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Don’t worry about graduating in four years

Don’t worry about graduating in four years

Nick Sestanovich

September 21, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I guess this is as good a time as any to mention that this is my fifth year in college. When I was younger, I had this preconception that I would graduate from college in four years. After spending three years in community college, it became clear to me that completing my major in just one year would hav...

The O-Face: Warning: First time may not include rose petals

The O-Face: Warning: First time may not include rose petals

Chantal Richards

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features

The media tends to make losing your virginity seem like a piece of cake. In reality, only a few lose it in the way they envision. No one is really ready to start having sex, ever. It is common for the act to begin spontaneously, after one lets his or her guard down, and the first time isn’t alw...

Cardio ‘Cat: Benefits of personal training

Cardio ‘Cat: Benefits of personal training

Risa Johnson

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features

  Ten-hut! If you want an intense, almost militaristic motivator when you work out, then personal training may be for you. A friend who goes to Boot Camp sessions at the Wildcat Recreation Center recently  sold me on joining personal training. I tried CrossFit last year and inju...

Chico needs its horse cops back

Chico needs its horse cops back

Amanda Irons

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I miss the horse cops. I know the funding for one horse cop is equivalent to three patrol officers, and I acknowledge that the city’s in financial trouble, but that’s beside the point. Bumbling around downtown, gracelessly approaching a mounted officer and inquiring if you can pet their gall...

Workplaces take a stand on sitting down

Workplaces take a stand on sitting down

Nick Sestanovich

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When R.E.M. sang “stand in the place where you work” back in 1988, they probably didn’t think their idea would be taken literally in Chico 25 years later. A number of local businesses including Auctiva and Build.com have begun to use standing workstations, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record. ...

Assessment tests fail critical evaluations

Assessment tests fail critical evaluations

Paul Smeltzer

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Graduation now comes with an extra obstacle for some students. Colleges nationwide are signed up to give the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus, a test aimed to measure a graduate’s ability for prospective employers. According to the Chicago Tribune, “about 200 colleges and universities, includin...

Gov. Brown, raise pay for everyone

Gov. Brown, raise pay for everyone

Tara Miller

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Being a college student and living off an $8 an hour job is nearly impossible, especially when most of us are expected to pay for rent, food, textbooks and other bills on our own. Thankfully the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 has been approved by both the Senate and the Assembly. If passed, The bill will raise the minim...

The O-Face: Surviving virginity

Chantal Richards

September 16, 2013


Filed under Columns

Sex is everywhere. From the books we read to the shows we watch, to stumbling blindly into a room where a roommate is intertwined with another person. In college, being a virgin becomes a game of cat and mouse of not giving into the pressure that is all around you. Being a virgin should not...

To stay plugged in, remove your headphones

To stay plugged in, remove your headphones

Tara Miller

September 10, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The lack of awareness that comes with wearing headphones can be dangerous. So dangerous that it can lead to serious injury or death. The fact that listening to music on headphones makes us less attentive to our surroundings makes me think of Pa Houa Lor, who died recently after she was struck by a fall...

Punishing drunk students only puts them in danger

Punishing drunk students only puts them in danger

Amanda Irons

September 10, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s Friday night and nothing is going right. Your sandal broke, you’ve thrown back a few more shots than you usually do and you’re tired. And on top of all that, you also live in the dorms. The current protocol at Chico State’s residence halls dictates that if you come home drunk, you’ll get...

Downtown needs new film theater

Downtown needs new film theater

Nick Sestanovich

September 10, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Why should students have to drive to see movies when they should be able to walk? Chico is a town that knows how to accommodate the interests of college students. Many nightclubs, bars, live music venues and parks are within walking distance of campus. It’s not a town where you can complain about a lack of things to do, but i...

The O-Face: Keys to understanding men

The O-Face: Keys to understanding men

Chantal Richards

September 10, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features

I've lost count on how many times I've heard "men are so confusing." Both sexes are confusing but to try to ease the tension that crops up in everyone's life when it comes to the opposite sex, I asked a few men on campus to see what they think is the golden rule women should know when it comes to sex an...

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