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Huge tuition hike possible in 2012 Kenny Lindberg NE WS EDITOR

A potentially massive tuition hike for spring 2012 sent shockwaves throughout the campus as students try to cope with increasing costs. The California State University Board of Trustees announced last week that they may raise fees by up to 32 percent in the spring if Gov. Jerry Brown decides to cut an additional $500 million from the CSU budget. On Monday, Brown proposed that the reduction would go into effect if his plan for temporary tax extensions is rejected. The hike is in addition to

the already implemented 10 percent rise approved for fall 2011, which means tuition between spring 2011 and spring 2012 could potentially rise by 42 percent. “Everything that we’ve tried hard to deal with, including access, affordability, quality, diversity — all of those things will be in jeopardy with that kind of doomsday fee increase,” President Paul Zingg said. This possible rise would translate to a $1,556 per year fee increase, which would raise CSU student tuition to $6,450 per year for students taking more than six units. It also means that tuition will have more than doubled since

the 2007-2008 academic year. “Students have been paying more and receiving less for the past few years,” said Amro Jayousi, former Associated Students president. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said this kind of fee increase would “devastate the institution,” according to a press release. The CSU system has already decided to admit 10,000 fewer students, raise tuition by 10 percent in fall 2011 and ask its 23 schools to cut $281 million from their budget next year in response to the initial $500 million cut. Zingg thinks a 32 percent fee increase would likely offset a >> please see TUITION | A7


CSU tuition raises over the years

Contingency plan leaves California with fewer students, revenue


STACKING UP CSU tuition costs have risen more than 232 percent in the past fi ve school years.

Adderall use increases during finals for focus



hen the California State University system reaches into the pockets of college students come spring, all it will find is holes and lint. The CSU's proposed tuition hike, which CSU Chancellor Charles Reed has called a “scorched earth policy,” is proof that the board of trustees needs to retake economics 101. This proposal in itself is not a bad thing. It’s a worst-case contingency plan meant to salvage what’s left of our higher education. If the state budget is revised to cut $1 billion from the CSU system in June, the new plan will allow the trustees to keep classrooms, minds and textbooks open. Unfortunately, the plan also opens up our >> please see HIKE | A8


Diversion Excursion, the annual sustainable program aimed at helping students moving out of University Housing recycle their waste, will happen again from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday outside of residence halls. Diverting the waste from landfills will help Chico State meet a new state mandate for state facilities to reduce waste. The program will also donate reusable materials to several local businesses and charities. source: Campus Announcements

Students stripped down for the Salvation Army Friday, running through the streets of downtown Chico in only their underwear. Colorful costumes added to the draw of the event, which had hundreds of participants. story D1 THE ORION • RYAN RICHARDS

Structure approval defies student vote Kenny Lindberg

While some students stick to caffeine to get them through the last half of finals, others choose Adderall, the addictive prescription drug known as the “study drug.” “It’s not really cheating,” said Byron Dunning, a senior physical geography major. “If it works for people and gets the job done, then why not use it?” Adderall affects chemicals in the brain and nerves, contributing to hyperactivity and impulse control, according to Usually prescribed for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the drug stimulates the central nervous system to help the user focus. Neal Reclus, a senior business major, compared taking Adderall to drinking an excessive amount of coffee. “Just like caffeine being used as a performance enhancer, Adderall does the same thing,” Reclus said. Adderall, with the generic names amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, is a prescription drug and has side effects that include nausea, vomiting and weight loss. Withdrawals from Adderall may vary depending on the amount previously used, said William Dawson, peer advisor for the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center. “Inability to sleep and loss of appetite are the most common symptoms for the withdrawal from the drug,” he said. Yet some students with a prescription decide to capitalize on the drug’s popularity, including one student dealer who was granted anonymity because of fears that he would incriminate himself. “As finals get closer sales increase,” he said. “It’s not necessarily a problem selling Adderall. They sell very quickly.” The student said he normally sells two pills for $5 or one for $3 and sales normally pick up “exponentially” prior to finals. Clint Cook, a pharmacist at the Chico Costco Warehouse, thinks if a student has trouble focusing on their studies, then they should apply for their own personal >> please see DRUG | A4



Portions of the Performing Arts Center will be closed for construction during part of the summer, along with the first street promenade at the Student Services Center and the path from the east side of the library to Kendall Hall. The PAC will be getting a new roof and will have one entrance closed, while the promenade will be continuing its ongoing construction. The path between Kendall Hall and the library will be upgraded to meet accessibility codes. source: Campus Announcements



NEW ADDITION Construction of the parking structure will begin January 2012 and will be on West Second Street, costing an estimated $14.2 million.


Despite an overwhelming majority of Chico State students voting against the project, the California State University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $14.2 million parking structure last week. The four-story structure, which will be built on West Second Street between Chestnut Street and Normal Avenue, will have 359 parking spaces. Construction is slated to begin in January 2012. “I think it’s an addition to the campus and to the city,” President Paul Zingg said. “The mayor, the >> please see PARKING | A5




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WORLD NEWS >> The Morganza spillway on the Mississippi River was opened to prevent flooding in Louisiana. The Mississippi River is flowing faster and fuller than it has in 183 years, and the opening of the spillway will prevent cities such as Baton Rouge and New Orleans from flooding. However, clearing the spillway will flood hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland. This decision comes after the Mississippi River flooded Memphis last week. source: The New York Times

Bangkok — A 36-year-old United Arab

Somalia — A report from the Geopolic-

Durango, Mexico — Police in Mexico

Munich — John Demjanjuk was

Pakistan — Three of Osama bin

Emirates citizen was arrested Friday at

have discovered the decapitated body of

ity consultancy, which specializes in

released from Stadelheim prison Friday

Laden’s widows, taken into detention

Thailand’s international airport when

Gerardo Galindo, the deputy governor of

economic intelligence, has estimated

after a judge ordered the release pending

by Pakistani intelligence officials, have

authorities discovered he was trying to

Durango’s prison, along with seven other

that piracy off the coast of Somalia costs

an appeal of his conviction for serving

been interviewed by U.S. officials. The

smuggle a number of rare, endangered

decapitated bodies in northern Durango.

the international community up to $8.3

as a guard at a Nazi Death Camp. Dem-

women are not believed to have provided

animals out of the country. The man, who

Galindo had been abducted Monday, and

billion annually and could actually reach

janjuk, 91, is headed for an undisclosed

any new details about bin Laden or al-

was on his way to Dubai, was found with

his head was found next to a threatening

sums of $13 million to $15 billion by 2015.

nursing home until the appeals process,

Qaida’s movements or activities. In fact,

his baggage full of baby leopards, pan-

message from a drug gang. His death

The consultancy also estimated that

slated to take up to two years, can be

the information provided seemed to have

thers, a bear and monkeys, all sedated.

comes after the security chief of a prison

a pirate can earn up to $79,000 a year

completed. Demjanjuk immigrated to the

been rehearsed, according to NBC News.

Thailand is a hub for illegal wildlife

in the nearby city of Monterrey was

plundering. The EU Navfor anti-piracy

U.S. after World War II, claiming to have

The Pakistani government is now facing

trafficking, but it is more typical to catch

murdered in February. This month, 196

force says that 23 vessels and 530 hos-

been a victim in a German prisoner-

intense pressure abroad to explain how

people smuggling smaller reptiles. This

bodies have been discovered in Durango.

tages are currently being held by Somali

of-war camp. In 1981, his citizenship

bin Laden managed to live undetected

pirates. Somalia is an impoverished

was revoked after the U.S. Justice

in a military garrison town and respond

thers and leopards fetch roughly $5,000

country with few economic opportunities,

Department alleged he was actually

to domestic criticism for perceivably

a piece in Thailand. Their value would

making piracy comparatively attractive.

the notoriously brutal Nazi death camp

allowing the U.S. to violate Pakistan’s

guard “Ivan the Terrible,” something he


array of live mammals is unusual. Pan-

source: BBC News

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have presumably been higher in Dubai. source: MSNBC

was later cleared of. He has since been

source: MSNBC

extradited to both Israel and Germany to stand trial. source: The Washington Post

source: The Sacramento Bee

In the May 11 article "Measure A drive informs, registers for June 6 vote" it was incorrectly stated that the election was on June 6. The election is on June 7.

REAL TALK President Paul Zingg renews his commitment to Chico State after an interview opportunity at San Diego State. Zingg received a positive response from many faculty, staff and students after he announced Wednesday he would remain president of the university, a post he has held since 2005.

The Orion: Are you at all disappointed that you didn’t get the position? Zingg: I’m disappointed that I didn’t have another opportunity to lead a complex, important campus, but I am not looking backward at all. This was one of those experiences to put myself out

there in a very high, visible public search and to reflect on what I found out about myself during that process. I certainly found out that you have to be true to who you are, you can’t make things up, and what they got was who I am. Secondly, it allowed me to reflect on why I have enjoyed being here and

why I will continue to enjoy being here for years to come. I mean, this was it, I’m not heading off to look around for another position, and, like I told you, these things come up occasionally and this was the only one that I thought would be interesting to look at, so, I’m not going to do this again.

The Orion: Is anyone on this campus treating you any differently now that you have interviewed for a position at another school? Zingg: No, in fact when I sent out my announcement to the campus yesterday I must have received about 600 emails and notes, just

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The Orion: In a way, the process you just went through is a bit similar to the situation many Chico grads are experiencing right now. Is the interview process as nervewracking for you as it is for us? Zingg: Well, not ■ VIDEO unless you Watch a video of are prepared, President Paul Q&A but you Zingg’s can only be with The Orion prepared up at to a certain point. You are never going to be as deep on any question as you may think you have to be or as folks may want you to be. What comes through is can you communicate genuine interest in the position, can you explain clearly why you might be interested in the position, can you give them a sense of what your style is, how you relate to people, do you have a sense of humor and then you just see how it goes. But it is nerve-wracking and being a little nervous about interviews I think is a good thing. I think it helps you keep a positive edge, otherwise you might appear to be too complacent, disinterested or worse, you might convey to them the impression that “Hey, I’ve got this locked up so I’m not going to work hard at it.” I think there is a lesson in any kind of job search early, mid or late in one’s career.

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A German man was sentenced to six months in a federal penitentiary for shipping hundreds of tarantulas from Germany to Los Angeles. Sven Koppler plead guilty to one count of smuggling goods into the United States. He made almost $350,000 through his illegal spider smuggling operation. Once he finishes his sentence in the U.S., he will likely be deported to Germany.

The Orion: It seemed to me that you were the most qualified candidate for the San Diego State position, as you were the only one with previous presidential experience. Why do you think the board went in a different direction? Zingg: I think it was clear to me while I was down there that their research identity and research profile was probably most important to them, most important to supporters of the campus, local alumni, local business leaders, certainly very important to the faculty. That’s reflected in the fact that the two other candidates were both involved in directing research efforts on their campuses or in their system. I think that was the major factor in that they wanted to go with someone from a larger institution and one with a stronger research profile than CSU Chico.


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President Paul Zingg was touring the San Diego State campus two weeks ago as part of the interview process for the university’s presidential position. Zingg didn’t get the job, but, far from dejected, has returned with a reinvigorated enthusiasm for working on the campus that he knows and loves, as well as valuable advice for Chico graduates going through interview processes of their own. The Orion met up with Zingg on Thursday. An excerpt from the interview follows:


A San Francisco woman who injected her 8-year-old daughter with botox lost custody of her daughter Monday. The mother, Kerry Campbell, appeared on “Good Morning America” last week with her daughter and explained that she injected her to eliminate wrinkles for beauty pageants. The San Francisco Human Services Agency is currently conducting an investigation of Campbell’s actions.




people coming up to me, and everyone was wonderful. The basic message was “Sorry you didn’t get it, but not really. We’re really glad you’re going to stay here.” My response is “I’m happy too.”

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Donald Trump announced Monday that he will no longer be running for president in 2012 on the Republican ticket. His unofficial preliminary campaign had attracted some attention in recent weeks when Trump demanded that President Barack Obama produce a United States birth certificate. Trump said he could win, but business is his “greatest passion.” Texas congressman Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, former Republican house speaker, both announced their intention to run last week. Other possible Republican candidates include Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

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RAISING THE FIST Vincent Ornelas, faculty member of the Chico State social work department, leads a march for higher education on April 13.


FIGHT FOR FUNDS California Faculty Association members and students rally April 13, to get administrators to respond to their petition.

Protesters await administrative response to demands Andre Byik STAFF WRITER

A stack of petitions sits in the President’s Office with a list of demands supported by more than 1,000 students and faculty who say a response would be welcome. A rally through campus last month to “Take Class Action” organized by the California Faculty Association and students garnered about 200 protesters who delivered a petition to President Paul Zingg’s office demanding to freeze administrative salaries and to maximize funding to course offerings. CFA President Susan Green thinks it would be nice to receive a response from the administration, but she didn’t necessarily expect

one, she said. While administrative salaries are a small percentage of the California State University budget, it depends on “whose ox is being gored,” Green said. Dustin Reese, executive assistant to the president, said Zingg has seen the petition, but it didn’t ask for a response. He added that Zingg is open to a meeting with the students who delivered the petition, but those students haven’t returned to schedule a sit-down with the president. The petition is a list of demands that are dependent on a budget that is currently in flux, Reese said. Four students delivered the pile of petitions to Zingg’s office April 13, but because he

wasn’t in his office that day the group is trying to schedule a meeting with the president this week to discuss the petition, said Juan Guzman, a junior political science and criminal justice double major. The 23 CSUs are facing a second $500 million budget cut if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extensions, CFA Communications Director Alice Sunshine said. Without the extensions, the CSU faces a $1 billion cut and an additional 32 percent increase in tuition fees on top of an already approved 10 percent increase, according to the CSU website. Budget cuts add additional burdens on students such as an increased reliance on technology and Web-based learning, which assumes students have access to broadband connections

and computers in the first place, Green said. “I get students with tears in my office all the time saying, ‘I just can’t do it anymore,’” Green said. “‘Doesn’t it ever stop?’ And to them, it doesn’t seem like it does.” The CFA calls the increased student self-support the “privatization” of the CSU. “One of the things that’s hurting us this year in discussing the budget is that because we’ve said this pretty much every year for the past umpteen years, people think we’re crying wolf, that this year is just like every other year,” Green said. “I don’t think we’re going to somehow manage to get along this year.” Andre Byik can be reached at

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All accused of violating the law are innocent until proven guilty | Information cited directly from Chico Police Department Thursday, 8:06 a.m.: Assault and battery reported on the 200 block of East Avenue. “Reporting party is the owner and while terminating an employee the employee punched the reporting party in the shoulder, pushed him down and threw a cup of coee on him. Employee terminated for violent behavior.â€?



By Elizabeth Ghiorso

Thursday, 12:15 p.m.: Suspicious subject reported on the 200 block of Broadway Street. “Male appears to be breaking into a vehicle across from Starbucks. Subject is using a hanger to get into the vehicle. Reporting party asked subject if he locked his keys in the vehicle and he replied, ‘Yep.’ Reporting party thought this to be odd.�



By Emily Hirschman

Thursday, 9:22 p.m.: Drunk in public reported on the 2100 block of the Esplanade. “Male subject between the dumpsters being loud. Subject is alone.�


CHARMS OF CHICO By Rebecca Hucker


Undie Run Students and young people strip down to their skivvies and run for a good cause.


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STUDY BOOST While many stick to caeine when studying for ďŹ nals, some turn to Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant commonly prescribed to treat attention deďŹ cit hyperactivity disorder.

