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Students to see increase in Pell Grants in next decade Congress announced legislation Thursday that would provide $36 billion in funding for the Pell Grant for the next 10 years. The maximum annual grant by 2017 would be $5,975, an increase from $5,350 this year. The increase in grants would be paid for by an end to federal subsidies to banks that make student loans and instead shifting to a direct federal loan process. Bankers, Republicans and Democrats from areas of strong student lending business oppose the bill under the claim that it will lead to loss of banking jobs and an increase of poor service.

Two Chico State students are vying for the upcoming opening on the California State University Board of Trustees. The opening on the board is for a non-voting student who will assume voting powers June 30, 2011, when the current

trustee’s term ends, said Sarah Vagts, California State Student Association director of university affairs. A student trustee typically serves a two-year term, Vagts said. The first year a student serves as a non-voting trustee and the second as a voting trustee. The duties for both students

include attending at least seven board meetings per year, raising and advocating student issues during meetings, attending monthly CSSA meetings and working with students to help bring their issues to attention, according to the CSSA Web site. Sophomore economics major Michael Bishai and junior Troy Hackney, a political science

major, are applying for the position. Both are on the A.S. Legislative Affairs committee, where they work with junior Amro Jayousi, a political science major and A.S. director of legislative affairs. Jayousi has known both Bishai and Hackney for about two years and encouraged them to apply please see BOARD | A5

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State leaders look to make transferring easier Leaders of California’s public universities are looking to make transfers for community college students easier. Currently, there are no statewide transfer plans that students can follow, but rather agreements between local community colleges and universities. Leaders from K-12 grade, community college, California State University, University of California and private college systems are meeting April 8 to discuss the issue and an initiative to solve the problems with the process. source: The Sacramento Bee

California education more affordable than other states A recent CNN Fact Check found that despite drastic cuts and fee increases in the university system, education is still more affordable in California than many other states. California is just one of 10 states that saw double-digit tuition increases between the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. Average tuition totals in Vermont are about $12,000 per year, the highest in the nation. Wyoming is lowest at about $3,700. source: CNN

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EARLY PATROL Students going out of town during spring break and an increase in police patrols led to fewer St. Patrick’s Day arrests.

St. Patty’s Day festivities safer than last year Howard Hardee STAFF WRITER

Though many students started partying early, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chico didn’t reach the chaotic level of years past. The green party scene resulted in 58 total arrests, compared to 70 in 2009, according to a press release from the Chico Police Department. “We can tell that a lot of students are out of town for break,” said Sgt. Scott Ruppel of the Chico Police Department. Of the nine arrested for driving under the influence, none were Chico State students, police said. All 11 Chico State student arrests were drunk in public charges. Lt. John Carrillo of the Chico Police Department was on the scene of one such arrest outside Madison Bear Garden at about

1:45 p.m. One of the suspect’s Department. The peak of activity female friends protested loudly, for police is typically from 3 to 6 demanding to know the rea- p.m. on the holiday. “St. Patrick’s Day normally son for the arrest and repeatedly stops earlier than a normal party yelled, “That shit’s illegal.” “It’s disappointing, we real- day because people start so ize that everyone’s just trying to early,” she said. The Chico have a good Police Departtime,” Carrillo We can ment increased said after the patrol for the arrest. “She’s tell that a lot of day with help obviously a bit from University abrasive and students are out of Police, Alcoaggressive.” town for break.” As the day Sgt. Scott Ruppel hol Beverage Chico Police Department Control and progressed, the California lines outside popular bars such as Riley’s grew Highway Patrol, police said. In the early morning hours of to be about 15 minutes long, said the next day, several more violent Chico resident Joey Magana. “It’s all right though,” he said. incidents took place, police said. A stab victim was admitted to “I plan on partying all motherEnloe Medical Center for treatfucking night.” Most of the crowds died out in ment following a large fight the evening, said Detective Abi- outside of Jack’s Family Restaugail Madden of the Chico Police rant on Sixth Street shortly after

Japanese delegates get Chico experience Almendra Carpizo ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Ten students from Japan experienced Chico from March 11-19 because of a joint delegation with Chico State’s Model U.N. organization. Five Model U.N. officers from Chico State visited Japan during winter break and to repay the favor, the officers invited the Japanese students to Chico, said Model U.N. officer Katelynn Mahoney, a political science major. “They made us feel right at home,” she said. “It was a big concept of why we wanted them to come.” The joint delegation is a first for Chico State, said Head

Delegate Jenny Cox, an international relations major. The Japanese team approached them while Chico State was at the conference in New York last year. After deliberation, they accepted and created the overseas partnership, she said. Another reason for the visit to Chico is so partners from both schools could meet, said officer Boshion Crandall, a international relations and international economics major. Before the stay, most of the communication had been through e-mails and video chats, she said. The first stop after the airport was a visit to In-N-Out

Burger, Cox said. “A couple of them went back for seconds,” she said. Though by the end of the trip the Japanese students missed eating vegetables, all they wanted was hot dogs, burgers, pizza and s’mores in the beginning, Cox said. The trip was not all fun, though. The Japanese students paired up with their Chico State partners and had a 12-hour work session in preparation for the conference in New York, Crandall said. The students went over resolutions, speeches and strategies. “We showed them how Chico please see JAPAN | A2

3 a.m., said Sgt. Rob Merrifield of the Chico Police Department. “The guy admitted to being a part of the fight, but couldn’t recall being stabbed or who stabbed him,” Merrifield said. “That kind of thing is actually quite common.” About an hour later, the 300 block of Oak Street was illuminated by a pickup truck engulfed in flames, police said. Fuel containers were found in the bed of the pickup, which was destroyed. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration was, for the most part, an enjoyable one for both students and police, Ruppel said. “It’s been kind of nice, because people are mostly just having gettogethers in their yards,” he said. “Nothing too serious.” Howard Hardee can be reached at hhardee@theorion.com

Study abroad students in Chile safe after quake Victor Cantu STAFF WRITER

Life has started to return to normal for seven Chico State students studying in Chile following an earthquake that killed more than 700 people. The students were studying abroad in the South American country when the magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Feb. 27, said Jennifer Martinez, Chico State administrative support coordinator for the Study Abroad office. While the students escaped injury, several had harrowing experiences. Senior Michaela Cicero, 22, an international relations major, was sleeping on the second floor of her host family’s apartment in Santiago when the tremor hit at 3:30 a.m., she said in an e-mail interview. Though Santiago is 125 miles north of the epicenter of Concepcion, Cicero felt the shocks and heard plates and glasses crashing inside the house, she said. Her instinct was to run from the building, but everything was pitch black because of power failure, so she stayed inside. No one was injured and only dishes and kitchenware were damaged, Cicero said. The city sustained little damage, but as recently as March 14, Cicero saw about 100 homeless families camped out in a nearby park, she said. Cicero plans on returning to Chico in July. There were 421 aftershocks as of Thursday, the majority greater than magnitude 4.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. Fewer have occurred in the past week. The aftermath has left many with rattled nerves, said junior Abby Teicheira, a Spanish and women’s studies double major. She experienced a 7.2 aftershock in her classroom in Santiago on March 11, Teicheira said. “The floor was like a big wave on a boat, with lots of vibrations,” she said. No one was hurt, despite enduring six more aftershocks that same day, Teicheira said. “Our school building is please see CHILE | A5

THE MOON on a mission: A Chico State professor and some of her students turn their attention to space and the artifacts left behind by the Apollo 11 crew. ! Read the story on page A7

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Web site redesigned through collaborative effort The redesigned Chico State Web site launched March 15 and has many new elements and photos, including a “Discover Chico” feature allowing others to learn more about the campus and community. The Web site Redesign Project sent out more than 17,000 e-mail surveys to prospective and current students, faculty and alumni and received a total of 1,253 responses from 12 different user groups, according to a press release from Joe Wills, director of Public Affairs & Publications. The goal was to improve the Web site’s usability and organization when accessing it.

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RUSSIA — Police broke up a crowd of thousands of citizens protesting falling living standards and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday in Moscow. The demonstration was one of 50 across the nation. Police detained 70 people on the national “Day of Anger” after 200 tried to hold an unsanctioned protest. source: Reuters KENYA — The CHINA — Large sandstorms,

United Nations CUBA —A 48-year-old man claimed he is ready to die from

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released before he ends his hunger strike. JAPAN — Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is expected to invest billions of dollars from his own funds to finance a nuclear reactor

source: Reuters

with Toshiba that can operate for up to 100 years. The reactor will use depleted uranium as fuel. source: Agence France-Presse

Chicoans discuss Google Fiber Initiative Christine De Jesus STAFF WRITER

Residents showed their support for faster Internet at the Google Fiber for Chico Community Forum at the Chico State Performing Arts Center. While some questions may not have been answered, locals voiced their support to continue on to the second step of the application process. The project will test ultra-high speed Internet broadband network at 1 gigabit per second, according to Google’s Web site. The application period will end on Friday. Members from the medical community, technical community and general business owners

came to the forum to show their support, said Charles Weaver, president of Managed Service Providers Alliance. Audience members were encouraged to share their opinion on why Google should choose Chico. The March 10 forum showed residents’ excitement, enthusiasm and willingness to engage with Google’s plan of high-speed interconnectivity, said Rick Hubbard, author, speaker and adviser to business and technology leaders. “Events like the forum are extremely important to bring together all of the views the city can reflect in order to obtain this advantage and be able to work with Google and make

it interesting and relevant for them,” he said. The Fiber Initiative would allow local Internet service providers to continue to compete with large cable companies like AT&T, said Andy Main, president and chief executive officer of Shasta.com. The federal court claimed large telephone companies are no longer required to offer the wholesale business model to local service providers in May. “AT&T’s future with high speed does not allow for small companies like mine to be able to offer connection services,” he said. If chosen, Chico can pioneer the way to make high speed Internet economically viable by creating a prototype that

would represent other cities, Hubbard said. “I think Chico has a willingness to engage with Google and provide meaningful feedback and insight that they can use to then spread this capability out to other communities,” he said. Having access to high-speed networking could bring different kinds of benefits and opportunity to businesses, the city and people who live and work in Chico, Weaver said. “I think one of the reasons why Google is doing this is to understand how an ultra high speed fiber network would react in a live environment,” he said. “I think what they’re trying to accomplish is to understand exactly how it would be run, administered and

what kind of side or acts would go along with it.” As bandwidth increases and the capabilities become more evident, new models will emerge that will become beneficial to the future of small to medium sized businesses and their ability to compete in the cyber market place, Hubbard said. Local businesses have restrictions on their capital to build an effective Web presence, he said. There is a barrier for the majority of local merchants who do not have the technical, marketing and Web savvy in needed to attract and retain customers. Christine De Jesus can be reached at cdejesus@theorion.com

JAPAN: Religious activist uses conversation, not hate, to spread word Chico keeps guests busy Almendra Carpizo ASST. NEWS EDITOR

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State does things,” she said. While in Chico, Crandall and Cox did most of the entertaining, Crandall said. The women stayed at her house, while the men stayed with Cox. The Japanese students hardly slept, Cox said. They are the hardest workers, constantly planning and working on speeches. Almendra Carpizo can be reached at acarpizo@theorion.com

Most Chico State students are familiar with the preachers who come to campus and cause heated debates. However, when Christian preacher Jed Smock addressed more than 25 students outside the Marketplace Cafe on Monday, things were different. “He has some legit points,” said senior Ryan Penland, an English major. “I respect the fact that he’s not screaming at people.” Though there was still opposition for what Smock had to say, the atmosphere was calm and seemed more like a

question and answer period than a shouting match. “His whole thing is that to be a good Christian you have to be a conservative,” Penland said. Though he does not agree with Smock, Penland still thinks it was a good dialogue, he said. “We’ve seen a lot that come and their only agenda is to get a rise out of people,” Penland said. Smock sat on a small black chair in front of students outside Bell Memorial Union while he held a stick with a cross on top of it. Smock and the students discussed topics such as

cannabis, health care, politics, sins, drinking, fraternities and socializing. Smock’s goal is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the college and university students of America, according to his Web site, brojed.org. He is not surprised that a lot of students believe in evolution because students act like animals, Smock said. “These frat boys mount sorority girls like they were dogs,” he said. Socializing is a good thing, Smock said. However, he does not understand why students need alcohol, drugs and “lustful” dancing. After Smock’s preaching,

some students who disagreed with him shook his hand and thanked him for the “productive” discussion before leaving. Students were glad to see Smock discussing Christianity and not just aiming to offend students, said sophomore Ian Moore, a marketing major. “I heard he was out here and I wanted to make sure that what he is saying is biblical and not wolf in sheep’s clothing,” he said. Smock will leave Chico State today and move on to other university campuses, he said. Almendra Carpizo can be reached at acarpizo@theorion.com

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Zombie look-alikes set to stagger through campus Zombies may be seen at Chico State today courtesy of the Chico State Zombie Enthusiasts club. Participants will wear face paint and tattered clothing while walking through the campus to promote the April 5-10 Humans v. Zombies event, an on-campus game where participants fend off “zombies” by throwing balled-up socks at them. The event will start near the O’Connell Technology Center around noon, then move to Yolo Hall, Plumas Hall, the Physical Science Building, Taylor Hall, Performing Arts Center and Bell Memorial Union before dispersing, said sophomore Alex Barton, president and founder of Chico State Zombie Enthusiasts. The walk will take about one hour.

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Museum visitors to eat bugs in the name of science The Gateway Science Museum will be hosting a “bug bake-off” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday as a part of the museum’s “Backyard Monsters” exhibit, according to the museum’s Web site. Participants from the College of Natural Sciences will bake items that will contain at least a half-cup of freeze-dried mealworms. The contestants will be showing students and visitors that insects can be nutritious. The visitors will be encouraged to take tastetests of the various foods, which will include items such as cookies and brownies to determine the best entries.

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Wednesday, 9:27 p.m. | Fight reported on 300 block of Pomona Avenue. “Subject hit reporting party’s brother in the head with a frying pan.�

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Wednesday, 11:48 p.m. | Vandalism reported on 300 block of Wall Street. “Male subject with skateboard yelling at his girlfriend. Subject may have actually broken out a window in his rage.�

Friday, 2:09 a.m. | Drunk in public reported on Rowland Circle. “Subject knocking on reporting party’s door, asking if he can ‘smoke’ with them. Subject now trying to break down the door.�

Friday, 3:41 a.m. | Vandalism reported on 600 block of Pomona Avenue. “Subject broke in while reporting party was sleeping. Reporting party unable to determine a loss or if anyone was actually in the house. Told to call back when he is sober.�

Thursday, 12:48 a.m. | Noise complaint reported on 600 block of West Second Avenue. “Subjects breaking glass and playing loud music. Doesn’t sound like fighting, just a Two heavy really good time and being and older men destructive.�

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Friday, 3:09 p.m. | Drunk in public reported on 300 block of Humboldt Avenue. “Males in the park drinking 40s, not using the park for the right reasons.�

Thursday, 1:53 p.m. | Verbal outside the bar.� Friday, 4:23 p.m. | Possible dispute on 80 block of Artesian Drive. “Reporting Friday 4:23 p.m. drug activity reported on 200 Chico Police records block of East Second Street. party in a verbal argument “Two heavy and older men with roommate, who the smoking a joint outside the bar.� reporting party believes stole his meds and toolbox. Female has mace and is Friday, 4:23 p.m. | Panhandler reported on threatening to use it.� 800 block of East Avenue. “Male subject has been approaching people asking for money. Thursday, 7:46 p.m. | Suspicious subject reported on Glacier Peak Lane. “Male wandering Has jumper cables, stating his vehicle is broken down, but he has no vehicle.� around in field behind reporting party’s house. When subject saw reporting party, he squatted Friday, 5:31 p.m. | Lost property reported behind a bush to avoid being seen.� on 1400 block of Park Avenue. “Reporting party lost his Mac Notebook and bag with Thursday, 8:09 p.m. | Drunk in public reported school books and Adderall inside somewhere on 500 block of Main Street. “Subject outside between Nobby’s and Second and Walnut.� continues to try to get in and refuses to leave. Subject dressed up like a clown.� Thursday, 10:29 p.m. | Drunk in public on 1500

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hico State students now have another reason to be excited about graduating and getting a job. A recent salary report by PayScale, Inc. has ranked Chico State alumni with starting and mid-career salaries fourth highest among California State Universities, 27th among public universities across the U.S. and 137th among all universities. The starting median salary among Chico State alumni is $47,700 and the mid-career median salary is $89,300, according to the survey. About 97 percent of alumni enjoyed going here and most say their education has benefited them in their careers, said Joe Wills, director of Public Affairs & Publications. “We like to think that it shows that a Chico State education literally pays o,â€? he said. The technical majors will typically draw higher starting salaries, said James Starmer, director of the Career Center. However, other jobs, such as those in education, can still pull in a high salary after a few years. The fact that Chico State is so high up on the list is not surprising, he said. Having a ‘Chico experience’ means students will have the opportunity to walk into a position better prepared once they

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graduate because they have been involved with their community and have had hands on experience. “For us to be in the top 28 public universities is pretty amazing,� Starmer said. “Students will be ready to go start a career after graduation.� Since the economy is not in good shape, people need to be prepared to switch careers in case their job is not in demand, Wills said. “In this economy, it’s much more common to change careers,� he said. “People need preparation to know how to learn, work with people and be flexible in order to be prepared for more than one career.� Graduating senior Angee Oster, a child development major, isn’t surprised that Chico State ranks high

among public universities, she said. However, since she hopes to go into child protective services after graduation, she doesn’t plan on meeting the median starting salary among alumni. “I’m not doing this job for the money,� she said. “I want to have a job that I enjoy doing.� One reason she thinks Chico State has such a high ranking is because of its reputation, Oster said. “Chico’s reputation as a party school can actually help certain students,� she said. “If you can graduate from this school, it shows employers that you can focus.� August Walsh can be reached at awalsh@theorion.com

