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PTSD from California’s Fires

Graphic made by Hana Beaty

Jack Lewis, Reporter

September 18, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a very real and common occurrence that happens when a person goes through something extremely traumatic, such as a wildfire burning down their house, forcing them to evacuate. With California once again entering a devastating fire season, many may begin to exper...

WAP, Sex Through the Female Gaze

Photograph by Erin Holve

Erin Holve, Reporter

September 18, 2020

There has been a lot of conversation and debate surrounding  the new song by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP.” There have been arguments that this song represents female empowerment and others who view it as objectification.  Both have valid points. We can ask if it’s truly em...

How to Prepare for Evacuation during California’s Fire Season

A graphic made by Melissa Joseph

Jack Lewis, Reporter

September 15, 2020

Imagine waking up at 8 a.m. to your alarm clock going off. You drowsily silence it and get out of bed, but notice that something feels off. You double check the time thinking that it must be wrong, as your bedroom is still completely dark. Your bedroom window greets you with  an orange and smoky tin...

Cannabis is Coming to Chico, is the Community Safe?

A watercolor made by Erin Holve

Erin Holve, Reporter

September 15, 2020

The city of Chico has approved an ordinance for cannabis dispensaries with a 5-2 vote. The two dissenting votes came from Sean Morgan and Kasey Reynolds.  Dozens of residents showed up to the Aug. 18 meeting to support and oppose dispensaries, 13 of which got the chance to speak to the counc...

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...

Dealing with COVID-19 and my Depression

Self portrait by Erin Holve

Erin Holve, Reporter

September 10, 2020

It’s dark in my apartment, I lack the motivation to turn on the lights or open the curtains. It’s the afternoon and I’m still in my bed, mindlessly scrolling through Tumblr. It’s more a ritual task than a way to stay connected with anyone — a way to distract my brain from the news, COVID-19...

Voting during a Pandemic

Voting during a Pandemic

Jack Lewis, Reporter

September 9, 2020

2020 is proving to be an interesting year for voters, especially students, who must navigate through new challenges that arise from politics during a pandemic. Much like the presidential upset of 2016, voters are more divided than ever before, with students having to make decisions that will have repercus...

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...

Taking an art class in the midst of a pandemic

A illustration showing the frustrations and difficulties of doing an art class from home

Melissa Joseph, Editor

September 4, 2020

I stood in Home Depot, staring at the different dimensions of plexiglass, wondering what my professor was imagining when she told us we needed a surface for rolling ink.  This was my first time printmaking and I was going into the class blind and alone. I tried to imagine the classroom I cau...

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...

Learn new skills during COVID-19 lockdown

Learn new skills during COVID-19 lockdown

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in learning new things. From a young age, I wanted to try as many hobbies as I could get my hands on. Learning new skills and talents seemed so rewarding and fun. Now that I am in college, it is easier than ever to jump into new hobbies. ...

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