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Commitment: The college epidemic

Commitment: The college epidemic

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

April 10, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 ...

Presidential election vital to women’s rights

Presidential election vital to women’s rights

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

April 4, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 about topics throughout this campaign has been that of abortion rights - a topic I find to be ex...

Warning: smoking may cause laziness

Warning: smoking may cause laziness

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

March 27, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 itself with a great set of liberties, one of them being that for the most part, Chico students can ea...

Feminism is my favorite F word

Feminism is my favorite F word

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

March 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 term. Instead, people almost run away from it, giving the word and the movement itself a negative connot...

Sanders loses popularity on social media

Sanders loses popularity on social media

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

March 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 Sanders made during the debate. His comment received an intense amount of backlash on Twitter, Facebook, ...

Rock makes a bang at the Oscars

Rock makes a bang at the Oscars

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

March 8, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 out about the race controversy in this year’s nominations. Rock made multiple comments, beginni...

Documentaries: a new frontier

Documentaries: a new frontier

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

March 2, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 on Netflix. Audiences need to indulge in films that go out of the boundaries of their usual comf...

Food for thought

Food for thought

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

February 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 of the population has a general concern with the food they decide to eat.That’s why it’...

Queen B doesn’t deserve to be dethroned

Queen B doesn’t deserve to be dethroned

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

February 14, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 she performed the song at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7. The video received heavy backlash ...

Give ‘The Bachelor’ a chance

Give ‘The Bachelor’ a chance

January 30, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 dissed reality show. I know both men and women (men in particular) enjoy slamming the show, calling it...

Second semester is the time for redemption

Second semester is the time for redemption

January 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

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, us students are forced to face the cold, hard truth, which is that we made a lot of mistakes fi...

Overcoming the obstacles and navigating the hurdles of sex

Overcoming the obstacles and navigating the hurdles of sex

December 15, 2015


Filed under Features

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) in today’s sexual culture. Choosing to be the sex columnist and openly writing intimate details of my sex life clearly shows t...

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