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prescription instead of contributing to the underground market, he said. “If you use the drug multiple times there can become this dependency for it in order to learn, which isn’t necessarily healthy,� he said. Many ignore the warnings, however, as Adderall is one of the fastest selling drugs in the market, Cook said. “We sell a lot of Adderall,� he said. “I have no doubt that students use the pill without having a prescription.�

The procedure to receive a prescription is long and detailed, but someone can walk out with a prescription at the end of the day, he said. A ďŹ rst-time user described his reaction to the drug while studying for his spring midterm. “Adderall made me feel amped and ready to go for about four hours,â€? said William Lateer, senior management major. “It just helps you focus.â€? Dario Gut can be reached at

Thursday, 9:31 p.m.: Verbal dispute reported on the 3200 block of Shallow Springs Terrace. “Reporting party’s wife was driving home when subject pointed a green laser light in her eyes.� Friday, 10:41 a.m.: Suspicious subject reported on the 900 block of Nord Avenue. “Reporting party is by the railroad tracks and walked past a male that was exposing himself and was masturbating. Didn’t say anything to the reporting party. Subject sitting in bushes next to the tracks.� Friday, 11:27 p.m.: Drunk in public reported on the 600 block of West Seventh Street. “Subject passed out on the sidewalk. Female wearing skimpy pajamas.� Saturday, 12:47 a.m.: Vandalism reported on the 300 block of Salem Street. “Subjects throwing trash cans against vehicles. Have already broken out a vehicle window.� Saturday, 1:46 a.m.: Drunk in public reported on the 100 block of East Second Street. “Female caller advised her friend was very drunk and causing a scene. Trying to hit reporting party. Reporting party had to drag her out of Woodstock’s, she is now outside laying on the curb.�


Saturday, 3:58 a.m.: Noise complaint reported on the 200 block of West Lassen Avenue. “Bongo drums in the area.� Saturday, 12:23 p.m.: Littering and urinating in public reported on the 700 block of East Lassen Avenue. “Reporting party calling to report a male subject is urinating in public. Male is selling cherries on the side of the road.� Saturday, 1:36 p.m.: Noise complaint reported on the 100 block of Santos Way. “Loud music at construction site across from the reporting party’s residence. Reporting party’s wife asked them to turn the music down and they refused.�


Three subjects sitting on a couch on the side of the road with a sign that reads, ‘If you honk we will drink.’


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Saturday, 7:03 p.m.: Noise complaint reported on the 500 block of Nord Avenue. “Three subjects sitting on a couch on the side of the road with a sign that reads, ‘If you honk we will drink.â€? Reporting party trying to study for ďŹ nals and passing cars are honking because of the sign.â€? Sunday, 3:47 a.m.: Attempt to contact reported on the 200 block of East Seventh Street. “Reporting party’s new iPhone was taken at LaSalle’s earlier. She has the GPS tracking and is en route to the area that it is indicating.â€? Sunday, 10:49 a.m.: Shoplifting reported on the 1300 block of East Avenue. “Female stole package of cinnamon rolls and cat food. She has done this several times.â€? -Compiled by Andre Byik


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Unsteady job market leads to career alternatives Trish Roche STAFF WRITER

As graduation approaches and thoughts of the real world loom, graduates are faced with the struggle of finding a job. For some it’s easier than for others. Katie Cowie, who is graduating with a master’s in communication sciences and disorders, is one of the fortunate few. After being informed by one of her professors of an opening, Cowie applied and was hired by The Continuum, a Reno, Nev. based private practice, after a rigorous interview process, she said. “I will be working at a private practice with physical and occupational therapists,” Cowie said. Fortunately for students in her field, there are about three available jobs for every graduate, Cowie said. It’s getting into that graduate program that is the biggest hurdle. However, not all graduates are as fortunate as Cowie. Accounting major Natalie Bartley hasn’t found a job within her area of expertise, but she’s not too concerned just yet, she said. “I don’t think it will be difficult at all because everyone needs accountants,” she said. Bartley’s concerns are about uncertainties


LOOKING AHEAD Natalie Bartley, accounting major [LEFT], and Katie Cowie, communication sciences and disorders major [RIGHT], are graduating this spring. Finding jobs after graduation can be difficult for some, but resources like the Career Planning and Placement Offi ce can provide help. other than the job market. “The scariest part about graduating is growing up and not knowing where my life is going to take me,” she said.

Some graduates have plans other than immediately entering the work force. Senior Matt Sudol, a construction management major, is studying abroad over summer

and then doing an intern- LOOKING FOR ship in the fall with the U.S. A CAREER? Navy where he plans to work with construction managers, The Career Center is available he said. “I am most looking for- for those lookward to being able to use the ing for help: skills I learned at Chico State Students can call 530-898at a job,” Sudol said. 5253 or visit the Graduates who have yet Career Center to find a job may want to in the Student consider using the Career Services Center Planning and Placement Room 270 Office as a resource. Putting together a resume and sending it out are the first steps to success in finding a job, said Megan Odom, associate director of the Career Center. Making sure all contacts, such as coworkers, friends, family members and professors are aware of your job search can help, she said. The biggest pointer is to follow up after applying for a job, for example asking if they need extra information or what the hiring process will be like, Odom said. “I find that students who follow up are much more successful than students who don’t,” she said. Trish Roche can be reached at

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SKETCHING THE FUTURE The new building will have 359 parking spaces, 11 motorcycle stalls and 242 bicycle spaces.


city council, city manager, the chamber of commerce, all were hoping that we would pursue this because it helps address some of their parking concerns.” Chico State currently has the lowest student-to-parking space ratio in the CSU system, according to the Chico State website. The structure, which will also house the University Police department, will be built to LEED Silver equivalent standards. “It’s more than parking,” Zingg said. “It’s a mixed use facility.” There will be no state or general fund money involved with the project, Zingg said.

In addition, it will largely be funded through anticipated parking fee profits, he said. “It’s ridiculous there is not any free parking,” said Carlos Ruiz, freshman civil engineer major. Some students think the board of trustee’s decision to go against student opinion sends a bad message. “They’re building a parking structure that their students don’t want,” said Jessica Ulvang, senior environmental science major. Ulvang and classmates from a class called “Environmental Thought and Action” were able to drum up enough support to get an advisory measure on the Associated Students

General Election ballot that petitioned the structure. The advisory measure received 76 percent of votes. Ulvang’s classmate Ershely Raj, a senior environmental economics major, was pleased that the class was able to get such a large chunk of the student vote, but also expressed concerns over the rejection of the petition. Yet, some students welcome the new structure. “Parking is pretty shitty,” said junior social work major Liliana Luevano. “I have to wake up real early to get a spot.” Kenny Lindberg can be reached at Dario Gut can be reached at

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A7 EXTRA HELPINGS Newly elected A.S. President London Long speaks to students at her inaugural dinner.



SLICED HOURS Eric Brucia, junior English major [right], serves up lunch for Chay Hok, senior civil engineering major [left], at Chopsticks in Marketplace Cafe. The cafe will cut staff in summer.

Summer sees staff cuts Teresa De Luz A SST. NE WS EDITOR

Student workers who normally rely on their summer jobs at A.S. Dining Services will be forced to look elsewhere this summer, as budget cuts are forcing managers to fill positions instead of keeping staff. “Some students were disappointed about it but not terribly surprised by the situation we are in,” Retail Manager Corinne Knapp said. In past years, students who worked at Marketplace Cafe and Butte Station were allowed to sign up for limited hours during the summer, but now five managers will work instead, she said. However, student workers may still be called in to fill vacation time for managers or if they call in sick, said Yves Latouche, director of A.S. Dining Services. “I do think some students were banking on working in the summer just like anyone else,” he said.

Cutting student staff in the summer is the most cost efficient way to save money for Dining Services, Latouche said. “Just look at our state and our school,” he said. “With increasing tuition, you have to cut somewhere.” While this staff reduction may be inconvenient for students, they were notified a couple of months prior, Latouche said. No students employees were allowed to comment on this story. Butte Station will be open for limited hours in the summer, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Selvester’s Cafe-by-the-Creek will be closed during the summer holiday, he said. Coping with the limited hours could mean decreased patronage, said Megan Uribe, a junior health science major. “I think it’s frustrating and an inconvenience,” Uribe said. Teresa De Luz can be reached at

Guest list short at Long’s dinner Ben Mullin OPINION EDITOR

When only two students showed up to have dinner with the Associated Students President London Long, A.S. came to the students. The inaugural “Dinner with the President” meeting May 10 was meant to be a chance for students to meet with officers from the student government, according to an announcement posted on Chico State’s website. But at 6:18 p.m., nearly 20 minutes after the meeting started, Long sat at the center of an 18-foot table in the Sutter Hall Dining Room, flanked by empty seats, a few A.S. officers and two students. One of them, theater arts major Casey Coleman, suggested student turnout was low because Sutter Hall’s underclassmen were intimidated by the A.S. officers. “When I was a freshman, I was scared of everything,” Coleman said. To make up for sparse attendance, Long and Jaypinderpal Virdee, A.S. commissioner of community affairs, got up and brought students back to the table. “Outreach is working,” Virdee said as he approached the president’s table with a small group of students. “You just gotta work your

As students leave town, sales go down Businesses around the community are bracing themselves for the yearly slow down, which occurs in summer when students bid adieu to the city and take their potent spending power with them. Some businesses, like Salon Vogue, across from campus on 101 Salem St., lose 50 percent of their profits over the summer, owner and stylist Kristine Pinheiro said.

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TUITION: 32 percent increase means students will pay $1,556 more in 2012

SUMMER FIZZLE Business like Tres Hombres Long Bar and Grill lose a significant stream of revenue in summer when students leave town. Tres Hombres Service Manager Ryan Fisher said the business loses up to 40 percent during the summer months.

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way into it.” As the dinner progressed, Virdee left the president’s table for another one close by and struck up a conversation with four freshmen sitting there. “I’m gonna join you guys,” Virdee said. “I’m one of your guys’ student officers. I’m just trying to meet people and make friends. If this food sucks, let me know.” “We just need bigger servings,” said Max Perkins, freshman engineering major sitting opposite Virdee. Long, who skipped lunch so she would have room for the dinner, had one of the biggest servings of the night. Describing her meal of pasta, pizza, lemon chicken and a side salad as “everything,” she spent much of the night discussing issues of A.S. funding with Casey Coleman, she said. Though she was disappointed in the night’s turnout, Long was happy she got to answer questions from students, she said. In the future, she’s considering hosting the event at Trinity Commons with free coffee to make the event more accessible to students who can’t afford the $8.75 dining fee.

“Business drops a lot over the summer,” she said. “It’s ridiculous.” The reduction can be attributed to the fact that 85 percent of its customers are Chico State students, Salon Vogue stylist Haleigh Bettencourt said. “Students are our bread and butter,” Bettencourt said. “It makes it really difficult when students decide not to stay in Chico over the summer.” Tres Hombres Long Bar and Grill is also greatly affected by the summer exodus, as it loses

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roughly 40 percent of its business, said Ryan Fisher, Tres Hombres service manager. “More locals come downtown during the summer,” Fisher said. “There is no traffic downtown during this time because students are not in town.” The Naked Lounge Tea and Coffeehouse, at 118 W. Second St., loses 20 percent of its profits, General Manager Mark Rozell said. “We usually have two people working during the year, but during the summer we only have one person working to

save money,” Rozell said. In addition, the Naked Lounge puts money aside just for the summer months. But ever since the Naked Lounge decided to switch things up and add ice teas to its menu, profits have been higher during the summer, Rozell said. “It’s just the way it is,” said Jolene Francis, president and CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce. “Businesses here are quite used to it.” Allison Weeks can be reached at

significant portion of a second $500 million reduction, but may still leave another couple of hundred million for the 23 CSU campuses to reduce from their respective budgets, he said. He also confirmed that there will be no additional campusbased fees for the next school year. “Again, this is the worst- case scenario,” Zingg said. If this scenario occurs, the CSU system estimates it may turn down 20,000 qualified students who would otherwise enroll in the winter and spring 2012 terms, according to a press release. But the possible hike may have positive implications. “It would ensure that there would be fewer courses cut, fewer positions lost and fewer services reduced,” Zingg said. The climb would also help the governor’s office as it attempts to combat an estimated $15.4 billion state budgetary shortfall. “Unfortunately, sometimes when it comes to exorbitant state deficits, you have to make decisions that are unpopular, and this one is definitely unpopular, and I’m personally not in support of it,” Jayousi said. In addition, Jayousi hopes state officials look elsewhere to cut instead of “choosing the easy

solution of raising tuition,” he said. A.S. President London Long also ■ BUDGET expressed con- For the most cerns about up-to-date inforthe hike, not- mation on this ing that she developing story, was “obviously visit against it.” She also vowed that student leaders will continue to do everything in their power to keep budget issues from affecting students. English and education major Marty Salgado, a sophomore with aspirations of becoming a professor, had to take a lot of grants and loans in order to further his education, he said. “I’m working here for a degree to be a teacher, so this is going to affect me in the long run whether I’m a student or if I have a job,” Salgado said. “For me I guess I lose either way, but I guess we have to make the best of it.” Jayousi stressed his hopes that students won’t let a hike affect their academic performance or dissuade them from getting their degrees. “Even if it means going more into debt, the results are well worth it,” he said. Kenny Lindberg can be reached at


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Sometimes the most difficult questions in life are asked onstage, in song, by stuffed puppets. For example, take the musical stylings of Princeton, star Muppet of the Broadway musical “Avenue Q.” As the curtain comes up, we see Princeton and his puppeteer wandering through a trashy neighborhood, looking for a low-rent apartment and lamenting the time he wasted in college. “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” he wails. “What is my life going to be? Ten years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree!” With commencement four days away, many of us are asking ourselves that same question — what can you do with a bachelor’s in English? Or journalism? Or philosophy? If you can get a job as a singing puppet, it’s a sweet gig, but what about the rest

it on a page and sharing it with everyone we know. And in doing so, we’ve defined ourselves. History majors, who have learned to process the present with one eye on the rear-view, biologists who watch the world evolve and English majors who parse their world with poetry — does it matter how “marketable” your education is? Rather than focusing on selling ourselves to potential employers, we should be glad that something at Chico State inspired us enough that we were willing to give ourselves away to it. So what if the job market is tight? Life is not a dress rehearsal, and there’s no sense forcing ourselves into roles we don’t want to play. The world doesn’t need a million physicians, lawyers or Wall Street CEOs. It just needs Chico State’s graduating class to do whatever it is that makes them feel alive.

of us, who spent the last eight semesters poking our collective nose into arcane corners of history, literature and law? When employers can access the world’s memory at the click of a mouse, will they be impressed that we can recite poetry or tell them the name of Alexander the Great’s horse? Probably not. But then, getting hired is not the point of an education. Putting Princeton’s puppet angst aside, it doesn’t matter what you can do with your education, so much as what your education does to you. During our years at Chico State, the study of journalism has transformed the editors at The Orion. Day in, day out, journalism has given us a lens that focuses the world and fractures the chaos of life into reportable details. Facts, figures, images, numbers, quotes — our education in journalism has taught us to define reality by questioning it, putting

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wallets. If the worst happens in June, the CSU will have the ability to put the burden of state budget cuts almost entirely on students. The board of trustees justifies this policy by arguing that without additional revenue from students, inevitable cuts to quality of education will make a four-year degree virtually meaningless. But as any economist will tell you, there’s a big difference between the tax you ask from someone and the tax you actually receive. If the CSU implements this huge tuition hike in July, many students will bite the

budget bullet, go on financial aid and fork over the revenue that the CSU system desperately needs. But what about the students who can’t, or won’t, pay up? They’ll save money by going to community colleges, or they’ll leave the university system entirely. And the CSU can’t collect revenue from students it doesn’t have. If you add that to the fact that the new plan would allow the CSU to turn away up to 20,000 tuition-paying university students, you have a contingency plan that has the potential to cause a worst-case scenario instead of fixing it.

