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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...

Graduates, don’t be satisfied with flipping burgers

Graduates, don’t be satisfied with flipping burgers

Paul Smeltzer

September 10, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If nothing else, get a job that makes you happy with the degree you’ve earned. Too often students graduate only to realize they might not get their sought-after job and forget one important idea: with a diploma, they’re open to a wide range of opportunities. So instead of immediately filling out ...

The O-Face: Dysfunctions don’t have to ruin your sex life

The O-Face: Dysfunctions don’t have to ruin your sex life

Chantal Richards

September 9, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features

Have you ever experienced an OD? And no, I’m not talking about a drug overdose. Orgasm dysfunction, or anorgasmia, is a condition in which a person cannot reach sexual climax for various psychological, physical or medical reasons. Anorgasmia is more common in women than in men, but there are case...

Cardio ‘Cat: Upbeat playlists improve workout

Risa Johnson

September 9, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features

Music is an essential part of many people’s workouts. After doing some research, it turns out that a lot of experiments have shown that music increases performance while exercising. The right music can improve your mood and make you forget about your heavy breathing and dripping sweat while increasing...

Traveling tips for the carless

Traveling tips for the carless

Tara Miller

September 7, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Not having my own car sucks. I have to rely on buses, bikes, friends who have cars and my own two legs to get me where I need to go. However, all of those ways of getting around can easily fail anyone who relies on them, especially when they least expect it. A few weeks ago I was riding my bike to run ...

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