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Vol. 80, Issue 16


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INSIDE Vol. 80, Issue 16 Cover Photo and below: Learn how the Chico State softball team won the NCAA West Regional Championship on Saturday. The team will now advance to the West Super Regionals in Utah to compete for a chance to play in the NCAA Championship Finals.

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Learn about the “master plan” that Chico State has to address climate change on campus.


Stefani Bergerhouse, a Chico State rugby player, is featured as Wildcat of the Week.




The Orion staff strives for accuracy in all it publishes. We recognize that mistakes will sometimes occur, but we treat every error very seriously. If you feel a correction needs to be made, please email the editor-in-chief at theorioneditor@


Learn about the student-run dance organization Momentum and their performance of different types of dances ranging from hip-hop to tap.


Ever had a bad first date? Learn about the five first dates that the O Face highlights this week.

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Wednesday May 16, 2018

Final University Budget Committee expects cuts Josh Cozine Staff Writer

Speaking bluntly to administrators and deans of the colleges present, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Debra Larson, addressed making up around $2,500,000 in the budget Monday. The discussion began in the final University Budget Committee meeting of the semester. In a round table-like discussion, those present were allowed to give suggestions for how to solve the issue and ask questions after a budget breakdown of the university was provided. Two different approaches were suggested during the meeting, cutting funds to certain departments and retaining surplus funds from others. Both approaches were argued and contested. Ultimately, Larson said the final budget will depend on state funding, which will not be decided until June. The goal for now is to prepare the university for whatever that outcome may be. Josh Cozine can be reached at or @joshcozine on Twitter.

Original characters created in first Wildcat gaming design party Josh Cozine Staff Writer

Two characters - Wattles, a genetically modified super-rooster who guards chicken farms of the not-so-distant future, and Arius, a necro-kid who annoys the spirits that try to haunt him – were designed Saturday, at Wildcat Gaming’s first character design party. The party was sponsored by Tespa, a part

of Blizzard Gaming, and hosted by Wildcat Gaming, a campus gaming group in BMU 203 from 2 to 7 p.m., said Theron “T-Rex” Howard, one of the group’s officers. A make-your-own ice cream sundae station and snacks were offered at the event, and board games and video games were played alongside the creation of original characters, like Wattles and Arius. Howard said this was the first of such character design parties but hopes to host more in the future. Josh Cozine can be reached at or @joshcozine on Twitter.

Funding allocations among colleges finalized Natalie Hanson News Editor

Clearing debts and redistributing funds among colleges for different activities was discussed by the Institute for Student-Related Activities committee Thursday. After a meeting last week to discuss possible ways to handle The Orion’s debt, Jennifer Mays announced that its debt will be cleared. About $36,000 will be allocated to fully eliminate the debt. A plan is now being discussed for how to fund the newspaper. Dr. David Scholz then brought up the raised price of fees for tickets sold to his students’ concert and recitals at the University Box Office by 125 percent. Scholz asked for a review of how money is being distributed for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. However, others said that increasing the fee was necessary. This was the last meeting of the year for the IRA. Check for this story online for the full breakdown of all funding allocations to student activities among the colleges. Natalie Hanson can be reached at or @NatalieH_Orion on Twitter.

A fire-eater near the entrance to Beer Camp at Sierra Nevada Saturday.


Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is re-imagined Josh Cozine Staff Writer

Zip lines, rock walls, bike dirt-tracks and even human versions of Hungry, Hungry, Hippos and foosball were just a few of the activities campers joined in on Saturday at Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Beer Camp, the first event of its type. Tickets were sold-out to 4,000 people, nearly all of whom showed up at some point between the noon to 8 p.m. duration, according to Dave Herman, media manager for Sierra Nevada. He said they are referring to the event as an “epic adult day camp.” Tickets, priced at $30, came with access to all the activities and included one free beer. Food trucks were also available for hungry campers at an additional charge. Other activities included a dance booth where campers put on pink earphones, all linked-up to limit noise pollution and a constantly-crowded game where people hit


The entrance to Sierra Nevada’s first Beer Camp of its a type, an “epic adult day camp” took place Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.

nails into logs. Safety was also a key concern at Beer Camp. Water stations were available at several locations, as well as “zero-waste” stations, where event staff constantly gathered recyclable and compostable materials for removal and proper sorting. A first-aid station was also available with a nearby ambulance on-call. Event staff also swarmed the exits, making sure overly-inebriated campers caught a taxi, Uber or Lyft home or caught shuttles running throughout the day to downtown Chico or the nearby fairgrounds. Josh Cozine can be reached at or @TheOrion_News on Twitter.



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plan for addressing climate change on campus has been confirmed by the university, but students recently voiced concern about its details. According to Director of Facilities and Management Services Michael Guzzi, this “master plan” was announced in April as part of an agreement made by the university in 2007 to reach climate neutrality by 2030. This plan is seen by some students as a response to controversy surrounding Siskiyou II, the new building project this semester. A group of students campaigned against the building’s planned use of natural gas and successfully passed an advisory measure in the Associated Students ballot. This measure called for a reaffirmation of the university’s 2007 Climate Neutrality commitment and passed with “yes” votes from over 86 percent of voters. According to the Fossil Free Chico State professor Mark Stemen, this vote reflects a desire for change.

A task force for the future A.S. Commissioner of Sustainability Affairs Maggie Scarpa stated that she feels pessimistic about the future, due to what she sees as a lack of planning for a campus climate “task force.” According to Scarpa, this task force was previously discussed as a solution to address needs for sustainability on campus and plan future growth on campus. Because no task force has been planned, Scarpa said she felt that the university still needs to consider building such a team to address the

Signs were displayed on the day of the protest on May 7.

climate neutrality commitment.

climate neutrality.”

edge of internal changes. He also stated

A.S. Vice President Jared Geiser also expressed his concern that the university has not laid out a full plan. “I think it’s really irresponsible of the university,” he said. Although not involved with the advisory measure, Geiser said sustainability pushed him into student government and that he feels the need for student efforts reflects shortcomings of the university. “Students have a lot on their plates and it’s really sad that we still had to hold (the university) accountable,” Geiser said. “They should have been doing this on their own. I’m glad they decided to make (Siskiyou II) more sustainable, but I wish they had done that in the first place...every building should have been done this way.”

According to Stemen, in 2015 the boiler-chiller plant, which provides cooling and heating to the campus, was expanded and remodified. “They didn’t hook up Siskiyou II but they did hook up the rest of the campus to it,” he said. “It’s going to be good (and running) until 2050.” This, he said, seems to indicate a lack of motivation to detach from such a plant that produces high levels of greenhouse gases. Although changes have been made to the new building thanks in part to student activism, Stemen said he felt that the plan for campus sustainability seems incomplete if no task force is planned.

that ISD and its employees have been “very important” in the efforts to put together the university’s master plan. “We’re trying to include them in every discussion that we have because everything we do needs to have a sustainable portion in it,” Guzzi said. He also said that he did not appreciate the wording of the advisory measure passed by Fossil Free Chico State. “The thing that scared me about it is that it implied that we weren’t doing anything,” Guzzi said. “I can tell you, we work tirelessly as a team and we aren’t sitting back here trying to burn down the world or something. We want to do something.”

