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Chico State Republicans build a wall to promote free speech

Emily Neria // February 24, 2020

The Chico State Republicans booth invited passersby to write messages on a “free speech wall” on Thursday. The wall was accompanied by a sign that read “we built a wall” in reference to the wall...

The GAC focuses on respectfully listening to each others opinions. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Government Affairs Committee approves white supremacy and hate speech resolution

Kimberly Morales // December 7, 2019

Two weeks since the Chico State community witnessed campus-wide political tension and lost some of its sense of safety, the Government Affairs Committee approved a resolution to denounce white supremacy...

Political parties collide regardless of barricade. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Protests of Chico State Republicans club lead to frustration with administration

Natalie Hanson // December 5, 2019

The week before Thanksgiving here on campus was not a good look for us. To say the least. I can't say I'm surprised by the action taken by the university at this point, but it's nonetheless disappointing.The...

On Thursday Associated Student Government Affairs Committee were introduced two added agenda items including the event hosted by Chico Hillel and a proposition to officially denounce White Supremacy. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Government Affairs considers protest of Zionist speaker, criticism of Associated Students

Kimberly Morales // November 20, 2019

A week after Israeli speaker Neil Lazarus was invited to campus, two added agenda items were brought to the Associated Students Government Affairs committee meeting Thursday.Government Affairs considered...

Sunrise Movement protesters gather in the Meriam Library breezeway Thursday. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Sunrise Movement protests at Meriam Library

Julian Mendoza // September 28, 2019

Students protested Thursday outside Meriam Library - using buckets as drums, smoke masks and their voices - to raise awareness about climate change.Starting at around Noon, students from the Sunrise Movement...

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of University of California, Berkeley Law School Photo credit: Christian Solis

Erwin Chemerinsky speaks about free speech

Christian Solis // October 3, 2018

Chico State brought the controversial nature of free speech to the forefront of campus by inviting U.C. Berkeley's Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to speak for Constitution day on Thursday. Chemerinsky...

Erwin Chemerinsky speaking at Laxon Auditorium. Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Erwin Chemerinsky talks campus free speech at Chico State

Justin Jackson // September 28, 2018

To a nearly full Laxson Audiorium, Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Berkeley's School of Law, and nationally-renowned First Amendment scholar, spoke Thursday evening, about the importance of free speech on...

Chico State President speaking on her support for freedom of speech on campus. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Video: President Hutchinson addresses free speech

Christian Solis // August 28, 2018

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson gave a convocation speech to the campus on Thursday. In her speech she touched on campus achievements, goals and the status of free speech on campus. Christian...

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Free speech trumps trigger warnings

Kendall George // April 4, 2018

Freedom of speech, although it might not seem like it, is a touchy subject. Especially in college, when a lot of contrasting viewpoints come up, freedom of speech can be jeopardized. When conversations...

Photo credit: Chase Falk

Fighting the free speech war

Roberto Fonseca // April 23, 2017

The free speech wars had another important battle this week. Instead of exchanging ideas, they exchanged fists.UC Berkeley was once again the battleground for a free speech war as anti-Trump protesters...

Morgan Gray, junior recreation and communication major, reacts to Rons condemnation of homosexuality. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Christian advocate sparks rally with name calling

Eric Mcguire // April 13, 2016

An advocate of the Christian faith caused waves on campus Wednesday as he sermonized in the free speech area. His words sparked an emotionally-charged crowd to gather carrying hand made signs in protest...

Greg Burton, a local affiliate representative of the ACLU of Northern California, says that censorship is wrong. Photo credit: Gabriel Sandoval

ACLU keynote speaker to address First Amendment rights in colleges

January 27, 2016

Two nonprofit organizations that advocate for civil liberties will come together and host a free event Friday, Jan. 29 in the Bell Memorial Union, where a keynote speaker will address constitutional rights...

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