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Town hall meeting focuses on budget issues Tegan Silva STAFF WRITER

California’s revenue in February was $480 million more than the governor’s estimate, putting the state in a better position to prevent more cuts to its universities. This has been the third consecutive month the revenue has been above the projection, said Frederica Shockley, chair and professor in the economics department. The Northern California State Budget Alliance hosted a town hall meeting March 11 to discuss the current state budget crisis and possible solutions. During the economic downturn and the predicted $20 billion state budget shortfall, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a budget that would drastically cut spending by at least 10 percent in almost every state department, said Sue Hilderbrand, executive director of the Chico Peace and Justice Center. This move would also cut services for many Californians,

especially the poor, the many local services, said Evan LeVang, executive elderly and the disabled. “We’re working within director of Independent Livthis reality,” Hilderbrand ing Services of Northern said. “We’re trying to figure California. There is also a out how to work under the concern about the immediate economic impact. current system.” “It would be easier to deal There is an $18 billion hole in the state budget, Shock- with these cuts if we knew it ley said. This is the sum of was a part of a larger plan for recovery, but $6.6 billion they’re not,” at the end of We’re trying LeVang said. the current “It’s just cut fiscal year to figure out how and cut and and $12.3 bilcut year after lion potential to work under the year, till deficit for the current system.” there’s nothfollowing fisSue Hilderbrand Executive Director of CPJ ing left.” cal year, she Creating an said. The governor can imple- environment where businesses ment “trigger cuts,” which can be successful and put peoare cuts and eliminations of ple back to work is the key to programs, if the federal gov- climbing out of the economic ernment does not deliver downturn, said Jolene Francis, the $8 billion needed for the president and chief executive state budget, she said. If the officer of the Chico Chamber of state does not receive the $8 Commerce. “I think that we’re all interbillion, Chico State may lose related like one big patchwork more than $4 million. There is a fear of massive quilt,” Francis said. “If the service cuts and complete seams are coming undone, program elimination for we all have to work together

to make sure that we fix it.” The unemployment rate and the increase of tuition costs have made it increasingly difficult for people to attain a degree and a living, said freshman Alex Brown, 25. “There is not one perfect plan for California,” Brown said. “But higher education has become less important over the years and needs dire attention more than ever.” A student who attains a bachelor’s degree increases his or her earnings by about $1.2 million through his or her lifetime and those who attain a post-graduate degree increases his or her income by about $1.6 million during his or her lifetime, said Lester Jauron, vice president for Planning and Information at Butte College. More cuts to classes and increased tuition are making it more difficult for students to attain a higher education, he said. THE ORION • CAMBRIA ROBISON

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REALITY CHECK Sue Hilderbrand of the Chico Peace and Justice Center speaks to those in attendance at the City Council Chambers.

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for the position, Jayousi said. Bishai participates in the Chico State Student Democratic Club and the Speech and Debate team, in addition to his position on the legislative affairs committee, he said. This involvement reflects the importance of clubs and organizations to the CSU system. “When you go to school, you want to find your niche,” Bishai said. The wide variety of campus clubs he is involved with makes Bishai a good representative of students, he said. “I really feel I can represent

the CSU as a whole, not just Chico State,” Bishai said. Bishai has strong potential and dedication to student issues, Jayousi said. “Michael has a flattering personality that makes him a pleasure to listen to,” he said. “He’s an eloquent public speaker who commands the acceptance of his audience.” Hackney’s experience at the Community Legal Information Center and his understanding of California’s political structure makes him a good candidate for the position, Jayousi said. “He has a firm stance on all issues and he is talented in

defending his positions with balance and temperament,” he said. “He’s also a fierce defender of the student body and has always thrown his full force behind any bill which favors students.” Hackney thinks his passion for staying informed makes him a good candidate for the position, he said. “Staying informed is interesting to me,” Hackney said. “I definitely want to be there to serve the students.” Working as a director of the consumer protection agency at CLIC has taught Hackney how to work with different interests and egos to compromise

— something he will use if appointed to the Board of Trustees, he said. One of his goals, if selected, is to build a stronger rapport between the board and CSU students, who often incorrectly perceive the board as an enemy to student needs, Hackney said. The deadline for students to apply is April 9, Vagts said. From there, a pool of applicants will be selected for interviews and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will make the fi nal appointment by June 30. Sean Longoria can be reached at slongoria@theorion.com

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almost 100 years old, but it’s very sturdy,” she said. After growing up in the Bay Area, Teicheira is used to earthquakes, she said. “I actually fi nd them kind of exciting,” Teicheira said. She slept through the original earthquake on an island off the coast of Chile while doing a field study, Teicheira said. She couldn’t contact her host mother for three days since the phone lines were down. After the earthquake,

Teicheira’s Facebook and e-mail were overwhelmed with inquiries from concerned family members and friends, she said. Like the other study abroad students, Teicheira hasn’t changed her plans because of the earthquake, she said. Teicheira has classes through the end of April and will travel to Argentina, Paraguay and Peru before returning to Chico in May. Victor Cantu can be reached at vcantu@theorion.com

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TREASURE form for international recognition. “These students are actually contributing to historic preservation as opposed to it just being an academic exercise or practice,” she said. With today’s rapidly expanding technology, at some point people will eventually return to the moon as scientists and tourists, Westwood said. “In order to prevent the types of vandalism and destruction of cultural resources that we see at other archaeological sites in current parks, we want to afford some level of protection,” she said.

BACKGROUND

Westwood started teaching archaeology more than six years ago, she said. “The inspiration for this came from students,” Westwood said. Her students at Butte College and Chico State essentially asked if Neil Armstrong’s footprints could be considered a

significant resource, she said. “It occurred to me that even though people understand how important this is historically, no one has ever listed it or sought any kind of protection or preservation for it,” Westwood said. “It struck me strange that no one has listed it.” Though colleagues told her it wasn’t possible to list objects at Tranquility Base, she did not find that to be an acceptable answer, Westwood said. “I decided I wasn’t going to ask for anybody’s permission,” she said. “I was just going to go ahead and do it and see if I could get it listed.” About 10 years earlier, Ralph Gibson, a student at New Mexico State University, asked a similar question concerning the objects left by Apollo 11, said Beth O’Leary, professor of anthropology at the university. “We were surprised nobody has done this

Teacher, students e t look to preserve artifacts inn oouter space Sarah Brown STAFF WRITER

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ust 40 years ago, humans touched the face of the moon for the first time. It was an historic event for the whole world and the excitement of it is being revived with help from a teacher at Chico State. The crew of the Apollo 11 mission left behind various objects on Tranquility Base — the location on the moon where they landed — created an archaeological site, said Lisa Westwood, an archaeologist and teacher at Chico State. Westwood hopes to preserve the site for future generations before new explorers return to the moon and destroy it, she said. The California Office of Historic Preservation took the first step toward preservation of the site, Westwood said. Five of her students this semester are now working on a nomination

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before,” she said. O’Leary formed the “Lunar Legacy Project” with Gibson and another student, John Versluis. A grant through NASA allowed Gibson to create an inventory of the items left behind by the Apollo 11 mission. Of the 106 items identified, Gibson agrees with his colleagues the most interesting item left behind is a silicone disc, Gibson said. The disc contains messages of support by more than 70 world leaders. “That to me kind of changed the mission,” he said. “That one little piece made it a world site.” Westwood discovered an article about O’Leary’s work almost two years ago, Westwood said. She realized they were trying to do the same thing, so she contacted O’Leary and together they formed a “preservation taskforce.” “We decided to join forces because we

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moon. It’s the only one that’s not a tragedy.” Donaldson invited Westwood and O’Leary to address the annual National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers on March 4 in Washington, D.C., Westwood said. They pitched their proposal to seek support in getting Tranquility Base listed on as many state registers as possible. “We were just overall overwhelmed by the amount of support that we got while we were in D.C.,” Westwood said. “A lot of people in historic preservation recognize the fact that this is a very significant property, that this is forward-thinking.” O’Leary’s team will present their nomination to the Historical Society of New Mexico on April 9 in the hope New Mexico will become the second state to register Tranquility Base as a historical resource, O’Leary said. Most people can associate ruins and other

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ancient landmarks as historical resources worthy of preservation, Westwood said. It’s the relatively recent moon landing on Tranquility Base that’s more difficult for people to grasp as an important historical resource. The idea of future generations visiting the moon only to find a sign that reads, “Here once walked Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin” is not appealing, Westwood said. The world’s great-great-grandchildren should be able to stand at a safe distance and actually see the footprints, the flag and the lunar lander in mint condition. Of all archaeological sites, Tranquility Base has the highest level of integrity, Donaldson said. Because of environmental conditions and the fact that no one has yet returned to Tranquility Base, all the items remain undisturbed. One major obstacle in preservation is the

While in Washington, D.C., Westwood also received support from the U.N.’s International Council on Monuments and Sites, as well as the Smithsonian Institution, she said. The Smithsonian hosts the Air and Space Museum that ensures historic preservation of items connected to NASA.

BRINGING IT HOME

U.N. space agreements preventing any nation from claiming land on a celestial body, Westwood said. With the U.S. having an image of colonialism, it’s important to make it clear that Tranquility Base is a landmark of international human interest, she said. “When we’re talking with members of the international community, we have to make sure they understand that this is something that’s important to all of humans,” Westwood said. “This is not just a United States thing.”

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Historical Resource list, Westwood had to show a strong tie between California and the Apollo 11 mission, Donaldson said. Westwood’s team put together a strong proposal that led to a unanimous decision by the state commission. On Jan. 29, California became the first state to list the Apollo 11 objects as a historical resource, O’Leary said. “You guys in California are always cutting edge,” she said. Getting this listed on the state’s resource register ranks among the greatest events in California of the 21st century, Donaldson said. The accomplishment of the Apollo 11 crew, all of whom are 80 years old today, is also significant because it is surrounded by a century of tragedies. “Depending on one’s age, you remember Pearl Harbor, Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11,” Donaldson said. “However, you also remember man’s landing on the

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can accomplish more together,” she said. “Sure enough, we got traction right away with California.”

FORWARD THINKING

Westwood brought the proposal to Wayne Donaldson, the state historic preservation officer of California, she said. Understanding the significance of what they were doing, he worked with her to form a strategy for accomplishing their goal. “We came to the conclusion that it would be more appropriate to start at the state level and document its significance relative to California, then move to the national level and then to the international,” Westwood said. Most of the research development that went into the space and Apollo program was done in California, as well as some of the manufacturing of the equipment, she said. To get the objects listed on California’s State

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The museum would support preservation of the lunar artifacts on the moon, said Dr. Allan Needell, curator of the space history division at the Smithsonian. It would also be prepared to care for certain artifacts that, in the judgment of the appropriate people, would be best preserved on Earth. By the number of museums in the world, it’s clear that people like and appreciate history, Westwood said. There is also a strong sense of historic preservation in Chico. People like looking at the architecture and restoring the old buildings. “This is a very historic community and there’s a greater sense and appreciation for history in Chico than there is in other places, for sure,” she said. “I think people in Chico can relate to this kind of need to hang on to our history.”

Sarah Brown can be reached at

sbrown@theorion

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Thumbs Up to “Mega Man 10.” Any game released this year that has 8-bit graphics should be given due respect.

Thumbs Down to drunk Facebook photos. They go well with your posts about how you enjoyed going to church Sunday.

Thumbs Up to people who seriously consider naming a child “Megatron.” You would be doing that kid a favor.

[ Editorials ]

Keeping your head in housing rush Students have descended locust-style upon the oncehealthy crop of housing in Chico and if you want your share, you better have joined the swarm by yesterday. For those of you looking for a place to live next semester, we know your pain. We’ve tangoed with the grim specter of house-hunting many times — and not always with favorable outcomes. However, we would like to take this opportunity to advise you to pump your brakes, if you aren’t locked in already. While you should quickly tie down any place that offers good rates and a nice location, be wary of the surrounding factors and be sure you know what you’re getting into. First, look at your housemates. What are you willing to share with them? Will the housemates keep tidy or will they leave the bong out when parents come over? Of course, there’s no problem with living with slobs — as long as you know upfront. The key point is to be sure you can spend countless hours with your potential roomies without stabbing them in the neck with a rusty screwdriver. Also, pick attractive housemates, as you will most certainly see at least one of them naked. So, let’s assume you found a nice looking place with good rates and picked solid housemates. Hooray. We’re proud of you.

Now let’s get to that lease. Be sure to read your lease over many, many times before you put your name to it. Read that thing as if you had to write five essays on it the next day because the last thing you want is to miss the fine print and later find out your $300 a month is actually something more like $500. Take this time to look at your housemates yet again as well. Are they financially sound? Do they have income/ rich parents? Are they prone to forgetting rent? Is there a chance they might skip out in any way? Be more concrete than a sidewalk when it comes to this. Finally, get to know your potential landlord. Make sure that he or she is not a total jerk and do some background research. Has this landlord ever sued a tenant? Do people who have lived under him or her feel cheated? Does the housing seem like it’s been well kept? A bad landlord can ruin the entire deal when you have to debate every month whether you paid rent when you clearly did. Things may be moving fast in Chico’s housing market, but don’t forget to make the right choices. Oh — and yes — we were kidding about the “attractive housemate” thing. Please don’t discriminate based on looks. But we are deadly serious about the nudity. Be ready for that.

St. Patrick’s Day goes to show students can be responsible The hurricane of St. Patrick’s Day passed over Chico and we all seem to have survived it with only 11 Chico State student arrests. It seems things didn’t get too crazy. We had a few less students in town thanks to spring break, but for the most part, the Chico State student population was left to its own devices and didn’t kill itself like our reputation may suggest. Maybe students are just being less reckless. There’s a good chance all of the antidrug programs are hitting home or students are finally learning to keep from drawing attention to themselves when drinking. Or maybe Chico State students in general are just catching flak for things they don’t even do anymore. Sure, back when our parents were in school, Chico State was “the place,” but every year the magazines rank us lower and lower on the party school lists. The albatross of alcoholic debauchery hangs on our necks and we didn’t even earn it. What do we have to do to prove to the nation that we aren’t party animals anymore? When things look crazy in Chico, like on that terrible night of Halloween, statistics suggest Chico State students aren’t the ones stirring the pot. Many of the arrests made over the Halloween 2009

weekend were students from out of town. Reporters from The Orion who observed the parties in 2009 ran into multiple groups of students who drove miles and miles to come party in Chico for that one night. The general mentality was that they would come to a place supposedly known for its parties, trash the place and leave the next day without a care. The true reason we can’t shake our party reputation is because other students are still feeding into it too much. At least we can relax and know we aren’t as bad as everyone thinks. This isn’t to say we think the problems can be entirely attributed to outsiders. We know Chico State students can be capable of doing some rather stupid things and we still have too many drug-related student deaths to be able to call ourselves safe. Progress is being made, however. Chico State made a good move in planning spring break around St. Patrick’s Day. It was a move that protected students from themselves, in a way. It’s hard for students to get trashed with friends when they’re back home and under parental supervision again. Now we just need to find a way to protect Chico from people who think it’s OK to trash it and leave.

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Hookups easy but lack quality Laura Lubarov OPINION COLUMNIST

He had dark hair and blue eyes — and I had a serious crush. When he pulled me away from our friends one night saying he wanted to talk in private, I got excited, thinking he was finally going to ask me out. “Laura … have you ever thought about us … hooking up?” he asked while biting his lip nervously. What? That was what he wanted to ask me? I was heartbroken, but I choked back my tears. The truth was, I had indeed thought about it — many times — but had also imagined him taking me out to dinner and us cuddling during a movie, two things I was pretty sure he wasn’t eager to do. I shouldn’t have been so surprised. Casual sex keeps getting more popular while dating is turning into a thing of the past. When did guys stop asking girls on dates and start getting them straight into the bedroom?

Random hookups may seem like all the fun without any of the hassle of dating, but they divert your attention from one of life’s greatest experiences — the mind-blowing feeling of being physically connected to the person you love. Trading meaningful sex in for a string of random hookups is like trading a Nobby’s burger with all the fixin’s in for a Big Mac — fast and easy, but not as satisfying. The whole point of sex is to connect with someone and the detachment of casual sex is, in a way, abusing the act. It’s like taking someone else’s prescription pills just for fun; it abuses the purpose of the pills and makes taking them unhealthy. Sex is so ingrained in our culture it’s impossible to not think about it constantly. Every day I see sexy magazine ads or sex scenes in movies that remind me that it’s been a while. My theory is that culture’s emphasis on sex instills an increased and unnecessary

desire for sex in most people, similar to the way the frequent advertising of food creates the desire to eat more food than we really need. Haven’t you ever noticed that the more sex you have, the more you want? Sex, like other pleasurable but risky behaviors, should be enjoyed in moderation. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional casual hookup if you’re in a sexual slump, but do it too often and things could get dicey. The Chico News & Review published an article about STDs in 2007 called “We’re dirty.” The article reveals how common STDs are in Chico, especially herpes, Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Fifty-two percent of all herpes tests done at Chico State came back positive, according to the article. There were also 272 cumulative cases of HIV in Butte County as of Dec. 31, 2009, according to the Butte County Public Health Web site. That’s only the cases that were diagnosed.