Putting together a master plan

An interactive tool

Guzzi said that he is currently involved with the new master plan for the campus. He said that he had no knowledge of a climate task force, but that the campus has achieved the highest grade for a STARS report in the CSU and kicked off the plan to determine the future growth of the campus. “It’s a physical response to a strategic vision of the campus,” Guzzi said. He also said heavy negotiation took place with the campus contractor to dedicate “a large portion” to sustainability. “The contractors kicked off this plan in April,” Guzzi said. “They’re going to start meeting with our constituents, looking at the progress we’ve made and what we need to do to move forward.” He said that sustainability was “a big add” to the new plan. In response to student concerns for the future of the Institute for Sustainable Development, Guzzi said that he had no knowl-

Students will be able to place pins on different areas of the map and make comments about what they like or don’t like about these areas. It is intended to start more discussions about the campus’ safety and inform administration about possible changes. The proposed map tool is now available for students to preview, according to University Communications Public Affairs Specialist Sean Murphy.

Is sustainability a priority? Stemen also expressed concerns about Chico State’s sustainability practices, despite the success of the advisory measure. He said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the final design of Siskiyou II. “I want to admit, the new number is really good,” he said, referring to the new estimate for the building’s emissions. He said he is glad that the building will not be connected to the boiler-chiller plant and that no vivarium will be built as originally proposed. However, Stemen said when it comes to the campus’s new “master plan,” there is a lot left uncertain. Prior to this year, six new building projects were constructed, all of which actively use fossil fuels. “They waited until 2018 to finally plan for 2030 and went ahead and built six new capital projects,” he said. “They tried to make them green or whatever, but there was no realization of what it was going to do for

Natalie Hanson be reached at or @NatalieH_Orion on Twitter.

The full story which includes link to the interactive map tool can be found at


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A current map of the campus, where students may soon be able to pin and comment on the university’s website.

Joseph Wenisch, a consultant for the Siskiyou II construction team, answers a question concerning the impact of the new science building.

A.S. Commissioner of Sustainability Affairs Maggie Scarpa asks about the master plan for Siskiyou II at a town hall meeting March 14.

Dean of Natural Sciences David Hassenzahl discusses the implications of the new science building with concerned Chico State students and staff.

Michael Guzzi answers questions concerning new additions to Siskiyou II at a town hall meeting on March 14.




Wednesday May 16, 2018

WREC pool to be closed for renovations

Mathew Miranda Staff Writer


he Wildcat Recreation Center swimming pool will be closed for 90 days this

settling, which typically occurs with newly built pools. The settling has caused the back edge of the pool’s gutter to start collapsing, which causes uneven ground and pushes tiles

summer from May 21 to July 20 for repairs.

up. The 90-day project will include trenching around the pool and “We could have done a rebuilding the back wall of the minimal cheap fix, but gutter and tile around the spa. we would be doing that Additionally, the renovation every single year for the will update the pool’s Americans next 20 years.” with Disabilities Act access, Dustin Stene, Aquatics Coordinator which will involve installing anchors for a chairlift. ADA requires pools with large WREC’s Aquatics Coordinasurface areas to possess two pertor Dustin Stene said the main manent access points. The WREC reason for renovation is due to currently has one with its wheel-

chair access ramp. Ultimately, Stene emphasized the importance DUSTIN of fixing STENE the pool correctly now to avoid future problems. “We could have done a minimal cheap fix, but we would be doing that every single year for the next 20 years,” he said. Mathew Miranda be reached at or @MathewMiranda24 on Twitter.


The tiling around the spa has been damaged due to the motor, which provides hot water, deteriorating.

Vice president for business and finance leaves Chico State after one year Mathew Miranda Staff Writer


ice President for Business and Finance Robbi Stivers no longer works for the university according to an email sent by Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson May 9. The following day, Stivers’ campus directory contact information was removed from Chico State’s website. Hutchinson briefly mentioned Stivers no longer holding the position at an Academic Senate meeting last Thursday, but she stated that his departure was a “personnel” matter so the details

remain confidential. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Debra Larson gave the same response after the Academic Senate meeting concluded. Media Relations Coordinator for the University Communication Sean Murphy also stated in an email that the University couldn’t comment on Stivers’ departure because “it’s a personnel matter.” Stivers worked in the University of Tennessee system for over 16 years before coming to Chico State on May 1, 2017. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee in 2000, he spent 15 years in the financial services

industry. Hutchinson stated in the email that the University would appoint an interim VP as soon as possible and a national search would take place with the assistance of the Academic Senate Chair Jed Wyrick and the Executive Management Evaluation and Development Committee Chair Chuck Zartman. The interim will mark Chico State’s fourth vice president for business and finance in the last two years. Mathew Miranda be reached at or @MathewMiranda24 on Twitter.


Vice President for Business and Finance Robbi Stivers departs from Chico State just after one year of service.


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Call Type: Drunk in Public Monday, 12:16 a.m., West 1st Street A man in black clothes was arrested for public intoxication after yelling and throwing the lid of a trashcan into someone’s yard. Call Type: Dog without Owner Monday, 12:44 p.m., Student Services Center A call was made about a dog that had been wandering around the area for 15 minutes with a leash attached to its collar but no owner. Call Type: Stolen Bike Tuesday, 7:15 p.m., University Village A woman called to report that her bike had been stolen from University Village. Call Type: Welfare Check Tuesday, 9:39 p.m., Ayres Hall Police checked on a man who had been drinking and was laying outside of Ayres Hall.

Check out our interactive police blotter map at

Chico Police

University Police

The police blotter is a selection of information cited directly from the Chico Police Department and the University Police Department. Call Type: Domestic Violence Monday, 2:30 a.m., White Avenue A man was arrested for allegedly inflicting corporal injury on a spouse. Call Type: Disorderly Conduct Monday, 6:11 a.m., West 9th Avenue A man was arrested for disorderly conduct while under the influence of drugs. Call Type: Illegal Camping Tuesday, 4:06 a.m., 100 Broadway St. Police arrested a man for illegally camping and discovered he had an outstanding warrant. Call Type: Controlled Substances Wednesday, 5:12 a.m., 400 Cedar St. A man was charged with being in possession of controlled substances and selling them to others. Call Type: Drunk Driver Wednesday, 1:25 a.m., West 4th Avenue A call was made about a drunk driver. Police stopped and arrested the driver a short time later. Call Type: Drunk in Public Thursday, 6:02 p.m., 1300 East Ave. A man was arrested for being drunk in public and charged with resisting arrest.




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Kylie Taylor is graduating this week with a degree in economics and a minor in math and statistics.


Intergenerational mobility rate of students attending a CSU between 1980 and 1991. IMRs have become more similar for CSUs over time. Chico State is below average.

The CSU versus the American Dream Chico State student finds ‘rags to riches’ isn’t as realistic for low-income California State University students.

Lizzie Helmer Staff Writer


enior Kylie Taylor is one of the four students receiving honors in the economics major this year. Her 20-page thesis, titled “California Dreaming or California Delusion,” examines the statistics of intergenerational mobility rates of the CSU system. Her findings painted a somewhat bleak picture of the CSUs role in the “rags to riches” ideal of the American Dream. Q: Why did you decide to do your thesis on this particular subject? I found a study that actually had published their data and did a similar study on colleges and intergenerational income mobility. Luckily they published their data which allowed me to go on and find all the data for the CSUs. I figured it would be interesting to localize it just to the CSU level and see how financial aid plays a role among CSUs. I feel like it was more applicable and a little more interesting to

put context to the question.

are lower.

Q: What were the main results of what you got?

Q: What can people who work in the CSU system, professors, administrators, etc, take from this?

