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The Voice of Butte College

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Chico Animal Shelter Rescued - page 6 take a hike - page 11

Ex-Presidents sound off - page 8 Movie Review - Lady Bird - page 13

Table of Contents Cover: Digging Into the Environmental Horticulture Program

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Column: Editor’s Column Maga Sings the Blues Opinion Column Disfluency - A Film Review

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Arts and Lifestyle: Take A Hike - Lahar Trail

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Book in Common 2019

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Movie Review - Lady Bird

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Roadrunner Sports: Baseball

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Track and Field

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Chico Animal Shelter Rescued

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Up Next

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March for our Lives

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A Moment of Zen

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Student Government Ex-Presidents Sound Off

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The Roadrunner Team:


EDITOR: Joni Hill

Campus Talk: How’s Trump Doing?

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Who We Are - Sabrina Rouse

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WRITERS: Katie Morris Melissa Stevens Kelsi taylor Trevor Trimble Andy urrutia Jake Wallin Ben wood ADVISOR: Tom Gascoyne

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BY: Joni Hill

Hoo Boy America, you’ve really let yourself go. You used to be the strong, shiny beacon on the hill, the example most other nations tried to live up to, the place where everyone wanted to be, the land of opportunity, milk and honey for all. But somewhere along the way your citizens got lazy. Now your big heart is being stifled and is showing signs of rot and decay. You’ve gone from being the light to being an orange-tinted shadow of your former self. Sad. But, you’ve been here before and you never give up hope, do you? You are painfully aware of your sagging middle and you know that now, right now, is the time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start getting yourself back in “tippy-top shape.” It will take a lot of work and you must be vigilant. You can’t take your eyes off the ball. That is how you got here. Like a child, you were off playing with your freedom, exercising your constitutional rights and now you are kind of a bigly mess. You are going to have to work harder than you ever have to build yourself back up. You may just have to fight every single day to claw your way back to civility and prosperity. You know you are poised on the edge of a cliff, one foot slipping off and there are

those who would push you right off into the deep blue, just before they pollute it with their blatant disregard for everything and everyone but their own heartless selves. The poisonous moron(s) in power have used their platform to dupe the very citizens who help make them richer and more powerful than any one

air and water as if they own it, they are succeeding. Driven by a relentless need for power and money, this mere one percent is dangerous and a perfectly monstrous example of the phrase, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Allowing this to continue can only end in the demise of the other 99 percent.

percenter should be. It’s a travesty. Believe me. The weak, bad tiny one percent of your citizens have been quietly, slowly destroying everything you have worked so hard to protect. They want to stop your heart from beating altogether. They are indeed colluding and conspiring treasonous acts against you. They want to take you and Lady Liberty down in a “yooge” way. Whether that means enslaving your citizens with unbearable debt, sending jobs overseas, churning and burning your rich, fertile soil or polluting the

You don’t need that. And you certainly don’t deserve to be a “sh*thole country.” Or is it “sh*thouse?” For the sake of humanity, you must win this one. Show the world how winning is done. Everything you have worked so hard to build is on the verge of destruction. You must enlist your citizens to rise up and protect you from this gang of locusts who would destroy you and the foundations you were built upon. Maybe it would be helpful to build a wall around them. Whatever it takes, it must be

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done quickly. And you may only get one more chance to get this right. And it is coming soon. If you are to survive your latest and possibly most damaging crisis, it will be with the power of the vote. That power is in peril and may just wither on the vine from lack of use. It must be exercised and used as often as possible so that it doesn’t just disappear. It is one of the quintessential foundations of their freedom. It probably makes you shake your damn head when this very important right is tossed out in the cold. You have one chance to get back to “normal.” It is coming in November, and everyone of your citizens needs to participate. America you have to get this one right. Sing the blues like your life depends on it. Because it does.

