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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...

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Presidential election vital to women’s rights

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // April 4, 2016

With all the news surrounding this year’s election, it seems as if everyone is honed in on the candidates' stances on our nation’s most controversial issues. One of the most talked and argued...

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Warning: smoking may cause laziness

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // March 27, 2016

Has Chico State’s smoking culture made us lazier as both students and members of our community? I’ve decided that yes, it most definitely has. Going to college in Northern California provides...

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Feminism is my favorite F word

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // March 22, 2016

Feminism: “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” A large majority of the college-aged population is not able to understand this simple definition of the...

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Sanders loses popularity on social media

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // March 13, 2016

Whether you watched the Democratic debate held in Flint, Michigan, on Sunday night or not, simply scrolling on any social media outlet would have informed you of the now infamous racial comment Bernie...

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Rock makes a bang at the Oscars

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // March 8, 2016

Many of you probably tuned in Feb. 28 to the 88th Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars. The show was hosted by stand-up comedian and black rights activist Chris Rock, who had no problem speaking...

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Documentaries: a new frontier

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // March 2, 2016

There’s an extremely underrated movie genre that people need to start taking note of: documentaries. Documentaries can be considered almost superior to any other genres that we mindlessly search through...

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Food for thought

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // February 21, 2016

Have you ever taken a bite of your meal and stopped to realize you have no idea where any of the food on your plate came from? For some people, I’m sure you truly have never cared, but the majority...

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Queen B doesn’t deserve to be dethroned

Emma Vidak-Benjamin // February 14, 2016

Last week, Beyoncé released her most recent and extremely controversial “Formation” music video that seems to be rubbing people the wrong way. The video was released Saturday, Feb. 6 and...

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Give ‘The Bachelor’ a chance

January 30, 2016

Considering the recent premiere of ABC’s hit show “The Bachelor,” and the great amount of hype and attention surrounding it, I think it’s time that someone defends the regularly...

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Second semester is the time for redemption

January 30, 2016

As we’ve all returned to Chico for the dreaded start of the new school semester, we must face one of the most inevitable parts of this return: self-reflection on our first semester. In this self-reflection,...

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Overcoming the obstacles and navigating the hurdles of sex

December 15, 2015

For my last and final column, I’ve decided to end on an insightful, call-to-action note: I want to overcome and defeat the social stigmas and judgements that surround young women (and sometimes men)...

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