Faculty dating policy causes personal pain, loss Serena Cervantes OPINION COLUMNIST

I often run up to Upper Bidwell Park and look out at the ridge across the jagged canyon, into that space where no land exists. Last semester, I became infatuated with one of my professors, forming a relationship that exists in a space much like the space in the canyon. Naively, I hoped that a loving relationship would bridge the gap between student and professor. This relationship occurred after I wrote a column about the pitfalls of being attracted to older men in positions of power. I ultimately realized I was walking a tight rope with no familiar ground beneath me. My tight rope walk became a free-fall as the gravity of the situation sunk in. The affair will stay with me for the rest of my life. Its mark is carved under my forearm like a fossilized worm imbedded in my skin. The grimness of the situation, combined with an inclination toward depression, was the tipping point for me. I tried to undo what had happened by attempting suicide. My situation is exactly why Chico State has a guideline that discourages student-faculty relationships. But the existing policy needs to be more specific and strict in preventing these relationships, whether the student is in the professor’s class or not. Privacy and power From the perspective of the feminist movement, which promotes sexual freedom, consenting romantic or sexual relationships should be defended regardless of differences like gender combination or age, said Kate McCarthy, who teaches courses in religion and women’s studies. On the other hand, feminism also tries to expose and analyze power imbalances in social relationships, McCarthy said. “So if you’re talking specifically about a student and a professor, there’s a built-in power imbalance in that relationship and so I think the idea of consent is complicated,” she said. McCarthy strongly agrees with the university policy of discouraging these relationships, but she also questions how well it enforces a policy that touches on something so personal. Because of the idea of “true love?”

“Well, because of the idea of privacy,” she answered. McCarthy has a point, but is privacy a right between two people when an unfair power dynamic exists in a professional place? In the university classroom, where the public identity of subordinate student collides with the identity of academic supervisor, there is a clear imbalance of power that Chico State needs to address. Which leads into another question — how and why are these intimate relationships regulated? Chico State’s policy isn’t enough Chico State discourages student-faculty relationships under a guideline in the faculty Personnel Policies and Procedures document, said Maurice Bryan, Human Resources’ director of Equal Opportunity and Dispute Resolution. Although these types of relationships are not banned, they are dangerous because they have the potential to become sexual harassment cases, Bryan said. “Fellow students could even file something thinking that this person has undue access to the faculty member,” Bryan said. “So while it’s not a clear-cut, illegal thing to engage in, it’s just fraught with problems.” The university addresses such incidents by talking with the faculty member, Bryan said. Punishments vary depending on the seriousness of the offense and can include everything from a verbal reprimand to dismissal of the employee. But vagueness in dispute resolution means there is no clear-cut policy students can use to advocate for themselves. If there were a policy on the books that banned such inequity, more people would come forward with their cases — not to get the faculty member in question disciplined, but with the intent of reconciling embarrassment or awkwardness if the relationship did not go well. And because the student and faculty member might still have to work together, these relationships could create a hostile environment that denies the student their right to an “atmosphere of intellectual freedom” as stated in the preamble of the Faculty Code of Ethics. A student may also rearrange classes or even transfer schools to avoid the professor. But Bryan also poses a point that extends beyond McCarthy’s idea of complicated consent.

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Undefined and unspoken If the relationship is mutual but there is still a difference in power, then “it may be a difference in semantics,” said Joe Wills, director of Public Affairs and Publications, in an email interview. That means if we can’t classify these relationships as “sexual harassment,” but we continue to label them as “ethical dilemmas,” we are missing the point entirely. Consider incest. We don’t call such an exploitation of power difference an “ethical dilemma” or “infringing on someone’s right to privacy.” We call it a “social taboo,” because it disrupts and destroys families. Similarly, when faculty and students cross professional boundaries, their roles also become misaligned and confused with standards set by the university. When students enter relationships with faculty, power dynamics are tampered with, boundaries are crossed and borders become indistinct. Students are left scrambling to reestablish the line between pupil and professor with a scarlet letter pinned on their back. Because of my situation, I don’t feel like a Puritan, but I don’t feel like a feminist either. I just feel that nothingness, the free-fall between a huge divide that exists because no common ground has been established. Serena Cervantes can be reached at

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Could mutual relationships between a faculty member and a student be considered sexual harassment? “By definition, truly mutual relations wouldn’t be considered sexual harassment,” Bryan said. However, faculty-student intimate relationships are not mutual if the faculty member is grading the student, he said. Consequently, the issue of consent becomes moot. So if mutual intimate relations between faculty and students do not fall under the university’s definition of sexual harassment, what definition do they fall under? A student who has been in an intimate relationship with a professor won’t feel comfortable stating a case because a guideline in university policy is pitted against the flying banner of the professor’s right to privacy. A footnote in some obscure rulebook is up against the Bill of Rights, which leaves the student feeling powerless.

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Chico’s weird cuisine scene Stephanie Maynard OPINION COPY EDITOR

To make haggis, take all the good parts of a cow and a sheep. Now throw them away. Stuff what you have left in a sheep’s stomach. Mmm, mmm, good. Last year I had the opportunity to study abroad for a year in the U.K. I was able to open my eyes and my taste buds to different cultures and their cuisines. I stared at gray rabbit hearts in my spaghetti, complete with the ends of hollow arteries for just that extra special touch. Then I stabbed it with my fork and popped it in my mouth so I could savor that rich, succulent meat. Fast forward a year later, and I’m standing in line at Madison Bear Garden with my roommate, who points out a burger with peanut butter. I declined because mixing peanut butter with my meat patty was just too weird for my taste. Wait, what? Clearly, there’s something wrong here. I like to think of myself as willing to try new things, including the odd and the strange. I’m sure I’m not the only one. For every person weirded out by stomach-stuffed meat patties, there are probably at least two gross gourmands looking to bite off more than they can chew just so they can brag about it. So what separates the haggis from the peanut butter hamburger? Honestly, nothing. It’s all about perspective. Most people think of weird food as bugs, brains and whatever else that “Bizarre Food” show can come up with. Either that or it’s some sort of “cultural cuisine” that makes you feel more worldly upon ingestion. But there’s more to unusual foods than deep-fried eyeballs on a stick.

And a lot of them, like the peanut butter hamburger, can be found right here in Chico. Let’s face it, most of us college students don’t have the most welldeveloped palettes. We lean toward pizza, burgers and brew. It’s just kind of our thing. But Chico has more to offer than the standard college fare, including things students may not have tried or even heard of before. If you haven’t gone into Thai Basil and ordered their Thai tea, do it now for all that is good and holy. Even if you’re like me and don’t care for tea, hot or cold, this beverage clouded with condensed milk is surprisingly sweet, creamy and strong. Nothing can match this tasty treat when it comes to flavor. Trying “weird” foods really is as simple as trying things you haven’t had before. When it gets down to it, a weird or unusual food is just something that defies the cultural norm of “good food.” Haggis is standard fare in Scotland. Rabbit is usual for Malta. Spain is known for their bull’s testicle soup. Tourists may do their part to help keep these food traditions alive, but they remain traditional dishes for a reason — they’re actually delicious. Admittedly, peanut butter meat patties aren’t exactly a hallowed delicacy of American cuisine. But who’s to say that it’s not good or even normal food? Why does something have to be staring back at you to be weird enough to try “just for the hell of it?” If a menu item makes question marks pop up over your head, eat it. As for me, the next time I find my aimless wanderings leading me to the Bear, I think I’m going to order myself a burger with peanut butter, just to say I’ve tried it. Stephanie Maynard can be reached at

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Chico Confidential: Advice from a grad Joanna Hass OPINION COLUMNIST

Advice is stupid. Advice is lame. It is non-specific. It is over-simplified. It is not helpful. For every season there is a piece of advice, and for every piece of advice there is a cliche just as unhelpful. What can we learn from advice? Nobody knows what the advice-giver is talking about. Advice from parents, teachers, friends and family might as well be spoken through the mouth of Charlie Brown’s teacher. I could go full-tilt cynic and claim that advice was invented by the greeting card companies to boost sales. But the feeling of wanting to give advice is genuine. That’s what advice should be remembered for — that someone once cared enough about you to put on their superhero mask and try to save you with a 30 word road map to success. The problem is that no such thing exists. Advice is specific to each person, and following the paths given to us by well-intended soothsayers only gives us our own pieces of advice to pass on. The is the advice people should give — real guidance gained from life experience by trying conventional advice. But they don’t. Because what do people love more than thinking they know what you need to hear? Leaving out the bad parts of their own lives, that’s what. That’s what this is — advice I’ve had to discover I wish someone had told me.


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Chico’s sad school spirits Then they’d go on to explain in detail how they loved to go binge drinking. After the two-hour show I came to one conclusion — because of the culture of alcohol abuse at Chico State, too many students are convinced that it’s socially unacceptable to have fun with just one drink. Who are we kidding when we try to tell people we’re not a party school? Chico is fun. At least until the next morning when I have the urge to vomit and drink nine cups of coffee to make me feel half sober. But we’re not unique in our love of liquor. Any college can be a party school, it just depends on your attitude. No matter where you go to receive a higher education, students will inevitably at one point be pressured to drink. Take MIT— a pretty prestigious university, right? Would you be surprised to hear they were voted the 25th party school in the nation by Playboy Magazine in 1987? It’s understandable that the freedom of college is accompanied by the curiosity to experiment with alcohol, but at some point, we need to exercise personal responsibility and draw a straight-edged line in the sand. Once we decide to become responsible adults, then those who accuse us of being an infamous “party school” will realize that there are more important things to us than getting completely Sheen-faced. Please drink responsibly — and if you can’t, then at least try to stay conscious.


Hey bartender — pass me a few beers, three shots of Captain Morgan, some Advil and a chaser of morningafter regret. It’s 3 p.m. on a Tuesday at Chico State — time for some good old-fashioned binge drinking. Unfortunately, it seems like social gatherings in Chico are always mixed with alcohol. Many times friends have invited me out for a social drink that evolved into half a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and a 30-pack of Keystone. It’s slightly unhealthy, to say the least. Last summer, on my birthday no less, the host of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab stormed into town to lecture about the culture of alcohol abuse in universities. Because of its reputation as a “party school,” Chico State was the perfect venue for Dr. Drew. It was the ultimate birthday present. Dr. Drew asked the college-aged audience why students felt the need to get drunk while socializing. Students responded with a variety of answers — some wanted to feel more comfortable while approaching the opposite sex, and others wanted recognition from their peers. As I listened to the stories of luck, ladies and liquid courage, I couldn’t help but laugh. Most students around me would shake their heads and sigh, showing their disagreement with Drew.


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You can get the hell out.

College, and life for this matter, is not a prison sentence. You cannot be trapped by your own circumstances. If you think you went to the wrong college, chose the wrong roommates, signed up for the wrong class or even just bought the wrong color sweater, get out now. Changing your mind or admitting you were wrong is not a crime, so there is no reason to let your school colors feel like the black and white stripes of an old-fashioned inmate.

There is no such thing as a “Chico girl.”

If it’s in reference to the females that attend Chico State, then it’s an oxymoron. Those are Chico women, not girls. The sooner they put that in the university’s informational brochure, the sooner we can all stop putting her down and making bigoted claims. The Chico woman is not a stereotype, but rather a classification for women who happen to attend college in Chico. Stereotypes are bad, m’kay. But nobody minds being a part of a classification. Especially one that frees you from the unrealistic and damaging expectations made of “Chico girls.”

Get pictures or it didn’t happen.

Don’t let dead batteries be the reason you don’t remember your college experience. And if you don’t have a camera, remember that it’s 2011. Digital cameras aren’t just for rich people anymore. Take pictures. Take pictures often. Invest in your past, because there will be rainy days in the future and photo albums warm you up like a Snuggie around your heart. Now everybody say “Aww.” More importantly, you don’t want to wake up someday and realize the only frame on your wall is a piece of paper with your name and major on it.

You’re not really missing anything.

Whether you stay at home with your spine bent over a book or you go out every night and blow off school, you’re not really missing anything. Hindsight is for quarterbacks and rearview mirrors. Given the chance, people will make anything about their own experience sound enviable. The problem is, they won’t ever tell you that your story is great, too. Even though it is, as long as you keep it going.

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Women, not men, deserve priority in abortion debate Kelly Hering OPINION COLUMNIST

There has always been heated debate on whether or not men should be able to vote on abortion laws. Some men feel they have a say on the topic because the unborn child is half theirs. They argue that men and women are essentially equal when it comes to control over their bodies, pointing out that male circumcision and abortion are partially determined by someone other than the person who undergoes the procedure. But you cannot compare circumcision to abortion. You just can’t. It’s the difference between surgery that removes skin and a procedure that determines whether or not a new person enters the world. Many men cannot understand the impact an unexpected pregnancy can have on a woman’s life — they just aren’t hardwired to experience the same physical and emotional changes a woman undergoes when they’re expecting. Let’s be clear here — I am not stating that all men are insensitive to maternal instinct. I am not a feminist, but a humanist. I don’t believe women should expect more respect from men, but rather demand it from themselves. Neither sex should seek total acceptance and fulfillment from the other, but instead be confident in their own strengths as a person — not as a male or female. Hear me out, men — you had the chance to protect this pregnancy from happening. You could have used

a condom, remained abstinent or even collaborated with other men to show drug companies there is significant demand for male birth control. But when contraceptives fail, your part is over. The woman you had sex with is pregnant, not you. She will carry, deliver and nourish the baby with her body. You had your chance to decide, now she has hers. If you feel strongly enough about the issue, then you should be able to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about becoming a parent. If you don’t have this kind of relationship, then sorry dude, your ship has sailed. Abortion should not be an issue of right and wrong, but a personal decision of the woman or couple in question. If there is no partnership established between the contributors of sperm and egg, then it should automatically become the mother’s decision. Safe and affordable abortions should be available to any woman at any time. If laws are passed that abridge this fundamental right, there will be an influx of illegal abortions and severe emotional trauma. Rape victims who never consented to sex will have no recourse available to them. In relationships between couples that hold opposite opinions on abortion, it may be difficult to find common ground. If you are in one of these relationships, and you are sexually active, have the conversation with your significant other now to spare yourself turmoil and heartache.

Thumbs Up for hitchhiking. Literally.

Thumbs Down to the words “yee” and “nee.” Is it that hard to say yes and no?

Thumbs Up to the Undie Run. We haven’t seen this much underwear since the Justice League’s annual pajama party.

Thumbs Down to the term “continental breakfast.” Why are we comparing the smallest meal of the day to a landmass the size of Asia?

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PIECE OF MIND >> Do you think student/faculty romantic relationships are acceptable? “I think it’s acceptable depending on the age of the student and faculty. If they’re within five or seven years, it should be okay.”

Amanda Ullman sophomore | child development

“No, I don’t. It’ll be distracting to both the teacher and the student. It would get in the way of making progress towards the students’ learning.” Greg Kessing

freshman | mechanical engineering

“Absolutely. Workplace, it can be a good place to meet women. I don’t think professors should be robbed of that or any faculty for that matter.” Randall Jangula junior | music industry

Zach Garrison freshman | business administration

“I feel if it’s not put out in the public, but if everyone knows about it, then it’s going to cause unnecessary drama in the class. People are going to think grades are being changed.”

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Allie Colosky

ONE AWAY Junior third baseman Jackie Munoz sends a line drive into play. Munoz drove in the gamewinning run in the bottom of the sixth inning against Central Washington. The ’Cats won 3-2 and were able to stay in the hunt for a West Regional title.