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DISFLUENCY - the film OR

Why We Allow Sexual Assault to Happen BY: KATIE MORRIS

We know the statistics already. According to the organization Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), one in six women will become a victim of sexual assault during her college career. We know that sexual violence permeates our culture, while our justice system fails survivors. Something that may not be so obvious is the way we, as individuals, interact with rape culture. Written by survivor Anna Baumgarten and directed by Laura Holliday, “Disfluency” is a short film about the emotional aftermath of sexual assault. It follows a college student named Jane, who, in an all too familiar scene, is assaulted one night at a party. Jane could be anyone, as her name suggests. It’s a clear reference to the anonymous women whose stories we will never know, either because they were unable to tell them, or we failed to listen to them. After the night of her assault, Jane struggles to admit what happened to anyone, including herself. The film’s depiction of shame and isolation is typical of any survivor’s story. What sets Disfluency apart from other adaptions is its critical stance

strip them of their meaning. The film asks this question: Have we let rape become a cultural disfluency — an expected, almost unnoticeable interruption within our culture? Until last year’s #MeToo movement, it seemed as though stories of sexual assault were nothing more than background noise. It had become so normalized that women took precautions to avoid becoming victims. Now, I would like to think that we have reached a turning point. One where survivors have the courage to speak out, without being silenced. Where universities no longer try to cover up sexual assault, and we stop asking women what they did to cause it. toward our culture and how those feelings have become normalized. Speech disfluency refers to the ums, uhs, and likes of conversation, the repeated filler and otherwise meaningless words we use. As Jane’s professor lectures earlier in the film: These pauses collect our thoughts. They give us room to think, to move forward. When Jane opens up about her assault, we see the

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reality of that disfluency. Not knowing what else to say, the characters around Jane simply offer a listless “sorry.” They do this because they have no other choice: stay quiet or engage with the issue. Most of us choose the former. As stated in the film, when we use words as speech disfluencies, we diminish their intended impact. We

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COVER Digging Into the EH Program BY: Kelsi Taylor When attending college, students want effort to be as exciting and hands-on as possible, and Butte’s Environmental Horticulture (EH) program can contribute to that and give an AS degree as well. Students in the program learn to identify turf species and management landscape design, installation and maintenance, plant protection, interior landscaping, and agriculture education. A hidden gem the EH program is the nursery on the main campus. A short walk across the road behind the LRC will take you to a student propagated nursery that is a living testament to a hands-on

styles, explain the principles of greenhouse glazing choice and demonstrate competencies in irrigation, design and construction. The skills students acquire prepare them for many job opportunities such nursery and green house management, retail garden centers, supply and equipment sales, irrigation and The Roadrunner

effort. It’s an amazing sight to see and should not be missed. With guidance from an instructor like Tip Wilmarth and his coordinator Heather Wren, students learn how to propagate correctly from mother stock and then market them to other students, staff, visitors, etc. There are many ways the program markets its finished products. The nursery on the main campus is open to the public, and plants can also be purchased by email and/or the EH phone tree. Purchasing your favorite plants to build your own home nursery is typically cheaper when you visit the on-campus nursery. Environmental Horticulture is the campus’ is the campus’s biggest program. Each semester has four sections in the fall and spring preparing students on how propagate starting in small greenhouses and moving in to bigger ones as each stage progresses. Once the plants are about to bloom the students and instructors, coordinators and assistants move them outdoors. The biggest greenhouse pro-

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duction is in the spring when students market the product on campus in the quad up to twice a week. The EH program puts on two huge sale events per year, one in the fall and one in the spring.Pricing in the nursery is based on size and species,

and plants are usually always available. The program has received four certificates of achievement for its results which are currently in full bloom. Stop by and treat yourself to the view.

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All photos by Kelsi Taylor





BY: Andy Urrutia

The city of Chico had recently been considering contracting out animal’s shelter services. Their idea was to save the city some money. Butte Humane Society (BHS) ran the shelter for 25 years. There was speculation of the shelter having problems regarding animal care and general operations. It took the city years to try to gain control from this private organization and have the shelter be ran by the city. The city has now had control for a little more than five years and the outcome has been superb. Since the city has taken over, the shelter has been run pristine, effectively and efficiently. The care being provided for these animals is healthy and the euthanasia rate has dramatically decreased. Even though switching over to a private organization may save the city some tax money, looking back to past conditions our city might be repeating the same mistake. The shelter was looking to be adopted to one of two agencies. One of those

