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Zingg opens new Gus Magnolis bridge

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

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 and destroyed it last September. "It's great," Zingg said. "It's a 100 percent improvement over ...

‘In the closet’: A fate worse than death

Illustration by Madison Holmes

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 and shame, they picked “in the closet,” as if I had just spent half of my life hanging out in the dark w...

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 different. In an article for the Huffington Post, Andy Worthington offers the reader a teaser to hi...

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 out a pen and paper and writing down my weekly workout routine. When it comes to cross-cultural exper...

Combatting rape culture on campus

Zachary Phillips

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 page. By the time they have graduated from a five-year college career, one in five women will h...

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 men and women occupying this terrace are eternally tasked with constant movement, damned to never a...

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 text messaging. It makes them feel the constant need to "do something" whilst hanging out with a fri...

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