Within the CSU, across the whole system, there’s several factors that play a role in intergenerational mobility and what I found was the proportion of females at the CSU matters. So the higher the proportion of females means the IMRs are lower. Parent median income also plays a role. The richer the student body, the higher income mobility rates underprivileged students had. The bigger the CSU the less mobile it is, the lower IMR. I think it’s an allocation of resources. The last one, which is the one I’m most interested in, is financial aid. The data I have is the proportion of students that have financial aid. I don’t necessarily know the breakdown of financial aid, like which types or the amount that’s on Pell Grants or the percentage of students on loans. But this variable tells me is that (when) a higher proportion of students (are) on financial aid, the mobility rates

One of my other findings was the Hispanic population plays a huge role in IMRs. So the share of Hispanic students and the international mobility rates were highly correlated...Chico State recently became a Hispanic serving institution, I think that plays a huge role. I think (what) CSUs and students can take away from this, especially prospective students, is to be really picky in the type of school you choose and the kind of programs they offer for underprivileged students. But again I think it’s highly contingent on the type of degree you pursue. As for the CSU system, I think the biggest take away (is that) they can increase mobility rates by accepting more low-income, underprivileged students and I think that goes hand-in-hand with providing programs that help them follow through with school financially.

Q: Anything that stands out about Chico State? Across CSUs, not really. Chico State was actually slightly below average. On average, 1.62 percent of students that grew up in a Q1 household have Q5 incomes. Q1 means bottom 20 percent and Q5 means top 20 percent. Chico State rates relatively well for Q4 to Q5. That’s not a big jump. That’s moving for the 60th to the 80th percentile. Think of it as low class, lower middle class, middle, upper middle, upper class. What I’m particularly focused on is the rags to riches story and that’s pretty consistent across CSUs. Lizzie Helmer be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.

Check out the full Q&A at


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Josiah Nicholl Staff Writer


rom dead week, finals and preparing summer plans, May is a month where everything from the semester comes to an end. For seniors like Megan Nash, a liberal studies major, and Juan Sanchez, a political science major, their Chico State experience will come to a close with graduation. “I just want to graduate already so I can stop stressing so much and start looking towards my next move,” Sanchez said. While he doesn’t have a plan set in stone for after graduation, Sanchez said he’s going to search for a job in the Redding area “All my family and friends live there so that’s where I’ve got my sights set,” he said. Nash said that graduating seems surreal. “Honestly, it is pretty scary knowing I graduate in less than (a) week,” Nash said. “I don’t think it has really hit me yet because none of my friends are graduating...the program I am in I was able to complete my undergraduate studies in three years instead of four.

“I also don’t feel old enough to graduate because I am still only 20,” she said. “However, it is also exciting. I have worked really hard to get to where I am and it is finally paying off.” Nash said that the graduation process felt different than high school because she had to plan a lot of the details. “The waiting is the worst part because it feels like time is moving so slow. Taking the graduation photos with your friends, sending out announcements, fighting to get the right amount of tickets (are all new to me),” Nash said. “In years past with high school graduation, a lot of the planning is done by your parents because you are in your hometown. But seeing that everyone is coming to me there is a lot of planning I have to do on my side of it with accommodating everyone.” Nash also mentioned that these graduation factors add stress to dead week and finals. “It has been a really stressful couple of weeks,” Nash said. “This whole semester was going by with a breeze and everything is hitting me like a freight train. I have final papers due left and right, graduation parties to plan,


family to see before I leave.” While most graduates leave Chico after graduating, Nash has had the opportunity to continue her education here next semester as a graduate student. “I’ve been accepted to the Concurrent Credential Program at Chico State and will be pursuing two teaching credentials: multiple subjects and mild to moderate special education,” Nash said. “I am incredibly excited to start this next chapter of my life and begin co-teaching in a classroom.” Nash advised upcoming seniors to enjoy college while it lasts. “College goes by so fast and before you know it it’s gone. These years have been some of the best years of my life,” she said. “I have met incredible people from my time at Chico State and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. “Life gets really real really fast once you are out of school,” Nash said. “I think we take for granted the time we have here. Enjoy it, cherish it and make the most out of all Chico has to offer.” Josiah Nicholl can be reached at or @josiah_ theorion on Twitter.


“These years have been some of the best years of my life. I have met incredible people from my time at Chico State and I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said Megan Nash, graduating senior.



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’Cats off to regionals as No. 6 seed despite struggles Austin Schreiber & Kayla Fitzgerald Staff Writer & Editor-in-Chief


he Chico State baseball team won the first game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in exciting fashion, but fell short in game two and three, eliminating them from the tournament. Game One: The Wildcats emerged victorious with a 4-3 walk-off win in the first round against Cal Poly Pomona. With the score tied at three heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Wildcats were able to get the leadoff man on base. Catcher Tyler Stofiel was hit by a pitch and replaced by pinch runner Michael Lagier, who stole second base during the next at bat. Lagier then advanced to third on a wild pitch, which led to the Broncos intentionally walking shortstop Casey Henderson and center fielder Dustin Miller to load the bases. Cal Poly Pomona decided to make a last minute pitching change, but its move was unsuccessful. A wild pitch brought Lagier home and the Wildcats were able to put themselves in the winner’s bracket. Starting pitcher Casey Costello had a solid game on the mound, tossing eight innings while giving up two runs and striking out seven. Costello was relieved by pitcher Jae Wagner, who gave up a rare earned run in the ninth. Wagner BASEBALL 05/09 STOCKTON

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only gave up one other earned run all season and currently owns a team-best 0.58 ERA. All three Wildcat’s runs came courtesy of right fielder Kyle Blakeman, who has been red hot at the plate lately. In his last six games, he has nine hits and nine RBIs. Game Two: The Wildcats came up short in a 5-2 loss against UC San Diego Thursday night. Kyle Blakeman started the game with a leadoff double, but the game remained scoreless until the


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Right fielder Kyle Blakeman launches a home run in the third inning against Cal Poly Pomona.

8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 SO 1-3, HBP

fourth inning. The Tritons scored two in the fourth and two in the fifth, both on home runs. Chico State answered back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two on hits by Dustin Miller and Kyle Blakeman. UC San Diego scored one more in the eighth on a home run, making the score 5-2 Tritons. Chico State left runners on base through seven innings but couldn’t score after the sixth. Game Three: After falling to the loser’s bracket, the Wildcats fizzled


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out in an 8-2 loss against Cal State Monterey Bay. Tyler Stofiel started a two-out rally in the second with a hit that bounced off of the second baseman’s glove. Casey Henderson’s single to left was followed by Turner Olson’s double down the right field line. With a couple of errors, the ’Cats took the lead 2-0. The Seawolves answered back, scoring two in the bottom of the second, three in the third, two in the fifth and their final run in the seventh. Chico State remained STAT 'CAT



MEN’SState BASKETBALL Chico enters the NCAA West Regionals as the No. 6 seed. The tournament will be held at Azusa Pacific University.

scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Wildcats received one of the four at-large berths and will enter the National Collegiate Athletic Association West Regional tournament as the No. 6 seed. Game one is May 17 versus Cal State Monterey Bay at Cougar Baseball Complex at Azusa Pacific University, time is to be announced. Austin Schreiber and Kayla Fitzgerald can be reached at sportseditor@theorion. com or @aschreiber94 or @kaylafitz_20 on Twitter.




MEN’S Seven ChicoBASKETBALL State softball players were awarded All-West Region honors by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.


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Club sports have record-setting semester Noah Enns Staff Writer


he spring semester produced major results in club sports, highlighted by a Division I National Championship for the women’s rugby club. Rugby The women’s rugby club took home the national championship with a victory against the University of Central Florida 54-26 on May 5. The title was the club’s first national championship since 2001. “It was almost like the world stopped for a second,” said Stefani Bergerhouse, who led the team in tries in their national championship victory. “It was just us, our team and our coaches and everyone else went away.”

