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Shift Bicycle Cafe rides its way onto Chico State

Shift Bicycle Cafe Owner and Operator John Hanna-Barton hands a student his freshly made iced mocha. Hanna-Barton can make anything from pour-over coffee to an iced mocha with almond milk.

Mathew Miranda

September 5, 2018

Dutch Bros may reign supreme in the minds of Chico State students, but ask almost any local at the Saturday Farmer’s Market and they will tell you which coffee stand is quickly becoming one of the best in town. Although the coffee is the primary reason people return to Shift Bicycle Cafe, its unique design is what initia...

Inside Chico State’s up-and-coming Latino reggaeton artist: Chuma

Inside Chico State's up-and-coming Latino reggaeton artist: Chuma

Alejandra Solorio

September 27, 2017

The moment after he crafted his first song, he realized his potential. He couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat and, most definitely, couldn't stop creating music. This is Chuma. Christopher "Chuma" Zamora didn't always think he'd be a singer. It wasn't until he entered college that he'd consider being a reggae...

Sociologist by day, bassist by night

Alexandra Kokkinakis is the bassist for The Vesuvians.

Julia Maldonado

September 19, 2017

One may not think initially that the study of human society and an aggressive music genre have much in common, but for Chico State sociology professor and alumna Alexandra Kokkinakis, it’s her life. Kokkinakis grew up listening to punk-rock music in L.A. as a skateboarding soundtrack. Onc...

Small town vibes for a big city woman

Small town vibes for a big city woman

Franky Renteria

March 9, 2017

Molly Spink Bachelor of CommunicationGrad year: 2017"On a 13-hour flight across the ocean, I wondered what to expect in Chico," senior communication studies major Molly Spink said. "Coming from New Zealand where the number of sheep outnumber the people, America always seemed a world away. Just a couple o...

Humans of Chico State

Photo credit: Isaac Ramsour

Isaac Ramsour

March 1, 2017

"When I graduated high school I was lost. I didn't know what was expected of me. I didn't really know where to go. I didn't really feel that my high school had prepared me well for the transition to higher secondary education. So I ended up going to two different community colleges: Santa Anna and Mo...

Alumna working for diversity

Egypt Howard on campus at the #BlackInChico protest Sept. 26. Photo credit: Bianca Quilantan

Karen Limones

February 17, 2017

Egypt Howard is using her past experiences to help better the lives of her local African-American community. Former Chico State student, Egypt Howard remembers a lack of empathy in the Chico community and a lack of people putting time and effort into empowering black students on campus. While attending...

Humans of Chico State

Photo credit: Isaac Ramsour

February 14, 2017

"No one chooses to be a refugee. (But) I am a refugee from Iran. My family migrated to the U.S. as a direct result of U.S. imperialism. What’s on my mind and in my heart right now is that…for several decades now, most folks that move to the U.S. from the global south or middle east, do so...

Humans of Chico State

Graduating biology major, Matt Clark talks about his travels to Tioman island off the coast of Malaysia. Photo credit: Franky Renteria

Franky Renteria

February 12, 2017

"Me and Doug Cue (current Chico State senior) went to a remote island called Tioman island off the coast of Malaysia, trying to get the second ever American ascent of this 1,500-foot rock tower. When we got there, we were the only tourists on the island and it was filled with cats, like cats everywhere, al...

Humans of Chico State

Photo credit: Franky Renteria

Franky Renteria

January 23, 2017

"When it came time to choose my path after high school, a huge decision was whether to attend college or to bypass those and pursue knowledge on my own with the possibility of being jobless even with a degree. Yet with my decision to attend Chico State, I have realized there are so many profound benefits...

Humans of Chico State

Photo credit: Franky Renteria

Franky Renteria

December 15, 2016

"I grew up in a small farming town in Sonoma County where wine and vineyards are a huge part of the community. My father started a vineyard management company a few years before I was born and has ended up becoming very successful, working for and with some of the biggest names in the wine industry. Si...

Q&A with local sneakerhead

Real Sneakerhead certified ! Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues

Jordan Rodrigues

December 5, 2016

Chico native and sneakerhead Brandyn Donahue talks about his impressive shoe collection. What was the pair that made you a sneakerhead and why? Brandyn Donahue: 1999 Air Jordan 14 "Last Shot" I was always into shoes growing up because I have two older brothers that were into sports and being sty...

Is beer the new coffee?

A variety of beer is available for both coffee and beer connoisseurs alike at Naked Lounge. Photo credit: Cortneanne Campbell

Matthew Manfredi

November 14, 2016

Coffee shops will forever be a hub for the astute student to find a quiet place to hit the books; cafes will always offer a vacant table for an aspiring writer to rethink a plot twist over a bear claw; and now, a new spot to get a nice buzz on before the afternoon lecture. In recent years, beer and...

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