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Student found dead south of campus along railroad tracks Nicholas Carr

News Editor

James Lowder, a 19-year-old sophomore pre-business administration major, died last Friday after being hit by a passing train, according to Chico Police Department. Lowder was found by the railroad tracks near West Seventh St. at about 4 a.m. on Nov. 15 after authorities were notified by an Amtrak engineer, according an email sent to the campus community Tuesday. Police say that JAMES Lowder was hit by a LOWDER train owned by Union 1993–2013 Pacific that passed through earlier that night at about 3 p.m. Since Friday, police have spoken to people who had seen Lowder at a party earlier that morning, Merrifield said. Lowder lived on the opposite side of the Services railroad tracks from for Lowder where the party took will be held place. “It’s possible he was Nov. 22 at walking home at the 11 a.m. at time,” Merrifield said. The Chico Police DeLakeside partment is currently Church in working with a representative from Union Folsom, Pacific to investigate Calif. what happened. Lowder, who was born on Dec. 29, 1993, came to Chico from the Folsom area, according to the university email. He first enrolled at Chico State in fall 2012. Services for Lowder will be held Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Church in Folsom, Calif. Nicholas Carr can be reached at or

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Chico State became the target of a series of cyber attacks last month



Mozes Zarate Enrique Raymundo

The Orion

A series of foreign cyber-attacks that compromised the email accounts of seven university staffers resulted in a disruption of campus communication during the latter half of October. The attack was discovered on Oct. 17, said Mark Hendricks, Chico State’s information security officer. Shortly after, the university began an investigation which revealed that hackers tried to break into the accounts of 46 Chico State employees. The attacks, which were traced back to two separate sources in Britain and the Netherlands, used phishing techniques to dupe staffers into revealing their account credentials. Phishing is the act of attempting to gain someone’s personal information, such as a username and password, by sending emails that disguise the sender’s true identity. “I do know that some of the messages were phishing attacks,” Hendricks said, adding that information gleaned from the investigation indicated that spam emails and possibly malware were also used. The seven accounts that were compromised were subsequently taken over by the attacker, who used them to generate thousands of spam and phishing emails that were sent to recipients on and off-campus. This resulted in university accounts being placed on a ‘blacklist,’ causing university emails to be blocked by spam watchdog services such as The Spamhaus Project, said Brooke Banks, Chico State’s director of user sup-

million was reported lost as a result of online attacks in the U.S. during 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s cyber-crime division.

was the average amount reported as lost to the FBI in 2012.


80 thousand Internet users fall for phishing scams each day, according to Public Safety Canada.

adults suffered from cyber-crime every second worldwide in 2012, according to a report by Symantec Corporation.

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Foreign student enrollment increases across nation Aubrey Crosby


Asst. News Editor The number of international students studying in the United States has seen a steady increase in the United States and California, according to a report issued by the Institute of International Education last week.

students have enrolled at universities in the U. S. in the past decade.

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The U.S. has seen an increase of about 300,000 students in the past decade, with more than 72 percent of U.S. institutions reporting an increase of foreign students enrolling, according to a report by the Institute of International Education. The countries that have the most students enrolled in the U.S. include China, with about 235,000 students, India, with about 97,000 and South Korea, with about 70,000 students, according to the report.

incoming international students enroll in California universities.



An estimated 80,000 of these students have made their way to California for education at state universities and community colleges. The California State University system currently has about 20,000 international students enrolled and has not seen an in-

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GLOBETROTTING Mychal Garcia, a senior Spanish and Latin American studies double major, processes paperwork in the International Student Services office. The office handles international student advising and admissions along with the study abroad program. duciusd aestios et fuga. Oloribusam


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Prize-winner Mandy Swearingen, who recieved the secondplace prize of $300, showcases her product idea, GRUPZZ, an app that allows students to organize groups for class assignments.

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Student entrepreneurs vie for start-up funding Aubrey Crosby

Asst. News Editor Students from Chico State and nearby universities showed off their ideas for consumers at the 2013 Business Concept Competition, which was put on by the Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship on Nov. 14. The competition hosted 20 student finalists who were competing for a cash prize to help jumpstart their business ideas. Peter Farsai won the first place, $500 prize with his app, Outdoor Ally, which alerts hunters and fish-

The Orion asked participants what their favorite product idea was. Here’s what they had to say:

ermen to local guidelines so they app that helps students organize group assignments. can avoid fines, said The third place, $100 Peter Straus, a profesprize was awarded to sor in Chico State’s two teams. One team, led management departby Luis Mejia and Chris ment. Mendez, presented their “Quite often huntidea for PartitionPal, an ers are unaware that inexpensive dorm room they are even breakdivider. Five engineering a law,” Straus said. ing students helped them “His app would be a Peter design the product. The great help to outdoorsFarsai other third-place award men and women everyJunior, recipient was Sean where.” pre-business Kvarda, who presented Mandy Swearingen administration his idea for a search enreceived the second place, $300 prize for GRUPZZ, an gine optimization tool.


Junior, psychology major

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“The presenter was so confident with the product that I was confident in her and her product.”

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The students worked hard to earn the cash prizes, but they’ll need much more money to move their projects along, Straus said. The Center for Entrepreneurship has an Accelerator Fund that allows students to present their ideas and request between $5,000 and $10,000 for their ideas, Straus said. Those who qualify for this award receive the funding from 3Core, a non-profit organization that helps promote these ideas in Butte County.

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X-rays on hold after health center floods WHERE TO GET YOUR X-RAY

Mozes Zarate

Staff Writer

The Student Health Center is outsourcing X-ray scans to a local imaging company after water from a broken toilet valve flooded many rooms in the building. Facilities Management and Services custodians noticed damp carpets surrounding the unisex bathroom near the X-ray room around 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, said Joe Wills, director of public affairs and publications for Chico State. The custodial crew stopped the leak from the valve and worked through the night to assess the damage. Fans and humidifiers were placed in rooms affected by the spill. Drywall that divides the health records and X-ray rooms were damaged, Wills said. Custodians tore out damaged carpets Nov. 12 and took down wall-mounted shelving where paper records and office supplies were stored, said Jill Cannaday, a nursing supervisor. None of the health records were destroyed by the flood, Cannaday said. Office space is tight at the center, so figuring out where to store records and supplies has been a challenge. A floor pit that houses electrical boxes in the X-ray room was filled with water when it was opened up, but the boxes were above the water line, Cannaday said. The staff at the Student Health Center is unsure if the X-ray machines were dampened, Cannaday said. An electrical expert advised them to leave the machines off until the damage is assessed. “I’ve had some IT people say that you could actually chuck a computer in a pool and dry it off and it would still work,” Cannaday said. “I don’t know that you can do that with an X-ray machine.” Even if the machines are undamaged, the walls inside the X-ray room are reinforced with special materials that may need repair, Wills said.


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Until the walls are repaired, the center will not be conducting X-rays in-house, Cannaday said. During the repair period, students will be transferred to North State Imaging for X-rays. “It is an inconvenience, and we feel bad about that,” Cannaday said. If a patient doesn’t have the means travel to the alternative location, the center plans to provide transportation. X-ray scan costs are normally covered by student fees, Cannaday said. Students are advised to use their own health insurance, if they have any, to pay for it. “If they don’t, we’ll pick up the bill,” Cannaday said. The amount of water damage was enough to

bring in Belfor, a property restoration firm, for repairs, Wills said. Contractors are continuing to dry the damaged areas out, move furniture and materials, tear out walls and pull carpets, Wills said. Repairs are expected to begin Monday. The cost of the renovations is still being determined, Wills said. In the worst case scenario, repairs could take up to 30 days, Cannaday said. “The biggest difficulty will be for students,” she said. Mozves Zarate can be reached at or

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Town Hall stimulates discourse on society

The Orion asked participants what their favorite part of the Chico State Town Hall Meeting was. Here’s what they had to say: Topics: birth control and abortion

Megan Bowser

Staff Writer

Professors and students filled the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium last Thursday to participate in a biannual Chico State Town Hall Meeting. The meeting, a student forum for discussion of important societal issues, is put on by the First-Year Experience Program, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Education. Students who are taking a 100-level political science course on American government had to work on assignments throughout the semester on a specific topic. The students discussed many different topics of public interest, including human trafficking and voting rights. To the programs that hosted the event and the professors who worked to put it on, the Town Hall Meeting is more than a class assignment. The event is meant to prepare students for future discussion and involvement in policy issues and social change, said Ellie Ertle, a faculty coordinator of the Town Hall Meeting. “We are hoping for a couple of things,” Ertle said. “One, that students see themselves as members of their community and are able to make social change when they feel like they want to. And two, that they gain tools for their toolbox, if you will.” The event began in the BMU with opening remarks from faculty coordinators, a student representative and Belle Wei, the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Students then broke up into groups. They discussed their topic with other students and a moderator. Students were encouraged to discuss solutions to problems they spent the semester researching. The event helped develop a sense of community for participants, said Joseph Bruce, a freshman political science major. “I took away a great amount of information on my topic, as well as an energizing sense of community,” Bruce said. Megan Bowser can be reached at or

Melissa shatswell Freshman, mathematics education

“I liked hearing everybody’s opinions on the topic and everybody’s variations from the topic. Like how people went into birth control and went of into different branches of abortion rights.”

