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The Voice of Butte College

Volume 32 Issue 4 - May 17, 2018

“Start Here, Go Anywhere” - Page 5 Butte Job Fair

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How Much?

Who We Are

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Restaurant Review

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Table of Contents Cover:

Arts and Lifestyle:

“Start Here, Go Anywhere” Butte CDC

Ticked Off Lyme’s Disease

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Netflix Review Bojack Horseman Police Blotter

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Restaurant Review

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Column: Editor’s Column Page 3 Letter to the Editor Page 3 Opinion Column Pro-Life or Anti-Choice?

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Roadrunner Sports:

News: Butte Job Fair Fun with Self-Expression

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Baseball Wrap-Up Softball Team Takes Second

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How Much? Student Gov’t Update

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NBA Finals

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Campus Solar Plaza

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Features:

The Roadrunner Team: EDITOR: Joni Hill

Campus Talk: What Are your Plans For the Summer?

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Who We Are - Juan Lemus

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Kiral LePard SPORTS COLUMNIST: Daren Gonzalez

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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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Editors Column Letter to the Editor

While building our final issue of the Roadrunner for the semester, we received a letter from a former Butte College student who worked on the Roadrunner in 2014. What she had to say about working on the school newspaper rang true with me. Like her, I didn’t know what to expect when taking JOUR 10, but it seemed like it would be interesting and fun. I was not disappointed in the slightest. For the past two semesters I have had the honor and privilege of being on the staff of the Roadrunner working alongside some of the smartest, funniest people I know. This made it a lot easier to jump into a world I knew nothing about and to go for it. I have learned so much in this class; real world skills that I can use for the rest of my life.

Ta k ing journalism classes is a great way to feed and expand your interests, to meet new people and learn about anything you want. It teaches you how to research and prepare for interviews, how to conduct an interview and how to take all of that information and write a story that others will read. With so much “fake news” going on today, there is a huge need for good, honest journalism. It is something that can’t be replaced by AI, and the industry is in dire need of ethical journalists who want to share truth and information with others. As the former student says, “Our time in college is limited…we should try anything we are interested in.” There is no better way to dive into what interests you than to research and write about it. It can only lead to bigger and better things.

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Dear Editor, I graduated from Butte College in Fall 2015. I’m now getting ready for my commencement at Chico State in a few weeks. As a former member of The Roadrunner, I would like to share my experience at The Roadrunner. I started to study at Butte College as a part-time student in Fall 2014. Whenever I saw The Roadrunner around the campus, I was wondering how to join this newspaper production. In my final semester at Butte, I took JOUR 10 without knowing anything about this class; It was not until the first day of this class that I eventually found that JOUR 10 is all about publishing The Roadrunner. My first news story was about top five restaurants among Butte College students. I randomly interviewed 50 students about their favorite restaurants, and then I visited five restaurants in Chico, Oroville, and Paradise. It was overwhelm-

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ing for me to talk to strangers at first. However, it was very fun to explore new places I had never been to. Through this news story, I became braver enough to get out of my comfort zone. I still drop by The Roadrunner whenever I visit Butte College every year. Before I leave the office, I always grab the past few newspapers and read them at home. All of my teammates already graduated from Butte College, so I now enjoy talking to new students there. Now that I’m graduating from Chico State, I keenly realize that our time at college is very limited. Thus, I think we should try anything we are interested in during the college life. The Roadrunner made me busy and enriched my college life at Butte College. As a former member of The Roadrunner, I strongly recommend that current students join this newspaper production by enrolling JOUR 10.

~ Kanako Otani

Assorted press passes

Journalists at press conference

BY: Joni Hill

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Opinion

Pro-Life or Anti-Choice? A PSA About Autonomy

BY: KATIE MORRIS

Recent protests on campus by a “pro-life” organization known as Project Truth have once again opened up a dialogue about abortion. Protestors gathered in the main area of Butte, wielding images of aborted fetuses. Some students chose to stop and engage in conversation, while many others hurried away from the unpleasant sight. The overwhelming response from students has been that such graphic displays are inappropriate. This is of course a completely valid response. These images are a slap in the face to those who have had an abortion, or may be considering it. The main issue here, however, is the message that anti-choice groups are sending: that women have no right to

Protesters, participants and warning sign at Butte’s Project Truth event April 17/All photos by Katie Morris

their bodies. I interviewed one of the Project Truth members, and asked a simple question — why are you here? His response was, “I’m out here because I don’t believe women want to abort.” That statement alone speaks to the issue of autonomy. This man had already made that decision for women. He says he knows what women want and he fights to ensure that women only have one choice — to give birth. The aggressive nature of Project Truth rightfully made many students angry. One student, Addison Schall said, “it’s wrong to tell a woman what to do with her body. These people are not considering the woman in the equation.”

