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Year of turbulence 3 Greek chapters under investigation after November shutdown

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Top-shelf graduation Bar-goers mill around outside Riley’s on Monday afternoon. The bar began offering a “Kum Laude” promotion last year that gives seniors a graduation stole in exchange for completing a checklist.

Bar promotes boozy honors Kayla Smith Staff Writer

A top-level school administrator expressed frustration Monday about a drinking challenge hosted by a local bar for Chico State graduating seniors. More than 250 graduating students are registered to complete Riley’s’ Kum Laude program, which challenges them to attend a certain amount of buck nights, happy hours and tea parties. Riley’s rewards students who complete the challenge with a green stole to wear on graduation

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November: Chico State President Paul Zingg suspends Greek Life and calls on every social fraternity and sorority to examine the truth of their charters.


December: The university reveals nine of the 26 universityrecognized social Greek organizations are under investigation for allegations of hazing, sexual assaults and violation of the alcohol policy.

day later this month. The glorification of drinking promoted by the challenge is appalling, said Drew Calandrella, the vice president for student affairs at Chico State. “What educational accomplishment is being shown to all here?” Calandrella wrote in an email to The Orion. “It undermines the importance of accomplishment that other cords and sashes represent.” Last year, only 24 out of 147 participants finished the challenge, according to the Riley’s >> please see GRADS | A3

February: University officials release new guidelines for Greek Life and temporarily ban philanthropy events and intramural sports. March: Greek chapters are reinstated after the four-month suspension. Sororities see an increase in recruits compared to previous years. the orion •PHOTOgRAPH BY QUINN WESTERN



Student dies after falling from tree Allison Weeks Asst. Ne ws Editor

A Chico State student died early Sunday after falling out of a tree in Lower Bidwell Park. Marissa Madrid, 22, was found unresponsive in Marissa the park about 1:38 Madrid a.m., said Lt. Mike Died Sunday O’Brien of the Chico after fall from tree Police Department. Police suspect Madrid died from major head trauma when she lost balance on a tree branch 20 feet above the cement area leading to the One Mile pool, he said. Police also suspect she may have been drinking earlier, but not to the point where she could not walk. Madrid was with one other person when she fell and had told the witness she had successfully climbed the tree before. “Everything is indicative of being a tragic accident,” O’Brien said.

“Nothing besides that.” The Butte County coroner is conducting an autopsy report set to be completed in the next two to three weeks, he said. After the accident, police went to Madrid’s house about 3 a.m., where she lived with her roommate Remi Noil, said Max Nelson, a senior business administration major and friend of Madrid’s. This was when Noil, a senior biology major, found out about her roommate’s death. Tim Ryle, a senior business administration major, had been friends with Madrid since high school. “Everyone who met her instantly loved her,” Ryle said. Chico State alumna Mallory French was Madrid’s roommate last year. “Marissa was beautiful, artistic and passionate,” French wrote in a statement to The Orion. “The love her friends have for her is like that of a sister. She will continue to be part of us for the rest of our lives.” Allison Weeks can be reached at

April 3: The university discloses two fraternity chapters, Phi Beta Sigma and Kappa Sigma, are under investigation and suspended on suspicion of hazing and violating social event guidelines.


April 26: The university confirms three Greek chapters are under investigation for violating social event guidelines.

Pedro Quintana Senior Writer

Three Greek chapters have been suspended on suspicion of violating event guidelines set forth by the university in February. Two fraternity chapters, Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha, along with one sorority chapter, Gamma Phi Beta, were suspended last week, said C.C. Carter, director of the Student Life and Leadership office. The university confirmed Pi Kappa Alpha held a social event April 15 called “All Around The World,” a themed drinking event in which participants go to different houses to sample different cultures. “We are aware an event took place and are investigating as to what happened during that time,” Carter said.

Carter confirmed Sigma Chi is being investigated on suspicion of brewing beer inside its fraternity house. Gamma Phi Beta is being investigated on suspicion of hosting a social event, which is a violation of Greek guidelines. Gamma Phi Beta is collaborating with the university to come up with a mutually beneficial resolution, wrote Maureen Walker, director of communications for the sorority in an email to The Orion. “At this time, chapter activities have been suspended,” she said. University policy is to suspend the fraternity or sorority until the investigation is concluded, Carter said. University officials haven’t given any sanctions to the Greek chapters. The Greek Life office will evaluate the performances of the chapters at the end of the semester to see if they >> please see GREEKS |


Man accused of south-campus sexual assaults loses license Pedro Quintana Senior Writer

A man accused of multiple sexual assaults in the southcampus area will appear in court today after having his physicians assistant license suspended Monday. Lonnie Scott Keith, 40, will be arraigned on charges of kidnapping, assault and assault with intent to commit rape, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said. Keith waived his right to a preliminary hearing April 18. The attorney general’s office requested Keith’s license be suspended until the trial is concluded, Ramsey said. If the suspect is found not guilty, his license can be reinstated. Keith was previously employed at Oroville Medical Center

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and Enloe Occupational Health. The investigation is still ongoing, and any new evidence could prompt additional charges against Keith, Ramsey said. Keith, who entered a plea of not guilty in February, was arrested Jan. 26 after police stopped him for a traffic violation. Officers noticed the backseat of his car Lonnie Keith had blankets and bedding partially covering Suspected of kidnapping, the windows, prompting them to investigate rape and further. assault They searched the vehicle and found two syringes loaded with an unknown clear substance, latex gloves and a stun gun.

Upon further investigation, the police found a concealed compartment hiding metal handcuffs, metal leg restraints, several zip ties and multiple vials of prescription drugs, each of which could be used as a sedative. Police say a man had forced two women into the backseat of a dark-colored sedan in September and a large, dark-colored SUV in October. The suspect tied both women’s hands and feet with plastic zip ties and covered their eyes with tape, police said. Keith could face 32 years to life if found guilty of the charges. Pedro Quintana can be reached at








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The Chico State 125th anniversary fundraiser has raised $12 million since the formal beginning of the event in January 2012. The university’s initial goal was to raise $10 million by the end of the first stage of the 125th celebration, said Richard Ellison, vice president for university advancement. The fundraiser raised $7 million within its first year. “So far we have had 12,000 alumni, parents and friends make generous donations to support funding for scholarships, entrepreneurships, faculty

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Three abalone divers were killed in different incidents Saturday and Sunday. Low tides were predicted in Northern California this weekend, causing divers to look for snails on the beaches. Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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$12 million The money raised by the 125th anniversary campaign.

$7 million The amount of money raised within the first year of fundraising.

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SOURCE • Richard Ellison

A large-scale campus welcome event will not be returning in the fall or anytime in the near future. Wrectacular, which was first created as a grand opening ceremony to showcase the Wildcat Recreation Center to incoming students and their families, has been canceled due to a variety of reasons, WREC Director Rick Scott said. The event is financially unsustainable, Scott

said. It generates about $25,000 in revenue and costs about $35,000 to put on. “It’s like a mouse trying to swallow a grapefruit,” he said. “It just can’t happen.” He also emphasized how the event itself was not truly in sync with the mission of the WREC, which is based on exercise and promotion of fun recreational activities. The effort put in to try and organize and plan the event was extremely time-consuming, Scott said. >> please see WREC | A4

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Closing time Mike Fields [LEFT] and Corey Trevor, [RIGHT] both regulars, sit at the bar in the Towne Lounge. The downtown bar is closing after 48 years of business.

