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Chico State claims diversity, improvements still needed

Chico State claims diversity, improvements still needed

September 5, 2017

Chico State yields banners that state “We Are Chico State” and has made claims in the past to value diversity. While this effort hasn’t gone unnoticed, it’s important to continue practicing diversity instead of just claiming it. The campus has made changes to its student populatio...

What is American Culture?

Jayme Rodriguez a third-year theater major Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador

Susan Whaley

March 21, 2017

Being American is often associated with having no culture, or is grouped into one large categorized group.There is no easy way to define a specific culture, but Chico State professor and Chair of Department of Sociology Nandi Crosby said it is an important part of a person's identity."It's a shared sense o...

President Gayle E. Hutchinson’s progress report

President Hutchinson speaks at a press conference before her investiture ceremony on March 2. Photo credit: Ben Hacker

Daniel Wright

March 9, 2017

President Hutchinson took office at Chico State in June of 2016. During her first fall semester, she outlined five transitional goals at her convocation speech: 1. Improving campus climate 2. Restoring shared governance 3. Fostering student achievements 4. Building diverse and inclusive communities 5. E...

City council rejects sanctuary city proposal

Sanctuary City proposal Photo credit: Bianca Quilantan

Daniel Wright

February 22, 2017

Residents of Chico were denied making the city a sanctuary at the council meeting Feb. 21. People ranging from doctors to Chico State students came to support this resolution. “I would like the city as a whole to be a reflection of the campus’s diverse community,” said attendee Da...

Meriam Library welcomes all-gender restrooms

All-gender restroom Photo credit: Alejandra Fraga

Alejandra Fraga

February 8, 2017

Meriam Library has added two all-gender restrooms on the third floor."We have a very diverse population here...we want to be responsive to that population," said Patrick Newell, Dean of Meriam Library.Meriam library will be undergoing many changes that serve the Chico State community as they want to encour...

President Hutchinson’s listening tour comes to an end

President Gayle Hutchinson speaks with Betsy Boyd at a university budget committee meeting.

Molly Sullivan

December 15, 2016

President Gayle Hutchinson concluded her 100-day listening tour on Dec. 2, and is now incorporating the feedback into her plan for the next academic year. At the start of her presidency, Hutchinson promised to spend her first 100 days listening to students, staff and faculty to better understand issues...

Selfies promote self-confidence

Photo credit: David Molina

Lorinda Sasan and David Molina

October 13, 2016

Selfies are described as narcissistic and less appealing when viewed by outsiders while the subjects taking selfies rate their own photos as more appealing, according to an article published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science. The study, done by the University of Toronto, recruite...

Censoring conservative voices

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Evan Roberts and Briana Mcdaniel

October 3, 2016

Freedom of speech has been a cornerstone of American life for centuries and is a seminal piece of who we are as people. The idea of conveying an idea despite being controversial or unpopular is what has driven the innovation and growth of the country. Over the summer there was some news concerning ...

Associated Student officers talk diversity, safety with Pres. Hutchinson

Vu Nguyen, Associated Students Executive Vice President Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan

September 14, 2016

As a part of her 100-day listening tour, President Gayle Hutchinson met with Associated Students officers today to address diversity and safety on campus. With the data collected from the diversity survey and focus groups, AS officers are creating actionable steps to address issues raised by students. “We...

Administration adds diversity priority to plan

Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Eric Mcguire

May 15, 2016

Chico state has added a new priority to its Strategic Plan for the Future. The new priority was drafted by the University Diversity Council last year, and after being reviewed by a number of Chico State committees and individuals, it was approved. The plan states “we will continue to develop and ...

Harriet Tubman to be first female featured on $20 bill

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill in 2020. Concept art courtesy of

Bridget Comito

May 10, 2016

Harriet Tubman will be the first female and African-American to be featured on U.S. currency. She will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the new $20 bill. The change will be available by the year 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote...

A.S. hosts International Festival

The Afro-caribbean dance class came out and performed for an audience. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Molly Sullivan

April 30, 2016

Associated Students hosted its annual international festival on Saturday. The festival gave student cultural organizations the opportunity to share their traditions and cultures with attendees. Attendees experienced live performances and international food at the various booths. Student organi...

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