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The lasting effect of COVID-19, guilt

Erin Holve, Opinion Editor // April 8, 2021

We’ve officially hit the one-year mark since COVID-19 forever changed our lives. I had hoped to make it this far avoiding the archenemy of society, coronavirus.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t so...

Close up of a bee on a white flower on the Chico State campus.

Lessons in mindfulness commemorate 2020 lockdown

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // March 31, 2021

The smell of bees dancing in rosemary flowers, to the music of birdsongs, added ambience to the sunlight’s warm hugs as it pierced through the tree canopy. As I appreciate this moment, new, warm air...

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‘Promising Young Woman’ holds a mirror to society’s complicity in rape culture

Erin Holve, Opinion Editor // March 11, 2021

From the beginning, “Promising Young Woman,” doesn’t hide from its leading theme: the complicity of society in rape culture. It hides the gruesome reality of the female experience with a traditional...

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Municipalization: California’s path to power

Ian Hilton, Opinion Columnist // March 11, 2021

North state residents recently received some less-than-ideal news regarding their gas and electric utility services. Pacific Gas & Electric announced a broad plan to raise rates by an average of 4.6%. PG&E...

Texas conundrum old hat to Californians

Texas conundrum old hat to Californians

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // March 5, 2021

Aside from human responsibility, I think our solidarity with Texas comes from shared experience. Anyone who’s questioning reasons to support a state whose leaders mocked us should remember similar struggles...

Alex Martin and his grandparents having dinner at Scott's Restaurant in Walnut Creek, Calif. Photo by Jeff Martin

How COVID-19 has affected me

Alex Martin, Opinion Columnist // March 4, 2021

The last time I saw my grandparents in person was in the summer of 2019. I had just graduated from my junior college and wanted to see them right before I headed off to Chico. Before I left, I gave both...

This mural was created by muralist Siana Sonoquie on the side of the 1078 Gallery on Park Avenue. Photo by Erin Holve.

Environmental recovery means helping the underprivileged

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 25, 2021

Recent evictions of Chico’s homeless encampments are facing heavy criticism. While some argue that evictions are a good solution, others like myself would prefer a care-based system. Self-care, along...

Social Activism In Art

Social Activism In Art

Jessica Shippelhoute, Social Media Editor // February 23, 2021

A pair of red stiletto heels clicked in rhythm against the asphalt after the bright flash of the walk sign. Suddenly, a wolf-whistle pierced from a raised pickup truck shocked the woman out of the steady...

Photograph taken in Oroville, CA by Jessica Shippelhoute.

The Shutter-bye Effect

Jessica Shippelhoute, Opinion Columnist // February 17, 2021

The sun beat against the back of a flowered dress as it stuck to the little girl’s skin before disappearing behind a tall building. The squeaky black shoes gently tucked themselves under the church...

Photograph taken by Shae Pastrana. Depicts the exterior of the City of Chico Police Department on Friday 12th, 2021.

Police training won’t solve America’s mental health crisis

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 17, 2021

In 2017, a Chico man, Desmond Phillips, died at the hands of police responding to a mental health crisis. Concerned about his son’s symptoms, Phillips’ father called for paramedics. The situation...

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How national trauma endorses theories, not facts

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 8, 2021

QAnon’s online presence highlights the need to increase education of critical thinking skills. In this vulnerable time, society needs the benefit of both mental health care and public discourse. From...

A view of the Wildcat Recreation Center from the new outdoor gym

Exercise smarter, not harder, during the pandemic

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // February 3, 2021

We’ve all heard rumors about it, and many of us probably have it: “COVID weight.” The Boston Herald reported in December 2020 that 71 million Americans gained weight during the pandemic.  The...

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