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The funds usually go to support the general priorities of the campus. The 125th anniversary campaign will continue for another three years, but the university will not disclose future fundraising goals to the public until the results have been secured and accounted for, he said. The ongoing fundraiser is to raise as much money as possible not specific to an event, Ellison said. “There is a never-ending pursuit of raising private funds to support our students’ success,” he said.

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support and so on,” Ellison said. In 2009, Chico was last among its peer universities in the California State University system in fundraising with $7.12 million, according to a fundraising report published by the CSU. But in 2011, Chico raised more money than Cal State Fullerton by about $300,000, according to the report. There are two kinds of gifts, restricted and unrestricted, Ellison said. Restricted gifts make up 90 percent of all contributions made by donors, and most are restricted to academic programs. Unrestricted gifts comprise 4 to 5 percent of total donations per year, he said.

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States are spending less on each child in prekindergarten education classes than they have in a decade, according to a report released Monday.

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Local bar announces last call after 48 years Isabel Charles Staff Writer

The Towne Lounge, a local bar on Main Street, has announced it will be closing its doors after 48 years of business. Wood Sjrostrom, who has owned the bar for the last 11 years, has decided to sell his bar license because of a change in beliefs, he said. “I need to do something else now,” he said. “Running a bar just isn’t for me anymore.” The Towne Lounge has been on a month-to-month lease, just trying to keep open and running, Sjrostrom said. “We’ve been in limbo for the past three years,” he said. “The landlord decided he did not like being there.” Sjrostrom sold his liquor license to Scott Baldwin, former owner of Rico’s Pizza. Baldwin will be using this license to open a bar downtown called Argus. “The floor plan for Argus is all planned out,” Sjrostrom said. “It’s

a nice place.” Fear of more congestion in the downtown area has caused some local business owners to protest the upcoming bar. Hart Diversified, a company that manages several downtown buildings including the Senator Theatre, is advocating against the arrival of the downtown bar. Others approve of the new establishment. “We support any business that comes to the downtown community,” said Nicole Romain, the membership coordinator and office manager of the Downtown Chico Business Association. A hearing will decide the fate of the bar on May 9. The Towne Lounge is sure to give a warm goodbye before its official closure, which is projected to be after graduation weekend, Sjrostrom said. “We plan on opening at 6 a.m. every day of the last week,” he said. “Just like the old days.” The Orion can be reached at

Associated Students Dining Services is in the process of converting to completely compostable coffee lids to promote sustainability next semester. The current plastic lids are 25 percent post-consumer recycled material, said Corinne Knapp, dining services retail manager. The new paper lids are made up of sugarcane and bamboo, which are renewable resources. “Both lids cost approximately the same price, but the compostable lid makes the entire coffee cup package compostable,” she said. “This will help us achieve our zero-waste goal.” The paper lids have been tested for customer feedback, Knapp said. Some of the customers were not used to the paper’s fiber texture. Putting the lids on was a bit difficult because they do not snap on like the plastic ones. “There is an arrow on the top of the lid and when it is aligned with the seam of the cup; gently twist with downward pressure and the lid will slide snugly on the cup,” she said. Dining Services is working with the manufacturer to see if the lid problem can be improved, dining services director George Rankin said. The paper lids were previously available at all A.S. Dining Services locations but are now only at a few because of customer complaints, Knapp said. “The Marketplace Cafe, Common Grounds and Creekside will continue to use the lids for the remainder of the semester and gather feedback from customers,” she said. Paper lids are not the only changes expected for the fall semester. “The new construction of the coffee shop on the ground level of the BMU is the most exciting, but please stay the orion •PHOTOgRAPH BY Annie maize tuned for more,” Knapp said. Going Green The switch from plastic to paper coffee lids will be more sustainable because The Orion can be reached at they are made with renewable materials.

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Fire alarm placement increases call volume Allison Weeks Asst. News Editor

About 105 fire alarms have been triggered at University Village this school year, according to the Chico State Department of Environmental Health and Safety. University Village, a cluster of off-campus residences, had 514 devices installed in 28 of the buildings as part of a modernization project, said Mike Bates, university housing and food service assistant director for capital projects. The devices were installed too close to the restrooms, which caused some of the devices to be activated by shower steam, Bates said. “UHFS has had all of the devices moved to a more suitable location to reduce the device activation by steam and provide the protection necessary for the safety of the residents.” University Village already had a system installed to notify people of triggered alarms before the modernization took place. The new system lets people know when alarms are going off and sends a message to dispatchers, said Yvette Streeter, Chico State’s emergency preparedness and occupational safety coordinator. Forty-nine of the 105 fire alarms went off because of cooking issues, and 32 of the alarms were caused by steam from showers, according to statistics gathered by the Chico State Department of Environmental Health and Safety. The University Police Department is always responding to University Village, Sgt. David Bird said. “That one’s crazy,” he said. How the system works All buildings on campus have a central fire alarm system that tells people in the area that the

alarm is going off. The alarm notifies Facilities Management Services and University Police. University Police has a direct line to the Chico Fire Department to notify them which building it is, what type of device it is and the location of the device. Separate electricians come into the buildings to turn off the alarm after it is activated,

“UV brought it to a boil.” Mort Myers Chico Fire Department marshal

Streeter said. Facilities Management Services has electricians who are entitled to overtime compensation if a fire alarm goes off when they have already left work for the day, she said. Part of their contract is to receive additional pay because of the callback, Streeter said. University housing has staff

that work 24 hours a day and can reset the fire alarm after it has been cleared by the Chico Fire Department, Bates wrote. The fire department charges for malfunctioning alarms because of an ordinance regarding the system, said Mort Myers, fire marshal for the department. It does not charge for nuisance alarms. The charges vary from $80 to $300 after the department reports to a malfunctioning alarm for the fourth time in six months, he said. The department usually does not charge Chico State because it is a government entity that does not apply to local ordinances. Most of the university alarms are nuisance alarms, not faulty ones, Myers said. The department still gets calls from University Village two to four times a week. “UV brought it to a boil,” he said. Allison Weeks can be reached at

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False Alarm University Village residences are required to participate in a fire safety session that provides safe cooking tips to avoid fire.

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RILEY’S “KUM LAUDE” PROGRAM Checklist must be completed between Friday, March 1 and Sunday, May 12.

REQUIREMENTS 1. Must be a graduating senior 2. Register by March 15 3. Attend a minimum of five Buck Nights 4. Attend a minimum of five Power Hours 5. Attend a minimum of four Sunday Funday events (at least two must be brunch) 6. Visit the bar on four Wednesdays 7. Attend at least one “2-4-1 burger” event

8. Attend at least one $5 Friday 9. Attend two tea parties 10. Attend five happy hours 11. Email in a picture of you and your friends at Riley’s 12. Try at least one new hot dog 13. Senior project: Make it to last call at least once on every night of the week

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GRADS: Bar challenge lures seniors to Riley’s “I just tried to get it done before continued from A1 Facebook page. It’s free to register the work load in my classes picked up,” he said. for the challenge. Bruce said he will wear his Riley’s Senior business management major Logan Bruce was the first par- stole to graduation if his friends ticipant to finish the challenge this wear theirs with him. Campuses generally control what year, making him the valedictorian. “It was a fun thing to do because can and what cannot be worn for a lot of my friends were doing it commencement, Calandrella wrote. “Chico State has resisted such with me and we were always there together,” he said. “I consider oversight as students have exercised a modicum of decoRiley’s a top bar in rum in the past,” he Chico, so it was cool “Chico State has resisted wrote. to be a part of.” such oversight as Riley’s declined Staying until last to comment. call, which is 2 a.m., students have exercised a The challange is was the most difficult modicum of decorum in not fitting for gradpart of the challenge, the past.” uation, Calandrella Bruce said. Drew Calandrella wrote. “I definitely got Vice President “Bottom line, tired of doing it for Student Affairs given the great eventually, but I efforts by both the really wanted to finish,” he said. “Now that I’m done, I campus and city to reduce excessive don’t plan on going back there for a drinking, this glorification of drinking by adding a symbolic sash to while.” Bruce didn’t know he was one of what should be an important educathe top contenders in the challenge tional event is, at best, in poor taste until a friend who works at the bar and at worst, cynical,” he wrote. told him that he and his friend were in the running to finish first, he The Orion can be reached at said.