“It was just us, our team and our coaches and everyone else went away.” Stefani Bergerhouse

The club also had the most first team all conference members. The first team squad included Morelia Ayala, Stefani Bergerhouse, Jennifer Brissenden, Rebecca Kilmartin, Darby McFall and Hannah Westfall. McFall took home STAT 'CAT SOFTBALL


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the title of Most Outstanding Player for the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference. The men’s club finished the year at 7-2. Their season came to an end in Long Beach as they lost 36-28. The club finished 4-0 at home and were winners of the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference. The club is expecting a good season next spring as they bring back most of its members. This include their backups who played the second half of their last game, which resulted in a 29-25 win against Western Washington. “The entire second half we rested about half our starters and had new players come in. They actually came in and beat Western Washington in the second half,” Mulholland said. Rowing The rowing club at Chico State brought home its first victory at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships this season. The women’s lightweight four+ took first overall in its category. The win was the club’s first win at WIRA and look to build from it. The club scored its highest ever at the championships as a team. Lacrosse The men’s lacrosse club finished the year at 3-8. The


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CHICO Cal Baptist



Who: Cal State Monterey Bay Where: Azusa Pacific When: May 17 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. (if necessary)



Who: Dixie State Where: Dixie State (Utah) When: May 17 at 2 p.m. May 18 at noon, 2:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Darby McFall makes a tackle for Chico State early in the semester. record was short of the club’s goals for the season, but it got its first league win this season since 2014 against Dominican when they won 11-10. The club also had the defensive player of the year, Gavin Risbry. Risbry is a goalkeeper who kept the defense strong all season for the Wildcats. Risbry was first-team all-conference as a goalkeeper and will be a big part of the Wildcats improvement next spring. The club also had two members who made secondteam all-conference in Billy Buchhauser and Quinn Gaebler.

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Cycling The cycling club at Chico State had its most members ever for the club. The mountain team made it to nationals for the club, with cyclist Ben Johnson taking eighth in the men’s downhill. The club placed second as a team in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference team omnium.


Noah Enns can be reached at or @NoahEnns21 on Twitter.



STAT 'CAT SOFTBALL MEN’S BASKETBALL Second baseman Karli Skowrup broke the new single season RBI record with No. 59 and 60 on her 12th homer of the season.


SOFTBALL MEN’S ChicoBASKETBALL State went 3-0 in the NCAA Championship West Regional to advance to the NCAA Super Regional.



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Historic hangout spot


The view from inside Honey Run Bridge overlooks a common hangout spot along the river’s edge. Courtney Chapman Staff Writer


hico seems to be quite the hub for historic points of interest with over 27 listings on the National Registry of Historic Places. The NRHP is responsible for listing historic and prehistoric places in the United States that are worth preserving. One of these places just so happens to be Chico’s very own Honey Run Covered Bridge. Originally built in 1886, Honey Run Bridge is the last surviving tri-span covered bridge in the nation and one of the only covered bridges left in California. It was not originally built covered, but due to wanting to protect the bridge from future damages, the cover was added in 1901. The bridge is built over Butte Creek halfway in between Chico and Paradise and is located at 1670 Honey Run Road in Chico. Honey Run Road is very long and winding. It’s a beautiful drive, but drivers should be cautious of how fast they are going due to the many blind corners. The road runs almost

parallel with Skyway and is a straight shot to the bridge from the Skyway exit. No longer open to vehicles, it is a common area for historic observers, weddings and swimming in the river. In an effort to preserve the historic value of Honey Run Bridge, the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association was founded in 1965 and is responsible for making sure the bridge is in good upkeep. The HRCBA asks for a $5 donation in order to park in the small parking lot in front of the bridge. This money goes to help with costs of upkeep. There are many spots along the river to soak in the sun, as well as easily accessed trails to walk on. It’s cool to know that we have such a unique piece of history that is easy to get to just outside the city limits. See for yourself and go check it out. Tune in starting in August as the outdoors column returns. Courtney Chapman can be reached at sportseditor@ or @courtneychaps on Twitter.

Honey Run Bridge is often rented out for wedding ceremonies. A few things to remember when hiking or swimming around the Butte Creek and Honey Run Covered Bridge area: • • • • • •

Watch out for rattlesnakes as they are very common in long, grassy areas Staying hydrated is always a good idea Wear close-toed shoes when hiking around tall grass Sunscreen to protect against sunburn Sunglasses Know where you are going, the cell phone reception is very spotty

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Wildcat of the week Stefani Bergerhouse rugby player

Stefani Bergerhouse is a senior and four-year member of the women’s rugby team. Bergerhouse played the best game of her career in the national championship game May 5 against the University of Central Florida, leading the team with five tries in a convincing 54-26 victory.

How would you describe the connection you girls have as a team this year?

Unlike any of the teams in the past, and I’ve been on the team for four years, I’ve never experienced anything like the team I’ve played on. I’ve played sports my whole life and even wit

How would you describe your last game on the field?

I actually had a really good game. I played my best and I knew that it was my last game going in. It was my last 15’s game ever so I wanted to leave it all on the field, and I truly did. My coaches both agreed that it was my best game that I have ever played and I felt like that. I walked away thinking that I could not have left like any other part of me on the field. I truly left it, all of it there.

What does it mean to you to be able to have such an impact in the biggest game of your career?

Unbelievable. It feels absolutely unbelievable. We always talk about the championship in 2001 and how that’s what we play for. That’s what we worked for and it actually happened this year. We joke about it like, ‘let’s be like the 2001 team,’ but we did it. We had no idea that it would actually happen.

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Wednesday May 16, 2018

Ilaoa and Chico State throwing coach take one, two in Warriors Last Chance Andrew Baumgartner Staff Writer


n preparation for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Chico State’s track and field teams had one last chance to show their talent in two separate track meets over the weekend. These two last meets were the final chance for teams to qualify for Nationals.

Chris Jaeger and Tyler Arroyo finished tied for first in high jump with a mark of 6-7. Arroyo still holds the best mark in Division II with a jump of 7-1 1/2. Warrior Last Chance At the Warrior Last Chance hosted by Stanislaus State, the Wildcats had several top finishers. Chris Jaeger and Tyler Arroyo finished tied for first in high jump with a mark of 6-7. Arroyo still holds the best mark in Division II with a jump of 7-1 1/2. Sefa Ilaoa finished second in discus behind Chico State throwing coach Wade Tsang, who was an unattached entrant. Ilaoa’s throw went for a distance of 155. Megan Farrell led the way for the women. In the pole vault, Farrell vaulted over a height of 12-2, giving her first place in


Alex Burkhart and Alexandria Tucker participate in the 5,000 meter run. Burkhart finished sixth in the 5,000 at the Portland Twilight while Tucker finished 13th. Turlock and the sixth-best vault in Chico State history. Jenavieve Turner finished second in the 400 hurdles with a time of one minute and 1.05 seconds. That time is the second-best all-time at Chico State.

Portland Twilight The Oregon meet saw only one

first place finish for Chico State. The lone first place finish belongs to Kyle Medina. Medina finished first in the 5000 with a time of 14:01.66. This is the eighth highest mark in Division II. A notable finisher for the men included Derek Morton in the 800, where he finished third with a time of 1:50.48.

While the women had no firstplace finishes in the Portland Twilight, they did improve on some Chico State records. Hannah Dorman finished fourth in the 5000 with a time of 16:29.49. This time is now the second-best time in Chico State history and the ninth best time in Division II this year. In the same event, Alex Bur-

khart finished sixth with a time of 16:39.21. This time is now sixth all-time best in Wildcat history. Chico State track and field next competes May 24 through the 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina for the NCAA Championships. Andrew Baumgartner can be reached at or @abaum94 on Twitter.


Wednesday May 16, 2018



Spring shows success for Chico State athletics Andrew Baumgartner Staff Writer


he 2018 Spring semester is about to end at Chico State and it’s time to reflect on what happened during the season.