The steadily increasing risk of STDs should be slowing down the casual sex trend, but many people ignore the numbers, probably thinking it won’t happen to them. I love sex, but there’s something important that stops me from doing it as often as I want — willpower. And I’m not the only one. I have an ex-boyfriend who took a celibacy vow for six months: no dating, sex or kissing. He said it was hard, but it strengthened his willpower and he’s glad he did it. While celibacy vows are a little drastic for the typical college student, saying “no” to that hot guy or girl at the bar every once in a while can improve your willpower and limit the risk of undesirable complications. So when it comes to sex, consider choosing quality over quantity. And if you must share the love, don’t forget to wear a glove. Laura Lubarov can be reached at llubarov@theorion.com

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Continuing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ debate I must say that I am pleased with the responses which my own response letter has gotten. I believe that a public discourse is always a good idea; let’s not keep things in the dark, or hiding behind misleading rhetoric. To save time and space, I will address both Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Peters in no particular order, so one must read the letters in the previous issue of The Orion. First, I must say that the responses from Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Peters were very illuminating and can better help people understand where opposition toward homosexuals is coming from. Unfortunately, it’s from religion, one of our oldest institutions. While most people think that their religious beliefs are a matter of personal choice, practice and a private matter, it seems that some people feel the need to proselytize and foist their beliefs onto others. “Live and let live” is starting to slip away. Is ! The Orion encourages letters to the editor and commentary from students, faculty, staff, administration and community members.

religion so protected that human rights can be violated? I hope it doesn’t get to this point. It’s also very illuminating to listen to the language used in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the marriage equality debates. Close your eyes and you just might be transported back to the 1940s, when FDR signed an executive order to allow blacks to serve alongside whites in the military. “But no!” They said, “It will affect unit cohesion.” Exactly how it would affect unit cohesion was never explained, then or now. This is also very eerily similar to when Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter married in 1958, but where arrested because he was white

and she was black. “We must protect the sanctity of marriage!” was the rallying cry. It seems prejudice needs no new language. I am deeply disturbed by one thing in particular that Mr. Peters has stated: “... science has found differences in the hypothalamus in the brain between straights and gays. So it’s conceivable that a cure for homosexuality will be found in the next few decades.” Dare I say that this is a horrible statement? Who’s next on the list of undesirables? Let’s get rid of them, too — also known as “curing.” You have the wrong religion? We have a cure! Have the wrong skin color? We have

a cure! I don’t see Mr. Peters looking around for his “cure” for heterosexuality, come to think of it. So, let’s drop the bullshit, shall we? We know that your opposition regarding homosexuality comes from your religious views. Fine. No problem. Just keep them to yourselves, OK? You have no right to force others to accept your religious beliefs and the sooner you realize that, the better. Once you realize that, you’ll see you have no right to tell others how to live their lives. Ted Rodrigues CHICO STATE PHILOSOPHY MAJOR

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A9

Thumbs Up to the shrimp tacos at Taco Bell. Those things are surprisingly edible.

Thumbs Down to learning how to snowboard. We don’t like paying $65 to roll down a mountain.

Thumbs Up to coming back to Chico after spring break. We’ve missed you.

Thumbs Down to people who sneeze into their hands. You expect us to touch anything you’ve even looked at now?

Thumbs Down to March Madness bracket busting. Thanks, University of Kansas.

POINT/ COUNTERPOINT

Separation of Easter and spring break Easter spring break violates line between church and state James Jelenko OPINION COLUMNIST

This year the Chico State administration used logic instead of a magic calendar to determine the dates of spring break. Easter played no role in the decision and consequently did not occur during the break, in case you didn’t notice. Instead, in a strategic move, they decided to position the break to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day — a consistently problematic holiday associated with heavy drinking — so fewer students would be in town to cause a ruckus and to avoid subtle religious discrimination on the part of the university. Though it may seem new and scary, it’s best for everyone. Some may gawk at this decision and feeling discriminated against because their holiday isn’t acknowledged. However, it’s important to remember that due to the separation of church and state, governmental institutions are prohibited from recognizing religious holidays. That’s why we don’t say “Easter break” or “Christmas vacation” anymore. This may be different from what you experienced earlier in your educational career, but just because something has always been done a certain way doesn’tt make it right. As it doesn turns out, there’s

solid reasoning behind the change: religious tolerance. If there was only one Easter celebration, I’d be supportive of making the break coincide with the holiday. But that isn’t the case. There are at least two major Easter subdivisions, Eastern and Western, which fall on very distinct dates and are celebrated different ways. The “traditional” Easter you’re probably most familiar with is Western Easter, which is governed by the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Easter is similar, but based on the Julian calendar and therefore occurs up to a month later. Both holidays commemorate the day Jesus was resurrected, but they do it in different ways. This is why a civil calendar was invented. It separates all the religious meaning from de facto calendar days. It’s the calendar we use for all things governmental, and yes, that includes public schools. In fact, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states in no uncertain terms that “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” That’s exactly what happens when you give priority to one religious celebration over another, like giving a break for one Easter and not the other; the creation of a religious hierarchy. If you choose to

acknowledge one of the Easter holidays by scheduling the break around it, you force yourself to alienate the people who celebrate the other version. This issue doesn’t arise during the fall or winter months because of the lack of religious affiliation to Thanksgiving, the proximity of Christmas to Hanukkah anukkah and the fact that Christmas is static on the calendar. This is not the case with Easter. r. It’s best to avoid the he issue and situate the he break around a differerent focal point. If we discriminate equally, ally, then by virtue of definition, it’s not really eally discrimination any-more — it is equality. Just think about it. When asked if you u know when spring ng break is, how would you rather answer? “March arch 15, the week of St. Patrick’s Day” or “the week of the first Sunday day after the full moon on following the vernal al equinox?” Which h makes more sensee to you? But more imporortantly, basing our spring ring break around our notion tion of EasEas ter forces us to discriminate riminate against Judaism, Greek Orthodox Christiantianity, Eastern Orthodox dox Christianity and Islam am by ignoring their eir traditions. While I can live ve without seeing m my family for a week over Easter, I can’t live w with intolerreligious intolerrance. Chico State has made the right chang-decision in chang our ing the dates of ou ur spring break.

Spring break without Easter creates problems for students Rachel Westmore OPINION COLUMNIST

For my entire life, I remember knowing spring break would be a week connected to Eascon ter Sunday. I always looked forward to lo spending the holisp day da with my cousins and an family friends. That Th is, until I came to Ch Chico. This year, I have time Thi to leave Chico for both le St. Patrick’s Day and Cesar Chavez Day. C Easter is a different story. With fe only the weekend o off, off the university is not ackno acknowledging that the holiday holida is important to some students. This would be OK Th if a all students lived nearby and could go nea home hom for the weekend. end However, Chico State Stat is a residential college and has many colle students studen from far away. sides of the I see both b spectrum. My friend from spectr Redding goes home Red every weekend, but eve coming from Southco ern er California, I can’t. Neither are my friends Ne from New Mexico, Wisfr consin and Oregon. co When spring break W landss on the calendar should not be an issue issu ue at all. Traditionally, a spring break has always taken h place during Easp ter. ter. That tradition works w orks in elementary,

middle and high school, so why change it in college? Connecting spring break to Easter considers those who choose to celebrate the holiday while still giving everyone a week off to go home, on a road trip, or anywhere else they choose to. Easter not falling on spring break, for some, is like Christmas not falling during winter break. Not everyone celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah, but winter break always encompasses the holidays regardless. It may seem biased to base a school break around a religious holiday that not everyone celebrates, but isn’t it just as bad not to consider those who participate in the holiday? Connecting spring break to Easter is not hurting or discriminating against those who do not celebrate. Nothing is lost by taking a break near a holiday just for those who celebrate it, when either way, students get a week off school. While the dates of spring break do not affect those who don’t celebrate, it is not the case with those who do. Many have Easter traditions that are important to them, traditions that depend on that break from school. Of course Easter is a Sunday, so students will always have it off, but what about those whose traditions involve families from far away? Will they have time to see friends and family with only a weekend? The university has its reasons for placing

spring break during St. Patrick’s Day. It’s no secret that St. Patrick’s Day is a major partying holiday and Chico is a party town, so the university wants all of the students gone for obvious reasons. But while St. Patrick’s Day is a partying holiday, Easter tends to be a family holiday. Doesn’t it make more sense for students to get time to go home over Easter rather than St. Patrick’s Day? During spring break, dorms close and first-year students are forced out of town. That is not the case with upperclassmen. Juniors and seniors usually live off campus and are under no obligation to leave Chico during break. They have had time to discover the fun of spending St. Patrick’s Day in a town like Chico and will probably choose to stay. We are in college and every student on campus knows the consequences of drinking irresponsibly. It’s understandable the university is worried about too much partying on St. Patrick’s Day, but if we get into trouble, it is on our shoulders. The university needs to do what’s right and let students be responsible for their own actions on St. Patrick’s Day instead of forcing students out. Rachel Westmore can be reached at rwestmore@theorion.com

James Jelenko can be reached reach hed at jjelenko@theorion.com

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Chico State should be place of discovery; not just getting jobs Nick Pike OPINION COLUMNIST

College education has rapidly become a void to fill on a sheet of requirements, another arduous meaningless chore to put on a list of accolades. College is something deeper to me. I believe college is a sample of life packed into a few years. A new, scary, yet breathtaking experience where we leave the womb of our parent-filled lives and began to crawl on our own. We learn through experiences in both positive and negative ways. The aim of this slice of life is to

eventually come out with an assertive wisdom of yourself and the surrounding world. The purpose behind the institution of higher education is to heighten our education and knowledge, to expand what we know about ourselves and a melting pot of other areas so that when we get dumped out of the “frying pan,” we have direction and purpose. This isn’t the case for some students. Many youths have broken down the process of college to a monotonous routine and intend to get out as quickly as possible so they can put that gold star on their resume. In the process, they usually follow the “sheeple” mentality. They study

what family, friends and everyone else force upon them without sitting down and figuring out what really drives them. I’ve spoken to many individuals who sped through schooling without taking a look around for themselves. They realized after it was all over, they never snapped out of the “looks good on paper” trance and figured out what they had passion for while they had the opportunity. Think of college as a roundabout with endless streets veering by you every second as you drive in circles. These are streets that eventually progress to freeways and take us to some destination, where turning back isn’t an option.

To enter and exit college with the goal of getting an anonymous degree, you might as well close your eyes and veer off the roundabout at random. To many, a college education consists of the concrete principles of doing well in your studies and eventually obtaining a degree so you can have a nice, stable job waiting for you. Those who follow this philosophy usually pick an area of study that focuses on careers in high demand and short of candidates. Why spend all that money on education and go to classes that don’t intrigue you to end up in an occupation you feel mediocre or negative about? That’s like going to a movie you

never cared to see that lasts for three and a half hours. For us, this movie lasts an average of about 90,000 hours in a lifetime, so I hope it’s worthwhile. Along the pathway of becoming a well-rounded citizen through higher education, one finds truth. Truth in what you feel, truth in what you love, truth in what avenue you want to take and how you want to get to your destination. However, this is unattainable if you just go through the motions to satisfy a requirement and fill in a line to become another faceless suit. Nick Pike can be reached at npike@theorion.com

Piece of Mind | Should spring break be based around Easter? “I would say yes, just so people who live out of the area can spend the holiday with their families. I live nearby but there are a lot of students from out of town.” Lindsay Keyawa

graduate student | criminal justice

Sadi Stouder

freshman | civil engineering

“No, I think it should be based on other colleges so we’re all on the same schedule and students are able to spend time with family, in case they have siblings who aren’t in college yet.”

“I don’t think so, personally. Basing it around St. Patrick’s Day makes more sense so it’s not so chaotic here.”

“I don’t even know when Easter is. It really doesn’t matter to me. If it changes every year, it doesn’t make sense to base a break around it. Moua Lor

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T.J. Fennelly senior | business

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Walter Ford Sports Editor

Take a Knee A taste of madness What a crazy time March can be for college students. Between midterms, St. Patrick’s Day, spring break and basketball madness, a college student can get overwhelmed. Let me help. Don’t worry about your midterms, I’m sure you got a C. Don’t tell your mom about the drunk in public you got while wearing all green and hope no one you know is at the Student Health Center the same time you get your special cream for that spring break slip up. Once all that is out of the way, simply focus on March Madness. I know everyone’s brackets are already in and probably busted, but there are things to watch for — even if you’re last in your pool. Last year, the madness was way too tame because the final four teams were all No. 1 seeds. It was good the presumed top teams were still dancing at the end, but it wasn’t very intriguing. I love a good underdog and no more so than in March. Luckily this year, the parity in college basketball has given us many upsets and unexpected sleeper teams to root for as they take on the Goliaths that usually occupy the final four spots in the tournament. I know the most talented teams are supposed to be discovered by the time the final weekend of the tournament, but sometimes talent, size and pedigree are no match for a team’s heart. Much like the Chico State women’s basketball team, which was a six seed in the Division II tournament, many of the higher seeds are using their resiliency and refusal to give up as their most important weapon. As referred to in Dane Stivers article on B1, the Chico State women faced two opponents in the Division II Championship Tournament that had beaten them by at least 20-point margins in previous games, but somehow prevailed despite second half deficits. It’s the sheer emotion and love for the game and their teammates that drive these teams from little schools past basketball royalty like the Kansas Jayhawks. I love to watch those gutsy teams and those gritty players as their hearts beat on their sleeves, the sweat stings their eyes and the shot at an amazing victory dances in their minds. I know the top schools work just as hard, but there’s something special about beating a team so many people think is better than you. So, to the University of Northern Iowa, Cornell University and the rest of the mid-majors that are shaking up the tournament, I want to say thanks. Thanks for reminding me why I watch this tournament. It’s not to see the top four seeds face each other or hope my bracketology is up to snuff. It’s to watch the pure love most of these players have for the game and to witness the beauty of that love in motion set between two nylon nets.

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THE ORION • KYLE EMERY

END OF THE LINE Starting guard Synchro Bull was a key element in the ’Cats 23 victories.

Wildcats close season with loss to top seed Dane Stivers STAFF WRITER

The Chico State women’s basketball team knows how to play hard. But now all the extra sweat, exhaustion and grit that got the Wildcats to the brink of the Division II Elite Eight must be bottled up until next year. The Wildcats’ roller-coaster season is over, but it was not for a lack of willpower and determination from a team that probably wouldn’t have gone as far into the playoffs without it. Despite having two of the best players in the California Collegiate Athletic

Association, fi rst team All-CCAA junior guard Natasha Smith and second team All-CCAA senior forward Melissa Richardson, the Wildcats were not so much led by individuals as much as they were led by togetherness. “This year was just the most cohesive team I think that I’ve had at Chico,” Richardson said. “There were no all-stars on the team or anything, but everyone contributed.” Like most great teams, the Wildcats were met with their share of trials. After a quick start to the season, in which the ’Cats began 5-0 and sophomore guard Synchro Bull received the MVP award for the Carl’s Jr. Coslet Classic, the ’Cats were

hit by a mid-season lull, winning only three of their next 10 games. But where so many teams might break apart, the Wildcats took the opportunity to come together. They closed out the season winning 13 of their final 14 games, including a 10-game win streak that stretched from a 61-51 win over Cal State San Bernardino on Feb. 6, to a 71-56 thrashing of Cal Poly Pomona in the CCAA Championship Tournament semifinal March 5. Perhaps it was those mid-season struggles that forced Chico State to push themselves further into the Division II please see SOUR | B4

Lucas Delgado could have grown up to be gymnast or a tennis player, but instead he’s one of the top members of Chico State’s third-ranked golf team. Hailing from Roseville but raised in Arizona for most of his life, Delgado started trying out a variety of sports by age 10, including gymnastics and tennis. “Gymnastics had such a limited scope,” Delgado said. “You have the Olympics and that’s about it.” When it came time to focus on an individual sport, Delgado picked golf. “I liked that I was able to practice by myself,” Delgado said. “It became a daily habit. I committed all my effort to it.” A graduate of Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz., Delgado chose Chico State over other schools such as UC Davis and Fresno State. “The previous coach brought me and gave me a formal tour,” Delgado said. “I liked it a lot. As for Davis and Fresno, I didn’t like what I saw; they acted like they were doing me a favor, very snobby.” Delgado’s freshman year was spent at Sierra Community College in Rocklin where he fired rounds of 71 and 69 to win the California Community College State Championship. He is also a Big 7 Conference Champion and the 2007 Woodcreek Club Champion with rounds of 72 and 70. The men’s head golf coach, T.L. Brown, appreciates a hard-working player such as Delgado, he said. “He’s an explosive player because of his aggressiveness,” Brown said. Delgado has enjoyed a successful golfing career at Chico State, among his accolades are 2009 California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year, a CCAA All-Conference selection in 2008 and 2009, being named to the PING AllWest Region team in 2008 and 2009, recipient of the 2008 NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-American, the 2008 CCAA Newcomer of the Year and the 2008 NCAA Division II Jack Nicklaus Award Watch List finalist. “I’m driven by competition,” Delgado said. “I’ve been playing please see GOLF | B4

WREC offers athletes options for all-day adventure in exercise Carlos Delgado STAFF COMMENTARY

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CLIMBING MOUNT WREC Staff writer Carlos Delgado scales the rock wall.

