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Sexual assault survivor brings awareness to Chico State

Sexual assault survivor, public speaker and activist Brittany Piper brought conversations about consent, rape culture and bystander intervention to Chico State. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Rayanne Painter

April 21, 2019

The room was silent as the request was posed: “I’d like you to stand if you know of someone close to you who has experienced sexual assault.”The students in the room looked around at each other in horror as most of them stood up.“Now, I want you to stay standing if you know that...

North Valley Chamber Chorale presents Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

NVCC is curated of professional musicians and singers that are mostly music teachers or professional performers with bachelor degrees in the musical arts. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Rayanne Painter

April 17, 2019

Mozart’s 14-part “Requiem” was performed by North Valley Chamber Chorale (NVCC) in Laxson Auditorium on Sunday.A full chorus, orchestra and four soloists took to the stage to recreate the piece Mozart never got to finish. In 1791, Mozart partially composed the commissioned requiem b...

GSEC hosts second day of queer and trans conference

There were many members working the event and ensuring that students and speakers had a tremendous experience, on Saturday. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Rayanne Painter

April 17, 2019

The second day of the trans and queer conference was hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition on Saturday in the Bell Memorial Union. This conference was the first of many events to kick off the GSEC’s Gender and Sexuality Week.Queer program coordinator Drew Belisle began the conference by touching bas...

“The River Bride” brings magic and heartache to Chico State

Helena anguishes over her unrequited love for her sister's fiance in

Rayanne Painter

April 7, 2019

There’s no fairy godmother to save the day, or happily ever after while riding off into the sunset. This isn’t a typical Walt Disney fairytale.Chico State School of the Arts’ Department of Music and Theatre presented “The River Bride” on Thursday, its opening night. Describe...

Billie Eilish debut album doesn’t mess around

Billie Eilish's debut album

Rayanne Painter

April 5, 2019

She’s dark, moody, cynical, but somehow soft. Billie Eilish isn’t your typical 17-year-old.Looming on the horizon as one of the most anticipated albums of the past few months (or years), Eilish finally released her “anti-pop” debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO ...

Playlist: 11 songs from talented LGBTQ+ musicians

Kehlani is an open bisexual artist. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Refinery29)

Rayanne Painter

April 2, 2019

As a queer woman, I often relate more to music made by queer artists.I jam out to many songs made by folks outside of the LGBTQ+ community as well, but these songs and artists hold a special place in my heart. No matter what you identify as, I invite you to listen to these songs along with me and su...

Nor Cal Roller Girls skate into a hopeful season

Jess Jarocki or “Tripsy McStumble” races against the Sacramento Flood Water jammer as they both hurry to pass one another to earn more points during the match. Michaella King or “Rebel Rose” is the pivot and dictates the pace of the jam match. She gets ready to slam into the Flood Water opponent so Jarocki can pull ahead. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Rayanne Painter

March 26, 2019

Nor Cal Roller Derby Girls raced off into their 2019 season opener on Saturday night at Chico’s Cal Skate.The team faced off against Sacramento’s Floodwaters, both teams head-to-head until halftime, where Nor Cal took the lead 89-48. Nor Cal’s winning streak continued as the girls pus...

Latinx students share their stories at open mic night

C.A.F.E. members, David Cruz and Rose Merry Blanco, stand next to the welcome sign as students enter the event. C.A.F.E. put together their first event of the semester, Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, in Chico, CA. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Rayanne Painter

March 11, 2019

Chico State’s chapter of Central Americans for Empowerment (C.A.F.E.) hosted their first event on Friday in Sylvester's Cafe. Colorful picado banners hung from the ceiling and the smell of freshly cooked food filled the air as students milled about. “Cruzando Fronteras” or “Crossing Borders”...

Poetry reading shines light on refugee experiences

Mai Der Vang's

Rayanne Painter

March 11, 2019

Every seat and plus some was filled in Zingg Recital Hall on Thursday evening for this month’s poetry reading. The event, Writer's Voice, is a literary arts reading series hosted by Chico State’s Department of English.Mai Der Vang, the showcased literary mastermind, is the author of a book...

New Hozier album is missing something

Hozier released his second album,

Rayanne Painter

March 4, 2019

Six years ago, Andrew Hozier-Byrnes’ “Take Me to Church” took off in the charts as a surprise folk-gospel Top 40 hit. His self-titled debut album gained popularity as well when released a year later, with both the folk crowd and pop followers that had discovered him from his smash hi...

‘Waking Dream’ screening brings awareness to DACA recipients

Dilan Pedraza speaks to students in the CCLC about his experience filming in documentary

Rayanne Painter

March 4, 2019

Navigating through school, society and careers is challenging enough without extra factors. Many undocumented young adults in Chico and throughout the country are required to take additional, and often tedious, steps in order just to acquire the right to work and live safely in this country.Leaders Educating...

Chico State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

A violinist from New Music Symposium concentrates while playing the beginning of Terry Riley's

Rayanne Painter

March 3, 2019

Ever read “choose your own adventure” books as a child? Chico State’s New Music Symposium recreated just that, but with music and rhythm.Guest composer Terry Riley joined the audience at the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall on Thursday evening to watch the musicians recreate his masterpie...

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