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Performance at any cost

Hunter Casperson, Reporter // November 12, 2022

It hadn’t even been an hour since the game, and I was already in the bathroom, ripping a pair of serrated scissors across my skin. I had just left the field with my teammates, smiling and dancing...

Politics, legislation, and bills oh my!

Politics, legislation, and bills oh my!

Ariana Powell, Reporter // October 13, 2022

Our country is in a politically polarized situation at the moment. From Trump’s attempts to reinsert himself into the Oval Office, to investigations revealing that he retained classified documents and...

On Feb. 5, 2022 the Oklahoma City Thunder played the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings defeated the Thunder 113-103.

Fans need to treat professional athletes like normal people

Alejandro Mejia Mejia, Reporter // May 4, 2022

Over the weekend, I scrolled through Twitter while the Cleveland Guardians and the New York Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. I saw Yankees fans start throwing trash after the walk-off win, this upset...

Despite identity politics, Floridas LGBTQ community will not remain in the dark.

Florida’s ban on language will not erase identities

Shae Pastrana, Contributor // April 11, 2022

Known to many as a land of golden opportunities, California has certainly lent me a welcoming hand of support. My cousin moved to San Francisco for similar reasons. We just feel more accepted here than...

Social media logos layered on the brain of a silhouette of a side profile.

Social media algorithm designed to be toxic

Carrington Power, Reporter // February 17, 2022

Social media portrays a false sense of reality that detriments the mental health of heavy users. It has a record-breaking influence on the world, and is glamorized by users and influencers but has negative...

Students sitting in a circle on the lawn.

Forest Therapy Tuesdays offers unique approach to de-stress between classes

Gabriela Rudolph, Reporter // February 5, 2022

Chico State Enterprise’s Ecotherapy Program held their first Forest Therapy session on Feb. 1, where students took an hour to de-stress in nature. This program takes place on the first and third Tuesday...

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro in Colusa Hall on Nov. 2.

CSU Chancellor Castro: no to tuition increases, yes to salary negotiations and mental health resources

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // November 3, 2021

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro joined President Gayle Hutchinson on Tuesday afternoon to host an open forum for the Chico State community. He was welcomed by students, faculty and...

Album cover for Last Lap Around the Planet by Goaat Head and Beaar Box

The power of music

Mario Ortiz Jr, Staff Writer // October 8, 2021

As the melody hits my ears, and the rhythm moves the body, the everyday problems begin to disintegrate and all the emotions start to flood in. Since the beginning of humanity, music has always been there...

The growing identity crisis amongst young people

The growing identity crisis amongst young people

Aldo Perez, Staff Writer // September 8, 2021

On March 19, 2020, California issued a statewide stay-at-home order. “We need to recognize reality,” Gov. Newsom explained. This “reality” proved to be much grimmer as we continue to struggle to...

Photos taken by Shae Pastrana and edited in Adobe Spark. What a bare garden bed can look like a month and a half later. Sunflowers are almost blooming!

Gardening builds health and empowers communities

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // May 19, 2021

Between the sunlight and my plants, a misty rainbow greets me every morning as I water my lush green babies. The dopamine from a hand glued to a smartphone doesn’t compare to the mood that I get from...

Photograph taken by Shae Pastrana. Depicts the exterior of the City of Chico Police Department on Friday 12th, 2021.

Police training won’t solve America’s mental health crisis

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 17, 2021

In 2017, a Chico man, Desmond Phillips, died at the hands of police responding to a mental health crisis. Concerned about his son’s symptoms, Phillips’ father called for paramedics. The situation...

Graphic by Erin Holve using Adobe Spark.

How national trauma endorses theories, not facts

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 8, 2021

QAnon’s online presence highlights the need to increase education of critical thinking skills. In this vulnerable time, society needs the benefit of both mental health care and public discourse. From...

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