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Six reasons for a six-state split

Six reasons for a six-state split

Zachary Phillips

March 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With its sunny beaches, fertile farmland and bustling cities, California is nothing if not newsworthy. The most recent story hovering over the state involves Silicon Valley businessman Tim Draper and his proposition to split California into six different states. Draper’s new boundaries have...

Committing to contribute to diversity on campus

Committing to contribute to diversity on campus

Julianna Eveland

February 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Cultural diversity is a beautiful thing. It’s something I see on campus every day at Chico State. It’s also something that can be easily overlooked. I know a few people who think that Chico is filled with a bunch of white people. From a bird's-eye view, it very well might look like that. ...

Contemplating the correlation between lax police, leisurely drinking

Julianna Eveland

February 26, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

College: The open gate to the world of parties and drinking. The emerging freedom from sheltered wings of the family home. The only thing that could get in the way of that freedom is the police, right?The weekday parties, crazy “ragers” and the police's lax attitude toward it all surprised me when I fi...

Beefing up the argument against beef processing

Yessenia Funes

February 25, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When parents walk into a supermarket thinking about tonight's meal, they aren't debating whether that steak or ground beef is safe. Unfortunately, they should be. Rancho Feeding Corp., located 168 miles away from Chico, just issued a nationwide USDA Class I recall for nearly 9 million pounds of beef product from "diseased and unsound animals" that hadn't been fully inspected, accordin...

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...

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