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Correlating Chico’s cold front to better grades

Correlating Chico’s cold front to better grades

Matt Murphy

January 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Ah, the first week of a new semester. A biannual event that sees friends reconnect and books get purchased as Chico’s population grow by thousands overnight. Previous choices, good and bad, are pondered, learned from and repeated or desisted.Reconnecting is often what gets Chico State students into trouble. The s...

A conversation about conservation

Zachary Phillips

January 23, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you've most likely heard that California is in a bit of a water crisis. According to the US Drought Monitor, about 99 percent of California is "abnormally dry" or worse. However, that statistic really doesn't do the drought justice as abou...

Succeeding in the spring semester

Succeeding in the spring semester

Valerie Teegardin

January 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dust off your backpack and empty your bank account at the bookstore, because spring semester is here at Chico State. No more sleeping past noon or home cooked meals from mom, that one month of pure, break bliss is as dead as your shriveled up Christmas tree. Completely draining that fresh motivation you ...

Eye of the driver

Eye of the driver

Kevin Crittenden

January 22, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Driving a cab in Chico was the best crappy job I’ve ever had.I gave rides to hookers, lawyers, lowlifes and lonely drunks. I was always surprised at the quality of conversation, the openness of communication my passengers felt riding with me. If it wasn’t for the dangerous people and crazy hours I mig...

Landlords should not babysit boozers

January 22, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Underage drinking has always been a hotly discussed issue for colleges and their surrounding communities, and Chico is no exception. If anything could be said of Chico’s reputation on this topic, whether earned or not, it would likely not be positive. With that in mind, another solution has been...

Challenging the required in required reading

Kristina Martinez

January 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It can be a tricky situation for college students when trying to decide what is necessary for you to buy for school and what is not. A textbook is always seen in the eye of the professor as "required." But is it really always necessary to buy the textbook for a passing grade?According to the National...

Getting past the back to school blues

Getting past the back to school blues

Julianna Eveland

January 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It's January. Returning from the absent minded freedom of being home for the holidays may bring on a case of the back to school blues. A sense of nostalgia has already come on and the thought of all the hard work that lies ahead is starting to make your head spin. Although this year we h...

Learning about personal space and respecting boundaries

Learning about personal space and respecting boundaries

Prin Mayowa

January 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Making friends is always tough. It usually takes a lot of going out on a limb to meet new people. In college, some people swear by the idea of "The more, the merrier!" That, and the less money you’ll have to pitch in when the weekends come around. Getting a great group of friends together...

Finding a major that suits your personality

Finding a major that suits your personality

Zachary Phillips

January 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The only thing that feels worse than deciding to change your major after getting halfway through an unwanted degree is deciding not to change your major because you've been around campus for so long that some people are starting to mistake you for a faculty member. In hopes of simplifying the daunting task of selecting a major, I have d...

The lost art of voice mails

The lost art of voice mails

Kevin Crittenden

January 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Voice mails are dying. A mass transition from calling to text messaging means the voice message is losing its territory to the newer species of information exchange. Remember voice mails? They are like audio post cards. They give you a chance to rant. This is something invaluable to the neurotics am...

Bike lights are a misstep in the right direction

Bike lights are a misstep in the right direction

December 18, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Come Jan. 1 some cyclists who break the law by not having a bike light will be given a free pass. A partnership between Chico Velo Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and the Chico Police Department may be giving violators a free bike light in addition to the $100 to $150 fix-it ticket. While...

Giving thoughtful gifts for the holidays

Kristina Martinez

December 18, 2013


Filed under Opinion

  I am a firm believer in the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts,” when it comes to buying people presents. Whether you spend $100 on a gift or even just $10, as long as the person can see that you put some thought into it, that’s what counts. The truth of the matter is, people like when you...

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