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March celebrates coming out

March celebrates coming out

Bill Hall
October 15, 2013
Filed under News

“Gay, straight, black, white — marriage is a civil right.” The chant echoed through the streets of downtown Chico on Friday as students and supporters marched for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights. The pride march, held on National Coming Out Day, was one of the fina...

Students must be cautious toward landlords

Students must be cautious toward landlords

Allison Weeks
October 15, 2013
Filed under Columns, Opinion

My former landlord should be ashamed of himself. Last year, I lived off Fourth Avenue with two of my friends. We rented a three bedroom, two bathroom apartment through a rental company in Chico. I was excited because I was living off campus for the first time since I came to Chico State. We put down $...

Models show off wild designs

Models show off wild designs

October 15, 2013
Filed under Features

Milk, honey, fake blood and imitation tar covered the models as they strutted down the runway Saturday night at the the Silver Dollar Fairground. Chikoko, a group comprised of five designers with backgrounds in visual and performing arts, formed their business in 2005. The concept of Saturday...

Cardio ‘Cat: Lessons learned from running a half-marathon

Cardio ‘Cat: Lessons learned from running a half-marathon

Risa Johnson
October 15, 2013
Filed under Features

My first half-marathon was the most rewarding race I’ve ever finished, including 10k and 5k races. I have never had so much trouble walking after a race, but more importantly, I have never had so much support from friends, family and strangers ringing bells and waving signs along the way. Hopefully sharing my experience will make you want to join in ...

Students plug in to rock out

Students plug in to rock out

Nicole Santos
October 15, 2013
Filed under Features

The Deaf Pilots: The Deaf Pilots are a three-man rock ’n’ roll band whose music is high energy hard rock with a classic rock influence. Formed in 2009, the band changed its lineup several times as its members left Chico. Derek Julian, a senior communication studies major, Ryan Fairley...

Stop and smell the roses

Stop and smell the roses

Risa Johnson
October 14, 2013
Filed under Features

Hundreds of students rush by on their way to class, but a only few stop to smell the roses. The George Petersen Rose Garden is a beautiful historical highlight of campus and a popular spot for campus events such as Grillin’ on the Grass, Moon on Movie and the International Festival. The m...

Panel discusses LGBTQ+ issues

Panel discusses LGBTQ+ issues

Mozes Zarate
October 10, 2013
Filed under News

Members of the LGBTQ+ community presented a panel discussion in the Cross Cultural Leadership Center as part of Queer Week at Chico State Monday evening. The talk was coordinated by the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center and Associated Students LGBQT+ program. Panelists were joined by a crowd of students and community activists. “The panel allows st...

Music, dance clears city streets

Music, dance clears city streets

Christine Lee
October 8, 2013
Filed under News

Chicoans took to the streets with their boots, bikes and boards Sunday afternoon for Chico Car-Free Day. Nine blocks of a neighborhood near downtown were blocked off, between Wall and Flume streets from Fourth  to Seventh streets. At each corner of the area, there were bands, bike workshops a...

Getting tricky with yo-yo masters

Getting tricky with yo-yo masters

Quinn Western
October 8, 2013
Filed under Features

Music blared Saturday throughout City Plaza, where crowds stared in awe as the nation’s top yo-yo players dribbled, flipped and spun yo-yos around their bodies. The competitors in the 2013 National Yo-Yo Contest weaved the circular disks on a string between their legs, gracefully twirled the yo-...

Community rallies for children’s playground

Community rallies for children’s playground

Bill Hall
October 8, 2013
Filed under News

Community members have been working on creative solutions to keep a beloved Chico children’s playground open in the wake of budget cuts. The City Council adopted a budget in early July that decreased spending for Bidwell Park by about $500,000. As a result, Caper Acres was closed Monday throu...

Mixed martial arts kicks up curriculum

Mixed martial arts kicks up curriculum

Risa Johnson
October 5, 2013
Filed under Features

Pairs of students are putting their partners in chokeholds and knocking them to the ground. It's just another day in mixed martial arts class. Farshad Azad, or “Grandmaster” as his students and co-workers refer to him, is a kinesiology lecturer at Chico State and owner of Azads Martial Arts...

‘Cats force OT, fall to Cal State San Bernardino

Taylor Maddox
October 4, 2013
Filed under Sports

The Chico State women’s team kicked off an exciting night of action, but came up short against California Collegiate Athletic Association South Division leaderCal State San Bernardino. The loss comes on the heels of last weekend’s road trip, which saw the ’Cats end a two-game losing slide with a victory over Cal State D...

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