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CSU presidents still receiving pay raises Alexander Seymour STAFF WRITER

Chico State’s Staff Council will be hosting a BloodSource Blood Drive today between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Bell Memorial Union auditorium. Those who are interested in donating blood must bring a donor card or ID, be at least 110 pounds, generally healthy and be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental consent,. It is good to eat and drink plenty of fluids before and after donating. Blood donations typically go to hospitals in Chico, Paradise, Gridley, Colusa, Yuba City, Willows and Oroville.

The California State University board of trustees has raised the bar for executive salary levels in the midst of California’s budget drought. As of January, Jeffrey D. Armstrong, president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is the highest paid president in the CSU system, with an annual salary of $350,000, a $1,000 monthly transportation stipend and $30,000

in supplements from the Cal Poly Foundation, which supports fundraising activities and travel expenses, said Claudia Keith, assistant vice chancellor of public affairs for the CSU. With faculty cuts, less classes and limits on CSU’s enrollment the new salary could be seen as foolish, said Kalli Smith, Student California Teachers Administration president in an e-mail interview. Armstrong was recruited by

the CSU from Michigan State University, where he previously earned $241,000 as the dean of agriculture and natural resources, according to an article in The Tribune, San Luis Obispo. Armstrong’s $100,000 salary increase does not represent a general raise for existing CSU presidents, but rather is the nature of acquiring qualified applicants that can provide the best for a campus, President Paul Zingg said.

The market for skilled presidents is competitive, and higher salaries than what CSU presidents are currently receiving must be offered to attract quality personnel, Zingg said, who annually earns $279,000 and a $50,000 housing stipend. “It’s a recognition of the reality of what campuses in the system have to pay in order to get presidents to come to our campuses,” he said. “And Cal Poly is a premier campus with a very

Programming team cancels championship trip to Egypt

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Chico State’s Latina American Studies Program will host an internship and volunteer work forum today at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity Hall Room 126. The forum will discuss how students can obtain international work experience in Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information send an e-mail to smuraoka@mail.


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RULES OF THE ROAD A bicyclist on Warner Street rides her bike on the wrong side of the road, which is against the law.

Bike-related citations increase The Gateway Science Museum on 625 Esplanade will be presenting its new exhibit Saturday. “Microbes: Invisible Invaders … Amazing Allies” will include interactive exhibits showcasing bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. History on infectious diseases, the ways researchers analyze infections and more will also be presented. The exhibit will run until May 30 and is open Wednesday through Friday between noon and 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members.

attractive applicant pool.” Armstrong’s offered salary presents the CSU system with a potential disparity in values, said Brian Cerney, Student Coalition for Change member in an e-mail interview. “People are asking themselves, ‘What is wrong with our system that we can afford raises for presidents while asking students to pay more tuition for less services?’” he said. The $350,000 figure is only >> please see SALARY | A5

Bryan Clendon STAFF WRITER


liff Anderson was riding his bike on the left side of Nord Avenue when a police officer pulled him

over. With no given warning, the officer quickly wrote him a ticket for riding on the wrong side of the road, Anderson said. After the ticket was written, the officer went on to cite other cyclists breaking laws in the area. A higher level of bicycle law enforcement by the police could be due to complaints by the campus community, said University Police Department Sgt. Corinne Beck.

Increased prevalence of bicycle citations may also have to do with the weather, said Sgt. Rob Merrifield of the Chico Police Department. When the weather gets warmer, more people ride their bikes and more officers are on patrol. Many times, the offending party is given a warning with a first bicycle offense, but it is up to the officer’s discretion whether or not to give a citation, Beck said. Offenders who get off with a warning usually get ticketed on their second offense, she said. These citations are given out to keep the campus community members safe, Beck said. Reckless cyclists have struck many

pedestrians and vehicles, and years ago a woman died in a bicycle collision. “I’ve had someone collide with my patrol car with a bike,” Beck said. Some of the most common bicycle citations handed out in Chico are for riding on the wrong side of the road, not stopping at signals or stop signs and riding on the sidewalk, Merrifield said. An important thing to remember is that bicycles are subject to the same rules as cars. “If you wouldn’t do it in a car, don’t do it on a bike,” he said. When night falls, additional rules for cycling include >> please see OFFENSES | A5

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After defeating 30 other universities in the Pacific Northwest Region of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, Chico State’s programming team trained to compete in the world finals, scheduled to take place Feb. 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Then revolution intervened. When a series of protests began against the authoritarian regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Jan. 25, the programming competition had to be postponed, said AbdelMoaty Fayek, the Egyptian-American coach of Chico State’s programming team. “We were disappointed, of course, because the kids were excited about going to Egypt,” Fayek said. “But I wouldn’t take them anywhere where there’s a slight chance of risk.” The team would have stayed in a hotel next door to a resort where Mubarak is currently staying if the competition had not been postponed, Fayek said. Chico State’s team will still have the opportunity to test their programming abilities in another location, however, said Orlando Madrigal, a former Chico State department chair of computer science and current administrator of the IBM-sponsored competition. The world finals of the ICPC have been tentatively relocated to St. Petersburg, Russia. Madrigal helped start the ICPC competition in 1977, with six other department chairs across the United States, making Chico State >> please see COMPETITION | A6

New streetlights near WREC area Dario Gut STAFF WRITER

Students using the Wildcat Recreation Center on West First Street can soon breathe easy when walking home, knowing there will be a new set of streetlights guiding their path. The new streetlights will brighten campus, focusing mainly on West First and Orange streets near the WREC and possibly continuing along the parking structure, said Matt Thomas, chair for the university’s Public Safety Advisory Committee. Thomas conducts a moonlight safety walk every year in October with about 65 students and faculty to investigate lighting around campus, looking mainly for safety concerns, he said. “We look to see if there are any lights out or overgrown bush covering up light,” Thomas said. With nine bridges stretching across campus >> please see LIGHTS | A2

The Bike Cart will be celebrating its grand opening for its second location between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 14 — 17 on West Fourth and Cherry streets. Those who stop by will be given a ticket for a free raffle for the end of the week with prizes such as a bike, tuneups, tubes and more. Specials on repairs will be available only at the second location. Source: Campus Announcements



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WORLD NEWS >> An early Sunday shooting at a fraternity house party killed one student and injured 11 people, including six students, near Youngstown State University in Ohio. The student who died has been identified as 25-year-old Jamail E. Johnson, who was shot in the head, legs and hips. Those injured were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Eight were treated and released, while a hospital spokeswoman could not release the conditions for the other three injured people. Source: Associated Press

Beach residents found the body of a 400-pound dead cow that had been washed up in the shoreline of West Seattle. A Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol vessel took the dead cow away Saturday, where it was loaded onto a truck. The cow had no ear tag or other form of identification.

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LIGHTS: Students speak out about dark university

A 3-foot boa constrictor has been found after a month in a Boston subway after it got away from 30-year-old Melissa Moorhouse. A commuter saw the snake, who goes by the name of Penelope, and told a train employee Thursday. Train authorities searched for the snake and found it. Moorhouse had the snake around her neck but lost it Sunday.

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from Warner Street to Holt Hall, only a few lights shine bright for students going home, said Sophia Salaber, a sophomore majoring in communication design. Salaber walks through campus and by the WREC to get home after school to Timber Creek Apartments. “There really needs to be more lighting around the bridges so students walking home can see where they are going and not feel scared,” she said. Lighting up the streets around the WREC will convince more people to go to the gym in the later hours, Salaber said. With a 7-foot fence on both sides along the railroad tracks on the north side of the WREC, there is a minimal set of lights shining on the bike path. Thomas suggests not even going near the train tracks at night because of the colossal fences on either side. It would be hard to avoid someone trying to stop you on that path, he said. The area between Trinity Hall and Kendall Hall lacks a set of lights, although most of the campus is well lit, Thomas said. Kyle Holmquist, a senior majoring in applied computer graphics, has noticed the various lighting around campus. “Under the library is really bright — those lights should be all around campus,” Holmquist said. “The parking structure is a bit dark and also by the creek is really dark that runs through campus.” Alex Yee, sophomore construction management major who is a consistent gym attendee, has to walk home plenty of times in the dark, which isn’t the safest thing to do, he said. “By Rio Chico Way, over the bridge there is barely any light available,” Yee said. “The WREC itself is lit up but the walk to the WREC is not.” Undeclared sophomore Anthony Cerrotta does not see a problem with the lighting on the walkways through campus, but would like more lighting around the bridges.