Topics: birth control and abortion

eric ringseth Junior, music industry

“My favorite part was probably the group discussion in the separate buildings. All of the people had really good answers and policy solutions to their policy problems.”

Topic: genetically modified organism labeling

Jenny Salazar Freshman, biology

“I usually like Socratic seminars, so being able to discuss and hear other people’s opinions and views on different subjects that I had no knowledge about was pretty cool.”

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Future scholars tour university The recruitment day was aimed to expose high-achieving students Staff Writer to Chico State’s offerings, Denney said. The agenda included a deHigh school seniors from across California got a taste of the College partment presentation, a campus tour and a tour of Chico State’s of Agriculture Thursday. Thirty-two students interested in farm. “We are doing this to show the studying agriculture from 25 high Chico experience, and schools attended the Bell if they see themselves Memorial Presidential coming here then we Scholarship Recruitment would like them to atDay, said Audrey Denney, tend,” she said. the outreach coordinator Chico State students at the College of Agricultoured with the high ture. Academic advisers school seniors and at each high school chose answered their quesstudents interested and tions, advising them eligible for the scholaron different aspects of ship to attend the event. audrey Chico. Chico State can grant Denney “It seems like they the Bell Family PresidenOutreach Coordinator can be really good, tial Scholarship because they’ll fit really well of a $2 million endowand do really well,” ment given to the Colsaid Terra Gibson, a junior agrilege of Agriculture at Chico State, culture student. wrote Jennifer Fox, the dean of Some of the high school stuthe College of Agriculture, in an email to The Orion. The grant dents at the recruitment day said is awarded to outstanding high they were engaged by the campus school seniors who have enrolled visit. One of in the unithe students versity’s interested agriculture We are doing this to show the in the agrid e p a r t Chico experience, and if they culture proment. see themselves coming here gram was Recipithen we would like them to Kayla Huckents of the attend. aby, a senior grant who Audrey Denney at Summaintain a Outreach coordinator, m e r v ille 3.5 GPA or College of Agriculture Union High higher and School in stay within Tuolumne, the agriculture program at Chico State Calif. “I’m impressed,” Huckaby said. will be given $5,000 a year for four years, she wrote. It is intended for “The campus is gorgeous, the WREC is huge, and I’m very imstudents who complete their depressed with the farm. I’m plangree in four years. ning on getting into the animal “We will have two awards next science program here and starting year and the year after, but the my vet studies at Chico.” goal is to have a total of four Bell Family Presidential Scholars in each freshman class, so there will Nathan Lehmann can be reached at be a total of 16 on campus at any or @theorion_news on Twitter one time,” Fox wrote. Nathan Lehmann


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be enforced for all workstations on campus. While this is not the first instance of uniport services. versity accounts being compromised, the co“The use of spam blacklists and spam firewalls are one of the only ways that we can ordination of the attacks was unprecedented, Banks said. identify spam and phishing emails,” Hen“Spam and phishing attacks happen every dricks said. “Email account compromises are very common, and so spam blacklists monitor day,” Banks said. “The difference here was huge volumes of data to determine where that someone was targeting our accounts.” The university typically fights off several those sources are and start blocking those,” small-scale cyber attacks a week, and somehe said. times deals with larger “rashes” of attacks The blacklisting halted communication between the university and several outside like this one, Hendricks said. Historically, university systems and netentities, including Dell and the California State University Chancellor’s office, Banks works are a lot more open than other places because so many said. Depending on different people use the service, getting Spam and phishing attacks many different comremoved from a happen every day. The differputers, Banks said. blacklist can take ence here was that someone “We have a prolifbetween two days to was targeting our accounts. eration of different two weeks. types of devices, Staffers were notiBrooke Banks including all makes fied to change their Director, User Support Services and models of Maclogin credentials afintoshes and PC’s, ter the attacks, Henand we have 2,000 dricks said. staff and faculty, Since then, Hendricks has met with department chairs and many of whom their job is to go out and be creative and try different things,” she college deans to discuss the challenges posed said. by Internet security. Some spammers are paid by the volume Recent wireless connection issues were caused by failed hardware and have nothing of spam they disburse, and phishers sell personal user information on a black marto do with the attacks, Banks said. The reimplementation of a security aware- ket, Hendricks said. “There is no international conspiracy: ness program is in the works, Hendricks said. A set of desktop security standards will also People have too much time and or are try-

ing to make money by getting credentials or sending spam,” Hendricks said. Banks and Hendricks provided several user tips to protect accounts from spam and phishing. Never use the same password in multiple accounts, Banks said. “The password that I use for online banking is completely different from my CSU Chico account,” Banks said. Users are advised not share passwords with others, Hendricks said. He described a situation at another university where a jilted girlfriend went on a rampage with her ex’s credentials. “I’ve seen where an unhappy ex-girlfriend goes into a student’s account and starts dropping financial aid and un-enrolling in classes that they’ve been waitlisted on,” Hendricks said. Complex passwords prevent hackers from accessing user accounts with sensitive information, such as Chico State’s student portal account, Hendricks said. “You think that you’re saving yourself time by making a simple password,” Hendricks said. “But, if you don’t have some kind of complexity in there, it takes really no time to hack the password and access that account.” If you’re suspicious about an email, don’t open it, Hendricks said. “If you do happen to open it, the second thing to do is delete it and don’t click the link,” Hendricks said.

CYBER SECURITY TIPS Follow these steps to ensure your online security:

1. Never use the same password in multiple accounts 2. Never share passwords with others 3. Don’t open suspicious emails 4. Keep your anti-virus software up-t-date SOUrce ∤ Information Security Office

If you do click the link, run your anti-virus software and make sure it’s up-to-date, Hendricks said. If you think your account may have been compromised, immediately change your password, he said. Mozes Zarate can be reached at or

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Computer Science course turns students into cyber-warriors a site and tell you the weaknesses far more readily than the average guy who comes Staff Writer up with a degree in computer science,” Fisk said. In a third-floor classroom in the corner The students have made their websites of the O’Connell Technology Center, stuso well-defended that Fisk dents are taught the fine art of hackhas set up a number of viring. tual servers for his students Leonard Fisk, a computer scito “romp and stomp” in, he ence professor, has been instructing said. As Fisk was wrapping at Chico State since 1976, decades up his Thursday class, one before the World Wide Web was instudent said he had hacked vented in 1993. He is teaching “Adone of these servers while vanced Computer Security,” a class his classmate was talking. open to undergraduates and graduThen, he brought his laptop ate students alike. The class focuses to the front of the class to on learning how to use programLeonard show how he did it. ming skills to attack and defend Fisk Fisk said he’s worried websites. Professor, about the future of comGroups of students in this class computer science puter security in the U.S., create e-commerce websites which citing the proactivity of the other groups attack using comforeign hackers. Domestic cybersecurity mon cyber-attack methods and software. “We’re producing people who can look at companies have directly tied the Chinese Enrique Raymundo

military to cyber attacks in the U.S., and panies have also been deemed vulnerable, China is not not the only major hacker out so the demand for the kind of security exthere, he said. perts his class produces is only going to go “If you don’t think that everyone’s try- up. ing to hack Obama’s Blackberry, you’ve “For students that want to go into this, got another thing coming,” Fisk said. this is a major growth industry,” Fisk Being ready for said. “The money’s Fisk’s computer good, and I think security class isn’t it’s exceedingly If you don’t think that everyeasy, Fisk said. important to us one’s trying to hack Obama’s Students’ interest as a culture, to be Blackberry, you’ve got another in technology has able to play this thing coming. been waning even game. Because if though the need is we aren’t able to Leonard Fisk higher than ever. use the internet Professor, computer science “I’ve actually had with impunity and one or two students we aren’t able to who in the last four do business online, or five years who have said to me, ‘this is we’re screwed.” too hard,’” Fisk said. Concerns have been raised about cyber Enrique Raymundo can be reached at or security since the NSA was caught hacking other countries. Internet-based com- @eraymundocv on Twitter



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POLICE BLOTTER The police blotter is a selection of information cited directly from Chico Police Department and University Police Department.

University Police

Thursday, 8:22 a.m.: Indecent exposure outside of Shasta Hall. “White female adult in leopard ski pants, 40 years old, possibly urinating in bushes behind Shasta Hall.” Monday, 2:05 p.m.: Animal walked into clinic at Student Health Center. “Occurred in Stadium Lot. Report taken. Further investigation.”

