Articles by Alyssa Martin


Iraq: The mistake that took a decade

At 11:19 p.m. on March 19, 2003, then-President George Bush addressed American citizens, saying “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” If he had known what his words would mean to Americans…

APU sounds off with jazz debut

Friday night’s Battle of the Big Bands hosted in the Haugh Performing Arts Center was not what one might expect from a jazz performance. The evening began with announcer arriving on the massive roll-down projector screen, wearing a t-shirt, sitting in an arm chair and complaining about the lame gig he’d gotten. He’d been the announcer for…

“Half the Sky” holds up its half of the bargain

According to a Chinese proverb, women hold up half the sky. “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”, written by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, argues that women are the greatest untapped resource in the developing world. It also makes the bold argument the maternal health, domestic violence, sex…

New transfer degrees open university seats

Student journalists statewide were briefed on Feb. 19 on the CSU and California community colleges’ combined efforts to create a transfer degree program that would ease community college students into the CSU of their choice and, eventually supersede all other transfers.   Erik Skinner, deputy chancellor of the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s Office, announced that…

Classroom characters making us dizzy

As spring semester begins, returning students are becoming reacquainted with all the quirky, cute and plain hilarious assortment of characters that inhabit Citrus’ classrooms. The obvious of these is “That Guy.” That Guy always has a story to tell. It is usually a long, meandering tale with many plot twists and dramatic pauses, designed to…

Did Match.com match you up with the wrong match?

Match.com functions the way it sounds: by matching its customers with whoever fulfills the most points on a very detailed checklist; but perfectly matched does not mean perfectly compatible. People who are trying online dating probably haven’t had much luck choosing someone in the past, yet that is exactly what online dating sites tell them…

Dec. 22 will come

All right everyone: lock up the pregnant women and smash all your pottery. The world is about to end. That is, if you really believe all the hype. In the type of media stunt that makes Hollywood millions and gives the conspiracy theorists something to shout about, people have been spreading rumors that this planet…

Student government candidates speak up

Candidates running for Spring 2013 student government office answered questions from a moderator and students present Nov. 28 during a public forum in the Campus Center. The first question went to current members of the Associated Students of Citrus College executive board who were once again running. Both Senator Joseph Billeter and Carlos De La…