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Millions giving Miley Cyrus publicity she craves, ‘and she won’t stop’ her behavior

Millions giving Miley Cyrus publicity she craves, ‘and she won’t stop’ her behavior

Amanda Irons

September 24, 2013

If you had asked me what I thought about Miley Cyrus two years ago, I’d likely bring up Hannah Montana and a lackluster singing career. But since the airing of Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus’ performance of “Blurred Lines” during the MTV Video Music Awards, people often affiliate a whole new ...

Starbucks should permit guns despite new letter

Starbucks should permit guns despite new letter

Tara Miller

September 24, 2013

Getting a cup of coffee at Starbucks while carrying a gun seems strange, but with all of the recent mass shootings, it’s not inconceivable that patrons might want a little more protection. That’s why Starbucks should stop asking people to leave their guns outside the shop. Dangerous situations might arise and peop...

Faculty next door will help students study

Faculty next door will help students study

Paul Smeltzer

September 24, 2013

Practicing what you teach has a different meaning for professors who wake up in the dorms every day. To further immerse students in their studies, universities such as UC Berkeley allow teachers to live in dorms where they have a more effective impact on student learning. This may sound like a horribl...

Don’t worry about graduating in four years

Don’t worry about graduating in four years

Nick Sestanovich

September 21, 2013

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 17, 2013

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 17, 2013

  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 17, 2013

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 17, 2013

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 17, 2013

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 17, 2013

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

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

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...

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