Baseball The Chico State baseball team finished there 2018 season with an overall record of 31-22. The Wildcats played their best at home with an 18-10 record at Nettleton Stadium while only 12-10 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites. The baseball season is not over yet as the Wildcats will play in the NCAA West Regional tournament hosted by Azusa Pacific on May 17-22.

Softball The Chico State softball team is having a record-breaking season with a record of 53-3 and is continuing play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Super Regional against Dixie State on May 17 and 18 in St. George, Utah. The softball team recently won the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship and the NCAA Championship West Regional. The Wildcats are currently on a 28-game win streak.

Men’s Golf The men’s golf team participated in 11 tournaments on the season. This included three first place finishes, the most important being the CCAA championship. Chico State had nine top five finishes. The Wildcats finished tied

for seventh in the NCAA South Central/West Regional. The team needed a top five finish to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Women’s Golf The women’s golf team had a rough season as the team had only two top five finishes. One of those came in the CCAA Championships where they finished fifth. The Wildcats had no seniors on the team, but that will change next year when the three juniors become seniors.

Men’s Track and Field The Chico State men’s track and field team have put together a solid season while being ranked 13th in the nation. Chico State has plenty of standout athletes including Tyler Arroyo and Kyle Medina who produced NCAA automatic marks. Chico State won the CCAA Championships and will send a handful of athletes to the NCAA Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 24-26.


The Wildcats welcome Karli Skowrup home following one of her two home runs on the weekend. The Wildcats were able to win one game in the CCAA tournament before being beaten by UC San Diego. The team’s season ended in that game.

Women’s Track and Field

Women’s Basketball

While the men saw more success, the women have also produced a stellar season, by being ranked 23rd in the nation. Chico State came in third in the CCAA championships. Like the men, the women will also send a handful of athletes to the NCAA championships, this includes athletes such as Hannah Dorman and Alex Burkhart.

Women’s basketball finished the season with a 17-11 record. The team dealt with injury issues throughout the season. The women experienced the same fate as the men, a loss to UC San Diego in the CCAA tournament, ultimately ending their season. The Spring 2018 semester is over, but some sports remain in action. It was a positive season for Chico State Athletics that hopefully will boil over to the Fall semester.

Men’s Basketball The men’s basketball team finished the season with a 20-8 record.

Andrew Baumgartner can be reached at or @abaum94 on Twitter.


Kyle Medina ran the fastest time in Division II since 2015 for the 3,000 meter steeplechase.




he Chico State softball team is the NCAA West Regional Champions after a comefrom-behind 7-2 victory over Cal Baptist in the tournament final. The Wildcats extended their win streak to 28, their overall record to 53-3 and their 23rd straight win at University Softball Field. In a rematch of yesterday’s nine-inning game, the Wildcats proved once again why they are the No. 1 team in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and No. 2 among all Division II teams in the nation.

Chico State won its first two games in the double-elimination tournament leading up to Saturday’s matchup against Cal Baptist. Wins against Northwest Nazarene and CBU to start the tournament gave the Wildcats the opportunity to play just one game Sunday. The Lancers struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning after a single by Soraya Shahbazian was followed by two Wildcat errors. An infield single to first baseman Cyrena Taylor gave Cal Baptist a 2-0 advantage after four innings. The Wildcats have shown that come-frombehind wins are something that they are

more than capable of, which they proved in the sixth inning when they rallied to take the lead late in the game. Coming off the bench, Mia Quintero came in to pinch hit for Cyrenna Taylor in a crucial at-bat for the Wildcats. Quintero’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position. “Coach told me right away if there is a situation where there will be a bunting situation, I was going to go in. I knew what I needed to do and needed to get the bunt down that was it,” Quintero said. With two runners on, Bailey Akins reached

on a fielder’s choice, scoring Kristen Worley and trimming the lead to one. This left bases loaded for catcher Claire Wayne who had been preparing for a moment like this all season long. “I told myself I have come to this situation many times before and wasn’t very successful and I kept telling myself hard work wins, I’ve worked for this and I am going to get it when it matters,” Wayne said. Wayne did just that doubling to right center clearing the bases giving the Wildcats a 4-2 lead. “I made the adjustment in the box because



I kept dropping (my shoulder) so I got up on the line, made that adjustment and got the line drive which was huge mentally for me,” Wayne said. The rally didn’t stop there for the Wildcats. Megan Bowley singled through the left side, scoring pinch runner Breanna Martin and extending the lead 5-2. No. 8 hitter Amanda Flores credits the team’s strong lineup as well as all the hard work put in by herself as well as number seven and nine hitters Wayne and Bowley. “Having such a strong top of the lineup that puts us in the game-winning situations

is what really makes us great,” Flores said. “But I really do believe that Claire, Megan and I have stepped up. We work hard at practice to be the best hitters we can be and just keep our consistency.” The Wildcats scored two insurance runs off of a two-run homer from Karli Skowrup, extending the lead to 7-2. With that home run, Skowrup earned RBIs 59 and 60, a new Chico State single-season RBI record. “I was kind of struggling this whole week with that and I kind of tried to just slow it down. We noticed that their new pitcher was just leaving it up and she was going a lot of

inside and that’s my thought process. If I see a ball up, I’m hacking at it,” Skowrup said. The Lancers tried to rally back in the seventh inning but the defense by shortstop Wendy Cardinali got in their way. Cardinali ended the NCAA West Regional tournament the same way she ended the CCAA Championships. She saved a base hit with a diving stop flipping the ball to second baseman Skowrup for the final out of the game. “I have confidence in my ability and confidence in my defense. I want this ball I want to end this game right now,” Cardinali said. Chico State now advances to the NCAA

West Super Regional next week starting Thursday. The Wildcats will take on the region’s No. 3 seed Dixie State in a best-of-three series May 17-18 in St. George, Utah. A win would mean a trip to Virginia for the NCAA Championship Finals. Katalina Santamaria and Justin Couchot can be reached at or @katalinaleanet and @JCouchot_Sports on Twitter.



Wednesday May 16, 2018

U p c o mi ng Wed 16

may 16 - MAY 22

Thu 17

World Bazaar Summer Sale

Take a break from your busy schedule and come to the museum to revel in sustainable, fair trade and folk art retail therapy for a cause. Discover inspired summer wardrobe selections, gifts for the graduate, and outdoor living styles from Bali, India, Nepal, Mexico and Guatemala. There will be treats and music. The sale benefits the museum’s educational mission to promote respect and appreciation for human diversity through free educational programming and exhibits. This event will be happening May 16 and 17. Where: The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price: Free

Make sure to attend your friends’ graduations.



Veteran Graduation Celebration

Come see the veteran graduation celebration in Performing Arts Center room 134 this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Where: PAC 134 When: 7 p.m. Price: Free

Come see the Masters Ceremony of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at 4:30 p.m. and the Masters Ceremony of the College of Business, College of Communication and Education, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management, College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday. Where: Laxson Auditorium When: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Price: Free with ticket

Asian and Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration

School of Education Recognition of Credential Candidates Come see the School of Education Recognition of Credential Candidates graduation celebration in Laxson Auditorium this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Where: Laxson Auditorium When: 6:30 p.m. Price: Free

Come see the Asian and Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration graduation celebration in PAC 144 this Thursday at 7 p.m. Where: PAC 144 When: 7 p.m. Price: Free

The Wailing Souls

Stop by Lost on Main this Thursday to witness the legendary Wailing Souls perform their blends of reggae, funk and rhythm and blues. Where: Lost on Main When: 8 to 11:30 p.m. Price: $15


Wednesday May 16, 2018




Join the College of Agriculture at 4:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at 7 p.m. at the University Stadium. Where: Laxson Auditorium and University Stadium When: 4:30 and 7 p.m. Price: Free

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Come see the School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony in Laxson Auditorium this Friday at 1 p.m. Where: Laxson Auditorium When: 1 p.m. Price: Free

Beer Geek Tour 2018

Take this in-depth tour of Sierra Nevada. They’ll talk about the ingredients and craft beer history, take you into the new 200-barrel production brewhouse, venture into the hop freezer and wander through the cellar where you’ll sample brews right from the tanks. You must wear closed-toed shoes. This event is for ages 21 and up only. Where: Sierra Nevada When: 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Price: $45

Stop by Sierra Nevada for the Beer Geek Tour this Friday.




