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Crimes recorded in Clery Report should extend beyond campus

Crimes recorded in Clery Report should extend beyond campus

Quinn Western

October 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Chico is a great city during the day, but by night, I don’t want to venture past my doorstep. Hell, I hate walking to my kitchen in the dark as I hear people and sirens screaming outside my windows. There were 109 rapes reported in Chico between 2009 and 2011, as detailed by Chico Police. During that s...

New program could fix crammed classes

New program could fix crammed classes

Nick Sestanovich

October 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I know how difficult it is to complete 140 units in just four years, but there are many ways to get it done. Taking classes over summer or winter breaks seems to be a popular choice. Getting an internship also helps. And as of this year, there’s another way to obtain those units: taking classes...

Keeping the sniffles to a minimum

Keeping the sniffles to a minimum

Tara Miller

October 1, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Brace yourselves fellow students, the flu season is upon us. If the health center giving flu shots on campus and the obnoxious coughs and sneezes in class weren't enough of a hint. Because the flu has begun to make its course around campus, it’s now time to make even more precautions for yourselves so that you don’t e...

Full use of Blackboard should help conserve paper

Full use of Blackboard should help conserve paper

Nick Sestanovich

September 30, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Blackboard Learn, the virtual educational platform, is hardly a new technology at Chico State. It's been in use since 1998 if you count its incarnation as WebCT, but it definitely has reshaped education for the better. Students can check grades, talk to instructors outside of the classroom and even...

Test anxiety a vicious cycle

Paul Smeltzer

September 30, 2013


Filed under Opinion

The only way I could get an “A” on every exam is if Chico State offered a section about drawing blanks. Studies show that 90 percent of taking an exam is psychological and the rest relies on how well you studied. Tests measure your ability to perform in the moment more than anything el...

Kill drug indifference

Kill drug indifference

Amanda Irons

September 29, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m a firm believer that adults should be able to live their lives as they choose. Generally, adults make decent choices. What bothers me, however, is when people make rash decisions that lead to events that compromise their life and the lives of those who surround them. The leading cause of accidental...

Need help completing units? There’s ICE for that

Nick Sestanovich

September 28, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Last week I wrote about the frustrations of graduating on time. This week, I’m taking a more optimistic approach. I know how difficult it is to complete 140 units in just four semesters, especially if a class fills up or there are course conflicts, but there are other methods for getting the un...

Opening up: BMU renovations

Amanda Irons

September 28, 2013


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The Bell Memorial Union is undergoing several major renovations. The second floor of the bookstore is the to be first renovated. In attempts to replicate a more modern style, the plan is to create an open office space work environment.Associated Students programs including Freshman Leadership Opportuni...

Off The Record | Episode 5 | Girl Problems

September 27, 2013


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion, Video

This show is all about girls for the most part. Sex columnist, Chantal Richards joins me to discuss her recent writings on period sex and gynecologist visits. Panelists: Jeff Barron https://twitter.com/jeffreyabarron Chantal Richards https://twitter.com/chantierichards Cammi Carter https://twitter.com/goldennotes Kasey...

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 ...

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