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Students should be aware of hazing past in Greek community

February 4, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Monday marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of Matthew Carrington. Carrington, a 21-year-old Chico State student, died in 2005 from heart failure following the consumption of massive amounts of water during a hazing ritual. As part of the pledging process, Carrington was forced to chug gallons of wa...

Students shouldn’t turn a blind eye to women’s rights

January 28, 2015


Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

Roe v. Wade just marked its 42nd anniversary. The famous court case was a landmark decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court on abortion. The court found that the right to privacy, which is part the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, included a woman’s right to have an abortion. So the United...

Eliminate reckless drinking to prevent avoidable deaths

January 21, 2015


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Nicholas Castellanos, a first-year student at Chico State, was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle Friday night at the intersection of West Fifth and Walnut streets. The driver of the vehicle was sober and traveling at the correct speed limit, and the light was green. The toxicology report for Castel...

New tuition bill has good ideas, needs better enforcement

New tuition bill has good ideas, needs better enforcement

December 10, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

A proposed bill from the California State Senate seeks to cancel out tuition hikes, pay students to finish fast and add class sections. This, in exchange for the recent Middle Class Scholarship. Students were in a mixed state of fury and fear last month when the University of California governing bo...

Chico State should strive for diversity in deed, not name

Chico State should strive for diversity in deed, not name

December 3, 2014


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Chico State’s student population is becoming increasingly diverse. The school can officially be considered a Hispanic serving school now that the student body is 26 percent Hispanic. In the last 10 years, Chico State’s Hispanic student population has almost tripled. Its black student population has...

Employee complaints expose need for outside audit

Employee complaints expose need for outside audit

November 19, 2014


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The Chico State administration is under fire once again from university faculty and staff. Two members of the administration have been accused of workplace harassment and bullying. After a request for an outside audit, a long-running dispute over contracts and damning results from a campus climate su...

University Police should proactively patrol downtown

University Police should proactively patrol downtown

November 12, 2014


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Chico Police Department is grossly understaffed and is struggling to maintain order downtown. In response, it has requested that University Police expand their patrols to the downtown area. Scared citizens have reported feeling uncomfortable walking the streets at night. Concerned shop owners have co...

Holiday backup cops should refocus presence downtown

Holiday backup cops should refocus presence downtown

November 5, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Local law enforcement and cops from out-of-town made 41 arrests on Halloween night alone, half of which were out-of-town students. Paramedics also responded to 27 reports of alcohol overdose. Chico State is caught in an endless battle. On one side is the university, fighting to produce bright, ambiti...

Campus needs audit to dissolve administrative dictatorship

Campus needs audit to dissolve administrative dictatorship

October 29, 2014


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A campuswide survey reports that 74 percent of respondent employees feel mistreated and ignored by the university. This survey will be submitted as further cause for an outside audit. Last month, Chico State faculty and staff called for an outside auditor to assess their work environment. It’s now ...

Clery Act should partner with local law enforcement

Clery Act should partner with local law enforcement

October 22, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The Obama Administration just released a proposal to expand the Clery Act, which dictates how universities deal with student and faculty reports of sexual assault and violence. Gender identity and national origin are now considered a possible basis for hate crimes. Universities have to record reports...

Campus beautification should save trees, not pour concrete

Campus beautification should save trees, not pour concrete

October 15, 2014


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A cedar tree that was planted more than 120 years ago was cut down Sunday between Whitney and Tehama halls. The tree was rotting from the inside-out and at risk of falling over. Last semester, a tree fell behind Lassen  Hall, killing Pa Houa Lor, a sophomore health science major. Three weeks ago, anot...

New wildcat statue project is frivolous, not functional

New wildcat statue project is frivolous, not functional

October 8, 2014


Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

Associated Students is going to have a wildcat statue built and installed on campus. The project is being funded by several different groups, and is meant to raise school spirit. In A.S.’s realm of romantic and grandiose rhetoric, erecting a statue to symbolize the spirit of this campus sounds like ...

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