Wednesday May 16, 2018


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Join the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management at 8:30 a.m. and the College of Communication and Education at 7 p.m. Where: University Stadium When: 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Price: Free with ticket

Join the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Business at 8:30 a.m. Where: University Stadium When: 8:30 a.m. Price: Free with ticket

Lavender Graduation 2018 Latinx Graduation Celebration

Come see the Latinx Graduation Celebration in Laxson Auditorium this Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Laxson Auditorium When: 1 p.m. Price: Free

Black Graduation Celebration

Come see the Black Graduation Celebration in Performing Arts Center room 144 this Saturday at 2 p.m. Where: PAC 144 When: 2 p.m. Price: Free

Dinner in the Garden

Stop by Sierra Nevada for dinner in the garden. All food and beer is included with the ticket. This event is for ages 21 and up only. Where: Sierra Nevada Estate Garden When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Price: $75

Lavender Graduation is celebrating its 6th annual commencement ceremony honoring Chico State’s graduating LGBTQ students in achieving their degree. Lavender is used because it is a combination of the pink triangle used to identify gay men and a black triangle used to identify lesbians during the Nazi Germany. It is now used as a color of empowerment to include all identities. Where: Zingg Recital Hall When: 1 to 3 p.m. Price: Free

KZFR Presents Moonalice

Moonalice is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. Everyone is a part of the experience and the music inspires dancing and other acts of self expression. Be sure to stop by the Chico Women’s Club to watch this band perform. Where: Chico Women’s Club When: 6:30 p.m. Price: $15

Sierra Nevada Presents Cults with XDS

Come by the Sierra Nevada Big Room to see Cults with XDS perform live this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Where: Sierra Nevada Big Room When: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Price: $20


Wednesday May 16, 2018



Game Night at Woodstock’s

Gather your friends and family for board games and pizza at Woodstock’s. Everyone is invited and what could be better than enjoying some great pizza and playing games with your friends? Where: Woodstock’s Pizza When: 6 p.m. Price: Price of pizza

Tues 22

Lunch, Jazz & Debra at Red Tavern

Enjoy lunch with Debra and Jazz with Jim Schmidt, Kezirah, Greg D’Augelli and Eric Peter at Red Tavern from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Tuesday. Tickets include dinner and a show. Where: Red Tavern Bistro Bar Patio When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Price: $25

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Briaunna Cisneros plays the opening piece for the ensemble performance.

Guitar Ensemble brings musical magic to Chico State Hannah Yaeger Staff Writer


uitar students at Chico State on May 11, performed a mix of different pieces both as solos and in groups at the Zingg Recital Hall. The pieces performed had a combination of rhythmic and upbeat with slow and peaceful styles of music. Each guitarist had their own unique performances and really showcased the professionalism of the music department at Chico State. “But I was aware of this piece Estampas, which is a set of eight

distinct, colorful guitar pieces composed for the guitar quartet. I had several players in mind to play this piece,” said Tobin Roye, the director of the guitar ensemble at Chico State. The decision to play the Estampas pieces had to be decided about a year ago when they put together the recitals and showcases for the year. The excitement for the performance was obvious on every performer’s face. Every soloist and group had a cohesive way of playing with each other, the variety of arrangements brought the best out of each performer and really

played to their strengths. “These are contemporary guys who are writing new music for the guitar, which I am interested in,” Roye said. Two soloists, however, really stood out from the rest, Jacob Melvoin and Sage Mitchell. These two performers played so well, each note was precise, and their facial expressions added to the emotion making the audience hold their breath as the performance commenced. The applause for both roared, comments from the audience were all positive, praising them on the brilliance of their guitar

playing and the calming and dramatic effect that the music had. “Sadly, some of them are graduating and we have to say goodbye...I am really proud of the work that they are doing,” Roye said. Some of the students who performed are 2018 graduates and played for the last time with their ensemble at the Estampas Guitar Ensemble performance. The actual Estampas collection was performed by Chris Bautista, Jacob Melvoin, Sage Mitchell and Tobin Roye. The collection was extremely well done, moving the audience through each piece with

each performer playing their part cohesively. Pieces like “Fiesta en el Pueblo” and “Juegos Infantiles” stood out among the rest and were a couple of the pieces that evoked the biggest response from the audience. The members of the Guitar Ensemble at Chico State brought guitar magic to the Zingg Recital Hall, adding to their long list of excellent performances.

Hannah Yaeger can be reached at or @theorion_arts on Twitter.


Wednesday May 16, 2018




Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush star as James Lord and Alberto Giacometti in “Final Portrait.”

‘Final Portrait’ is clever, yet mundane Angel Ortega Staff Writer


inal Portrait” is clever and witty but falls short from being an excellent biographical film. Directed by Stanley Tucci, “Final Portrait” follows Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), a famous artist who is long past his prime. Before he “retires” from art, Giacometti wants to paint one last portrait. American writer James Lord (Armie Hammer) sits as Giacometti’s model for his final portrait. In the process, the two form a friendship and Lord discovers the chaos of Giacometti’s artistic process. The main standouts from this

film are Hammer’s and Rush’s performances. The two had great on-screen chemistry. Hammer is probably best known for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name” (2017) and has shown that he is an actor who knows how to cleverly deliver on-screen appurtenance. Rush, best known for starring in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and in the award-winning “The King’s Speech” (2010). Rush has great range and can play a comedic role just as well as a sincere one. This talent is demonstrated in his portrayal of renowned artist Giacometti. Hammer and Rush as Lord and Giacometti were a great onscreen duo. The two actors were

able to bring both sincerity and a sense of humor in their respective characters. The characters and dialogue for Lord and Giacometti were also well-written. Though this film is a biographical drama, it did have its fair share of comedy entwined into the script, which I feel complimented the film very well. The delivery of one-liners and snide remarks by Hammer and Rush were executed exceptionally well and created some very witty and entertaining screens. However, where this film begins to fall off is the overall flow of the narrative. The film is littered with many long takes and unnecessary breaks of dialogue. Long takes

are not a bad technique to use in a film. In fact, they can used effectively as well as with other techniques to accentuate a character’s emotions or to emphasize the significance of a certain shot, among other reasons. With “Final Portrait” though, that is not the case. There is a severe overuse of long takes while Giacometti is painting Lord’s portrait, which is one reason the narrative feels very dragged out. In the film, Giacometti is constantly frustrated because he is unsatisfied with his work and always restarts his portrait. I don’t know if Tucci decided to drag the narrative of the film to replicate Giacometti’s sense of frustration with the audience.

If that was his intention, it worked. The film was only an hour and a half, but it felt so much longer because the narrative did not flow well at all. “Final Portrait” has a lot of redeemable traits and potential to become a greater biographical film. However, its shortcomings prevented the film from being its true best.

Angel Ortega can be reached at or @theorion_arts on Twitter.



Wednesday Wednesday Oct. Nov. Oct. May 15, 16, 25, 2017 2018 2017 Wednesday Wednesday JAN. JAN. 25, 25,25, 2017 2017

dances its way through spring showcase ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY JULIA MALDONADO—THE ORION

Julia Maldonado can be reached at or @julianewsblog on Twitter.

