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Farting in relationships

Nick Bragg // September 9, 2015

Netflix is on, the mood romantic and the next thing you know your significant other lets out an aggressively loud butt whistle.Mood killer? My girlfriend thinks so. But farting is a natural body function...

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Gun control from a different angle

Nick Bragg // August 31, 2015

Regardless of gun control, people who want to murder, rob or commit criminal acts will still be able to get their hands on an illegal firearm to get the job done. This scary fact is one of...

Michael Barackman, a first-year economics major, first geocached in Boy Scouts and has made it a hobby ever since. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Geocaching sends students on high-tech treasure hunt

Nick Bragg // April 30, 2015

With more than 2 million hidden treasures worldwide, students can spend hours searching for hidden mysteries all over Chico as part of a global scavenger hunt called geocaching. The first step to finding...

Jamie Fenisey, junior psychology major, and Austin Shankle, junior marketing major, compare the pros and cons of a smart phone versus a traditional phone. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Is your phone controlling your life?

Nick Bragg // April 17, 2015

Eighty-five percent of adults ages 18-24 own smartphones. From iPhones to Androids to Blackberries, the trend seems likely to continue until every American has a minicomputer on them at all times. The...

Chemistry professor Lisa Ott has been engaging in innovative research focusing on turning the glycerol waste that results from biodiesel production into a solvent that scientists can use in chemical reactions. Photo credit: George Johnston

Professor pioneers research on repurposing biodiesel waste

Nick Bragg // April 15, 2015

With more than 200 million gallons of glycerol waste produced each year from manufacturing biodiesel, the process of disposing of this hazardous byproduct can be a sticky business. Lisa Ott, a Chico...

John Grant talks about students excuses.

The best and worst homework excuses at Chico State

Nick Bragg // April 6, 2015

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Deborah Stewart, medical chief of staff at the Student Health Center, shares useful information on how to treat and avoid illness this time of year. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Tips for students on treating, avoiding illness

Nick Bragg // March 26, 2015

Sniffling, sneezing, coughing — it's everywhere. Students regularly come down with colds and suffer from allergy symptoms in the spring. Multiple illnesses can dampen students' health, but there...

Elizabeth Anastasi, owner of Renew Float Spa, uses the sensory deprivation tank every week to relieve her body of the tensions she experiences as a massage therapist. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Float away from the world with sensory deprivation

Nick Bragg // March 22, 2015

Living in the modern technological era, it is harder than ever to escape the constant racket attacking the senses. Imagine a way to decompress, shut out the constant feed of stimuli to the brain and become...

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Tips on landing primo housing for next fall

Nick Bragg // March 12, 2015

Phones are ringing off the hook, application after application is being filled out and students are running around touring apartments and houses in between classes. It's that time of year again when students...

Soul ids Eli Libby, public relations director (left), Ben Sampson, founder and CEO (middle), and Kyle Nelson, marketing director (right), are excited to cover Chicos City Plaza in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Snowboarders, skiers will shred in first Rail Jam

Nick Bragg // February 18, 2015

The normally bone dry City Plaza in Downtown Chico is going to be covered in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Snowboarders and skiers across the North State are going to be throwing down their tricks...

Timothy Toavs, owner of Chico Vapor Lounge Shop, started using electronic cigarettes as a way to quit smoking. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Vaping: Effective quitting technique or harmful trend?

Nick Bragg // February 15, 2015

A thick white cloud of vapor rolled off of Timothy Toavs lips as he discussed the hobby that helped him quit smoking. Studies have shown that electronic cigarettes, also known as advanced personal...

Yajaira Cruz, junior social work major, discusses her view on Valentines Day and how she hopes to celebrate. (photo credit Aurora Evans)

Valentine’s day: the bloody roots

Nick Bragg // February 10, 2015

Every year on February 14 people express their affection for one another by giving gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates. Many may not know that the holiday actually started as a bloody affair. The meaning...

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