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Chico’s couch ordinance is for the best

Chico’s couch ordinance is for the best

Alex Horne

May 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Walking down the street on the way to class or a friend’s house is usually met by constant porch-to-sidewalk greetings. These days, it feels like this happens less and less. This could be due to Chico’s couch ordinance. The city has begun issuing citations for breaking the ordinance and so have property management companies. Although I t...

Chico streets are whack

Chico streets are whack

Alex Horne

May 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever felt like you were risking your life simply crossing the street in Chico? I know I have. The streets of downtown, the CHICO streets (Chestnut, Hazel, Ivy, Cherry, Orange) and any street near campus are jam packed with pedestrians, cars, bikers and boarders. In my opinion, driving, walkin...

Are unpaid internships unethical?

Are unpaid internships unethical?

Alex Horne

May 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As a junior, I hear the word all the time: internship. It seems most students who are graduating the following year are looking for one. Many say that an internship during the summer prior to graduating is crucial to landing a good job after college. And I would agree with that. Internships give experience...

Chico is getting expensive

Chico is getting expensive

Alex Horne

April 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Rent: $600; authentic Mexican food: $9; cover charge at a bar: $3. How is a college student supposed to afford it all? It feels like Chico is getting more and more expensive every day. The numbers are very small, but it seems that many places are slightly raising their prices. All these tiny incremental price ...

Chico’s isolation has benefits

Chico’s isolation has benefits

Alex Horne and Helen Suh

April 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever felt when you're in Chico like you're stuck out in the middle of nowhere? Sometimes I feel this way, but I have come to realize it isn't necessarily a downside as I once thought it was.Most who attend Chico State come from California and compared to most of California, Chico is relativel...

Online classes equal less learning

Online classes equal less learning

Alex Horne

April 15, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Not leaving home, sitting on the couch and class time whenever: all enticing facets of online classes. But is it all worth it? Online classes are an easy way to avoid the stress of creating a cohesive class schedule and getting to campus. It can seem like a miracle when searching for a class and an ...

Terrorism: My opinion from being in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015

Terrorism: My opinion from being in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015

Alex Horne

March 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Terrorism: It’s a word that has been on the forefront of American conversation and political debate for the past 15 years. In the past year terrorism has rocked some of the world's major cities including Beirut, Paris, Istanbul, Nairobi, San Bernardino, Jakarta and most recently Brussels and Lahore. Hav...

Put down Snapchat, live your life

Put down Snapchat, live your life

Alex Horne

March 24, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There seems to be a trend in deleting social media accounts, at least temporarily. Despite this, the one that doesn’t seem to be ousted is Snapchat. Even those who claim to wipe their phones and minds clean of all social media distractions can't seem to part with this app. Snapchat was likely an...

I won’t be voting for Trump

I won’t be voting for Trump

Alex Horne

March 17, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

At Chico State, the notion of supporting Donald Trump is practically unheard of. Praises of Bernie Sanders echo throughout the halls. Our little liberal campus is a haven for Trump haters, and I too am part of this group. Donald Trump has evolved from New York businessman to reality show host to Wa...

Life is scripted

Life is scripted

Alex Horne

February 25, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You may not know it, but you have been playing the game your whole life. This, of course, is the game of getting ahead. As American society is becoming more and more competitive, we find ourselves pushed harder and harder to do better than the person next to us. Our culture has decided what is necess...

Too much true crime

Too much true crime

Alex Horne

February 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Finally comfortable, you close your eyes in your soft warm bed and begin to drift asleep. Then your eyes open. You remember you just finished watching "Dateline."Quickly arising, you check every window and door and close all the blinds. You would nail wood over every door but you don’t have wood or na...

Corporate created learning is squandering creativity

Corporate created learning is squandering creativity

Alex Horne

February 10, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You log in, read the e-book, do the Learnsmart and take the online quiz. At the same time your professor is simply watching the grades from all their classes roll in. Professors do this via Learnsmart, an online form of homework that is prefabricated by the corporate learning giant McGraw-Hill. Not lifti...

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