Reanna Whitmore walks Pepa at the Chico Animal Shelter/Photo by Andy Urrutia

agencies was the BHS. The community was very concerned over this matter writing many letters to the local newspaper. A local resident and animal lover Sarah Downs has written a letter to the city expressing her concerns on this topic. Sarah has many questions just like many Chico residents might also have. A question Sarah has that she is eager to get answered is “is the goal of the BHS to become a regional facility, increasing the chances of overcrowding, disease outbreaks and higher eu-

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thanasia rates?” After much anticipation from the community the city finally came up with a decision that would work in favor for both agencies and the community. The city of Chico has come to the determination that no recommendation of outsourcing was warranted at this time so it is currently existing as it was prior. So the city is the primary employer base for the actual shelter services and animal control services as well. City Manager Mark Orme said “we are still part“Spot”, former resident of the Chico Animal Shelter/Photo by Andy Urrutia

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nering with Butte Humane Society with regards to the adoption services. We are looking at levels of efficiency to continue to build that relationship with BHS and our current structure. But looking to outsourcing it in its entirety just didn’t make sense after looking at the proposal that we received.” The BHS is currently in a month-to-month contract. BHS is still providing services that they were previously providing in the past. There are no major changes happening with the Animal Shelter. No change in treatment nor budget for the shelter has been changed. “I am not requesting any reduction in budget to either our contract with BHS or the current facility,” Orme said. “They are coming in under budget annually they have done a real good job with staying in budget and staying under.” After endless letters from the community regarding this issue it seems that no one has taken a loss here. Both parties where able to keep their level of expertise in place. Interested in adopting a loving dog or cat? Head over to your local animal shelter and meet all the great animals waiting for a best friend and a loving home.

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The March of Our Lives BY: andy urrutia A student-led movement against gun violence is receiving sustained news coverage and was instrumental in building momentum around the March for Our Lives Rally in cities all over the country. Students are using social and news media to build momentum and advocate for legislation in the wake of a Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a former student opened fire in the school, killing 17 people. A local walkout was one of several nationwide student-centered events. Hundreds of other cities held events on March the 24 calling it the March for Our Lives. Kailyn Erb and other local students planned an activity that took place at the city plaza including discussions about violence on campuses. The walk out took place at 10 a.m. and was attended by over 100 people. Local school districts are continuing to examine their safety protocols in light of the shooting. It has been made very clear that arming teachers is not one of them. In a result of these tragic mass shooting Principal John Shepherd of Pleasant Valley High School in Chico has implemented code sheets in every classroom

that designate specific actions for different threat levels. The districts are focusing on other elements of school safety. Both Chico Unified and Oroville Union have increased the use of security cameras and fencing on school campuses in recent years to closely monitor who comes on to campus Chico State students have also rallied around campus with posters demanding safety which has inspired the University to make Chico campus Police double their rounds around campus to insure the safety of their students. A second student-led national school walkout was planned for April 20th. Butte College and Chico State did not have any events planned. Several colleges and universities have released statements to let students know that any suspensions or other disciplinary action resulting from peaceful protests will not result in punishment. Many students have taken to social media to show their support by tweeting thoughts and prayers or by posting an image symbolizing their support. This is a topic that isn’t going away any time soon. Until our country sees more justified laws concerning current gun control laws, students will rally and march to see better days, for not only us but for future students and their safety.

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NEWS Student Government Candidates BY: ben wood If it’s Spring, it must be time to vote for next year’s Student Government leaders. Set to take place online on April 25th and 26th, results will post by April 27. Butte College has a large field of candidates for the 11 positions available. Those who are running for President and Vice President of External Affairs will be briefly introduced here using statements provided by the candidates in the Buttte College 2018 Voter Guide. PRESIDENT: Skylar Darrow—Majoring in cell and molecular biology, she prioritizes equity and campus security, and wishes to promote an attitude of diversity. Having served various positions in Student Government, as well as a member of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement Program, Skylar would bring what she has learned to help benefit the campus. Shannen King—Majoring in Music and Math, Shannen prioritizes a sense of community and togetherness, especially in the face of tragedy. She wishes to bring greater awareness to

