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Groundskeeper impacts sustainability program

Groundskeeper impacts sustainability program

Dominique Diaz

May 11, 2014


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An activist and lead groundskeeper has been involved in politics, local projects and is one of the main people responsible for the annual Diversion Excursion on campus. Luisa Garza started the Diversion Excursion program 14 years ago. The program has allowed students to donate and recycle items, which has re...

Students’ film features campus diversity

Dominique Diaz

May 3, 2014


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Students pair up to interview each other during an ice breaker activity. Ten minutes later, they write an obituary for the person they just interviewed.This advanced interviewing class activity prompted Alexis Thomas, a senior communications major, to start a project on self-worth. She was fascinated b...

Students stand against prescription drug abuse

Students stand against prescription drug abuse

Dominique Diaz

April 27, 2014


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Every day in the United States, 105 people die from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year,20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses. The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center aimed to decrease these numbers through Prescription Drug Awareness Week, April 22-24. The...

Founders Week celebrates campus roots

Founders Week celebrates campus roots

Dominique Diaz

April 14, 2014


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In the spring of 1887, John Bidwell founded Chico State. In 1909, Charter Day was started. Finally, in 1993, Founders Week took the place of Charter Day and has since continued to make an impact.Founders Week, April 4-13 this year, is a way to uphold campus traditions and commemorate new ones. Joe Wills, direct...

Professor’s film targets rape culture

Professor’s film targets rape culture

Dominique Diaz

April 14, 2014


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A Chico State professor is passionate about bringing awareness to a controversial issue — rape culture. Jesse Dizard, an anthropology professor, recently filmed a documentary that specifically targets sexual assault at Chico State, titled "Someone You Know."He was able to use examples that were ready-a...

Club Spotlight: Embodied: Living the Health At Every Size Way

Club Spotlight: Embodied: Living the Health At Every Size Way

Dominique Diaz

March 31, 2014


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A speaker stands in front of a handful of students in the room, their attention drawn to her compassionate and easygoing persona. "I’m like a joy whore," said Debbie Devine, a local marriage and family therapist. "I really want to enjoy life, and I want the people around me to.” Devine introduced a box that held extrinsic and intrinsic meaning....

Alcatraz field school gets year-round extension

Dominique Diaz

March 23, 2014


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The concrete industry management program is extending the summer program at the Alcatraz Field School to a year-round experience. Three sessions, instead of just one, will now be offered starting in June. Jaymi Hill, a junior concrete industry management major and president of the International ...

Students start group for sober socialization

Dominique Diaz

March 11, 2014


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Students have banded together to provide an environment for sober events.Amanda Levy, Anna Smith and Mike Hofstetter, social work graduate students, created Sober Chico in February. The group is meant to give students an avenue to hang out without drug or alcohol use. Chico’s reputation for p...

Club Spotlight: Active Minds

Club Spotlight: Active Minds

Dominique Diaz

March 10, 2014


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Asking for help isn’t easy. Most won’t even do it. One group on campus is looking to change that. More than 1,000 college students complete suicide each year, according to the Active Minds website. Meanwhile, one in four Americans has a mental health disorder. Active Minds, a club on campus, is on...

Mental health first-aid training returns to campus

Mental health first-aid training returns to campus

Dominique Diaz

March 3, 2014


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Bleeding or choking usually comes to mind when people think about first aid, but for some students, first aid involves learning how to talk someone out of suicide. The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center is offering Mental Health First Aid certification training March 7 and 8. The training teaches common warning signs and...

Students host charity run to stop sex trade

Students host charity run to stop sex trade

Dominique Diaz

March 1, 2014


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One campus organization believes that slavery still isn't abolished.Millions of women and children are trafficked for sex each year, according to the Aruna 5K website. The Aruna organization is an initiative in South Asia to bring freedom to those enslaved or sold into the trade and to end slavery altogether. One campus organization believes that slavery s...

University provides food for students in need

University provides food for students in need

Dominique Diaz

January 27, 2014


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The Hungry Wildcats Food Pantry is available for students who don't have secure access to food. The program was in the works for two years before it officially began operating at the start of the fall 2013 semester. Chico State is the first school in the California State University system to create a program that of...

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