Chico Police

Saturday, 11:19 a.m: Fight on the 400 block of Humboldt Avenue. “On Humboldt between Olive and Orient streets. Group of transients are attacking the reporting party’s husband now. All is occurring across the creek. Reporting party hysterical and cannot answer the questions. Reporting party’s husband is walking back to reporting party now. Transients are still there. Husband had gone to ask the transients to clear the camp out.”

Thursday, 8:29 a.m.: Suspicious subject in Student Health Center. “Woman downstairs in lab displaying bizarre behavWoman downstairs in lab ior, pulling her own hair displaying bizarre behavior, out. Not violent with pulling her own hair out. nurses who are still talking with her. Black University Police Department female adult wearing a black wig. Not current student. Subject got on bus and left the area.” Sunday, 11:45 p.m.: Suspicious sub subject at track stadium. “White male adult. 6 feet tall. Black trench coat. No shirt. Subjected approached reporting party’s vehicle and just stared at them for a while then walked off.” Sunday, 11:40 a.m.: Biohazard by Meriam Library ramp. “Vomit on black bench on south side of the library.” Sunday, 4:51 p.m.: Recycling issue at University Village Building 9. “White male adult with large water bottle and newspaper in hand. Dressed in all black. Long black curly hair. Subject has mental health issues.” Saturday, 10:48 p.m.: Miscellaneous alcohol violation at Sutter Hall, fourth floor women’s restroom. “Subject passed out on toilet. Subject is a snorer. Medical en route.”

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.: Disturbance at Caper Acres children’s park. “Reporting party reporting a magic group from a church is inside Caper Acres harassing others about joining their church. They were putting on a magic show then started in on joining their church. States it is a group of five subjects approximately 30-40 years old. One is in an Oregon Ducks jersey and top hat, two with fanny packs full of balloons, making animals. This church group has been advised against this already.” Sunday, 3:28 p.m.: Assault and battery on the 600 block of West Ninth Street. “Teeth knocked out. Unknown where the suspect went. Suspect known to victim. Victim is going to try to get last name and call back. Drunk victim was given statement form to fill out. Teeth were not knocked out, one was chipped.”

Sunday, 12:09 a.m.: Large party on the 700 block of Hickory Street. “Large and loud light show. Party clearing out. Reporting party calling back and says that people are now kickOne is in an Oregon Ducks ing in the fence boards jersey and top hat, two with across the street.”

fanny packs full of balloons, making animals.

Sunday, 10:39 p.m.: Disturbance at the Burger King on the 1100 block Chico Police Department of West Second Street. “Female in the lobby in a robe and pink nighty ordered a medium fry then starts laughing for no reason and pointing. Female has been there for an hour and a half. Female not wanting any assistance and leaving northbound on Nord Avenue on foot.” Monday, 12:13 a.m.: Fight on the 1100 block of West Sacramento Avenue. “Four black male adults are trying to start a fight with one white male. Subjects walking away from the Chevron. Reporting party overheard male subject say ‘we should just pop this guy’ and that he has been in jail and that he has 30 rounds. One of the subjects took off his shirt and left his bike in the Safeway parking lot.”

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increase since 2006, said Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for the CSU. While it is estimated that international students bring about $24.7 billion to the U.S. economy every year, it is unknown how much money they bring to the CSU system, Uhlenkamp said. “International students pay the out-ofstate tuition price, so it just shows up as an out-of-state student,” Uhlenkamp said. “That information is not readily available.”

Chico State

Chico State has about 600 international students currently enrolled, said Hayley Chamberlain, a student assistant for the office of international studies on campus. A lot of these students come from Saudi Arabia and Asia, she said. “The number of European students is low because they are only here for a semester or a year,” Chamberlain said. “The students from Asia and the middle east are typically degree-seeking, and end up fin-

ishing their degrees here.” Most foreign students on Chico’s campus study business and engineering, said Frank Li, the director of international education. International students on campus brought in $8.2 million in tuition and student fees during the 2012-2013 school year, Li said. One-third of this money goes toward a state grant for students in the program, and the rest goes toward paying for programs and resources on campus. They also bring more than $6 million to the Chico economy each year, Li said. But their contributions aren’t just monetary, Li said. “They bring diversity, which our school values, a global outlook for faculty and students. They provide an opportunity to key into global perspectives for the modern 21st century, which should be a very important mandate for every university.” Aubrey Crosby can be reached at or

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Common-sense fixes could prevent more bike deaths

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Two college students, Kristina Chester- paign focused on widening bike lanes in places where they’re narrow. man and Janee Nickerson died after being The city could also use the money to instruck by drivers at night. Chesterman, a Chico State nursing stu- stall more lights in darkened areas to give dent, was hit while riding her bicycle by drivers a crucial split-second of reaction time to avoid collisions. a drunk driver on Sept. 22. She died after The city could also two days in urgent care. work with the Butte Nickerson, a Butte County Association of College student who Governments to run was active at Chico And, of course, cythe B-line later into the State, was struck by a night, which would give driver two weeks later. clists and drivers students alternatives to She died two days after also bear responsiriding their bikes home the collision. after hours. Although these bility for keeping The university could crashes were isolated our roads safe. require every student incidents involving just to attend a bike safety a few individuals, the seminar before they entire Chico commucan register for classes. nity shares responsibilThis would ensure that ity for bicycle safety. everyone attending the university knows There’s no telling whether a few simple changes would have prevented Nick- the rules of the road before they get on erson and Chesterman from being struck their bicycle. And, of course, cyclists and drivers also and killed, but the community can make bear responsibility for keeping our roads changes to ensure that a third cyclist safe. Cyclists should remember to wear doesn’t join them. their helmets and put on bike lights, and To make sure a similar tragedy doesn’t befall another cyclist, the city could take motorists should take a cab if they’re not out bonds and launch a construction cam- sober.

Couples, you’re doing college entirely wrong Valarie Teegardin

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embrace the single life. You should seize this opportunity and get your beauty recognized. Be bold and say hi to the chick in class, or ask that cute cashier at Butte Station if he knows of anything going on this weekend. All it takes is a flash of unadulterated bravery.

When I hear people whine about not having a boyfriend or girlfriend, I want to smack them upside the head. 2. Couples are deathly boring Riding solo is one of the best decisions We all know someone in a relationship you can make during your time in college. who cannot hold a conversation without I have nothing mentioning useagainst relationless nonsense ships, but I beabout their partlieve they should ner. Oh, your be saved for afboyfriend saved This is a time in our lives ter graduation. you all the red You have 35-plus Skittles? Please where we can be rebelyears to find a do continue, I lious and carefree for the partner out in am just dying to most part. Why get sucked the real world, know more. but only four These people into that dull routine that years to be a collive in some faninevitably accompany lege kid. tasy world filled Think about with happily every relationship? that the next ever after’s and time you mope actually expect over your single us to enjoy lisstatus on Facetening to them book. drone on about For the following reasons, being single their “boo.” may change your college experience in Um, no. Don’t be that person. ways you never imagined:

1. This is the prime of your life

3. What happened to living young, wild and free?

Our physical fitness is at its peak and our Instagram pictures will never be hotter. Physically, these are the best years of our lives. College brings together a bevy of prime physical specimens onto one campus. Unless you plan on getting married right now — and let’s be real, you’re not — then

We are in college. This is a time in our lives where we can be rebellious and carefree for the most part. Why get sucked into that dull routine that inevitably accompany every relationship? Sure, couples may go to dinner and a movie at Tinseltown if they are feeling frisky. Or maybe those love birds would

prefer a night at home in their ratty sweatpants. The only thing catching their eye is their partner’s retainer glistening in the dim lighting of Family Guy playing on the TV. Oh baby. But hey, you may actually enjoy senseless fights with your lover or grungy dental gear. Just don’t limit yourself to these things by being tied down in a relationship. Instead, you should be saying, “to hell with it” and try something shockingly new. The freedom you get from being single is absolutely begging to be utilized. Step out of your comfort zone for one night, or two, or eight. Lose your voice from shamelessly belting out “YMCA” at karaoke night downtown or get on a dance floor and learn how to twerk. You can’t deny that both will create some priceless Instagram moments. With the holidays upon us, there is no better time to do yourself a favor and ditch the “plus one” invitations. You will ring in the New Year with a fresh start to endless possibilities. Cheers to the single life. Valerie Teegardin can be reached at or

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Stressed? Why not try a few random acts of kindness Amanda Irons

