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Students express concerns over virtual commencement

Some students don't believe the virtual commencement is enough of a celebration.

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

As the virtual commencement ceremony for Class of 2020 nears, students have expressed concerns over the event.  The commencement, which will be held on May 15, will be an online celebration of the Class of 2020 graduates. These grads have been asked to personalize a Marching Order slide that wi...

Bay Area project builds face shields to protect health care workers

Griffin Wooldridge and Mike Wooldridge wearing their Open Source Shield face shields. Photo by Linda Wooldridge

Griffin Wooldridge

May 5, 2020

Last week we loaded flowers and presents into the car and went to help my grandma celebrate her 80th birthday. We stood outside in the rain and sang “Happy Birthday” to her and held up flowers while she watched from inside her assisted-living facility wearing a mask.  Her facility was on lockdown ...

Learn new skills during COVID-19 lockdown

Learn new skills during COVID-19 lockdown

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in learning new things. From a young age, I wanted to try as many hobbies as I could get my hands on. Learning new skills and talents seemed so rewarding and fun. Now that I am in college, it is easier than ever to jump into new hobbies. ...

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.

Danielle Kessler and Kati Morris

May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined for a digital audience.  Companies like School of the Arts and Chico Performances that host...

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

As holidays continue to come and go, it's important to retain normalcy and attempt to celebrate holidays as we all endure this global pandemic. Earth Day is usually a great day to leave the house and enjoy nature. This may be hard as public beaches and parks are closed in an effort to slow the s...

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry opens for students during the Covid-19 outbreak

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry will continue operations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during the quarantine.

Marco Day, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

In between the Student Services Center and Bell Memorial Union on Hazel Street, the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry in SSC room 196 has seen an increase of students in need of food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food pantry has stayed open during the COVID-19 outbreak, with hours of operat...

Chico drag performers serve virtual elegance

Joseph Lau, who performs as J-Lau, is a local drag performer based in Chico. During quarantine, Lau has participated in a new online wave of drag shows, usually done through livestreams.
Courtesy of Joseph Lau

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Among Chico’s renowned nightlife and social scene, the drag community is one that is prominent and growing. The shelter-in-place order has changed the way the drag scene can promote itself. In what has become an era of virtual entertainment, local drag performers have risen to the occasion to prov...

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

“First of all, not everyone knows about it, that’s something people bring up jokingly like ‘Oh I can’t get a beer to go can I?’, ‘well, actually, we can do that!’," Burgers and Brew manager Dan Moore said.Photo credit: Alex Coba For decades, Chico has been a place where people can ...

Chico State holds annual sustainability conference online to discuss resiliency, city planning.

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

Chico State students, faculty and staff continued to host the 15th annual “This Way to Sustainability,” conference online on March 26 and 27 after COVID-19 restrictions moved the university to close earlier this month.  The 2020 climate discussion called attention to maintaining resiliency in a w...

Bachelor of Fine Arts students face challenges in online classes amidst pandemic

Arts and Humanities Building at Chico State. Some BFA art students have found the transition to online teaching difficult since they no longer have access to studios.

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

For every student at Chico State, the COVID-19 pandemic has created much concern and uncertainty as every department has taken a hit in the last few weeks. This, of course, includes the many students pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts that now have to transition into online lectures. Geoffrey B...

Shelter-in-place takes a toll on Chico music venues

The Senator Theatre in Downtown Chico have had to postpone every event through May.

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

The beginning of spring is supposed to be one of the most active times of the year for live music, with festival line-ups being announced and fans eagerly awaiting concerts they bought pre-sale tickets for. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of those events have been either postponed or can...

Movies to watch during our time in Self-isolation

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

As California remains locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has watched a couple of movies. Netflix and Hulu have been good partners for battling boredom while performing social distancing.  Movies have become a great way to escape reality for a moment and ...

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