Stay on Your Feet


Softball falls one run short at home Allie Colosky SPORTS EDITOR

A late rally wasn’t enough to keep the Chico State softball team’s playoff hopes alive. After a weekend of unlucky weather and unlucky pitches, the Wildcats fell to the UC San Diego Tritons 2-1 Monday afternoon. The National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament started off strong for the ’Cats with a 3-1 win over Western Washington University. The game went into the history books for junior catcher Hailey Stockman and head coach Angel Shamblin. Stockman hit her ninth home run of the season that set a new record for Chico State softball. The blast to right field was even sweeter in front of their home stands, Stockman said. “It’s something that has been in the back of my mind for some time,” she said. “I’ve got nothing to lose so I’m coming out here to do what I do.” The win pushed Chico’s record to 30-17, which made it the fi rst time in softball’s history to have back-toback 30-win seasons. The last two years have been Shamblin’s fi rst two with the program. “Back-to-back 30 wins is great,”

Shamblin said. “But the more important thing was getting the win to be in the winners’ bracket.” Day two of the NCAA tournament continued the ’Cats roller coaster into history with a 3-1 loss to No. 1-seeded UC San Diego before moving on to a 3-2 victory over Central Washington University. The fi rst game was a pitch-forpitch battle between Chico State junior pitcher Sam Baker and UC San Diego pitcher Camille Gaito. Both pitchers earned California Collegiate Athletic Association honors. Baker received Newcomer of the Year. UC San Diego scored early off an illegal pitch by Baker, and the ’Cats struggled to send a runner home until the sixth inning when Sam Quadt reached third on a triple and eventually scored off Diana Payan’s single straight up the middle. Baker and Gaito fought into extra innings before UC San Diego squeezed out the win in the 11th inning with a two-run single by Jennifer DeFazio. With the loss, Chico State would have to play their second game of the day and knock out Central Washington. The ’Cats scored early with an RBI single from senior Christina Wieck in the bottom of the second


inning and then pushed their lead to 2-0 after Taylor Hanamaikai walked and eventually reached home on an illegal pitch. Central Washington tied the game in the top of the fourth with two singles, but junior third baseman Jackie Munoz dropped one into center field to score pinch runner Erin O’Hara. Baker was brought in to seal off Central Washington and added another piece of history to their 2011 playoff ride. With a record of 22-10, Baker matched Kathy Arendsen’s record for most single season victories in Chico State history. “It makes it tougher, but I need to make my pitches move a little bit more to get ’em to swing,” Baker said of her pitching battle. Baker credited Munoz and the rest of the defense for stepping up to keep the ’Cats in the hunt for another NCAA tournament win. “Our defense works for us really well,” Baker said. “Everyone stepped up defensively 110 percent.” Adding to the drama of the NCAA championship game were wind, rain and a freak thunderstorm, postponing the game until Monday afternoon when the ’Cats would face UC San Diego for the second >> please see SOFTBALL | B4

SO CLOSE Junior Jessie Minch [above, below] was the tying run against UC San Diego. A Diana Payan single plated Minch but it was too late.

Baseball fails to earn regional bid Blake Mehigan A SST. SPORTS EDITOR


SAD ’CATS Junior outfielder Zach Steele and the Chico State baseball team ended the season without a bid for the NCAA tournament.


Hailey Stockman smashed her ninth home run Friday, sealing her place in Chico State history with most single season home runs. For more Wildcats breaking records, check B2.

The Chico State baseball team’s season came to an end Sunday evening when the Wildcats did not receive a bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II tournament. Their exit from the CCAA tournament was particularly stinging with a 12-inning effort against UC San Diego, which ended 13-9 in favor of

the Tritons. Thirty minutes later the Wildcats faced Cal Poly Pomona, falling to them 13-2. It was an emotional exit for Chico State who opened up the tournament with a 22-8 win against Sonoma State. Senior third baseman Adrian Bringas felt the team could have still won the CCAA tournament, had they been given a longer break between games. “That UCSD game kind of



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hurt,” Bringas said. “It hurt a lot.” This game was particularly draining to all the Wildcat players because of their dropped 5-2 lead and a momentum shift after UC San Diego turned a triple play in the eighth inning. The team was not the same for their next game against Cal Poly Pomona. There was no way they would have lost the next >> please see BASEBALL | B4

Hidden in the shadows They played short-handed. They battled through more games than any other team at the tournament. They had already paid out of pocket to fly themselves to Texas. And against all odds, the Chico State club volleyball team won the big game. But when Karyn Stiles and Jessica Biesanz returned home from the Division II National Championships with the rest of their squad and their gold ball trophy, no one even knew they left. There was no rally celebrating their sweat or perseverance. No front-page announcement with a photo that captured the sheer glory of the moment. There wasn’t even an announcement tucked in the back of the sports section. It’s no secret that club teams live in the shadows of the school teams, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work just as hard. I would even argue they work harder. Club sports don’t get scholarships to come play at Chico State. They don’t get special advisers or priority enrollment. Players have to find their own time to practice and their own money to be able to play in tournaments. In the upcoming school year, club sports will be left out of the budget and won’t see a dime of support from the university. At least they see more support from their fans. I played basketball in high school. I know what it’s like to have only your parents show up for games — it makes you feel pretty damn special. I’m not saying they should get a parade down Warner Street, but the least this school can do is acknowledge the athletes who paid for their own jerseys just so they could display Chico State across their chests with pride. With an already diminishing budget, it is out of the question to supply club sports with any sort of bonus for their achievements. But someone from PR needs to work with club sports so people recognize them as someone who represented Chico State on a national level. When the men’s soccer team had their run in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in the fall, their pictures were plastered across the front page of The Orion. The entire sports section could have been dedicated to the men that week. I am biased for soccer — I love it. But I know its popularity in this country is slim to none. But still, come game time, the stands reached max capacity and shook under the weight of the crowd. So why not club volleyball? Every dig or spike quickens the pace of the game and a wave of energy rolls through the auditorium every 30 seconds. Many clubs on campus don’t receive the recognition they deserve. I won’t sit on my high horse and advocate for all of them, but I will start paying attention to the athletes with more heart than any character in a Nicholas Sparks book. Cheers to you, club sports. Allie Colosky can be reached at

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Kyle Souza is the only Wildcat representing Chico State in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. After an incorrect scorecard disqualified the men’s golf team, Souza heads into the NCAA championships ranked sixth. J.J. Jakovac and Marc Peterson are the only two golfers who have finished better than Souza in the program’s 35-year history. For more on Souza, see B4. source: The Orion FILE PHOTO • JEB DRAPER





WILDCAT WINNINGS [left to right] Men’s soccer forward Ferid Celosmanovic and softball catcher Hailey Stockman, both junior transfers, had break-out seasons that earned them CCAA honors. They join men’s basketball forward Roderick Hawkins, women’s basketball guard Molly Collins and baseball third baseman Adrian Bringas, all seniors who finished their careers as Wildcats with CCAA honors as well. All five players led their teams to postseason play in 2010-2011.

Chico State baseball watched its season come to an end after being snubbed from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. It was only the fourth time since 1996 that the Wildcats didn’t receive a bid for the tourney. After crushing Sonoma State 22-9, the ’Cats dropped a 12-inning contest to UC San Diego and again to Cal Poly Pomona the same night. For more on baseball, see B1. source: The Orion

Heavy rains and a thunder and lighting storm postponed Chico State’s drive toward a National Collegiate Athletic Association West Regional title when the championship game against UC San Diego was delayed a day. Junior pitcher Sam Baker and the rest of the Wildcats waited out the rain to face the Tritons on Monday. Despite a late rally in the seventh inning, the ’Cats lost 2-1 and ended their season. For more on softball, see B1. source: The Orion >Compiled by Blake Mehigan

Wildcat of the Week

Jackson Evans Baseball

As one of 11 seniors, Evans finished his college baseball career in Chico State’s all-time top 10 with 30 stolen bases. The Wildcats set a California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament record with 22 runs in their win against Sonoma State. Evans went three-for-six with a three-run home run and four RBIs. In his final game as a Wildcat, Evans went two-for-six with an RBI against UC San Diego. Wildcat of the Week is a regular feature meant to acknowledge the contributions made by individuals to the team. Winners are chosen by The Orion sports staff from nominations taken from all sports. To nominate:

The Orion’s top 5 athletes of 2010-2011 The Orion Sports Staff Ferid Celosmanovic Men’s soccer Ferid Celosmanovic provided the punch men’s soccer needed in their Western Regional championship 2010 season. Celosmanovic, a junior forward, knocked in 13 goals and was named a First Team All-American. He was recognized as California Collegiate Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. The native of Brcko, Bosnia, has come a long way from living through the Bosnian Civil War and ethnic cleansing as, to stardom in Division II soccer.

Hailey Stockman Softball Stockman’s quirk of stepping on home plate whenever she’s near it must have worked for her. The junior catcher has hit nine home runs in 2011, beating the Chico State single season record of eight set by Chelsea Lundberg in 2005. Stockman has also led the team in batting average at .390, and in RBIs with 38. Her 38 RBIs are also the best single-season mark in the history of Wildcat softball. She’s had 47 starts as catcher, contributing to the ’Cat’s 31-18 record and playoff berth.

Roderick Hawkins Men’s basketball In his senior season, Hawkins was the anchor of Chico State’s men’s basketball. Hawkins became just the fourth player to amass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds or more at Chico State, and helped lead the Wildcats to their second straight berth into the CCAA tournament. The 6-foot-6-inch forward led the team in points per game with 12.7, and was second in rebounds at 5.4 per game. Hawkins shot 53 percent from the field and led the squad in offensive rebounds with 47.

Molly Collins Women’s basketball Junior guard Molly Collins was crucial to the success of the Chico State women’s basketball team this season. Starting all 15 games of the season, the Davis native led the ’Cats with 138 total points averaging 10.6 points per game. Collins stepped up her game and came through for the Wildcats after senior guard Natasha Smith was injured. Collins also received the Wells Fargo Community Service Award, proving her worth off the court as well.

Adrian Bringas Baseball The senior third baseman was the offensive catalyst for the Wildcats this season, sporting team highs with five home runs, a .372 batting average and 37 RBIs. Bringas was CCAA Player of the Week for April 11-17 as well. Bringas was a sure-fi re vote for fi rst team all-CCAA selection after fi nishing regular season with a .386 batting average. Bringas also completed his season on a 22-game hitting streak that tied the Chico State record. The Orion can be reached at

CCAA champion goes extra mile on track, in classroom Gina Pence STAFF WRITER

It started with a gut feeling. After a successful high school career in Lakewood, Colo., accomplished runner Kara Lubieniecki began looking for collegiate programs to join. “I really wanted a Division II school and was looking at athletic and academic records,” Lubieniecki said. “I visited a bunch of schools in Southern California, but it was mostly a gut feeling that brought me here.” Lubieniecki, a senior premed biology major, has been a star athlete and student for the past four years at Chico State, earning the Richard Dahl Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010 and becoming the three-time winner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Award. She recently bested her previous school record for the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4 minutes, 27.68 seconds at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University May 1. She placed fifth last year at nationals in the 1,500-meter, but is aiming even higher this season, she said. She has qualified for both the 1,500and 5,000-meter races. “My goal is to do better than fifth in the 1,500 and get an All-American spot in the 5k,” Lubieniecki said. “Division II is really stacked in that race. It’s going to be a race where I’ll have to put my head down and grind it.” Head cross-country coach Gary Towne has worked with Lubieniecki over the past four

years on both the cross-country and track teams, he said. While he expected her to be successful, he was surprised at how well she’s actually done. “When you recruit, you have a vision of what you think they’ll accomplish,” Towne said. “She’s gotten even better. This was the absolute best-case scenario as far as her career could go.” Her performance on the track and cross-country courses is an example to follow, Towne said. While she’s not a vocal leader, her dedication is evident during workouts. “She’s not the ‘rah, rah’ person,” he said. “She’s not passive either. She works as hard as anyone on our team. She’s just one of those people everyone looks up to.” Lubieniecki’s tenacity stems from her type-A personality, she said. “There’s a little part of me that says ‘Oh, great race,’ but now I want more,” Lubieniecki said. “Distance runners are kind of crazy. There’s some days where we have to run eight miles, and you get out and start running and love every minute of it.” And it takes a love of running to compete two seasons a year. “I’ve enjoyed having two seasons,” Lubieniecki said. “Just having to practice every day and not getting to see the results until next season — that would drive me insane.” Assistant cross-country coach Matt Schubert describes Lubieniecki as dedicated and disciplined. Her work ethic plays into late-season success, he said. “She comes into practice

with a business-like attitude, knowing that it’s all part of a bigger picture,” Schubert said. “Our goals are specifically focused towards late season and performing at our best at the championship meets.” Having the dedication and patience to work hard all year long and not see the true results until conference or national championships can be hard for a lot of athletes, Schubert said. “The biggest thing to success in distance running is consistency,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you have one killer workout if the rest of your workouts are garbage. She’s been pretty successful at having consistent good performances.” Her consistent performances have led to consistent championships. Lubieniecki is the defending champion for the past two years in the 1,500-meter race and is a recognized All-American for the past two years at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Cross-Country and Track and Field Championships. ESPN The Magazine also recognized her as part of the Academic All-District Women’s Track and Field/ Cross-Country Team. She has just two more races left in her collegiate career — the 1,500- and 5,000-meter races at the NCAA Championships in Turlock May 26-28. “We’re really going to miss her,” Towne said. “She’s been a pleasure to coach and be with.” Though she’s looking into competing with a club team in Colorado after graduation, Lubieniecki is not looking forward to having to leave her


RACKING UP WINS Kara Lubieniecki shows off bibs in Bidwell Park from previous races. The senior pre-med biology major Lubieniecki is the defending CCAA champion in the 1,500-meter race. teammates. “The last four years have been incredible and I have the team to thank for that,” she said. “With them, it’s like you’re racing for a family

more than just for yourself, and that makes all the difference in the world.” Gina Pence can be reached at



The number of runs the baseball team scored during the first game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tourney, setting a tournament record. The Wildcats throttled Sonoma State 22-9 before losing two games to end their 2011 playoff run.



The combined number of athletes the men and women’s track teams will send to the NCAA National Championships. The tournament kicks off Thursday, May 26 and continues through Saturday, May 28.



The number of wins Chico State softball finished their season with. They became the first team in school history to have back-to-back 30-win seasons.


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ROLLING OVER COMPETITION Chico State wakeboarder Nico Woulard practices a backflip. The Wildcats placed second at the 2011 Alt Games Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals in San Diego, over the weekend.

Wakeboarding takes second place Kevin Augustine STAFF WRITER

The Chico State wakeboard team pounced on Fiesta Island near Mission Bay in San Diego over the weekend, riding into second place at the 2011 Alt Games Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals. Facing the top 16 collegiate wakeboarding teams and individual riders from around the nation while having their moves televised on CBS Sports Network, six out of seven Wildcat riders managed to place. University of Tennessee took first place with all four of the riders in the men’s division placing first. University of Florida placed third. Chico State’s Travis Conley finished first in the Wakeskate

Division and senior Jordan Raber took first in the Women’s B Division. Seniors Travis Briscoe and Daniel Indelicato placed second in the Men’s B and C Divisions respectively, while junior Diana Fleenor took second in the Women’s A Division. Junior Rob Way placed third in the men’s A Division, while senior Justin May placed fifth in the men’s D Division. For senior Daniel Indelicato, the results are indicative of the team as a whole. “I think our team is very well rounded and it showed today,” Indelicato said. “We have solid riders in every division and held our own.” Each rider, competing in a heat-based system within their division, began with

Friday’s quarterfinals that led into Saturday’s semifinals, with the finals and awards ceremony on Sunday. The ’Cats hit the water strong in the quarter and semifinals as every rider took first in their heat. To Raber, this was the piece of mind the team needed going into such a big event. “It was nice after the first day to go back to the hotel and know everyone took first in their heat,” Raber said. “Especially when everyone’s nervous out there competing.” But the ’Cats weren’t the only team cruising through their heats. The University of Tennessee riders were also making their presence felt, taking first in their heats as well, Indelicato said.