Opinion Columnist As the semester comes to a close, stress levels are rising, and kindness is being appreciated more than ever. I write an obsessive amount of my articles at the Naked Lounge Tea and Coffeehouse. It’s nearing the point where I can mentally map out where all the outlets are. I know exactly the order of preference for where to sit. Despite my routine, the people there can still inspire me. This week, I sat outside and tried to mentally convince myself that it is economically unsound to buy the Naked Mocha for a second week in a row. I contemplate the payoff of

returned, we exchanged names and a handspending $4.40 for the tantalizing Ghirardelli shake. Then he was off. and Mexican chocolate combination. In the I made my way to the Naked Lounge midst of this mocha fantasy, the barista sets down a glass of what appears to be the sexi- counter to place my order, only to be told that my drink was already est shade of wheat paid for. The nice man brown I’ve ever laid It’s kind actions like that spoke about the eyes upon. Atop this rain had graciously glass of decadency sat these that make stresspaid for my very own a beautiful display of ful end-of-the-semester Homebrewers Mocha. whipped cream. If you have ever had Without hesitation, crunch weeks palata drink or a meal paid I turned to the drink’s able. for by a stranger, you owner and asked what likely can relate to the it was, Homebrewers euphoric wave of gratMocha, he replied, the itude that crashes over your entire mood. feature drink at Naked Lounge this month. You hold a thank you behind pursed lips, I expressed my affections for his drink choice. From here we talked about nothing because the person who you wish to thank is of importance. The rain predominantly. After long gone. You inevitably smile. You can almost feel yourself glowing. we shared a few more words, he asked me to It’s kind actions like these that make stresswatch his bike and rushed inside. When he

ful end-of-the-semester crunch weeks palatable. Prior to my mocha fantasies, I could feel the weight of the world as it huffed its hard breath upon my neck. I was trying to mentally schedule when I’d have time to complete assignments so I could have time to eat. The stress is enough to keep you awake at night, even though it’s 2 a.m. and you have class at 8 a.m. Some call this kindness paying it forward and it can change the world. However you view it, be sure to practice the art of kindness. Whether it’s buying the girl drooling over your drink one of her own, or simply holding the door open for the person behind you. You have the power to positively impact someone’s world. Do not hesitate. Amanda Irons can be reached at or

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Question for Wisecat How do I tell a friend who is interested in being more than friends that I’m not interested? - Anonymous

Dear Anonymous, Sometimes you simply aren’t interested, and you have to firmly tell the person in question that you don’t see them as a potential girlfriend or boyfriend. When a person has romantic feelings for someone, things can get complicated. However, Cupid’s arrow doesn’t necessarily have to destroy a friendship. Just make sure that you break it to the love-struck fool the right way. And do it gently.

1. Don’t be awkward about it Turning someone down can make things awkward. In order to avoid this, act like you normally would with the person interested in you. If they’ve popped a big question on you, making it a bigger deal than it is isn’t going to help the situation.

2. Be polite

Tell them you aren’t interested, and that you don’t see them the same way they see you. You need to make that clear. Don’t say this in a way that makes them sound as if they’re not good Cupid’s arenough for you. You don’t want row doesn’t someone you’re necessarily close to feeling like they need to up and have to disappear from destroy a your life. Whether or not you care friendship. about remaining friends, you want them to respect you, so be kind and honest with them.

3. Do not give them hope If you know your friend isn’t ever going to have a chance with you, you can’t leave the conversation open-ended. Anyone infatuated with you is going to cling to every word you say and try to find a deeper meaning in your words — even if there isn’t one. Don’t give them hope for later. Be clear and concise when you turn them away. Stringing people along is a horrible thing to do and karma is a two-way street.

4. Take a breather, but don’t ignore them completely If they’re harassing you with calls and texts asking for a second chance, block their number. Otherwise, you should respond when they ask how you are doing. You do not have to keep the conversation going, but you should remain their friend if you can. They’re someone If you know you’ve relied on in your friend the past, and someone you shouldn’t isn’t ever golose because of a ing to have a small falling out. Skip a week of eatchance with ing at Marketplace you, you with them, plan to party with a differcan’t leave ent group for the the converweekend, but keep sation openyour plans of biking in Bidwell Park. ended. If you say no to everything they invite you to do for no legitimate reason and change how you act around them, your friend will notice. And if staying friends is not for you than staying civil with each other should be. The easiest way to keep a “friend zone” situation from getting messy is acting like it never happened. Yeah, the conversation might always be in the back of your mind, but you have to brush it off so that your friend can do the same. You can ask WiseCat for advice via email at or

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20 percent, even though none of it constituted as plagiarism. About half of that percentage came from me using direct quotes from other sources to provide context or refutation. That was part of the assignment, and I Nick Sestanovich gave attribution to the original authors in Opinion Columnist all cases. Yet, it still marked these quotes as “similar.” Oh, the wonders of the Internet. That should not count. Merriam-Webster I can barely remember a time when studefines plagiarism as “The act of using andents used to rent lots of books from the library to do research for an assignment. Now, other person’s words or ideas without giving all that information can be obtained through credit to that person.” However, I did give credit and made it clear those were not my a few simple web searches. Of course, this simplicity comes with a ideas. If I submitted this article to Turnitin, price. Students have easier access to other it would probably accuse me of stealing from Merriam-Webster. people’s ideas, and copying other’s words, The other half was marked as similar to can result in getting a zero on papers with other student papers submitted to the database. possible expulsion from the university. HowHow was I supposed to know about those? They ever, the Internet has offered a solution with aren’t even available in any search engines. its own website that attempts to combat the Writing something similar to a student I’ve plagiarism problem. was founded in 1995 by four never met in a state I’ve never been to shouldn’t cause any alarms. I guess the idea is to try and UC Berkeley graduates who wanted to preget me to reword my vent students from sentences, but they plagiarizing their should not make me essays. The website Writing something feel like I’ve stolen requires students to similar to a student I’ve something. I don’t submit an electronic never met in a state I’ve need to feel anxiety copy of their paper, over “stealing” when which it scans for never been to shouldn’t I haven’t done it. It similarities to other cause any alarms. even lists the titles papers or articles of articles I put on and displays a perthe reference page centage of how simas similar to other student papers. When stuilar it is to other works. I used for the first time this dents research the same topic, there is going to be overlap in sources used and cited. Get it semester because some of my classes utilize the website. While I think it’s great that together, Turnitin. I appreciate what Turnitin is trying to do, Turnitin is making students aware of plagiarism, I don’t think a computer is the best but it should just be one tool for checking a student’s paper for originality. If a professor feels judge of whether something’s copied. skeptical about a student’s paper, they can use I have never plagiarized and I have never Turnitin to double check, but it should not be been accused of it. I just hate to think that some student somewhere got sent to the the sole factor for determining plagiarism. A dean’s office for “plagiarizing” when they physical person is going to be a much better judge of that than a website. actually didn’t. I find the system to be rather flawed in what it deems as similar to other works. Nick Sestanovich can be reached at I recently submitted a paper to Turnitin, or @Nsestanovich on Twitter and it came back with a similarity rating of


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THUMBS Thumbs up to the 32 high school seniors who are eligible to receive scholarships from the College of Agriculture. It’s always good to have a friend who can cook a mean tri-tip steak. See A3. Thumbs down to the cyber criminals that broke into seven university email accounts, taking down email communications for several days. They probably just found a bunch of lame excuses from students who forgot their homework. See A1.

Thumbs up to preparing for triathlons. Especially because you could drown if you don’t train right. See B6.

Thumbs down to the damaged X-ray machines in the Student Health Center. I guess we’ll take our broken legs up the street. See A2.


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Professors and students filled the Bell Memorial Union on Thursday to participate in the biannual Town Hall Meeting. This event is put on by the First-Year Experience Program, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Education. Students gathered and were split into groups to discuss local community issues such as homelessness and internet security. This event was great for many reasons, not the least of which is that there were free cookies and coffee at several points during the night.

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‘You’re welcome’ is futile fluence,” studied the idea of persuasion. He came to the conclusion that the words “you’re welcome” are a missed opportunity. He recommends using the more unTara Miller conventional reply “I know you’d do the Opinion Columnist same for me” or “I was happy to do it.” These kinds of phrases allow us to We have been trained since we were little to say, “you’re welcome” whenever we hear maintain relationships where we help one the words “thank you.” However, these two another out without having the stress of keeping score, according to a Huffington words may not be the best response. Because the words “you’re welcome” Post article. It also shows people that we have been so engraved in our minds, it be- are the kinds of people who want to help others. Lastly, it kind of gives a sense of comes emotionless and almost robotic. It’s as if we say it only to acknowledge that obligation to the other person, where he or she will have to reciprocate the action in person or just say it because it’s just what we’re used to saying when we hear some- the future. “Cialdini’s phrase tells the person who one thank us. received your favor that someday you I end up saying “you’re welcome” the majority of the times I’m thanked. I do it may need help, too, and it also signals to only because that’s what I’ve gotten used the person that you believe she is honorto saying. I rarely ever say it anymore able and someone who will reciprocate. If this is the spirit in which you’re saying with the intentions of actually meaning it, your response is what I’m saying, or far more enchanthaving any sort of ing than the peremotion behind the I end up saying “you’re functory ‘You’re words. I only say it welcome,’” Guy because I feel the welcome” the majorKawasaki wrote in obligation to say it, ity of the times I’m his book “Enchantnot because I genuthanked. I do it only ment.” inely mean it. Saying the phrase I’m not going to because that’s what I’ve “you’re welcome” deny that there are gotten used to saying. has become second those who do put nature to all of us, forward meaning but maybe it’s time and emotion when to start changing they tell a person “you’re welcome” and that they genuinely it up a bit. So be daring, try some new mean it. But for those who want to be more phrase, and become more genuine in the genuine in their response, there are other response that is given when someone says “thank you.” ways to go about saying “you’re welcome.” The alternatives may have a bit more meaning and emotion behind the words Tara Miller can be reached at or that are spoken. Robert Cialdini, author of the book “In- @chicojournalist on Twitter

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The Gobble Wobble 5k and 10k run on Nov. 9 helped bring the Chico community together for a good cause. This run was a fundraiser, and one-half of the proceeds were donated to “Not One More” charity, which helps educate families about the hazards of drug abuse. Our community needs more fundraisers like this to support charities that make a difference. The Gobble Wobble run has done a good job bringing awareness to different societal issues.


