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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...

Four must-visit campus locations for new students

Four must-visit campus locations for new students

Lindsay Pincus

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

About a year ago, I was a freshman. I had just moved into Lassen Hall and had a teary goodbye with my parents. Then that was it. I was alone. My roommate wasn’t there and all the girls on my floor were buddied up with their roommates. I thought I would be productive and go get my books from the...

Squish, smash, spray, swat skeeters

Nicole Santos

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Mosquitoes suck. It’s my third year at Chico State, and let me tell you, the worst part about going back to school is the amount of mosquito bites I accumulate during the first few months. Freshman, expect to be bit at the beginning of the semester. You can’t escape it. It will happen randomly....

Oft-broke student cashes in on budget tips

Quinn Western

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“I have less than $100 in my account and rent is due next week.” That was probably the last thing my dad wanted to hear during a phone call last March. He trusted me to budget my expenses last year and — like many college students — I was short. My father is a banker, and I am a college...

Student shut-in prioritizes having fun over work

Benjamin Mullin

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I pass the same sidewalk graffiti on my walk home every day. It’s a stenciled send-up of Darwin’s evolution of man, the oft-caricatured visual representation of humans evolving gradually from chimpanzees. This version has a chilling twist, however. Right after the human stage of evolution, after...

Loud roommate? Study quietly in these spots

Allison Weeks

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Life can be a lot harder when you have a roommate who wants to party all the time. Those of you going through this, have no fear. There are places outside your bedroom that will allow you to articulate your thoughts out loud and on paper. Here are a few serene places on and around campus that will...

Columnists assess Labor Day booze ban: Students should be able to drink

Tara Miller

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Throughout the years, Labor Day weekend has always been considered a pretty big alcohol-related event, primarily because of the Labor Day float. However, after the death of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Brett Olson last year, any sort of alcoholic beverage has been banned from the Sacramento River. But...

Columnists assess Labor Day booze ban on river: Sober Labor Day float is remedy Chico needs

Paul Smeltzer

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you decide to participate in holiday floats, keep in mind a little alcohol-free fun won’t kill anyone. Counties around the Sacramento River have finally wised up and banned alcohol during holiday floats, a deadly tradition that has plagued Chico State for years. In other words, the beer won’t...

Hometown friendships dwindle as time passes

Amanda Irons

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Each summer it seems as if I go through a friendship gauntlet. Perhaps this accompanies the lifestyle of those who come out of high school with an amoeba friendship group — a lot of little groups of friends joining forces and constantly shifting shape to hang out. It appears with the progression of...

Pathway courses cause confusion for students from other universities

Nick Sestanovich

August 31, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you haven’t already guessed by my presence on The Orion, I’m studying to become a journalist. So far, I’ve been very impressed with Chico State’s journalism program and the variety of courses offered. But while planning my schedule, I noticed that in addition to 40 major units and 20 minor...

Online dating expands to pockets

Amanda Irons

August 31, 2013


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all heard the scuffs revolving around online dating since the early 2000s. The chance to meet potential mates through a means of non-face-to-face interactions leaves some turned off. This stigma doesn’t seem to hinder business. Between 2005 and 2012, as many as 35 percent of married couples...

Cardio ‘Cat: 5 ways to be healthy this fall

Risa Johnson

August 28, 2013


Filed under Features, Opinion

This summer I ran a 5,000 and a 10,000-meter race and went to the gym after work four to five days a week. I lost 10 pounds and gained speed and endurance every week. So I got to thinking: how the heck am I going to keep working out this much once school starts? I started jotting down some tips...

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