Walter Ford can be reached at

Gerardo Rocha

Friday @ 9 a.m. Softball at Tournament of Champions Friday @ 10 a.m. Track and field at Stanford Invitational Saturday @ noon Baseball vs San Francisco State

Waking up at 5 a.m. the Friday before spring break is not something most Chico State students would choose to do. Well, I’m not like most Chico State students. I’m a glutton for punishment. I spent almost the whole day at the Wildcat Recreation Center, taking a stab at random classes and playing sports I’ve never tried. Spin class is offered during the week at 6:15 a.m., so I thought it would be advantageous to start my “WREC Day” off with that particular class. Spinning was no walk in the park. It was especially hard because it focuses on your legs and abdominals, both of which

are extremely weak for me. Spinning also targets your gluteus muscles, engaging them and making them burn, affording you a terribly satisfactory workout. After spin class, which literally kicked my butt, I joined the 8 a.m. Boot Camp class with Dan Mollo. A kinesiology graduate student and a second year track coach, Mollo was nice enough to let me join the class for one day. Usually, Boot Camp costs $50 to Chico State students and faculty and last for five weeks. During the class, one is expected to complete 12 repetitions of eight exercises, followed by a lap around the track, which is repeated five more times in one hour. I was so exhausted from spinning that my legs began to cramp and in an hour I had completed less than three sets. I was

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so tired that I even cut out the second lap and stood instead of squatting during squatting exercises. By the end, I was so weary I started to rethink spending the rest of the day at the WREC, but I had to go on. After Boot Camp, I had an hour to go home, eat and regain my legs before I started the 10 a.m. Zumba class. Yes, that’s right, Zumba. Before going in to the class, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was some kind of Latin-salsa dancing exercise routine from the class description page I found on the WREC Web site, but I had no idea it was the latest fitness craze sweeping the nation. Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a dancer. I never have been. So, for me to attempt Zumba was not please see WREC | B4

[ jock talk ] The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.”!

- Jerry Tarkanian Head coach of 1990 UNLV national championship basketball team

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Sports Shorts College sports around the nation

Wildcats pounce on Warrior pitching ’Cats sweep doubleheader Ryan MacTavish

Broncos back in Elite Eight After falling one win short of its first-ever Division II men’s basketball championship a year ago, Cal Poly Pomona will try to complete the task when it returns to Springfield, Mass. for the 2010 Elite Eight this week. Led by California Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year Greg Kamansky, the Broncos, 25-6, will take on Saint Joseph’s, 20-11, of the Great Lakes Valley Conference today at the MassMutual Center beginning at 3 p.m. Source: goccaa.org

Gator coach steps away from hard court Fifth-year head men’s basketball coach Bill Treseler has announced he is stepping down as the basketball coach of the San Francisco State Gators later this month. “My decision is about giving my wife and sons the focus, time and energy they deserve,” Treseler said. “Fortunately the program is in strong position to continue moving forward, we can all look forward to future exciting victories.”

STAFF WRITER

The Chico State Wildcats couldn’t have asked for a better homecoming Sunday. The ’Cats swept the doubleheader against the best pitching team in the conference, the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors. The Wildcats returned home Sunday to Nettleton Stadium to finish off their four-game series with the Warriors. Chico State traded wins with the Warriors on the road, winning game one with an excellent pitching and defensive performance. In game one, Wildcat starting pitcher Michael Gleason got the win with relievers Scott Newberry and Ian Waldron delivering a solid effort, allowing only six hits between the three of them. Kevin Seaver, Adrian Bringas and Johnny Hay all contributed with key RBI hits and Chico State won in convincing fashion, 7-0. Game two of the series was much more of an anomaly compared to how well the Wildcats have been playing this season. The story of the game was the 10-batter, seven-run inning the Warriors hung on the Wildcats in the second inning. By the fifth inning the Wildcats were trailing 15-1 and despite a homerun by Michael Murphy, the Wildcats could not rally and would fall 18-5. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 8 in Division II after Sunday’s doubleheader with a 16-6 record.

Chico State right-hander Scott Greene got the start in Sunday’s first game and did not disappoint, pitching seven innings allowing just two hits and one walk. But the numbers do not really describe how effective Greene was. His pitching baffled the Warriors all day, including a long stretch where he allowed the minimum number of batters possible. The Wildcat bats have been active all season but with the pitching fi nally coming around it’s an appreciated aspect added to Chico State’s game, Seaver said. “Greene was amazing, he was throwing strikes and keeping us in the game,” he said. The first five innings were a good old-fashioned pitching duel, with the Warriors starter, Kory Wallace, matching Greene inning for inning. It wasn’t until the sixth the Wildcat hitters figured out Wallace and once they did he didn’t last long. Wallace began struggling at the start of the inning and was eventually pulled, that’s when Chico State took advantage. Murphy and Seaver would drive in the first two runs and sloppy fielding would help the Wildcats make it 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth. The Wildcats weren’t finished, behind RBIs from Bringas, Deven Braden, and Ben Manlove, Chico State would score eight runs on eight hits with Cal State Stanislaus committing two timely errors. Chico State would close out with an 8-2 win.

THE ORION • DANIEL HERNANDEZ-LUNA

SAFE AT HOME Third baseman Adrian Bringas slides around Cal State Stanislaus catcher Nicolas Caraccilo and scores for the Wildcats. Bringas went two of eight with a double and three RBIs during Sunday’s doubleheader. The Wildcats are 13-1 when playing at Nettleton Stadium. The second game of the day allowing no runs on five hits centerfielder Jordan Larson, left no doubt that Chico State and striking out two. he said. The Warriors were deflated will continue to be a force to be “We take pride in playing at reckoned within the confines of after the explosive first inning Nettleton,” Larson said. “We from the Wildcat lineup and do all we can to win at home Nettleton Stadium. The Wildcats didn’t wait until ultimately fell 9-0. because it’s tough to win on The Wildcats improved to the road. the sixth inning to start to dominate Warrior pitching, batting 14-6 in the conference and The next weekend home through the order in the first. 18-6 overall. stint for the Wildcats is a twoWhat may be most impressive game series at 6 p.m. Friday RBIs from Murphy, Seaver and two from Bringas would add to is their dominance at Nettleton and noon Saturday against Stadium, where they are 13-1 on San Francisco State. the six run, five hit first inning. Chico State got a great outing the season. Taking care of business Ryan MacTavish can be reached at from right-hander Casey Edelbrock, pitching seven innings at home is important to rmactavish@theorion.com

Source: goccaa.org

Wildcat recruits make splash at High School State Championships Chico State men’s basketball fans can get a glimpse of the program’s future by making the short drive south to Arco Arena for the Northern California High School Basketball Championships on Saturday. Nate Appel, a 6-foot-8 student from De La Salle High School, will help lead the Spartans against Newark Memorial in the Northern California Division I title game at 8 p.m. Jordan Barton, a 6-foot-7 Bishop O’Dowd product, will lead the Dragons against Sacramento High School in the Division III title game. source: chicowildcats.com

Wildcat of the Week

Casey Edelbrock Baseball

Junior right-handed pitcher Casey Edelbrock got his first start Sunday in game two of the doubleheader against Cal State Stanislaus and didn’t disappoint the 397 fans in attendance. Edelbrock went seven innings giving up no runs on only five hits. He struck out two and had no walks in the game. The victory gives Edelbrock a 2-1 record on the season with a 2.60 ERA. Wildcat of the Week is a regular feature meant to acknowledge the contributions made by individuals to the team. Winners are chosen by The Orion sports staff from nominations taken from all sports. To nominate: sportseditor@theorion.com

Senior Wildcats look back at surprising season Players bid farewell to Chico State basketball Lindsey Barrett STAFF WRITER

The last jump ball was tossed, the last shot was taken and the final buzzer blew for four seniors of the Chico State men’s basketball team. For Brian Seals, Jon Baird, Darren Nye and Nick Lonnegren, the time has come for them to hang up their Chico State jerseys. The four men have played their last game for Chico State. Though the season was different for each player, they all knew they had a role on the team and agreed on how proud they were in the end. “For us to do that well when no one expected us to is really special for everyone,” Baird said. He started all 29 games and fi nished the year shooting 85 percent from the free throw line and averaged 14 points per game. Baird came back after missing the previous two seasons because of poor grades and redshirting a year. To become eligible for the season, he took 24 units last spring semester and summer classes to catch up, Baird said. He didn’t set any personal goals for the season, but just wanted to come back and enjoy his senior year, he said. It was important to him to be able to complete all four years of basketball at Chico State. “I knew I was going to play a large role, but I wasn’t promised a starting role, that’s not why I came back,” Baird said. “I just wanted to come back and finish my career.” Baird had the opportunity of

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Nick Lonnegren

Brian Seals

Darren Nye

From: Mount Vernon, Wash. Major: organizational communications • 14 points per game • All-CCAA first team

From: Minden, Nev. Major: kinesiology • 4.5 minutes per game • Career high 15 points • 23 games played

From: Sacramento Major: communications • 9.6 minutes per game • 2.6 rebounds per game • 33 percent from the field

From: Corning Major: recreation administration • 4.9 minutes per game • 27 games played

playing for former head coach Puck Smith as well as current coach Greg Clink and found more similarities than differences between them. “They have differences in X’s and O’s of the game, but when it comes down to it they have the same underlying strategies,” Baird said. “They are both guys that make you want to play harder for them.” Baird, majoring in communication studies with a minor in business, will be graduating this spring. Seals is another senior who enjoyed his time playing under Clink. Seals only played one season at Chico State. “Coach Clink is really dedicated to the program,” Seals said. “He really cared about the guys and made sure we were OK on and off the court.” Seals came to Chico State from Division I Fresno State

looking for “a better playing experience,” he said. “I didn’t get a lot of playing time at Fresno State and I wanted to come and really feel like I was contributing to a team,” said Seals, who played in 23 games and shot 33 percent from the field this season. Seals will be returning to Chico State, but not basketball, next year to finish his major in communication studies and saw the season as a turning point for the men’s program at Chico State, he said. “I wish Jon Baird I would Chico State guard have gotten into the program a little earlier than when I did,” Seals said. “I think that would have helped my individual play a lot more, but I can’t go back on things like that.” Another senior who wished he had more time left on the floor of Acker Gym is Nye. He came to Chico State this

For us to do that well when no one expected us to is really special for everyone.”

March 19, 2010 Softball R H E Chico State 5 7 1 Sonoma State 7 9 4 ’Cats: C. Honciano, 1-2, RBI Seawolves: J.Arnold, 1-1, 3RBI

March 20, 2010 Softball R H E Chico State 5 6 1 Sonoma State 3 4 2 ’Cats: C. Johnson 2-3, 2 RBIs Seawolves: L. Stroud 2RBIs

Chico State 0 3 0 Sonoma State 4 8 2 ’Cats: S. Quadt 1-3, 2B (7) Seawolves:(WP) S.Lipperd

Chico State 3 7 2 Sonoma State 1 5 1 ’Cats: (WP) K.McCarthy (6-7) Seawolves:(LP) S.Lipperd

past season after playing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he played in every game and averaged 4.5 points per contest. “Coming in and only having one year in the program is tough, but the players and the coaches made it a lot easier than any other program would be,” he said. Nye, originally from Corning, wanted to come back home and have the opportunity to play locally, which he is thankful for, he said. “I have a lot of family and friends who were happy I came to Chico to play,” Nye said. “It was really cool for them to come and watch.” Nye will also be returning next year to fi nish his degree in recreation administration. Lonnegren was the only returning senior who was on the roster from last year. “Obviously compared to last year what we did this year was tremendous,” Lonnegren said. “I think the program is on the up side right now and I can’t say enough about the guys.” Lonnegren came to Chico

March 20, 2010 Track and field UC Davis Invitational Chico State Highlights Men’s 800 meter run 1. Manny Mejia 1:53.05 2. Kyle Robinson 1:53.94 3. Clinton Hayes 1:55.86 Women’s pole vault 1. Katrina Rodriguez 12 feet 3.5 inches

State from Butte College and isn’t only going to walk away with the relationships he has made with teammates, but also some personal growth, he said. “I think Chico definitely hit me with some opportunities to grow, it was good,” he said. Lonnegren, who will be graduating with a degree in kinesiology, would have liked to have done more individually considering last year, he said. He played in 23 games this season averaging 4.5 minutes per game, which is a significant decrease from the 19.9 minutes per game he averaged last year. Now that the season is over, Lonnegren and the other seniors get to sit back and watch their old teammates take the leadership roles they once fi lled. “I enjoy watching the young ones come in now and grow,” Lonnegren said. “The 18-yearolds and freshman, seeing how much they change just like I did.” Lindsey Barrett can be reached at lbarrett@theorion.com

Wildcat stat of the week 25 Number of Chico State track and field athletes who have finished in the top five of their respective events at the UC Davis Invitational held at Woody Wilson track in Davis.

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date Nov. 5

opponent time/results @University of California L 42-84

date Nov. 8

opponent @St. Mary’s

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University of Nevada

L 63-90

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Nov. 27

Lewis and Clark

W 74-62

Nov. 21

Nov. 28

Seattle Pacific

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Pacific Union

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Cal State San Bernardino

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Cal Poly Pomona

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@UC San Diego

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@Cal State East Bay

Jan. 14

@Humboldt State

Jan. 16

time/results L 55-78

March 19

@Cal State Stanislaus

W 7-0

March 20

@Cal State Stanislaus

L 5-18

Notre Dame de Namur

W 70-41

March 21

Cal State Stanislaus (DH)

Texas A&M International

W 79-65

March 23

@Simpson University

Nov. 24

Dominican University

W 79-64

March 26

Dec. 4

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W 67-46

March 27

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W 8-2/W 9-0

Jan. 16

Sacramento State

5:30

Jan. 23

@Stanford

San Francisco State

6:00

Jan. 30

@St. Mary’s

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San Francisco State

12:00

Feb. 6

UC Berkeley

Postponed

11:00

Feb. 13

UC Davis

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2:00

Feb. 20

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2:00

Feb. 27

Stanford

12:00

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St. Mary’s

Dec. 5

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March 28

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W 84-68

Dec. 20

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April 1

Sonoma State

@Notre Dame de Namur

W 71-56

Dec. 21

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L 44-63

April 2

Sonoma State

@Academy of Art

W 63-58

Jan. 2

Cal State San Bernardino

W 78-51

April 3

@Sonoma State (DH)

L 74-85

Jan. 3

Cal Poly Pomona

L 63-65

April 9

@Cal State L.A.

W 72-70 (OT)

Jan. 7

@UC San Diego

W 77-68

Jan. 9

@Cal State East Bay

W 68-53

Jan. 14

@Humboldt State

L 60-72

Jan. 16

@Sonoma State

@Sonoma State

L 58-77

Jan. 19

Jan. 19

@Cal State Stanislaus

L 56-66

Jan. 22

Cal State L.A.

Jan. 23

L 62-75

April 10

@Cal State L.A. (DH)

W 78-60

April 11

@Cal State L.A.

6:00 1:00 12:00 6:00

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opponent time/results 3rd @Golfweek Division II Spring Inv.

W 73-72

April 16

CSU Dominguez Hills

March 1-2

@CSU San Bernardino Coyote Inv. t-2nd

L 66-67 (OT)

April 17

CSU Dominguez Hills (DH)

12:00

Marc 22-23

@Notre Dame de Namur Inv.

@Cal State Stanislaus

L 48-63

April 18

CSU Dominguez Hills

12:00

March 29-30

@Grand Canyon Thunderbird Inv.

Jan. 22

Cal State L.A.

L 54-58

April 20

Simpson University (DH)

3:00

April 12-13

@CSU Stanislaus Jim Haney Inv.

W 62-61

Jan. 23

Cal State Dominguez Hils

W85-34

April 23

Western Oregon

6:00

April 19-20

CCAA Championships

Cal State Dominguez Hills

L 40-55

Jan. 29

CSU Monterey Bay

W 71-44

April 24

Western Oregon (DH)

12:00

May 3-5

NCAA Championships West/Central

Jan. 29

CSU Monterey Bay

L 58-61

Jan. 30

San Francisco State

W 49-43

April 25

Western Oregon

12:00

May 18-21

NCAA National Championships

Jan. 30

San Francisco State

W 72-60

Feb. 5

@Cal Poly Pomona

L 48-53

April 30

CSU Monterey Bay

Feb. 5

@Cal Poly Pomona

L 61-69

Feb. 6

@Cal State San Bernardino

W 61-51

May 1

CSU Monterey Bay (DH)

12:00

Feb. 6

@Cal State San Bernardino

L 53-60

Feb. 9

Cal State Stanislaus

W 68-54

May 2

CSU Monterey Bay

Feb. 9

Cal State Stanislaus

W 72-64

Feb. 12

Cal State East Bay

W67-52

May 6-8

Feb. 12

Cal State East Bay

W 71-67

Feb. 13

UC San Diego

W 77-67

May 13-16

Feb. 13

UC San Diego

W 58-42

Feb. 19

Sonoma State

W 71-39

May 22-29

Feb. 19

Sonoma State

L 78-85

Feb. 20

Humboldt State

W 72-61

Feb. 20

Humboldt State

L 53-60

Feb. 25

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

W 67-54

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Feb. 25

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

L 66-75

Feb. 26

@Cal State L.A.

Feb. 26

@Cal State L.A.

W 68-62

March. 2

March 2

CCAA Champ/First round

W 63-60

March 5

CCAA Champ/Semifinals

L 80-77

March 6

CCAA Championship

N/A

March 13-16

NCAA Championship

N/A

March 24-27

NCAA Championship

N/A

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opponent Wildcat Relays

March 4-5

Chico Multi

March 6

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6:00

WOMEN’S GOLF

12:00

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CCAA Championship

TBA

March 8-9

@CSU East Bay Inv.

NCAA Championship

TBA

March 22-23

InterWest Chico State Inv.

NCAA D-II College World

TBA

March 29-30

@CSU Monterey Bay Otter Inv.

April 5-6

@Grand Canyon Spring Inv.