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Album Review “Direct Hits” by The Killers The rock group released their latest compilation album filled with their hit songs on Nov. 11. It includes two new songs called “Shot at the Night” and “Just Another Girl” that are worth the price of the album alone. These tracks are equally as good as the hit songs everyone knows and loves. The Killers are the kind of rock group that people will still listen to 20 years from now. This album is living proof that The Killers’ legacy will live on from generation to generation.

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Serving up victories Chico State’s tennis club headed to nationals

Taylor Maddox


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ard work, dedication and a large anonymous donation have all paid off for the Chico State Tennis Club, which is heading to a national competition after pulling off a huge upset against Stanford university’s club team. Founded in 2008, the Chico State Tennis Club has already made a name for itself in the Northern California collegiate club section of the United States Tennis Association. In its first year as an official club, its battled against a 20-team field to take ninth place and the Silver Bracket Championship at the 2008 Northern California USTA Campus Championship qualifier. In its early days, the club was helped by generous donors and a fervent desire to bring the excitement of tennis to Chico State students, said Skyler Boles, the founder of the club and a Chico State teaching credential program student. After the university received an anonymous $250,000 donation to rebuild the tennis courts, the club began competing more often, and now attends four to seven tournaments a semester.

“Now, we get to go and play tourna- is still reeling from her team’s surprising ments against multiple schools, which can upset. “I am completely blown away that we be a great format to play because you get to play a lot of different schools and meet made it to nationals,” she said. “We went into the tournament with the best team a lot of awesome people.” Boles has worked to build Chico State we’ve had since I’ve been at Chico, but into an intimidating figure on the colle- we were definitely still the underdogs. We played amazing giate club tennis and put everything circuit, as well as we had on the line to better inform the We played amazing and against these bigChico State student put everything on the line ger, intimidating body of its status as against these bigger, intimschools and won. a competitive club, idating schools and won. Beating Stanford’s he said.

B team to earn a “Starting the club SOPHIE WACKERMAN slot was definitely has been a huge Junior tennis player a huge upset.” part of me becomWackerman was ing a better leader,” also happy to deBoles said. “There are many meetings, loads of paperwork liver a huge victory for her club’s founder. “I just can’t explain how proud I am of and other duties. Some people do not even know we have tennis courts on this cam- us,” she said. “It was a memorable weekpus, let alone a competitive club team. It end and we are stoked beyond belief to be makes you think outside the box to try and going to Arizona in the spring, but most importantly, I know that it’s a dream come get more people out there.” Having teammates with multiple skill true for Skyler Boles. This win meant a lot levels has brought diversity to the team, to him.” Wackerman hopes that tennis can besaid Cameron McCallister, a junior club come an official part of the Chico State member. “I transferred here this semester from a athletic program at some point in the near junior college and this is my first semester future, she said. “I have actually wanted tennis as an playing for the Chico State Tennis Club,” McCallister said. “So far, it feels like ev- official Chico State sport for some time,” erybody brings a different skill level, so- Wackerman said. “I would love more than cial acuity, athleticism, type of witty hu- anything for that to happen, and I think it mor, or style of cheerleading to the team.” would only do us good to have more recThe diverse approach to team-building ognition and get the word out there. I have appears to be paying off for the Chico seen the success that basketball and track State Tennis Club, which defeated Stan- have here at Chico and I have no doubt ford University’s B Team on its way to se- that we could get an amazing tennis team curing a spot in the 2014 USTA Tennis On going.” Campus Spring Invitational in Arizona. Sophie Wackerman, a junior on the club, Taylor Maddox can be reached at or @theorion_sports on Twitter

2008 $250,000 The Chico State Tennis Club was founded six years ago.

Chico State received a large anonymous donation to rebuild the tennis courts.

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intensity Sophie Wackerman and Ben Engle, right, give it their all during a fist-clenching match at Stanford University.

Hoop, hoop, hooray for new recruits put me in and work hard,” McFerren said. “I want to contribute in any way I can.” Staff Writer The same situation awaits Ambrosini, a Forget Turkey Day. This year, Christmas 6-foot-5 wing player from Fortuna High. Ambrosini chose Chico after feeling at home with came early to Chico State. Jalen McFerren and Nate Ambrosini, two the area and college-town feel. He will have a of the top 40 players in Northern California, chance to make an impact right away in the absence of seniors Parker and Sean Park. committed to playing basketball for Chico Cobb said Ambrosini will bring a physical State Wednesday. “We were lucky,” said Chris Cobb, assistant game and toughness to the court for the ’Cats. “He’s the type of player that guards the basketball coach. “We got the two guys we reother team’s best player,” Cobb said. “He’s goally wanted.” ing to bring an ability to win, he’s Ambrosini and McFerren, going to be competitive and he’s goranked 12 and 22 in Northern Caling to make us tougher.” ifornia, respectively, are the latest Ambrosini, like McFerren, wants in a line of talented recruits for the to help the team any way he can. basketball program. “I hope to come in and have a big “As we have gotten better, our role on the team and do what the reputation is being one of the precoaches want me to do,” he said. mier Division II programs in the The pair, who were both firstcountry,” Cobb said. “I think getteam all-conference players last ting players of their caliber show jalen year, are focused on helping their that.” mcfarren new team win championships. McFerren, who committed first, men’s basketball After committing on the same is a 5-foot-9 point guard from Castro team day, the two exchanged congratulaValley High School — the same Castory messages to each other. McFertro Valley that senior guard Rashad Parker called home before his days at Acker ren actually did a bit of research on his new teammate as well. Gym. He picked Chico State because of the “I’ve looked him up and watched some film skilled coaching staff, and, after visiting camof him,” McFerren said of Ambrosini. “He’s pus, the welcoming community. “On my visit I felt that the community and a tall, versatile player. It’s going to be great atmosphere in Chico were great,” McFerren having a guy with that talent coming in at the said. “The guys on the team were friendly and same time as me.” The coaches, meanwhile, are overjoyed welcoming. Overall, a good place for me.” The young point guard likes to push the ball about getting their gifts early. They got exactly up court and is effective at setting up team- what they wanted in the new recruits. “We aren’t just getting good basketball playmates, skills that will fit right into the Wildcat ers, we are getting really good guys,” Cobb system, Cobb said. Since senior guard Giordano Estrada is set said. “These guys are really special.” to graduate after the year, McFerren will have an opportunity to compete for playing time as Nick Woodard can be reached at or a true freshman. @nwoodard25 on Twitter “I want to play in whatever role the coaches

Hoops Nate Ambrosini drives toward the hoop against three defenders while playing for Fortuna High School.

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After a dominating home victory opening night, the Chico State men’s basketball team lost its conference opener Saturday 80-78 in overtime against Cal State Stanislaus. The ’Cats were down 37-28 at halftime in Turlock but came back to tie the game at 67 by the end of regulation. Cal State Stanislaus edged out the Wildcats in extra time, with help from Division I transfer Marcus Bell. Senior Sean Park continued his tremendous start, scoring a career-high 24 points, with three assists and a steal. Senior transfer Giordano Estrada pitched in 20 points on five 3-pointers and recorded five steals. The Wildcats are 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Chico State will look to get back in the win column Saturday against Simpson University in Redding.

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In a midweek game Tuesday, the Chico State women’s basketball team crushed Fresno Pacific University 79-47 at home. Four Wildcats, including Jazmine Miller, Hannah Womack, McKenzie Dalthorp and Courtney Hamilton, scored double-digit points in the victory. Hamilton added five rebounds, four assists and four steals to her stat line. Miller led the team with 15 points and added three assists, three steals and a block. Chico State recorded a whopping 15 steals in the blowout. The ’Cats are 2-0 overall and will play Notre Dame de Namur and University of Tampa in the Sonoma State Elsie Darling Classic Friday and Saturday.

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home again Jordan Semple looks for a pass at the top of the arc against Holy Names last Saturday.