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American Online will be buying the Huffington Post, a news and opinion website, for $315 million in cash and stock. Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington will oversee a new editorial content group from both companies, including news, technology, music and other websites. The Huffington Post started in 2005 as a liberal blog with a small staff and a $1 million investment. Source: Los Angeles Times


Trust your “gut instinct” or “sixth sense” If something doesn’t “feel right,” it’s probably not right Walk with a friend and use lighted walkways on campus at night Don’t use unlit shortcuts. If you can’t walk with a friend, the University Police Department provides a safe alternative — the Campus Connection shuttle service Park your car or bike in a well-lit area. Source: csuchico. edu/up/safety/ html

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POLICE BLOTTER All accused of violating the law are innocent until proven guilty | Information cited directly from Chico Police Department Thursday, 1:19 p.m.: Animal bite reported on the block of Jackie Drive. “Victim was bitten by her cat while she was playing with him. Puncture on her left hand near thumb.”


TURNING DOWN THE MUSIC Electronic musicians Jordan Layman [top] and Mike Z play at Lost on Main, a dance bar on Main Street. Assembly Bill AB-74, introduced mid-December by California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, proposes to limit public prerecorded music events to three and a half hours.

‘Anti-raves’ bill aims to limit music events Eli Gibbs STAFF WRITER

Events with prerecorded music may soon be quieter than usual. Assembly Bill AB-74, commonly known as the Anti-Raves Act of 2011, was proposed in mid-December by California State Assemblywoman Fiona Ma after raves in Los Angeles and Daly City led to arrests, overdoses and deaths, according to her website. Although it has yet to pass, it would limit any public event at night that plays prerecorded music that lasts more than three and a half hours, according to the bill. Public events on private property are an exception, as long as the business has a license or is largely organized. The penalty for someone hosting an event that falls under this description would be a misdemeanor and a possible “fine of $10,000 or twice the actual or estimated gross receipts for the event, whichever is greater,”

according to the bill. Cafe Culture hosts a monthly event called “Bassick” featuring multiple disc jockeys , and creator Sean “Tron” Sawyer can see both the positive and negative aspects of the bill. “It would add more restriction to the age limit of those who attend the event,” he said. “But overall, I think the college community would suffer.” Local music events take the biggest hit in this bill because it would require them to change everything they do, he said. Many college students have adopted the electronic music scene as a big part of their music taste and are passionate about their music. One company usually hosts music events, helping keep things organized and controlled, said Caleb Reynolds, a senior majoring in business administration who has attended electronic music festivals such as the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles. A Facebook page called “Save


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Electronic Music: Tell your state rep and senator to oppose AB 74!!” has been created for those that want to speak out against the bill. Ma is currently planning to improve the bill in some of the more unclear areas, according to the page. Age restrictions and a more thorough explanation of the term “prerecorded” will be amended on the bill. Many members of the Facebook page have signed a petition against the bill, including local freelance DJ Trevor Platt. “The bill is mainly against the rave scene yet it currently is cutting out many types of music events,” he said. “There are a lot of performances that include prerecorded music, not just electronic DJs.” Eli Gibbs can be reached at

Thursday, 1:54 p.m.: Noise complaint reported on 100 block of Menlo Way. “Reporting party believes neighbors with loud bass. Reporting party has snake who hears through its skin. Reporting party’s snake is currently beating its head against the glass.” Thursday, 6:31 p.m.: “Harassment reported on 1000 block of Whitewood Way. “Suspect texting and e-mailing insulting messages to reporting party. Reporting party does not know how to block numbers.” Thursday, 7:03 p.m.: Trespassing reported on 800 block of Pomona Avenue. “Reporting party states that vacant apartment has numerous transients inside drinking beer and rummaging around. Previous tenant moved out of the state yesterday.” Thursday, 7:29 p.m.: Verbal dispute reported on 2200 block of Notre Dame Blvd. “Verbal between roommates, reporting party has allowed the subject to live at his home for approximately two months and is now upset that the subject hasn’t been saving any money to make an effort to move out. Subject raised his fist to the reporting party.” Thursday, 12:41 a.m.: Threats reported on the block of West Second Street. “Male subject told reporting party he was going to shoot everyone. Male subject was there picking up his girlfriend who was kicked out of the bar for hitting a bouncer in the face.” Thursday, 1:34 a.m.: Grand theft reported on the block of 900 West Fourth Street. “Subject who gave reporting party a ride left with his iPad and a Macbook. Reporting party does not have serial numbers.” Friday, 3:03 p.m.: Suspicious subject reported on the block of 300 Broadway Street. “Suspiciously nice subject talking to everyone he sees, giving compliments and greeting people he sees.

Reporting party believes he must be high.” Friday, 10:06 p.m.: Party complaint reported on the 1200 block of Oleander Avenue. “Loud music and loud howling and screaming. No party going to keep voices down.” Friday, 11:55 p.m.: Drunk in public reported on 700 block of West Fifth Street. “Riley’s is detaining a subject for sneaking into the bar, by trying to damage a side door three times. Subject uncooperative and was refusing to stop entering.” Saturday, 3:21 p.m.: Drunk in public reported on the 2500 block of the Esplanade. “Intoxicated male wandered back into the kitchen. Reporting party escorted him out the front of the business. Subject wandering in the complex.” Saturday, 5:55 p.m.: Juvenile problem reported near the railroad tracks. “Kids on the tracks throwing rocks. Kids are directly behind reporting party’s address, approximately three boys and one girl. Concerned as it’s getting dark.” Sunday, 12:39 p.m.: Fight reported on the 330 block of West Eight Street. “Two males, no weapons. Two women, early 20s. Shirtless.” Sunday, 2:56 p.m.: Family dispute reported on the 2500 block of California Park Drive. “Fiance’s family pounding on the door trying to get in. Reporting party believes they are intoxicated. Two other subjects outside, unknown who they are.” Sunday, 4:51 p.m.: Throwing objects reported on the block of Ricky Court. “Female threw object at reporting party’s car, causing reporting party to swerve and hit curb. Unknown damage. Reporting party and wife and child very upset about almost crashing.” Sunday, 3:08 a.m.: Disturbing subject reported on 1000 block of Hazel Street. “Next door to reporting party on Hazel. Male screaming the ‘F word’ over and over, reporting party hears others trying to calm this male down. Reporting party says this has happened in the past and is not sure what the problem is.”


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MID YEAR REPORT Chico State President Paul Zing addresses students and faculty Feb. 1 during 2011’s president spring address.

half the story, said Chico State Republicans President Ryan Fedrizzi, who has had difficulty getting information that could help him determine whether CSU presidents deserve boosted salary levels. “At face value, it’s a lavish amount, but for all we know Armstrong may have worked 100 times more than any of his colleagues,” he said. “I wouldn’t know, because budgetary matters aren’t transparent.” When dealing with personnel in a public system, the

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state needs to justify why it is that residents pay the same amount of taxes but at the same time, the state cannot fund a previously stable education system, Fedrizzi said. Eighty-four percent of the CSU budget is used to support employee salaries and benefits and 0.2 percent is devoted to paying for CSU executives, according to Zingg and the CSU website, Presidential performance and salaries are held accountable by the CSU board of trustees formal three-year review, Zingg said.

The Chico State president just completed his sixth-year review two weeks ago, but the summary of the reviews are not available at this moment. “My review included four people coming to campus for a two-day span, and they talked to students, faculty, community people, advisory board members,” Zingg said. “I see no reason why the Chancellors Office would not share this information. The campus should have a right to know how those evaluations went.” But presidential reviews


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may not have significant influence on keeping salaries accountable, Keith said. “I can’t give you any figures on when the last time was that a presidential salary was changed due to a review,” she said. “The chance is very remote.” Zingg redistributes 10 percent of his salary back into the university and local community, he said. Alexander Seymour can be reached at


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regulations on reflectors and a white light facing forward, Beck said. “A bike has to be seen just like a vehicle,” she said. Riding a bike or skateboard on campus will result in a citation, Beck said. The law is there to prevent collisions and injuries on the busy campus.

When someone is cited for a bike offense, officers usually do their best to explain the laws are in place for safety reasons, said junior physical geography major Devin McPherson. He has been pulled over on his bike in Chico four times and twice on campus, McPherson said. He was only given a

warning each time. “They were all my fault,” he said. Biking under the influence is another offense officers see, though it is not as prevalent, Beck said. Biking under the influence, like driving under the influence, is a misdemeanor crime with penalties handled by the Butte County

Superior Court. “If someone has been drinking, they are equally impaired on a bicycle as they are in a vehicle,” she said. Another important regulation in Chico is bicycle registration, Beck said. California state law requires bicycle owners to register their bikes, but in most

places it is not enforced. In Chico it is a requirement for a bike owners to have them registered. If a bike is registered, it makes it easier for the police to help in the event that the bike is stolen, Beck said. Registering a bike with the University Police Department costs $10, and the license

lasts three years. Anderson’s ticket for riding his bike on the wrong side of the road cost him $141, he said. “I paid the ticket and I don’t think about it anymore,” he said. Bryan Clendon can be reached at

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■ This week I’m going to introduce you to music that is worth your while, and some unbelievably cool music technology. It comes in the form of instrumental hip hop, by the likes of Star Slinger from the UK.