“We knew it was us versus Tennessee after the semifinals,” Indelicato said. “We didn’t know what they would bring, but we knew we had to step it up.” They lost by 15 points. “It went down to the wire,” Indelicato said. Besides facing intense competition, there was another factor the team had to prepare for in the finals on Sunday — the weather. “All of us killed it on Friday and Saturday, and the weather was nice,” said Fleenor, team secretary and junior mechatronic engineering major. “Today it was really windy, and it felt like literally riding on the ocean.” With winds reaching 15 mph and gusts to 25 mph on Sunday, the change in

weather affected how riders approached their runs, Fleenor said. “I rode OK,” Fleenor said of her finals performance on Sunday. “I went with a backroll, my go-to trick, but the wind caught my rotation and I crashed — right on television.” Despite the change in wind, everyone’s mentality remained the same, Raber said. “Riders still went in throwing down their run,” the exercise physiology major said. “But certain tricks they might do first were tricks they waited to do later on.” The change in wind affected not only the ’Cats, but all of the riders in the competition, Indelicato said. “Unfortunately I didn’t throw

down like I wanted to today,” Indelicato said. “All of the riders were struggling though.” Tennessee was able to take first overall without having a full team, as they were missing a female rider, Fleenor said. “Tennessee is a good team,” Fleenor said. “But I am disappointed that, as an overall team, we had more of a team presence and we all thought we had it.” To Fleenor, the Wildcats’ team presence was a force on and off the water. “We were the only team getting together and cheering our riders from the dock,” she said. “When a rider was about to go, we would tell them, ‘You got this.’ Those were my favorite moments of the weekend.” Kevin Augustine can be reached at

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@University of Pacific

L 44-59

Nov. 7

@St. Mary’s

L 58-104

Feb. 5

Simpson University

Nov. 18

@Cal State Stanislaus

W 64-59

Nov. 19

Academy of Art

W 73-55

Feb. 18-20

@Cal Poly Pomona

Nov. 22

Bethany University

W 63-44

Nov. 20

Hawaii Pacific

W 64-46

Feb. 27-28

Montana-State Billings

Nov. 26

Northwest Christian

W 85-72

Nov. 23

Cal State Stanislaus

W 74-59

March 4-6

@Cal State Monterey Bay

Nov. 27


W 71-52

Nov. 27

@Cal State Stanislaus

W 88-80

March 11

@Western Oregon

Dec. 3

Humboldt State

L 81-84 (OT)

Dec. 3

Humboldt State

W 64-62

March 17

@Cal State Stanislaus

Dec. 4

Sonoma State

W 69-65

Dec. 4

Sonoma State

W 52-41

March 22

Simpson University

Dec. 8

Cal State Stanislaus

W 61-59

Dec. 10

@Western Washington

March 25-26

@San Francisco State

Dec. 11

Pacific Union

W 69-40

Dec. 11

@Seattle Pacific

L 56-57

April 1-3

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

Dec. 30

@Cal State L.A.

L 62-71

Dec. 30

@Cal State L.A.

W 68-58

April 5

San Francisco State

Dec. 31

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

L 65-76

Dec. 31

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

W 71-59

April 8-10

Cal State San Bernardino

Jan. 7

UC San Diego

W 68-55

Jan. 7

UC San Diego

Jan. 8

Cal State East Bay

W 65-47

Jan. 8

Cal State East Bay

Jan. 14

@Cal State San Bernardino

Jan. 15

@Cal Poly Pomona

Jan. 21

San Francisco State

Jan. 22

Cal State Monterey Bay

Jan. 28

Cal State Dominguez Hills

Jan. 29

Cal State L.A.

Feb. 3

@Sonoma State

Feb. 5

@Humboldt State

Feb. 10

@Cal State East Bay

Feb. 12 Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 24 Feb. 25

@San Francisco State

March 1

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

W 65-62 (OT)

Feb. 5

San Francisco State

3 W, 1 L

Feb. 6

Sonoma State/CSU Stan.

L 1-4, W 5-2

Feb. 18-19

Cal State East Bay

W 7-2 (12), W 3-2

Feb. 25-26

@Cal State Stanislaus


March 4-5

San Francisco State @Cal State San Bernardino West. Oregon/Hawaii Pac.

W 8-1, W 7-6

April 2

Grand Canyon

W 2-1

2 W, 2 L

April 2


W 6-2

3 W, 1 L

April 2

Montana State-Billings

April 3

Western Washington

April 3

Hawai’i Pacific

April 8-9

Humboldt State

3 W, 1 L

L 4-6, W 12-6

April 11-12

@Sonoma State

1 W, 3 L

L 1-7, L 7-8

April 15-16

@Cal State Dom. Hills

3 W, 1 L

L 2-12, W 9-4

April 21-22

Cal State Monterey Bay

2 W, 2 L

@Cal State San Bernardino

L 56-61

April 29-30

UC San Diego


@Cal Poly Pomona

L 42-62

May 1

UC San Diego

L 10-11

W 59-46

May 3

Cal State Stanislaus

May 6-7

@Sonoma State

W 55-42

May 8

Sonoma State

L 66-76

Jan. 28

Cal State Dominguez Hills

L 53-71

Jan. 29

Cal State L.A.

W 63-60

May 12-14

CCAA Tournament

W 80-77

Feb. 3

@Sonoma State

W 64-44

May 19-22

NCAA West Regional

L 60-65

Feb. 5

@Humboldt State

L 60-76

L 66-72

Feb. 10

@Cal State East Bay

L 69-74

@UC San Diego

W 60-56

Feb. 12

@UC San Diego

L 60-71

Cal Poly Pomona

W 62-58

Feb. 18

Cal Poly Pomona

L 79-93

Cal State San Bernardino

L 60-67

Feb. 19

Cal State San Bernardino

L 60-70

@Cal State Monterey Bay

W 68-66

Feb. 24

@Cal State Monterey Bay

L 48-54

L 62-64 (OT)

Feb. 25

@San Francisco State

L 59-75

March 1

@UC San Diego

L 38-51

W 60-52 L 71-76

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CCAA Championships



May 2-4

NCAA Super Regional



May 16-20

NCAA National Championships

1 W, 2 L DNQ

May 28-June 2 NCAA Division II College WS

WOMEN’S GOLF Sept. 19-21

Sonoma State Invitational

Sept. 27-28

Grand Canyon Invitational

Oct. 11-12

Viking Invitational

Oct. 18-19

Golf Mart Lady Otter Invitational

March 5-6

Cal State East Bay Invitational

March 21-22

InterWest Chico State Invitational

March 28-29

CSU Monterey Bay Otter Invite

April 4-5

Grand Canyon Invitational

April 11-12

Tarleton State Invitational

May 1-3

NCAA Super Regional

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Souza lone ’Cat golfing at NCAA Championships Kevin Amerine STAFF WRITER

Despite having their chances at a team national championship shattered because of a scorecard error, the Chico State men’s golf team saw the silver lining in sending one Wildcat to nationals. Junior Kyle Souza was the only ’Cat to qualify at the NCAA West/Central Region Championship at the University of New Mexico Championship Course, May 2-4. The team was disqualified when sophomore Cody Thompson signed an incorrect scorecard. “He definitely wanted the team to be with him,” Thompson said. “He’s been playing really well lately.” Souza advanced to the national championship at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals in Florence, Ala., May 16-20 by winning a three-man playoff on the first hole. Earlier this season, Souza tied for second place at the Division II Preview by carding a pair of 70s, which was at the same course as the national championship. “It’s a pretty long course,” Souza said. “It requires you to hit some good drives off the tee. They’ll have the greens rolling fast, and it is going to come down to putting.” Head coach T.L. Brown is the only one who traveled with Souza to Alabama for the championship. Junior Eric Frazzetta said the hardest adjustment for Souza will be trying

to figure out what to do for fun off the course without the team there. “It’s a reassurance thing knowing that there are four other guys playing their hearts out,” Frazzetta said. Souza’s approach to the national championship won’t differ too much even though he’s without his team. While it is important to play well for the team as a whole, doing well individually is as equally important. “I’m definitely here to win,” Souza said. “Individually, I’m doing the best I can.” Souza is extremely confident about the championship, stemming from his second-place finish on the championship course. In spite of sending only one ’Cat to nationals, the team is still looking forward to next season. They have all grown close to one another and have improved on the course. “We’re all so excited for next year,” Souza said. Everyone on the team is returning next season and the team should be powerful. “The team got along really well this season,” Thompson said. “Playing tournaments builds confidence, and we can only get better.” The fact that everyone is returning really benefits the team, Frazzetta said. “We don’t have to get reacquainted with new guys,” he said.

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this is it — it’s a heartbreaker for sure.” Marcia watched her softball career end with tears in her eyes but was proud of the fight the ’Cats had in them. “It was a roller coaster, but we ended on a good note,” Marcia said. “There isn’t anyone who will be able to stop these girls next year.” The ’Cats finished their season 31-19 only two wins away from advancing to the NCAA West Super Regional.

game to the Broncos if they had more rest, Bringas said. “Without a doubt I think we would have won,” he said. Head coach Dave Taylor sees his team’s strife as a way to prepare them for next season. “Having some success and some adversity will help them, I think,” Taylor said. Handling a loss never appears easy, and junior Brian Buckham thought the team was in a particularly tough spot because of how things played out. “It’s just unfortunate things weren’t going our way,” Buckham said. Buckham shared Bringas’ sentiments and was confident the team could have won the CCAA tournament still, even after losing to UC San Diego, had they gotten more rest. “There were so many ups and downs in the last four or five innings,” he said. While the Wildcats’ pitching had been solid to start the season, Taylor, along with the rest of his staff, thought those who were freshman aces at the start of the year didn’t finish as strong as they needed. “We did not pitch well out of the bullpen,” Taylor said. “That’s why we lost 14 out of our last 20 games.” The increased level of competition at the end was to blame for the difference in performance, Taylor said. He was particularly disappointed with the team’s performance in May, the most important month of the season, he said. “You can’t get by on one-run games,” Taylor said. Bringas played in his final game at Chico State, leaving a void at third base someone will get to fill next season. The team should be more eager next year and on edge, he said. “Hopefully the team gets a little more fire behind them,” Bringas said. Many players will be playing in an assortment of baseball leagues over the summer, but the team isn’t looking too far ahead just yet, Buckham said. “It’s hard to look toward next season for a little while,” he said. “This will pass after a couple of weeks. We’ll learn from it and do better next year.”

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SOFTBALL: Late rally can’t hold off Tritons Payan’s single between first and second sent Minch home, tying the score at 1-1 with Stockman approaching the plate. An eager batter, Stockman popped up to second and the ’Cats could only play tough defense to ensure extra innings. After loading the bases following an unfortunate illegal pitch, Baker and the rest of the ’Cats were stripped of any chance to continue their late rally when UC San Diego scored the game-winning run off a sacrifice bunt that plated Katrin Gabriel. “It’s hard to take,” senior pitcher Sarah Marcia said. “To think we had it in our hands and now

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time in a double-elimination round. “San Diego is a good team,” Shamblin said prior to the face-off. Junior left fielder Jessie Minch started the rally with a single and reached second base on a sacrifice bunt by Hanamaikai, who also reached first safely due to an error by UC San Diego. When junior center fielder Sam Quadt flew out to left field with one out in the seventh inning, the ’Cats were desperate for an RBI. Their prayers were answered with the flashy bat of Payan.

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Local music award season capped off with varied set Isaac Brambila STAFF WRITER

Thunder wasn’t the only thing crowding Chicoan’s ears Sunday. Although rainy weather confined the Chico Area Music Awards festival to the indoors, the joyful spirit shined through in music enthusiasts. Eighteen bands performed on a main stage and an acoustic stage from 2 to 6 p.m., and the award-winning bands were announced in the last 45 minutes of the event. “The Shimmies were incredible,” said Hot Mess Singer Storey Condos. “I feel like I’m a teenage fan. They get me really giddy.” The Shimmies took the award for best experimental/indie band, and Condos was happy with the result. Condos also liked the performance Clouds on Strings put on, she said. Hot Mess took the award for best rock band, something that Condos was very surprised by, she said. “We were shocked, I have no explanation for it,” Condos said. “We’re really grateful.” The event itself radiated with a family atmosphere in the colorful crowd. Everything from tiny limbs to gray hair waved around as different bands performed throughout the event. At first it seemed as if the rain had persuaded people to stay home, but people began to crowd the ballroom at Manzanita Place about an hour into the five-hour event. Music by Celtic rock band Ha’penny Bridge inspired the first dance moves and by the time funk rock band Electric Circus hit the stage the festive vibe had begun to build up. Several people danced in front of the stage, but the most eye catching dance moves were those of a few women dancing inside of hula hoops. The women skillfully swayed their hips and most of their bodies as they manipulated the circular tubes to do practically whatever they wanted. As if the spectacle wasn’t impressive enough, the women showcased their hooping skills while remaining loyal to the rhythm of the music. Hula hoop instructor Collin Wiley,

‘BLACK AUTUMN’ Guitar player Gary Dutra, of Electric Circus, electrifies audience members during the funk rock band’s performance Sunday. who wanted to hoop dance but didn’t bring a hoop to the festival, had no problem promptly finding one, she said. “People that don’t want to dance but want to be interactive with the music really dig it,” Wiley said. “You’re paying attention to what you’re doing and you get in the zone with your hoop.” Hooping in festivals became popular on the East Coast in the ’90s and has been recently gaining a following in Chico, Wiley said. The experience on stage was also different from usual performances, said Clouds On Strings bass player Randall Jangula. “Today was a nice relaxing set,” Jangula said. Getting the opportunity to get to

play music at a larger event, such as The Shimmies and Zach Zeller, made the festival a good experience for him, Jangula said. The presence of local vendors also helped give the event in a close-knit feeling, Jangula said. Having Chicoan creativity represented in music and community art added a lot to the locality of the event. The real essence of the CAMMIES is helping local musicians get exposure that they might not otherwise get and the music festival encapsulates that notion, Jangula said. “We’re celebrating local musicians,” Condos said. “I just think that’s absolutely amazing.” Isaac Brambila can be reached at

My name is famous. In fact, it’s Billboard Top 40 famous — made wellknown by legendary guitar player Eric Clapton. That guitar intro has haunted me since I was born. The 1970s song “Layla” was first recorded by Clapton’s band Derek and the Dominos, with a sweet acoustic version and an electrifying plugged-in version with a strange piano breakdown toward the end of the tune. For the longest time, my parents convinced me Clapton wrote the divine hit for me. I believed them until I read about Pattie Boyd. Clapton wrote the song with The Beatles member George Harrison’s supermodel wife in mind. I was always aware it was written for a woman whose name wasn’t Layla, but I didn’t know about the love triangle connected with the song. After two hours in a comfy Borders bookstore chair, I had read all about the steamy love affair and both Harrison’s and Clapton’s love for Boyd in her 2007 memoir, “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.” Boyd was the ultimate musical muse. She had “Something” and “I Need You” by The Beatles and “Wonderful Tonight” and “Layla” by Clapton all written in her honor. Clapton has almost whole albums written with Boyd in mind. These songs resonate with unmatched devotion, but both men cheated on their alluring beauty. I used to swoon every time a boy with a guitar would play that famous intro to “Layla” for me, but it’s only a fragmented piece of Boyd and Clapton’s tragic love story. Clapton not only asked Boyd to leave her Beatles beau and blatantly told Harrison, his best friend, that he was in love with his wife, but he cheated when he and Boyd did get together many years later. He even asked Boyd if she would help raise his unborn child with his mistress, according to the memoir “Wonderful Tonight.” Boyd’s book explains her healing process, but ouch. Being their muse caused her more pain than nobility. Clapton poured his heart out into these songs but never fully upheld his affection to Boyd. She was inspiration for his musical mojo. The lasting, romantic melodies are songs people dance to at their weddings, but for Boyd they’re reminders of failed romances. She should get stipends for those songs. I still get goose bumps when I hear Clapton belting out my name as if he’s asking me to ease his worried mind. But after learning the back-story, that ripping guitar solo is heart breaking. Of course behind all of Clapton’s great romantic classics, there is a great woman. Leila Rodriguez can be reached at

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“Thor” has epic battles against frost giants, a god stripped of his power trying to adjust to human society and biblical levels of thunder and lightning. What more could you possibly want? With already more than $280 million in worldwide revenue, many viewers would say, “Not much.” In the Marvel universe, the Norse gods exist in a dimension known as Asgard, while people of Earth exist in Midgard. Asgardian king Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, has maintained a longstanding peace between their old war adversaries, the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. This treaty is broken when Odin’s arrogant son Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, initiates a raid against the frost giants. The raid is a disaster and Odin comes down to save everyone’s collective ass. Angry with Thor for restarting an ancient war, Odin realizes that his son is neither worthy of inheriting the throne of godliness. Odin takes away Thor’s power and banishes him to Earth. Thor finds himself in the desert of New Mexico, disoriented and quickly hit by the car of the scientist Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman who helps him as he tries to adapt to Earth life. Also banished is Thor’s legendary hammer of thunder Mjolnir,

any bride-to-be, other than her wedding day, is her bachelorette party, and “Bridesmaids” delivers in laughs and narrative. It was criticized for being the female version of “The Hangover,” which it doesn’t quite come close to but it still is funny. “Bridesmaids” takes a personal peek at one woman’s venture to the aisle with her closest friends. From planning to flower selecting and food, this film demonstrates how girlfriends stick together even when the worst goes down. With a winning cast of Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, “Freaks and Geeks” creator Paul Feig does a good job creating awkward humor.