Performance Spring




parkly tops, baseball jerseys and burlesque outfits filled the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium stage Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., thanks to Momentum. This student-run dance organization rehearsed all semester in order to put on its annual spring showcase, with some help from hip-hop dance group Envy. For the first time ever, Momentum sold out one of its shows. Comprised of over 40 students, Momentum has a vast amount of dance skills and students involved. It is “all inclusive, offer multiple styles and offer all levels from beginning to advanced,” according to the show’s pamphlet. The showcase consisted of different forms of dances, such as contemporary, hip-hop and tap, as well as duos and solos. Some dances featured elegant lifts while others included nerdy costumes. A few catchy songs like “Count on Me,” “Crazy” and “Bleeding Love” were incorporated into the dances. Sophomore Lexie Rivera has been on Momentum for two semesters and wants to continue until she graduates. She said that Momentum allowed her to keep doing what she loves. “I have danced for 11 years and when

(Left to right) Alexyss York, Bailey Gould, Sarah Fong and Alex Mendoza perform a tap dancing number to Christina Aguilera’s “Express.”


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I came to college, it was hard to just let go,” she said in a phone interview. “Momentum gave me the chance to continue my love for dance.” President of Momentum Jiselle Mariano took over the dance group this semester after president of three years Rachel Fictum stepped down. Mariano said that although there were many challenges along the way, selling out one of their shows was one of the best things that could have happened. “Leading a group of 80 dancers can be challenging at times, but it’s so rewarding seeing how much they’ve grown in a span of 10 weeks,”Mariano said. “Their love for dance, the way they express themselves in this art form and dedication to Momentum makes leading fun and a breeze. I can’t thank them enough for working so hard.” Mariano also wants to add more socials and team-bonding events for next semester’s dancers. Her goals for the future are to include more guest teachers leading the dance classes and working with other dance clubs. Momentum’s next showcase will be sometime at the end of the fall semester.


Julia Maldonado

Chico university

Kayli Dutton performs a contemporary dance at Momentum’s spring showcase.


Wednesday May 16, 2018





estiny 2” has had trouble keeping its players happy. When a new expansion comes out, it’s a great chance for players to get back into the game but the content offered has to be good if people are going to stick around. The “Warmind” expansion is, unfortunately, a very “Destiny” affair. It’s good, but disappointing overall. “Warmind” has players returning to Mars to save the world once again. After the last expansion, “Rise of Osiris”, introduced a brand new planet I was hoping that this version of Mars would be different. Although there are some new, icy areas, the overall look of Mars is the same as it was in the original “Destiny:” a lot of red sand and rocks and some run down buildings scattered around. A new form of the Hive enemies is introduced as well. Now the Hive are covered in ice and that’s about it. They function slightly differently and there’s a new variant that has an ice shield. Fighting these enemies feels the same as it does in the base game. The writing in “Warmind” functions as an exposition dump and as a way for the characters to attempt humor. I’ve compared the writing in “Destiny” to the “Avengers” movies, but now “Destiny” feels like a generic Saturday morning cartoon. Every few months the galaxy is in danger again from some threat that came out of nowhere and only these wisecracking doofuses can save it. Even with those shortcomings “Warmind”

manages to be alright because of the new content outside of the main story. The new public events called Escalation Protocols are a tough challenge but it’s a fun, chaotic time. There’s plenty of new exotic weapons and armor pieces to hunt for and most of them are worth the grind. There’s also a new Raid Lair that takes place on the Leviathan ship. It’s not as long as a normal raid, but it’s an interesting mission that’s worth going through. I would have preferred it to take place outside of the Leviathan since it’s the third raid on there. At the same time, the Leviathan has a unique look to it and doing a raid on Mars probably wouldn’t have looked as nice. While “Warmind” has some good content the player has to trudge through a lame story campaign to get to it. It doesn’t have the same cool, new visuals that the last expansion had, but it does have more substance overall. It’s a decent reason to come back to the game for at least a few weeks. It doesn’t help that this mixed bag of an expansion costs $20 and that’s what makes it a hard sell to returning players. That’s why “Warmind” gets three stars. Ulises Duenas can be reached at or @OrionUlisesD on Twitter.




Wednesday Wednesday Aug.May 23, 2017 16, 2018


Amusing summer ideas for independent individuals Karen Limones Staff Writer


or some of us, trying something new and getting to meet people can be kind of a challenge. This can be a problem when on summer vacation and you can’t find the courage to get up and attend an event on your own. What I mean by this is, if you find yourself being a couch potato all summer because you can’t find something to do or someone to explore with, don’t let this hold you back. For one thing, don’t let the idea of being alone take you away from doing things because you don’t always need a buddy to explore somewhere new. From experience, I chose to explore a new city on my own and had the opportunity to get lost anywhere I wanted to without anyone complaining to me.

For one thing, don’t let the idea of being alone take you away from doing things because you don’t always need a buddy to explore somewhere new. Another thing to consider is allowing yourself to be a little more open to people and conversations. I know the idea of introducing yourself to a stranger is nerve wrecking, but this is the best way to make connections because you may run into people who can later be beneficial to your life. I remember when I had to gain the courage

to talk to people when I was exploring cities, whether it was about directions or small talk with an attractive man on the subway. Locals can always be beneficial to your exploration because they may have insights on places, food and sometimes shortcuts to your destination.

I know the idea of introducing yourself to a stranger is a nerve wrecking, but this is the best way to make connections because you may run into people who can later be beneficial to your life. Therefore, with summer vacation right around the corner, I dare everyone who’s reading this article to take a risk. Whether it be getting out of your comfort zone and exploring a new city or just getting involved in your community, do something different this summer. Get involved. Don't sit at home and then regret not doing anything when the new semester comes rolling. Here are some things you can consider to have a more productive summer on your own and meet new people.

1. Join a community project Not only will this be a beneficial way of getting to know the people within the city you live in, but you’ll also be getting involved. In most communities, there are usually many projects that


they are being created to make the town safer. Consider getting involved by cleaning parks around your area or attending community meetings for more information on getting involved in something you’d enjoy.

2. Attend events In many cities, there are events like summer markets, bike parties, amusement parks

or movie nights. Find out what’s going on in your town or cities nearby that you can attend and enjoy. Sometimes attending events is a good way to see what other people are doing and gaining new ideas on how to do something different within your lifestyle, according to MommyCon.

3. Get a Job One way to stay productive all summer while meeting new people every day is getting a job. Doing so, you’ll be keeping yourself productive, gain another skill for your resume, and meet new customers all while making money. Karen Limones can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter


Wednesday WednesdayMay Oct.16, 25,2018 2017



New statue continues to be hot topic among students Karen Limones Staff Writer


f you’re thinking not another article about the Wildcat Statue, don't worry, I am too. Then it had me thinking about all

It’s still a ruckus and students still ask how much money the statue costs. Associated Students could have

those times I’m in the elevator or walking alongside the Bell Memorial Union that I hear people comment on the statue. It’s still a ruckus and students still ask how much money the statue costs. If you dare to read this, in 2017 the proposed amount for the statue was $135,000 which was funded from donations. In a recent update, the statue came to be about $145,000.

proposed a better way to incorporate the statue to bring school spirit. What I mean by this, is allowing students who study in majors with hand-crafting skills, the opportunity to make projects such as these. This would help students gain practice within their field and create projects. I mean how cool would it be to hear that you were able to participate in something that was on the grounds of your university campus. Transfer I mean, the statue is cute students like Robin Miki feel this but what else. I feel my would bring more school spirit to school spirit has been campus if the statue was made by the same since I first got students. here. “For one thing there are plenty of art students who I’m sure In all honesty, I’m with all of would have loved the opportunity you who I overhear mention the to make that. I feel that would funds could have been beneficial have made more of an impact, for something else on campus. to say this is made on campus However, since this was someby our students,” Miki said. “It’s thing that has already come to going to send a stronger message. its conclusion. I want to add that It’s better than saying 'here’s something we imported into Chi“For one thing there are co State' and I think because of plenty of art students that it could have been a lot less who I’m sure would have expensive.” loved the opportunity I mean, the statue is cute but to make that. I feel that what else. I feel my school spirit would have made more of has been the same since I first an impact, to say this is got here. As a student, I feel there could have been better options made on campus by our because I flat out don’t care too students" much for a statue when we have a Robin Miki, Student mascot. I don’t mean to trash talk students or the campus but were

The Wildcat Statue continues to create controversy among students over the cost.