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the Butte College resources. She was Vice President in her venture crew, and filled in for the President when the president was not available. Juan Lemus—Majoring in Agriculture, his main goal is to increase student involvement by creating more inclusive events and activities. Juan has 7 years experience in Parliamentary Procedure and Student Governments and has been Chairman for the nursery/landscape competition held by CSUC/Butte College for 3 years. VICE PRESIDENT EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Timothy Phillips—Majoring in Political Science, Timothy’s pet project would be moving Student Government’s reporting process online, making it easier to review for meeting and making sure SG’s time is spent wisely. Diversity and inclusion are other areas of focus for him. With experience as a Student Ambassador, A.S. Parliamentarian, and GSA President, Timothy is prepared to provide leadership and help students.

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NEWS Ex-Presidents Weigh In On TheirNew Peer BY: BEN WOOD

Political pundits have both worshipped and abhorred Donald Trump, and his many hiccups in the eyes of the media. Since beginning his campaign for president, the media has been kept busy responding to Trump’s everyday antics. There is always something to talk and talk and talk about Nothing original, just lather, rinse, repeat. It’s not the presidential behavior we’re used to. But mass media is about sensationalism. It’s safe to say Trump oozes sensationalism. It is a match made in heaven. And it seems to pay off. He brings in the ratings and he reaps the benefits.. Donald Trump received more free media in the last election cycle than ever previously recorded in the history of our country. With this in mind, it is surely true that the best people to give constructive criticism—or just criticism, for that matter— are the individuals who have held the office of president, they being the only ones with 20/20 hindsight. We compare public comments from four of the five living presidents have made public comments about their feelings. We compare

them here. Starting with the only administration since the Second World War that, in Jimmy Carter’s own words, “… never dropped a bomb … never fired a bullet… never went to war,” it is clear that he would have some issues with Trump’s bravado when it comes to foreign policy. Carter commented on the choice of John Bolton as National Security Advisor. calling it "maybe one of the worst mistakes that President

icy the former president still prays for Trump to be a good president. Carter’s ability to look past both foreign policy disagreements and endless differences in temperment to wish Trump well showcases the class which used to be a required of a president. Although in some ways they are very much alike and have been friends in the past, Bill Clinton has said that Trump “doesn’t know much.” And that is that.

Trump has made since he's been in office.” Talk show host Stephen Colbert asked Carter if America really wanted such a “jerk” as president, Carter’s humorous response was “Apparently, from this recent election, yes. I never knew it before.” Despite his personal qualms with Trump’s rather prickly sensibilities, and his disagreement on foreign pol-

George W. Bush’s opinion of Trump’s administration, he put rather smoothly with his typical smirk when he said, “Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn't it?” Though the statement is rather casual and barebones, it is important to note that the former president is just like the rest of us; shaking our heads in surprise at how much the bar has been lowered. And let’s not forget what Bush said

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after Trump’s inaugural address: “That was some weird sh*t.” Barack Obama, was recently interviewed by David Letterman on his Netflix show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” where he said that his style of leadership and statecraft couldn’t differ more from the current president. During the interview, Obama states, "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn't have to do with legislation, doesn't have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness." In this quote, Obama acknowledges that all the violent, crude, anti-immigrant rhetoric, including anything that doesn’t fit a narrow conservative vision of how people should express themselves, does not just evaporate into the statements that he makes concerning “sh*thole” foreign countries actually changes our standing as a world leader, and sullies our reputation on the grand stage. No matter your opinion on politics, economic or social policy, it is hard not to come to the same conclusions as these former presidents.

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(Not Your Usual) Campus Talk -

Feature The Question Is......How’s Trump Doing?

#43 - George W. Bush #39 - Jimmy Carter

“Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn’t it?”

Stephen Colbert: “Does America really want such a “jerk” as president? Jimmy Carter: “Apparently, from this recent election, yes. I never knew it before.”

#44 - Barack Obama "He is, you know, the classic reality TV character ... He is a great publicity-seeker — Being president is a serious job ... It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show, it’s not promotion. What I think is scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff and doesn’t seem to have an interest in learning what they don’t know.”

#42 - William “Bill” Clinton “He doesn’t know much.”

