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Government Affairs Committee approves white supremacy and hate speech resolution

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 and hate speech.This makes the campus the second CSU to pass a resolution of this kind, following...

Protests of Chico State Republicans club lead to frustration with administration

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 fact that a student protesting hit another student, the president of Chico State Republicans, when he h...

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

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 a resolution to formally denounce white supremacy and examined last week's event hosted by Chico ...

Sunrise Movement protests at Meriam Library

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 gathered around the south side of Meriam Library underneath the second floor, setting up pos...

Erwin Chemerinsky speaks about free speech

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 came to campus to speak about the status of free speech and the First Amendment. According to...

Erwin Chemerinsky talks campus free speech at Chico State

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 college campuses, the precedents that have been set, and the push back against it.According to Diana ...

Video: President Hutchinson addresses free speech

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 Solis can be reached at [email protected] or @c_alexander20 on Twitter....

Free speech trumps trigger warnings

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 arise that are uncomfortable, debate-orientated or controversial, emotion-based arguments on silenc...

Fighting the free speech war

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 and Trump supporters clashed.Lauren Southern, a right-wing political commentator, arranged a rally in the defense of free speech in response to the treatment of Milo Yiannopoulos received at the Un...

Christian advocate sparks rally with name calling

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 of his message. Signs read "He doesn't even go here," "all you need is love," and "we're here,...

ACLU keynote speaker to address First Amendment rights in colleges

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 on campus. The groups — the Wildcat Civil Liberties Union, a student club and the American C...

Combating religious intolerance in Chico

Combating religious intolerance in Chico

January 25, 2016

In response to the growing anti-Islamic rhetoric on the national stage, the Chico Area Interfaith Council released a letter in the Chico Enterprise-Record urging community members to extend a hand of friendship to local Muslims. Members of CAIC wanted to address the growing media maelstrom surrounding M...

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