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Shurtz tied her seasonhigh 23 kills against Cal State L.A. and has contributed 302 kills for the ’Cats this season. Shurtz has proven herself a leader and a huge asset to the Chico State volleyball team.

Outside hitter Alex Shurtz scored 31 kills in two games for the women’s volleyball team last weekend.

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Senior guard Sean Park scored a career-high 24 points Saturday in an overtime loss at Cal State Stanislaus.


(WOMEN’S BASKETBALL) The women’s basketball team recorded 15 steals Tuesday against Fresno Pacific University.

(MEN’S SOCCER) The Chico State men’s soccer team ended its 144-2 season with a sevenround penalty kick shootout loss to rival UC San Diego in the NCAA Tournament Saturday.



2. Cal State L.A. 3. UC San Diego 4. Cal State Dominguez Hills 5. Cal Poly Pomona 6. Cal State San Bernardino 7. Humboldt State 8. Cal State East Bay 9. Cal State Monterey Bay 10. San Francisco State 11. Sonoma State

1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

2–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–2

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18 – 1 16 – 3 16 – 4 11 – 9

22 – 5 24 – 3 23 – 5 17 – 11

5. Chico State

11 – 9

14 – 13

6. Cal State L.A.

10 – 10

15 – 13

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5. Chico State



6. San Francisco State 7. Humboldt State 8. Cal Poly Pomona 9. Cal State East Bay 10. Sonoma State 11. Cal State Dominguez Hills 12. Cal State San Bernardino

0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1

2–0 3–1 2–1 2–3 0–1 0–1 0–2

CCAA 7. Cal Poly Pomona 8. San Francisco State 9. Cal State East Bay 10. Humboldt State 11. Cal State Dominguez Hills 12. Cal State Stanislaus



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1. Cal State L.A. 2. UC San Diego 3. Cal State Monterey Bay 4. Cal State Stanislaus


1. Cal State San Bernardino 2. UC San Diego 3. Sonoma State 4. Cal State Monterey Bay



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Standings 1. Cal State Stanislaus


For the fourth time this season, the Chico State men’s soccer team faced off against UC San Diego, this time in the semifinals of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. No. 3 seed Chico State previously advanced after beating No. 6 seed Seattle Pacific to face No. 2 seed UC San Diego. The ’Cats had alread lost twice to the Tritons in close matches and had beaten them in another close match earlier in the year. Matt Hurlow put Chico State up 1-0 in the ninth minute, but UC San Diego scored 10 minutes later to tie the game at one. Neither team would score again in regulation, eventually forcing a penalty kick shootout. After seven rounds of great saves and shots, UC San Diego slammed home the final kick, ending the season for Chico State.

SET UP Torey Thompson sets the ball to the outside hitter.




After losing a three-game sweep at Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday, the Chico State volleyball team beat Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday in a thrilling comeback. The Wildcats lost two of the first three games Saturday before winning the fourth game 25-17, sending the match into a fifth and final game. Chico State kept focused and pushed through to a 15-12 victory. The Wildcats are 14-13 overall and 11-9 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Only two games remain in the regular season, with the first taking place Friday at home against Humboldt State, and the final match at home on senior night Saturday against Cal Poly Pomona.





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Wildcats awarded 2013 All-CCAA conference team honors FIRST TEAM ALL-CCAA


Guzman was named to the All-CCAA team for the second time during his career for the Wildcats. In 2013, Guzman led the ’Cats with five goals and dished out eight assists on the season.

Crim received his third career selection to the All-CCAA team. During the 2013 season, Crim played in all 20 games. He tallied two goals and assists on the season. He also made it on the top-ten list in assists, tying three others for tenth all-time with 15 career assists.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2013 Season: OCTAVIO GUZMAN



Ward started at defense for all 20 of the Wildcats’ games during the 2013 season, leading the team in minutes played with 1,839. He also scored three goals on the season, one of which was a game-winner against Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Walker earned All-CCAA honors for the second consecutive season. She was the team leader in goals with five and scored a game winner against California Baptist University. Walker was also tied for first in assists with four. Walker finishes her career at Chico State with 14 goals and 12 assists.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2013 Season: “Seeing our name come up on the screen during the NCAA selection show.”

Senior defenseman Chico, Calif.

Senior midfielder Davis, Calif.

SAM EVANS Senior goalkeeper Snoqualmie, Wash.

Senior Luke Palmer started at midfield for all 18 games he appeared in during the season. He had two assists on the season and took 14 shots. Palmer also represents the men’s soccer program on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Leiva started all 18 games during her senior year for the Wildcats. She tallied three goals, including a game-winner against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Leiva also had one assist on the season. She has been named to the CCAA All-Academic team three times and was a winner of the Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

Senior forward Sacramento, Calif.

Most Memorable Moment of 2013 Season:


“Our comeback victory against Cal Baptist. It was my first goal of the season and I was able to contribute to the victory.”



Evans led the Wildcats to a 9-1-2 record in the 13 games he appeared in this season. During the 2013 season, Evans became the school record holder in wins, 37, and shutouts with 23. He had a save percentage of 0.733 and a goals-against average of 0.59 per game.

Gorman appeared and started in all 20 games this season and was a key leader for the defense of the ’Cats, playing a total of 1,790 minutes, which was second-highest on the team. He had a lone goal on the year against Cal State Stanislaus in September.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2013 Season:

Most Memorable Moment of the 2013 Season:

“Justin Walmsley scoring the game-winning goal in overtime at UC San Diego.”


“Getting the opportunity to play and practice with my family every day.”


“Our win in overtime against UC San Diego. It was a big game in our season and it’s always fun to win in exciting fashion.”

Senior midfielder Boise, Idaho

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Most Memorable Moment of the 2013 Season: LUKE PALMER


“Hopefully the most memorable part is still to come, but having all of my family at senior day was really special for me.”

Senior forward Bay Point, Calif.


Most Memorable Moment of the 2013 Season:

“This whole season has been memorable.”

Senior midfielder San Diego, Calif.


“Being selected into the NCAA tournament.”

Senior defenseman Huntington Beach, Calif.

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CAMPUS EVENTS Giving Thanks with Billy McLaughlin @ BMU Auditorium 7 - 9 p.m.

Guitarist, composer and producer Billy McLaughlin shares stories of his rise to fame while fighting a neuromuscular disorder.

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Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli de Veracruz

Building Your Network

Volleyball vs. Cal Poly Pomona

Chico Performances presents a 45-member dance troupe from Mexico in this cultural performance celebrating the holiday season.

Join Ken Nass in this career-oriented webinar about networking in the business world.

Cheer on the ’Cats at their last home game of the season and honor the senior atheletes. Students get in free with an ID.

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Christmas Preview with Butte Humane Society

@ Brooklyn Bagel Works 7 p.m.

Enjoy some hot chocolate, pose in a photobooth and learn about Butte Humane’s adoptable pets and services.

@ Studio A, Meriam Library Noon - 1 p.m.

@ Acker Gym 7 - 8 p.m.

Exhibit: When the Earth Shakes

Afro-Caribbean Dance Classes

Discover the science behind earthquakes in a variety of interactive exhibit features, including a plate techtonic puzzle and quake karaoke platform.

Jeanne Christopherson leads a class to “dance your warrior, dance your woman and dance your healer.” Classes cost $10 per person.

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@ Chico Women’s Center 5:30 - 7 p.m.


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Make your break 3 ways to make the most of the holiday away from home Risa Johnson


Asst. Features Editor or most students, Thanksgiving break means a week home with family, with thoughts of schoolwork and responsibility replaced by Mom’s roasted turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. However, some students can’t go home because of work or would just rather stay in Chico. For those of you who might be homesick this Turkey Day, The Orion has compiled a list of things to do to ward off the Thanksgiving blues.

Volunteer Donate your time somewhere like the Torres Community Shelter or the Jesus Center. While college students might not have money to give, there is time to spare over the break. Also, many grocery stores are holding canned food drives which only cost a few dollars per donation. Students interested in serving an evening meal at a shelter should call the Torres Community Shelter at 891-9048 or the Jesus Center at 345-2640.

