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Dear college mom

Dear college mom

Julie Ramos

April 30, 2016

Rewind to the start of my first year in college. My parents have driven me 510 miles from Southern California to Chico, my new home for the next four years. As they help me unpack all my clothes and framed memories from my hometown, we all start to feel emotional about the thought of not seeing each ot...

Online classes equal less learning

Online classes equal less learning

Alex Horne

April 15, 2016

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 ...

Commitment: The college epidemic

Commitment: The college epidemic

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

April 10, 2016

Commitment: Just the word itself sounds big, scary and a little daunting. Maybe it’s because commitment truly is all that, or maybe it’s because I’m a 19-year-old college student and I know we are terrified of the word. Committing to people, places, activities, clubs, organizations, jobs and ...

CSU faculty strike shows college turning into business

CSU faculty strike shows college turning into business

Jeff Guzman

April 4, 2016

News of a faculty strike on California State University campuses has confirmed all suspicion that college has turned into an institution with a bigger view of their profit margins than their students. CSU faculty members will be going on strike this April. The strike will take place April 13-15 and...

Schools skip valuable lessons

Schools skip valuable lessons

Julie Ramos

March 26, 2016

We spend almost a quarter of our lives in school. As early as 3, some people enter preschool, by 4 we all start kindergarten. Then we go from elementary school, to middle school, to high school, to college. A minimum of 17 years of our lives are spent in the school system practicing academics to prepare us...

Students evacuate University Village due to fire initiated by a vape

Students evacuate University Village due to fire initiated by a vape

Michelle Zhu

March 25, 2016

Shortly before midnight on Thursday, a fire alarm cued students to evacuate University Village. Resident Adviser Mitzi Felix immediately called for residents to enter the parking lot and subsequently initiated a phone call to the Chico Police Department. The area wreaked of a burning smell and...

Leave college, not friends

Leave college, not friends

Julie Ramos

March 12, 2016

For the last four years I have called Chico home. It was in Chico that I gained some of my best and most cherished memories. Whether it was choosing to live in the dorms to living downtown, or deciding to rush through Greek life, to the decision of going out or not, my Chico best friends have been by...

General education classes ruin learning

General education classes ruin learning

Jeff Guzman

February 28, 2016

Right around the time I was finishing high school, there was one piece of information about college that every adult filled me in on. Everyone claimed that a benefit about college is it’s not like high school where you have to take algebra when you would rather learn about English literature. Yo...

Life is scripted

Life is scripted

Alex Horne

February 25, 2016

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...

Political correctness kills conversation

Political correctness kills conversation

Jeff Guzman

February 20, 2016

Over the past couple years there has been a surge in a new culture. This culture, known as the politically correct culture, has been given a strong voice in the public eye recently, especially on college campuses. While most people would like to believe that this is good, that this sparks a ...

Malicious email shuts down estimated 1,000 Chico State student portals in past month

Malicious email shuts down estimated 1,000 Chico State student portals in past month

George Johnston

February 19, 2016

An estimated 1,000 Chico State portals have been shut down because of a phishing email. According to Chico State IT Support Service staff, an email was sent sometime last month with a malicious link to Chico State faculty, staff, and students. Any person who opened the email had their email shut d...

Would Chico be the same if we had a football team?

Would Chico be the same if we had a football team?

February 4, 2016

The fans cheering, tailgating and the thrill of beating a rival school are all elements that make up a great football game. Many Americans cherish the moments spent watching their favorite team. As we all know, Chico State lacks this facet of American culture, but is that a good thing? Although we mi...

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