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Paul Zingg, president of Chico State, was the first person to test out the newly constructed Gus Magnolis bridge. Photo credit: George Johnston

Zingg opens new Gus Magnolis bridge

George Johnston // November 16, 2015

  A crowd gathered early this morning as Paul Zingg, president of Chico State, gave the commencement of the reconstructed Gus Magnolis bridge. The new bridge was built after a tree fell...

Illustration by Madison Holmes

‘In the closet’: A fate worse than death

Zachary Phillips // October 11, 2014

I’ve hated the word “closet” ever since I learned it was more than a place for storing shoes. Of all the phrases people could have conjured to describe hiding one’s sexuality out of fear...

Best tunes for torture

Zachary Phillips // May 1, 2014

I once told my friend that I'd rather be water-boarded than listen to Katy Perry's "Roar" one more time. Although I was being hyperbolic, it turns out that these two forms of torture really aren't that...

Navigating the circus of cross-cultural conversation

Zachary Phillips // February 24, 2014

A friend once asked me, "So, are you... like... actively gay?" I'm still not quite sure who was more ignorant in that exchange: them, for asking such a strange question, or me, for sarcastically pulling...

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Combatting rape culture on campus

Zachary Phillips // February 11, 2014

Colleges never mention sexual assault in their recruiting pamphlets. Graduation rates, sustainability and diversity: these shiny statistics and more can be found front and center on Chico State's home...

Chico dehumanizes homeless population

Zachary Phillips // February 4, 2014

In “Purgatorio,” part one of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” the fourth level of purgatory is reserved for those afflicted by sloth — a lack of action in response to others’ needs. The...

Slower speech for the sake of smart.

Zachary Phillips // January 30, 2014

When I think of my generation, I think of fear. The fear of awkward silences is what comes to mind, specifically. It paralyzes today’s youth from making phone calls, forcing them to resort to...

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