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Risk regret by getting hitched too soon

Risk regret by getting hitched too soon

Veronica De La Cruz

February 25, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

  Students have many pressures after college, and marriage shouldn't be one. Young adults often assume that they are entitled to spend an average of four to five years in college, graduate and eventually get married. With almost two years of college under my belt I've realized how fast time i...

Navigating the circus of cross-cultural conversation

Zachary Phillips

February 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A friend once asked me, "So, are you... like... actively gay?" I'm still not quite sure who was more ignorant in that exchange: them, for asking such a strange question, or me, for sarcastically pulling out a pen and paper and writing down my weekly workout routine. When it comes to cross-cultural exper...

Contemplating cautions, charisma of Craigslist

Contemplating cautions, charisma of Craigslist

Kevin Crittenden

February 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Craigslist is the online frontier for all manner of weirdness. It’s a perfect example of the glory and horror of the digital age.The name is soiled with associations of murder, prostitution and trickery.But I believe people are mostly good, that they want to connect with each other and take part in life. Nonetheless, the anonymity of the Internet makes it easy to ride the fen...

Awkward moments arise from cultural misunderstandings

Awkward moments arise from cultural misunderstandings

Prin Mayowa

February 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I'm sure when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of little black boys and girls holding hands with little white boys and girls, he didn't expect it to be this awkward. It feels as though the white masses that make up most of Chico State suffer from something unique to Caucasians — white guilt. ...

Questioning common collegiate dreams

Questioning common collegiate dreams

Zachary Phillips

February 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go your way? Your bike gets a flat, you brought the wrong notebook to school and all of your teeth fall out. I have those days all the time, in my dreams, of course. For those who are novices to the dream world, our sleepy-time fabrications are...

There is more to hipsters than haircuts

Matt Murphy

February 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everyone has heard the word hipster. Most people have used it at some point, referring to someone they thought fit the part. It's been used to describe me and it drives me absolutely, up-the-wall crazy. Why? Because the shoe doesn't fit. To be a hipster is to be a part of a subculture. Hipsters shun ...

Friends form tighter bonds in college

Julianna Eveland

February 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

College is a unique time in life when making friends comes naturally. Having the ability pick and choose who to spend time with makes it less challenging to find the right group of people. Whereas in high school, a smaller setting, it feels more like a "making the best with what's around" type of situ...

Managing stress with mindfulness

Managing stress with mindfulness

Valerie Teegardin

February 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have many regrets in life, and taking that one yoga class at a 24-Hour Fitness back in high school comes close to topping the list. I only signed up to ward off summer boredom. At the end of that yoga class I found myself silently shaking in a vain attempt to contain my laughter, while the rest of th...

Chico isn’t all that weird

Chico isn’t all that weird

Kevin Crittenden

February 17, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

  “Let’s get weird!” is a mantra used for a wide range of purposes, from booze-drenched revelry to neon hula hooping. In Chico, this slogan has given way to a new one — “Keep Chico Weird.” But can Chico really be appropriately described as weird? Don’t get me wrong — by North Valle...

Chico’s reputation as a violent campus

Matt Murphy

February 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Over the last few years, Chico State has begun to accumulate a reputation as a violent place to live. Each semester there are assaults, thefts, even an attempted kidnapping just last week. But is Chico really that much more dangerous than any other college town? Chico is a smaller metropolitan...

Social media can ruin relationships

Veronica De La Cruz

February 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Social media has the potential to ruin any relationship. It’s astonishing that the updates that a new significant other posts, the photos they take or even whose picture or status they “like” will become just as important as the words coming out of their mouth on the first date. Instea...

Mental health services suffer from budget cuts

Veronica De La Cruz

February 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

One in every four people ages 18-24 suffer from a mental health illness, according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness.They have also reported that college counseling centers have observed an increase in the prevalence and severity of mental health issues experienced by students. This number w...

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