“I know the funds were dedicated to the beautification of the campus, but I think it’s kind of annoying and unnecessary." Adrien Macias, Student

the ones, along with administrators and alumni, who can bring spirit to the campus by getting involved and attending on and off

campus events. Not only that but I’m sure at some point it will require maintenance that requires funds, then where will that come out of. Chico State junior Adrien Macias said she doesn’t really care about the statue and believes the funds could have been beneficial to student health services or other things on campus. “I know the funds were dedicated to the beautification of the


campus, but I think it’s kind of annoying and unnecessary. I wish the funds were going to services we need now. If it’s for building a new class building I’m all for that but a statue. It’s cute but I don’t really care for it,” Macias said. Karen Limones can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.


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Five dates in five days, a romantic journey Piper Loring Chief Copy Editor


eople typically imagine themselves meeting a romantic partner organically, through serendipity or within a professional field. But times are changing. It's increasingly difficult to meet someone without the shield of technology screens. Busy schedules filled with school, work and extracurriculars barely permit free time, let alone time to go out and meet someone. Therefore, online dating has become more conventional in current society. Because of this, I’ve decided to finally check out this phenomenon by going out on dates with five different guys in five days. Prior to these five dates, I

have only been on one first date in my life. The date consisted of him playing magic tricks for the entirety of the evening and as he walked me to my car, we spotted a dead body being pulled out of a public restroom. Consequently, I have set the bar for dating extremely low. As I waited at the bar in anticipation of my first date, I was immensely nervous. I was concerned that maybe my profile pictures were an inaccurate representation of what I actually looked like. Maybe the man I was meeting was, in actuality, a 400-pound man looking for love in his midto-late 50s. But rest assured, an attractive young professor walked in and instantly recognized me from my photos. He was well-traveled, nonjudgmental and outgoing. Overall, the first date went

better than expected and could lead to another date. For the second date, I expected a maverick, a dangerous man with neck tattoos and a motorcycle. To be fair, he did have both of those attributes. However, his personality did not match his tough appearance. He came to the date in a "Star Wars" cloak and hood. When I told him I was not a huge fan of the franchise, I could see the utter disappointment in his eyes. His faith in online dating has been depleted. Despite this, he put our lack of shared interests aside as we watched a band perform and our date continued with the normal amount of uncomfortable small talk and laughter. By the time my third date came around, I was prematurely exhausted.

Finding the right outfit for three days in a row while simultaneously attempting to build up that initial firstdate-excitement is tiresome. From his profile pictures, I expected this man to be the classic body-builder who spent time overseas in the military, someone who relaxes by drinking excessively and attending parties. I was sitting in the usual date spot when he sat next to me. He was tall and muscular, wore glasses and had an awkward smile. As we spoke, he confessed that he is inexperienced in most things. He has never smoked, rarely drinks and holds traditional values. This was an unexpected twist from what I had imagined. The fourth and the fifth date felt tedious. Although both men were polar opposites, I couldn't help but feel like I was going

through the same motions. Throughout all these dates I have realized a few things: no one wants to go on a date during the week, small talk is uncomfortably repetitive and people can surprise you. I met an adventurous professor, a "Star Wars"-obsessed maverick, an inexperienced soldier, an unexpectedly sweet fraternity man and an obnoxious musician. Although I will continue to experience romantic turmoil, at least now I am comfortable with online dating. I'll leave you all with one last tip: Do not go on all your dates at the same bar. The bouncer will assume you are an escort and you will run into one of your previous dates. Piper Loring can be reached at or @liperporing on Twitter.


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Summer readings worth your time Danielle Cortez Staff Writer


t's almost officially summertime, meaning no more classes, homework or group projects. But it's not a time to lose your brain activity because of the lack of daily school work. Why not read a book or two, just to add to your list of summer accomplishments?

According to Business Insider, “Science has shown that reading has some amazing health benefits, including helping with depression, cutting stress and reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer's later in life.” Danielle Cortez can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.

Here is a list of 30 mustread books, enjoyable for summer break or any free time in general. Enjoy!

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"The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tole "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coleho "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen "Norwegian Woods" by Haruki Murakami "The Stranger" by Albert Campus "The Art of

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Happiness" by Dalai Lama "A River Out of Eden" by Richard Dawkins "The Rules of Attraction" by Bret Easton Ellis "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt "The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How To Make The Most Of Them Now" by Meg Jay "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway "Shantaram" by Gregory Roberts "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P" by Adelle Waldman "The Women's Room" by Marilyn French "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides

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"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë "Emma" by Jane Austen "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison "You Think It, I'll Say It" by Curtis Sittenfeld "This Side Of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" by Dan Ariely "Anything" by John Green "Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer





How are the management positions decided at The Orion?

A: The editor-in-chief and business manager submit resumes and work samples to The Orion's adviser.


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They are then interviewed and asked questions about how they wish to improve The Orion and present what changes they believe should be made.

The current editorin-chief, adviser and the journalism department head discuss their thoughts and decide who will be given the position.

THUMBS Thumbs up to the beginning of summer break and school coming to an end. Be safe Wildcats! Thumbs down to awkward first dates. Why can't dating be easy?

Thumbs up to the Chico State softball team for winning the West Regional tournament. Good luck this weekend! Thumbs down to saying goodbye to friends for the summer. Miss you already!


Can we count on the Wildcat Pantry to keep starving students? The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry staff has shown how

students but does that mean it shouldn’t be a reason to

much of an importance keeping students well-nourished does not matter, when they decide to keep expired labels out for grabs. The goal is to provide food for students who can’t afford to purchase groceries or a meal. Yet, the free groceries being provided for students goes against this proposal when the food has been expired for two or more years. Students, like myself, depend on the pantry when we are in need and in some occasions, I don't think about checking the label twice. However, I noticed as I was opening my fruit cup for a study snack, I was no longer in the year of 2016. This goes to show that the staff cares very minimally about your health, even if they say they do. It seems as if everyone on board of the pantry tries to exemplify this great deed they are doing for students when in return they could care less if what you’re eating is even edible. It may sound ignorant if a student complains about receiving free food but why even have free food if it’ll end up giving you food poisoning rather than keeping you nourished? It’s a great that there are fresh vegetables provided to

check if everything else in the pantry is consumable? If that’s the case, why even have the pantry at all. What is the point of encouraging students to feed themselves if the food is something that shouldn’t even be eaten? While the responsibility lies with students to double check the expiration labels, Chico State should make a significant movement to ensure what we’re eating is up-todate. The fact that staff has taken on the commitment and responsibility to feed hungry Wildcats, should also mean they're checking to make sure they won’t be sending us to the Student Health Center. Students don’t have a say in what comes in and out of the pantry because we learn to appreciate the fact there are people willing to donate food to feed us. However, this shouldn’t be the reason to leave expired food out for students to take home.

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