>> “Priest ” (FILM) Just when we thought the bad vampire movie rage would be over, Scott Charles Stewarts’ “Priest” was released. Paul Bettany plays a priest who leaves his religious stature to go hunt misbehaving vampires who are breaking the law by preying on humans. This gun-slinging vengeance has plenty of action, but takes itself way too seriously. The story’s straight-forward plot is a nice change of pace for a terrible film, but still lacks in all seriousness.


which becomes rooted into the Earth like the Sword and Stone, waiting until Thor is once again worthy of it. “I liked the fish out of water aspect, and I kind of wished they’d played with it more,” said Matt Riebold, Chico State graduate and former president and secretary of the Chico State Comic Book Coterie. “The scenes where you see Thor as socially awkward and slightly vulnerable were honestly some of the best acting Chris Hemsworth did.” The most comedic parts involved Thor’s obliviousness about how to properly conduct himself in American culture to the point that he’s viewed as insane by the people he interacts with, Riebold said. One thing to be admired was the characterization of antagonist Loki by Tom Hiddleston, who is scheming something sinister throughout the movie, Riebold said. In the comics, he’s usually portrayed as just another villain who commits evil for evil’s sake. In the movie, you sympathize with him, Riebold said. You don’t agree with what he does, but you understand why he does it. In a way, “Thor” is just another prequel. “Thor,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Iron Man 2” all bluntly advertise the upcoming “Avengers” movie promised in May 2012 along with the “Captain America” movie this summer, which is even subtitled “The First Avenger.” This Avengers movie better be good with all the hype that’s put on it. Fans are expecting it to be better than all the rest of the Marvel movies. Here’s to hoping it’s not a letdown like the Star Wars prequels were.

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generation’s favorite pirate sets sail once again, taking on the legendary Blackbeard on a quest for the fabled fountain of youth. Depp will no doubt put on a great performance as Captain Jack Sparrow but the real question is whether we’ve had enough of this franchise. Penelope Cruz, who co-starred with Depp before in 2001’s “Blow,” is not a proven blockbuster adventure film babe, but is flirting with danger as one of Sparrow’s former fl ames.


>> “The Twilight Zone” (TV) “The Twilight Zone” fans can rejoice now with seasons 1,2,3 and 5 of Rod Sterling’s legendary science fiction series now available. Classics like “The Masks” and “The Eye of the Beholder” are all available for instant watching. Eerie music and great life lessons make “The Twilight Zone” a timeless classic.

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NPR host shares insight on journalism Nicole Walker STAFF WRITER

National Public Radio host Scott Simon came to Chico May 10 with news to share. Simon, who has covered everything from the events at Ground Zero to celebrities in Beverly Hills, gave his speech called “Covering War and Peace, Sports and Celebs, Diversity and Family” at Laxson Auditorium. “Scott is like a musician,” said Chico Performances Director Dan DeWayne in an on-stage introduction. “He listens and really tries to get to the heart of things.” Simon gathers, connects and distributes stories globally to four million listeners every week on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. “His program gives my family a common discussion when we live in separate places all around the world,” said Rae Lee, an NPR listener and attendee of the lecture. Simon opened the night with a yo-yo trick and a few jokes that had the audience smiling in approval as he proceeded to speak with a natural, calm and flowing pace. His uplifting anecdotes and humorous tangents exemplified how he has humanized his work as a journalist. “Journalism is the greatest career in the world,” Simon said. “As journalists, we change convictions, learn and listen as we go on.” Good journalism opens the audience’s mind and challenges them, said audience member Paul Lee. A good journalist has to “question the answers.” The profession requires a full understanding of oneself while maintaining the ability to disregard preconceived notions and approach stories, people and ideas with an open mind, Simon said.


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focuses on his roller-coaster ride of experiences with adoption. Journalism, like art, has to have an emotional pull to be satisfying, Simon said. “It engages you, doesn’t always make you happy or make you sad, he said, “but it still touches you.”

The audience can make out the figure of a scantily dressed woman swaying back and forth behind the white curtain — then they start to wonder if she is wearing any clothes. The Blue Room Theatre’s most recent production of “The Erotica Project” opened May 5 and will run through Saturday with shows Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Erin Cressida Wilson and Lillian Ann Slugocki originally compiled “The Erotica Project” as a collection of short scenes. The Blue Room Theatre’s interpretation of the work allows insight into many sexual situations a woman may encounter in her lifetime. The audience is given a preview of women young and old, conservative and frivolous in their sexual ventures, even hearing from Marilyn Monroe. The free and unbound acting of the women in this show gives way to a carnal and invigorating performance. The scene “Etiquette of a One Night Stand” seemed to receive the most laughs as actress Monica Ronquillo got on all fours and explained the rules of leaving after a one-night romp in the sheets. Audience member Rebecca Rickards wasn’t expecting the show to be so lifelike. “I expected my mom to freak out at some of the scenes, but she managed,” Rickards said. The audience can’t help but feel compelled as Sheri Bagley’s Mary Magdalene character shares her relationship with Jesus Christ as the 12 apostles look upon their sexual endeavors with scorn. “Jesus Christ is a hot lover,” Bagley’s character said. Conservative Beth Grieco admitted she was a bit shocked by the Mary Magdalene scene. “But Christ is still a man,” she said. The only male actor in the show played a former president who received a blow job from a very enthusiastic intern, played by Annabell Jackson.

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Mashing of genres leaves musical mess Madison Parker STAFF WRITER


‘Jetsons’ create future pains J.W. Burch, IV STAFF WRITER

“The Jetsons” ruined my life — or at least distorted my world view. If it wasn’t for that damned cartoon, I wouldn’t have grown up expecting life to have reached the show’s fictional level of technological advancement by now. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing. I don’t think I would trust the technology, especially the flying cars, considering the experiences we have all had with technology and vehicles. Just imagine what a blown-out tire or head-on collision could result in. Now imagine you weren’t wearing a seat belt and were thrown through the front window. The slightest malfunction in these futuristic vehicles would inevitably result in a spiraling nosedive toward the mysterious surface below, which is, in all probability, nothing but a scorched Earth populated by the now mutated and impoverished lower class. These are the people

who were sacrificed and left behind — these are the people in charge of the waste management of the citizens of Orbit City. One can only imagine where the immigration policy of this utopia stands. There are no minority characters on the show, which only leads one to assume that “The Jetsons” is an animated interpretation of the Nazis’ expected global outcome from the Holocaust. It’s a scary thing to let your children learn. If it weren’t for George Jetson’s three hour per day three days a week work schedule, I would have had an easier transition when it came time for me to seek employment. Instead I experienced a massive reality check presented in the form of my first fulltime job. And there is something to be said about George’s occupation — when was the last time you can recall needing a sprocket or a cog? It makes no sense that everything in Orbit City is streamlined and run by computers yet the only industrialization seen is the sprocket and cog factory, which one

can assume required many sprockets and cogs. Some kind of tax scam is going on with this business, I can feel it in my journalistic gonads. Granted, it would be different if the words “Holy Lord, the clock tower is broken,” escaped a character’s mouth once in a while. “Well just our luck, there’s not only one but two sprocket and cog factories locally.” But this is not the case. Instead, George’s vocation is the modern day equivalent of working at a typewriter factory. It wasn’t until reaching adulthood that I recognized these personality defects brought on by my love of the idealistic world of “The Jetsons,” and I have been forced to reevaluate each of my beloved childhood cartoon favorites for further investigation. For my children, the cartoons have been put on hold. They need to have some sort of a chance. J.W. Burch, IV can be reached at

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I skim through the limited Chico radio stations offered on the airways when a glitzy pop song catches my attention. I stop there for one reason only because behind Britney Spear’s sugar coated lyrics is the distinct sounds of low bass dub step. Later that day, driving to campus with a friend a folk punk band called “This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb” played on the radio. As I look around me, I am surprised as to how many genres are being mixed up, scrambled and even made up. Music production today is at an all time high. And if your music isn’t being produced right away, you can go the Beiber route, minus the haircut and boyish charm. Uploading videos to YouTube has proven to help some artists get noticed and signed. With this newfound ability to make music, even without knowledge of musical experience, the music industry is still extremely competitive. Emerging artists seem to be making the attempt in creating “new” music, which feels almost impossible to do since most every genre category is being used up. It’s become a trend to borrow. Albeit confusing, this doesn’t necessarily always provide for a negative musical experience. For example, the band Stateless does exactly the act of combining musical influences and creative style. Some of the influences that are obvious within their tracks are classical music, psychedelic rock and a hint of dance reggae. Upon first listening to the band, mixes of foreign style guitar licks, along with bass synthesizer with indie and alternative vocals. It can translate as a new level of musical genius, but it can also confuse anyone trying to organize his or her iTunes library. The technology of music making

today has also made it possible to intertwine some of the world’s most polar opposites of music. Creating a dance track, with rapping and a metal sample as the bass synthesizer. “This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb” is another example of genre mixing, while they dabbled in attempting to play country music, the folk vocals of the lead singer mixed with punk roots of the instruments created one of the premiere folk-punk bands. Not long ago, folk and punk were vastly separated art forms. Punk had its hands deep in antiestablishment with bands like the Ramones and Sex Pistols screaming a big “F-you” to the world. While folk music began with musical folklore, it derived from traditional music. Even popular folk music was most often folk rock or progressive folk. Music is progressing so swiftly that the incorporation of multiple genres into one small three-minute track is not a surprise. But has it become a bad thing when it’s so easy to make music? Some artists these days don’t even have to pick up a musical instrument to become well known. Computer programs provide aspiring artist with all the tools needed to make a song worthy of radio time. It poses the question of whether or not we are beginning to lose our value for artists that are genuinely good at the music they are producing. Rather then paying close attention to singer/song writers abilities, we are popping in songs by Ke$ha, who tells you that it’s great to black out and have sex with Mick Jagger-like fellows, or Katy Perry, who tells you that if you are in the mood to bang, it’s your teenage dream so just do it. Music taste among my fellow students varies greatly, but hopefully we can still keep our eyes out for the truly talented, whether they are mixing music genres or not. Madison Parker can be reached at

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Hot rod culture alive, well in community ROARING ART Kelly Youngs’ 1950s Buick sits among his other hot rods outside his warehouse he transformed into a home.

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Kelly Youngs, 65, of Chico, owns more than 15 classic cars and has never stuck his head under their hoods. He is one of the many car enthusiasts that participate in Chico’s ever-growing car club scene. From owning to restoring and racing, many Chico locals live for the roar of a well-tuned engine or fine bodywork. “Guys in high school got cool cars, got the women,” Youngs laughed as he sat down on a sofa futon that sits in his warehouse turned home. Next door to his cozy cave sits a 1950s Buick, 1969 Camaro, 1971 Plymouth Satellite and Youngs’ favorite, his 1966 Riviera with an engine growl to make the hairs stand up on anyone’s neck — and that’s only some of his collection that he rolls out for cruising downtown. For Youngs, sitting behind the wheel is a passion. Now retired, he said he can fully enjoy his “lucrative hobby.” “A lot of people my age probably have a car worth probably $100,000, but they never drive because they’re so valuable they just sit in their garage only coming out once or twice a year for a car show.” Youngs doesn’t put a lot of money into his models because he sees no purpose, he said. “Part of having an old car is to drive,” he said. “Tune up, get some oil in ’em, and they’re good to ride.” From collecting to racing Brothers Nathan, 21, and Clay Lambert, 19, of Oroville were born with wrenches in their hands. Heavily influenced by their father, the brothers are third generation car junkies. There was always some project parked in the family barn ready for revival. “It’s kind of like a past time,” Clay Lambert said. “After class, go down to the shop and start tearing stuff apart and putting back together.” Clay Lambert just recently restored his father’s old brown and cream 1965 Chevy that now sports fresh candy apple red paint. It took all three Lambert men laboring


away to get his father’s truck running again. “You can put your personality into it,” Nathan Lambert said. “You get attached to the car really quickly when you work on it yourself.” Nathan Lambert has added plenty of miles to his 2002 sleek silver Mustang driving to Sacramento Raceway Park on weekends, winning nine races in his first year racing. He was hooked on the speed and was good at it. In one night he goes through nine races, moving up in rank and challenging other cars in the next round until a racer is “top dog,” considered a high honor. “After a few changes I made, I should make it somewhere between 14.1 seconds and 14.2 seconds,” Nathan Lambert said. “Doesn’t sound like much, but in reality it’s like beating a car by a car length or two.” So far Lambert has pushed his engine to 14.7 seconds on the quarter-mile track. “It’s a huge rush,” Lambert said with a chuckle. From racing to restoration Due to the cars’ old bodies, classics are exempt from government

inspection such as a yearly smog test. The government doesn’t have the option to look at his vehicles with a critical eye, said Jeff Pereira, 56, of Chico. For Pereira, it’s a freedom. Since 1973, Pereira has been You get working under the attached hood of any car he can, and for 11 to the car years he has been really running Nor Cal quickly Rods & Rides off when you Burnap Avenue. His shop hides work on it away in a small yourself. dirt field behind his wife’s school. The rods sit scattered among weeds NATHAN LAMBERT sprouting around the Third generation car enthusiast tires. The vehicles are either beautifully painted or covered with rust. At a quick glance, the perimeters of his shop look like a graveyard of classic rod bodies waiting to be graced with wheels, an engine and even doors. Inside, cars lay waiting their turn to be gutted. Tools and engine parts

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decorate the two-story warehouse. Pereira finds the style of older cars incomparable to any other cars around. The way they handle, look, accelerate and perform revs his motor. “It’s a roaring art, an extension to freedom,” he said. “Gets you from point A to point B and it does it in style.” Pereira can be seen around town behind the wheel of his 1932 FiveWindow Coupe he has turned into a rat rod, a style of a custom car that has been lowered almost to the ground with the engine exposed. Though his hot rod looks unfinished, that engine purrs beautifully with pure, unadulterated horsepower. As a child, his older brother submerged him into that environment, which later brought him to making a profession out of keeping his elbows greasy. “I had an aptitude for repair,” he said. “I became the family repair person that evolved into a career.” For a while the public had a very bad opinion of mechanics or anyone who worked on cars, Pereira said. Though what Pereira does, very few can do. The abilities that he has learned over time are not to be compared to any other vocation, and as

the conventionalism and restoration of classics evolves, so does Pereira’s ability to keep up with the industry. “There’s more involved than just nuts and bolts, there’s engineering involved,” he said. On average, about 30 cars filter in and out of Pereira’s shop at any given time. Bodywork on the classics and sheet metal repair are Nor Cal Rods & Rides’ primary services along with engine work and quick turnovers for small repairs. Drifting together Along with being a mechanic and car enthusiast, Pereira has been a member of Chico’s oldest car club, The Drifters, for 11 years. The Drifters formed in 1960 with just 20 guys who loved cars, according to their website. In the 1980s the club itself drifted and was revived in 1993 and still stands strong, participating in local charities today. Road trips and their annual Cruz’n Classics car show in Durham Park are staples for the club. The July car show helps raise money for charities of the club’s choice. “The Drifters are an interesting mix of people,” Pereira said. Some are people with old cars and some are car people — there’s a difference, he said. Pereira is a car person. “I would be doing cars and motorcycles and things,” he said. “If it was a hanging offense, I’d still be doing it.” There are some people that just admire the novelty of that classic look. The Drifters have a good representation of both classifications. One of Youngs’ old rods is parked in Pereira’s shop waiting to be finished. That Youngs would be a person with an old car according to Pereira’s standards doesn’t change the passion he has for his rods. In the mean time, Youngs is still adding to his collection, still waiting to get behind the wheel of another classic beauty. “I’m kind of known as the guy who goes to funerals and asks what they’re going to do with their old rods,” Youngs laughed. Leila Rodriguez can be reached at


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Tattoos become expression, art for some Andrew Delgado GUEST WRITER

To some it’s the way to stick it to the man, the way to rebel against the system and be different. To others it’s a way to express how they feel where words cannot suffice. And then there are those who wake up after a fun night out with friends not knowing why their arm is bandaged up and sore. Whatever the case may be, the people who have tattoos can be seen as a wild bunch — people who simply don’t care. Over the years having a tattoo has transitioned from an ancient practice of dominance and power into what can be a modern day scarlet letter. Walking in Chico you might come across those who have their artwork displayed on their bodies and are proud to flaunt it. Jodi Lyford, Seth Singletary and Manuel Carrasco are three who do not cover their art and rather leave themselves open to the focus of the public eye.