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This is what Sabrina Rouse had to say when asked why she’s chosen the path she is on right now, “It’s something I could be good at. I figured it out when I had to step up and take care of my grandma. I want to help people.” Born of an American father and a Japanese mother, Sabrina Rouse spent the first decade of her life on the seven-mile wide island called Okinawa, Japan. Famously known as one of five “blue zones” of longevity around the world, taking care of oneself and of others are integral to the culture of the island. Sabrina attributes to this early part of her childhood as a time in which she grew to see the good in people. Soon before her 10th birthday, she had to leave the island with her father as he was being stationed back to the States. Adjusting to California was rough. Life is different here, people call it the “fast lane” for a reason. To help slow life down Sabrina began to read and draw; attending two different schools, one English, the other Japanese, she felt

the pressure at a young age. Not wanting to forget the island lifestyle, she would visit the beach for days at a time to help her remember. Sabrina was naturally drawn to agriculture thanks to her love of animals. She

raised two lambs over her four years in high school. From this stemmed her dream of pursuing higher education to become an educator in the Ag field and to be an FFA adviser. Chico seemed the obvious choice for that.

With Butte College, CSU Chico and plenty of farmland to be found, Sabrina saw the area as the perfect fit for her career plans. She settled in and started down her path. Then life took a hairpin turn and so did her plans. In December 2016, her grandmother became gravely ill. Determined to give the best care to her, Sabrina was by her side day and night. Among those with her - at her grandmothers’ bedside - were the doctors and nurses that worked tirelessly to help her grandmother and others get the care they need both physically and emotionally. Their passion and dedication to saving lives every day inspired Sabrina. It was then Sabrina made the decision to become a nurse herself. She wanted to help others in the same way the doctors and nurses helped her and her family. Sabrina is currently pursuing an associate degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources, while also completing her prerequisites to continue down the path toward a career as a Nurse Practitioner.

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Rouse

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Arts & Lifestyle

TAKE A HIKE Exploring the Lahar Trail BY: Jake Wallin

“It all began sometime around 160 million years ago when molten rock flowing from a hundred miles north swept into this part of the valley,” explained the knowledgeable geologist with the sunglasses as he gestured toward the weathered face of a nearby butte. “Over the course of the past 160 million years, periodic flows of volcanic rock and mud flows layered the area we are right now, Butte College”. Professor Colin Ferguson, a former Butte student who now teaches at Butte, joined members of the Roadrunner staff in early spring as we researched this story. While we explored the natural beauty of the Butte College Campus and Wildlife Refuge, Ferguson’s contagious enthusiasm made the hike that much more interesting. It is obvious he enjoys his subject matter. Ferguson teaches Physical and Historical Geology and Environmental Science in Butte’s Physical Sciences Department, and was the perfect tour guide. The trail begins once you hop the gate just past the horse arena parking area. The mostly maintained paths along the northeast portion

Part 2 in a 4 part series of Campus consist of three marked trails which lead up into the buttes and along the ridgeline before returning to campus. They are well worth the hike and you will welcome the solitude they offer. Mere moments after heading out along the path beyond the horse arena, the sounds of the occasional car driving past and the clank of the ag mechanic and tractor

lab fell away. The only noise coming from the buttes is the incessant birdsong and the breeze about the oaks. One of the obvious eco-

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logical benefits of our campus wildlife refuge is that within the boundaries of the refuge, wildlife is strikingly abundant. As we hiked, a deer family kept their distance while they munched in the shade of one of the oldest blue oak stands around today. Leading the field walk, Professor Ferguson pointed out how, over eons, deposits of volcanic rock and mud formed not only the land under the Butte College campus, but the entire region which is known as the Tuscan Formation. Violent periods of eruptions and deadly mudflows over millions of years have formed the idyllic plains and rolling hills that surround the campus as we know it today. As we reach our destination, a geologic formation that could be described, albeit loosely, as a cave cut into the eastern face of one of the buttes, Professor Ferguson described how weathering by the wind had caused it to form over the years. This place has the same potential that the board of trustees recognized years ago when this site was designated a wildlife refuge. That is, the potential to be a living class room. In modern times this is very much a treasure for a school to possess. And the true beauty is that

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our school has this place as open and available to students as much as our library or free parking lots. So take a break, take a hike, spend some time outside, get some fresh air, burn some calories like the cavemen did. Pick one, they’re all good. Truth is, a hike on this trail will hit all of those and more. The sheer nature of it all will humble you and make you glad this refuge is here.