By Elizabeth Ghiorso ■ In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and being frugal, Cucina Chico is serving up ideas and recipes for a delicious Valentine’s dinner in. Trust me, there are few things sexier than a man who can cook!


ALLEGEDD ADULT By Emily Hirschman ■ As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge clutz. Well, it’s really that I’m more accident-prone as opposed to being awkward and gawky. Well folks, I’d like to come clean - I’ve done it again.


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■ With its red and black exterior, the Tin Roof Bakery and Café is hard to miss while walking through downtown Chico. Located at 627 Broadway St., the Tin Roof Bakery and Café has more options for students than just coffee and muffins.


LANGUAGE OF CODE Ryan Feenstra, a senior majoring in computer information systems, is entering programming codes into his computer as practice for the world finals later this year in August in Russia.

one of the first contenders in a competition that would eventually grow to a global scale, Madrigal said. Chico State won the Pacific Northwest Region in 1981, when the ICPC was in its infancy, but had not achieved a top 10 finish since Stanford University and UC Berkeley joined the competition in the ‘80s. “Up ‘till now, I’m still amazed and so happy for them,” Madrigal said. “We have top-notch students.” Chico State’s team, which consists of programmers David Stolp, Katherine Gabales, Abhishek Iyer and reserve member Jennifer Coryell, won the right to compete in the world finals Nov. 15 after a narrow victory against Stanford University, the defending champions. “My first thought was, ‘I can’t believe we’re the last ones here,’” Stolp said after he recalled walking into the John T. Chambers Technology Center at University of the Pacific in Stockton, as Chico State’s team prepared to compete with Stanford University. Chico State’s team arrived on the competition floor at 9 a.m., one hour after the competition was set to begin, after staying up until 2 a.m. playing games the night before, Stolp said. “I never sleep well the night before competition anyway,” he said. “If I was curled in bed at 10, I probably still would have been awake.” Five minutes after Chico State’s team arrived, the competition began, he said. Over a period of five hours, Chico State’s team sat around a computer and worked 11 problems, each of which required them to design, create and edit a different program. With 30 seconds left in the five-hour competition, the leaderboard showed Chico State deadlocked with

Stanford University, tied at seven points apiece, Fayek said. He watched the scoreboard anxiously. “The judges freeze the scoreboard with a half-hour left to go in the competition, so you can’t tell who’s in first place,” he said. As the final seconds were ticking down, Stolp submitted an answer to the eighth problem without running the program to check the solution, Stolp said. The competition ended before the judges told him whether it was correct, which meant Chico State had no time to revise the answer. “It was a photo finish,” he said. When the competition ended 30 seconds later, the leaderboard unfroze, revealing the winner, Fayek said. By a margin of just one point, Chico State had stolen the title from Stanford University. “I teared up,” Fayek said. “I am very proud of them.” Abhishek Iyer was speechless, he said. He recently received an internship from Auctiva, a software design company, as a result of Chico State’s victory. “It’s a unique feeling that cannot be put into words,” he said. “I don’t think I was ever this happy before.” The world finals have been tentatively scheduled for August. Stolp and his team plan to use the extra time to prepare for the competition, where they will face highpowered contenders from China, Poland and Russia. Chico State’s team will be meeting every Friday in O’Connell 211 to practice, Stolp said. “We’re gonna give it our all at the world finals,” he said. Ben Mullin can be reached at


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Chico State’s new parking structure proposal is like paying for someone else’s boob job while waiting on the heart transplant list. We could say the university is seizing the day and using the money at hand for something that will at least make people happy for now. At some point, however, we have to put ourselves into neutral and consider the long-term realities of these perceived benefits. In order to coincide with some corrections to West First and West Second streets, the university will be making some corrections of its own to work in combination with the widening of these streets. There is a pre-emptive response to the usual questions regarding this campus addition that makes some interesting points on the Chico State website. The most notable concern may be the cash value for this anything-but-little project. As we could have guessed, there’s more red tape holding the plans together than there is on the broken tail lights of the cars it’s meant to house. With a budget of $14.2 million, the money comes from mostly non-state funds earmarked for just such an occasion – most of which is to be paid back by parking revenue. We would all look a little ungrateful by turning up our skeptical noses to the money but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to look at the way it is being spent. The university points to the drop in the number of parking spaces available for campus use as one of the reasons behind needing the new parking structure. It can be assumed that this is a feeling

shared by the general population of the campus, especially those living outside walking, or what we define as walking, distance. However, this parking structure is only going to add 330 to 370 spaces, according to Chico State’s website. This is hardly a proper retaliation to the 550 spaces lost over the course of the last five years, including those that will be lost in the transformation of the Arts and Humanities building project corresponding with the parking structure. Furthermore, what this figure is missing is the number of spaces that will be lost due to the proposed construction time of about a year, as well as the added side effects this will have on the already-hindered traffic from the street widenings. Chico State is correct in pointing out that its campus has the least number of parking places of all California State Universities, tallying up at about 1,900 spaces to accommodate the estimated 18,000 students, faculty, staff and guests, according to the Chico State website. It’s obvious that Chico’s parking problems won’t be solved by the additional 330 to 370 spaces – in fact, it might make it worse. By building new parking structures, students will be more interested in driving to campus rather than walking or biking. Obliging walkers and bikers was the purpose of widening streets to begin with and now that will be undermined by the illusion of more parking for students. We shouldn’t specify that this will have an effect only on students, even though

the worst of it will be taken out on them. The structure will be available to the community and other visitors as well. Soon we will not only have too few spaces for students but for the community as well. The hourly and day permit dispensers will be great for students who do not wish to buy a permit for the entire semester but this availability, not to mention the proximity, to downtown drivers is worrisome. It makes it all-too likely that the students who paid inflated sums of money for a permit to park in the structure will be circling the block looking for spots anyway when the garage gets filled up by people running errands downtown and not actually attending the university — a problem made worse by the fact that Chico State oversells its parking permits. A better way to allow visitor use would have been to place a time factor in connection to the garage. This way visitors could park there after a chosen hour — such as when classes generally are not in session. In fact a better all-around use of the money would have been to invest in a public student transportation program not unlike the one allowing students to ride the city bus for free. By helping bring students to and from campus, we could actually meet our goal of reducing carbon damage and solve the issues facing transportation for students with one plan. Chico State seems to be chanting the mantra “if you build it, they will park” without asking the most important follow-up question of all: “Where?”


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Bowls of crumbled Doritos are tossed around the living room, no chair is left unturned and the carpet reeks as if it is drenched with beer. No, folks, this is not an image extracted from the much anticipated 2012 doomsday prediction, but rather is the reality that struck our nation last week — the Super Bowl. I have been deemed unAmerican. I have had many a beer taken away and I have been harassed for my open dismissal of “America’s Holiday.” With that being said, it is impossible not to disapprove of the mindless throngs that take such interest and pride in this event. I get chastised for pointing out the mass of waste and the degrading advertisements. Almost as much for thinking that watching teams of grown men chasing a ball is somewhat an inferior activity. Groups of people gather around the screen and communicate with macho grunts, yells and temper tantrums. I am disgusted, yet intrigued, as to how this has been deemed the norm, because that seems a more tell-tale sign of the apocalypse than anything. Last week Americans spent a projected $5.6 billion on the Super Bowl. They will have eaten 1 billion chicken wings and drank 325.5 million gallons of beer, according to In order to grow all of the corn, potatoes, and avocados for all that junk food that will be consumed 222,792 football fields of farmland will have been utilized. I can only imagine what all the good that money and food could provide if instead of spending it on the Super Bowl, it was spent on people who legitimately need nourishment and financial help. Companies spent $2.8 million for a 30-second

advertisement slot during the game, according to I simply cannot stand it when people say they hate the Super Bowl but watch it “for the commercials.” I can turn on ESPN any other day of the week and be bombarded with derogatory, degrading media. I really do not need to sit down to four hours of a football field littered with advertisements to catch 45 minutes worth of commercials advertising beer and junk food. I find it further disturbing that a lot of females claim to catch the game specifically for commercials, considering every other ad is one that utilizes the objectification of women to sell said products. I would say that the last thing the companies’ target audience needs to buy is more beer and junk food. But that’s what they do. Just because it’s on their television screen and it tells them to. These companies wouldn’t shell out the big bucks if their ad campaigns didn’t work. I don’t need to be told what I need to buy. Last time I checked, I can think for myself. I think I will go for a hike, read a book or do anything besides sit in front of that boob-tube — quite literally in this case. If a true football fan wanted to attend the Super Bowl, chances are they couldn’t afford it. Being able to attend the Super Bowl has become a sign of status, instead of sign of support for one’s team of choice. As people now wade through their lawns with beer cans scattered about and try to scrub guacamole stains out of their seat cushions, maybe they will think about what this event is all about and ponder what it means about today’s societal values. Chances are however, they won’t. Instead, masses will just grunt in unison for more. Kelly Hering can be reached at