Cook at home Find other friends who are staying in town for the week. Share a traditional — and inexpensive — Thanksgiving dinner together. Save Mart is offering a bargain on a complete turkey dinner that serves four to eight people for $50. Split between eight friends, that’s only about $7 per person. Just heat and serve. It includes: · 8 to 10-pound Butterball turkey · 40-ounce mashed potatoes · 32-ounce savory stuffing · 32-ounce green bean casserole · 24-ounce turkey gravy · 14-ounce cranberry sauce · 8-inch pumpkin pie · 12 fresh baked or Hawaiian dinner rolls

Dine out Go out to eat. Some restaurants in town will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner: · Crush, 201 Broadway St. Closes at 7 p.m. · Cozy Diner, 1695 Mangrove Ave. Closes at 6 p.m. · Jack’s, 540 Main St. Closes at 6 p.m. · Kalico Kitchen, 2396 Esplanade. closes at 6 p.m. · Russell’s, 185 Cohasset Road. Closes at 6 p.m. · Denny’s Restaurant, 675 Manzanita Ave. Open 24 hours. · Marie Callender’s, 1910 E. 20th St. Closes at 8 p.m. Risa Johnson can be reached at or

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Businesses fund foundation to improve bike safety used for a nursing scholarship which will be awarded in Chesterman’s name next spring. Staff Writer “My heart goes out to her whole family,” Chico State students know pedicab driver Griffith said. “I know what happens when someone gets taken away and how heartMike Griffith as the fun-loving biker who breaking it is for everyone who blasts upbeat music while givknew them.” ing rides. But he also has a givChesterman’s family was ing heart. at the event and were grateful Griffith, known as “Mike G,” for Griffith’s efforts, said Dave organized a three-day fundraisChesterman, Kristina Chestering event from Thursday to Satman’s father. urday in memory of Kristina “It’s really great of Mike G to Chesterman, a Chico State nursput this on,” Dave Chesterman ing student who died after a hitsaid. “It’s making a difference and-run while riding her bike in the community and if this the night of Sept. 22. awareness saves one person, it’s “I gave a ride to Kristina on Kristina worth it.” my pedicab the night before she CHesterman Dave Chesterman stressed the passed away,” Griffith said. “She Cyclist who died importance of bike safety and was an amazing person and her after a hit-and-run in September hopes to start taking action on story really touched me.” improving street conditions for Griffith planned the event for bikers. a month and gathered support “We would like to do a number of things, from 69 downtown businesses. On Saturday, various organizations set up such as fixing dangerous spots with public funding, like the booths in City Plaza bridge she was killed to bring awareness on and fixing poorly to bike safety and Students need to be careful lit areas,” he said. remembering Cheston bikes, but drunk driv“Students need to erman. The event ing is really the problem. be careful on bikes, also raised money but drunk driving is for The Kristina really the problem,” Chesterman FounDAVE CHESTERMAN he said. dation and Doctors Kristina Chesterman’s father Although the Without Borders, an Chesterman family organization Chestdoesn’t yet have the erman was passionbike Kristina Chesterman was riding the ate about. night of the incident, Dave Chesterman said Funds from the foundation will also be Kayla Smith

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Memorial A painted white bike is propped where Chesterman was struck on the 300 block of Nord Avenue. he would like the item to be placed somewhere on campus in Kristina’s honor. “It would be nice to put it somewhere students can see as a reminder to be safe while remembering Kristina,” he said. Butte County flight paramedic Kira Simon ran a booth at the event enforcing responsible drinking. The booth had a large sign that said “don’t drink and drive.” “I want students to be responsible, watch out for their friends and make good decisions,” Simon said. “You could make a bad

decision that changes the rest of your life. Don’t do things you will regret.” Kristina Chesterman’s mother, Sandra Chesterman, said her daughter is still helping others even after her death. “Kristina just wanted to make a difference in the world, and she is, through the awareness her story is bringing to others,” she said. Kayla Smith can be reached at or

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Cardio ’Cat: Beginner’s guide to triathlons

Risa Johnson

Asst. Features Editor Arms thrashing and legs kicking their way through the water in a sea of people. Road bikes, tri bikes, all kinds of bikes, speeding around corners. And lastly, a mad dash with whatever is left in their somehow still-moving bodies. In the near future, I want to take on a triathlon, and it will be my first one. I want to do it because the idea terrifies me a bit, to be honest, especially the swimming part. I am a fine swimmer, but the pressure of having to transition seamlessly from three different sports and also find my way through the water with hundreds of other people scares me. But I want to do it because I haven’t before. If you, like me, want to try a triathalon but are slightly intimidated, read this beginner’s guide to becoming a triathlete. Triathlons are complex, intense and challenging, but they don’t take long to train for. I know it will keep me entertained for a while,


and I’m itching to cross another finish line.

Step one

Choose a race. I have been unable to find any triathlons before next spring. I plan to first complete the “Dirty Duathlon” at Folsom Lake in February, which consists of four miles of running and six and a half miles of biking. Starting in March, there are plenty of triathlons to choose from in places like San Francisco, Napa Valley and Auburn, which aren’t too far from Chico. There are different distances typical for triathlons: · Sprint: 400 to 750 meter swim, 20 kilometers of cycling and about a five kilometer run · Olympic: 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometers of cycling and a 10 kilometer run · Half iron: 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles of cycling and a 13.1 mile half marathon · Iron: 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of cycling and a 26.2 mile marathon, all in one day, a total of 140.6 miles


Step two

Get gear. One of the reasons the duathlon appealed to me is

because it is a mountain biking course, and I am a fan of fitness apps for logging my I don’t currently own a road bike. Triathletes miles, tracking my route and syncing my muneed decent, tinted goggles, a durable swim- sic. The apps First Time Triathlon and My Tri suit for training, a bike Swim Coach have some suited for the race, a helof the best ratings for MORE ON met and probably a swim beginner triathletes. Training cap. First Time TriathGood running shoes lon offers a 12-week A triathlete should train at are necessary, and bike training program for a least five times per week, shoes and sunglasses are sprint triathlon and My with two swimming workouts your choice. A bike pump Tri Swim Coach has a and three running or biking is definitely a good idea plan with drills, warmworkouts. and extra tubes and other ups and cool-downs. parts for fixing a flat for a In a previous column, road bike is a good precaution. I talked about how to drink and eat well For racing, some triathletes keep triath- before, during and after a race. I believe lon-specific shorts and a top for the entire that nutrition is the most important part race. If the water is cold where I’m racing, I’ll of exercise. definitely be getting a wet suit as It is important to hydrate well before, well. during and after workouts with water and some form of electrolytes. Also, make sure to eat something before, have energy Step three snacks or gels during and reload on carTrain. Someone who’s out of bohydrates and electrolytes after training shape can be ready for a triathlon in 12 weeks by training for four hours per week, said Gale and racing. Bernhardt, a former USA triathlon team coach, in her article on Two work- Risa Johnson can be reached at outs a week should consist of swimming and or @risapisa on Twitter the other three of running and biking.

Student Spotlight: Darion Johnston

Panetta intern works during political crises Sharon Martin

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Photograph Courtesy Darion Johnston

Women in Politics Johnston spent the semester working with Rep. Lois Capps.

From the government shutdown to the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, Darion Johnston is having a busy and eventful semester. Johnston, a junior double major in communication studies and political science, earned the opportunity to spend the semester in Washington, D.C. through the congressional internship program from the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The internship was worth 20 units, and participants learned firsthand how a government office works. The institute was started by Leon Panetta, the former Secretary of Defense and CIA director and his wife Sylvia. The program aims to help students become better leaders. One student from each California State University campus is chosen to participate in the internship, which takes place in Monterey for the first two weeks. Students spent the first two weeks taking classes and listening to different speakers in Monterey, Johnston said. “We actually got to hear Panetta tell his story about how he got Osama Bin Laden,” Johnston said. “That was better than the

movie, obviously, but I still had my Coke and ment shutdown dealt with a man who had a popcorn.” heart transplant but needed medication to After the first two weeks, participants were prevent his body from rejecting the new orset up with a member of the House of Repregan, she said. sentatives. Johnston was set up with Rep. Lois “He had a week’s supply left, but the governCapps, a congresswoman from California’s ment shut down and he couldn’t file his paper24th district, which covers Santa Barbara work,” Johnston said. “I was supposed to go County, San Luis Obispo County take his paperwork there, but the and northern Ventura County. office was closed, it was locked.” Johnston was responsible for The man was taken care of, but answering phone calls to Capps’ ofit was a sad moment to watch, fice, writing letters to constituents, Johnston said. giving tours of the Capitol and atOne inspiring moment she wittending briefings, she said. nessed on her third day in the “When I got there, I was thrown Capitol was the 50th anniversary into it right before the Syria conof the march on Washington. flict started happening,” she said. “I got to see Obama, Jimmy “Everyone who was angry were Darion Carter, Bill Clinton and Oprah blowing up the phones.” Johnston speak,” she said. “That was inJohnston also got to spend time Congressional credible to see so many people at the White House as part of a Intern come out and support equal seminar put on by the Panettas. rights.” “It was really exciting and we Johnston hopes to run for an felt really cool,” Johnston said. “Our meeting Associated Students position next semester. was in the Roosevelt Room, which used to be She wants to take some of the knowledge the oval office.” and skills she learned in Washington and The government shutdown was an interest- apply them to student government. ing experience, Johnston said. It was disap“I’m incredibly grateful to have had this pointing to see people who are supposed to be experience,” she said. “It was definitely a leaders really fail the country. blessing.” “Everyone was just angrier,” she said. “As someone who just showed up, it seemed like a Sharon Martin can be reached at or huge blame game.” One stressful moment during the govern- @SharonBMartin on Twitter

The O-Face: Screams, sighs and dirty talk Religious experience

Chantal Richards

Sex Columnist

The thump of the bed against the wall, the squeaking of the mattress and cries of passion leave me sweaty, breathless and wanting a do-over. Let’s be real, making noise in bed is a huge turn-on for both sexes. Most of the time. When the noises being made get borderline creepy, too dirty and downright disturbing, there is a problem. I’ve heard a lot of noises and made some myself in the bedroom. Here are a few examples:

Mute or mouse

I am guilty of this. Between the thrusts, kisses and different positions, sometimes yelling, “Oh my god” adds to the whole experience. Most of the time, it happens when trying to breathe through the pleasure so it comes out raspy, which really gets your partner going. There is nothing wrong with this. Sometimes, whispering it in your partner’s ear leaves them praying for more.

