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Board approves new student senate

Board approves new student senate

Christine Lee

February 25, 2014


Filed under News

The Associated Students Government Affairs Committee voted unanimously Monday to approve a new senate council made up of student representatives from each college at Chico State. The representatives will be voted on by the student body. Their decision turned over to the A.S. Board of Directors, who also unanimously approved the change...

University ignores students’ voices

February 12, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

It is said that change starts with one person, but that rarely seems to be the case. This semester, students in a geography class are working toward change on campus. Students in the Environmental Thought in Action course are currently trying to get a new advisory measure on the Associated Students...

Program educates to prevent alcohol-related deaths

Program educates to prevent alcohol-related deaths

Madison Holmes

February 12, 2014


Filed under News

In response to alcohol-related deaths, the Red Watch Band program at Chico State aims to give students the knowledge and ability to prevent deaths from alcohol overdose. Each year 1,825 college students die from alcohol poisoning and overdose, according to the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center. CADEC decided to implement this...

Agricultural organization offers organic vegetables

Agricultural organization offers organic vegetables

Gary Nelson

February 11, 2014


Filed under Features

The University Farm is opening a new market on Friday with the Organic Vegetable Project. The Organic Vegetable Project is a grant-funded, research-based and student-run project that started in the spring of 2008. The project was spearheaded by Associated Students Sustainability and Lee Altier, professor of horticulture and director of the...

New minimum wage a concern for A.S.

Enrique Raymundo

February 11, 2014


Filed under News

California's minimum wage increase may affect how the Associated Students pays its salaried employees. The state's minimum wage will increase to $9 in July after State Assembly Bill 10 passed last September. In 2016, the minimum will increase to $10. At a Board of Directors meeting Monday, A.S....

Student activists seek oil divestment

Student activists seek oil divestment

Eric Mccauley

February 9, 2014


Filed under News

Members of a student activism course are working with Associated Students to draft a ballot measure that would urge the university to release all stock holdings in fossil fuel companies. Each year, students in the Environmental Thought in Action course work to place an advisory measure on the A.S. spring election ...

Bookstore to change its business model

Bookstore to change its business model

Enrique Raymundo

February 8, 2014


Filed under News

The Chico State Wildcat Store is looking to change its business model in response to a projected downward trend in computer and textbook sales, as well as projected losses in net revenue. Textbook sales are expected to drop below 40 percent of the Wildcat Store’s total sales within three years, ac...

Wildcat Store seeks financial stopgap

Wildcat Store seeks financial stopgap

Enrique Raymundo

February 7, 2014


Filed under News

The Associated Students Wildcat Store is projected to lose more than $450,000 within the next three years, according to estimates shown Friday at the Associated Students Business Committee.A proposed $150,000 cut to overhead costs like rent and utilities would make the Wildcat Store profitable for two years, said David Buckley, execut...

Surveys, safety cause of commencement changes

Surveys, safety cause of commencement changes

Christine Lee

February 5, 2014


Filed under Breaking News, News

Surveys from graduating students and Chico State's Public Safety Advisory Committee's safety concerns led to the decision to cut the number of commencement guests allowed per graduate. Three to four times each year, a newsletter is sent to graduating students, providing an online survey about what they would like to see at their ceremony, sai...

AS, committee addresses year ahead

AS, committee addresses year ahead

Enrique Raymundo

January 27, 2014


Filed under News

The Government Affairs Committee and the Associated Students Board of Directors held meetings Monday afternoon to discuss plans for the upcoming semester. Hungry WildcatA significant amount of food has been collected for the Hungry Wildcat program.The program is capable of providing food to more students...

New restrooms welcome everyone

New restrooms welcome everyone

Mozes Zarate

January 22, 2014


Filed under News

Construction of the first of three gender-inclusive restroom in the Bell Memorial Union wrapped up Monday afternoon. The restrooms were funded by the Associated Students at Chico State and cost around $140,000 to build, said Kory Acosta, vice president of Facilities and Services. The intention is to accommodate gender variant st...

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