May 2-4

NCAA Championships West/Central

May 12-15

NCAA National Championships

6th

W 71-52

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CCAA Champ/ First round

W 72-62

Feb. 12

@UC San Diego (DH)

W 2-0/ W 7-6

March. 5

CCAA Champ/semifinals

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Feb. 13

@UC San Diego (DH)

L 0-4/ L 9-10

March 6

CCAA Championship Game

L 55-85

Feb. 19

@CSU Monterey Bay (DH)

L 4-6/ L0-8

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March 15

Sweet 16 v. Seattle Pacific

L76-68

Feb. 20

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Feb. 27

Stanford

Feb. 26

CSU Dominguez Hills (DH) L 2-3/ W 7-5

March 5

@UC Berkeley

Feb. 27

CSU Dominguez Hills (DH) W9-1/ W3-2

March 14

@San SanDiego State

March 5

Oregon Tech (DH)

L 2-7/ W 1-0

March 16

@Loyola Marymount

March 14

@Humboldt State (DH)

L 0-4/ W 1-0

March 17

@Colorado State

L 2-14

Postponed

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opponent Simpson University

time/results Postponed

MEN’S LACROSSE opponent Nevada-Reno

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Feb. 6

Simpson University (DH)

March 15

@Humboldt State (DH)

W 1-0(9)/L 2-4

March 19

@Arizona State

10:30

Feb. 12

Cal State East Bay

W 12-0

March 19

Sonoma State (DH)

L 5-7/ L0-4

March 28

Boise State

@Kim Duyst Invitational

First

Feb. 13

Cal State East Bay (DH) W 17-12/W 4-2

March 20

Sonoma State (DH)

W 5-3/W 3-1

March 20

@Hornet Invitational

TBA

Feb. 14

Cal State East Bay

W 10-9

March 26-28

Tourney of Champions

TBA

March 24-25

@California Multi

TBA

Feb. 19

@UC San Diego

W 10-9

April 2

CSU San Bernardino (DH)

1:00

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March 26

@SF Distance Carnival

TBA

Feb. 20

@UC San Diego (DH)

1W 9-6/WL 3-4

April 3

CSU San Bernardino (DH)

10:00

Feb. 6

UC Davis

March 26-27

@Stanford Invitational

TBA

Feb. 21

@UC San Diego

L 7-8

April 9

@San Francisco State (DH)

1:00

Feb. 13-14

@UCSB Shoot Out

April 3

@American River College Inv.

TBA

Feb. 27

Central Washington (DH) W24-2/W12-1

April 10

@San Francisco State (DH)

12:00

Feb. 21

UCLA

L 8-18

April 9-10

Chico Distance Carnival

TBA

Feb. 28

Central Washington (DH) W14-9/W20-1

April 16

@Cal State East Bay (DH)

1:00

Feb. 28

@Sonoma State

W 13-4

April 16-17

@Mt. Sac Relays

TBA

March 5

Cal Poly Pomona

April 16-17

@Woody Wilson Inv.

TBA

March 6

Cal Poly Pomona (DH)

April 24

@Brutus Hamilton Inv.

TBA

March 7

Cal Poly Pomona

May 6-8

CCAA Championships

TBA

March 12

@CSU San Bernardino

May 14

@Stanislaus Twilight

TBA

March 13

May 27-29

NCAA Championships

TBA

March 14

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1:00

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April 17

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12:00

March 6

Cal Poly Pomona

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Cal State Stanislaus (DH)

1:00

March 13

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L 1-20

L 5-7 (10)

April 24

Cal State Stanislaus (DH)

12:00

March 27

Arizona State

11:00

W 8-5(10)

April 30

CCAA Championship

TBA

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SOUR: Wildcats look to future continued from B1 It was a victory that again had peoplayoffs than most people thought they ple raising their eyebrows, as the sixth-seeded Wildcats had fought and could, Richardson said. After getting trounced in the CCAA cham- clawed their way into the West Regional pionship game by rival Humboldt State, the Championship game against top-seeded ’Cats were again able to regroup and were Seattle Pacific University. Unfortunately, the Wildcats’ storybook given an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II season would not West Regional playoffs. continue for another Facing the heavchapter, as Seattle ily-favored Western Pacific held on late for Washington Univera 76-68 win. For the sity in the first round, season, the Wildcats a team that had beat went 23-10, going an Chico State by 21 points astounding 13-2 in the in their only other friendly confines of matchup of the seaAcker Gym, while going son on Dec. 20, Chico just 7-7 on the road. On State again relied on its heart. Melissa Richardson neutral courts, they Chico State guard were 3-1. The ’Cats rallied from Smith led the team a second-half 12-point deficit to win, 79-68 and advance into the with an average of 11.5 points per game and just over four assists per game. However, she semifinal game. The ’Cats then faced bitter rival Hum- picked up her play in the CCAA playoffs and boldt State in a grudge match of the CCAA West Regionals, averaging nearly 14 points championship game that took place the per game and more than five assists per game during that late-season stretch. weekend before. Senior forward Christine Vest led the team This time, the Wildcats would be up to the test, beating the Lumberjacks for the third with an average of 5.8 rebounds per game, time this season, 86-76, despite again being while fellow senior Richardson had 57 steals and 61 3-pointers to pace the Wildcats, an down by double-digits in the second half.

There were no all-stars on the team or anything, but everyone contributed.”

average of nearly two steals and two 3-pointers per game. Sophomore center Pauline Ferrall led the team with 20 blocked shots, six of which came in the CCAA Championship Tournament and NCAA Division II West Regionals. Looking forward for the Wildcats, it will be hard to emulate the never-say-die-attitude this current group of players brought out game after game, especially with key contributors Richardson, Vest and forward Annelise Miller all graduating this summer. Still, Chico State will look to have the majority of its team intact for another big postseason run next year and hopes to fi ll the gaps with some nice freshmen pieces to make up for the trio of seniors leaving the team. Those are big shoes to fill, but with a continued team-first attitude and drive in head coach Brian Fogel’s system, this core of Wildcats will be in a prime position to continue doing big things for the Chico State women’s basketball program for seasons to come. “The best part of our team was the confidence, we knew that everybody was going to be there for each other,” Bull said. “The future holds championships.” Dane Stivers can be reached at dstivers@theorion.com

GOLF: senior hopes to combine golf, major continued from B1

Chico State has given Delso long it makes me love it more gado, he is also appreciative of the education he was able and more each year.” His experience with the golf to receive. “My three years at Chico team changes every year as the players shape the culture of the State have been a godsend,” Delgado said. “I’m the first perteam, Delgado said. “Under Brown, each year the son in my family that actually team gets better,” he said. “As finished college.” Even though Delgado is a a whole, the team has gotten senior and has plenty of awards more cohesive.” to prove his Delgado is golfing prowgrateful for Chico got me ess, his coach his stint at Chico State into the right direction doesn’t see his work ethic because it has slipping any changed his with my goals.” Lucas Delgado time soon. life, he said. Chico State golfer “He’s a “It opened hard worker,” up a lot of doors, I was growing stag- Brown said. “He is the current nant,” Delgado said. “Chico CCAA player of the year and I got me into the right direction see him starting to do it again.” Delgado is a business manwith my goals.” Golf isn’t the only thing agement major and is looking

for a way to combine his business degree with his golf career. “He’s taking four finance classes right now,” Brown said. “He’s doing a lot of work along with golf.” The sport itself and the business aspect can be a creative combination in the world of golf, Delgado said. Business has always been a family trade, whether it is real estate or brokerage, he said. Through the years, Delgado has learned to appreciate golf even if people don’t share his optimism about the sport. “I’ve grown to like golf,” Delgado said. “But it’s definitely one of those sports that I would make fun of if I wasn’t in it.” Gerardo Rocha can be reached at grocha@theorion.com

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BUTTERFLY EFFECT Carlos Delgado catches a breath as he practices his butterfl y stroke at the recreation center’s pool. badminton courts. It was a close match, but my roommate ended up winning continued from B1 only a ridiculous thought, 23 to 21. It was especially fun but also an embarrassing since I have never really played badminton before. accomplishment. I was so tired from spin and The light-hearted comwas exceedingly Boot Camp that my legs could petition barely bend, let alone dance. entertaining and came without OK, that was just an excuse, but excessive amount of testosterI was pretty tired. one on the court or the worry After Zumba, I tried the of taking a charge, catching power shake offered at the an elbow, jamming a finger or concession stand. For $3.75 it twisting an ankle. wasn’t a bad deal, a little too Finally, the last feat to tackle powdery for my liking, but it in the WREC was climbing the did make me feel revived and rock wall. My roommate and I strapped alert. It was now time for a much- up and within minutes were atop the 36-foot-high wall. needed break. It was a pretty easy feat for I had to attend a meeting and then class. On my way to the me, though I did cheat by using meeting I was so tired that with a couple of tagged rocks not every step I took, I questioned designated to my path. There my reasoning for partaking in was a person who went before this excruciatingly challenging me and took forever, strugday. I painstakingly and fussily gling on the wall until finally made my way up to class — for- giving in. With that, the day came to a tunately we watched a movie, so I was able to take a 50-min- close. Mission accomplished. ute nap. There was, however, a Yoga It was now after 1 p.m. and and Butts & Gutts class I could time for some more WREC. I not attend because of class. Check out aschico.com/wrec went to play soccer, basketball, if you are interested in those swim and weight lift. By now it was 3 p.m. Yes, class descriptions. I also wasn’t able to make it I know, it only took me two hours to play soccer, basket- to Total Tone, which sculpts and ball, swim and lift weights, tones each major muscle group but the point was to explore using a variety of strengthening the WREC and partake in all its tools and techniques, according to the Web site. offerings in one day. With the multitude of fun I then went home to get some much-needed rest and to ask and group-oriented activities my roommate if he wanted to to get your body in motion, remember you’ve already play badminton. We eventually made our way paid for them as a part of your tuition, so get out to the WREC to the WREC and stretched. After a good half-hour long and have some fun. stretch, in which we mainly gossiped and made each other Carlos Delgado can be reached at laugh, we made our way to the cdelgado@theorion.com

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Behave yourself in theaters The last movie I went to see in theaters was “The Crazies” and before you ask — yes, it was crazy. I happened to be sitting in the isle seat, which benefited me in two different ways. First, some 17-year-old kid tripped two steps above my row and took a swan dive about six steps down, landing by my feet. I stood up and tried to leave, seeing as how nothing could have been more entertaining than that, but the movie already started and I didn’t want to be the wimpy guy walking out during a scary movie. And of course, we all applauded when he walked back in shame. Secondly, the isle seat provided me with a quick escape after the movie so I didn’t have to walk through a crowd of people because usually, the crowd at any given movie theater consists of two-thirds local high school kids. Unfortunately, I used to be one of these types of kids and I wish I could go back in time and knee myself in the balls for ever thinking I was cool for hanging out at the movie theater. There always has to be a group of 15 girls who enjoy sitting in the front row. They love to giggle at inappropriate moments and travel in groups to the bathroom, only to shuffle back, whispering to one another at pivotal moments in the movie. Those little mumbles, giggles and murmurs don’t bother me as much as the asshole who decides to bring a bag of candy or chips into the theater and waits to open them up until after the movie has started. Naturally, these bags have to be made out of some material that makes nails on a chalkboard sound like Kelly Clarkson. I don’t know what’s worse — the initial opening of the bag, which has to be slow and take about two minutes to complete — or the following 30 minutes where this person dives their hand back into Pandora’s noise bag of hell. You could be sitting across the theater and still hear this person getting fatter. I’ve heard Dane Cook talk about spilling your drink looking for that godforsaken cup holder, but you don’t understand true fury unless the person behind you has actually spilled their drink and out of nowhere, it sounds and feels like a pregnant woman’s water broke in the row above you. You hear the initial crash, then the rushing of liquid flowing past your shoes. I know that going to the movies is all about the experience of sitting in the theater and watching a new film on the big screen, but so far I haven’t had any good experiences to weigh out the bad. My anxiety around crowds of fat and annoying people at places like the theater is so bad, I have to take a Xanax before I go in order to dodge the walls closing in on me and the hyperventilation that follows. Bottom line, close your mouth, use Ziploc baggies for food and hold on to your damn drink.

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York City. However, the Chico tour stop hasn’t sold out yet. STAFF WRITER Alternative Press MagaThe Alternative Press Tour zine, along with Rockstar will be bringing a heavy dose Energy Drink, Wonka, Hurley of pop-punk and a full line up and others, will sponsor the spring tour. of bands to Since 2007, the Senator I feel like we are the tour has Theatre on April 1. really going into who brought bands including This year’s 3Oh!3, Hit The spring tour we want to be and it’s Lights and will include the best feeling ever” the bands Alex Deleon Cute Is What vocalist, The Cab We Aim For to Never Shout the stage. Never, Hey Hours before the AP Tour’s Monday, The Cab, Every Aveopening show, Every Avenue’s nue and The Summer Set. The AP Tour will make 41 lead singer and only original stops across the U.S. Tick- member David Strauchman ets have already sold out in spoke about his anticipation locations such as Los Ange- for the tour. Strauchman looks forward les, Seattle, Chicago and New Lindsay Woychick

to sold out crowds and a performance at a Detroit venue across from his childhood home, he said. “The 16-year-old version of me would look at me now and be like, ‘Wow I’d kill to be doing that’ and I’m doing it now,” Strauchman said. “It’s pretty amazing.” Being on the road nearly 300 days a year, Every Avenue eats, sleeps and breathes music. Missing holidays, weddings, birthdays and funerals, the band still doesn’t take what they have for fo granted, Strauchman said. With this constant travel, at times he finds himself unsure of ti where the tour bus has stopped, w he h said. “There’s been plenty of times where I’ve told my friends in w Cleveland, ‘You going to be there Cl tomorrow?’” Strauchman said. “Then to I wake up and walk around and I’m w like, lik ‘I’m in Pittsburgh, shit.”’

local scene so it was actually really hard for us,” Deleon said. With the recent departure of two former members, The Cab has felt an emotional loss. However, fans will find their music stays true to form, Deleon said. “We are experimenting,” Deleon said. “I feel like we are really going into who we want to be, and it’s the best feeling ever.” The band is currently completing their next album with the tour tailing closely. For Deleon the trip from Sin City to magazine covers has been surreal. “I honestly don’t feel like

The band, which has performed alongside the other AP Tour bands, recently released a new album, “Picture Perfect.” The crowd can expect to hear songs from the latest album, as well as their previous album, “Shh. Just Go With It,” Strauchman said. However, with five bands in the lineup, Every Avenue will be playing a short, seven-song set. Sharing the stage with Every Avenue, the Las Vegas, Nev. band The Cab, will bring an alternative flare to the stage. Like Strauchman, Alex Deleon, lead singer of The Cab was in the midst of preparation for the tour. Being a band from Vegas wasn’t easy for The Cab, Deleon said. When people initially think of Las Vegas, old time performers like Elton John and Celine Dion come to mind. “Vegas isn’t known for it’s small

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When: 6:30 p.m. April 1 Where: Senator Theatre • Price: $15 I’ve woken up yet,” Deleon said. “I still feel like I’m in some crazy dream.” Dreams are about to become a tour-frenzied reality for all the AP Tour bands as they begin a cross-country musical venture. Heavy anticipation, high energy music and the Senator Theatre will hurtle headlong into each other for fans as the AP Tour comes to Chico. Lindsay Woychick can be reached at lwoychick@theorion.com

Tyler Harbaugh can be reached at entertainmenteditor@theorion.com

[ ViralVideos ] “Palatial Regalia”

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Simon Rex, also known as “Dirt Nasty,” stars in this viral video where he has a problem speaking. He can’t stop using the words “palatial” and “regalia” at inappropriate times. His friends decide to give him an intervention.

There are endless responses and reaction videos to the infamous “2 Girls 1 Cup” video, but the video of this bug-eyed tarsier takes the cake. The music begins in the background and it’s absolutely amazing how wide-eyed this little guy gets.

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Ta Taste Maker Ma the good, the bad & the undecided new releases

THE GOOD

“Great Danger” (ALBUM) This newest release by The Audition is packed with punchy power pop-rock tunes and surpasses previous albums the band has released. Melodic, yet somewhat heavy, the guitars scream rock, while the vocals sing pop. These up-beat tracks are sure to help bring in the new spring season. “Greenberg” (MOVIE) Ben Stiller is back and thankfully isn’t meeting anyone’s parents or spending any nights in a museum. Stiller steps outside the box for this film as he plays a New Yorker who moves to Los Angeles after a mid-life crisis to house-sit for his brother. There seems to be some real talent in addition to a good storyline for this movie. “PhotoSwap” (iPHONE APP) plicaThis iPhone application gives you the ability to take a picture and swap it with a completely random ere person anywhere in the world. Granted there are the occasional perverted pictures, but sometimes there are beautiful European countrysides and scenery that you couldn’t ever imagine.

THE BAD

“Survival Story” (ALBUM) Flobots need to accept the fact that they are just another one hit wonder. Nothing will be better than “Handlebars” and their newest release proves just that. The quick and punchy rhymes mixed with guitars and weird beats are more than likely making Fred Durst jealous and that’s not a good thing. “The Bounty Hunter” (MOVIE) Gerard Butler and romantic comedies are like oil and water. Not to mention listening to him attempt an American accent is just awful. Butler and Jennifer Aniston team up for a very predictable chick flick about a bounty hunter chasing after his bail-jumping ex-wife. Go back to Sparta, Gerard.

THE UNDECIDED “Hot Tub Time Machine”

(MOVIE) With a very mixed cast — and a very stupid story line — this movie has the potential to get a few laughs out of you, but will more than likely ruin your weekend for actually paying to see such garbage. It seems like one of those movies where all the funny parts have already been showcased in the non-stop commercials on TV.

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The Secret Stolen

These guys have been bringing it loud and hard since they started back in 2006. Singer and guitarist Cameron Ford has a voice that won’t quit and his brother, lead guitarist Nolan, has the stage presence to match. Through two albums and a constant stream of shows, they have earned the respect of local fans and musicians alike.

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INKED New Found Glory vocalist Jordan Pundik points to the crowd while singing to a packed Senator Theatre. NFG is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their 2000 album.

