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St-st-stage fright; How I overcame the anxieties of speaking in public

St-st-stage fright; How I overcame the anxieties of speaking in public

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

March 21, 2012

Eminem, arguably one of the greatest hip hop performers (of all time!), exhibited traits of stage fright in his movie “8 Mile” and song “Lose Yourself,” which was written for the film. The opening lyrics say it all: “Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy... he's nervous.” Even a man...

Stop putting ‘It’ off

Stop putting 'It' off

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

March 7, 2012

It’s the middle of the semester and everyone is going out to the party tonight. I’ve put off my project for human sexuality as long as I could. Eh, it’ll get done in the morning. As a champion at dilly-dallying, I know that it’s a possibility to put it off until the night before. Or in...

‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’

‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’

Philip Frields and Phillip Frields

February 22, 2012

Plenty of typical small talk can be had, but some students on campus have decided that listening to their favorite Barry Manilow album or that new Busta Rhymes jam on full blast is the distraction of choice between classes or even on the way to the parking lot. Mingling has more germs involved, sure....

Tainted Valentine

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

February 14, 2012

This is a story all about how my life got... no, that's not happening. There isn't an unPhiltered remix of the opening theme to “Fresh Prince” but Will Smith is a shining example for today's topic: Valentine's Day. I don't know the Smith family personally; however, they looked pretty happy whipping...

A piece of symbolic artwork will soon grace ARC’s arts department

The new water fountain outside of the arts and theater building will be completed by the end of the fall semester. (Photo by Bryce Fraser)

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

November 30, 2011

It’s more than just a fountain. According to its co-creator, it’s a work of art. A new water installation, located in front of the arts and theater building on the northwest side of campus, is nearing completion. Made from eight separate, asymmetrical pieces of concrete, it features swirling...

True intentions of compliments

True intentions of compliments

Philip Frields and Phillip Frields

November 30, 2011

The week’s column is dedicated to the ladies. Your crowned Prince of Pessimism returns this week to inform one and all about the true nature and intent behind people’s seemingly random compliments. They can come your way while you’re getting to work or in the middle of class – basically any time...

Hannibal Buress trudges on at Sacramento Punchline

Hannibal Buress trudges on at Sacramento Punchline

Philip Frields and Phillip Frields

November 16, 2011

Comedian Hannibal Buress headlined an hour of great jokes at Punch Line comedy club in Sacramento on Sunday, Nov. 13. He had a variety of topics involving handlebar mustaches, the dangers of having bomb juice on your hands while walking through airport security, and watching fetish websites. Buress...

Stress management for dummies

Stress management for dummies

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

November 9, 2011

We’ve all felt stressed at one point or another, maybe now more than ever with our fumbling economy and the end of the semester around the corner. So it’s about time Sir Phillip Frields, Esq. gave you some tips and tricks on how not to get yourself worked up when a final is giving you grey hair....

Co-Creator of ‘Chappelle’s Show’ delivers the goods

Co-Creator of 'Chappelle’s Show' delivers the goods

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

November 3, 2011

Co-creator of "Chappelle’s Show” Neal Brennan spent about an hour delving into topics ranging from meeting Barack Obama, being raised Catholic, and explaining how football must’ve been invented by an eight year-old girl while head-lining at the Punchline in Sacramento on Nov. 2. Brennan was...

Q and A with ‘Chappelle’s Show’ co-creator Neal Brennan

Q and A with ‘Chappelle's Show’ co-creator Neal Brennan

Phillip Frields and Trevor Horn

October 26, 2011

Six years after the abrupt and highly-controversial ending to "Chappelle's Show," co-creator Neal Brennan headlined a stand-up comedy show at the Punchline in Sacramento on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Star Dave Chappelle walked away from the sketch-comedy show after only two years on-air and a new $50 million...

Oakland Raiders owner dies at 82

Oakland Raiders owner dies at 82

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

October 26, 2011

It was his constant employment of necessary roughness, his timeless slogan to “just win, baby,” and his continuous commitment to excellence that took the Oakland Raiders through their three Super Bowl championship victories (XI, XV, and XVIII) and 15 Super Bowl appearances. Al Davis, owner of...

The music scene is abuzz over Nirvana’s “Nevermind” once again

The music scene is abuzz over Nirvana’s “Nevermind” once again

Phillip Frields and Phillip Frields

October 12, 2011

On Sept. 24, 1991, Nirvana made rock history with its release of “Nevermind.” And, for this pivotal week of its original release, the estate itself, a great proportion of which is owned by widower Courtney Love, sanctioned a multi-disk set, re-mastering the original recordings while pairing them...

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