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African nation gives America inspiration Andrea Robertson OPINION COLUMNIST

Take television screens, computers and cell phone networks away from Americans and you will find total chaos within a matter of minutes — yet this may be the only way for us to truly grasp today’s valuable issues. This is not to say that Americans are different from other nations. Any country already accustomed to this lifestyle would have a stronger relapse than a drug addict trying to get clean. But perhaps it is time to reevaluate our priorities and dig a little deeper into what is honestly essential to our country. The small but courageous country of Egypt is fighting one of its greatest endeavors. The struggles of poverty have gone on for far too long with a whopping 50 percent of Egypt below the poverty line. What’s worse is that the Egyptian government’s first defense to bring down all cell phone networks and Internet

coverage so as not to let the number of protestors grow, according to It is true that America may not be facing the same hardships as this African country, but that doesn’t mean other crucial issues do not exist before our very eyes. When the horrors of the Vietnam War became visible to everyday citizens, youth revolts sparked across the country. During the Civil Rights Movement, Americans banded together. During the fight for Women’s Suffrage protestors picketed directly outside the gates of the White House. If all of these groups of people didn’t feel the need for protest, none of the incredible outcomes would have come to pass. If the vibrant and tenacious leaders of these movements hadn’t ever complained or felt inspiration for change, so many cruelties

would have been left in place. We have been waging an immense multi-billion dollar war that has been going on for almost ten years. Just because the aftermath has not yet been witnessed by the American public does not mean that things are not occurring behind a veil of deception. If our entire youth were to come together with one common goal we would able to

achieve many things. There is so much room for change yet we are hesitant to take the initial plunge into it. We are scared, but what we need to realize is that numbers tell all in a country where government has found the perfect solution to keep mouths shut — keep the citizens of your country unconcerned and happy. How do they accomplish it? Let’s create a system in which media gives the illusion of joy through complete entertainment available to us at all times and compliance will be accomplished with ease. Egypt is protesting without the First Amendment to back them up. We have all the utensils we need to be heard. The best part about it is that there are so many opportunities to do your part — you can approach it musically by writing signifi-

cant lyrics, you can go with a creative twist by painting an inspiring truth or hit it hard in a legal manner by immersing yourself in changing new laws. These are just glimpses into what can be done. The night is always darkest before the dawn, if the situation carries on this way, we will never progress to new levels of humane living. Let’s take some time to genuinely consider the problems at hand that could potentially be solved by protest. Our university’s tuition has just seen a 5 percent increase and it seems this will only continue to grow. The subject of our education alone is reason enough to stand up. Whether you wish to protest the current war, the escalating prices of college or anything else close to your heart, just know that the effort alone is priceless. Expand your mind. Expand the minds of others. For the possibilities of mere opposition are endless.


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Confusion becomes fashionable August Walsh OPINION COLUMNIST

It’s dinner time and I’m wearing pajama pants, flip flops and a $2 T-shirt I purchased from a thrift store that makes me look like a director of a cruise ship. It must be a Monday, because my clothes don’t lie. While this combination of awkward apparel might qualify as questionable at best, there are certain wardrobe choices that I see students wearing every day on campus that may or may not be as questionable as my own attire. Within the past couple of months, I have been noticing that some women have been wearing leggings or stockings with either a long shirt or short skirt over it. I approached a friend of mine recently who was wearing this outfit and asked her about it. She claimed that she was wearing her “pants” under her dress because it’s the new hip trend and made her look good. I completely agreed with her that it was a very attractive look, but there was one problem I had with it. Too many people are considering their leggings or stockings as pants, which they shouldn’t be doing. What I consider as a pair of pants is any article of clothing below the waist that I can adjust with a belt or a string. Leggings don’t really apply because it has neither. Let’s face it, I can take a sock and put it on my head and while it might be the new trend and make me look good and fashionable, it’s not a hat — it’s still just a sock. The same goes for people who wear beanies. If a friend of mine were to wear a really nice beanie, I wouldn’t say to them, “I really like your

hat.” I would instead say, “Nice beanie.” A few examples of what I do consider as nicer choices of pants would be khakis, blue jeans and suit pants, all of which require a belt nearly all of the time. Sweatpants and pajama pants would fall under the category of “comfort pants” because of the string used to keep them stretchy. I know you’re probably jumping out of your seat and yelling at me, “What about yoga pants and jeggings? They definitely count as pants!” To those people, I would say that yoga pants are the middle child of the pants family. Technically, it counts as a family ■ VIDEO Watch August member, but I’d like to pretend as he highlights it’s not. There is the possibility that current fashion I haven’t yet understood the trends. reasoning behind considering leggings or stockings as pants, because I have never seen a pair of them come out for men. If I were to wear a pair of leggings, then maybe I could comprehend why some choose to call them pants. It’s not that I don’t consider them typical clothing that the average college student will wear, it’s that I get frustrated when there’s a basic discrepancy about what to call an article of clothing. How can you focus on anything else? It’s like finding an ink spot on a beautiful painting or seeing food in someone’s teeth — you can’t get your mind off of it. Maybe I am just being overly critical about what does and doesn’t classify as a form of pants but for now, I will just keep calling them leggings. August Walsh can be reached at

I don’t mean to sound like a commercial, but if you have anxiety, you’re not alone. This past week marked a serious turning point in recognizing that I can’t deal with anxiety anymore. I mean, it’s not that I won’t deal with it — it just means that I can’t handle the ramifications of anxiety. It has been interfering with my life for too long and it’s gotten to the point where now I have to surrender. So I’m seeking counseling to deal with it. For people who don’t have anxiety, understanding people who do have an anxiety disorder is far from easy. It’s not the fault of people who don’t have the disorder if they don’t understand, it’s just that extreme anxiety doesn’t make sense to them. The behaviors of people who do have anxiety are based on irrational beliefs that go unchecked — that’s why so much of what they do looks or sounds absurd. Recently, I tried to move into a new home on Hickory Street where I was to rent out a room. The rent was cheap and the location was closer to the university than my previous apartment, so I thought I’d give it a go. The roommates were nice, but I noticed that there were a lot of people coming in and out of the place, since it was in the “college” part of town. I was used to having only one roommate and being alone most of the time. By the time I moved everything into my new room, I looked around, aimlessly going through my stuff, trying to unpack. My heart started racing. The voices of my new roommates, their friends and the neighbors were overbearing and too loud, the smell of cigarette smoke alarmed me and I watched my window as it began to get darker and darker as the sun went down. I couldn’t help but cry as I thought my life was being threatened by this different environment. I felt as if

I was in jail — people were abandoning me — I was completely alone in the world — I couldn’t breathe — I needed someone to hug me — hold my hand — I couldn’t think — my life was ruined — this was a stupid decision — I wouldn’t finish college — I’m going to die. See? Completely irrational. That same night, I called up a friend to come get me and take me back to my old apartment where I felt sane with my old roommate. The next day I paid the tenants at the Hickory Street place $250, packed up my things and headed home. The nightmare on Hickory Street is an extreme example of my anxiety. I could’ve given the new location a chance. I could’ve made some new friends. I could’ve been paying cheaper rent. I could’ve, could’ve, could’ve but just couldn’t. The truth is though, I wasn’t ready to move. That wasn’t the change I needed. I needed therapy to deal with a force that needs to be reckoned with. I’m not an expert on anxiety, but I’ve been dealing with it ever since I was a kid. So, the disorder and my bad habits are going to be hard to break. I sabotage romantic relationships and procrastinate on assignments. I’ve flunked a few classes because of it, evaded family functions or even just human contact. I don’t speak up in class, mainly because whenever I do my heart palpitates so fast I can’t catch my breath, and I don’t socialize as much as I should. I have a long way to go. The first thing I have to change are the ideas attached to my thought patterns. Most of the time, they’re negative selfcriticisms tormenting me in my head. In the words of a commercial, if you’re like me, or if you know someone who is, I would encourage you to get counseling for anxiety to rid yourself of unnecessary hurdles in life and start living it instead.

Thumbs Down to Kim Kardashian in the Sketchers Shape-ups commercial. Not even she can make those things cool.

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Thumbs Up to the Packers winning the Super Bowl. That’ll do, Rodgers. That’ll do.

Thumbs Down to the demeaning and offensive Super Bowl commercials. Remind me why I watch these things again.

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HOMETOWN HERO Local fans cheer on Chico native Aaron Rodgers — a Pleasant Valley High alumnus — at the Graduate Super Bowl Sunday.

