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Chico State: The Harvard of the West

Chico State: The Harvard of the West

Abbigail Kovac, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

Coming to Chico was the biggest culture shock to me. I was born and raised in Southern California my whole life and back home, diversity was all I knew.  Coming here, I was so surprised to see very little diversity and it almost made me laugh during class discussions where others would say Chic...

Teachers profit behind closed doors

Teachers profit behind closed doors

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

The recent investigation into Professor Curtis Deberg’s alleged mishandling of funding made me consider what other conflicts of interest professors may have concerning students. One such possible conflict is the assigning and purchasing of texts written by the professor.  During my first semester at C...

Am I a Feminist? Feminism, It’s More Complex Than You Think

Am I a Feminist? Feminism, It’s More Complex Than You Think

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

For many years I struggled with calling myself a feminist.  I lacked all confidence in myself. Feminists were these mythical creatures filled with all the conviction and power their gender offered them. I hated my body, a blaring sign of how unfeminine I was. My confidence, nearly non-existent. ...

Technology is changing our world

Technology is changing our world

Alexis Harvey, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

Over the past 20 years, technology has changed the world in many ways. It has changed the way we communicate, learn, socialize and the way we listen to music.  In the 21st century, listening to music is constantly getting easier with many modern and high-tech devices. The development of audio t...

Battling My Anxiety

Battling My Anxiety

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

Heaving chest, desperate for lungfuls of air. Words jumbled like a child with a mouth full of marbles. Fat tears cascading down a face stuck in a grimace of pent up anxiety. Breathe, take air in and then out. Desperate hands trying to scrub away the evidence of fears and self-loathing. The advice ...

Campus Sustainability

Campus Sustainability

Alexis Harvey, Staff Writer

February 29, 2020

Living a sustainable life is something Chico State has continued to advocate for years. Over the years, Chico State has taken numerous steps forward in making sure the campus stays sustainable.   The school has replaced all plastic straws on campus with paper straws in order to reduce the...

Op-Ed: Vote ‘YES’ On Proposition 13: How YOU can play a role in shaping the future

Op-Ed: Vote ‘YES’ On Proposition 13: How YOU can play a role in shaping the future

Trevor Guthrie, Associated Student President

February 28, 2020

As a fourth-year student at Chico State, I know that our campus can use a few upgrades. In my first year, I still recall my initial surprise at the state of affairs of Chico’s facilities and infrastructure. My major was housed in one of the campus’ oldest buildings, giving me a unique perspective...

Battling to accept our bodies in a toxic society

Battling to accept our bodies in a toxic society

Alexis Harvey, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

Body image is a term that is thrown around a lot in today's society, but what does it really mean? Body image describes our perceptions and attitudes towards our own physical appearance. It's how you perceive yourself and how you feel about your body, whether it's in a negative or positive light. ...

Erasing the taboos around masturbation

Erasing the taboos around masturbation

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

It’s the fifth grade. I’m in Ms. Solferino’s class and I am fidgeting in my assigned seat. My stretchy pants, more than I’d like to admit, were pulled up too high. A perpetual state of camel toe.  To deal with the early stages of anxiety, I would move back and forth in my seat. Then...

Staying Healthy in College: Physically and Mentally

February 19, 2020

A college student’s guide to maintaining physical and mental health Most students are living away from their families for the first time. This includes cooking their own meals and making sure they get the right amount of nutrients.  This can be hard for some students. Between going to ...

Disparities in Gender Courses

Erin Holve

February 19, 2020

Last semester, I was enrolled in a class where students sat in a circle facing each other and would have open discussions. I loved this class, but it lacked one dynamic: diversity.  I was sitting in a room with 16 women and four men. The gender disparity was alarming.  Our professor e...

Sex is more than one position

Jacob Collier

February 12, 2020

Sex is something that has endless varieties. Unfortunately, most of us tend to limit ourselves to one flavor of it instead of sampling all that is available.   Many people have preconceived notions of the right or wrong ways to have sex. But as long as what happens behind closed doors i...

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