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An activist group named WORD (Women on Reproductive Defense) also showed up to to support students who may feel targeted by the protests. WORD is a pro-choice group that works to improve the quality of life for women in Northern California. As their website’s mission statement explains, they “support women’s reproductive rights by acting as clinic escorts, educating the public about anti-choice, pregnancy crisis “clinics,” and taking other actions to advocate for and preserve our rights. Being prochoice does not mean being pro-abortion, or hating

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children. It simply means that the woman has the final say in what happens to her body. No woman should ever be forced to go through pregnancy if that is not what she wants. Being pro-choice means believing that the right to bodily autonomy is something that should never be questioned.

Are You in Crisis? Find help at Swing Space A 530-879-6185 safeplace@butte.edu

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COVER “Start Here, Go Anywhere” BY: Kelsi Taylor All too often parents of young children wish to attend college but are unable to find suitable and affordable daycare. Butte Community College has an excellent option for those parents with a secret gem on its main campus that offers not only a safe learning environment for your child but also a safe place for yourself as studentparents. Julie VanderEyck, the director of the Child Development Center (CDC), is extremely enthusiastic about her motto, “Student-parents should know that when their child comes into our program you become part of the Child Development Center family. We not only care for your child, but the whole family.” VanderEyck goes above and beyond the everyday measures to bring families involved with the CDC together so that the children

are in a comfortable environ- for the children within the ment and have CDC, teachthe resources ing them skills they need to such as health learn and stay and safety, healthy. She language arts, goes so far math, and scias to connect ence. with the par W h e n ents who are touring the also students CDC, you and accomwill find secAll photos courtesy of Kelsi modating them Taylor tions with with a variety of classrooms services like counseling and for different age groups, study time. This awesome pro- which include separate gram fills up quick each se- learning and activity areas mester, but a waitlist is in ef- and a huge outdoor area with fect and online for interested training bikes, a playground, student-parents. and much more. Lunch is The opportunity to prepared for children in bring your child preschool to school with (33 mo. – 5 you is here and years) daily, offers great but infants services, great and toddlers pricing and must bring a great suptheir lunch. port system for One of your family. the biggest Va n d e r E y c k priorities of says, “The staff this program and I are strong is that students at building relationships and always come first. Whether have a firm foundation of nur- it is a student-parent getting turing and responsive care.” their child into the CDC pro Services offered in this gram which not only proprogram include provided vides a great environment lunch for preschool (33 mo.- for children to learn and be 5 years) and activities like cared for, but also as a lab for art, cooking, music dramatic students in the Child Develplay, mud, sand, water, large opment major. In the CDC and small motor skills. Direc- these students get hands-on tor VanderEyck takes a big experience and are trained by initiative to promote learning staff members. The program

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hosts Nursing as well as the Firefighter programs to teach the children about health and safety. The services go above and beyond a typical day care facility. The majority of families who are a part of this program have grants that help their situation tremendously. Pricing and tuition varies depending on the circumstances of each family. Applications are available online for grants such as California State Preschool Program (CSPP) and Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) that provide free to low cost for qualifying families. There are guidelines to qualify which can be found on Butte’s website. Other pricing found on the website is based on age, how many days and hours you would like your child to attend per week, and programs your family has qualified for. Director VanderEyck puts meaning behind her role saying, “All who enter our doorway should feel that they are safe, important and that you belong. I welcome all who are interested in becoming part of our family to please step in and put your name on the waitlist.”