STAFF COMMENTARY Aaron Rodgers fought his way from being an un-recruited Pleasant Valley High quarterback to one of the top passers in the NFL, and now a Super Bowl champion.


Superstar athletes can now be added to the bounty of pride that Chico has on its mantle. Pleasant Valley High graduate Aaron Rodgers played in the Super Bowl for the Green Bay Packers this past weekend. He attended Butte College after receiving little interest from Division I schools. Despite the recruiters’ apathy toward him, Rodgers was picked up by UC Berkeley, where he played two years. He had exceptional collegiate success in the form of 43 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 150.3. The maximum, to put this in perspective, is 158.3. Not too shabby. But Rodgers was still not the first choice of many of teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, who chose Utah’s Alex Smith instead of Rodgers with the first overall selection in the 2005 draft. Rodgers was drafted 24th overall in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he would get his shot to prove his worth. Long before he was strapping on his imaginary title belt after touchdowns — a now famous celebration — Rodgers was holding a clipboard on the sidelines watching and waiting for his time. Rodgers saw very few snaps in the first three seasons, which is expected when you are playing behind a future Hall of Famer in Brett Favre. After only three seasons as a starter, Rodgers has managed to lead his team to victory in the Super Bowl, the first one since the exit of his predecessor, and the fourth in Green Bay history. He isn’t just a threat with his arm, but he can also make plays with his feet. As a starter, Rodgers has taken the ball in himself for 13 touchdowns while rushing for more than 300 yards over the past two seasons. He isn’t just a great passer, but an exceptional one. In his short career, Rodgers is first among quarterbacks in passer ratings at 98.4 for his career. He has thrown the lowest percentage of

career interceptions of any quarterback as well, at 2 percent for his career, according to The Packers are somewhat my team, something I inherited from my father, who watched Green Bay’s glory days of the 1950s and ’60s. This strange patronage has to be considered with the limitations of watchable sports on television at the time. This was well before the Titans or Grizzlies existed. I’m more of an Aaron Rodgers fan than anything, and with the community in Chico supporting him and rooting for him, it’s hard to pick against the guy. And considering Ben Roethlisberger’s spotty history, it made rooting for Rodgers an even easier choice. As for my fellow students and Chicoans, almost everybody seems to be taking pride in Rodgers. Chico local Tyler Barker grew up with Rodgers’ brother, Jordan, and was pleased to see Rodgers do so well in the Super Bowl, despite beating his beloved Steelers. “Aaron taught me how to throw a curveball,” Barker said. “He is a natural talent at everything.” Barker was pleased with how Rodgers and his family represent the Chico community. Chico locals and students alike were thrilled with Aaron Rodgers helping lead the Packers to victory. Sarah Taxdal, a senior at Chico State, thought the game was great for the town as a whole. “I’m excited,” she said. “I think it’s cool he got the Chico community rallied to root for the Packers.” Rodgers was named the Super Bowl MVP — the first Packers quarterback to do so since Bart Starr — and also got his title belt that he has been strapping on in touchdown celebrations all season. Now that he has the hardware to put on, it isn’t just a celebration. It’s a statement of fact. Blake Mehigan can be reached at


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Let’s Play Two Football far-fetched at best Wildcat football just isn’t in the cards. Not only is a football team at Chico State unlikely anytime soon, it just doesn’t make sense financially, logistically or otherwise. Yes, the allure of the pageantry and pride of the sport make many lust for football to return, but look at the facts and you’ll see why it’s borderline irresponsible to consider. First of all, money is thin at Chico State and in the California State University system in general these days, and adding a football program is a massive proposition in terms of dollars and cents. Despite the wonderful connotation of college football, to spend that much money on a sport in a time of economic crisis for our universities would be downright unethical. As Assistant Athletic Director Mitch Cox will tell you, even considering Chico State football would start with an extravagant sum of money that the department just doesn’t have. “If you’re realistically thinking about what it would take, it would be about $20 million,” he said. “It’s not like football made money while it was here.” Cox was working at Sonoma State in the mid-’90s when their football program folded as well. Cox explained that football is by far the most expensive sport to have, due to the sizable rosters, facilities, costly uniforms, scholarships and the like. And, as Cox said, there would be hidden costs everywhere. “The insurance costs would skyrocket,” he said, reflecting on the dangerous nature of the sport. He added that there is no space in the athletic department for a football office in the first place. Football was here for a long time, nearly 100 years — the program folded in 1996 — but the question remains: even if it was to return, who would the Wildcats play? Division II football within the state of California is a rarity at best. Humboldt State, whose football program Cox calls an “institution” of the town of Arcata, had to re-locate themselves to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference just to keep playing pigskin. It would be a lonely Chico gridiron crew, with no CCAA and no teams like Sonoma State to play on a consistent basis. Despite the never-ending list of reasons why not to have a team, Cox understands why it’s not easy for a lot of Chicoans who ask those like him when football will return. The longevity of the sport in Chico makes it that much tougher for people to deal with its non-existence, he said. “It makes it different here — the history is long term,” Cox said. Maybe someday down the line, the initial high-risk launch to a football program could be worth the potential long-term benefits for the university. Until then, let’s be realistic and enjoy the plethora of highly skilled Division II athletes who call themselves Wildcats. Thomas Lawrence can be reached at

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Rugby smashes visiting Broncos Kevin Augustine STAFF WRITER

Chico State’s Student Athletics Advisory Committee helped raise $5,000 over the past three years to help a child in need someday, and that day has finally come. Nine-year-old Mason has muscular dystrophy and with the help of the Make a Wish Foundation, Mason will be flying down to appear on the show “Yo Gabba Gabba,” a favorite of his. He was presented with the check at a recent basketball game. source:

Butler University, the surprise runner-up in last year’s NCAA Tourney, is now most likely out of the chase for a berth into March Madness, barring a miracle run through the Horizon Conference Tournament. Butler recently lost to Youngstown State, a team with an 8-15 record. The Bulldogs are 15-9 this season, with a 7-5 record in Horizon Conference play. Source:

No. 1 Ohio State is still unbeaten in Division I men’s basketball, after Jared Sullinger and company cruised to victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, to improve to 24-0 on the season. Ohio State has been No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for a month and are eight more games away from an undefeated season. The win over Minnesota was Ohio State’s 12th in a row on the road in the Big 10. Minnesota has last three straight, dropping them out of the Top 25. Source: - Compiled by Blake Mehigan

The wind wasn’t the only thing doing the whipping on Chico State’s rugby pitch this past weekend. The Chico State men’s rugby team started the homestretch of their 2011 season by blowing out Santa Clara University, 67-22. Junior outside-back Michael Deel scored four tries and senior halfback Mike Keane, facing those strong winds throughout, went 7-10 on conversions to lift the Wildcats back to 2-2 on the year and within Division I contention. The wind didn’t bend the Wildcats’ temperament, though. Chico State head coach Mitch Jagoe thinks despite the offensive gusto, the focus might have floated away, he said. “It’s good to get the first

We’re a lot better team than we showed today.

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of two home games under our belt,” Jagoe said. “We still have a lot of work to do. Defensively we were sloppy and lost focus in the second half.” The Wildcats hit the pitch early on offense, setting a tone aided by Deel’s three tries that kept the Broncos scoreless for most of the first half. An offside penalty was called on the ’Cats that gave the Broncos an opportunity for a kick at goal and points on the board to end the half. When success comes early, things tend to get away from fundamentals and detail, Jagoe said.


TURN AND BURN Chico State rugby player Zeke Sulzen stretches and scores a try against Santa Clara in a Feb. 5 victory. The Wildcats won by a lopsided score of 67-22, and now have two games remaining. The final home game will be April 2 against Sacramento State. “We’re up 19-0 then we cause a dumb penalty off a play we know we shouldn’t make,” Jagoe said. “After that, we didn’t come at them hard and fast enough defensively and that was the start of the situation.” The second half showcased more offensive grit by the ’Cats, as multiple players scored to aid an already comfortable lead. Senior halfback Ben Fisher thinks the advantage

may have been a little too comfortable. “Our backline was really good, had great hands and showed solid composure,” Fisher said. “We were doing great on offense but near the end our defense gave in to being tired and lazy.” The Broncos scored all of their tries in the second half, breaking through a defense that kept them out of the try zone for most of the game. “We’re a lot better team than

we showed today,” Fisher said. “We got complacent and weren’t showing up the way we should have in the second half.” Senior fullback Mike Villalobos, who broke through multiple tackles and scored a try in the second half, shared similar sentiments. “We got a little lackadaisical and lazy,” Villalobos said. “But that just comes with getting in the groove of an 80-minute season match as opposed to 60-minute

tournament style that we’ve been used to.” The Wildcats will look to continue riding the win’s momentum as they aim for a tough victory against Stanford this Saturday. “Stanford is going to be a nail-biter,” Villalobos said. “We just need to tune it up, keep moving forward and maintain focus.” Kevin Augustine can be reached at

’Cats’ bats dominate in opener

GET DOWN! Wildcats’ shortstop TJ Yasuhara slides into home safely in game two of Feb. 5’s doubleheader sweep over Simpson University. The junior from Hilo, Hawaii, had two hits on the day with a double and a run scored. Chico State scored a whopping 27 runs in two games.