New Found Glory revives classics NFG performs with hellogoodbye, Saves the Day, Fireworks at Senator Local multi-instrumentalist Daniel Taylor plays for, among other bands, Marked for Death, New Found Glory played their who would be at home playcertified gold self-titled album ing alongside any of the night’s from front to back, just like they performers. Taylor listened to NFG when promised. Then they came back they first started and pop-punk for more. They rocked the Senator The- music was becoming a big deal. atre on March 14, along with This came despite his friends, Saves the Day, hellogoodbye who were skeptical of the genre. “I got seriously mocked to no and Fireworks. Their current tour honors the 10-year anniver- end,” he said. “That shit’s for teenage sary of the release of the 2000 girls; that stuff’s not cool; it’s a album, “New Found Glory.” After crowd-pleasing sets by trend; it’s a passing fad,” Taylor all of their fellow bands, NFG said, paraphrasing his friends’ came out to Miley Cyrus’s “Party criticisms. He now feels vindicated, in the U.S.A.” blasting through the loudspeakers. The band because the music has stood the test of time and proceeded NFG is still influto play their People lifted me encing bands entire album and the audi- up and the lead singer that are making it big — bands ence pitched like Fireworks, in by singing put the microphone he said. nearly every right in my face.” Taylor also word. Madelin Cox praised them Before sophomore for staying “Ballad for the Lost Romantics,” the last true to their fans and playing song of the album, lead guitarist music they know the fans will Chad Gilbert thanked the crowd, appreciate. Chris Nowman, a senior social especially those who have been supporting them since the self- science major, is one such fan. He bought the self-titled album titled CD came out. During the song, he handed in seventh grade and remains a off his guitar to Brett Jones, gui- big NFG enthusiast. While the genres were simitarist of Fireworks. He then took a mic and jumped down among lar through the show, each band the revelers, along with NFG had a different take and a different stage presence. While NFG vocalist Jordan Pundik. After the song, the band mem- went with a big spectacle, Saves bers put their instruments away the Day singer and core Chris and exited the stage. The audi- Conley kept it minimal between ence never quieted down long songs. “We’re gonna fuckin’ play enough to suggest the possibilour songs yeah,” he said before ity that the set was over. “You guys ready for round beginning the set. He never got two?” Pundik’s question was much more verbal. “Yes, this is happening,” Conrhetorical. The Florida natives came back out and played a ley said after playing several selection of their other singles, songs without interruption. Fireworks put on a more traincluding “All Downhill From Here,” “Head on Collision” and ditional high-energy rock show performance, giving out “air “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down.” The show ended with an fives” to the crowd between extended version of “My Friends songs and talking about getting Over You.” Forrest Kline of drunk and partying at commuhellogoodbye, as well as Fire- nity college. Southern California band works singer David Mackinder, hellogoodbye employed more grabbed mics to help sing. Jones and fellow Fireworks technology, sampling audio and guitarist Chris Mojan joined the using keyboards, a ukulele and party, with Jones on bass and a mandolin in addition to the Mojan with an empty guitar standard guitars, drums and case. Andrew Richards from hel- bass. They also showed their logoodbye and Arun Bali from interest in video games. Samples included “flawless Saves the Day lent their guitar victory” and “Toasty!” from the skills. Even Hayley Williams, Super Nintendo game “Mortal the vocalist for emo rockers Kombat.” The band invited the Paramore, made a surprise audience to play “Mario Kart 64” appearance, running out from at their merchandise table after backstage and jumping onto the the show. Not many fans took them up on the offer, but it could back of boyfriend Gilbert. Madelin Cox, a sophomore lib- have been because by the end of eral studies major, also took part the show, they were dazed from in the finale. A fan of NFG since the loud, long, lively and memofifth grade, Cox sang parts of the rable set put on by NFG. chorus into Pundik’s mic. “People lifted me up and the Matt Shilts can be reached at lead singer put the microphone mshilts@theorion.com right in my face,” she said. Matt Shilts STAFF WRITER

THE ORION • ALLEN BROOME

CROWDED [above] Pundik sings to the front lines of the crowd, giving an up close and personal feel. He even offered a hand to the crowd [below] giving audience members the chance to sing along.

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Video game fallacies busted Media outlets aim for controversy rather than accuracy

these games are rated mature. Video game retailers will not sell these sorts of games to kids in the same way kids can’t get into R-rated movies without an adult. In recent years, stores have been stricter than ever David Whittington about this, as opposed to earlier STAFF WRITER this decade when such policies When it comes to video were loosely enforced. The other part of this problem games, mass media outlets don’t know what they’re talking is that even games such as “Aniabout. They are vaguely aware mal Crossing: City Folk,” aimed at a younger that they market, are exist and ... a more games adults people play play — and not them, but rational person just pedophiles, that’s about as far as might take a moment as Andy Anderson, a member they have to consider whether of the Mid-Misgotten when it comes to the mother is hearing souri Internet Task accuracy. things incorrectly ... ” Crimes Force clearly Over the implied. past few “There is no reason an adult years, numerous news stories have been done on video games. should have this game,” said These news reports have had Anderson in a report by ABC the disturbing tendency of hav- affiliate KMIZ. ing very little truth in them. Not bothering with any In the age of Google, when catching factual errors would sort of research whatsoever In one news report, a clearly have taken approximately five seconds, it shows a complete worried mom claims her lack of respect for the subject daughter’s “Baby Pals” game for Nintendo DS uttered the they are reporting on. One example of this was when phrase, “Islam is the light.” Nintendo of America President, Now a more rational person Reggie Fils-Aime, was referred might take a moment to conto as a “game guru.” It may not sider whether the mother is seem like a big deal, but imag- hearing things incorrectly or ine if Bill Gates was referred to the apparently plausible explaas “that one computer guy” or nation that the publisher of Steve Jobs as “dude who did “Baby Pals” is in fact in league with Islamic extremists to turn something with Apple.” This disrespect manifests our kids into the next generaitself in a couple of ways. Let’s tion of Islam. In any case, a quick search break it down. on Google reveals a FisherAssuming all games are Price doll has the exact same sound clip. for kids The plot thickens. “Mass Effect” and various Or, here in reality, it turns out “Grand Theft Auto” games are among the recent and most well the two companies licensed the known controversies. Both of same baby noises sound clip,

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a baby that isn’t old enough to pronounce any words correctly. Again, the media outlet in question could have found this in seconds. Making stuff up Of course there is a reason for all of this. It’s easier to stir

up controversy and viewer interest with stories about how video games cause violence, especially among kids. Yet, actual facts and statistics show juvenile violence has decreased dramatically from the early ’90s, according to the Department of Justice and the

FBI. This is the bottom line, if “Grand Theft Auto” and other similar games are creating a whole bunch of young killers, then why has crime generally decreased from years past? The real issue is that many of these news outlets are not really interested in informing

anyone. More viewers means more money. That’s why there are a lot more stories about video games leading to our doom rather than any sort of actual reporting. David Whittington can be reached at dwhittington@theorion.com

‘God of Hell’ gives theater darkness

Dark, comedic play revolves around government project gone wrong power and trust they give the government. STAFF WRITER “It’s a dark comedy,” said The comedy “The God of actor and director Ben Allen. Hell” is opening tomorrow and “It was written as a farce. The will be showing through April humor comes from the stark bizarreness of the characters.” 10 at the Blue Room Theatre. The play encourages the The play, which is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning play- audience to think about what wright Sam Shepard, follows sacrifices we are willing to two Wisconsin dairy farmers make in order to keep us safe, who are hiding a man who has Allen said. Though escaped from an it was writunnamed govEveryone in ten six ernmental crisis. years ago, The farmers are the play is a victim the actors then met by a think the supposed trav- of their own decision play is still eling salesman, making.” relwho cajoles his Loki Miller very actor evant to way into their our society home and eventoday. tually leads them to disaster. “It is very open to what is Shepard published the play as an examination of the eco- going on now,” actor Sam Perry nomic and political climate said. “Politics is always dark and of the United States in 2004 scary. Who is really the victim? and used dark humor to make It depends, are you leaning to the audience think about the the left or to the right?” Ian Twamley

Show info When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through April 10 Where: Blue Room Theatre • General Admission: $15 • Student Price: $10 • Thursday Specials: $8 In addition to questioning the actions of our government, the play also stresses that everything we do as individuals can have an impact. “Everyone in the play is a victim of their own decision making,” said actor Loki Miller. The crew at the Blue Room Theatre decided on this play for a number of technical elements as well. The theater is a small black-box arrangement with seating on three sides, which allows the actors to have a very close connection with the audience. “It is a good show for this space,” Miller said. “It’s very intimate and it’s a very intimate story.” Though the cast was hesitant to give away too many details, the play is supposed to have some very intense special effects worked into the show. Miller’s character “Haynes” is poisoned by plutonium — a chemical named after Pluto, the God of Hell — which makes him release a strong shock when he comes in contact with other characters. However, how this will be shown on stage will only be known once the show opens. Despite its dark humor and social commentary, the play promises to be a great time for all. “It’s a rollicking good time,” Perry said. Ian Twamley can be reached at itwamley@theorion.com

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Armed for Apocalypse to perform at LaSalles before their European tour Matt Shilts STAFF WRITER

They wield guitars tuned so low it would make most guitarists blush. They are signed to Ironclad Recordings — a subsidiary of Metal Blade — and they’re beginning a European tour in April. In short, they’re armed and dangerous. Chico’s own Armed for Apocalypse finishes up a trio of tour benefit shows Friday, April 26 at LaSalles with fellow locals Surrogate and The Makai. Proceeds from these shows will help the band get through their upcoming European tour. They have to pay their way there and the only money they will make on tour is through merchandise sales. “Us being over there is a huge expense for our label and they’re taking a big chance that we’re going to do OK,” guitarist Cayle Hunter said. Hunter, guitarist and lead vocalist Kirk Williams, bassist Corey Vaspra and drummer Nick Harris will be representing the western U.S. through France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic. They will be touring with Brazilian metal gods Sepultura, New Orleans sludge group Crowbar and Spain’s Hamlet — all

bands that have been around since the late ’80s. A4A intends to learn from these experienced bands as they play alongside them, just one of the “10 jillion” reasons they’re excited to go on this tour, Hunter said. The locals grew up listening to Crowbar and Sepultura and both bands have a big place in A4A’s music. “Those are two of our biggest influences ever,” Hunter said. “Those are two bands who are legendary for being heavy.” Earlier this year, A4A had the chance to go on a short tour with Boston metal mainstays Unearth. However, they couldn’t afford to travel to the East Coast for that tour and then to Europe for the next. It was a dilemma the band never expected to face. “Having to decide which tour we’re going to do — Sepultura or Unearth — the fact that we even get to make that decision is ridiculous,” Vaspra said. Sepultura and Unearth would not likely play with indie poprockers Surrogate, so it may seem counter-intuitive to put them on the same bill as A4A. But it’s not the first time they’ve shared the stage. Chris Keene, singer, guitarist and chief songwriter of Surrogate, enjoys playing with the metal quartet. They first played a “fire and

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When: 9 p.m. April 26 Where: LaSalles Bar • Price: $5 ice” show together about a year and a half ago and it went well, Keene said. “I think we both gained fans, so ever since we’ve jumped at the chance to share the stage with them,” he said. Surrogate bassist Daniel Taylor agreed and added that disparity in genre isn’t as much of an issue as it once may have been. “I think with the advent of iTunes and the age of putting your iPod on shuffle, people are definitely open to hearing different shit come off the same stage on the same night,” Taylor said. The bands provide a nice contrast for one another, emphasizing the melody of Surrogate and the heaviness of A4A, he said. Metal, indie and all, the show should be more intense than other Chico shows A4A has played, because they know their next one will be in France, Hunter said. “We’re just excited about the whole thing, man,” Hunter said. “It’s kind of ridiculous — it’s hard to sleep at night.” Matt Shilts can be reached at mshilts@theorion.com

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John Staedler Band brings the funk at Has Beans Staedler proves no shoes, no problem for his performance

THE ORION • JEB DRAPER

FEET ON THE GROUND John Staedler performs without shoes a blend of psychedelic rock, jazz and country at Has Beans

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Staedler said. “I didn’t really play acoustic guitar for a long time and it was a lot of work,” he said. “A soprano sounds like an electric guitar.” Despite his transition to Thomas Lawrence acoustic, Staedler still employs STAFF WRITER electric technique, includThe shoeless John Stae- ing lightning-quick “tremolo” dler and his band came to Has picking. Playing to a mostly full house Beans in Chico on Friday night and brought their fascinating of fans, close friends and interblend of psychedelic rock, jazz ested locals, the band rocked for more than an hour and a and country. Staedler, wearing socks, half, including several original psychedelic managed journeys. to alternate Staedler’s between two Everything just lyrics manpedals for his aged to be acoustic/electric kind of evolves and a little Pink guitar, while it sounds a little bit Floyd and a dancing around and lifting his different every time.” little world John Staedler music all at legs like a quarvocalist/ guitarist once, with terback calling passages like, “Gifts of divinan audible. “I like to have my feet on the ity/For both myself and others ground,” Staedler said, adding to see.” With a free-floating setlist, it was difficult at first to handle the pedals himself but grew mostly on Staedler’s whim, the band wasn’t afraid to share into it over time. The look was just the begin- with the audience the on-thening for the John Staedler Band, fly vibe. “We haven’t even rehearsed as they played the obscure Talking Heads’ song “Psycho this song,” Staedler said, before Killer” and the lullaby-turned- the band performed “Summerjazz-classic “Summertime,” time” with a guest singer. “Oh, with a guest singer for their you’re not supposed to say that into the mic.” cover song. “I don’t even know what this “It’s pretty driving and there’s a lot of drumming to song is,” Jaks added jokingly. The band even finished it,” said drummer Jose Lopez, with a fast paced, under twoabout “Psycho Killer.” The ’80s cover was really just minute country tune with a mistake that worked out for sarcastic counter-culture lyrics the best, said bassist Ben Jaks, that would make Alan Jackson a graduate student in music steam. As all members of the band composition at Chico State. “It happened on accident in weren’t able to define their sound check,” he said. “It was music besides “eclectic,” Staeone of those musical moments dler summed it up best. “Everything just kind of that you can’t put into words.” Staedler utilized the soprano evolves,” he said, “and it saxophone during the night, sounds a little bit different mostly as a tool for soloing. A every time.” relatively new connoisseur of the acoustic guitar, the soprano Thomas Lawrence can be reached at sax provides an electric sound, tlawrence@theorion.com

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Wednesday March 24, 2010 |

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Watson 349 9 p.m. @ LaSalles $5 cover

Local reggae men provide the soundtrack for festivities. Concord group Space Monkey Gangstas assist them.

TODAY

Honky Tonk Nite 9 p.m. @ Lost on Main

Chico bands The Amblers and The Cheatin’ Hearts team up with Medford’s The Hollowbodys and Idle Threats for some hardedged country rock.

Off the Cuff – Improv!

7:30 p.m. @ the Blue Room Theatre $5 advance admission The Blue Room presents the best local talent. Improv fans, delight in the splendor.

MARCH 24 - 30 PRESCRIPTIONS ]

T H U R SDAY

Severance Package 8 p.m. @ Cafe Coda $5 admission

Cafe Coda brings you an audio sampling of the Pacific Northwest. Portland’s Severance Package, Seattle bands What What Now and God, and locals Cody K and the Thundertrain Express contribute.

F R I DAY

8 p.m. @ Monstros Pizza $5 donation A night of metal to be had by all. Addaura stops by from Washington, joining locals X-Ray Cat and Helm of Cerberus.

Chico Jazz Collective 8 p.m. @ LaSalles Free

Some acoustic folk music with a touch of country should help the whiskey go down the way it was meant to.

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MON DAY

T U E SDAY

The Mother Hips

Brittain Ashford

Tech N9ne

Sons of Champlin

Lesbian

Pink Floyd tribute act, The Floyd Project, performs songs from “The Wall,” “Wish You Were Here” Here and “Dark Dark Side of the Moon.”

Ashford makes her way from Brooklyn to grace us with her sincere indie pop. Harlowe and the Great North Woods and Ernesto Alvarado offer her their support.

The Missouri Strange Music rapper takes the stage at the Senator with Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Bigg Scoob and local duo DMJ and Cris Kenyon.

The San Francisco band has been around in some form since ’65. Frontman Bill Champlin played with Chicago for 28 years. Enough said.

Seattle-based psychedelic metal group Lesbian headlines with Chico’s established instrumentalists La Fin du Monde and ultrasludgy newcomers Amarok.

9 p.m. @ El Rey Theatre $17.50 advance

7 p.m. @ Cafe Flo $5 admission

8 p.m. @ the Senator Theatre $23.50 admission

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Addaura

SAT U R DAY

F R I DAY

Armed for Apocalypse 9 p.m. @ LaSalles $5 Cover

Don’t miss Armed for Apocalypse playing in the U.S. for the last time before their European tour with Sepultura. Indie rockers Surrogate and punk metal guys The Makai offer something for everyone.

Spring Folk Music Festival 8 p.m. @ Cafe Coda $5

Brook Adams headlines with Aubrey Debauchery, Lucas Sarcona, Zach Zeller, Garrett Gray, Dave Vert and more.

SAT U R DAY

7:30 p.m. @ the Sierra Nevada Big Room $28.50

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SU N DAY

MON DAY

Justin Ancheta

Live Jazz

Imaad Wasif

This Bay Area native offers up reggae and alternative. Local jam band Crazygrass and singer-songwriter Dena Moes round out the evening.

Enjoy some red meat with a whiskey while listening to an original American art form. American flag tattoo optional.

This Floyd-inspired performer won’t disappoint. Local favorites Aubrey Debauchery and Wicked Honey join him.

