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Chico State Republicans build a wall to promote free speech

Image of the free speech wall
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...

Government Affairs Committee approves white supremacy and hate speech resolution

The GAC focuses on respectfully listening to each other's opinions. Photo credit: Hana Beaty
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...

Protests of Chico State Republicans club lead to frustration with administration

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

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

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
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 protests at Meriam Library

Sunrise Movement protesters gather in the Meriam Library breezeway Thursday. Photo credit: 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 speaks about free speech

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of University of California, Berkeley Law School Photo credit: 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 talks campus free speech at Chico State

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

Video: President Hutchinson addresses free speech

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

Free speech trumps trigger warnings

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz
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...

Fighting the free speech war

Photo credit: Chase Falk
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...

Christian advocate sparks rally with name calling

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

ACLU keynote speaker to address First Amendment rights in colleges

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