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Bullying a concern for university workers

Bullying a concern for university workers

Yessenia Funes

March 26, 2014


Filed under News

Concerns of workplace bullying of California State University employees, including professors, were brought up at a Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach Tuesday. John Orr, a California State University Employee's Union representative of employees in clerical and administrative support services at Cal S...

Drought-resistant plants grow on campus

Drought-resistant plants grow on campus

Yessenia Funes

March 11, 2014


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Students walking through the Chico State campus will find trees and plants from the East Coast, Europe and Southeast China. In fact, 90 percent of the campus harbors non-native flora, said Michael Alonzo, the supervisor of grounds and landscape services for Facilities Management and Services.Though London plane trees, Chinese pistache trees and grassy lawns provide aesthetic value...

Campus wins state energy competition

Campus wins state energy competition

Yessenia Funes

March 10, 2014


Filed under News

Chico State's Shasta and Lassen Halls competed in this year's Campus Conservation Nationals and beat other 16 California campuses. The two residence halls reduced their energy by over 23 percent from a two-week baseline, said Fletcher Alexander, the campus sustainability coordinator. No other c...

Sophomore shines at sustainability conference

Sophomore shines at sustainability conference

Yessenia Funes

March 9, 2014


Filed under Features

As students lined up to register for this year's sustainability conference in Bell Memorial Union, they may have noticed Sheridan Ex, a sophomore recreation major, whizzing around in a royal blue top, clipboard in hand. Though she coordinated the conference with two other students, Ex led the pack. She is incredibly motivated and organ...

Agriculture not green enough, experts say

Agriculture not green enough, experts say

Yessenia Funes

March 7, 2014


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Anya Fernald, CEO and founder of Belcampo, believes aspiring farmers should go big rather than small. Belcampo is an California-based agricultural company that handles meat the old-fashioned way but on a larger-than-usual scale—20,000 acres to be exact.While Belcampo is small compared to huge monocultural industrial farms,...

Workshop engages sustainable minds

Workshop engages sustainable minds

Yessenia Funes

March 6, 2014


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The Campus Sustainability Committee has high aims for 2020.The committee showcased its long-term campus-wide plan to improve sustainability and garnered student feedback at the This Way to Sustainability Conference Thursday in the Bell Memorial Union. Students split into five groups and provide...

Beefing up the argument against beef processing

Yessenia Funes

February 25, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When parents walk into a supermarket thinking about tonight's meal, they aren't debating whether that steak or ground beef is safe. Unfortunately, they should be. Rancho Feeding Corp., located 168 miles away from Chico, just issued a nationwide USDA Class I recall for nearly 9 million pounds of beef product from "diseased and unsound animals" that hadn't been fully inspected, accordin...

Failing infrastructure affects campus

Failing infrastructure affects campus

Yessenia Funes

February 24, 2014


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Chico State has seen about 25 elevator issues this semester, ranging from doors getting stuck open to people getting stuck inside, according to facilities management and services work orders. Meriam Library topped the list with five work orders placed this semester. Smoke was even reported comi...

Bike safety class offered instead of tickets

Bike safety class offered instead of tickets

Yessenia Funes

February 19, 2014


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Students ride their bikes and boards through campus all the time. Within a few weeks, students caught breaking the rules can skip the court date. University Police will offer an alternative: a $60 bike-safety course through Blackboard, said University Police Chief Robyn Hearne. Students will save about $100. Throughout the past few semesters, students have asked officers for information, but fin...

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Yessenia Funes

February 18, 2014


Filed under News

Because of persistent drought conditions, local ranchers have been selling parts of their animal herds to reduce the number of mouths to feed. The animals need grass to eat, but the drought has kept grass from growing, said Christine Hantelman, co-owner of Wookey Ranch. The ranchers protect their land by sell...

Veterans organization to honor dead student

Veterans organization to honor dead student

Yessenia Funes

February 14, 2014


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The Student Veterans Organization tabled near Siskiyou Hall Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to accept cards and letters addressed toward Jimmy Yang or his family.Yang, 30, a Chico State student and U.S. Army Veteran, died Saturday. The organization sold Valentine's Day roses as a club fundraiser, also in hopes of providing Yang's family a gift with a portion of the proceeds, Sm...

Student, US Army veteran died Saturday

Student, US Army veteran died Saturday

Yessenia Funes

February 11, 2014


Filed under Breaking News, News

A Chico State student and U.S. Army veteran died Saturday, according to a campus-wide email. No cause of death was given. Jimmy Yang served in the U.S. military from 2004 to 2008 and transferred to Chico State in 2009. He was a computer science and business administration major. He was an active member of the Chico State Stud...

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