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News

Job Fair

Just for Fun A Little Self-Expression

BY: Melissa stevens

Filling out applications, one after another, just hoping to gain employment, earn some extra cash or becoming an adult. The process can be endless, applying for one job and most of employers want experience while the others would provide training. Here at the Butte College, the Job Fair was at the campus on May 10, with the possibility of opportunities to be a team member at Target, serve in the Navy or the Army or become a police officer. It all depends on the person and the willingness. Ta rget is look-

BY: Joni Hill

ing for anybody, and those interested can apply for different positions such as a cashier or merchandise stocker. Go online, and type Target.com/careers and apply soon. Serving in the California National Guard can lead to different careers such as becoming a journalist, which I’m interested in doing. It would include many benefits such as specialized training in more than 200 career fields, a monthly paycheck up to $1,885 while at Basic Training and 401 (k)Type savings plan. They are looking for people, give it a try and if it doesn’t fit for you, that’s okay too.

As a sendoff to summer and a solution for our collective effort to conserve whatever brain power we have left for finals, YAY, we thought we would do something a little more lighthearted for our final issue of the semester. When you walk through the parking lots on campus, you are likely to see all kinds of self-ex-

pression in the form of bumper stickers. Some are very serious, but many are just plain funny and put a smile on your face as soon as you read them. Ranging from a favorite pet, to food recommendations and a Super Hero Dad, we took pictures of some of our favorites so we could share them with you. We’re hoping you’ll get a chuckle out of them, too. If we included yours, thank you for your sense of humor.

SSG Vincent Torres (left) and SGT Eric Reaiil f the Clifornia National Guard recruiting on campus May 10;Photo courtesy of Melissa Stevens

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NEWS

How Much? BY: Kiral Lepard

An estimated $6,000 for a dump trailer? How about $9,000 for a duck blind, wow that’s high. And $14,000 in gift cards! How much did he take? Butte College may have recently fallen victim to abuses of funds by a staff member. Anonymous sources within the college have pointed to a man in the Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) department as the person who perpetrated the alleged crimes stated above. The Roadrunner has decided not to run the man’s name as none of our sources have chosen to go on record with it. The man alleged has been a member of the college staff since at least 2012, working as a “Skilled Craftsperson - Electrician.” Sources state that the man misused funds earmarked school maintenance and other such projects for his personal business as well as on himself. The duties of the title allowed the man to have access to funds. Sources state solar panels were another item bought

as “for school use” but were instead used for his side business. As rumor and question swirl, the Roadrunner contacted the Campus Police Chief, Casey Carlson in an attempt put the rumors to bed. However, once the interview began it became clear that the game was afoot. “I’m Sorry,” the Chief began, “But I can’t comment on the existence of the accusation or of a police report” Despite this denial the Chief continued to explain that even if a crime had been reported and investigated it may not be inserted into the public record until even after crimes are charged, especially if the alleged crimes may be politically or socially “touchy”. Initially the dollar amount stolen was said to be “in the millions” by an anonymous source. It was later corrected with the now itemized $6,000 dump trailer, $9,000 duck blind, and $14,000 in gift cards It is currently not clear how officials and police are involved, but it is known that the District Attorney has been involved and is said to have arrested the man. After an investigation, this paper has not found

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any arrest records for the man in Butte County. The man is known to have a wife, but sources say she has been cleared by the DA.

The scoop snapping gum shoes of your favorite student-run-newspaper will be back in the fall semester to fill you in on facts to this ongoing story.

Student Government Candidates Election Update BY: ben wood

The Roadrunner reached out to the winners of the president and vice-president -external affairs Student Government election held in April for comments. Skylar Darrow, Butte’s newly elected Student Government president outlined what she would like to accomplish during her time in office. Darrow has lots of progressive projects that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, something she is passionate about. She would like to develop programming for the newly approved Queer Resource Center, a “Diversity in STEM Panel” and working on a better response process to help those who feel left out or threatened,

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such as DACA recipients, by national events. She feels that “diversity is what makes us stronger as a whole, and there must be a balanced reaction to ensure that every person on campus, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or race, has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. This mindset of togetherness is what makes us a cohesive unit, and the more we seek to improve this, the more cohesive we will become as a campus.” We wish Ms. Darrow all the best as she seeks to fulfill her goals as Student Government president. We did not receive a comment from the vice-president-external affairs.

