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Farting in relationships

Illustration by Trevor Moore Photo credit: Trevor Moore

Nick Bragg

September 9, 2015

Netflix is on, the mood romantic and the next thing you know your significant other lets out an aggressively loud butt whistle.Mood killer? My girlfriend thinks so. But farting is a natural body function that sometimes just needs to be let loose.It goes by a magnitude of names— flatulance, tooting, passing ...

Gun control from a different angle

Illustration by Trevor Moore Photo credit: Trevor Moore

Nick Bragg

August 31, 2015

Regardless of gun control, people who want to murder, rob or commit criminal acts will still be able to get their hands on an illegal firearm to get the job done. This scary fact is one of the reasons why I think California is traveling down an unconstitutional path that will hurt the p...

Geocaching sends students on high-tech treasure hunt

Michael Barackman, a first-year economics major, first geocached in Boy Scouts and has made it a hobby ever since. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

April 30, 2015

With more than 2 million hidden treasures worldwide, students can spend hours searching for hidden mysteries all over Chico as part of a global scavenger hunt called geocaching. The first step to finding a cache involves students accessing maps which have the geographic locations using the website o...

Is your phone controlling your life?

Jamie Fenisey, junior psychology major, and Austin Shankle, junior marketing major, compare the pros and cons of a smart phone versus a traditional phone. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

April 17, 2015

Eighty-five percent of adults ages 18-24 own smartphones. From iPhones to Androids to Blackberries, the trend seems likely to continue until every American has a minicomputer on them at all times. The dominance of the smartphone leaves students with the choice to join the evolution or create a realit...

Professor pioneers research on repurposing biodiesel waste

Chemistry professor Lisa Ott has been engaging in innovative research focusing on turning the glycerol waste that results from biodiesel production into a solvent that scientists can use in chemical reactions. Photo credit: George Johnston

Nick Bragg

April 15, 2015

With more than 200 million gallons of glycerol waste produced each year from manufacturing biodiesel, the process of disposing of this hazardous byproduct can be a sticky business. Lisa Ott, a Chico State chemistry professor, has been engaging in innovative research to turn the glycerol waste ...

The best and worst homework excuses at Chico State

John Grant talks about students' excuses.

Nick Bragg

April 6, 2015

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Tips for students on treating, avoiding illness

Deborah Stewart, medical chief of staff at the Student Health Center, shares useful information on how to treat and avoid illness this time of year. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

March 26, 2015

Sniffling, sneezing, coughing — it's everywhere. Students regularly come down with colds and suffer from allergy symptoms in the spring. Multiple illnesses can dampen students' health, but there are simple ways students can avoid becoming sick form the start. Deborah Stewart, the medical chief of staff for the Student Health Center, warns students o...

Float away from the world with sensory deprivation

Elizabeth Anastasi, owner of Renew Float Spa, uses the sensory deprivation tank every week to relieve her body of the tensions she experiences as a massage therapist. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

March 22, 2015

Living in the modern technological era, it is harder than ever to escape the constant racket attacking the senses. Imagine a way to decompress, shut out the constant feed of stimuli to the brain and become completely isolated. That's what people can experience in the sensory deprivation tank at Renew Float Spa in Chico. The tanks shut out all that never-e...

Tips on landing primo housing for next fall

Illustration by Trevor Moore

Nick Bragg

March 12, 2015

Phones are ringing off the hook, application after application is being filled out and students are running around touring apartments and houses in between classes. It's that time of year again when students need to find a new housing situation for the upcoming fall. Joe Montes, the general manager at ...

Snowboarders, skiers will shred in first Rail Jam

Soul id's Eli Libby, public relations director (left), Ben Sampson, founder and CEO (middle), and Kyle Nelson, marketing director (right), are excited to cover Chico's City Plaza in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

February 18, 2015

The normally bone dry City Plaza in Downtown Chico is going to be covered in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Snowboarders and skiers across the North State are going to be throwing down their tricks at 6 p.m. on Friday.The event is being held to launch a new social network platform called Soul id, sp...

Vaping: Effective quitting technique or harmful trend?

Timothy Toavs, owner of Chico Vapor Lounge Shop, started using electronic cigarettes as a way to quit smoking. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

February 15, 2015

A thick white cloud of vapor rolled off of Timothy Toavs lips as he discussed the hobby that helped him quit smoking. Studies have shown that electronic cigarettes, also known as advanced personal vaporizers, can help individuals reduce the urge to smoke. However, the coping mechanism may be turni...

Valentine’s day: the bloody roots

Yajaira Cruz, junior social work major, discusses her view on Valentine's Day and how she hopes to celebrate. (photo credit Aurora Evans)

Nick Bragg

February 10, 2015

Every year on February 14 people express their affection for one another by giving gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates. Many may not know that the holiday actually started as a bloody affair. The meaning of the holiday has shifted over the years, but has resulted nowadays to a day of love. Valentine's Day dates b...

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