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Your morning guilty pleasure is lying to you

Your morning guilty pleasure is lying to you

Paul Smeltzer

September 25, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I would sooner cut off my pinky than compromise the most potent and ritualized way of waking up. Decaffeinated coffee is nothing more than a mistake. What does it really mean when you drink decaffeinated coffee to begin with? The whole appeal of coffee comes from using it to wake up in the morning, so in f...

Millions giving Miley Cyrus publicity she craves, ‘and she won’t stop’ her behavior

Millions giving Miley Cyrus publicity she craves, ‘and she won’t stop’ her behavior

Amanda Irons

September 24, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you had asked me what I thought about Miley Cyrus two years ago, I’d likely bring up Hannah Montana and a lackluster singing career. But since the airing of Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus’ performance of “Blurred Lines” during the MTV Video Music Awards, people often affiliate a whole new ...

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 ...

Starbucks should permit guns despite new letter

Starbucks should permit guns despite new letter

Tara Miller

September 24, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Getting a cup of coffee at Starbucks while carrying a gun seems strange, but with all of the recent mass shootings, it’s not inconceivable that patrons might want a little more protection. That’s why Starbucks should stop asking people to leave their guns outside the shop. Dangerous situations might arise and peop...

Faculty next door will help students study

Faculty next door will help students study

Paul Smeltzer

September 24, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Practicing what you teach has a different meaning for professors who wake up in the dorms every day. To further immerse students in their studies, universities such as UC Berkeley allow teachers to live in dorms where they have a more effective impact on student learning. This may sound like a horribl...

Running late to class

Running late to class

Tara Miller

September 24, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Hitting the snooze button on the alarm seems to plague so many college students. We’ve all done it at some point. But when you hit it one too many times, you’re already 10 minutes late. Most of us probably have either been in this situation or have been in a classroom where someone is late. I know for me, it gets ...

Chico, pick up your trash

Chico, pick up your trash

Nick Sestanovich

September 24, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The Butte Environmental Council was one of many groups participating in California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, which aims to pick up litter across the state's coasts. The BEC focused its efforts on Big Chico Creek and Bidwell Park, with volunteers turning out in droves despite the heavy rain. Accordin...

Don’t worry about graduating in four years

Don’t worry about graduating in four years

Nick Sestanovich

September 21, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I guess this is as good a time as any to mention that this is my fifth year in college. When I was younger, I had this preconception that I would graduate from college in four years. After spending three years in community college, it became clear to me that completing my major in just one year would hav...

Leave Miss America alone

Leave Miss America alone

Amanda Irons

September 20, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

New Yorker Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, being the first woman of Indian decent to earn the title. Twitter responded in an uproar about the title recipient. Comments arose regarding her race, and vicious attacks including remarks about her being a terrorist, Miss 7-11, and even a few obl...

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Nick Sestanovich

September 19, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I tend to associate peer pressure with high school, but it actually gets worse at the college level. I’ve already outed myself as not much of a partier, and I think part of that could be that at the few parties I’ve been to, there’s always a certain expectation of what you should be doing. Among th...

The O-Face: Warning: First time may not include rose petals

The O-Face: Warning: First time may not include rose petals

Chantal Richards

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features

The media tends to make losing your virginity seem like a piece of cake. In reality, only a few lose it in the way they envision. No one is really ready to start having sex, ever. It is common for the act to begin spontaneously, after one lets his or her guard down, and the first time isn’t alw...

Cardio ‘Cat: Benefits of personal training

Cardio ‘Cat: Benefits of personal training

Risa Johnson

September 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features

  Ten-hut! If you want an intense, almost militaristic motivator when you work out, then personal training may be for you. A friend who goes to Boot Camp sessions at the Wildcat Recreation Center recently  sold me on joining personal training. I tried CrossFit last year and inju...

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