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Traveling tips for the carless

Traveling tips for the carless

Tara Miller

September 7, 2013

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 ...

Red Watch Band helps intoxicated students

Paul Smeltzer

September 7, 2013

A new craze is sweeping Chico State. It’s edgy, shocking and revolutionary. The Red Watch Band has hit the streets of downtown Chico thanks to the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, which has inspired and trained students to take a stand against alcohol abuse in bars full of intoxicated drinkers...

Street graffiti disrespectful, triggers memories of assault

Amanda Irons

September 7, 2013

On the morning of Aug. 25, I participated in Be Chico, a downtown cleanup that was intended to bring together the campus and the community to promote a culture of respect and unity. A team of eight and I suited up in tattered fluorescent vests and began picking up trash along Chestnut and Hazel streets. A...

Conserve your cash one dollar at a time

Nick Sestanovich

September 7, 2013

It’s amazing how much can change over the course of two years. I went from living in Craig Hall, where almost all my basic needs were provided for me, to living in a group home where I have to provide for myself. For the next nine months, I have to use my debit card to buy food and supplies while conservi...

Four must-visit campus locations for new students

Four must-visit campus locations for new students

Lindsay Pincus

August 31, 2013

About a year ago, I was a freshman. I had just moved into Lassen Hall and had a teary goodbye with my parents. Then that was it. I was alone. My roommate wasn’t there and all the girls on my floor were buddied up with their roommates. I thought I would be productive and go get my books from the...

Squish, smash, spray, swat skeeters

Nicole Santos

August 31, 2013

Mosquitoes suck. It’s my third year at Chico State, and let me tell you, the worst part about going back to school is the amount of mosquito bites I accumulate during the first few months. Freshman, expect to be bit at the beginning of the semester. You can’t escape it. It will happen randomly....

Oft-broke student cashes in on budget tips

Quinn Western

August 31, 2013

“I have less than $100 in my account and rent is due next week.” That was probably the last thing my dad wanted to hear during a phone call last March. He trusted me to budget my expenses last year and — like many college students — I was short. My father is a banker, and I am a college...

Student shut-in prioritizes having fun over work

Benjamin Mullin

August 31, 2013

I pass the same sidewalk graffiti on my walk home every day. It’s a stenciled send-up of Darwin’s evolution of man, the oft-caricatured visual representation of humans evolving gradually from chimpanzees. This version has a chilling twist, however. Right after the human stage of evolution, after...

Loud roommate? Study quietly in these spots

Allison Weeks

August 31, 2013

Life can be a lot harder when you have a roommate who wants to party all the time. Those of you going through this, have no fear. There are places outside your bedroom that will allow you to articulate your thoughts out loud and on paper. Here are a few serene places on and around campus that will...

Columnists assess Labor Day booze ban: Students should be able to drink

Tara Miller

August 31, 2013

Throughout the years, Labor Day weekend has always been considered a pretty big alcohol-related event, primarily because of the Labor Day float. However, after the death of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Brett Olson last year, any sort of alcoholic beverage has been banned from the Sacramento River. But...

Columnists assess Labor Day booze ban on river: Sober Labor Day float is remedy Chico needs

Paul Smeltzer

August 31, 2013

If you decide to participate in holiday floats, keep in mind a little alcohol-free fun won’t kill anyone. Counties around the Sacramento River have finally wised up and banned alcohol during holiday floats, a deadly tradition that has plagued Chico State for years. In other words, the beer won’t...

Hometown friendships dwindle as time passes

Amanda Irons

August 31, 2013

Each summer it seems as if I go through a friendship gauntlet. Perhaps this accompanies the lifestyle of those who come out of high school with an amoeba friendship group — a lot of little groups of friends joining forces and constantly shifting shape to hang out. It appears with the progression of...

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