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‘Clean’ beauty: the ugly truth

Carrington Power, Copy Editor // September 2, 2022

Improving health through alternative methods has become a trend in recent years. The idea of alternating to “clean” products has taken the cosmetic and skin care industry by storm. However, consumers...

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The pandemic isn’t over — So why are we acting like it is?

Carrington Power, Reporter // April 28, 2022

I tested positive for COVID on March 19, after visiting extended family in Nevada during spring break. It was my first time catching the virus. I thought that it was a minor setback. Afterall, I am 20...

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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...

View from atop Monkey Face Trail, view of Horseshoe Lake and the city of Chico

Hiking is healing: finding peace during the pandemic

Carrington Power, Reporter // February 3, 2022

The towering red arches of Utah’s Moab desert was the last place I expected to find one of the greatest joys in my life. At first, it was just a quick pit stop on a family vacation. However, it turned...

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Hey, did you know I’m vegan?

Thomas Stremfel, Opinion Editor // October 29, 2021

To this day, few things give me more joy than derailing conversations to remind people of my veganism. It’s easy to poke fun at myself, but there are few subjects that genuinely fascinate me as much...

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Bikers! Stay in your lane on-campus

Thomas Stremfel, Opinion Editor // October 8, 2021

The age-old treatment for stress: fresh air. Nothing clears the mind like a walk among Chico’s assortment of trees and wildlife. But with this luxury, comes a caveat: Your otherwise peaceful walk includes...

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Drinks on me

Mario Ortiz Jr, Staff Writer // September 25, 2021

The night seems endless, the beer is cold as droplets go down my glass and hit the coaster below and the atmosphere at Riley's is filled with laughter. Drunk men can be heard catcalling in one ear, and...

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Exercise smarter, not harder, during the pandemic

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // February 3, 2021

We’ve all heard rumors about it, and many of us probably have it: “COVID weight.” The Boston Herald reported in December 2020 that 71 million Americans gained weight during the pandemic.  The...

The never ending possibility of becoming my mother

The never ending possibility of becoming my mother

Melissa Joseph, Editor // November 19, 2020

I remember the day my mom told me she was addicted to meth.  My pale legs lazily slumped against the car door as my head rested on the window.  It was an early afternoon in August. I was...

Voter Registration, A Form of Suppression?

Voter Registration, A Form of Suppression?

Erin Holve, Reporter // October 27, 2020

In the last month and a half I have been through a voting registration process that has made me question whether the requirement for American citizens to register to vote is outdated, complicated and...

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Lebron and AD are the Lakers’ best duo in team history

Alex Martin, Reporter // October 25, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers have been crowned as the NBA champions for the first time since 2010. Winning a championship anywhere is special, but with this season taking over a year to complete, it makes the...

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More fans means more COVID-19 cases

Nick Despotakis, Reporter // October 20, 2020

COVID-19 has already killed over 200,000 people in the United States and the death toll will continue to rise if fans are allowed at sporting events. With cases continuing to rise throughout the country,...

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