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It’s tough to make a better first impression than Sam Baker did at the Best of the West Invitational Saturday and Sunday in Turlock. The Wildcat pitcher, a junior transfer from Sierra College, tossed three complete games, including two shutouts, earning three wins and striking out 32. Baker dominated batters from Dominican, San Francisco State and Sonoma State. Baker, of Reno, Nev., is an agricultural business major. 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, with all sports in consideration. Photo courtesy of Chico State Sports Information.

The Chico State baseball team opened their 2011 season Saturday by crushing Simpson University in a doubleheader sweep, scoring 27 runs on the day. The first game was no pitcher’s duel as both teams were tied at nine runs by the end of the fourth inning. The ’Cats kept the RedHawks grounded for the rest of the game and clawed their way to 12 more runs for a 21-9 victory. The opening game can be a useful indicator of the team’s ability to perform together, said head coach Dave Taylor. “You really don’t know how it’s going to be,” Taylor said. “You play each other all fall and three weeks in January and it’s tough to evaluate your team against each other. To play against another dugout was important for us, and we’ll have a good feeling going into our first conference weekend.” The highlight of the first game came in the bottom of the eighth inning, when senior second baseman Jackson Evans earned his second triple of the game — a Chico State single-game record. Evans scored three runs in the first game and another in the second. The senior transfer from Vancouver, Wash., also had seven RBIs.


“He had a big game and we look for him to be a leader on the field and off,” Taylor said. “He stepped up today and showed us what he was capable of doing.” Catcher Ben Manlove, sophomore recording arts major, belted his first home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning, which gave the Wildcats a 10-9 lead. The ’Cats then went on to score 11 unanswered runs to seal the victory. The second game wasn’t as lopsided, however, as both teams battled hard until the Wildcats prevailed 6-2. “It was good that the second

game was more of a dogfight, so we could know what it’s like to really come down and battle back to get another victory,” Manlove said. The victory proved teamwork won’t be an issue with the ’Cats this season, he said. “We get along great in the dugout, in the locker room, which is going to be big in the rest of the season,” Manlove said. Junior pitcher Jordan Lindebaum only allowed three hits in the fi rst game in a relief appearance, but stressed the importance of not underestimating any team. “They had some good pitchers,

they had some guys that can swing it and as we found out in our first game, if you leave the ball up, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” he said. The Wildcats were more controlled in the second game, as their defense held the RedHawks to just two runs. “Our pitchers figured out that it needs to be slowed down a little bit, especially with the winds blowing as hard as they did — you can’t leave the ball up like we did,” Lindebaum said. Freshman Nick Baker pitched his fi rst game as a Wildcat in the second contest. Baker is a righty and a

business major from La Quinta, which is just outside Palm Springs. “I wasn’t expecting so many people but it was a pretty big crowd,” he said. “I was a little nervous at fi rst, but I did what I normally do, and it seemed to work.” Next, the ’Cats face Cal Poly Pomona at 2 p.m., Feb. 18, on the road. Despite their opening wins, things are about get a lot more meaningful, as the ’Cats embark on conference play. Gina Pence can be reached at



The number of winless years in a row that men’s basketball had in Rohnert Park until Feb. 3. Head coach Greg Clink’s crew broke a Sonoma State spell that had lasted since 1997.



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STARTING ANEW The 2010 Chico State softball team celebrating after a victory. The 2011 team played five games in six days Feb. 5-6.


NEW BEGINNING TO WINNING Wildcat catcher Jenna Wermes celebrating with teammates during the 2010 season. The junior Wermes pitched in 29 hits and 19 RBIs to a team that reached the NCAA Super Regionals.

Softball starts 2011 with marathon Sophia Horn STAFF WRITER

The opening weekend for Chico State softball was a whirlwind, but a mostly successful one. The Wildcats played five games in two days at the Best of the West Invitational in Turlock this weekend to open up the 2011 campaign, two weeks before the beginning of California Collegiate Athletic Association play. It was a successful experience during the fi rst weekend for juniors Sam Baker, Britt Wright and Jackie Munoz, who all played in their fi rst games as Wildcats. Baker had an impressive weekend as pitcher, striking out 32 batters to fuel Chico’s three victories. Wright, the new leadoff hitter, was a combined six for nine on the day, with two runs scored, a pair of RBIs and three stolen bases. Munoz played a large part in the game and was three for 10. Diana Payan was four for nine and helped lead the Wildcats. Baker thrived behind 15 hits from her offense and a 14-strikeout performance of her own in the season opener against Dominican on Saturday.

Chico State ended up with a 7-0 victory through Baker, Wright and Munoz, who combined for seven hits, six runs, four RBIs and three stolen bases. More specifically, Wright got a hit in all three at-bats and had a stolen base as well. Baker gained two hits, scored two runs and drove in three and her teammate Munoz collected two hits, scored twice and stole a pair of bases. Every Wildcat in the game had at least one hit, an offensive onslaught that Dominican was no match for. However, during the day’s second game against Cal State San Marcos, the No. 8 team in the NAIA, Chico did not have such a favorable outcome. San Marcos beat the Wildcats convincingly, 9-0, allowing Chico only four hits. There were plenty of mini-comeback attempts by the Wildcats, but all were in vain as they dropped their first contest of 2011. During the day’s final game against CCAA foe San Francisco State, Chico State won by a score of 2-0. The Wildcats gained their lead in the top of

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the second, where junior outfielder Kelly Head smacked a two-out single, was able to advance to second due to a walk to junior shortstop Jessie Minch and scored when Wright hit a single. In the top of the seventh inning, Payan doubled home Sam Quadt to make it 2-0, a score that wouldn’t change. Baker then struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh, which was her second shutout of the day and consequentially, the ’Cats’ second win. Feb. 6, in Turlock — the final day of the Best of the West — Chico State earned a split against two more CCAA opponents. Starting out against Sonoma State, the Wildcats won 4-1. Baker managed to keep Sonoma State hitless and gave up only a walk during the first inning. The first time through the order, Head had the only hit against Seawolves’ starter Julianne Martinez. The Wildcats were able to strike back during the fourth inning, starting out with Quadt, who scored on a Munoz double. It remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Once again, Quadt led off the inning with

a single, and was driven in on a triple by Payan. Hailey Stockman’s sacrifice fly to right field chased Payan home, and Chico State went up by 4-1 — the final score. The day did not end well for the Wildcats when they took on host Cal State Stanislaus. It was a tight game, however, as the Warriors edged out the ’Cats, 2-1. Chico grabbed an early lead in the first inning, when Wright walked, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Payan’s sacrifice fly. Pitcher Kacie McCarthy retired the first nine batters, but in the bottom of the fourth inning Cal State Stanislaus was able to tie the score and add another in the fifth to take the lead for good. Neither head coach Angel Shamblin or any softball players were available for comment. The Wildcats will continue their season Feb. 18-19 in the CCAA opening series against Cal State East Bay, at home at University Softball Field. Sophia Horn can be reached at

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LOOKING FOR AN OPENING Senior guard Zach Graves looking for an open teammate in the Jan. 28-29 homestand against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. The ’Cats have split their last two series, and are now 11-9 on the season and 7-9 in the CCAA: at seventh place.

