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Blacksmith Club sends sparks flying

Blacksmith Club sends sparks flying

Risa Johnson

April 15, 2014


Filed under Features, Photo Galleries, Video

Photographs by Alex Boesch. [dropcap]R[/dropcap]aging flames, whirring fans and chirring saws compete for attention in the Ayres Hall workshop. "Shake, Rattle and Roll" can barely be made out amidst the chaos. The Blacksmith Club began this semester, and it is heating up — to 1,300 degrees. Gabriel Maddox, a senior applied computer graphics major, instigated the club. The adviser, David Barta, worked to get it approved for a year and now the group meets every Tu...

Endurance event tests Wildcat athletes

Endurance event tests Wildcat athletes

Emerson Keenan

April 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

A sport originating with runners dashing from one church to another and prancing over streams and walls during the 1800s in England eventually became an event in track and field. Steeplechase combines long-distance running with the skill of hurdling. During a 3,000-meter race, athletes must ru...

The O-Face: Cultural comparisons of sex

The O-Face: Cultural comparisons of sex

Michael Karp

April 14, 2014


Filed under Features

Sexuality is different in every culture. Its role in people’s lives has varied throughout human history and continues to change as time goes on.   Different cultures do it differently.   Japan has love hotels. The Netherlands begins sex education in kindergarten. A society...

Growing up globally crafts perspective

Growing up globally crafts perspective

Julianna Eveland

April 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It was almost 11 p.m. when the lights flickered, the walls shook and the earthquake had reached our Bay Holdings apartment in Baku, Azerbaijan. The earthquake read 6.3 on the Richter scale — Azerbaijan’s largest in 160 years. My family has always had a keen taste for adventure. The way I think abou...

Digital activism lacks real results

Veronica De La Cruz

April 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” read a tweet from @ColbertReport posted March 28. While “The Colbert Report” is widely known for its humor and jokes, this tweet still caused outrage ...

Religiosity strangles generosity

Zachary Phillips

April 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the 1987 film "Wall Street," stock market cutthroat Gordon Gekko states that, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." After witnessing an army of evangelical Christians tear apart their own nonprofit charity, I'd argue that Gekko's words were a tad meek. Greed is God. For those wh...

Wildcat catchers display good grip on game

Wildcat catchers display good grip on game

Nicholas Woodard

April 8, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports

Behind the strong pitching staffs of the baseball and softball teams at Chico State is a select group. It's a group that works hard to frame strikes, dig out sliders and nail base-stealers. Catchers. The Wildcat catchers are not only receivers for a pair of league-leading staffs, but they also display the physical and ment...

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Kevin Crittenden

April 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Psychedelics are on the way into the arsenal of pills psychiatrists use to quell restless minds.MDMA and LSD are being used in research studies to determine their effectiveness in relieving mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic anxiety. It’s about time. This is a ste...

Sexist messaging app misleads relationships

Sexist messaging app misleads relationships

April 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What do fireworks, hand grenades and gender-specific apps have in common? All three are pieces of technology that, when put in the hands of stupid people, will blow up in their faces. Thanks to BroApp, an Android app for guys that automatically sends prewritten text messages to girlfriends, my faith...

The O-Face: Rid relationships of insecurity

The O-Face: Rid relationships of insecurity

Michael Karp

April 1, 2014


Filed under Features

Insecurities can hinder your sex life and other parts of a relationship. It can happen in a committed or casual relationship.   The 2013 winter break was the first extended period of time that I spent away from my girlfriend. It was also when I first felt any type of relationship inse...

Opposing inequality of objectification

Opposing inequality of objectification

Zachary Phillips

March 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Commercial time. A swimsuit model saunters onto a sandy beach. It's a hot, sunny day — perfect weather for a cheeseburger. Dropping the Carl's Jr. bag on the sand, the model gets down on all fours and spreads out a beach towel. Arching his back like an alley cat, he takes a slow bite of his semi-gourmet ...

Online classes offer opportunities, obstacles

Online classes offer opportunities, obstacles

Valerie Teegardin

March 24, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

As the last half of the semester draws near, enrollment for classes next fall looms overhead. Before signing up for online courses, consider why getting an education over the web may cost you a lot more than the enrollment fees. High failure rate Having taken a math course online through C...

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