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Arts & Lifestyle Book In Common - 2019


BY: Katie Morris*

A deadly plane crash, a social injustice and the backlash that followed are all part of the Book in Common selected for academic year 2018-19. California State University, Chico President Gayle Hutchinson and Butte College President Samia Yaqub have jointly announced the two institutions’ upcoming Book in Common. “All They Will Call You” tells the devastating true story of a January 1948 plane crash in California’s Central Valley. The crash killed 32 passengers, including 28 Mexican farmworkers who were being deported by the United States government. Through years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, Hernandez captures a stirring narrative blending historical records, testimony, and eyewitness accounts. The result is boundary-pushing narrative that reconstructs the incident, while creating intimate portraits of those who perished

in the fatal plane crash. Expressing his outrage at the media for omitting the names of the Mexican passengers in reports, American folk icon Woody Guthrie wrote the poem, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” The poem became a seminal protest song for nearly seven decades, performed by famed singers Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, and Joan Baez, among others. “All They Will Call You’ tells a 70-yearold story with themes of immigration and labor that still resonate deeply in California,” said Yaqub. “This is a book that speaks to our time and place.” The Book in Common is a shared community read designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. It is chosen each year by a group of CSU, Chico and Butte College faculty and staff and members of the

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Date Time Incident Loc 3/29 10:00 am PC488* CHC 4/2 12:53 pm PC422* UNK 4/3 10:55 am Medical Lot 4C 4/3 2:17 pm Bicycle Theft CHC 4/3 UNK Damage BUS 19 4/4 1:30 pm PC594* MC Mens RR 4.4 9:00 am PC594* Lot 3B 4/5 11:30 am Welfare Check COSMO 4/5 11:30 am Domestic CHC 4/9 2:00 pm Lost Wallet CHC 4/10 9:56 am Medical MC GYM 4/17 10:05 am Medical MC GYM *PC 488 - Crimes Against Property PC 422 - Criminal Threat PC 594 - Malicious Mischief

local community. As in past years, Butte College, Butte County, CSU, Chico, and the City of Chico will sponsor panel discussions, lectures, and other public events to celebrate and promote the Book in Common. “We are committed to the Book in Common and to using a shared reading experience not only to educate ourselves on important subjects,

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but also to bring us together and make us more empathetic human beings,” said Hutchinson. “Tim Hernandez’s book serves those purposes beautifully.” *Taken from the Butte College Website Book In Common page

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MOVIE REVIEW: By: Melissa Stevens

Lady Bird Don't call her Christine, Lady Bird is the name. “People go by the names their parents give them, but they don't believe in God,” said Lady Bird. A local, low-budget movie that was set in Sacramento and directed by Greta Gerwig,​ Lady Bird​ won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Picture. Nominated for 2 Golden Globes and 5 Oscars, Lady Bird is about an outspoken, artistic teenager from "the wrong side of the tracks" who longs to escape the trappings of her life, and her relationship with her loving but strongwilled "mother hen." The role of Lady Bird is played by Saoirse Ronan, her mother is played by Laurie Metcalf. The movie shows us that life is not what we expect it to be. We all try to fit in with the "cool kids" until we find our place. When we do, it's like putting on glasses, everything becomes clear. Lady Bird imagines what sex should be like with another virgin like herself, yet, when she has done the act, it is nothing like she imagined. Despite this, and no matter what

happens, life still continues on, even after losing a job, being cheated on, or being caught in a net of lies - as happens in the movie. Sound familiar? Filmed for an estimated $10 million, many scenes were shot in Sacramento, Calif., the movie has already grossed over $72 million worldwide. In her solo feature directorial debut, Greta Gerwig, born and raised in Sacramento, says she was the "polar opposite" of her lead character, referring to herself as "strait-laced and

