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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. ...

Fearing for my father’s life

An water color illustration by Hana Beaty

Erin Holve

April 29, 2020

A forced breath in, the rise of a chest in an almost disturbing and unnatural cadence, then a forced breath out. A helpful yet utterly haunting precession of air forced into a body that can’t do it on it’s own.  You know it’s helping the person you love, but the morbid scene burns into ...

Commencement ceremonies should not be held in 2020

Courtesy of Jason Halley/University Photographer/CSU Chico

Angel Ortega, A&E Editor

April 19, 2020

The amount of irrational anger and spread of misinformation toward Chico State’s decision to hold a virtual commencement makes me ashamed to be a Wildcat. As a Class of 2020 senior,  I am frustrated that commencement for my graduating class will no longer be held in person. I empathize wit...

Chico State: The Harvard of the West

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

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

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

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

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

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

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

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

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

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. ...

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