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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...

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.

Danielle Kessler and Kati Morris

May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined for a digital audience.  Companies like School of the Arts and Chico Performances that host...

DAC and AS create anti-Asian racism social media campaign

Keyla De Los Santos, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

Reports of racial discrimination against Asian-Americans have emerged since President Donald Trump’s reference to the coronavirus pandemic as the “Chinese Virus.” In recent weeks, acts of racism including racial profiling, hate-fueled incidents, harassment, and microaggressions have increased, w...

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry opens for students during the Covid-19 outbreak

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry will continue operations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during the quarantine.

Marco Day, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

In between the Student Services Center and Bell Memorial Union on Hazel Street, the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry in SSC room 196 has seen an increase of students in need of food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food pantry has stayed open during the COVID-19 outbreak, with hours of operat...

Small businesses in Chico are struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

Marco Day, Staff Writer

April 19, 2020

Local businesses are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to apply for federal aid to continue operations. There are two programs in California developed for small businesses to obtain aid from the U.S Small Business Administration.  The Paycheck Protection Program is a lo...

Title IX increases Safe Place funding

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

A Chico Speaks Survey Report which shows that campus-related sexual assault is still prevalent has inspired Title IX coordinators to implement several changes.  At the heart of these changes is the WellCat Safe Place, a campus program dedicated to preventing domestic violence and supporting v...

Chico State holds annual sustainability conference online to discuss resiliency, city planning.

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

Chico State students, faculty and staff continued to host the 15th annual “This Way to Sustainability,” conference online on March 26 and 27 after COVID-19 restrictions moved the university to close earlier this month.  The 2020 climate discussion called attention to maintaining resiliency in a w...

Title IX Coordinator Reflects on Interim Hearing Requirement One Year Later

Title IX Coordinator Dylan Saake fills us in on what the Interim Hearing Requirement for sexual misconduct investigations looks like in practice. Photo credit: Madison Holmes

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

On March 29, 2019, an interim CSU policy went into effect at Chico State requiring all sexual assault investigations to hold a hearing for cross examination of both the victim and the respondent. The policy has generated both critique and praise.  Now, over a year later, the Chico State Tit...

How to stay connected with friends amidst the pandemic

How to stay connected with friends amidst the pandemic

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Shelter-in-place has got us all down. With remote classes and the campus closure, it can feel hard to stay connected with one another in ways that still feel social and meaningful. Thankfully, we live in a world that is technologically advanced with many options for us to stay social online. Here are...

Safe Place temporarily transitions to virtual services

March 19, 2020

Chico State's Safe Place has closed its doors but encourages students to stay in touch.  Safe Place will continue to offer services over the phone, through email and through video conferencing. Administrator Alix MacDonald said the process to communicate with Safe Place can be started by sending...

University Police investigating Esken Hall “hackings”

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

Students residing in Esken Hall made reports to University Housing that they were receiving strange phone calls and messages and their phones were being “hacked.” There have been 10 confirmed reports made by students regarding their cell phones being “hacked” as of Feb. 23. Once UH was made awar...

Chico State Undergrad and Grad Students Compete in Annual Research Competition

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

March 14, 2020

Undergraduate and graduate students competed in Chico State’s 34th Annual Student Research Competition on Wednesday for a cash prize and one of 10 spots to compete statewide against other CSU students. “This competition is meant to encourage undergraduates to begin to be involved in research,...

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