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not at all rebellious." Based on some of her personal life and originally named "Mothers and Daughters," Gerwig spent several years writing the movie. The first draft was over 350 pages, which would equate to six hours of screen time. The movie has a soundtrack with a little something for everyone. Ranging from Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers" from the Nutcracker to "Cross Roads" by Bone-Thugs-nHarmony and all things in between, the music suits the

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film. Some of the highlights were "Cry Me a River,” by Justin Timberlake, "Crash Into Me," by Dave Matthews Band, "Hand In My Pocket,' by Alanis Morissette and several compositions by Stephen Sondheim, composer-lyricist extraordinaire. If you haven’t already seen ​ Lady Bird, give it a watch. It’s a movie that we can all relate to. We all struggle with the same things; like going to a college we desire, but the day we arrive we are already wasted. Life is an experience, we mess up and we can either choose to learn from it and change or let the bad thing continue. Everybody wants to be successful in their life, yet, Lady Birds’ mother tells her, “Money is not life's report card. Being successful doesn't mean anything in and of itself. It just means that you're successful. But that doesn't mean that you're happy.” She is right. Go see Lady Bird, it is a well-done coming of age movie. One you will find relates to you in one way or another.

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Sports By: Daren Gonzalez

Baseball The Roadrunners’ recent struggles have most likely cost them the conference championship. At the time of this writing, they are tied for second with the Lassen College Cougars. Each team has a conference record of 128. In their last ten games the Roadrunners underwhelmed with a 3-7 record there. Just a few short weeks ago the Roadrunners were neck and neck with first place Feather River College’s Golden Eagles. Things have clearly changed since then for the Roadrunners. Poor performance on the road during conference play is a major reason why the team has dropped off. They hold an overall away record of 6-10. The Roadrunners continue to struggle with their pitching, which seems to be a consistent problem. With a team ERA of 5.08, it’s a lot to ask of from your offense. The conference title appears to be headed back to its comfortable home in Feather River. Maybe next year, Roadrunners.

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Softball As the season nears its close, the Lady Roadrunners are continuing to put pressure on first place Golden Eagles of Feather River. With a perfect conference record of 16-0 at the time of this writing, Feather River has a lot at stake. It would be a mistake to count out our Lady Roadrunners who have performed almost as well this season putting up a record of 13-3. While the odds may be low that the Roadrunners overtake Feather River by the end of the season, it is not impossible.

Team photo courtesy of Butte Athletics

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Team photo courtesy of Butte Athletics

In early April, Butte’s Track and Field teams participated in Chico State’s Distance Carnival & Twilight Invitational. Taking part in the event was a mix of community colleges and larger universities from the region. On the women’s side of the event, Butte finished tied for eighth place with Yuba College out of the thirteen schools participating with a team score of thirteen points. All thirteen points were from Sophomore Kaylee Shoemaker out of Corning High School. Shoemaker placed fourth in the javelin throw with a distance of 34.43 meters earning Butte five points. The other eight came from her impressive

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second place finish in the high jump. For the men’s side of the invitational, Butte ranked sixth overall with a total of thirty-eight points altogether. A few of the top performers include Samuel Iliff earning second in the 3000 meter Steeplechase, Riley Potthast finishing second in the 400 meter dash with teammate David Clause not too far behind at fourth place, and Michael Graham earning fourth in the Javelin throw. Overall, it was a strong showing by Butte College on both sides. Facing bigger schools was not a problem for those competing. Great job to all and way to make Butte College proud.

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SPORTS UPDATE Con’t Up Next Baseball: April 26 - 2:30 pm vs. Shasta @ Shasta

A “moment of Zen”

Track & Field: April 27 - 10:00 am

GVC Championships @ Shasta

May 1 Wild Card Games Time/Place TBD

May 4 - 10:00 am NorCal Trials @ Sac City

May 4 Round 1 Regional Playoffs Time/Place TBD

May 11 - 10:00 am NorCal Finals @ Sac City

May 11 Round 2 Regional Playoffs Time/Place TBD

May 18 - 9:00 am State Finals @ TBA

May 18 Sectionals begin Time/Place TBD May 26-28 State Championships Time/Place TBD Softball: May 5 Round 1 Playoffs Time/Place TBD

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