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City financial audit delayed

City financial audit delayed

Bill Hall

February 5, 2014


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An external audit of the city’s finances has been delayed to resolve issues surrounding how deficit numbers should be categorized. The Chico City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 4 to approve an extension of up to six weeks. The audit findings will be presented to the council no later than March 18. Large d...

Farm bill passes the Senate

Farm bill passes the Senate

Madison Holmes

February 5, 2014


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The five-year farm bill authorizes $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs. The faculty in the College of Agriculture will be eligible for up to $4 million of grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, wrote Jennifer Ryder Fox, dean of the College of Agriculture, in an em...

Council works to restrict fracking

Council works to restrict fracking

Yessenia Funes

February 5, 2014


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Community-led organizations throughout Butte County are building an alliance to protect groundwater from hydraulic fracturing commonly known as fracking. The Butte Environmental Council, a nonprofit that focuses on education and advocacy, will meet with the Butte County Water Commission Wednesday to...

Surveys, safety cause of commencement changes

Surveys, safety cause of commencement changes

Christine Lee

February 5, 2014


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Surveys from graduating students and Chico State's Public Safety Advisory Committee's safety concerns led to the decision to cut the number of commencement guests allowed per graduate. Three to four times each year, a newsletter is sent to graduating students, providing an online survey about what they would like to see at their ceremony, sai...

Student remembered as upbeat, caring

Student remembered as upbeat, caring

Mozes Zarate

February 4, 2014


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  Austin Silver, 20, a Chico State student who died in a car crash on Jan. 26, is remembered as a curious, upbeat and musical individual by his friends and family. Silver, a music industry major, died from severe head trauma after the crash, according to California Highway Patrol. “He had this ability to light up the room with laug...

Federal aid application now recognizes same-sex parents

Federal aid application now 
recognizes same-sex parents

Enrique Raymundo

February 4, 2014


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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been updated to feature language that is more inclusive of those with same-sex parents.Previously, students could only list one parent on the application if their parents were in a same-sex relationship, married or otherwise, according to a press release on the federal aid website. The U.S...

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

Madison Holmes

February 4, 2014


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Additional funding may come to Chico State's College of Agriculture after a farm bill was voted through the House of Representatives on Jan. 29. The bill comes after a two-year impasse between the Democratic and Republican parties and authorized $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs....

New sorority to join Chico State

New sorority to join Chico State

Steven Verstelle

February 4, 2014


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A new sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, will be joining Chico State in February. Chico State has been looking for a new sorority for about a year, said Malcolm McLemore, program coordinator for fraternity and sorority affairs. Once the decision was made to add a new sorority, a call went out to the National Panhe...

Longtime faculty member dies

Ernesto Rivera

February 3, 2014


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Myron Buzzini, a retired Chico State staff member, died Jan. 12, according to a campus-wide email. No cause was given. Buzzini received his masters degree from Chico State in the 1976 before becoming an employee of the college, according to the email. He taught photography before moving to a job as a med...

AS proposes student academic senate

AS proposes student academic senate

Nicholas Carr

February 3, 2014


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The Associated Students is seeking to expand student influence on academic affairs through increased representation.The Student Academic Senate would exist to advise the A.S.’s director of university affairs on how to serve student interests at the university’s faculty and staff-led Academic Se...

Memorials held for dead students

Memorials held for dead students

Mozes Zarate

February 3, 2014


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Memorial and support services are being held for the students involved in a fatal car crash that occurred on Jan. 27. Services for Bryant Mata-Adams will be held on Feb. 8, at 4190 Front St. in San Diego, according to a campus wide email. Mata-Adams, 19, a passenger in the car, died Jan. 28 at Enloe Medica...

Organic Vegetable Project expands

Organic Vegetable Project expands

Yessenia Funes

February 3, 2014


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With three acres of land, the University Farm's Organic Vegetable Project has the space needed to grow different crops one after the other to keep the soil healthy–otherwise known as crop rotation. The farm grew hybrid sorghum sudan, a summer grass that suppresses weeds, this past summer and winter squash last semeste...

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