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Pulling investments from fossil fuels makes sense

Pulling investments from fossil fuels makes sense

October 22, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Associated Students is lobbying the University Foundation to pull its investments from companies that produce fossil fuels, which is the socially conscious thing to do. A.S. has given $271,000 in student money to invest. It would take 5 to 7 years to gradually divest from fossil fuel companies that...

Students will benefit from Covered California

Students will benefit from Covered California

October 15, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Covered California is a great resource students should take advantage of. It offers health insurance plans to California residents at an affordable price. California residents can look online for plans or find out if they are eligible for Medi-Cal. Covered California also provides face-to-face assistance...

Chico State must do more to combat drug problem

Chico State must do more to combat drug problem

October 8, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The annual Clery Report, released Oct. 1, shows that drug violations increased more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2012. Chico State’s efforts to curb alcohol abuse were clearly successful, but the statistics indicate drug-prevention efforts need the same kind of drive and determination. Referrals...

To prevent theft, students need to be good neighbors

To prevent theft, students need to be good neighbors

October 1, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

By themselves, the individual increases in crime around Chico don’t seem like a big problem. But taken together, they’re a clear indicator that students need to take their safety seriously this semester. Thirty bike thefts have occurred so far this semester, and Chico experienced a general in...

CSU’s solution for course bottleneck shortsighted

CSU’s solution for course bottleneck shortsighted

September 24, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The California State University Board of Trustees will decide this week whether to fix impacted courses statewide by redesigning  19 of them to be fully online courses. This is a misguided attempt that will sacrifice quality of education for quantity of classes. The thinking behind the proposal ...

Boosted Wi-Fi availability bolsters state, university

Boosted Wi-Fi availability bolsters state, university

September 18, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Two crucial bills sitting on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown will affect the everyday lives of about one-third of Californians. Both SB740 and AB1299 will provide Californians with the tools and knowledge they need to become active users of the Internet. SB740 will allow the state government to spe...

Lack of funding for police puts students in jeopardy

Lack of funding for police puts students in jeopardy

September 11, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

As today’s front-page package suggests, a lack of investment in our city’s police force is putting students — and every other Chico resident — in danger. There are 64 officers from the Chico Police Department currently patrolling the streets. The last time we had that many officers, the city was home ...

Formula for a safe float: fewer people, less booze

September 7, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

About 7,000 fewer people showed up to the Labor Day float this year compared to the year before, probably because of the alcohol ban imposed by both Butte and Glenn counties. This year, only 3,000 people attended the float. Compare that to last year’s festivities on the Sacramento River, which had...

Fights only perpetuate our 'party school' reputation

Fights only perpetuate our 'party school' reputation

August 31, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Fights happen, but when the mob is so big that police can’t protect people, something is seriously wrong. Just after midnight on Aug. 24, the Chico Police Department responded to a party that had grown out of control on the 600 block of Ivy Street. When officers moved in to control the scen...

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