SEEING RED Red Room tattoo artist Jodi Lyford honors family members with art on her left forearm.

Going through with it Deciding to get a tattoo is a monumental decision. After the decision has been made, only one choice is next. What are you going to get? Jodi Lyford, 26-year-old tattoo artist at Red Room Tattoo, has more than 15 ink pieces on her body and has spent hours on the table. After working at the shop for about a year, Lyford decided to get work done, she said. She came up with the design and “went for it.” A couple of hours later she had her first tattoo, a red rose centered on her back. “I fell in love with tattoos after,” Lyford said. Manuel Carrasco, apprentice artist at Lucky’s Tattoo and Boutique, lives by his creed, “My faith, my family and my pot.” His creed is proudly represented in his body art. Sitting under a bridge with no home at 15 years old, Carrasco turned to drugs to ease the pain. Drugs were a quick escape from his harsh reality. Early morning, while the world was working and passing him by, Carrasco and friends indulged in their outlet. Carrasco received his first tattoo from a friend who never held a tattoo gun and was far more inebriated than Carrasco. The tattoo is now faded and remains unchanged with no touch up work. The art might be fading but the memory remains strong, Carrasco said. “It was the worst experience of my life

going through the 12-hour session,” he said. “I haven’t changed it because it reminds me of where I was.” Twenty years later, Carrasco still remains passionate about tattoos and his own artwork. Seth Singletary, artist at Sacred Art Tattoo, is no stranger to the life of a tattoo artist. His father owns Sacred Art Tattoo, and Seth has worked Some still at the shop since he view tatwas 14, getting his first toos as ‘the tattoo at 15. Every St. Patrick’s everlasting Day, Sacred Art Tatjobtoo has a $20 shamrock stoppers.’ tattoo special. The tattoo is about the size of a quarter and takes no more than 10 minutes MANUEL CARRASCO to complete. Tattoo artist “It was the end of the night and my dad asked me if I wanted to get a tattoo, and I said ‘Sure, why not,” Singletary said. “I figured if everyone else had them it wouldn’t be that bad.” After a quick 10-minute session, Singletary had his first tattoo — a shamrock.

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Deeper meanings After getting the first one out of the way, it’s time to move on to the next one. Many choose to express their love and appreciation, not through words, but through art. Lyford choose to dedicate her left forearm to her family. Choosing red and black as the color palette, she has the names of some of her family members and a bird on a branch holding a heart envelope in its mouth. “I am really proud of my family and wanted to show that,” Lyford said. Carrasco chose to express his love for his family in a different manner — by choosing to let his 9-year-old son draw his tattoo. Carrasco’s son has taken on his father’s lifestyle of a punk rocker and drew his selfportrait with a Mohawk, posing like someone rocking out at a concert. “I get more compliments on that tattoo and it’s so simple, but means the most to me,” Carrasco said. Singletary also choose to dedicate his left forearm to his family, with pieces separately done that mention his family. That one night Because Chico is a college town and has students old enough to get tattoos without

consent, students are bound to stumble in a tattoo parlor for that late night “good idea.” Since it has moved from downtown to Nord Avenue, the Red Room Tattoo shop has distanced itself from the chaos of late nights, like the one when Lyford had to physically throw out a drunken guy who came stumbling in, wanting a tattoo. Since the move, The Red Room and Lyford have only had serious clients come in and they have cut down on “the crazies.” For Carrasco, the one tattoo he randomly got was of a zombie on his wrist. However, it turned out to be the perfect placement. “I just came to find out that all my bones in my wrist are completely dead and rotting,” Carrasco said. “I didn’t know that when I got the tattoo.” Singletary, who works at Sacred Art Tattoo, which is close to the Chico State campus, does get a lot of first-timers. He often asks repeatedly if clients are sure of their decision, and they must sign a contract before any work is done. “The craziest was one girl came in for her 18 birthday and wanted to get ‘crazy bitch’ on her,” Singletary said. Inked and loving it For people getting one tattoo, their life for the most part will not change. Those who decide to cover their arms full of tattoos might get a second glance. “Some still view tattoos as ‘the everlasting job-stoppers,’” Lyford said. Lyford doesn’t get dirty looks or get pointed at, but generally is approached with curiosity. She has tattoos on both arms and had to overcome her father, who wasn’t as accepting at first but has since come around. Carrasco is planning on continuing his passion for the art and providing for his family while doing so. Tattoos have been a positive influence in Carrasco’s life, and he couldn’t imagine stepping away from the profession, he said. Singletary enjoys what he does, and like Carrasco, he is dedicated and shares a strong passion for his art. As the world is changing, the stigma of tattoos is changing as well. Slowly, the dreadful “scarlet letter” connection is diminishing, and a general acceptance is on the rise. Everyone has a story, and the cliche is appropriate when it comes to tattoos — “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The Orion can be reached at



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Come be a bad fish too with this Sublime tribute band at the Tackle Box.

Take advantage of this gorgeous weather and yummy treats offered at the farmers’ market.

6 p.m. @ The Tackle Box


Graduation Party 7 p.m. @ Lost on Main

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School House Rock Live! Jr.

7:30 p.m. @ Laxson Auditorium Admission $12 advance and $8 student An entertaining and educational performance put on by the Playhouse Youth Theatre as they sing along to “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction. It’s a musical for kids by kids.


Kate Reid 7 p.m. @Cafe Flo $10

Canadian folk singer visits Chico again spreading the love and strong message of being proud and gay.


7 p.m. @Lyon’s Books Free

7 p.m. @ Ol’ Hawkeye’s Art Shackle Teeph, Mom and Dad, Helm of Cerberus, Aberrance Colony and Profits perform at Ol’ Hawkeye’s Art Shackle.


Sierra Club Outing

@ Bidwell Park Free Be one with nature venturing through Upper Bidwell Park to Indian Caves.


Return of Night Knights

Glenn County Fair

8 p.m. @ Down Lo Free

12 p.m. @ Glenn Couty Fair Grounds Admission $8

The Alternators with Brass Connection & Alpine perform for a cool evening of classic rock, funk and R&B in the City Plaza downtown.

Mount a knight at Down Lo for an evening of musical jousting with Kim Gimbal, Ska-t Pressman and Billy Baxmeyer

Your last chance to finally get our funnel cake fix on and enjoy all the other fried foods the fair has to offer.

Rainbow Ranch

7: 30 p.m. @ The Blueroom Theatre $10

7 p.m. @ City Plaza Free

Bluegrass takes over the Coda featuring Rainbow Ranch, Sid Lewis and Rock Ridge Bluegrass Band.

San Francisco artist and author stops by in Chico inviting fans to celebrate his book release “Everything is Its Own Reward.”

Into the Open Earth


Friday Night Concert in the Park

8 p.m. @ Cafev Coda $8

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The Erotica Project

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Repo Man

6:30 p.m. @ El Rey Theatre $2 This 1984 action/comedy follow a young kid played by Emilio Estevez as he works repossessing cars. Estevez’ adventure begins when assigned to repo a 1964 Chevy Malibu with something valuable in the trunk. Along with terrible special effects, this is a pretty funny film.

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STAFF FAVORITES >> MIXTAPES “Rocko’s Modern Life” — “I was interested in it because it just didn’t seem normal. One of the main characters is a cow adopted by wolves for Christ’s sake. Only now as an adult I realize that the creators must have been doing some heavy psychedelic drugs to think of that.” >> Tim Kerber

“Rugrats” — I used to watch it all of the time. These little babies had such awesome adventures and Angelica was such a beezy. I had no idea Tommy Pickles was voiced by a chick until I watched it recently on Netflix Instant.” . >> PaigeFuentes

“Doug” — In a world absolutely free of racial prejudice, Doug Funny and his bright blue friend Skeeter played pranks on their magenta next-door neighbor and spent several episodes ogling a girl named for a common sandwich topping. The ’90s was a strange decade. >> Ben Mullins




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STREAKING Connor Rath, senior, ran through downtown in his underwear and SpiderMan costume. Students donated their clothes to the Salvation Army.

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The Salvation Army receives clothing donations Students ripped off their clothes, throwing them in a big pile on the grass at City Plaza before they took off running in their underwear. Hailey Vincent STAFF WRITER

Batman, Superman, Iron Man and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were spotted in downtown Chico — on the underwear of Chico State students. City Plaza was packed at 7 p.m. Friday as hundreds of Chico State students and Chico residents took off their clothes in preparation for the third annual Undie Run. Excited chattering, jumping and half-naked cartwheels

and handsprings consumed the plaza as undie runners began to disrobe. Participants came wearing clothes to be donated to the Salvation Army, then stripped down to run from the City Plaza through campus and back down Ivy Street, wearing nothing but their underwear. The event was organized by four Chico State students — Kaylee Agaman, Maurice Caviness, Marvin Lee and Blake Levingston — who promoted primarily by Facebook. Many came out to donate for the cause, but the fun social aspect also brought participants. “I’m just looking forward to running downtown in my underwear, helping a cause and

being able to be a goofball and be a kid again,” freshman business major Zach Quilty said. Chants of “Chico” could be heard traveling through downtown as participants took off running from the plaza toward campus. Within 10 minutes, man thongs, lingerie, sports bras and boxers trotted back toward the plaza as participants finished the Undie Run, clutching victory Red Bulls being handed out. Having a large social event that also contributes to charity is a great way to end the school year, freshman communications major Chelsea Adair said. “In a college town, when someone starts an event like this, you want to do it,” she said.

As a first-time participant, she was excited about the event, Adair said. “I’m looking forward to telling a story about this,” she said. “Even my dad knew I was doing it.” Lawrence Pope, a Butte College student and friend of the event organizers, felt good about participating in the Undie Run because it was for a cause, he said. “It’s the good nature of the event,” Pope said. “When you’re doing a good thing, surrounded by good people, it’s just fun.” A mass Facebook event invitation acquired 2,210 confirmed guests for the Undie Run. “The Facebook invite looked dope,” Adair said. “The pictures >> please see UNDIES | D5

This is the second time I’ve done it and I plan to do it every year until I graduate.

MARLA TOMORUG music industry and recording arts major


Colorblindness opens eyes while closing doors Griffin Rogers STAFF WRITER


EYE EXAM The Ishihara test shows circles with a series of patterns of dots with numbers in the center. A color blind person would see the circles as a group of dots, unable to recognize the numbers.

“Why are you wearing pink pants?” one of my friends said to me in the seventh grade. I looked down at my khakis. They were definitely tan. I tilted my head to get a better look. Yup, still tan. I had no idea what he was talking about. This was a common occurrence throughout the day. Different classmates wanted to know the reason behind my pink pants, which I continued to deny I was wearing. When my mom picked me up from school, the first question I asked her was what color my pants were.

“Well those are pink, sweetie,” she said. “Looks like you might be a little colorblind.” Colorblind. Great. I had made fun of my older brother for being colorblind since I was in the second grade. He discovered his deficiency when his third grade teacher yelled at him for coloring the ocean purple. Still, I didn’t think it was so bad. I knew that whatever form of colorblindness I had was probably mild and it wouldn’t prevent me from doing what I wanted. Figuring out I was colorblind wasn’t a big deal to me, but little did I know, that moment in seventh grade would lead to a >> please see COLORBLIND | D5

Staying in touch after college The last two weeks or so of a semester are spent in a series of all-night study sessions. While I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my textbooks and laptop, I haven’t spent as much time with friends I might not see again. You meet a lot of people in college — friends in the dorms, people in your major, your drinking buddies and hook-ups. Some of my friends are graduating in a few days and will no longer be a constant presence in my life. I am so used to seeing certain people in class every day or spotting familiar faces on campus. Our time in college is usually limited, so we should appreciate the time we have together. Many of our friends will be moving out of Chico and on to the next phase in their lives. I will have to communicate with friends via the Internet and learn about events in their lives through Facebook status updates. Some friendships we make in our lives are temporary. If we want our college relationships to last, we have to put in an effort to maintain them once we are released into “the real world.” Even friends from high school are bound to reappear in your life when you go back home to visit your parents or go to your organized high school reunion, something that college does not have. Toward the end of the semester it seems like everyone suddenly realizes time is up, and out of nowhere everyone seems to be best friends. The majority of the semester everyone was just sitting in their seats waiting for class to be over, but as soon as professors start discussing finals, everyone is suddenly talking and getting along. The friendships you make at the end of the year, standing in line to buy coffee or in the library poring over a pile of exam notes, are more genuine than you might give them credit for. I have a friend in my major who for the past two years I’ve always shared class with. Even though she is very different from me, we both work for The Orion and bonded over our common interest in journalism. She is graduating Saturday and moving back home to Southern California. It is strange to think after sitting next to each other and working on countless class projects, she will no longer be there to study for an exam with. Whether it’s through Facebook, Skype or Twitter, keep in contact with your Chico State friends. Take advantage of these forms of communication that were not available to our parents and older generations. Ally Dukkers can be reached at

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“A benefit would be not having to find a designated driver. A drawback would be not finding a quiet place to study on weekends.”

[Beer • doe] A weirdo with a beard. “I can only hope that someday I will attain beardo status.” Mamie Robinson junior | health education


“A drawback would be people being loud all night long.”

“A benefit is you’re closer to campus, but where we live we have more issues with fights. So I’d say there is more crime downtown.” Mike Tomin

sophomore | mechanical engineering

Anthony Ybarra

freshman | communication design

“It’s not really the safest place in town. I’ve heard lots of gun shots lately.”

Ali Anderson

sophomore | psychology

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Keeping the sex alive Almost all things fade with time and, unfortunately, lust and passion are among them. That’s not to say that anyone ever really gets tired of having sex, but when you’re with one person for an extended period of time the sex can get, well, stale. When you love someone the trouble is finding yourself in the inevitable frustrating fights that are the accumulation of tons of time spent together. Make-up sex has its perks, but persistent fighting can do irreparable harm to a close connection. With the end of the semester in sight, I’m looking forward to turning over a new leaf in every aspect of my life, and it’s time to share some important love lessons I’ve learned. I used to think that the reason people grew distant from their partners was because the heat between them had cooled, and I couldn’t imagine how two people could actually get stuck in a sex-challenged rut. Blame it on my teenage hormones. This semester, however, I’ve realized that years with someone can lead to an understanding of each other’s desires, but also a level of frustration that can take the sparks out of even the hottest sex life. I asked a married friend of mine, who would rather stay anonymous, how she and her husband keep things sexy. “It’s hard, but we’re committed,” she said. Needless to say this answer was less than pleasing. But as my current relationship has evolved through a seemingly lifeending breakup and many irritating arguments, I think I’ve come to understand it. I love my boyfriend, even after almost four years, and I still love sex with my boyfriend. But some nights I’d rather strangle him than straddle him. If you have to fight, you should fight fair. The goal should be to air your issues, not sling insults. Yelling at your partner is never necessary. If an argument escalates, walk away. Take time to calm down and gather your thoughts. Also, never fight in the bedroom — the ultimate relationship safe zone. My man and I have fondly come to think of it as our igloo, and we have to keep out bad polar bears. It’s cheesy, but it makes us happy. Arguing under the influence can also be deadly, so if you’ve been drinking, keep your angry thoughts to yourself until you sober up. As for keeping the sex steamy, I’ve learned to not be afraid to ask what to do or to say exactly what I want. If you’re with the right person the chemistry won’t go away, but it can fizzle, and sometimes you need to be vocal to get around it. If you find that you just can’t get in the zone or can’t seem to get to your big finish, try spending more time solo to figure out what moves you’re craving and then tell your partner exactly how to execute them. On the other hand, if you find yourself using fantasies about someone other than your partner to get you through to the end, it may be time to take a break. When it comes to making relationships work in the long run, I think of one of Hollywood’s hottest couples, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick said it best: “You gotta keep the fights clean and the sex dirty.”