Mozart Requiem: Choral Union

Poker Tournament 11 a.m. @ Angie’s Poker Club

6 p.m. @ Enloe Conference Center

8 p.m. @ Cafe Coda $5

7:30 p.m. @ Laxson Auditorium $6 student admission Nearly 200 performers will take the stage for Mozart’s “Requiem Mass,” one of his most highly praised works.

8 p.m. @ Monstros Pizza $5 donation

7 p.m. @ 33 Steaks Booze & Jazz

Whether poker is considered a sport, you don’t have to be an athlete to win big. Lucky you.

8 p.m. @ Cafe Coda $5

Survivor Reception

Caregivers and family of cancer survivors are welcome. Don’t forget to pick up your T-shirt for the Relay for Life of Chico.

T U E SDAY

Aristotle’s Cafe 6 p.m. @ Cafe Culture

Philosophy is complicated. If it’s confusing you, feel free to come talk to some experts at Cafe Culture.

Kasey Anderson 7 p.m. @ Empire Coffee $5

Portland’s Kasey Anderson provides intelligent folk rock at the oft-overlooked Empire Coffee. Hometown songsters Zach Zeller and Luke Byron open.

[ stafffavorites Video Game Music ] “Mega Man” — Hands down, “Mega Man” games are only half awesome gameplay. The other half is kickass music, obviously. The “Dr. Wily” stages always had that “gonna’ go deliver a red-ass beatdown on some robotic jackhole” vibe and I swear, “Splash Woman’s” stage music still gives me chills. – Anthony Siino Opinion Editor

“Super Mario RPG” — Though Hans Zimmer composing for COD: Modern Warfare 2 gets the heart pumping, nothing beats the beats of battle in Super Mario RPG. Being stuck between using a special or item never was so intense. Get those toes tapping and switch to Geno as the music perfectly embodies the various worlds. — Jackson Wong Video Editor

“Little Big Planet” — A perfect wedding reception is on the line, but “Don Lu” has gone missing. It’s up to “Sackboy” to help “Frida” find her loving fiance. Cafe Tacuba’s “volver a comenzar” gives this level sweet aural pleasure.

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Delaine Moore Features Editor

The Moore you know... Games inspire teacher During the break, I took the opportunity to play one of my favorite video games — Kingdom Hearts. The game is filled with quests and missions in order to save the world of Disney and find King Mickey Mouse. The game sounds a bit childish and non-educational, but for a professor at Indiana University, the video gaming world can actually be adapted to the classroom and be used to increase class participation. Lee Sheldon, an assistant professor at the university, is experimenting with a teaching style he calls “Game Politics,” according to networkworld.com. The grading system copies multiplayer role-playing games like World of Warcraft and has students work for experience points instead of grades. So, in effect, they start with an “F” and work their way up to an “A” by completing quests and missions, instead of assignments. Since Sheldon implemented this new teaching system, he has seen improvement in class participation because students are excited about the flow of the class, he said. While I still question how this differs from traditional grading, I applaud this professor for his effort to reach his students in a format they are familiar with. With the budget cuts, workloads are getting harder on professors and the quality of education seems to be dwindling. Now is the time for students to speak out about getting less education for more money. It’s also the time to praise those professors who are rising to the challenge and making an effort to create a classroom environment that caters to the teaching methods in which students learn best. During my four years in college, three professors stand out as exceptional. I admire these professors for their ambition and compassion for teaching. Most importantly, I admire their willingness to think outside the box. The styles of these professors have one aspect in common, which is creating an environment of total inclusion. Lectures were not just an hour and 15 minutes of them talking and students taking notes. Students had conversations and worked toward the daily goal the professor set out for the class to learn. The class discovers this goal by working together, not by being told by a professor. More professors should be following this example. They can use these challenging times to experiment with new teaching styles by studying what others are doing and which methods actually get students engaged in the classroom. Those methods may not include video games, but should still initiate an inclusive learning environment. Delaine Moore can be reached at

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Farm animal finds family Meghan Brown STAFF WRITER

A group of students recently adopted a new pet that is turning heads when they take it on walks around town. Gogo the Goat, as she is commonly known, is a 3-year-old miniature Nigerian pygmy goat and was adopted Jan. 18 by four students. Cameron Mouzoon, Sean Schumacher and Luke Hertzler are three of the four roommates who built Gogo a place to sleep in their backyard, walk her twice a day and take care of the three chickens Gogo’s previous owner insisted they care for. The roommates decided to adopt Gogo because they wanted a new pet that wasn’t the average household animal, Schumacher said. “People always think she’s a dog and then do a double take,” he said. The roommates had been trying to think of what kind of animal to adopt when they finally decided on a goat, Schumacher said. They agreed their large, grassy yard would be perfect for a goat and liked the idea of it mowing the lawn for them. After they decided they wanted a goat, Schumacher and Mouzoon spent more than a month searching for a goat advertisement online, Mouzoon said. They eventually found an ad on Craigslist posted by a couple in Magalia who were selling their goat for $50, Schumacher said. When they arrived, the owners told them they would have to take the three chickens in addition to the goat because they do everything together and are best friends. “She gets extremely protective

over the chickens,” Mouzoon said. “If the dogs get near the chickens, she gets really mad.” Mouzoon, Schumacher and two friends drove back to Chico with four new pets that day and have been taking care of them ever since, Schumacher said. The three chickens, Scooby Doo, Feather Foot and Spicoli, lay at least 20 eggs a day, Schumacher said. “We eat them everyday and share them with our neighbors,” he said. Gogo gets walked at least twice a day and always gets attention from people while they are out, Schumacher said. “She thinks I’m like her dad and if I take her off the leash, she follows me around everywhere I go,” Mouzoon said. “She gets nervous and worried when I’m not around her if I take her out with me, but she’s really friendly to everyone if she has sunflower seeds or food present even if I’m not there.” Gogo isn’t aggressive and is usually friendly when they take her out, Mouzoon said. Though she gets a lot of attention, there are things she doesn’t like. “She gets turned off by people when they come up and grab her horns,” he said. “She doesn’t like that.” Gogo’s owners take care to give her plenty of food and exercise, since she eats almost anything, Mouzoon said. “She eats hay, Pringles, beer cans, alfalfa, newspaper,” Mouzoon said. “She loves pizza and bananas, but her favorite food is

definitely sunflower seeds — and raw pasta.” Gogo has barely damaged the house since they brought her back, he said. However, she ate two houseplants and head butts the doors when she gets lonely. Though a goat is an unusual pet — especially for college students — the owners think they are taking good care of her and that she is in a much better living situation than before, Schumacher said. The previous owners had dogs that chased her around and she gets fed a lot more now, he said. Mike Cummings, a close friend of Mouzoon and Schumacher, went with them to buy Gogo and thinks that compared to what he saw that day, she is in a much better situation, he said. “We walk her everyday and she has much better feed, has her own house and is treated like an angel, because that’s what she is to us,” Cummings said. Gogo doesn’t just get attention from her owners or neighbors, but also from strangers on the street wanting to pet her and from her 298 fans on Facebook. Her new owners plan to keep her for as long as she lives. “She is the biggest sweetheart I’ve ever met,” Mouzoon said.

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Lifelong students; retired return to college to learn Patty Conover A SST. FE ATURES EDITOR

When 62-year-old Bob Garner went back to college two years ago, he was worried he didn’t belong and wouldn’t do well in an environment of young peers. Garner’s work gets critiqued by his classmates and professors in the poetry-writing class he is taking, which helps his progress, but can be hard on the ego, he said. “I like to work with the terror,” he said. “I always try to infuse humor in my poetry or try to go somewhere a little dangerous. That helps if you have to share.” As one of the students enrolled in ElderCollege’s continuing education program, Garner does not take Chico State classes for credit, but rather for the desire to learn, he said. People who are 60 and older can take courses offered at Chico State for $60 a semester with the permission of the instructor, according to the

ElderCollege Web site. For many who want to prioritize continuing their education after retiring, this is the time to take courses and work on achieving lifelong goals. “Education opens doors if you’re open to them,” Garner said. He has held multiple jobs, including working in a steel foundry and an assembly line, but always had a passion for art and poetry, he said. Garner worked with friends writing songs for 20 years and published a few of them. At the age of 39, Garner moved from Southern California to Chico to earn a bachelor’s degree in art, he said. His dream was to earn enough as an artist to become a full-time poet. Sometimes Garner thinks he waited too long to start focusing on his writing career, he said. “But then I remember to live moment to moment and I remind myself that I still have a lot of life left,” he said. Another writer taking classes

at Chico State is 63-year-old Lara invited to fly her to Portugal to Gularte, who has been going to speak at a writing conference — college off and on for the major- the main reason she is taking a Portuguese language class. ity of her life, she said. Since graduating from San “I used to be a bit of a hippie,” Gularte said. “Let’s put it Jose State, Gularte has also received this way. The two master’s Doobie Brothdegrees, one ers used to ... I remind in business practice in and another my basement. myself that I still They sort of have a lot of life left.” in fine arts, said. pissed me off Bob Garner she ElderCollege student However, she because they thinks it is got in the way time to start furthering her writof my candle operation.” Gularte graduated with a ing career. “I love being around young bachelor’s in English from San Jose State in 1969, where she people,” Gularte said. “They took a number of creative writ- have such a wonderful energy ing classes, she said. However, and they make me feel young.” Another student from Gularte was unable to pursue her writing career and worked ElderCollege who enjoys the as a superior court investigator atmosphere at Chico State is for 35 years while being a single North Carolina native Sue Mintzes. She is a 62-year-old retired parent. Today, Gularte’s poetry has curriculum director for public appeared in publications such education and plans to be in as the Water~Stone Review and school for as long as possible. Mintzes takes Chinese lanthe California Quarterly, she said. The University of Portugal guage courses and traveled to

China with other students last semester, she said. She also volunteered with CAVE and used her skills as a retired educator to tutor Pleasant Valley High School students. One of the drawbacks of college for Mintzes is the cutbacks to the education budget, she said. Typically, Mintzes waits to sign up for classes until she knows she is not taking the last seat from a student who needs the credits. Because of cuts, classes are getting bigger or are being canceled altogether. She thinks it was good to have the Action Rally and fight the cuts. “I always ask students if they voted in the last elections,” Mintzes said. “There was a tax extension that was voted down that could have helped. But most students just don’t vote and education is so important for everyone.” Patty Conover can be reached at pconover@theorion.com

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Fantasies out of the norm, taboo “I want to try something new with you. Would you mind if I peed on you a little?” Excuse me? I stared in disbelief at this text message my now ex had just sent me. My first reaction was confusion; I never knew about his dark desires. I told him I would think about it, still thoroughly freaked out but not wanting to be judgemental. He tried to get me used to the idea by running warm water down my breasts while I closed my eyes and pretended it was his urine, but no matter how much I entertained the thought, there was no way I could be turned on by body waste. My ex’s fantasy is considered a taboo, which refers to practices that are prohibited because of social pressures, according to the Sinclair Intimacy Institute. In fact, many taboo fantasies would be illegal if they became a reality, such as bestiality. Despite the fact that many people are ashamed to admit they have desires that are not mainstream, some forbidden desires are still popular in human sexuality. Watersports — Many people, like my ex, have a watersport fantasy, also known as urolagnia, which is sexual arousal associated with the sight or thought of urine or urination, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online. Watersport play can range from watching people pee to actually drinking the urine. Bath time might be a good place to start if you are interested in golden showers. It’s best to be fully hydrated before peeing in order to diminish any odor. Incest — A few of my exes have asked me to call them “Daddy” during foreplay or sex, which technically counts as an incest fantasy. With this taboo, people pretend to act out sexual roles with family members. Incest fantasies are not always about actually having sex with relatives, as stated in an article from collegecandy.com. Often, people enjoy daddy/ daughter or mommy/son fantasies because they like to engage in age play and be sexually dominant or submissive. Rape — This fantasy is controversial because of the violence associated with it. Women are often ashamed to say they enjoy it for fear of people thinking they want to be raped in real life, according to an article by Matthew Hutson from psychologytoday.com. However, many are turned on by a man being aggressive and “forcing” them to engage in sexual acts. Some men also enjoy being the one who is forced, which can include anything from aggressive grabbing to choking and biting, so a safe word is necessary so both partners can thoroughly enjoy it. Taboo fantasies can increase intimacy, but it’s important that both parties are consenting and comfortable with engaging in them. Taboos have never been so raunchy. Jeanetta Bradley can be reached at sexcolumnist@theorion.com Have a sex-related question? Don’t be shy. E-mail Jeanetta and she may answer it in a column. All personal and identifiable information will be changed.

Both students, professors responsible for avoiding plagiarism, consequences Kelly Smith STAFF WRITER

With the anxiety of finals looming, junior Frank Rebelo found himself even more stressed out when realized he was in the midst of plagiarism accusations during his fall 2008 semester. Rebelo was speechless, he said. In an effort not to be labeled a plagiarizer, he decided to combat the allegations by writing a formal letter proving his innocence. “I had to write a paper for the final project in this class that did not contain any quotes for my sources,” he said. “The teacher’s assistant pulled me aside and told me that the paper I had turned in was an example of plagiarism and he was going to report me to Judicial Affairs.” For each example of plagiarism Rebelo was accused of, he evaluated the California State University system’s guidelines of plagiarism and proved that he had correctly cited his sources in his assignment, he said. “How else do you respond to being accused of plagiarism but with a perfectly cited, grammatically correct letter?” he said. Rebelo was able to plead his case and the teacher withdrew the accusations after receiving the letter, he said. Linda Gatton, coordinator of Student Judicial Affairs, outlined the rules of plagiarism according to the Chico State guidelines. Avoiding plagiarism is the responsibility of both students and professors, she said. “Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s work, including words, ideas, projects or any other original material,

without properly citing the course,” she said. At Chico State, issues of plagiarism are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, she said. “Sometimes we have students that, for all the best intentions, make a really poor decision,” Gatton said. “The bottom line is you have to be accountable for your actions.” Contrary to many students’ opinions, the goal of Student Judicial Affairs, professors and administrators alike is not simply to punish, but to help students be successful, she said. One professor who knows students need guidance when it comes to citing sources is Christian Fosen, an associate professor of rhetoric and writing in the English department. “Students come to college with varying amounts of knowledge as to what constitutes plagiarism,” Fosen said. “What they do know often gets a bit muddied as they maneuver through classes in different disciplines that have different citation practices.” It is necessary to stay informed about guidelines and rules and to always ask for feedback from professors and teacher’s assistants, he said. “Raise your hand in class and ask your instructor to be explicit about what forms of citation he or she expects in all writing,” Fosen said. “If you don’t understand the answer, ask that he or she teach it to you.” The easiest way to avoid plagiarism is to not wait until the last minute to start doing assignments, since that is when students often get scared and copy work, he said. Some students may be driven to plagiarize due to a lack of being prepared, Gatton said. Some may wait until the last minute to do something and just hope the instructor won’t notice. The key to avoiding plagiarism is simply good time management and knowledge of the resources.

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COPYCATS Students can avoid plagiarizing by being prepared and asking professors about specific class policies.

