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Kaitlin Haley, A.S. Commissioner of Environmental Affairs. Orion File Photo.

Environmental groups lack diversity

Yessenia Funes // May 13, 2014

Natalie Calcutta, a graduating Chico State sociology major, was the only non-white voting board member of the Associated Students Environmental Affairs Council this year. "I don't think it ever...

Student leaves behind friends but keeps unforgettable memories

Yessenia Funes // May 12, 2014

I recall tears streaming down my cheeks at the tender age of 10, only because my dad suggested we move. I couldn’t even imagine leaving my friends then. As I’ve grown up, however, I’ve...

Kevin Killion, a Chico State student involved in the divestment campaign, attended the California State Student Association May 4. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Divestment gathers faculty support

Yessenia Funes // May 10, 2014

  A student activism class launched an online campaign last week to garner faculty support of university divestment from fossil fuel companies. The campaign received 51 signatures as of...

Juni Banerjee-Stevens, counselor at the Counseling and Wellness Center. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Programs tackle veteran illness

Yessenia Funes // May 8, 2014

Chico State student veterans face the same struggles as veterans nationwide, but unlike at the national level, statistics don't exist for their culture. Larry Langwell, the coordinator at the Veterans...

Steers from the University Farm research program that are fed spent grains from the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Brewers unaffected by proposed FDA rules

Yessenia Funes // April 26, 2014

Someone enjoying a burger from the Sierra Nevada Restaurant is actually eating a steer that grew up on Chico State's University Farm munching on the brewery's spent grain. For now, that'll remain the...

Employees face workplace bullying

Employees face workplace bullying

Yessenia Funes // April 23, 2014

A Chico State employee spends nights awake in bed. The next day at work, the employee is welcomed by threats from a supervisor and singled out — micromanaged and stripped of the ability to make...

Butte County strides toward fracking ban

Butte County strides toward fracking ban

Yessenia Funes // April 8, 2014

Tuesday marked a checkpoint for Butte County's journey to become the first California county to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. This morning, the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in support...

Butte Hall banners call for divestment

Butte Hall banners call for divestment

Yessenia Funes // April 3, 2014

Orange squares were scattered around Butte Hall Thursday afternoon, leading students to six banners hanging from the building outside.Together, the banners read "DIVEST."Professor Mark Stemen's Environmental...

Students in Mark Stemens Geology 440 class march to the front of Kendall Hall on April Fools Day to host their own Fossil Fools human oil spill. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Students create ‘human oil spill’

Yessenia Funes // April 1, 2014

Anyone wandering near Kendall Hall around 4 p.m. might've seen a group of students wearing black tarps and one young lady wearing a white painter's outfit with a gas mask over her face. That was...

Cesar Chavez day parties lack reverence

Yessenia Funes // April 1, 2014

The celebrations began Friday afternoon. As soon as students finished classes, cars began blasting the J.Rabbit remix to The Champs’ “Tequila” with passengers wearing sombreros. “Hmm,...

Mark Stemen, associate professor in the geography and planning department, discuss the fire safety issues in Butte Hall. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Fire marshal report reprimands Butte Hall

Yessenia Funes // April 1, 2014

Butte Hall's corridors now stand naked as departments have been instructed to remove bulletin boards, recycling bins and seating from outside their offices. State Fire Marshal Carol Jordan inspected the...

Yaroslav Lazurenko, a Chico State student who moved to Chico from Ukraine eight years ago, holds a photo of rioting in his country. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Ukrainians react to unrest in homeland

Yessenia Funes // March 26, 2014

Once or twice, Evelina Trinchuk, 36, and her husband, Tolik, headed to Kiev's central square, the capital of Ukraine, not knowing whether they'd make it home at the end of the night.Protesters like them...

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