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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 Friday, 8:02 a.m.: Medical aid requested, not alcohol related, at Aymer J. Hamilton Hall. “Requesting medics for staff who is experiencing anxiety attack.” Friday, 4:22 p.m.: Skateboarders seen at Tehama Hall. “White, male adult skateboarding and yelling at people. Reporting party believes subject had beer in his hands.” Friday, 11:59 p.m.: Petty theft reported at the Whitney Hall bike racks. “Reporting party reporting back derailer and tire was taken off bike.” Saturday, 12:20 a.m.: Disturbance reported at Meriam Library. “Verbal fight between friends who have been drinking, one subject continued to fall down.” Saturday, 12:30 a.m.: Assistance requested to other agency at the 800 block of Rio Chico Way. “Disturbing the peace, subjects in street.” Saturday, 2:48 p.m.: Miscellaneous alcohol violation reported at WREC. “Staff caught two males drinking alcohol by pool.” Sunday, 1:09 a.m.: Drunk in public reported at Shasta Hall. “Resident adviser out with female who has been drinking, first-floor study lounge.” Sunday, 2:07 a.m.: Drunk in public reported at Shasta Hall. “Resident adviser out with female who has been drinking — guest.”

Chico Police Friday, 7:44 p.m.: Juvenile problem reported on the 500 block of Broadway Street. “Reporting party was concerned that juvenile had large machete concealed on his body. Juvenile was not brandishing it but just showing it off to his friends. Group last seen exiting onto West Fifth Street.” Friday, 7:56 p.m.: Suspicious subject reported on the 1100 block of Hazel Street. “Subject knocked on door acting suspicious and making sexual comments. Asked if reporting party had a hat he could borrow and then asked if he could rap for her.” Friday, 9:02 p.m.: Firearm in public reported on the 900 block of West Eighth Avenue. “Reporting party saw a subject in a vehicle pointing a gun out the window. Passenger was the one with the handgun, appeared to be white male adult. Reporting party advising she was on West Eighth Avenue with other vehicles and saw them point gun out their window toward Nord and West Sacramento avenues area into traffic.” Saturday, 10:48 a.m.: Drunk in public reported at Sycamore Pool. “Female on south side of pool harassing people at the park. Asking people for cigarettes and not letting them walk away from her.”

Sunday, 2:55 a.m.: Drunk in public reported at Shasta Hall. “Resident adviser out with female who has been drinking. Negative drinking evaluation, resident adviser requests subject contact information. Possible assault victim from last night. Contact with subject, no memory of past night.”

Saturday, 12:59 p.m.: Assault and battery reported on the 700 block of West Fifth Street. “Occurred around midnight last night by the bouncers at Riley’s. Reporting party advising he was near the front door when a fight broke out he was not involved in. Bouncers assaulted reporting party. Reporting party advising he was sober when this occurred. Reporting party tried to take a photo of the bouncer who hit him, and the bouncer hit the phone out of reporting party’s hand.”

Sunday, 8:51 a.m.: Vandalism reported at Nettleton Stadium. “Men’s southside restroom. Appears someone has kicked or pushed one of the wall dividers between urinals and broke it.”

Saturday, 11:10 p.m.: Shots seen on 1700 block of East Eighth Street. “Shirtless male just fired shotgun. Single shot, near basketball court. Believes male had been drinking.”

Sunday, 12:13 p.m.: Miscellaneous alcohol violation reported at Esken Hall. “Requesting alcohol assessment on male.”

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WREC: Fall event too costly, taxing continued from A1

create the relaxing and oasis-like atmoLast year 8,000 students attended sphere the WREC is striving for. “Wildcat Welcome Week is going to be Wrectacular, and more than 100 vendors from around Chico set up booths in very hot and uncomfortable, and we want and outside the facility to market their to create an event that allows incoming students and parents the opportunity to products. A post-event analysis takes place relax and cool off from the stress of movafter every event hosted by the WREC ing in,” Mantle said. The second event, scheduled to take to assess what worked and what didn’t place at night, is still in the work, Scott said. Wrectacplanning stages because it ular was too costly to try “We just want the new will be based on the stuand plan again. students to have their dent input received. The Wrectacular comfirst week at Chico to be The two new events will mittee, which includes professional and student fun-filled and exciting.” not bring the number of people Wrectacular did, staff, decided to shut the but they are meant to target event down, said Nancy Nancy Mantle incoming freshmen, Mantle Mantle, business and proWREC business and programs manager said. Naturally, the turnout grams manager at the will be much smaller. WREC. “Everyone is invited,” Two new events will replace Wrectactular during Wildcat Wel- Mantle said. “We just want the new students to have their first week at Chico to come Week in the fall. An event called “Chill Zone” will be fun-filled and exciting.” include free massages, acupuncture, video games, pool tables and ping pong. The Orion can be reached at Sparkling water will also be served to

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are following guidelines, Carter said. The suspension of these chapters does not represent the hard work Greek Life has put into this semester, he said. The presidents of Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha declined to comment. Chico State’s social Greek organizations were reinstated March 1 following a Greekwide suspension in November. The Student Life and Leadership office is still deciding the fate of the new members who recently went through recruitment, said Malcolm McLemore, coordinator of the Student Life and Leadership office. Carter reaffirmed the efforts of the Greek leaders who have dealt with regulations

implemented this semester. “These organizations took the message seriously and are trying to do the right thing,” he said. The suspensions are disappointing, Chico State President Paul Zingg wrote in an email to The Orion. If the investigations show the allegations are true, it will show the chapters have no intention of meeting the expectations the university set for them, he said. “In other words, they really don’t want to be here and we don’t want them either,” Zingg said. Pedro Quintana can be reached at


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Riley’s ‘Kum Laude’ program cheapens graduation honors Even after downtown bar Riley’s joined the Respect Chico campaign in honor of encouraging safe drinking, the establishment is continuing its “Kum Laude” program, which entitles seniors to graduate from the bar after completing a drinking checklist. Riley’s undoubtedly makes a fair amount of money from this program, which, in turn, promotes heavy drinking among graduating seniors. Seniors can sign up to complete a checklist full of drinking activities including staying until last call every night of the week and attending a certain amount of buck nights, among others. Those who check everything off their list can graduate Kum Laude and receive a green stole to honor their partying abilities.

