About Eric Bates

Eric received his B.S. in political science with an emphasis in international relations from Santa Clara University in 2012. Upon graduating, he traveled and worked for a non-profit in Central America. He is a religious viewer of Conan O’Brien and also loves traveling. Eric is attending San Jose State University's graduate school program to receive a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. He can be reached at ebates0@gmail.com.
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If You Fake Being Arabian You Can Meet Dave Chappelle Too

Last weekend I was in Las Vegas with a bunch of my friends. We are normally known for our outlandish behavior and disregard for social norms during our nights out on the town, but this time a few people in our group took our code of conduct to another level. Before we went out on…
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Who’s at Fault When a Child Kills a Man with an Uzi? Apparently, Nobody.

Last week in Arizona, a 9 year old girl accidently shot and killed her instructor at a gun range while being taught how to fire an Uzi submachine. The fact that this man was killed is awful, but let’s step back for a second and take in something that is even more appalling: A 9…
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Ecstasy: Could This Club Drug Cure Diseases?

“OH MY GOD, I’M TRIPPING BALLS! WOOOOO!” That’s what the guy next to me screamed to no one in particular as he was staring at the multicolored strobe lights pulsating from above the DJ booth. It wasn’t the first time I had heard this yelled out loud that day, nor was it the last time…
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Could The Ocean Be The World’s Largest Green Energy Goldmine?

Solar panels and wind farms have become all the rage lately as companies and governments attempt to shift from traditional fuels towards renewable energies. But there has been one massive source of untapped energy widely ignored by the greater public – the ocean. Flowing water accounts for almost three-fourths of the world’s renewable energy, most…
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“OPERATION RUBDOWN”: How Rhode Island Accidentally Legalized Prostitution

OPERATION RUBDOWN. Depending on how sexually repressed you are, maybe you interpreted that title differently from your peers. To Rhode Island, Operation Rubdown isn’t a XXX flick (See, I knew that’s where your head was at). Instead, it was part of a legal gaffe that left eggs on the faces of lawmakers when they accidently…
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