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Chico State should strive for diversity in deed, not name

Chico State should strive for diversity in deed, not name

December 3, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

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 ...

Students shouldn’t suffer for Blackboard’s faulty technology

Students shouldn’t suffer for Blackboard’s faulty technology

October 1, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Now that Blackboard Collaborate has been rendered completely dysfunctional, professors and distance students are bending over backwards to complete course requirements. Getting dropped from video feeds, poor audio quality, and empty lecture archives have made Blackboard Collaborate more of a sinki...

Trigger warnings should be out of courtesy, not constraint

Trigger warnings should be out of courtesy, not constraint

September 24, 2014


Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

The American Association of University Professors  is against requiring the use of trigger warnings in classes. It feels that necessitating the warnings limits academic freedom. Trigger warnings were designed to protect trauma victims from content that brings up disturbing memories. For example, a profe...

Future academic reforms shouldn’t slow students down

Future academic reforms shouldn’t slow students down

September 17, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Provost Belle Wei’s resignation brings up questions about the new academic plan’s status. As the plan moves from its brainstorming phase to implementation, Chico State and the new provost should consider these recommendations. This new academic plan is meant to modernize the university’s educa...

Sutter Dining should dump all-you-can eat buffet

Sutter Dining should dump all-you-can eat buffet

September 10, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Chico State generates over 140,000 pounds of waste every school year. As Associated Students strives toward its zero-waste goal, the university is faced with the task of reducing food waste. Out of the 143,325 pounds of waste produced in the last year, more than half came from students throwing out t...

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