For the first time in 14 years, and the first time in the Greg Clink era, men’s basketball beat Sonoma State on the road. The Wildcats held on in Rohnert Park Thursday to squeeze by the home team, 80-77, as they completed their regularseason sweep of Sonoma State. “It was a big-time atmosphere,” sophomore guard Damario Sims said. “We wanted to come straight at ’em.” There were a total of 53 fouls in a game that was both physical and aggressive in front of a boisterous ’Wolves Den crowd. Chico State came out of the locker room on fire, downing their first four shots to take a 10-0 lead. The Seawolves then woke up, going on a 10-2 run. The seesaw battle continued throughout the first half, ending with the ’Cats down 42-40. Freshman Sean Park led Chico State with 19 points. Four other Wildcats reached double digits. Sims netted 14 points and both Roderick Hawkins and Terence Pellum chipped in 12 each. Jay Flores, a former Seawolf, scored 11 with six assists and three steals. Chico State was up by as much as 7, but poor free throw shooting kept the Seawolves in the game. With just more than three minutes to go, Matthew French hit two from the line and Will Olsem drained a three to cut the ’Cats’ lead to two at 74-72. Park sank two free throws to extend the lead to four with less than 30 seconds to go in the game. Up by 1 point, the ’Cats were playing defense with only 10 seconds remaining. The ’Wolves gave the ball to Steven Pratt, the second best career free throw shooter in Sonoma State history. However, Pellum forced a turnover off of Pratt and out of bounds.. Sims hit two free throws after a foul to seal the victory. The win snapped a 13-game

road losing streak at the Den dating back to January 1997. “It was a big night for us,” Hawkins said. “We played relaxed and let the game come to us.” After getting a much-needed win in Rohnert Park, the ’Cats headed north to Arcata to take on the No. 4 Lumberjacks of Humboldt State. Lumberjack Arena was sold out with fans, as they expected an aggressive battle between the two California Collegiate Athletic Association rivals. Chico got off to a slow start and was down by 10 points at half at 34-24. However, the Wildcats were rejuvenated to start the second half. The ’Cats went on a 23-11 run in which Hawkins scored 13 of his 16 second half points. The run gave Chico a 4-point lead with eight minutes remaining. Hawkins led the Wildcats with 20 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. Sims pitched in 12 points, four rebounds and also had three assists. Brian Morris had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Lumberjacks, and Brandon Sperling and Scott Clark chipped in 15 and 9 respectively. The ’Cats led by 2 with just more than three minutes to go when the Lumberjacks got a 3-pointer to fall from Ernie Spada and the Wildcats never got the lead back. Chico State fell 65-60 dropping to 11-9, 7-9 in the CCAA. The ’Cats are a game in front of a trio of teams tied for eighth attempting to make the CCAA playoffs. “We put our hearts out there,” Hawkins said. The Wildcats hit the road again this week facing off with Cal State East Bay in Hayward on Feb. 10 and UC San Diego in La Jolla on Feb. 12. “It’s going to be about defense and rebounding,” head coach Clink said. “That’s what we’re working on this week.” Kevin Amerine can be reached at

Wildcats can’t muster sweep against ’Jacks Allie Colosky STAFF WRITER

ARCATA — Despite the team’s road success, Wildcat women’s basketball only salvaged a split on the coast this weekend. It began with a 64-44 victory Feb. 3 at Sonoma State, then ended with a disappointing loss at Humboldt State. “We wanted to put a 40-minute effort out,” head coach Brian Fogel said. “It’s a big rivalry, they get fired up to play us. We lost control of the game, it got too fast.” Chico State’s team kept the game on its terms Saturday night in the first half against Humboldt State, earning a 37-33 lead at the half. The same couldn’t be said for part two. The Lumberjacks took a page out of the Wildcats playbook and clawed their way back into the lead. Shooting 62 percent from the field in the first half, Chico dropped to 21 per-

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cent and was outscored 43-23 by the Lumberjacks who picked up the slack. The Wildcats kept the pace in the fi rst half, edging the Lumberjacks back and forth — trading buckets and turnovers continuously. Kristin Marquardt was a spark off the bench as she led the Wildcats in scoring with 13, all of which came in the first half, Fogel said. “She gave us a huge spark off the bench in the first half,” he said. “I felt like she was the difference why we were able to get the lead that we did.” Chico State started the second half with initiative and extended its lead to 8 points with layups by junior guard

Courtney Harrison, who had 4 points on the night, and junior forward Pauline Ferrall with 8. Their offensive streak ended as the second half rolled on. Humboldt State came out hard and improved their shooting percentage from the perimeter while Chico State lost its rhythm. Junior guard Molly Collins contributed 12 points, but was only two for 12 in field goals in the second half, while freshman guard Jazmine Miller was held to one shot and a pair of free throws. Ferrall stepped up and scored 6 of her 8 points and freshman Courtney Hamilton continued to impress, with a game-high seven assists as the Wildcats tried to hold on — but the damage was done. Humboldt State, led by Kayla Williams, who scored 22 points, capped the game off with eight 3-pointers and a 40 percent average from beyond the arc. “We’ll come back and work on the things we need to work on — free throw shooting, rebounding — it’s all the same fundamentals,” Fogel said. “We’re a little wet behind the ears and we’re learning. Sometimes the only way you can learn is through experience.” Marquardt, who added eight rebounds down low, thinks the Wildcats need to stay positive and level-headed to prevent losing control again before heading to Hayward and La Jolla to face Cal State East Bay and UC San Diego, she said. “We tend to get down on ourselves when they’re shooting threes in our face and we’re not shooting as well,” Marquardt said. “It’s kind of a mental game for us a lot of the time. We mentally check out but we’ve got to stay positive.” The Wildcats face off Thursday night against Cal State East Bay for the second consecutive weekend on the road, hoping to improve their 14-6 record before heading into the showdown with UC San Diego on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 5:30 p.m. THE ORION • KYLE EMERY

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GOING UP STRONG Junior forward Pauline Ferrall attempting a right-handed layup in a Jan. 29 game against Cal State L.A. at Acker Gym. Ferrall, a native of Carmel, is averaging 7.8 points per game. Chico State is now 14-7 on the season.


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Nov. 19

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Hawaii Pacific

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Pacific Union

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UC San Diego

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Cal State East Bay

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March 20

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San Francisco State

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March 25-26

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March 18-19

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March 27

San Francisco State

March 25-26

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San Francisco State

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UC San Diego

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Jan. 21

San Francisco State

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Cal State Monterey Bay

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Cal State Monterey Bay

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Cal State Dominguez Hills

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Sonoma State

April 21-22

Cal State Monterey Bay

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May 19-22

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May 13-15

NCAA West Regional

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May 20-21

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Cal Poly Pomona

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Cal State San Bernardino

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 19

Cal State San Bernardino

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5:30 p.m.

Feb. 24

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@San Francisco State

5:30 p.m.

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March 1-5

CCAA Championship Tourney


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March 12

Aggie Open

March 23-26

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March 19

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March 5-6

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California Multi-event

March 21-22

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March 25-26

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Madam C. J. Walker, the first black woman millionaire in America, took the stage Thursday night to introduce her dear friends Langston Hughes, Coco Chanel and F. Scott Fitzgerald. “President Franklin D. Roosevelt even made it out tonight,” she said, applauding his appearance as he sat in his wheelchair near the back of the party. The heroes of the early 20th century were all embodied by costumed revelers at the Office of Diversity’s sixth annual Rent Party at the Harlen Adams Theatre in celebration of Black History Month. With the illusion of lights and the twinkling sounds of Glenn Miller softly bumping out of a jukebox, the Harlen Adams Theatre stage was transformed into a Roaring ’20s bash. English professor and party coordinator Tracy Butts played Walker during an evening of food, music and history, and guests were encouraged to embody any Harlem Renaissance figure, identifying themselves with nametags. Guests were greeted by a long table of food, silhouetted skyscrapers projected on the wall above a flickering fireplace and theater arts major Hugo Fowler’s dazzling jazz piano. The mood was serene. “Mike Johnson always creates beautiful sets,” Butts said. “It’s never what the students expect.” Johnson, the production manager for the School of Arts, filled the room with antique props ranging from a full kitchen set to small details like a vintage typewriter on a table, cleverly arranging the stage as a Harlem apartment. “When you walk in it is really as though you step back in time,” Butts said. With the men in top hats and women in pearls, it felt like the 1920s. “At least in Chico we try,” said Jen Harris of the Chico State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. “We’re a long way from Harlem, but it’s good to remember.” Harris, who was joined by her husband Todd Harris, loves the idea of a rent party, she said. “It’s so American and historical,” she said. “Everyone pulling together, we need to have more.” Neighbors in 1920s Harlem, a time and place defined as the Harlem Renaissance, would collectively throw large parties to pay the month’s rent. Furniture was pushed aside, making room for cutting contests and piano duels. Dancing stayed minimal for this year’s rent party, but everybody joined in for the costume contest. Costume contest winner and sociology major Gigi Blake came as her great grandmother, Miss Valere, sparkling in a purple sequined dress with feather trim, topped off with a black sequined hairpiece. “It just made sense I came as my grandmother,” Blake said. “She was from that era.” Friends Autumn Kleinert, a liberal studies major, and Megan Clark, an accounting major, both said they were excited to come out. “We always like to get dressed up,” Kleinert said. “This was just another excuse to get dressed up and get involved.” Fully clad as a flapper, Kleinert pieced together her costume with items from home, including gluing fringe to the bottom of her black velvet dress. Clark, who shuffled through her closest after researching the 1920s on the Internet, decided on attire taking after the famous Coco Chanel. “And people said she had no fashion sense,” Clark said. “What did they know?” Although Thursday night’s rent party did not exceed well into midnight, all funds collected from this event will go toward the Multicultural/Gender Studies Active Scholarship. As company retired home, full from dessert, Madam Walker made sure everyone paid up to the landlord. THE ORION • FRANK REBELO

RENAISSANCE MAN Diversity Coordinator Tray Robinson dons a beret and a clarinet for the Rent Party Thursday at Harlen Adams Theatre. The Office of Diversity office collaborated with the School of the Arts for the fundraising event, based on the tradition of throwing a house party and charging for rent money.

