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Chico State retires party school reputation

Chico State retires party school reputation

Valerie Teegardin

February 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I'm from Vancouver, Wash. and finding people who actually know about Chico State is as rare as seeing sunshine between October and June. If by some tiny chance a Washingtonian does know about Chico, an, "Oh, the party school!" is blurted out as if it's the distinguishing characteristic that defines our colleg...

Smartphone users represent new face of addiction

Matt Murphy

February 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Nothing that makes up society is static. As society progresses and new technology becomes available, people have become dependent on a device that didn’t even exist 10 years ago — the smartphone. Changes are always happening. Even the definitions of words are fluid and always morphing....

TED talks provide free, fascinating education

TED talks provide free, fascinating education

Kevin Crittenden

February 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everybody wants to think of the next big thing. Fortunately, the pursuit of quality knowledge doesn’t need to be as boring as heavy reading. TED talks offer a wide range of remarkable stories that once can watch.For those who haven’t heard of TED, the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment & Des...

Make a memorable impression or be forgotten

Make a memorable impression or be forgotten

Prin Mayowa

February 12, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

People don’t realize that we all have this weird, innate feeling that makes us believe that we should be important to a lot of people, if not everyone. It's unhealthy, I know. People and memories are very similar. In some cases they're almost the same thing. Sometimes I suppress mem...

Combatting rape culture on campus

Combatting rape culture on campus

Zachary Phillips

February 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Colleges never mention sexual assault in their recruiting pamphlets. Graduation rates, sustainability and diversity: these shiny statistics and more can be found front and center on Chico State's home page. By the time they have graduated from a five-year college career, one in five women will h...

Constant comparison corrodes self-confidence

Constant comparison corrodes self-confidence

Julianna Eveland

February 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As young adults we try our best to become the smartest, strongest, healthiest or most accomplished versions of ourselves. Naturally, we look to other people as examples. Following that, we tend to compare ourselves to them. The compulsion to self-critique is said to come from one's compariso...

Climbing costs keep students from exploring courses

Climbing costs keep students from exploring courses

Matt Murphy

February 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever had to pass up a class outside of your major that seemed interesting because of high tuition costs? I have faced this dilemma many times before. I came to college with a plan. I fell in love with writing my junior year of high school and knew I wanted to study journalism in coll...

Chico dehumanizes homeless population

Zachary Phillips

February 4, 2014


Filed under Columns

In “Purgatorio,” part one of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” the fourth level of purgatory is reserved for those afflicted by sloth — a lack of action in response to others’ needs. The men and women occupying this terrace are eternally tasked with constant movement, damned to never a...

A user-friendly guide to the WREC

A user-friendly guide to the WREC

Zachary Phillips

January 29, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Recent graduates are always full of regrets.Whether college seemed to disappear in a flash, or drag on well past its welcome, human nature tends to prompt graduates to look back on their time at Chico State and wish they had experienced more. One of the most common “carpe diem” fails that I tend to h...

Getting dressed to get taken seriously

Getting dressed to get taken seriously

Julianna Eveland

January 29, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As I walk to classes, maneuvering my way through the flow of people, I glance up and down to take in their appearance. No matter where you go, you are going to be judged by your exterior first. Growing up we learned to not judge a book by its cover, yet we subconsciously make assessments of those w...

Science can still save us

Science can still save us

Kevin Crittenden

January 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Although science and technology have shaped our society, there is a dangerous lack of understanding of science’s role as a way of thinking and living. The innate curiosity that makes us human, the desire to know why things are the way they are, is beaten out of us by scared teachers or squelched b...

Students skim to success

Veronica De La Cruz

January 27, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A new semester calls for a new, heavy workload.Some students have no issue being assigned 50-plus pages to read a night. However, others definitely feel the stress when they are involved in other activities that require a significant amount of their time.They may partake in many different activities such ...

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