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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...

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...

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