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ASI discussed having media relations

Associated Students, Inc. discusses their strategic priorities for the year at a board meeting in the University Union, Sept. 23, 2015. 
Angel Kidka October 20, 2015

Associated Students, Inc. held its working board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Foothill Suite of the University Union where they received a presentation about media relations and discussed the...

Should we accept sex, violence, and crude language as normal?

Brandie Maguire July 10, 2015

Sex and violence are becoming more acceptable in our media-intensive culture.Most nightly news stations report on at least one murder or death every program. On Facebook, there is an abundance of celebrity...

Views of beauty are shaped by media

Pornmanus Saetae February 27, 2015

It is said that a person is exposed to roughly 5,000 ads in one day. Many of which target how a person can change something about themselves, whether it is their looks, personality, eating habits or overall...

The neverending story of Michael Sam

State Hornet September 16, 2014

The media coverage about Michael Sam and his sexual orientation seems to be never-ending. Since February, Sam has been speaking to the media about being a proud, openly gay man in the NFL.We can agree...

Get news from multiple sources

Kaitlin Bruce May 15, 2013

The media has always been the first thing we turn to in times of catastrophe and celebration, but it is important to stop and ask, "Is this really the truth?"The obligation of a journalist is to inform...

Thieves get quick cash from metal theft of stolen catalytic converters

Thieves get quick cash from metal theft of stolen catalytic converters
Fabian Garcia April 9, 2013

They may not be glittering in diamonds, but platinum-lined catalytic converters – known as “cats” on the street – have become a hot commodity for thieves and buyers running the black market for...

Buzz of the Crowd: Reputation at risk following skirmish

State Hornet Staff February 26, 2013

It took a fist fight for people to finally buzz about Sacramento State sports.The Hornets received national attention thanks in part to local news station KCRA and its video of a baseball fight between...

Buzz of the Crowd: There is no place like your home court

State Hornet Staff December 5, 2012

Some teams wish they could just click their heels and say there is no place like home.While L. Frank Baum coined the phrase in his 1900 literary masterpiece, “The Wizard of Oz”, it holds true in the...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?
James Heck December 5, 2012
Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at [email protected]

Scandals take away from the important issues

Samantha Gallegos December 5, 2012

The media are quick to build people up as bigger than life, but if they get involved in a scandal then the media are also just as quick to tear them apart and fill the news with constant coverage of their...

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