Ah, winter break. Time to spend half the day sleeping and the other half being slowly eaten by your couch in front of “Jersey Shore” reruns, right? Not so fast. It may be tempting to spend those three glorious weeks in a vegetative state, but the holiday break actually […]

Smile for the camera

(Originally published in The California Aggie) At the height of their fame, Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight kids were one of America’s favorite families. But celebrity came at a price. Their TLC reality show, “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” documented the everyday struggles and triumphs of raising six-year-old twins and two-year-old sextuplets. Episodes […]

Tweet, tweet

(Originally published in The California Aggie) Have you ever wanted to know what celebrities are really thinking, at any given hour of the day, with no publicists around to influence what they say? If you answered yes, you’re in luck, ’cause we’ve got Twitter. At first I didn’t get the appeal of Twitter. Why limit […]

Sex ed

(Originally published in The California Aggie) Newsflash! Women are often objectified in mainstream media! Well, if you’ve been anywhere besides under a rock during the 20th and 21st centuries, the above statement shouldn’t come as a shock. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take notice when the tendency to present young women as sex objects […]

Waiting for truth

(Originally published in The California Aggie) Go see Waiting for ‘Superman,’ the new documentary film by director Davis Guggenheim, and I guarantee you’ll walk out of the theater convinced of the reasons why the American public education system is in ruins. But is it the truth? Waiting for ‘Superman’ portrays inner-city public schools as the […]

Rock on

(Originally published in The California Aggie) From the beginning, Mark “Stew” Stewart’s musical career was destined to be anything but typical. For starters, the singer/songwriter/musician from Los Angeles formed a rock band 15 years ago in Los Angeles and named it The Negro Problem. “If I was in a store looking through band names trying […]

Opera and iPads

(Originally published in The California Aggie) Prior to last Saturday at 8 p.m., I was an opera virgin. Though I’m probably one of the biggest musical theater nerds you’ll ever meet, my knowledge and experience with opera, the most high-cultured and celebrated of all the musical art forms, was limited to clips of The Three […]

Paging 30 Rock

(Originally published in The California Aggie) A pack of wild dogs took over and successfully ran a Wendy’s! The sewer people stole my skateboard! I once saw a baby give another baby a tattoo – Oh, sorry. Let me close before we go any further. If there’s one thing you should know about me, […]