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NEWS Construction On Campus - Solar Plaza BY: Kiral LePard

The sound of engines roaring has become a familiar noise in and around campus as it undergoes changes and much needed updates. Projects, such as the new welding building, are funded through b o n d measures that are finite, meaning many smaller projects won’t get the green light due to them not being a priority. So why is there another project under the solar panels next to the Arts building? That’s actually the worksite of the new “Solar Landscape Plaza”, a newly landscaped area of the school intended to provide a functional space for events and everyday use. The plaza is the work of instructors Tom Williams and Bruce En-

yeart, who are using it as an opportunity to teach in what Williams describes as the “perfect classroom.” The instructors are using 75 willing students to complete the project. It gives the students a more handson experience to wh at t h e y may be working on when t h e y leave school. “The students respond so much better because [they can] invest themselves,” Williams said. “Would not have happened if it were not built this way.” Williams was referring to cost savings of “onethird of what it would have cost” had it been constructed exclusively with outside contractors. Although there are still specialized

worked that a contractor will be needed for. Still, the cost savings for the school is immense. I arrived with Roadrunner staff writer Jake Wallin to the site where we were greeted by people who were more than willing to share the work they were doing. We were shown the plans that contained all of the improvements being implemented. Along with the plans we were shown the pipe work that had been done including a gas line for future use. Lots of planning went into making this a usable space for events. Adding additional electrical outlets throughout the space will allow students to charge devices or allow an event to plug in without having to run extension

cords. The plaza used to have grass “growing” under the solar panels. If I only knew one thing about solar panels is that anything below them won't get the sun they are collecting, effectively killing any plant life beneath it. Due to the constant shade, the ground would often be found to emulate a marsh found in the Scottish Highlands. The students are from Williams and Enyeart’s classes including the Ag construction, Tractors and Crawlers, and Mechanized Ag classes. There are no prerequisites for the Ag construction class, so consider it an option if you enjoy this kind of hands-on learning.

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Campus Talk -

Feature

The Question Is.... What Are Your Plans For the Summer? Compiled By: Daren Gonzalez and Andy Urrutia - May 8, 2018

Kassandra Gamboa “Hopefully go on a road trip to San Diego over the summer and swim probably drink.”

Abigail Smith

Diana Torres

“Hiking, and I’m going to get my piercing license. I want to do piercings as a side job I think that would be pretty cool.”

“Travel to Mexico to Michoacán and spend time with family.”

All photos courtesy of Andy Urrutia

Andrew James

Lexi Wixom

Darci Joyal

“I’m planning on going hiking and working out.”

“Not studying! I’ll be working as a nanny”

“I plan on working in a summer program that takes kids on trips.”

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Feature Who We Are: Juan Lemus BY: KIRAL LEPARD

Have you seen this man? Chances are, you have. Juan Lemus, 20, is one of the most active members of our school’s community. An extremely busy man, Lemus only had a little bit of time to talk to me about his story, but he did take the opportunity to show off the “tech” attached to his at all times. One such piece is his Samsung watch. This watch does more than just tell the time. In his demonstration, Lemus showed me the feature that gets him the most reactions, paying with it. Now, paying with your watch is possible on most modern smartwatches, what separates Lemus’s, and turns heads, is the fact this one will work on any machine by emulating a magnetic strip, just like the one on your credit card. Walking up to the register with an older pin pad and smug cashier is a hobby of his as they claim “it won’t work” and then, lo and be-

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hold, his payment goes through. A laugh is shared, and a short explanation of this convention defying technology later, we get our order and continue our interview. Lemus’s weekly schedule is chock-full of different events and organizations that he runs leaving very little time

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for anything else. With hopes to become an educator in agriculture he is gaining as much experience in everything he can while moving forward with his education. Lemus hails from Fallbrook, Ca, a little town known as the “Avocado Capital of the World,” in San Diego County.

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It is here that he developed his love of agriculture. Spending four years in his high school FFA programs allowed him to get hands-on experience in the agriculture field, a sector that a diminishing part of our population is participating in, despite growing demands. Acting upon those needs, Lemus has made it his goal to re-engage our youth into the agriculture field by becoming an educator in ag. Working towards his Ag Education and Business degree, he says his desire was to “give back to the community, over the pursuit of money.” His community contributions extend far and wide, he has held many titles with local organizations. On campus, he leads the Ag Ambassadors as their president and is the future Inter Club Council (ICC) director. Off campus, Lemus is a member of the Butte County Young Farmers and Ranchers.

