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Stop talking during class

Nick Sestanovich

October 9, 2013


Filed under Blogs

"No talking when I'm talking!" I've lost count of how many times I've heard my professors say this. It seems every time students have a conversation during class — no matter how quiet — the teachers always single them out to tell them to stop talking. You know what? I find this totally and completely...understandable. Yeah,...

Professors should speak up about the shutdown

Professors should speak up about the shutdown

Amanda Irons

October 4, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Unless you have been in a coma for the last three days, you’ve likely been informed that the United States government has shutdown. I’m not going to act like I know much about politics, but I have taken Political Science 155 and I currently have Internet connection. Essentially, the House Repub...

Keeping the sniffles to a minimum

Keeping the sniffles to a minimum

Tara Miller

October 1, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Brace yourselves fellow students, the flu season is upon us. If the health center giving flu shots on campus and the obnoxious coughs and sneezes in class weren't enough of a hint. Because the flu has begun to make its course around campus, it’s now time to make even more precautions for yourselves so that you don’t e...

Full use of Blackboard should help conserve paper

Full use of Blackboard should help conserve paper

Nick Sestanovich

September 30, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Blackboard Learn, the virtual educational platform, is hardly a new technology at Chico State. It's been in use since 1998 if you count its incarnation as WebCT, but it definitely has reshaped education for the better. Students can check grades, talk to instructors outside of the classroom and even...

Opening up: BMU renovations

Amanda Irons

September 28, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The Bell Memorial Union is undergoing several major renovations. The second floor of the bookstore is the to be first renovated. In attempts to replicate a more modern style, the plan is to create an open office space work environment.Associated Students programs including Freshman Leadership Opportuni...

Your morning guilty pleasure is lying to you

Your morning guilty pleasure is lying to you

Paul Smeltzer

September 25, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I would sooner cut off my pinky than compromise the most potent and ritualized way of waking up. Decaffeinated coffee is nothing more than a mistake. What does it really mean when you drink decaffeinated coffee to begin with? The whole appeal of coffee comes from using it to wake up in the morning, so in f...

Running late to class

Running late to class

Tara Miller

September 24, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Hitting the snooze button on the alarm seems to plague so many college students. We’ve all done it at some point. But when you hit it one too many times, you’re already 10 minutes late. Most of us probably have either been in this situation or have been in a classroom where someone is late. I know for me, it gets ...

Chico, pick up your trash

Chico, pick up your trash

Nick Sestanovich

September 24, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The Butte Environmental Council was one of many groups participating in California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, which aims to pick up litter across the state's coasts. The BEC focused its efforts on Big Chico Creek and Bidwell Park, with volunteers turning out in droves despite the heavy rain. Accordin...

Leave Miss America alone

Leave Miss America alone

Amanda Irons

September 20, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

New Yorker Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, being the first woman of Indian decent to earn the title. Twitter responded in an uproar about the title recipient. Comments arose regarding her race, and vicious attacks including remarks about her being a terrorist, Miss 7-11, and even a few obl...

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Nick Sestanovich

September 19, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I tend to associate peer pressure with high school, but it actually gets worse at the college level. I’ve already outed myself as not much of a partier, and I think part of that could be that at the few parties I’ve been to, there’s always a certain expectation of what you should be doing. Among th...

We need more horse cops…or just any cops

We need more horse cops…or just any cops

Amanda Irons

September 13, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I miss the horse cops. Sure, the funding for one horse cop is equivalent to three standing officers, but that’s not the point. Bumbling around downtown, gracelessly approaching a mounted officer inquiring as to if you can pet their gallant stead is textbook Chico. Freshmen and future students are being ...

Decreased float turnout is a step in the right direction

Decreased float turnout is a step in the right direction

Nick Sestanovich

September 11, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

This year's annual Labor Day float drew a smaller number of participants compared to previous years, possibly as a result of alcohol restrictions put in place after the death of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Brett Olson at last year's float. The reactions I've heard to this turnout have been generally mixed. I've heard some,...

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