When seniors sign up for commence- while staying out late every night of the ment, they agree to the terms and week, ignoring studies and early morning conditions of walking at the ceremony, classes, that is their perogative. While the program encourwhich include ages this behavior, dressing approno one has the priately and As a university trying to reform its right to take this not showing up image, these stoles not only break option away from drunk. those looking to These stoles not dress code but also encourage the participate. only break dress negative image we’re trying so Regardless, code but also hard to erase. Riley’s is not encourage the doing any favors negative image for Chico State’s we’re trying so reputation, and the people participating hard to erase. The proudest time of our academic in the program are not helping either. Students can earn and keep their Kum careers, commencement, is being cheapened by a bar trying to make a quick buck Laude stole as a souvenir, but as a campus, we should be working to prove that on students before they leave. If students want to drink in excess we’re not OK with public alcoholic binges

that leave us with a reputation that lingers longer than a bad hangover. Considering the fact that “only approved academic regalia may be worn at the ceremonies,” we hope people think twice before proudly wearing these stoles. Allowing students to sport their drinking abilities around their necks would basically say the campus approves and honors its graduating heavy drinkers. We hope Chico State administrators recognize these stoles as graduates flood the field on graduation day and that they strongly consider asking students to remove them. If the university doesn’t want students intoxicated during commencement, then they shouldn’t allow an emblem of excessive intoxication either.

Dani Anguiano Opinion Columnist

Students and candidates anxiously awaited the results of the Associated Student elections two weeks ago. People couldn’t wait to find out if their candidate had won. But A.S. officers aside, there were two important measures on the ballot, one of which involved a campuswide smoking ban. I dislike smoking just as much as the next gal, but I don’t think we should completely ban it from campus. After all, any measure restrictive toward students’ rights is something that must be carefully considered. I think people pass restrictive smoking rules too easily without considering the people they affect. However, I realize I am in the minority, considering roughly 60 percent voted “yes” on the measure. As stated on the ballot, the smoking measure was designed to survey whether students thought A.S. “should encourage the efforts of the CSU Academic Senate to ban smoking on all of the 23 CSU campuses.” While a large number of students obviously support this idea, we should be more thoughtful about the impact of the measure if implemented. We have all heard of the dangers of smoking cigarettes

and the negative effects of second-hand smoke. We get it. My generation grew up being harassed by television infomercials featuring smokers with holes in their throats and scary voices. Those haunting images caused most people to develop some pretty strong feelings about smoking, which could be why so many students voted in favor for a ban. Smokers are already limited to six designated areas on campus. If they are found smoking in a non-designated area, the smoker can receive a citation from the university. This is a harsh system, but it seems to be effective. Why completely do away with it? The common concern when it comes to smoking on campus is other students are unfairly exposed to second-hand smoke. Some would say they have a right to breathe clean air. That is certainly true, but I also think students have a right to smoke on campus. I don’t think the solution is a total outlaw. By instituting a ban we are essentially pushing smokers off campus. We should work with the designated smoking area system we currently have. If the student body is concerned with health, perhaps the current designated areas need to be changed to places with less traffic. Changing the system into a complete ban is overkill. Yet, whether it is a measure on a college ballot or an initiative on the state ballot, pieces that involve restricting smoking or raising taxes “We must be more on cigarettes are usually pretty easy to pass. While this may be a result of frightening antithoughtful about tobacco ads or shifting cultural attitudes, the way issues that impose we vote on such initiatives has an impact. We upon the rights of must be more thoughtful about issues that impose others.” upon the rights of others.


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Forced fibbing, white lies lead to serious consequences Kevin Crittenden Opinion Columnist

Lies are like internal, invisible parasites. But they don’t just suck the honesty from everyday interactions. They also add to anxiety, stress and restaurant tabs. We’ve all heard the myth of the harmless white lie. But while there may be a place for a well-timed omission or narrative embellishment, white lies can be a lingering detriment. When we do this, it wastes money and causes unnecessary stress. As consumers, we sometimes go out to eat. Food service employees ask, “Is everything all right?” If there’s some dissatisfaction that doesn’t seem worth fussing over, most people won’t speak up. In this case, the omission of a legitimate complaint constitutes a white lie.

Customers can either bury their No big deal, right? Lies like these rarely unvoiced dissatisfaction with cash or resurface in a restaurant interaction. Well, a consumer behavior study shows convince themselves the meal was indeed those who are ineffective complainers are above average, without bugs in the food, more likely to leave bigger tips, according to and therefore tip decently. Of course, eating out entails a range of Jennifer Argo and Baba Shiv from the Jourexperience between excellent and awful. nal of Consumer Research. This is a result of cognitive dissonance Anybody who complains every time loses credibility and dining which involves “situcompany. ations in which our Lying is bad for your health However, being actions do not match able to complain our beliefs, creating a because it takes substantial effectively is a skill state of psychological cognitive energy. that affords a foodie and emotional disroom to correct any comfort,” according to psychologist Guy Winch, who has been mistakes and preserves a consumer’s working in private practice since 1992 and internal integrity. When we lie to ourselves in this way it’s has written extensively about the benefits of often a reaction, an unconscious reflex, effective complaining. People want their actions to match up not a money-grubbing plan to snub hardwith their stated experience. When they working food service people. While a common mistake like this tip big after lying, it’s as if they’re saying, “Yes, everything was grand. Let me prove it: might seem insignificant, lying in social situations outside of a restaurant where Please, take extra money.”

friends, family and acquaintances know you personally can be toxic. Lying is bad for your health because it takes substantial cognitive energy. Where the truth has a natural place in your memory, a lie has to be fed repeatedly to keep it separate from what actually happened. Various fictional plot lines for different relationships need to be sustained under close guard with fresh layers of B.S., to seal in falsehood, or else the deceiver is exposed. Not to mention, people are generally pretty instinctive when it comes to sniffing out a fib. Failure to make eye contact or changing the subject of conversation are common-sense cues hinting something might be off. Lying may have cost Pinocchio a freakish facial disfigurement, but for us there are real consequences. Kevin Crittenden can be reached at

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Top 5 ways to find the perfect mentors

Marty Salgado Advice Columnist

Dear Wildcats, During college, the value of career fairs, academic success and internships is always touted. But I never knew the importance of mentors until I attended Chico State. I always thought mentors were for students who needed extra help and couldn’t motivate themselves, but that’s not always the case. Fortunately, Chico State has a wide variety of opportunities to be a part of internships or to study alongside other students and faculty. Here are some suggestions to add to your academic experience or boost your resume: 1. Check out the corkboards The corkboards in the hallways of your major’s department are sometimes overlooked. The next time you walk to class, keep an eye out for summer internships or scholarships. 2. Visit your major’s department office Don’t feel as if you only need a serious problem to approach the department office. It is one of the most central locations where opportunities are available to you. Ask for internships specific to what you are studying and if awards or scholarships are available. 3. Talk to your professor The great thing about going to college is we get to take classes from qualified individuals who know their subject through and through. If a certain professor is inspiring, tell them you are genuinely interested in their specific area of study. If they don’t have any opportunities they can offer to you, chances are they will point you in the right direction of many colleagues who will.

“The great thing about going to college is we get to take classes from qualified individuals who know their subject through and through. If a certain professor is inspiring, tell them you are genuinely interested in their specific area of study.”

