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LGBTQ+ students deal with discrimination

LGBTQ+ students deal with discrimination

Madison Holmes

April 29, 2014


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“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...

Students gather for spring ‘Roundup’

Madison Holmes

April 14, 2014


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Chico State students giddied up for the spring season by participating in an activity-filled Sunday on the University Village lawn."Willie's Roundup" was an event intended for university housing residents to have a good time, said Denise Crosswhite, the coordinator of Residential Life Programming at Chico State. Students had the oppor...

Impacted pathways provide problems

Impacted pathways provide problems

Madison Holmes

March 24, 2014


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When John Vrooman went to his first class of the spring semester, he didn’t think he’d be sitting on the floor.Vrooman, a sociology major, is enrolled in Sociology 363, "Sociology of Human Stress," a class taught by Marianne Paiva. The class had over 50 wait-listed students at the beginning of the s...

Students feel targeted by drinking ordinance

Students feel targeted by drinking ordinance

Madison Holmes

March 12, 2014


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The social host ordinance unanimously passed at the Chico City Council meeting on March 4. The new law is receiving mixed responses from students. The social host ordinance will punish those hosting private parties where alcohol is consumed by people younger than 21 years old. The law was developed to address alcohol abuse in the Chico communi...

Little green boxes house free books

Little green boxes house free books

Madison Holmes

March 3, 2014


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Community sharing of literature is being promoted through two little green boxes in Chico. The Little Free Libraries are schoolhouse-shaped boxes filled with books the public is welcome to share and take, said David Overton, a Chico State student and social work intern for the Love Chapmantown Coalition. "The idea...

Underage drinking ordinance in talks

Madison Holmes

February 24, 2014


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A proposed social host ordinance, which would punish those hosting private parties where alcohol is consumed by people under 21, will return to the City Council for review March 4.The ordinance was discussed during Monday night's monthly International Town and Gown Association meeting.The ordinance would not sp...

Shorter winter break controversial

Shorter winter break controversial

Madison Holmes

February 20, 2014


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Chico State cut one week off winter break this year, giving less time for winter intersession studies and confusing students with their spring class schedules. Winter break is typically five weeks long. This year it was was four weeks long so that spring graduation wouldn't fall on the same weekend as Memo...

Art advocates concerned by cuts

Art advocates concerned by cuts

Madison Holmes

February 14, 2014


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After a year of tough budget cuts and layoffs, community members are worried that Chico will soon cut funding to local arts programs. The city's dire financial challenges have been an issue for a while now and members of the Chico community believe cuts are inevitable when the City Council approves a new budget in June, said Mark Orme, assistant city ma...

Program educates to prevent alcohol-related deaths

Program educates to prevent alcohol-related deaths

Madison Holmes

February 12, 2014


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In response to alcohol-related deaths, the Red Watch Band program at Chico State aims to give students the knowledge and ability to prevent deaths from alcohol overdose. Each year 1,825 college students die from alcohol poisoning and overdose, according to the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center. CADEC decided to implement this...

Two new bridges expected in 2015

Two new bridges expected in 2015

Madison Holmes

February 6, 2014


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In the summer of next year, two new bridges are expected to be built between Holt Hall and the Physical Science Building. The project was added to the Campus Public Arts Committee last week, wrote Lorraine Hoffman, vice president for business and finance. There are eight existing bridges used to cross Big Chico Creek, which divides the...

Farm bill passes the Senate

Farm bill passes the Senate

Madison Holmes

February 5, 2014


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The five-year farm bill authorizes $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs. The faculty in the College of Agriculture will be eligible for up to $4 million of grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, wrote Jennifer Ryder Fox, dean of the College of Agriculture, in an em...

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

Madison Holmes

February 4, 2014


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Additional funding may come to Chico State's College of Agriculture after a farm bill was voted through the House of Representatives on Jan. 29. The bill comes after a two-year impasse between the Democratic and Republican parties and authorized $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs....

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