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PartyPic snaps attention from wildcats

Carly Plemons

September 6, 2015


Filed under Breaking News, News

Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, you know them well; but PartyPic is the latest rendition to social media that has created a new experience for staying connected. “It’s really easy with the current social media platforms to follow your friends, your family, your followers," said Miles Rampel Chico nativ...

Defining a generation of millennials

Defining a generation of millennials

Whitney Urmann

August 25, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everyone in this generation are millennials. But who are we, and what defines our generation? We are categorized as the generation reaching young adulthood in the early 2000s. This description tells us little about our cultural identity, possibly because our generation is so difficult to define. Cul...

Beware: Social media blunders can sink career chances

Beware: Social media blunders can sink career chances

Joseph Rogers

April 4, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Graduation is just around the corner, job fairs are sprouting like the pollen-spewing plants that stuff up my nose and resumes are being written to entice employers into a job offer. But in the 21st century, we have advanced communication tools and employers know it. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are...

Social media doesn’t make change

Social media doesn’t make change

Joseph Rogers

March 21, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Social media is a wonderful way to spread the word around social issues but social change takes more than butts in seats – it takes feet on the streets. The world has seen the power of social media as a way to organize protesters in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. However, clicking ‘like’ ...

Taking a break from social media

Taking a break from social media

Daisy Dardon

February 19, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Last week I tried to stay away from all social media. I deactivated my Facebook, uninstalled my Twitter app and even stayed off of Tumblr. Let’s just say it was a very long week. It started out okay, I got that new me kind of feeling you get on new years. I had the mentality that now, with no soc...

Freshman depression rates on the upswing

Freshman depression rates on the upswing

Michael Mcclurg

February 18, 2015


Filed under News

Depression rates among college freshmen are at a record high and research shows that course loads and social media could be a factor. According to a study titled "The American Freshman," researchers at UCLA found that 14,250 students said they felt depressed — a jump from 9,150 students five years ago. The numb...

FADE app reflects positive, negative aspects of campus community

FADE app reflects positive, negative aspects of campus community

Nick Bragg

January 28, 2015


Filed under Features

A new social media app can be found on the smartphones of many Chico State students. It is called FADE, and it is stirring up quite a storm on college campuses nationwide. The free app consists of a collection of pictures and text snips from all of those that download it in the same area. It is targeted toward ...

Anonymous app humors, harms students

Anonymous app humors, harms students

Veronica De La Cruz

November 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As if Chico State didn’t get enough negative attention from apps like Fade, now Yik Yak wants to join the fun. Similar to Fade, Yik Yak draws in eager young adults with its anonymity. The app connects users within a specific area and lets them engage in conversation without revealing their i...

Nude photos are best left untaken

Nude photos are best left untaken

Veronica De La Cruz

November 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A person takes a picture, it gets sent out, then disappears within a matter of 10 seconds. Throw in a long list of privacy features, and it's no wonder college students rely on apps like Snapchat to sext. It's the perfect app for sending nude photos without them getting into the wrong person's hands....

Professionalism comes at a steep price

Matt Murphy

October 24, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I'm a sellout. At least, that's what it feels like. I have a professional Twitter account where I tweet about relevant newsworthy topics and retweet exciting tidbits about journalism and other tedious things.I have a Wordpress blog supposedly devoted to all things "Professional Matt", albeit I don't use i...

Too much tech complicates classrooms

Too much tech complicates classrooms

Matt Murphy

September 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I tend to have a love-hate relationship with technology. 60-40 in favor of technology is the best I can do on any given day. Don't get me wrong, it has its upsides. "Clash of Clans," for example, is making it very difficult for me to focus on writing at the moment. I don't appreciate techno...

Dating hashtags are annoying, hollow

Veronica De La Cruz

August 27, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Hilarious memes and hashtags are constantly changing trends in the social media world. While I usually enjoy most of these amusing trends, I'd be lying if I said that I was a fan of the latest Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesday hashtags. The way it works is that every Monday women will post a pictur...

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