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Bay Area project builds face shields to protect health care workers

Griffin Wooldridge and Mike Wooldridge wearing their Open Source Shield face shields. Photo by Linda Wooldridge

Griffin Wooldridge

May 5, 2020

Last week we loaded flowers and presents into the car and went to help my grandma celebrate her 80th birthday. We stood outside in the rain and sang “Happy Birthday” to her and held up flowers while she watched from inside her assisted-living facility wearing a mask.  Her facility was on lockdown ...

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. ...

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

As holidays continue to come and go, it's important to retain normalcy and attempt to celebrate holidays as we all endure this global pandemic. Earth Day is usually a great day to leave the house and enjoy nature. This may be hard as public beaches and parks are closed in an effort to slow the s...

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...

Empty Chico leads officers to discover stolen vehicle

Empty Chico leads officers to discover stolen vehicle

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

A Chico Police Officer completed a routine registration check on a green Honda Civic traveling eastbound on West 9th Street where the vehicle was discovered to be stolen on April 4, at approximately 11:54 p.m., according to a news release by CPD. Due to the recent shelter-in-place order from Governo...

Numerous Chico State students left unemployed following shelter-in-place order

Marco Day and Keyla De Los Santos

April 4, 2020

After Gov. Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-30-22 ordering individuals to shelter-in-place starting March 19, many businesses in Butte County not categorized as critical adjusted to the new regulations, resulting in many businesses temporarily closing their doors. This left many students working both on and off campus unemployed. Students who work on-campus have ...

Bachelor of Fine Arts students face challenges in online classes amidst pandemic

Arts and Humanities Building at Chico State. Some BFA art students have found the transition to online teaching difficult since they no longer have access to studios.

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

For every student at Chico State, the COVID-19 pandemic has created much concern and uncertainty as every department has taken a hit in the last few weeks. This, of course, includes the many students pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts that now have to transition into online lectures. Geoffrey B...

Shelter-in-place takes a toll on Chico music venues

The Senator Theatre in Downtown Chico have had to postpone every event through May.

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

The beginning of spring is supposed to be one of the most active times of the year for live music, with festival line-ups being announced and fans eagerly awaiting concerts they bought pre-sale tickets for. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of those events have been either postponed or can...

Chico resident quarantined after cruise ship COVID-19 outbreak

One concern Bell had was the food.

Angel Ortega, A+E Editor

March 20, 2020

Michael Bell, a Chico resident, was a passenger aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship when it was docked over concerns of a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) contamination. The cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises, was set to sail to Hawaii, with four port stops. Bell said the Grand Princess...

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...

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