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Don’t freak out about fracking ban’s defeat

Don’t freak out about fracking ban’s defeat

Dylan Dewit

March 6, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

  On Feb. 10, the Butte County Board of Supervisors let an ordinance die that would have instituted a ban on hydraulic fracturing. I am anti-fracking myself. It is a detriment to the fresh drinking water of California, a resource that cannot afford to be compromised. However, the bill...

Chico State’s inferior faculty

Chico State’s inferior faculty

Dylan Dewit

February 25, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the office of a Chico State contingency instructor, who prefers to remain anonymous, I crane my neck to avoid a jacket hanging from a coat hanger to my left. This office is so compact that the back of my head rests against the wall behind me, while my knees are pressed against the desk in fro...

Put the phone away, be awesome

Put the phone away, be awesome

Dylan Dewit

February 21, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I once had a professor tell me that every single one of her students is a drug addict. She wasn’t talking about alcohol, marijuana or anything like that. She was referring to dopamine. Every time you check your Twitter, Snapchat or start browsing on Tinder, you’re raising those dopamine levels to almo...

It’s time to recognize the 3rd gender

It’s time to recognize the 3rd gender

Dylan Dewit

February 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Despite consistent social activism and progress, the binary of gender identity proves to be one of America’s most inappropriately ingrained conventions. We simply cannot break away from the limitations of male and female. Let’s say students are registering for classes at Chico State.They are asked ...

It can wait: Don’t text and walk

It can wait: Don’t text and walk

Dylan Dewit

February 13, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Earlier this week, I had an experience that left me terrified and extremely annoyed. I was walking to my class in Butte 201 around 12:14 p.m. I made my way up the west-side stairs, and as I was about to turn the corner, I heard the building’s doors swing open. Out came a mob of students fresh ...

Homeowners victims of party-regret

Homeowners victims of party-regret

Amanda Rhine

February 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Like most out-of-the-area Chico State students, one of my top concerns moving to Chico was finding a place to live before the start of my first semester. I stressed about the price of rent, number and personalities of roommates, quality of home and safety of location. I don’t enjoy sleeping with a baseball bat. However, I got lucky...

In support of a secular Christmas

In support of a secular Christmas

Matt Murphy

December 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This time of year is special to me for a couple of reasons. It's one of only two times a year that I do math. I calculate the minimum grade I need on my finals to maintain whatever grades I currently have. Look, if I'm stuck in a system that forces me to take a sociology class when I have ...

Coping with adulthood is difficult

Matt Murphy

September 11, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I dislike responsibility. Traditionally, I have done my best to shirk it wherever I can. It's scary and I've concluded that I would be much better off without it. It's quite unfortunate for me to report that at this point in time, given my status as a normal person who was not born with a trust fund, it's ...

Social media forgets tragedies too fast

Matt Murphy

April 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Tragedy always seems to strike when it is least expected, as it did the week before last in Orland. For those who haven't used the Internet recently, a tour bus carrying 48 Los Angeles area high school students to Humboldt State for a visit collided with a semi-trailer when it crossed an Inte...

Everyday choices enable excess

Everyday choices enable excess

Matt Murphy

April 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I would imagine if someone came to America for the first time, they'd find no better cross-section of this country than at a Denny's. They'd learn a couple of things at America's Diner. One, Americans apparently can't read, because there are more pictures than words on Denny's menus. The second is that Ame...

Intelligence isn’t limited to IQ

Intelligence isn’t limited to IQ

Valerie Teegardin

April 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Hot-cold, up-down, left-right, there's already enough dichotomies in society; smart-stupid shouldn't be one of them. Yet that's exactly how the education system views intelligence, like it's some black and white concept in which you're either smart, or you're not. What better way to figure out which c...

Pathways put student priorities in peril

Pathways put student priorities in peril

Matt Murphy

March 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The ideology that general education is built on is solid: a well-rounded education creates well-rounded individuals who will become well-rounded members of society. This is why everyone has to take a history class.But that wasn't enough for the administrators of the California State University sy...

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