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Running the last stretch of the year engulfed in thoughts of summer for some time now. Enduring this treacherous stretch before the end of the year is a lot like pushing Katie Akeson through the third trimester. We go through Opinion Columnist months of anguish before facing the largest We are now enduring the final torturous hurdle we have been anxiously awaiting. Finals week is that strenuous labor which stretch of time before the semester ends. Come the end of this month, most of us seems utterly endless. As we close in on our will pack our bags, leave that last rude last final, the end of the struggle is in sight, note for our worst roomie, salute our then comes that final push that brings friends “toodaloo” and head home for the relief. Indeed, it is a bitsummer. tersweet sorrow to The end-of-theend a school year. For school-year experience The dark mass of storm some of us, it’s our last is different for everyclouds looms in the near semester in Chico, and one, but counting distance. we will bear the brutal down the final days good-byes that accomcan make anyone pany the step from one anxious. So calm your anxiety and brave the last few weeks in stage of life to another. For the rest of us, we greet summer with the comfort of knowing stride by taking the following advice. we will see our friends again in the fall. The calm before the storm As for now, we are glowing with the Whether we are just beginning to feel antsy or if the pins and needles are accu- majestic beauty of neurotic mental instamulating rust, many of us are currently bility, but in the end we will bask in stranded in the eye of the storm. This is the afterglow of the fruits of our labor. the eerie calmness before all the papers Keeping our eyes on the finish line will are due, the presentations are given and motivate us to continue moving forward the projects are fixed with their finish- while ensuring we stay on track. Remembering that every day brings us ing touches. We hang onto the deceptive feeling of “I don’t have to worry — I closer to the end of school should keep have plenty of time.” But the dark mass this long stretch from driving us crazy. of storm clouds looms in the near distance. Don’t let your end-of-the-year Katie Akeson can be reached at restlessness allow you to brush off the assignments that could demolish your grade. Those hit the hardest will have to witness their GPA crumble into utter destruction. But there is hope for those who have made it to the end with their will to study intact. They will make it out unscathed and will have the relief of a passing grade and a solid GPA. The final lap in a race For those of us surprised at how quickly the end of the year caught up to us, we are just beginning to visualize the finish line that lies ahead. Our hard work got us this far, but stopping the effort will only leave us stuck in the tracks. By keeping our eyes fixed on the end, we can patiently await the approach of the last day. When we allow ourselves to slow down, we begin to recognize the feelings of exhaustion and desperation that can weigh us down and destroy our stamina. Our continued endurance will take us places we didn’t know we could reach, and we will surpass our own expectations as long as we don’t stop. As fatigued as we may feel, milking that last bit of adrenaline will push us through to the end. The third trimester Puffiness, irritability and emotional breakdowns are not just for the expecting, but for those desperately awaiting a vacation. For some of us, our minds have been


5. Become a mentor Becoming a mentor can be a positive part of being a student in college. Now that it’s spring, applications are out for the fall semester. Mentorship will help you add to your resume and boost your skills for your future career. Lastly, make sure to always visit the Student Services Center and keep up to date on all of the openings offered through the California State University System. Grab hold of any opportunities. Take advantage of the summer to apply and refresh yourself for a brand new semester in the fall. Good luck and stay motivated. — WiseCat Marty Salgado can be reached at

Editor’s note: You can ask WiseCat for advice @orion_opinion on Twitter or via email at This week’s question was asked on campus.

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smartest way for our country to solve its obesity crisis. The U.S. is currently one of the highest spenders on health care, and poor When one’s lifestyle is filled with exercise is a main contributor to this high inactivity and poor nutrition, focusing, con- cost. Research shows that moderate to vigorous centrating and having a positive self-image exercise is one of the cheapest and most effibecomes a battle to attain. The best way to incorporate these healthy cient ways to solve illness and disease. With the reforms to physical education attributes is through a quality physical eduwhich the kinesiology department at Chico cation program. State is advocating, I Research shows that believe that fitness levsedentary lifestyles are With the reforms to physical els can be improved the main cause of coreducation which the and health care costs onary heart disease, reduced. more so than smokkinesiology department It seems that our ing, hyperlipidemia is advocating, I believe main concern these and hypertension that fitness levels can be days is about our combined. improved and health care unhealthy children. Shockingly, only 50 There is so much talk percent of Americans costs reduced. about the issue, but we partake in physical need to start being proactivity for 20 minutes active and force our three or more times per week, which means that more than half of children to start moving again. Since they are not choosing to exercise on Americans are completely sedentary. Quality physical education programs their own, I strongly believe that a quality guide children to becoming physically active school-based physical education program is the most valuable way to fix our nation’s for a lifetime, while reducing these risks. Quality physical education is directly obesity crisis. With the reforms to physical education, linked to improved motor skills, increased physical activity levels, increased moti- which the kinesiology department at Chico vation, improved self-concept, increased State is advocating, I believe that today’s enjoyment, increased self-efficacy and youth can reverse the recent trend and start decreased sedentary behaviors following moving. graduation from high school. - Jessica Leitner, Chico Physical education is the cheapest and Dear Editor,

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THUMBS Thumbs up to the passing of the water conservation act on campus. Way to vote for sustainability, Wildcats.

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Less than two months after being reinstated, three Greek chapters have been suspended. Pi Kappa Alpha and Gamma Phi Beta are being investigated on suspicion of going against the guidelines set up by the university, while Sigma Chi is being investigated for allegedly brewing beer inside its fraternity house. The accuracy of these charges remains to be seen, but if they’re true, these actions perpetrate a negative reputation for both Greek organizations and our university. Throwing parties and brewing beer are not illegal actions, but they’re against rules these organizations agreed to. Throw parties and brew beer elsewhere, away from houses affiliated with the university.

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Letter To Editor 4. Find a mentor The graduate department of your major will have advice for finding a mentor. Most graduate schools will have programs available where you can either meet or be tutored by an older undergraduate or a graduate student.

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Last week’s Earth Day Extravaganza brought several clubs and organizations to Trinity Commons to promote sustainability. The event aimed to raise student and community awareness of environmental issues. Sustainability is an important aspect of student life, and its great clubs are promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle around campus. Becoming a fully sustainable campus is a group effort. Next time you dry your hands, take one paper towel instead of five. For more, listen to a podcast at



Album Review: She & Him - “Volume 3” Indie darlings Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward joined together in 2006 to form the horribly generic band She & Him. Two proper LPs and one horrid Christmas album later, the duo has finally managed to craft a decent album. Borrowing the glaringly poppy elements of Camera Obscura and meshing them with its own brand of retro indie-pop, She & Him created an album that will make the grouchiest of people smile and swivel their hips. It took Deschanel and Ward seven years, but they have finally produced a stellar pop album. -Compiled by Trevor Platt

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DAREDEVIL Sophomore kicks career into high gear by crushing championship challengers Emily Duran Staff Writer

Sophomore mountain biker Ariana Altier is not only faster than most of her teammates on the Chico State cycling team — she is faster than almost every female collegiate biker in the nation. Altier, a Chico local, spent her entire life as a member of the booming biking community, riding around town, on trails or to and from school. When she joined Chico State’s cycling team, she got her first mountain bike and began following her teammates down the trails. “She’s definitely one of the dudes,” teammate Andy Goldman said. “I went riding with her at the beginning of the year and she was keeping up with me. It was kind of scary.” Last season, Altier raced for the Wildcats and won every race she entered. After meeting qualification marks and requirements, she headed to New Mexico with the hopes of making the podium at the national championships. “I was one of the last people going down, so I was just sitting up there so nervous,” she said. “Seeing the others girls go down, I just thought to myself, ‘I can do better than that.’” As it turns out, she could. Seventeen seconds better. Her finish was so dominant that she beat the Division I

The need for speed Ariana Altier went unbeaten in the 2012 cycling season for the Wildcats. She enjoys riding for the adrenaline rush.

champion by seven seconds. After her victory at nationals, Altier began competing in a professional circuit with sponsored athletes from around the globe. To prepare for the races, she not only trains on her bike, but at the gym three days a week, focusing on cardio and full body strength. “She’s fallen a lot and her bones haven’t broken, so she is physically strong,” Goldman said. Altier, who specializes in downhill biking, has been clocked at speeds up to 26 mph. “It’s definitely taken a lot of trial and error, and I’ve got a lot of scars to prove it,” she said. Aside from the physical prowess mountain biking demands, Altier possesses a determination and deep love for the sport, Goldman said. “She does want to win and she does really want to be the fastest,” he said. “When she is riding, she is only focused on what she’s doing, never thinking about anything else. Her mind is where it should be, and that’s racing.” Altier spent her summer, and now her weekends, traveling for hours to compete in races that last only about three minutes. Although she is unsure whether she will pursue a career in biking at the professional level, Altier will suit up again next season for the Wildcat cycling team. “It’s an adrenaline rush. I like racing and I like being competitive against other girls,” she said. “It’s like a sense of freedom.”

