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Don’t be fooled, Coachella is no paradise

Festivalgoers attend the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Rayanne Painter

April 28, 2019

Thousands of people just spent thousands of dollars to sweat in the California desert. Yes, I’m serious.But, that’s only the tip of the iceberg (or, the sand dune) when it comes to the monstrosity that is Coachella. Not only is this music festival really only used as a chance for privilege...

There is no rational way to argue against gay marriage

Photo credit: Helen Suh

William Rein

April 24, 2016

Last year, in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, love won. The federal legalization of gay marriage was foreshadowed by rising liberal views on marriage. However, even with national protection, the push for national inclusion is hardly stalled. In a recent dispute with a colleague, we a...

Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate

Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate

Joseph Rogers

April 18, 2015

I didn’t realize just how much would come up for me with the recent passing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act — some things I haven’t thought about in years. During my first year of college, in 1998, I joined Chester First United Methodist church in Plumas County. Soon after, my minister asked if I wanted to become a certified lay speaker, a layperson trained and author...

LGBTQ+ students deal with discrimination

Sarena Kirk, Chico State LGBTQ+ program coordinator Photo credit: Maisee Lee

Madison Holmes

April 29, 2014

“You’re a fucking faggot,” were not the words Kory Masen wanted to hear on a walk through campus to meet up with friends.Masen, a junior at Chico State who identifies himself as a transgender queer man of color, said he was walking through campus when he was the target of a hate crime.A m...

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