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WREC to reopen under limited county guidelines

The WREC will reopen for limited indoor activity on Oct. 19

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

October 10, 2020

Chico State’s Wildcat Recreation Center will begin its reopening process on Oct. 19 after Butte County was moved to a lower-risk tier in California’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines. The fitness center, which at one point served thousands of people, will be operating at10% capacity with strict sa...

Two Chico State Nursing students launch COVID-19 video campaign

Graphic made by Jacob Collier

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2020

Chico State senior nursing students, Isaac Padilla and Tasha Haase have partnered with Butte County Public Health to gather comprehensive data from Chico State students, faculty and alumni about their individual experiences with COVID-19.  Padilla and Haase rolled out a Google Form earlier th...

Chico State students, faculty, staff work to keep local music scene vibrant amid pandemic

Performances at Laxson auditorium have been cancelled for the semester, but staff are still employed.

Kelsey Ogle

September 14, 2020

School of the Arts Productions and Chico Performances are each working on projects that will help music and arts thrive during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Paul Young, a music industry professor who runs SOTA Productions, said the faculty and students across the music and theater department are...

Does Zoom work for Everyone?

Zoom meetings/ classes are not the same as going to a classroom

Jack Lewis, Reporter

September 10, 2020

COVID-19’s spread caused nearly every college, university and school district nationwide to switch to online instruction back in March. Since then, Zoom has become the primary way for instructors and students to meet digitally.  While online Zoom instruction may work for some, many find it diff...

Chico State and CSU cancel in-person classes for Spring 2021 citing COVID-19 threat

Chico State will continue virtual instruction through spring 2021. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020.

Julian Mendoza, Mulitmedia Editor

September 10, 2020

Chico State will continue with virtual instruction for most classes next semester. The policy, handed down by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, applies to all 23 California State University campuses, according to an announcement from the CSU Chancellor's office.  “I realize this is another disappointment...

Holding ourselves accountable for the end of in-person classes

Graphic showing how Covid-19 can potentially spreads

Erin Holve, Reporter

September 8, 2020

On Aug. 30 all students received an email from Chico State’s President Gayle Hutchinson explaining to students that for the remainder of the fall semester would be completely conducted virtually.  This decision has affected a lot of students especially those living on campus. To have a sense of n...

Butte County Public Health calls out college-age population for COVID-19 surge, Chico State students under investigation

Front view of Kendall Hall

Kimberly Morales, Editor

September 2, 2020

Butte County Public Health announced on Wednesday that within a week, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among people ages 18-24 in Butte County had risen by 557.  Of the 557 cases, 464 of the confirmed cases were from Chico. As Labor Day weekend approaches, BCPH urged the 18-24 ag...

COVID-19 spike for 18-24 year olds forced Chico State’s decision to close dorms, end remaining in-person classes

Kendall Hall on Sept. 1, 2020. Chico State's Administration officially moves to fully online semester amid COVID-19 spikes, empties the dorms.

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 1, 2020

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson hosted a virtual press conference on Sept.1 to address several concerns and newsworthy points regarding the university’s decision to cancel all in-person classes and remove roughly 500 students from campus housing.  “As we think about COVID-19 — and I don...

Chico State stops in-person and hybrid courses, closes the dorms

Covid-19 cases in Butte County as of Friday, Aug. 28.

Kimberly Morales, Reporter

August 30, 2020

Chico State announced Sunday evening that all remaining in-person classes will be suspended and resumed online. The university also canceled most on-campus housing because of a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases. “We knew this semester wasn’t going to be typical, but we wanted to provide as m...

Resorting to kitchen basics in trying times

Baking and cooking from scratch can be inconvenient but it saves money, lasts longer and provides an amazing sense of accomplishment.

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

May 10, 2020

Frustration is rampant in the kitchen.  The Facebook video made it look so easy to bake bread. Follow a few quick instructions and voila, you’re a baker. Instead, my mother is in a panic, hands filled with a hunk of sticky dough.  This is exactly how I expected the endeavor to tur...

The economic stimulus package has failed students

The economic stimulus package has failed students

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

May 10, 2020

Many college students across the United States expressed their displeasure with COVID-19 response legislation after it was revealed that the recent economic stimulus package bars many of them from receiving cash assistance during the COVID-19 shutdown.  The package stipulates that adults who were...

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