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Nursing students, Ireland Vallejo (left side) and Katrina Tully (right side) giving out free swag to people who received flu shots on Oct. 14, 2021.

Chico State prepares for possible ‘twindemic’ with free flu shots

Melvin Bui, Senior Writer // October 14, 2021

Chico State students can receive a free flu shot and swag at five pop-up clinics over the next two weeks in the Merriam Library breezeway.  Kimberly Chappell, lead physician of the WellCat Center,...

Christian Hammond solely operates the BC19.Live dashboard which tracks COVID-19 data pertaining to Butte County.

One-man job: data-tracking the pandemic in Butte County

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 13, 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, one man brought it upon himself to regularly aggregate COVID-19 data to paint a more complete picture of how infection was spreading across Butte County. More than a year...

Trinity Hall on Sept. 28

CORRECTION – Chico State: Former employee involved in August student data breach ‘facing criminal prosecution’

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 5, 2021

A former Chico State employee who allegedly used access credentials to expose and publish the personal information of roughly 130 students who requested exemptions from the university’s COVID-19 mandate...

Kendall Hall on Sept. 28.

COVID-19 deadlines expose vaccinated students

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 2, 2021

The five-week gap between the start of August classes at Chico State and the Sept. 30 CSU cutoff for COVID-19 vaccine certification allowed hundreds of unvaccinated students to access campus facilities...

Kendall Hall on Sept. 28

Over 300 Chico State students removed from in-person classes for failing to comply with vaccine policy

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 2, 2021

Three hundred and fourteen Chico State students who failed to comply with the CSU system's vaccine intermediate policy have been withdrawn from in-person classes. Faculty were advised in an announcement...

At Chico State, 131 classrooms are equipped with technology that enables the instructor to teach both in-person and virtually. This auto-tracking camera is priced at $2,500. Photo by Aldo Perez.

Hybrid learning may be the future of higher education

Aldo Perez, Staff Writer // September 29, 2021

The pandemic has brought many changes to the world and for so long, it’s been difficult to convince ourselves that things will go back to normal. From non-essential businesses closing, to take-out only...

Jesus Alcala Garcia walked into Chico States last COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sept. 14 to receive his final vaccine.

COVID-19 deadline extended for partially vaccinated past Sept. 30

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // September 22, 2021

Hundreds of students who are short one vaccine by the Sept. 30 deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may receive an extension to avoid being removed from their in-person classes. Students...

Alex Allen catches in a game at Casa Roble High School in Orangevale, Calif.

Chico State softball returns to action with a young roster

Alex Martin, Editor-in-Chief // September 21, 2021

The last time Chico State Softball played a game was March 8, 2020, against San Francisco State. The Wildcats won 5-3. Recently, they got back out on the field to practice and start preparing for the...

The growing identity crisis amongst young people

The growing identity crisis amongst young people

Aldo Perez, Staff Writer // September 8, 2021

On March 19, 2020, California issued a statewide stay-at-home order. “We need to recognize reality,” Gov. Newsom explained. This “reality” proved to be much grimmer as we continue to struggle to...

The exposure of sensitive information that was provided when requesting a religious exemption from COVID-19 has lead to investigations by the University and campus police. Sept. 3, 2021.

Investigation underway following data leak

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // September 5, 2021

Campus police are conducting an investigation into a data leak that revealed the personal information of roughly 130 students requesting a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine.  On the...

COVID-19 testing is being provided on the bottom floor of Whitney Hall. Photo taken by Sam Kyes on Sept. 4.

First week in school sees COVID cases rise

Sam Kyes, Reporter // September 4, 2021

The Chico State website currently lists 69 reported COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 31, including 57 students and 12 campus employees. Butte County has experienced a surge of new cases this past week,...

Alex Martin and his dad Jeff running a marathon in Santa Cruz, Calif in May 2017.

How running changed my life

Alex Martin, Sports Editor // May 6, 2021

My breathing is arduous as I pick up speed, making it tougher to talk. I always remind myself that the pain that comes with running is temporary. The rhythmic sound of my feet hitting the pavement reminds...

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