Altier has been clocked at 26 MPH

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Ariana Altier finished first in the Division II National Championship


Altier’s time was 17 seconds faster than her competitors

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The Chico State baseball team had its worst outing of the year, getting swept at home by Sonoma State this weekend. The ’Cats scored only fives runs in the four-game series. They have now lost six of their last eight games and have dropped to third in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with just one series left in the regular season. Chico State, the defending CCAA champion team, will have a chance to reclaim first place with a fourgame series at home at 6 p.m. Friday against second place Cal State L.A.

The softball team lost its final series of the regular season against UC San Diego this weekend. The Wildcats finished the regular season with an overall record of 24-24 and a conference record of 21-15. They fell into fifth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and were just short of making the CCAA championship tournament. The only win of the weekend came behind senior pitcher Kayla McConnell, who pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out five.

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Getting dirty First baseman Eric Angerer slides home off of Cody Webber’s single in the Wildcats’ 3-2 loss to Sonoma State on Friday. Angerer drew six walks and scored two runs in the weekend series in which the Seawolves swept Chico State.

MORE ON Read full coverage of these games online.

Kelli Keefe Position: Second baseman Class: Sophomore Height: 5 feet, 3 inches

The Columbia, Calif. native had her seventh and eighth multi-hit games during the softball team’s weekend series against UC San Diego. Keefe batted an impressive .417 during the weekend games. Her two RBI doubles in the bottom of the second inning scored two of the Wildcats’ three runs in their only win of the weekend.

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(BASEBALL) The Chico State baseball team was unable to win any of its games against Sonoma State during the weekend. It was the first time the Seawolves have swept the Wildcats since 1993.


(Softball) Senior pitcher Kayla McConnell pitched her last win as a Wildcat this weekend. It was the only win of the four-game series against UC San Diego.


(men’s golf) The Chico State men’s golf team will appear in the NCAA Championship Super Regional for the seventh consecutive year. The championship begins Monday in Dupont, Wash.


(MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD) Distance runner Isaac Chavez ran the 10,000meter in 29:39.55 on Sunday. His time is the eighth-fastest in NCAA Division II this season.

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Men’s golf squad swings into postseason The Wildcats will appear in NCAA championships for the seventh year in a row, this year as the No. 7 seed.

the team members will have to push through nerves and play to the best of their ability. The golfers will have to be at the top of their game to be able to advance this year, said Lee Gearhart, one of two Chico State freshmen to earn California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Conference awards. “I think that it will be a little more Brett Appley challenging having no postseason experiStaff Writer ence,” Gearhart said. “We might be a little After a long and strenuous season that more nervous because it’s our first time in started in September, the Chico State the playoffs, and I think we need to stay men’s golf team is finally ready for post- focused. We’ll have a game plan going into the course and season play. if we just stick to The top five finishthat, it will give ers in the combined us the best chance 20-team field of the “We’ve stumbled this year, but we’re to overcome those West and South hanging around and we definitely nerves and play Central regionals have a great chance.” well.” will advance to the T.L. Brown, who NCAA ChampionT.L. Brown is in his sixth seaships May 20-24. Men’s golf head coach son as head coach, The regional tourhelped the Wildcats nament will take place Monday through Wednesday on a earn a second place finish at the NCAA Championships last season. familiar course in DuPont, Wash. Even though last year’s roster was comAt the West Region Preview in early April, Chico State played on the same pletely different, this team has a great course and finished eighth in the stacked chance to surprise some people and qualify for the championships again, Brown event. Although the regional championships said. “We need to have good preparation the will be filled with stronger teams than the ones in the West Region Preview, the next week and a half and take advantage familiarity of the course should take some of our opportunities,” he said. “You play with a lot of fire when your career is compressure away, junior Ricky Owaki said. “We’ve all played in big tournaments ing to an end, and we’re going to have to and we should be pretty comfortable match that intensity of the more expebecause we’ve played on this course rienced teams and take it one round at a before,” he said. “We have to eliminate time. Chico State will be paired with Dallas the mistakes, because I’ve noticed that we have a lot of mistakes and shots that Baptist and UC San Diego on Monday for we shouldn’t be giving away. If we can the first two rounds of the 54-hole event. “We’ve stumbled this year, but we’re save a few strokes we should be fine.” The men’s golf team has been selected hanging around and we definitely have a as the No. 7 seed in the regional great chance,” Brown said. championship. With Chris Doyle as the only Wildcat Brett Appley can be reached at on the roster with postseason experience,

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On the Green Freshman golfer Alistair Docherty will be making his first postseason appearance as a Wildcat.

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Junior distance runner strides toward championships Brandon Eiges Staff Writer

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All-American Junior distance runner Isaac Chavez posted a NCAA provisional qualifying mark Sunday in the 10,000meter run at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto.

Through hardships and hills, dirt roads and rain, Chico State junior distance runner Isaac Chavez has endured and tallied many awards. When he talks about his days before becoming a Wildcat, it almost seems as if he was truly born to run. “I really got into running when watching my sister at a meet when I was in middle school,” he said. “Then I found out that not only did my sister run, but my mom and grandfather did too.” Chavez, a fourth-year kinesiology major from Barstow, Calif., has been dominating races and winning numerous honors in both cross-country and track. “I believe I started in middle school and just loved it from the beginning,” he said. “Then in eighth grade, that’s when I really thought I could continue to run at a higher level than high school.” He currently competes in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. Chavez found his way to Chico thanks to high school teammate and former Wildcat runner Anthony Solis. “After getting in touch with Anthony and Coach Towne, it just kind of felt mutual that I wanted and needed to be there,” Chavez said. He red-shirted his freshman year in cross-country and track and field in 2009. But participating in both sports did not slow him down in 2010. He earned a spot at the NCAA Championships in crosscountry and placed fifth overall in Division II, while gaining All-American status. Chavez also earned the 2010 California Collegiate Athletic Association Newcomer of the Year award, as well as All-CCAA and All-West Region honors. “I really couldn’t comprehend what I had accomplished — making it to nationals, actually being at nationals, competing with some of the best athletes in the world, then finishing so well too, still blows my mind,” he said. In 2011 Chavez picked up right where he had left off, once again making it to the NCAA Championships, this time in track, finishing the 10,000-meter run in third place. He once again earned All-American honors. “He really was incredible that season and has continued to be,” head coach Gary Towne said. Last year, the runner was plagued by injuries and felt he had briefly lost interest in running, he said. “Doctors really had no idea what exactly I had, my balance muscles were down, my ankles were bothering me and other things too. It made me question what I wanted to get out of running and if it was worth it,” Chavez said. “But the way I looked at it was that I truly did love the sport and my teammates more than anything.” He returned strong from his injuries and helped lead the Chico State cross-country team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships during the fall 2012

season. Chavez was the first Wildcat to finish in the race, coming in 13th place. His teammate, senior Adrian Sherrod, finishing in 27th, and the rest of the ’Cats finished not far behind. “I personally love cross-country more than I do track, just because in cross-country, you are working as a team, you cannot be selfish and strictly be an individual in it,” Chavez said. “When you are on the starting and finishing lines with your teammates, there is no better feeling than that.” He has already earned his NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:08 in the men’s 5,000-meter run this season and is preparing for the CCAA Track and Field Championships, taking place Thursday through Saturday in Turlock. Brandon Eiges can be reached at

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Junior distance runner Isaac Chavez has earned two NCAA qualifying marks this spring season. He posted the provisional marks in the 5,000-meter and 10,000meter runs.

