A customer's receipt from a purchase.
By | Online Managing Editor
Nov. 6, 2012

It was 5 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. The wife wasn’t sleeping well either, and we both felt like we could eat a cow. We decided that an early morning breakfast at IHOP would have to suffice.

As we arrived inside the restaurant, we quickly noticed there was no one at the front stand. We waited, and shortly thereafter were seated by a bubbly young woman who politely explained to us that she was the manager and that her server hadn’t shown up that Friday morning.

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SF Giants bring home the big win, again
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 5, 2012

The San Francisco Giants shocked the baseball world in 2010 when they won the World Series for the first time since they relocated from New York after their 1957 season. But in 2011 they failed to even make the playoffs to defend their title.

Well, it’s 2012 and here they are again. And just like in 2010, you can define these Giants as: Torture, which was the catchphrase fans used to describe the Giants’ offense that year. This year it was torture for fans again when the Giants fell behind in the early couple series of the playoffs.

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A sticker that says I voted
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 5, 2012

This Nov. 6, America will find itself picking a side. The side who wins will lead the country for four years.

Barack Obama, current president and Democrat, faces challenger Mitt Romney, the Republican governor leading the voice of the right wing.

This is another year, and another battle generating more division among citizens.

Ignorance, bickering and frivolous accusations dominate the news circuit. Either way, these candidates have not demonstrated that they are capable of leading America.

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To flirt or not to flirt
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 18, 2012

“Have I seen you before?”

“You’ve been going here awhile right?”

“Do you go to football games?”

“Can I call you sometime?” — Not with lines like that, you can’t.

It was a typical day on campus. I was sitting there, minding my own business around noon in the quad, enjoying the sun before heading off to work.

All of a sudden a large shadow came over me, blocking the sun’s rays. My body turned cold as I looked up at the imposing member of the opposite sex standing over me.

He introduced himself by asking me for directions, which I promptly gave. He followed up with a series of questions about me and my

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Oct. 15, 2012

Dimmed lights, seesaw sounds, soft moans and heavy breathing while glancing at each other’s eyes once in a while. Another disappointing night, there in a bed lays my friend Holly wishing it would just stop already.

After realizing once again that what she wants won’t be coming, she reconciles with the performance she’ll have to act out once again.  routinely she arches her back, closes her eyes and let the “oh” from the shape of her lips and escape her mouth.

The guy on top feels proud with what he accomplished and then makes his final performance of the night.  Silence falls and while he stares at the ceiling with a grin, she stares at it with dissatisfaction.

Men and women don’t always know what they’re doing when it comes to sex, in particularly college students, but without communication in the bedroom women continue feeling disappointed and unsatisfied night after night while men have no idea how their partner feels.

When asked in a survey I conducted if they’ve ever faked an orgasm, nine ofut of 10 random City College women said they have and they all said their partners could never tell.

“A lot of women say that they…» Read More

Namaste every day
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 15, 2012

Strolling through the quiet, air conditioned halls of City College’s Performing Arts building, I noticed two copies of the same orange, half sheet of paper tacked onto different bulletin boards.

On both flyers was a chart of the 32 yoga classes the Yoga Seed offers. Descriptions of the classes were given at the bottom of the flyer: vinyasa would be active and sweaty, “ALL BODIES” would be for all mobility levels with minimal pressure on the wrists, Yoga Para Todos was for Spanish speakers; there was even a vinyasa-based, “Queer Community” class.

Above the class schedule it read that these classes were donation-based, from $7 to $15 a class or unlimited classes a month from $60 to $120.

“Neat,” I thought.

Reasonable prices are some of today’s biggest requests. But what’s the deal with yoga, anyway?

I’ve seen enough people walking around in yoga pants, carrying Starbucks cups to associate the practice as something emerging from some secret society.

I’ve wondered for too long, now what the secret behind the exercise is. I mean, if others can enjoy and incorporate into their busy lives, what was my excuse?