DOWNTOWN Student housing on First and Hazel streets, across from the Student Services Center building, is a convenient location for students to easily get to school.

Living situation provide differences Students decide to live downtown or in the avenues Stephanie Consiglio STAFF WRITER

Not only are finals stressing students out, but finding a place to live and new roommates for the coming year may also stack onto the to-do list at end of the semester. Looking through all the housing ads may be confusing and choosing what area of Chico — either downtown, the avenues or on the outskirts — may be even more difficult. These different areas of living have both their benefits and their drawbacks. The Avenues Living on the north side of Chico in the avenues gives students a chance to find housing in hushed neighborhoods with thrifty rent payments. Benefits The avenues are cheap and convenient because they are really close to the campus, said Andrew Hunter, junior and mechanical engineering major. Downtown gets a lot more parties and tends to have more college students. “I would suggest the farther away you get from the railroad tracks, you can find really good living, like Eighth Avenue, and it’s a little quieter over there,” he said. Drawbacks The living may be cheap, but paying a low price for housing may put students in a rough neighborhood. “I want to move, but the price and proximity make it a hard place to beat,” he said. There are nicer places further away from campus, but students wouldn’t be able to roll out of bed five minutes before they go to class, Hunter said. The avenues are for those

students who want cheap rent and some quiet, but for those who want to be in the center of Chico, downtown is a better place. Downtown The downtown area offers many things for students to do, but with this comes the constant commotion and noise that can make it difficult for students to study. Benefits The downtown area is what makes Chico special, said Jackey Humphrey-Straub, graduate who majored in social work. “There is always something to do downtown, such as eating at a great restaurant, shopping, going to the market or attending theater or music performances, which are all in walking distances,” she said. Downtown is convenient for those who work there because students can enjoy the streets of Chico when they get off work, Humphrey-Straub said. When students think of downtown, they think of all the social aspects that are available to them, said Nate Appel, freshman criminal justice major. “I might just get a house near downtown because of the social events and something that is close to the library because it would be easy to go to there and focus on homework,” Appel said. Drawbacks The loudest part of downtown is closer to campus and the west side of the streets, Humphrey-Straub said. The east side, close to the park, is quieter and has more families and older students. Another con of living downtown is the parking situation, she said. Free parking is hard to come by during the day. The Outskirts The outer edges of Chico have a calm atmosphere, but can be inconvenient for those who walk or bike to campus.


AVENUES Many students live in the avenues because it provides a quieter atmosphere than downtown. Benefits Living farther away from campus on the outskirts of Chico provides a lot of housing opportunities and a less competitive housing market than downtown. It is more of a neighborhood environment, which is quieter, and driving to school provides the opportunity to meet people to travel with, Appel said. Drawbacks The distance from campus is a setback to living in the outskirts of Chico, Appel said.

It is difficult to go back home if something was forgotten. No matter where students choose to live, they are going to find both the positive and negative aspects. Students will most likely find friendly and happy people wherever they live, HumphreyStraub said. When people walk down the street, people always say “Hi” and smile when they walk by one another.

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Group hosts event, boost lost funding Organization holds golf scramble to raise money Tasha Clark STAFF WRITER


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TEE OFF Taryn Mehan, who played for team Build. com, takes a swing durin the CEA golf scramble.

Student-run organizations not funded by the university may not be directly affected by budget cuts, but they have to provide funding on their own. The Collegiate Entrepreneurship Association is taking the initiative to keep their organization active. The CEA had a golf scramble on Friday at Bidwell Park Golf Club to fund for their club, said Derek Hodges, a senior business administration major and president of CEA. Teams of fours were formed by professors, students, representatives from companies and members of the CEA. The association put down a $200 payment to reserve the park, he said. The club received money from the event by ticket sales and donations. There was a $10,000 hole-in-one prize that attracted participants, said Russ Gomery a junior business administration major and chief of operations of CEA. Community members were present as well as company members from Yuba City and Sacramento. Every person from each team got one shot to get a hole-in-one, Gomery

said. The association paid $200 to National Hole-In-One Insurance who insures the rest of the money. No team member got the hole-inone prize, he said. A team of students who are entrepreneur and business majors were the ultimate winners of the competition, winning $75. Another event at the golf scramble that helped with funding was the closest to pin competition, Hodges said. To play each participant had to pay $5 into a $50 pot, and one player representing the Yuba City company Troy Hodges Custom Painting, Steve McKenzie, was the winner, hitting the closest marker and splitting the money with the CEA. This was an important event for the association because it gave members the experience they needed, said Efren Rodriguez, a senior business information systems major. Some members went to downtown businesses in the rain to promote the event, which wasn’t successful, but it provided the marketing experience needed such as spreading the word by any means necessary. The CEA also wants to give good exposure to the community by making them a part of the events the club promotes, Hodges said. This event, which was the club’s first big contractual agreement, was built from the ground up with minimal funding, he said. The CEA is still working on counting the

money from the event but approximates making $1,000. As the association continues to grow, CEA hopes to have guest speakers at meetings so students can ask questions and receive constructive criticism, he said. Usually, all of the student-run organization’s funding comes from events and donations, Hodges said. This year, for the first time, they received money through revenue sharing during Associated Students elections. Since 2003, the association has helped student entrepreneurs create their own businesses, Hodges said. CEA needs to stay active because of the mentoring we provide for students. Every semester the CEA hosts a business concept competition where students submit a PowerPoint of innovative ideas on a given subject to a panel of judges, he said. The CEA sets up workshops known as pitch-offs, which allow students to practice before presenting in front of the board members and other participants, Hodges said. They make sure the students are prepared for submission and have enough information to portray their idea well. It will be good to receive advice from industry entrepreneurs who have the experience that students are trying to gain, Hodges said. Tasha Clark can be reached at

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WALL OF FAME The Career Planning and Placement Office has a board that displays portraits of students who have used the center to find internships to gain experience for their future careers.

Fetching coffee, making copies and basically being the office mule are some of the negative connotations synonymous with internships. However, there are also the success stories of internships where students work under experts in the field they wish to start their careers in. Whether or not they turn out to be the stereotype, internships are a part of the difficult path that makes students stand out and get picked up by employers. Professors encourage students to attempt different internships in their area of study to see if it’s worth continuing, sophomore business major Joe Grabenstein said. “I haven’t tried an internship yet, but it’s something teachers want us to do to differentiate ourselves from others and to see what areas we like,” he said. Even though many students may have an idea of what they want to do as a career, internships can shed light on what different fields are truly like and help make important decisions in choosing a career path. Quality of internships can also vary depending on the employer and some can prove to be not all

that helpful, said Kathleen Tam, junior international relations major. “I fully immersed myself in my internship and it definitely opened my eyes, but some that don’t pay can be a waste of time where students can be doing something better and making money,” Tam said. In many internships, students have to stop and ask for guidance, which takes up their time and their employer’s time, she said. “There’s a point when you need to stop learning and start doing,” Tam said. California internship pay laws enforced by the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement have been updated in the past year to categorize what type of work is acceptable to be paid or unpaid. The new revisions are giving slightly more leeway to employers for not paying interns. According to the law, if the work is beneficial to the employer or displaces a regular employee, it must be paid, according to The New York Times. However, if the work is beneficial primarily to the intern and resembles an educational institution, the employer receives no immediate benefit

and does not PLACES have to pay. TO FIND Regardless INTERNSHIPS of whether or not a student Career Planning enjoys their and Placement Office internships, students always get Chico State some value online job referral system out of them to help in the csuchico.uloop. future, said com/jobs/ Megan Odom, associate director of the the Career Planning and Placement Office. “Participating in different internships helps narrow down a students career choices and I’ve rarely heard of a student who didn’t get something out of their internship,” she said. Even if the internship isn’t along the student’s career path, it can really help him or her make the right connections, Odom said. As for the odds for internships the university can help to find, 70 percent of internships that Chico State advertises are paid and companies are usually pretty receptive to making paid positions, she said. The Orion can be reached at

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plethora of tests and possibly thousands of questions aimed at me for the rest of my life. Although colorblindness has been a small obstacle for me, it has prevented me from pursuing certain career choices. To be colorblind actually means to be color deficient. A colorblind person doesn’t necessarily see black and white, like many people believe, and in most cases we just have a hard time defining shades. Redgreen colorblindness is the most common type of deficiency, but other deficiencies such as blueyellow exist as well. These deficiencies come from genes that are received directly from our mothers. They affect the cones located in the eye that result in abnormal vision. Although many women may carry a colorblind gene, only 0.5 percent of white women are affected by it, according to the Encyclopedia website. White colorblind males make up 8 percent of the population. In 2007, I spoke with a friend training to become a helicopter pilot. Intrigued, I decided to quit college in pursuit of an exciting helicopter career. I didn’t get far. The first stop was the eye doctor, who presented me with a color arrangement test. The test requires a person to take 16 colored blocks, ranging from solid blue to solid green with various shades of each in the middle and arrange them next to their similar color. Unable to complete the test, my aspirations of becoming a pilot were abruptly deserted. I don’t consider myself handicapped or anything, but colorblindness does make certain tasks more difficult, such as the aforementioned choosing of clothes. I’ve thrown out a few pink and purple shirts after I’d bought them, thinking they were light or dark blue. And if someone were to ask me to bring them a green hat, I’m liable to bring them a whole rack of hats scattered across the green color spectrum. However, I think the most interesting part about being colorblind is seeing other people’s reactions when I tell them. No more than two minutes will have passed before I’m guessing the color of every object in the room while people point at different things to see if they can stump me. It happens every time. Griffin Rogers can be reached at


UNDERWEAR [ABOVE] Students shed their clothes and made a pile at City Plaza that volunteers from the Salvation Army collected and will donate to charity. [BELOW, LEFT] Police stood by to control the large crowd of undie runners. Crowds of students play homemade instruments in a crowd of undie runners downtown at City Plaza.

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looked cool and it seemed like something fun to do.” The hype of the event through Facebook and by word-of-mouth is what got Kristiana Palmer, a freshman pre-dental and business double major, to the event, she said. “I didn’t quite catch on to the lingerie part, but it’s all good,” Palmer said. The Chico community provides a

great atmosphere for events like the Undie Run, junior economics major Gulliver Brady said. “I think there’s a lot of people here that are passionate about things and want to contribute to a good cause,” he said. Zach Williams, freshman computer science major, looks forward to participating in the run again. “Next year I’m dressing up as Braveheart,” he said. The event was all around

amazing, said Marla Tomorug, a sophomore music industry and recording arts major. “This is the second time I’ve done it and I plan on doing it every year until I graduate,” she said. Although traffic issues and accidents are always a concern for events like these, Chico State has done a great job each year to ensure this event stays safe, said Sgt. Rob Merrifield of the Chico Police Department.

“We have had nothing that has been a problem in the past,” he said. Chico’s positive community is evident at events like this, said Chad McCammon, a senior recreation administration major. “We all care about each other,” he said. “It’s the Chico people, the love.” Hailey Vincent can be reached at

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2001 | Osama bin Laden’s death sparks conversations THEN

“In Pursuit of terrorists” Sept. 19, 2001 American citizens stopped in front of screens that repeatedly flashed videos of airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. People sobbed and grieved the deaths of nearly 3,000 citizens on a clear autumn morning. The deadly terrorist attack made on American soil had no official suspects, but evidence pointed to Osama bin Laden, leader of international terrorist group al-Qaida, who was wanted by the FBI for

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bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998. Bin Laden had been on the Most Wanted List for years and openly admitted his hatred toward Western culture. He said that terrorism is commendable if it is toward the enemies of Allah and those who betray their own country and faith. “Nothing could stop you, except, perhaps, retaliation in kind — we do not have to differentiate between military and civilians,” bin Laden said to ABC reporter John Miller. “As far as we’re concerned they are all targets.” President George W. Bush

declared the War on Terror Sept. 20, 2001, which became the longest war in U.S. history. Students feared for family and friends that were in the military and according to an article in The Orion, “Recovery from tragedy,” tension was increasing toward those of Arab decent. A Moroccan student, Nabil Gacimi, felt anger from others. “Because I look Arab does not mean you have to blame me for what happened,” Gacimi said in the article. “I’m afraid for other people. Other Arabs are being blamed for doing something they didn’t do.”

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Campus Spotlight: Student contributes to book, proceeds go to help animal charities Rachael Bratt-Sharma, junior psychology major, has always been a cat lover. She and other members of a website dedicated to cats kept a blog about their pets and decided to turn it into a book. Now a contributing author to the book “Clawless: A Soap Opurra for Cats,” BrattSharma has brought the cat comedy to the community and used the book to help benefit the Butte Humane Society’s animal charity. Q: How did you become involved with contributing to the book? Bratt-Sharma: Me and other cat owners from around the world got together on the Unitedcats website where you can make profi les, clubs and blogs for cats. Two members from the website started a blog of a “soap opurra” called “Clawless,” and their cats are the actors. Two seasons of the soap opera were done on the website until one of the members’ cat passed away. They asked others if they were interested in turning the cats soap opera into a book and donate the proceeds to animal charities.


TWIN TOWERS The terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 claimed the lives of thousands of Americans.


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President Barack Obama declared that “Justice has been done” May 1. Osama bin Laden was killed by American forces. American military and CIA operatives cornered bin Laden in a compound located near the capital of Pakistan where he had been hiding for about seven years and shot him dead in a firefight.

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No Americans were killed. Thousands of American citizens cheered and chanted “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” and a wave of relief fell upon those who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 attack. Bin Laden’s death does not mean the end of terrorism against America, however, as al-Qaida still lives on. The political focus now shifts to how American troops can be withdrawn from

Afghanistan without causing economic and democratic collapse, said James Jacob, political science and international relations professor. The consequences of troop withdrawal raise questions. “It’s a whole lot easier to get involved in a country than it is to know how to get out,” he said. - Compiled by Melissa Hahn

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THAT MONKEY TUNE by Michael A. Kandalaft

HEAD by Larry Pocino So if we’re going to escape, it’ll have to be today. So, this is our last comic of the semester?

How so?

I wonder what wacky and strange event Larry will imagine to allow our escape. I think he-- is that water?


Well, this comic has received... “mixed reviews.” So it’s unlikely we’ll be back in the fall.

Yeah, and I can’t swim. Can you? Nope.

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Across 1- Equal 5- Victor’s cry 9- Feudal lord 14- Arthur Ashe’s alma mater 15- All there 16- Conductor Dorati 17- Jutting rock 18- Astounding 20- Chinese martial art 22- Gal of song 23- As to 24- Part of Q.E.D. 26- Protracted 28- Like some ulcers 32- Must 36- Young ___ 37- Acclaim 39- Chews 40- Vessel 42- Causing goose bumps 44- Very, in

Versailles 45- Layers 47- Fragment 49- Wreath of flowers 50- Move apart 52- Waver 54- Smoke deposit 56- Sand hill by the sea 57- Italian wine city 60- Marry 62- Lunatic 66- Oppressively heavy 69- Dresden’s river 70- Angler’s basket 71- Incline 72- Bound 73- Sows 74- Kind of prof. 75- Fill to surfeit

Down 1- Playful sprite 2- Beige 3- Brio 4- Tattered 5- The act of issuing 6- Buddhist temple 7- Burden 8- Sherpa’s home 9- PC linkup 10- Needy 11- Collar type 12- Massive wild ox 13- Additional 19- North Carolina college 21- At liberty 25- Stories 27- Bit of film, to a photog 28- Brushes 29- Square 30- Bendable twig, usually of a willow tree 31- Coniferous tree 33- “Our Gang” girl

34- Chirp 35- Actor Davis 38- Exhausted 41- Was in the chair 43- Convenience 46- ___ Paulo 48- ___ colada 51- Feathers 53- Principles 55- Inventor Nikola 57- Basics 58- Deodorant brand 59- Corner 61- Evil is as evil ____. 63- Bones found in the hip 64- Assist, often in a criminal act 65- Give up 67- Golfer Ernie 68- Barker and Bell;

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