Chavez placed fifth overall during the cross-country Division II NCAA National Championships his freshman year. It was the best ever finish by a Wildcat freshman.

In fall, Chavez helped lead the men’s cross-country team to a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Championship tournament. He was the first Wildcat to finish and was 13th overall. SOURCE •


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013 soothing sounds Jeff Bryant, 28, strums his guitar outside Meriam Library. He has been performing since the age of 19 and has played many places but prefers the comfort of campus.

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Christine Lee Staff Writer

In the Meriam Library breezeway, the familiar sounds of music and singing echo from within. Jeff Bryant, a master’s student of anthropology and archaeology, is a singer and guitarist known for performing frequently in front of the campus library. Students may recognize the 28-year-old his newsboy cap and khaki guitar case, but many don’t know Bryant taught himself to jeff bryant play at age 19 and made a living Musician who traveling to different cities for performs outside Meriam musical theater. Library. The guitarist taught himself by making up his own chords, writing his own songs and learning guitar from other people he played with. He first performed in the Meriam Library breezeway in fall 2011, when he started his threeyear master’s program in anthropology. Bryant prefers playing in this location because of

the way sound echoes throughout the corridor. “It’s just enough so that it bounces back at me,” he said. “The sound stays crisp.” He also enjoys performing in the breezeway because it helps relieve stress from school, he said. This is why passersby may see him playing late at night. “Some people go out to smoke a cigarette whenever they’re stressed,” Bryant said. “I find the guitar is like that for me. If I don’t play guitar for awhile, I start feeling a little bit off kilter.” His playing and singing helps other people deal with stress, too. Students walking by have thanked him for his music, which has encouraged him to continue. Crystal Vasquez, a senior nutrition and food science major, was waiting in the breezeway for her group meeting when Bryant was playing. “I’d rather hear the music than people having side conversations,” she said. “My dad’s in a band, so I grew up with music. It actually helps me study.” Vasquez is one among the streams of students who recognize Bryant as the person who always plays guitar and sings in the breezeway, but never stops to watch him. “I see him every time I’m walking around, but I never get to watch him,” said Tibire Edwards, an undeclared sophomore. “Today’s the first time I get

to sit down to listen to him play. I’m trying to put the stress of school behind.” Edwards sat down next to Bryant, whom he’d never met before and asked if he was going to sing. It’s easy to see the musician’s emotions when he sings, and that makes Edwards feel good, she said. “I think it’s helpful to listen to music,” she said. “I have a few songs I listen to, to focus.” Bryant tries to get away from rehashing old music, a preference he explains by describing an unoriginal comedian who wanted to be exactly like Jack Black. “There’s already a Jack Black,” he said. “You have to let go of being exactly like your heroes and be your own.” Bryant played and sang a cover of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, one of the few popular songs he knows. He ended the song in a lower tone, which plays into making each cover his own. The Orion can be reached at

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Band leader Tyler Campbell, [center] who plays Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” leads the cast in “Seventy-Six Trombones,” a musical number. The show opens today at 7:30 p.m.

‘The Music Man’ comes to Laxson

Children, students to perform iconic musical

feeling to the table. I love the cast because it has older folks, college students and kids.” Cast members have rehearsed five days each week since the beginning of February, The music man, known for conning comlearning lines, dance numbers and songs munities across America, is visiting Laxson including “Goodnight, My Someone” and Auditorium. “Seventy-Six Trombones.” Tyler Campbell, a sophomore musical the“It really consumes you ater student, plays the role of when you’re in it,” Thornfake professor Harold Hill in ton said. “You’re studying a Chico State’s spring produc“It’s like a love letter to new human being and how tion of “The Music Man.” America, which all of us to best convey that to an In the script, Hill arrives could use, especially at audience. It’s about telling a in River City, Iowa with this time.” story.” every intention of stealing The story of “The Music from the community. He TYLER Campbell Man” is an American classic, poses as a music instrucSophomore musical theater Campbell said. tor and coaxes the locals major “The play is Americana,” into pouring money into his he said. “It’s like a love letter endeavors. to America, which all of us could use, espeBut instead of taking the money and runcially at this time.” ning, Hill lingers in the city to woo librarian “The Music Man” opens at 7:30 p.m. today Marian Paroo, played by Kathryn Thornton, in Laxson Auditorium. a sophomore mechanical engineering and Shows run through the weekend at 7:30 musical theater double major. p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. The play tells the story of how Hill unwitSunday. Tickets are available at the Univertingly brings music and purpose to a town sity Box Office. full of grumpy and bored individuals, Director Sue Hargrave Pate said. “One of the things I love about it is that it The Orion can be reached at shows how powerful the performing arts are in the lives of kids and how it can transform the lives of adults as well,” Pate said. Eight children ages 9 to 13 have roles in the MORE ON Ticket prices production, which is uncommon for plays presented by Chico State’s School of the Arts. $20 premium seating Sheree Henning, the choreographer of “The $16 adults Music Man,” worked with the whole cast, teaching them a myriad of dance numbers. $14 seniors “The children performers are not always $10 students/children as focused as college students and don’t have the same vocabulary and experience SOURCE • Chico state’s school of the arts with dance and movement,” Henning said. “Yet they bring a very youthful, carefree Jessica Barber Staff Writer

MORE ON It can never hurt to have a few extra notes. Read Jessica Barber’s review of “The Music Man” Friday for a more detailed summary.

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clean slate Old shampoo, toothpaste and soap products can be donated to CAVE’s April Showers Hygiene Drive until May 10. All donations go to the Torres Community Shelter.