Daddy’s home

Heavy breather

Other noises

This is the most common noise made in bed. I like breathing heavily without making any other sound, if I can help it. I, like many others, am aware of roommates and neighbors. This lets your partner know you are enjoying the experience, especially when you breathe slowly then faster and faster until they have finished.

There was one partner I had who Dirty mouth Dirty talk is fun, wouldn’t make a This is not one you exciting and a turn-on. peep. No heavy can clean up with OrUntil it goes too far. breathing, no bit. Dirty talk is fun, words, nothing. exciting and a turnHe enjoyed what I on. Until it goes too was doing but was far. never vocal about Telling your partit. I get being quiet, but too quiet is weird ner things like, “You like that, you dirty and results in me turning music on or bebitch?” and “I want you to piss all over me” is coming more vocal to fill the silence. not OK. Ever. If you’re not inclined to make noises, I have had the dirty talkers and usually make sure your partner knows ahead of pulled a face of disgust in the middle of a time. spew of horrible words. Communicate so your partner doesn’t Things like, “You like that? Me too,” “I am think you’re bored out of your mind or going to go slowly and then I am going to go falling asleep. hard” and “I....loooooove....youuuuuu” are all acceptable. Tone it down and take cues from your partner.

Yelling “who’s your daddy?” or “daddy, that feels good” is not my cup of tea. Where this came from, I will never know. Some people are into it and have learned to like it somewhere along their sexual journey. I found out I wasn’t into it when a partner kept asking me to call him, “daddy” and say dirty things during sex. It was disturbing and felt like borderline incest to me.

Screaming is a sexy sound. I have screamed before, but usually I muffle it with a pillow

over my face so it doesn’t sound like I am getting murdered. Other noises you might be familiar with is the quick grunt, the “HUH” that sounds like a baboon calling its mate. Another common sound is the “Ah-ah-ah” in different pitches and at different volumes that are usually said in succession. I even had a partner roar like Chewbacca. That was weird, and left me wondering how he could make that sound. But no matter what weird noises escape your lips while you’re in the middle of passion, you and your partner should both enjoy them. Raise your voice and let your vocals add to your sex life, not cause detrimental harm. Chantal Richards can be reached at or @ChantieRichards on Twitter

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‘Spring Awakening’ shows off skin, skill Risa Johnson

Asst. Features Editor Imagine a world where parents don’t give “the talk.” A world where teenagers don’t know what sex is and girls get pregnant without understanding how. This is the world brought to life in the sexually-explicit and captivating play, “Spring Awakening,” in the intimate setting of Chico State’s Wismer Theatre. Based off an 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind, teens struggle with coming of age in an uptight society where sexuality is taboo. A cast of standout singers, stomping dancers and expressive actors gave a thrilling, humorous and downright heartbreaking performance directed by Joel Rogers and Sue Pate. Musical numbers like “My Junk” and “Totally Fucked” were highlights of the

Henderson, showed friends her welts show. The teens stood up and belted out exfrom being beaten by her father, but was plicit lyrics about everything their elders too afraid to make a complaint against aimed to repress. him. In the song, “The Dark I Know Well,” In the opening scene, Wendla, played Martha and by Alexandra her friend Ilsa, Geringer, begged played by Lauren her mother to tell S u t t o n - B e a t t i e, her the real story Melchior was blamed by illustrated the — not the stork darkness they felt story — about how teachers for his friend growing up sexwomen get pregMoritz’s death. ually abused by nant. Her mother, their fathers. played by Austin Wendla and Brown, was too Melchior, played embarrassed to by Hugo Fowler tell her child, lose their virginity together. The scene which ultimately led to her death. shocked the audience by showing Fowler’s In the end, Wendla’s mother would bare butt. rather force her daughter to have an Moritz, played by Zachary Hansen, abortion than live with the shame of her committed suicide after failing midterm daughter having premarital sex. examinations. His parents did not accept Another teen, Martha, played by Lacey

failure and he had no outlet to express his feelings. His parents didn’t explain puberty to him and didn’t teach him how to cope with stress and failure. Melchior was blamed by teachers for his friend Moritz’s death. Melchior wrote him an essay explaining sex because no one else would, and teachers claimed that essay corrupted Moritz and led to his death. The teachers were outraged about the reputation of their school being ruined by the new “progressive” generation. After all of the darkness the teens faced, they finally took a stand together to sing “The Song of Purple Summer,” which symbolized their combined power over the repressive society. Risa Johnson can be reached at or

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Students find unlikely animal companions Kayla Smith

Staff Writer

Having a pet in college is a big responsibility, but it comes with a payoff. Between the stresses of studying for tests, juggling extracurricular activities and a busy social life, many college students choose to own a pet to play with during their downtime.

Ferret Bueller

It may not be legal to purchase ferrets in California, but you can keep them as pets, said Lauren Blazek, a fifth-year kinesiology major. Blazek got her ferret, Ferret Bueller, from a friend three years ago and fell in love with him instantly, she said. “I love showing him off to people,” she said. “He’s so unique and super friendly. People will come over just to see the ferret and not even to hang out with me.” The apartment complex Blazek lives in is pet-friendly, and most residents have pets, too. “I’ll let him run around the house for some exercise,” she said. “He’s really rambunctious and makes a lot of noise, so it’s easy to keep track of him.” While the ferret is a low-maintenance pet that only requires basics like food, water,

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Furry Ferret Blazek holds Ferret Bueller.

and a cage, it’s still important to be capable of taking care of a pet while being in college, Blazek said. “You have to be responsible enough to take care of another living being,” she said. Although it is an extra task, having a pet is something she would definitely recommend to others, she said. “It’s awesome to have a little critter running around,” Blazek said. “It makes downtime more interesting.”

Jax the husky

Getting a pet is a way to take the next step in a relationship, according to Phil Bartlett and his girlfriend, Kalli Smith. Bartlett, a fifth-year business major and Smith, are next-door neighbors. They decided to adopt the dog they have always wanted this year, Bartlett said. “We’ve wanted to get a husky since high school and finally decided that since we’ve been together five and half years it would be the next step in our relationship,” he said. “It makes sense for us to raise him together.” Bartlett and Smith adopted Jax, a four and a half-month old Siberian husky, in the beginning of the semester and have been adjusting to life with a puppy. “It’s like he’s a baby, so for the first couple months we would have to wake up multiple times in the night,” Smith said. “We can’t just leave him at home alone, and I always make sure someone is there with him.” Bartlett and Smith spend about $50 a month on Jax. The only other task left is to get him neutered, Bartlett said. Getting a pet is something students should think carefully about before diving in, Bartlett said. “It’s a good idea for someone to get a pet if they’ve thought it out and realize bigtime commitment,” Bartlett said. “It’s not just you anymore, you have to be responsible.” But, there are definitely perks. “Jax is always here to cheer me up, there’s always a story to tell about him, and I have an additional friend,” Smith said

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Woof Phil Bartlett and Kalli Smith hold their husky, Jax. The two got the pet after more than five years together.

Hammy Chops III

Although some students love having pets, it doesn’t work out so well with others. Jen Montero, a senior child development major, had a pet pig with her 11 roommates. Key word: had. “There wasn’t a house vote to get the pig,” Montero said. “One of my roommates wanted him as pet since he’s such an animal lover, but not all of us agreed on getting him. We kind of just let it happen.” The pig, Hammy Chops III, who was found on Craigslist, only lasted in the house for about two weeks before Montero and her roommates decided to give him away. “It was messy, hard to take care of, and made all my roommates angry at each other,” she said. “It just created a lot of drama.” Although the pig was cute, Montero said she knew her large two-story house, always filled with visitors, wasn’t a suitable environment for a pig to live. “I would one thousand percent not recommend having an animal in college,” she said. “Maybe it’s different if you have one roommate, but definitely not when you live in downtown Chico and have people over constantly.” Kayla Smith can be reached at or

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Photograph Courtesy Jen Montero

This little piggy Hammy Chops III plays inside.




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