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Arts & Lifestyle

TICKED OFF AT BUTTE CAMPUS BY: Jake Wallin

Spring is nearly over as the buttes around campus begin to turn patchy gold. And, like the bees lining the orchards, rows and fields of the valley, our campus has become abuzz with the coming summer. Recently I found myself stomping through the overgrown grasses on Butte College’s campus. As I trudged not to some striking vista, but to my car in the overflow parking lot, I was anxious. With the spring rains and the turning of the seasons the local flora and fauna are flourishing, including one species in particular, the Black Legged Deer tick. Ticks are arachnids, a relative of spiders, that are native species to this area. However, despite this, ticks will stealthily bite and hold on to you or your pets during a walk through the brush. Worse, they can commonly transmit bacteria and viruses that cause danger months or years later, most famously Lyme Disease. In recent years, Butte County has reported a threefold increase in reports of

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the disease. Though whether this is due to increased levels in the tick population or an increase of diagnosis is unclear. What is clear were the seven squirming stowaway ticks that I picked from my

socks after my own short walk through high grass. Importantly, the Butte County Public Health Department offers tick collection and laboratory testing to determine if ticks collected presumably contain the organism Borrelia burgdorferi, the cause of Lyme Disease. If you have collected a tick and you care to know if it’s a carrier, head down to 695

Oleander St. in Chico and have your arachnid tested today. And, this summer

when you are enjoying the natural beauty of the Butte College Campus remember to wear closed toed shoes, longs sleeves and sunscreen!

Questions About Lyme Disease? Here is what the Butte County Public Health Department has to say about this debilitating disease. Lyme disease refers to infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmittedto humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash that may have the appearance of a bullseye. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous

system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Lyme disease is most commonly found in the northeastern United States, but there are cases in other parts of the country, including California. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat.

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Arts & Lifestyle Netflix Review

POLICE BLOTTER

BY: Melissa Stevens

Date Time Incident* Loc An animated show called “Bojack Horseman” was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. You would think it would be one of those 30-minute shows that at the end everything will be okay yet we are wrong when we hear the closing music. It’s about a talking horse (no, not Mr. Ed) who has many problems and gets through the day by drinking alcohol. You can have it all, the money, fame, and girls yet it still doesn’t make you happy. Bojack had a rough childhood and his mother said to him, “You better be worth it.” He was cast earlier in a show called “Horsing Around,” but not much work he has done since then. The show’s dog, Mr. Peanut Butter, said, “The key to being happy isn’t a search for meaning. It’s just to keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense, and eventually you be dead.” Sometimes it hard to be happy with ourselves so we try to focus on other things. We’ve

all had our ups and downs and in the show each character has their own breaking point—just done with it and no forgiveness for you. Of course, it’s only a TV animated show yet it touches on adult themes. I kept seeing the preview on Netflix, so I decided to watch it. It’s a little weird but the more I watch it the more it hits some pretty deep stuff, realistic quotes and the unsettling scenes. It even touches on how they tried to cover up sexual harassment in Hollywood. It’s all a reality even though we’d rather it was a nightmare we could wake up from.

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restaurant REVIEW:

VS By: Trevor Trimble

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

Within the past five years or so, Chico has seen an increase in restaurants selling buffalo wings, especially when paired with pizza, such as Mad Dash Pizza, or Round Table's new selection of wings. However, I set out to compare two of the places offering primarily wings: Buffalo Wild Wings and Wing-Stop. Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 845 East Ave., is a sports-bar-style establish-

ment, with many big-screen TVs, playing four or five different channels. Despite the name, their menu contains much more than just wings; they offer a wide variety of foods such as burgers and wraps. WingStop, at 734 Mangrove Ave., is a much smaller location-- a casual, counterserve chain with an aviation theme specializing entirely on "wings, fries, and sides." This perceived lack of variety compared to Buffalo Wild Wings is only relevant if you're looking for something other than wings to eat. Both places offer fairly expensive, but equal prices—at Buffalo it was $13 for 10 boneless wings,

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and at WingStop I paid $12 for the s a m e amount. I'm definitely not opposed to paying a little extra if the food is worth it. At both restaurants, I ordered roughly the same thing: five of my wings were a traditional "hot sauce" flavor, and the other five were a milder, garlicky flavor. Both came with a side of French fries—of these, I enjoyed Wing-Stop's over Buffalo Wild Wings’, since they were seasoned compared to Buffalo's bog-standard fries. As for the wings themselves, there wasn't a greatly notable difference between either establishment's offerings. Buffalo Wild Wings has more flavors of sauces and spices than Wing-Stop, but my tastes remain the

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same no matter when, so I'm likely to order the same five or six flavors whenever I next visit either place. Ultimately, this is a question of atmosphere— which place feels better and more inviting? Although I do enjoy the sports bar feel of Buffalo, I'm drawn to the aviation aesthetic of WingStop, whose smaller size and more out-of-the-way location, means it's less likely to be crowded on a Friday night. I greatly enjoyed eating at both places, and although it's a very close, nearly even matchup, WingStop gets my vote.