Volunteer hygiene drive to aid homeless shelter Nicole D’Souza Staff Writer

Homeless people often have to go without the basic necessities most people take for granted. In the struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep, simple hygienic activities like brushing teeth or washing hands can be impossible without the right supplies. With this reality in mind, the Chico Homeless Ambassadors, a volunteer group affiliated with Community Action for Volunteers in Education, have organized the April Showers hygiene drive. Shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothpaste are just a few of the personal products students can donate to the cause. New or nearly filled products are accepted. The items will be donated to the Torres Shelter, said Alexandra Brena, coordinator of the Chico Homeless Ambassadors. “We are just trying to bring awareness to the Chico State community about the homeless population outside of just downtown,” she said. The Torres Shelter is one of four shelters in Chico that offers a number of services, including overnight housing and access

to showers, said Brena, a senior liberal studies major. “I am hoping that next semester we can continue holding awareness campaigns and different types of drives to supply those sites with the items they need most,” she said. Kathryn Dennis, a junior communication major and CAVE volunteer, said working with the Chico Homeless Ambassadors has been an eye-opening experience. “Working with the shelter and seeing that the work I do is making a difference is something I’ll never forget and it’s something I hope to continue to do,” she said. Jason Fitch, a junior social work major, volunteers with the Chico Homeless Ambassadors and the Jesus Center in town. He is excited and proud to be a part of CAVE, he said. “My experiences with the homeless population have been very empowering,” he said. “Nothing makes my heart shine more than to be of service to my community.” The Orion can be reached at


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READERS, DIGEST: Blueberry tart with walnut crust



1/2 cup walnuts, lightly

8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened


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cup graham cracker crumbs large egg white tablespoon butter, melted tablespoon canola oil

Pinch of salt



cup reduced-fat sour

1/4 cup pure maple syrup, preferably grade B, divided. Set aside 2 tablespoons for topping.

2 cups fresh blueberries


1.Preheat oven to 325 F. 2. Coarsely chop walnuts in a food processor. Add graham cracker crumbs and process until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. 3. Whisk egg white in a medium bowl until frothy. Toss in the crumb mixture, butter, oil and salt. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan. Set the pan on a baking sheet. Bake until dry and slightly darker around the edges, about 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


feeling tart-y Summer’s coming and so are the cook-outs. This blueberry tart with walnut crust will not only make a great addition to your barbecue, but it’s also a healthier substitute for ice cream. This makes for a different kind of dessert your guests are sure to love.

Alexandra Archuleta Food Columnist



My mind has almost completely checked out for the summer. My library study hours have been relocated to the Wildcat Recreation Center pool. My desk has bags of Swedish Fish and bottles of tanning oil thrown over the books and pencils, and the snooze button on my alarm has been pushed far too many times. Along with the current beautiful weather, I’m also enjoying the benefits of all the fresh produce available because of the season. With the return of the Thursday Night Market, in addition to the Chico Farmers Market on Saturday, I’m basking in the plentiful harvest our local farmers have turned out this season.

My absolute favorite thing to purchase at the market is berries. They’re little and sweet and such a treat to eat. So when I had an itch to bake, I decided I’d incorporate my favorite fresh treats. I found a recipe for a blueberry tart with walnut crust. It’s something you can prepare ahead for a barbecue or just make for fun. It’s sweet, fresh and it looks mouthwatering. Come on, look at that picture. The tart’s rustic look is sure to impress your friends or family, but don’t be fooled by how pretty it looks. This dessert is super simple to make. It’s also a low-fat recipe, so don’t worry too much about enjoying some dessert during bathing suit season. Get out there and support your local farmers by trying this recipe. This is a summer treat that’s sure to make a splash.


1. Beat cream cheese, sour cream and 1/4 cup maple syrup in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. 2. When the crust is cool, spread the filling evenly into it, being careful not to break up the crust. Arrange blueberries on the filling, pressing lightly. 3. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup over the berries. Chill for at least 1 hour, allowing to set.

Trash to Treasure: Mother’s Day vase

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Mother of invention Stray from the traditional gifts of cards and flowers for Mother’s Day by upcycling a glass jar into a handcrafted vase she can use for anything.

MORE ON Fight the summer blues with more blues. Watch Alexandra Archuleta give a tutorial on how to make blueberry tart with walnut crust.

THE O-FACE: Being the other woman

Chantal Richards Sex Columnist

When I met this guy in one of my classes, it wasn’t exactly “love at first sight,” but I realized — very quickly — that I was infatuated. The only hiccup? He had a girlfriend. After adding him on Facebook, I found out my class crush was taken and I was stuck in a position I didn’t want to be in. Despite my better judgment and my conscience screaming, “No, Chantal,” I started hanging out with him more, even though I knew he was unavailable. Tuesday became the one day I looked forward to, because it meant I got to hang out with him. It also became the day I could have some naughty fun without thinking about the consequences of my actions and forget for a moment he was off the market. We didn’t hide our relationship, but we were discreet about visible displays of affection. We hung out together with our friends, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out we liked each other. We usually saved displays of affection for the walk home or once in an elevator or stealing it when no one we knew was watching. One drunken night, we hooked up. It just happened. It wasn’t planned — it was spontaneous and it felt great. The thought running through my mind was, “Oh, God, this is actually happening. Oh no, what about his girlfriend? Forget it and enjoy it.” Before you think I am a horrible woman, I knew cheating was bad and I also knew instigating cheating was bad, but I couldn’t resist being a naughty seductress. But it was short-lived. There came a point where being the

other woman caused my emotions to take over. It wasn’t just sex because it never is just about sex. My heart got involved with this threeway love triangle I didn’t plan for. I played the whole situation off like some game, but I didn’t gamble on getting hurt or hurting the person he was involved with. Although he eventually left his girlfriend, I knew he wouldn’t start another relationship with me. Accepting that fact took a bit of time. Once the excitement and thrill of hooking up with a taken man wore off, the affair between us ended. I don’t hate him. I don’t think he is an awful person for cheating on his girlfriend because I knew he felt trapped in his relationship. Looking back, I realized being the other woman made me feel in control, even though I wasn’t. It was fun and it was a new experience I don’t regret, but I do wish I had asked the questions and listened to my gut feeling telling me not to get entangled in this love triangle. I had to accept I wasn’t the cause of their break up. I definitely played my part in it, but their relationship was long over before I came onto the scene, whether they realized it or not. There are times when I think about how it all played out, but I look at it more as a growing experience than a defining incident that labels me a “homewrecker.” No one likes to be labeled as someone who broke up a relationship, and no one likes to be made to feel like the “Sancha,” or his woman on the side. With all that transpired, I don’t regret being the other woman. I do recommend waiting though, because it does save a lot of heartache for both you and the other partner. Chantal Richards can be reached at


Cierra Goldstein Upcycling Columnist

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 12, whether you’re ready for it or not. If you’re like me, you grew up celebrating the holiday with cute cards and adorable handmade gifts for Mom. As an adult, it can be difficult making sentimental gifts that mothers will enjoy. For some reason, a scribbled drawing stuck in a tape-entombed envelope doesn’t seem to cut it once you reach college. Most people probably buy their mom a card or a gift instead of making one. Since Mother’s Day is a time for me to

show appreciation and love, this means spending the time to make something personalized. I know of no better way to get personal, innovative and into the crafty gift zone than with upcycling. This is a tutorial for how to turn an empty jar into a cute painted and twinewrapped vase. Think about what your mom likes in terms of style as you craft the project. To increase the likelihood of your gift being used, think of a spot in her home to match the decor. Don’t be afraid to add embellishments and experiment to make it more personal. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Cierra Goldstein can be reached at


•Cleaned and dried glass jar (I used an empty La Victoria salsa jar)

•Acrylic craft paint

•Roll of twine or cording

•Hot glue gun and sticks

Tip: To help clean any sticky residue from the jar label, you can use Goo Gone, which is available for about $5 at craft stores.

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Open the jar and pour paint inside. Close the lid tightly. 2. Shake and swirl the color inside to coat the glass. Once covered, open the lid and let dry. 3. Wrap the twine around the bottom of the jar and secure with hot glue. Continue wrapping twine around as you work upward. Secure with more glue about every two inches. 4. You can either continue wrapping the twine up to the top of the jar, or secure it and leave a gap to let the painted surface show through. the orion •ILLUSTRATION BY liz coffee

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