“We have resources for students, including our Academic Integrity Web site where we outline how to avoid plagiarism, what we consider cheating and how to cite your sources,” she said. “There’s a lot of information there.” Input from students is always welcomed at Student Judicial Affairs, Gatton said. That way, it is easier to figure out what works for students and how to best get the point across. “If students have questions about plagiarism, they can come in,” she said. “We would rather be forward thinking

about this topic than see you in here for conduct issues.” After the incident, Rebelo is still confident when it comes to writing papers, he said. “I did learn what you can actually get by with and realized that the plagiarism rules aren’t that strict,” he said. “Long story short, it says that if a student makes an effort to cite where they got their ideas, you are in the safe zone.” Kelly Smith can be reached at ksmith@theorion.com

Homegrown political beliefs nursed while going to college “I haven’t encountered any students who aren’t totally STAFF WRITER sure of their beliefs and they all College is all about new were raised that way,” Hubbard experiences, from education to said. Conservatives are a vast socialization, students face the challenge of learning more than minority in Chico, she said. they could have ever imagined, They seek out political comfort in the organization for metaincluding their own identities. Students become politically phorical safety in numbers. “It’s so slanted the other way, socialized in different ways and often maintain different beliefs, my students often feel attacked but find that in Chico there is and our group is a way for them to feel accepted,” she said. room for everyone. Those with a more liberal Most students come to college one of three ways, said view also desire the feeling of Dr. James Jacob, a political acceptance, said senior Dylan science professor and expert Shelters, president of the Stuin political socialization. He dent Democratic Club. Shelters disagrees and thinks or she either has their values that contrary ingrained in to Jacob’s and them from Hubbard’s childhood, Most assertions, discover valmany students ues through commonly, students involved in exposure to learn their beliefs the clubs were new things raised differat school or from their parents ently than the is indifferent and peer groups beliefs they and has no currently hold, political val- growing up.” James Jacob he said. ues at all. political science professor “I see stuOf the three, the first is the most prevalent, dents who know that they’re Democrats and I see students he said. “Most commonly, students who don’t yet have a political learn their beliefs from their identity and our biggest goal is parents and peer groups grow- to provide information,” Sheling up,” Jacob said. “They ters said. Though some students come maintain and further those beliefs through their education to school with political beliefs already established or find them here.” For junior Sarah Neuharth, while at school, others prefer her mom was instrumental in to remain indifferent, such as helping her develop her belief sophomore Luke Robles. He has no desire to be affilisystem, she said. “My mom raised me to have ated with any particular group, certain moral values, which he said. “I don’t have any set polititranslated into liberal political cal beliefs and am not planning values,” Neuharth said. The messages she learned in to come up with them any time church pushed her to uphold a soon,” Robles said. Despite some of the indiffercompassionate belief system, which meant maintaining lib- ence, those who are set in their beliefs give Jacob hope for the eral political views, she said. “Everything I was exposed to future, he said. No matter what views stuwas coming from people with a dents hold, the most important liberal point of view,” she said. While Neuharth’s childhood thing is that they understand taught her to possess liberal their political efficacy, Jacob views, others may find a more said. “My greatest wish,” he said, conservative message in the lessons of their youth, said “is that students leave the uniSusan Hubbard, the adviser of versity knowing that no matter what their beliefs are, they can the Chico State Republicans. Most of the students she sees make a difference.” getting involved in the club were brought up with republican ide- Lexi Brister can be reached at als, Hubbard said. lbrister@theorion.com Lexi Brister

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Juggling multiple jobs crucial to pay rising tuition for some Kylie Munoz STAFF WRITER

On most days, junior Valerie Petlow works at least two jobs and sometimes as many as four to pay for school. Petlow, a nursing major, works 30 to 40 hours a week because she is independent from her parents when it comes to paying for school, she said. “I’ve been paying for everything on my own since I was a sophomore in high school,” Petlow said. “My food, clothing, books. Everything, I pay for myself.” Petlow works for the Applied Research and Evaluation Foundation, customer service at Hollister Co., childcare at Kids in Motion and as a cashier at 38 Degree Market & Deli, she said. As college becomes more expensive each year, students are finding the price of school cannot be paid for with just financial aid and scholarships. Some students are now taking on more than one job to help pay for their education. There has been an increase in the total number of hours students are working in recent years, said Steve Irving, director of the Student Employment Office. The average number of hours students worked in 2005 was 17.5 per week and it is now more than 25 hours each week. The number of job postings on Chico State’s Student Employment Center Web site

has decreased in the past cou- and Scholarship Office looks ple of years, Irving said. Job at because it determines how postings have declined 44 per- much financial support a stucent since the 2007 and 2008 dent can receive from parents, school year. he said. “On the flipside, the jobs The Financial Aid and Scholthat are posted are being filled arship Office provides financial faster than in the 2007 and 2008 aid to more than 60 percent of school year,” the student Irving said. population, My food, “Jobs would David said. stay on the sys- clothing, books. Senior tem for six days Sean Ames, and now it’s Everything, I pay a marketing down to three for myself.” major, works days.” two jobs, Valerie Petlow More students uses finannursing major are pursuing the cial aid and posted jobs than before, he said. relies on student loans to pay The Financial Aid and Schol- for college, he said. arship Office estimated students “I fell in the middle of the on financial aid need $19,136 to average American financial cover expenses for the 2009 and scale,” Ames said. “My finan2010 school year, said Kentiner cial aid is really poor, next to David, the interim associate nothing.” director at the Financial Aid Despite the help of financial and Scholarship Office. aid, Ames must keep working, On average, the state gives he said. Ames works as a marstudents on financial aid $4,312 keting assistant at the Wildcat per school year, David said. Recreation Center and as a The Financial Aid and Schol- marketing assistant for Get Fit arship Office averages that Chico magazine. State students will need $1,656 Though students are workfor books and supplies, $9,995 ing more jobs and more hours for room and board and $998 for than ever before, students transportation, he said. such as Petlow can still find “We can theoretically give time to study and enjoy leisure students up to that amount of activities. $19,136,” David said. “How“It keeps me busy,” Petlow ever, it doesn’t mean we can said. “I enjoy it to be honest give students all of that amount with you. It is stressful at times because there are other factors but the stress is minimal.” we have to look at.” Expected Family Contribu- Kylie Munoz can be reached at tion is a factor the Financial Aid kmunoz@theorion.com

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“Uncertain fate for language houses” October 12, 1983 Volume 11, Issue 6 In the summer of 1983, students moved out of what were commonly known as the Language Houses. The fate of the six houses on West Third Street was yet to be determined. The houses on West Third Street between Chestnut and Hazel streets were built at the turn of the century, said Rich Goudy who worked for Plant Operations at Chico State in 1983. The houses became known as the Language Houses because they had been used to host foreign exchange students who were studying in Chico. Students who wanted to strengthen their skills in a foreign language or have the experience of living with someone from another culture were also residents of the Language Houses. In the fall of 1983, three of the six houses had been closed because they had become too rundown to live in. The other three houses were turned into offices for the school but were also in poor condition. The fate of the houses was unknown and there was even talk of tearing the historic buildCOURTESY OF CHICOWIKI.ORG ings down. RESTORED The International House, built in 1869, is the oldest of the six Language Houses and was once the home of the mayor. Two of the houses now belong to sororities.

After much debate and question about what to do with the houses, which were bought from the school and then sold again, Wayne Cook, a Chico resident and owner of AAA Property Management bought all six properties in 1994, he said. The houses had been closed for a few years and Cook bought the property from Howard Slater, a local developer, he said. “I love the buildings and I love the historic community,” Cook said. “It was a real challenge to rebuild them.” Cook finished remodeling the houses in 1997, he said. The houses are still owned by Cook and are rented out each year to students by his property management company. Cook kept much of the charm and character in the historical buildings during the remodel.

“It was an interesting business proposal and it was something completely new,” Cook said. All six houses are listed in the register of Historic Places as of 1991. Two of the houses are currently homes to the Greek system. The H.W. Crew House, later called the Spanish House, is currently the Alpha Phi house, according to chicowiki.org. The home was built in 1903. The Sigma Alpha sorority members now live in what was once called the French House, which was built in 1914, according to the Chico Wiki Web site. Even though the buildings may not truly be Language Houses anymore, they still serve as housing for students almost a century after construction. Compiled by Meghan Brown

In the spotlight: Q & A with campus ‘Bag Man’ Senior Albert Shribbs, a civic engagement for sustainability major, dressed up in a costume made of dozens of plastic grocery bags and approached fellow students on campus, asking them to sign petitions for what he thinks to be a very important cause. Q: Why are you doing this? A: The group I’m here with is from the Environmental Thought and Action class taught by Mark Stemen and we’re trying to get two ballot

measures passed for Associated Students Elections. Q: So the costume and table and everything are for a class project? A: Yeah, basically, and it’s a really important movement. We’re trying to get people away from using so much paper and plastic. Q: So that’s what the ballot measures are about? A: Yes, the one I’m dressed up for is called the Zero Waste Purchasing Policy. It’s about

updating computers so they don’t have to print out receipts if people don’t want them and limiting the use of plastic bags. Q: That must have been the inspiration for the costume then? A: Of course. It was so appropriate because we’re trying to raise awareness about the benefits of eliminating the use of plastic bags. Plus, people are way more willing to sign a petition for a guy dressed as a giant plastic bag.

Q: Is that also why you chose to table on the same day as the Action Rally? A: Definitely. We figured it’s way easier to get petitions signed when there’s big crowds of people fired up about making a difference. Q: And have you had a lot of success? A: We have gotten tons of signatures. I just hope it really will help our cause. Compiled by Lexi Brister

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Faculty lost; education suffers He indicated the one-time stimulus fund that helped pull together several last minute class sections in the fall will not be there this year and furloughs may not be in effect again. “If worst case budget scenarios arise in 2010-11 and Chico State sees budget reductions on top of the 22 percent cut we received over the past two years, we may have to face layoffs and will begin the formal process as outlined in our union agreements,” Zingg wrote. From 2000 to 2009, there were 25 percent more students, but only 3 percent more teachers, said Curtis Peldo, colecturer representative of the faculty union. Peldo is a lecturer in philosophy at Chico State as well as Sierra College and Butte College. Students are losing access to courses, Peldo said. There are 5,300 fewer courses in the California State University system, he said. As of the fall semester, Chico State had 16,934 students enrolled, being taught by 908 professors, according to the California Faculty Association. Of those professors, 424 are considered temporary. Adding to the mix is the 20 percent increase in the number of administrative positions since 2000, Peldo said. Non-reappointment is not seen as a layoff, according to the faculty union agreement with the CSU Board of Trustees, known as the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The professors are simply not given a new assignment. Some retire, some leave for more secure employment, some find jobs at other universities and colleges, while others simply wait and look for work in the area.

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Strips of torn tape and nail holes on pale yellow walls decorate the empty half of an office about the size of a dorm room. Midway down a row of offices in Trinity Hall, history Professor Timothy Sistrunk, shares space with an empty desk. Last semester his colleague and friend Robert Archer, who shared an office with him for more than 14 years, was not re-assigned. In another department, religious studies Professor Tom Parker retired after learning he would not be re-appointed. Like Parker and Archer, Sistrunk is part of the adjunct faculty whose positions were never guaranteed and until last fall, it was not a big issue. As California universities adjust to sparse budgets, temporary faculty is the first group of people hit. “Far and away it’s the worst it’s been,” Parker said. When people started talking about layoffs of temporary faculty, Parker and his colleagues thought it was a joke, he said. There is no way the college can function without temporary faculty, he said. More than 100 lecturers lost and counting Chico State lost 108 temporary faculty starting fall semester, according to data reported by the California Faculty Association. This fall, the ax could descend again as administrators are considering options. In a pre-break memo, Chico State President Paul Zingg issued a budget update to the campus community on March 11. Preparing for a “difficult and insufficient 2010-11 budget,” layoffs might be inevitable, but Chico State is committed to avoiding them, Zingg said.

A matter of rank Because of union agreements and strict regulations in employment, the university starts cutting faculty from the

source: California Faculty Association

This hierarchy exists beneath the tenure-track, which has a different set of rules and regulations. As temporary faculty members work through the ranks, their pay increases and they earn more job security. However, no temporary position is as secure as tenured positions, according to the union agreement. Because of contractual security, cutting temporary professors is the easiest response to economic shortcomings, Sistrunk said.

and Education. The College of Humanities and Fine Arts lost 30 faculty, mostly in lecturers, out of 100, Zimbelman said. The administration is cutting what is easiest to cut, he said. “It’s opportunistic cutting,” he said. Because of contracts, there are steep restrictions on assignments, Curtis said. Temporary faculty fall into several categories and some have more entitlements than others, Zimbelman said. The categories of temporary faculty are laid out specifically in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. First, there are those who teach without an entitlement to work, which means they have no guarantee to have employment from semester to semester. The university has no contractual obligation to reappoint this group, according to article 12 of the union agreement. There are also full-time and part-time lecturers who have three-year contracts. Three-year contracts for full-time lecturers mean the university must issue a formal layoff to let them go. However, these contracts are only available if the person has worked six years in the same department prior to the contract, according to the union agreement.

Experiencing the effects Students, not just faculty, are also affected by the loss. Students are facing larger and fewer classes and are seeing the effects of budget cuts on their professors in class. “We lose colleagues and students lose classes,” Wyrick said. There are entire general education themes listed in the catalogue that are not available because there is not enough faculty to teach the classes, Wyrick said. Some students feel the loss directly. Josh Garringer, a senior in political science, had to choose between work and school because there were not enough class sections available, he said. “It just binds us even more,” Garringer said. “How do you get through to graduate? There’s no such thing as getting out in four years.” Though he had hoped to graduate in May, Garringer will be back in the fall to finish because he could not get the classes he needed, he said. Some professors are teaching classes they have never taught before, Garringer said. Also, with furloughs and larger classes, it seems the schedules fall behind more often. With the cutting of course

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bottom up, Sistrunk said. The problem is the least entitled employees are doing a large amount of work. The CSU system assumed the temporary faculty would do the teaching, said Jed Wyrick, the department chair for religious studies. They made no big efforts to hire tenure-track faculty because it was cheaper to have lecturers teach. “Then, the screws were tightened,” he said. There is only one temporary professor left in the religious studies department out of 12, Wyrick said. “It’s a lot quieter here,” Wyrick said. “We’re a program that’s just shrinking and it’s not that we have fewer students and not that we’re not excited about what we teach.” Part-time professors, also called adjunct faculty or lecturers, are officially referred to as temporary faculty, said Joel Zimbelman, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Because of the merit system, tenure-track faculty are at the top of a hierarchy and have the only positions considered permanent. There are a different numbers of professors, both temporary and tenure-track, in each department, said Terry Curtis, an associate dean for the College of Communication

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sections, students have fewer options in certain departments. Charles Turner, political science department chair, is trying to reduce operating expenses, but still had to cancel some classes, he said. “It creates a problem for students,” Turner said. “Classes are already full. There is not a lot of wiggle room.” In all majors, some classes that were once offered yearround are now only offered in the fall or spring. Officially, Sistrunk is listed as a teacher in both history and humanities, but there are not any classes left for him to teach in humanities, he said. This semester, there were 10 to 15 students on the wait list for each of his classes, he said. In the fall, there may be even more people trying to get into classes, he said. However, students are affected more by the loss of lecturers than the program because temporary faculty do the majority of student advising and assessment, Curtis said. “From the students’ view, it’s the worst possible way to deal with budget cuts,” Curtis said. Senior Colin Crispin, a business major, is frustrated by the cutbacks, he said. “In the past year there have been classes that I wanted to take and were required for my major but those classes weren’t available,” Crispin said. “It seems like there are barely enough classes available for me to even graduate.” For the music department, the budget cuts mean they cannot offer students what is needed instructionally, artistically and musically, said Keith Seppanen, music department chair. The department has to offer less one-on-one teaching, which is viewed as vital to the program. “It’s bare bones,” he said. Still, in the classroom, it can please see CUTS | D5

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be difficult to know the difference between tenured and non-tenured faculty. “I try not to draw distinctions between tenured and temporary faculty,” Zimbelman said. “If they’re teaching, they’re teaching.” Many students cannot identify whether professors they have had were temporary or tenured. “I actually don’t know for sure,” Garringer said. “It’s not like they come in the first day and say, ‘I am part-time or full-time.’ I never know 100 percent. Sometimes I don’t know my professor’s name until the first day of class.” Tenure-track professors teach, but they also do research and service activities, develop curriculum and publish academic papers and books, Turner said. However, many temporary faculty do this too, Zimbelman said. “It would be over simple to say that all I do is teach,” Sistrunk said. During the days before spring break, Sistrunk was grading papers into the late hours of the night, he said. Papers that once took him a week to grade are now taking two weeks. Classes of 35 students have increased to 49 students.

“I don’t know the students as well,” he said. While trying to maintain quality standards, there is a constant pull toward lowering that quality, he said. Some students, such as senior Efimia James, also question the quality of education received from the system that keeps tenured professors in place. “It has also made it harder to really enjoy school just knowing that I am walking into a classroom where the teacher is there, not because they really want to, but simply because they have been there too long to be let go,” said James, a liberal studies major. Sometimes teachers seem to lack enthusiasm for teaching, she said. “I have found that some of my best teachers have been temporary teachers,” James said. Many student organization advisers are temporary faculty Student clubs and organizations will face cutback fallout as well, since many lecturers are responsible for making them happen. Class-based student organizations, such as the Model United Nations, could be jeopardized if temporary professors like the Model U.N.’s Professor, John Crosby, were cut, Turner said. They also contribute to events such as the Loeffler New Music Symposium, a concert featuring student compositions and performances, Seppanen said.

“They are running some of our most prestigious programs that have had national acclaim, some of the newest and most innovative programs,” said Alan Gibson, political science professor. Some lecturers walked away and the programs they worked on went with them, Seppanen said. One such program that ended was the gospel choir when the lecturer in charge resigned. “He decided he couldn’t afford to be here anymore,” he said. Temporary faculty face uncertainty, tough decisions One professor, Jeanne Rawlings, taught scriptwriting and video production, but decided she did not want to be “on the edge,” Curtis said. Students such as James and Garringer have noticed teachers leaving too. “I just recently saw a really good and excited teacher that chose to retire rather than to deal with everything,” James said. Garringer had a professor for a California government class leave midway through the semester, he said. The College of Humanities and Fine Arts, which includes the religious studies and English departments, was hit hard with cutbacks, Zimbelman said. “These are solid people with great teaching evaluations that work their hearts out and fill in as needed,” he said. “They’re pinch hitters. When

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they’re gone, it’s like mourning a loss.” In the religious studies department, Parker knew he was not going to be returning, he said. Parker retired instead of facing non-reappointment, he said. “It was not an elected retirement,” Parker said. Because there is no way to promise anything to temporary professors, it was almost a forced retirement, Wyrick said. “One colleague decided to retire at a ridiculously young age,” Wyrick said. “It couldn’t be celebrated. It felt awkward in every way.” For many department chairs, the process has been an emotional experience. “When I look a colleague in the eye and tell them ‘I don’t have work for you next semester,’ it’s hard,” Seppanen said. “I have to tell them it’s not personal. It’s hard because it’s affecting people’s livelihood.” Some department chairs have had to let down colleagues they have worked with for a long time. “Some of these people I have known 20 years and I’m in a position to tell them that I can’t give them enough workload to get their benefits,” Curtis said. “That’s pretty hard.”

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The future is unclear As for the fall, no one really knows

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what will happen. In Sacramento, the state’s proposed budget is supposed to reach the governor’s desk this summer, according to the California Department of Finance Web site. For now, department chairs and professors are plunging ahead with plans for next year. “We are planning the fall schedule as we normally would,” Turner said. “We’ve got to start somewhere.” For the time being, Sistrunk will continue to occupy half of an office. Parker is getting used to not working, leading a quieter life and slower schedule but hopes to get rehired sometime, he said. “I wish we knew what the fall would bring,” Zimbelman said. In the end, Zingg wrote the university is committed to “avoid any technical layoffs,” but it may come to that. “When employees at Chico State lose the opportunity to teach as much or work as much as they would like, it is a painful and significant loss for them, but also for all of us, no matter what it is called,” Zingg wrote. “It hurts and we feel it in our classrooms, offices, labs and other venues where the work of our university occurs.”

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