It’s not like I haven’t tried it before. The last time I…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
Oct. 10, 2012

If you’re an NHL fan, Sept. 15 had to be an especially tough day.

On that day, a collective bargaining agreement stemming from a player contract dispute expired and the National Hockey League announced to the world that it would enter into a lockout less than a month before the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.

That decision led to the entire pre-season being canceled as well. Now here we are, three weeks later. The chains are on, the lights are off in the arenas and 82 scheduled games have been canceled, as well as the purchase of my San Jose Sharks hat I wanted before the season.

To add to the frustration, the NHL lockout is becoming more and more severe with every passing day. It’s the fourth time in less than 20 years that the NHL has had regular season games canceled, with the last time coming when the entire 2004/2005 season was cancelled.

So what caused all of this unrest in the league?

Some key issues that the owners brought up have to do with the players’ contracts, setting a maximum five-year contract term on all new players, as well as wanting to eliminate signing bonuses, eliminate front-loaded…» Read More

A motorcycle helmet.
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 9, 2012

Many people have misconceptions about the stereotypes surrounding motorcyclists. Between the gangs and the violence, people look at bikers with an air of caution, expecting that at any time, their helmet might peel open at the back and reveal a claymore.

Parents don’t want their daughters to date motorcyclists, and they don’t want their sons to ride them. Needless to say, I threw my parents for a loop by becoming a motorcyclist, but at the end of the day I honestly feel safer on my motorcycle than I ever have in a car.

The perks just don’t stop. I spend about 10 percent of what car drivers do on gas, even if they only have a 4-cylinder engine.

Additionally, I can split lanes through high-volume traffic and I don’t ever have to pay a mechanic. You heard right, maintenance is so simple on older bikes that anyone can do it—even a girl.

However, the world of two-wheels isn’t all about independence.

As a 10-year rider, I have seen many friends and family members killed in auto accidents purely from the negligence of third-party drivers. My father was nearly killed about a month before I was born in a motorcycle accident…» Read More

EDITORIAL: iGroan 5(times)
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Sept. 26, 2012

Wind the clocks back a little less than a year ago to Oct. 14, 2011. Nationwide, the scene at AT&T or Verizon Wireless retailers was described as having hundreds of people waiting in line, with some waiting overnight. If you were passing by without knowing anything about modern technology, you would think that something free was being handed out.

It seemed silly that people would wait this desperately for the newest iPhone, but you still had faith in humanity because these people weren’t trampling each other like it was Black Friday. It should also be noted that this was for a cell phone that had a “S” tagged to the back of its predecessor’s name, with new digital smart mouth Siri, who you could talk to.

For everyone who didn’t have the “gotta have the newest electronics” mentality, it continued to become more ridiculous.

“It’s the most amazing iPhone yet,” was Apple’s slogan for the iPhone 4S.

Fast forward closer to the present. On Sept. 13, 2012, technology media website CNET.com reported that the Apple online store server went gone down a day after revealing the iPhone 5. CNET later reported the day after, on the first day of pre-order…» Read More

Manners, dead or alive: The crucifixion of decency
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 26, 2012

If you’ve stepped onto the City College campus for more than two hours, chances are you will interact with at least 20 different people.

In that time and with that many interactions, chances are another member of the City College society will do something to piss you off.

Manners: Where have they gone and when did parents stop teaching their children the importance of being polite and considerate?

A woman sits in a class; her left leg, poor posture and muffin top seep into the aisles while students struggle to pass.

Students are silent and the flickering of phones has ceased. The psych professor jabbers on about Oedipus complexes and Freud.

Students sink further into their seats, depressed and ashamed as if the professor were talking directly at them.

The clatter of jingling key chains and ruffling paper breaks the trance.

The woman fumbles through her designer knock-off purse. She pulls out a blue toothbrush; the bristles covered with tattered tissue paper.

In her hands she examines the brush, smoothing the end of the handle then holding it up to the light. She shakes her head, unimpressed and upset.

Suddenly she unsheathes the inkwell of a cheap pen, using the…» Read More

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