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Sports By: Daren Gonzalez

Roadrunner Sports Update

Baseball Wrap-Up The 2018 baseball season has come to an end with the Roadrunners finishing second in the conference standings behind Feather River. Overall the team ended up with a record of 25-19, which earned them a wild card playoff game in the NorCal Regional playoffs as a 15 seed against the 18-seed Monterey Peninsula. Butte was able to edge out Monterey Peninsula 12-9. The victory clinched them a spot in the first round, which was a best of three series against the

Softball Team Takes Second Team photos courtesy of Butte Athletics

number 2 seed in the region, Sierra College. The first game of the series went to Sierra 2-0. Game 2 saw Butte force a Game 3 with a convincing 4-1 win. However, it was a different story in Game 3 as Sierra demolished Butte by scoring 15 runs against Butte’s 4. The odds were against the team in their first round matchup but they still managed to challenge Sierra by forcing a winner-take-all game. That speaks to the effort and determination of the team as well as the coaching staff led by Anthony Ferro. The Butte softball team has also seen their season come to an end, finishing second and just a game behind first-place Feather River in the Golden Valley Conference. Overall it was a great season by the Roadrunners with a 28-11 overall record that earned them the 9th seed in the NorCal Regional Playoffs. As the 9th seed they hit the road to play the 8th-seed San Jose City College in a best of three game series. The series began with

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an overpowering loss 10-2. Right fielder Jenna Robicheau led the team with two hits and a run. Game 2 was much closer but still saw Butte lose in a 5-4 game resulting in the elimination of the Roadrunners. After three innings, Butte held a 3-2 lead but then allowed two runs in the fourth inning. They were able to tie the game back up in the sixth but allowed the go ahead run in the seventh for San Jose City to take Game 2 and the series.

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Sports

NBA PLAYOFFS Will History Repeat? Are we heading for Warriors vs Cavaliers

part four? Right now it’s a strong possibility. There were questions about whether this Cleveland team could get it together in time to make another deep run into the playoffs. The Cavs traded half their roster away at the trade deadline, had one of the worst defenses in the regular season, and finished only as the fourth seed in the playoffs. They dug themselves into a huge hole but when you have LeBron James all of that doesn’t matter. James has seriously entered the GOAT conversation this year. Nobody has ever been this good for this long and remained healthy the way James has

his entire career. We will most likely never see any player like him ever again. Nike once used the line “We are all witnesses” as part of a marketing campaign for LeBron James and it couldn’t be more fitting. Cleveland still has to get through the Boston Celtics before they reach the finals, although with Boston’s injuries it’s tough to see them overcoming what no Eastern Conference team has been able to for seven straight years: LeBron James. On the other end of the playoffs are the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. This might be the biggest challenge the Warriors have faced since acquiring Kevin Durant two summers ago. Houston has reinvented themselves into a defensive

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juggernaut to pair with a dynamic offense led by one of the most un-guardable humans on the planet, James Harden. The Rockets also have the huge home court advantage in this series as Houston is the first seed. A couple of factors that could sway this series are Stephen Curry’s health and Draymond Green’s shenanigans. strength for him but is also his With Curry just coming back biggest weakness. He has a tendency to overdo it and earn ejections and suspensions if the other team gets to him (ex. Warriors vs Cavs 2016). Nevertheless, Golden State may still have too much firepower for the Rockets to handle in a seven-game series. That’s why I think we’re headfrom a knee injury, it’s not un- ed for a fourth straight year of likely that he may aggravate Warriors vs. Cavs in the Finals the knee sprain, which could when for the first time in hiscost him to miss games in the tory that series. the same Green is arguably the teams will most important player for the have met Warriors. He serves as their in four defensive anchor and “point consecuforward” on offense. Much tive fiof what happens on the court nals. runs through him. However, Green is an extremely emotional player, which is a huge

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