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Pop Culture Shock Five Annoying Types of YouTube Comments The Internet has a way of bringing out the worst in all of us. The most polite, eloquent people can devolve into using rash judgments and emoticon hieroglyphics the second they feel threatened or disappointed by Web content. The privacy of anonymous commenting unleashes our inner douche bag, kept silent in our private lives by years of shame. The Web is a digital court jester, delivering us any form of entertainment our hearts desire. When the court jester’s entertainment isn’t up to par, the kings sentence him to the gallows. But boring and cliche comments beat out vitriol in the annoying department any day, and there’s no better place to find repetitive Web cliches than on the bottom of YouTube videos, the breeding ground for the most ignorant and sophomoric arguments in the history of human logic. The following are a few of the most irritating varieties of YouTube musings: The Spoiler “Hey, you know that link your friend e-mailed you because he thought it was funny? Well, we’re all going to ruin it by repeating the best line over and over again so that it’s the first thing you see before the video even starts … lolololololol.” The Thumbs-Down Acknowledgment “The 2,600 people who dislike this video must’ve finally given up on Rick Astley ... tee-hee, me speak funnies!” The Bitter Rocker “If The Beatles existed today, they wouldn’t even be famous, man. These new kids, they can’t play it from their hearts like we used to. It’s all a bunch of cheap, over-produced, commercial, digital, played-out identical trash sent down from the suits to keep the masses in line. Get with the program, guys!” The Political Non Sequitur “All these liberal demotards can take their Obama bumper stickers and their organic bongs and shove ’em up YOU KNOW WHERE because this ain’t even right that damn Obama is taxin’ the businessmen to pay for the death panels now none of that money ain’t gonna trickle down to little ole me and my pig sloppin’ business and O’Reilly told me Obama was in cahoots with the British fellas who done blew up that oil well in the Gulf you know he ain’t even got no birth certificate how a grown American man never seen his own birth certificate I heard his wife is a … <click here to finish reading rant>” The Dead-Horse Fighter Any comment that attempts to dispute or rationalize any of the above. Earl Parsons can be reached at

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>> “Onion News Network” (TV) Some people don’t get The Onion. Most of the articles are written just sarcastically enough to go over a casual reader’s head. But everyone can understand what makes “Onion News Network” funny, because the plastic talking heads make all the sarcasm clear. The video section of everyone’s favorite fake news website is now on IFC with the meanest, cattiest bitch of an anchor this side of Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson. All of the site’s great regulars are on the show, including former gold prospector and conservative pundit Joad Cressbeckler, the roundtable-discussion segment with the funny bald guy from the Toyota commercials and news from the future, where a marriage between Jayden Smith and Suri Cruise has caused the apocalypse.


>> White Stripes break-up (MUSIC) ILLUSTRATION BY MARK ROJAS

It was destined to happen, but it seemed like they had a couple of good albums left. Jack and Meg White are breaking up, and the White Stripes cease to exist. I’m not going to miss “Seven Nation Army,” but I’ll definitely miss hearing them perform anything from “Get Behind Me Satan.”


>> “The Sunset Limited” (MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE) Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in this adaptation of a one-act play by Cormac McCarthy airing Saturday on HBO. Jones is a cynical college professor and Samuel L. Jackson plays a religious ex-con who saves him from jumping in front of a train. The two spend the whole movie in Jackson’s apartment, locked in verbal battles over God and the meaning of life.


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‘Mixture-rock’ group to stop at Senator for Winter Blackout tour Paige Fuentes STAFF WRITER

Raul Bianchi, guitarist for surf-reggae band The Expendables, is no stranger to the perils of going on an international tour. Bianchi was on a flight to the band’s first European tour when the passenger next to the band threw a blanket over his body and immediately began to commit terribly inappropriate acts. Sitting next to a man playing with himself on an international flight to Europe did not stop The Expendables from playing their best once the plane touched down, Bianchi said. “I love meeting new people while on tour, but that was just a bad omen,” Bianchi said. The Santa Cruz band, which is performing Friday at the Senator Theatre, consists of Adam Patterson on vocals and drums, Geoff Weers on vocals and guitar, Ryan DeMars on vocals and bass, and Bianchi on lead guitar. The band has been fusing surf rock, reggae

and ’80s music since 1997. “We play a mixture-rock,” Bianchi said. “It depends on the day of the week to tell what kind of music I am listening to.” The group initially formed out of necessity. A mother of a former band member was having a birthday party and needed a band. Everyone in the band had been playing their instruments for about a year before they decided to get together for the party. “We were all so bad that we kept joking that we were each expendable,” Bianchi said. “We could be kicked out of the band at a moment’s notice and be replaced.” The name stuck. The Expendables have released five albums under Stoopid Records, the label owned by the band Slightly Stoopid. In fact, The Expendables’ self-titled album was the first album released under Stoopid Records label in 2007. Every member of the band has secret talents aside from creating music, Bianchi said. Weers’ mustache curls naturally, but no one believes that gel isn’t involved. DeMars “was basically born as a twoyear-old,” Bianchi said. “He came out 12 pounds and


EXPEND YOUR MIND Santa Cruz surf-reggae band The Expendables are coming Friday to Senator Theatre. two feet long,” he said. Patterson was a Santa Cruz junior yo-yo champion, and Bianchi confessed that he used to ride a unicycle as a child. “One day I got a wild hair up my ass and wanted to ride a

unicycle,” he said. “So my parents got me one.” Currently, The Expendables are traveling coast-to-coast by bus for their Winter Blackout tour with B Foundation and The Holdup. After this tour, the

band plans to get back into the studio and start whipping up new music, with hopes to eventually produce a live album. Paige Fuentes can be reached at

This sitcom embodies every aspect of ’90s culture, launching the careers of many great actors in the

Short films on loop in Taylor Hall gallery

process. What makes “NewsRadio” unique is the characters — Andy Dick is an ineffectual spaz, Joe Rogan is a computer nerd, inconceivably enough, and Dave Foley turns his sarcastic straight man from “Kids in the Hall” into a round character.

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every episode of “NewsRadio” available instantly on Netflix is Phil Hartman’s performance as radio announcer Bill McNeil, a self-righteous blowhard whose insecurity manifests itself through kissing up to everyone more famous and powerful than he is.

>> “The Killing” (FILM) Before “Ocean’s Eleven” and the remake to “Ocean’s Eleven,” there was the original heist movie, Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing.” The 1956 film stars Sterling Hayden (“The Asphault Jungle,” “Dr. Strangelove”) as the ringleader of a plan to rob the bookie’s office of a horse track, evolving from a predictable introduction to a naturalistic thriller with elements of sharp irony and dark humor. The stylistic model for Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” “The Killing” is interesting in retrospect because it’s the first film where Kubrick begins to establish the cinematic style and themes of sexual repression that carries on through the rest of his illustrious career.


HAVE A SEAT Short films are being shown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Taylor Hall’s University Art Gallery durng the third annual Narrative Short Films Festival. The six movies will be played until Friday.

The CSU Chico University Art Gallery, located in Taylor Hall, traded in its brightly colored walls for a dark room, rows of black chairs and a movie projector during the third annual Narrative Shorts Film Festival. The festival consists of six short fi lms by five fi lmmakers that will play in a continuous loop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Feb. 2 to Feb. 11. Featured fi lmmakers come from all across the U.S., with a mixture of local directors and fi lmmakers from Oregon, Massachusetts and New York. Some of the movies on display in the gallery cover a wide range of political commentaries and documentaries, while others are a mix of art and photography. Amy Nicholson’s “Beauty School” documents the behind-the-scenes work of dog grooming, illustrating the importance of the work to the groomers, while “Weary Fame” by B. Lynch incorporates both art and fi lm to tell the story of a goddess who dismembers a creeping

paparazzo while posing as a movie star. Possibly the most abstract and politically diverse short, “Fractal Economy” by Malanie Nakaue, is a collage of images that aim to narrate reccurring political events. Every year, the gallery features fi lms by local and national fi lmmakers, said Teresa Cotner, head of the art department. Curator Jason Tannen collaborated with former Chico State Humanities Center special projects director Thomasin Saxe to create this year’s festival. “The University Art Gallery is a very important installation on the Chico State campus,” Cotner said. While the silent, blacked out room may be easy for most students to miss, the Narrative Shorts Film Festival is worth the stop, gallery employee Ingrid Oleson said. “It’s great we have the option to have narrative fi lm shorts in our galleries,” Oleson said. “We have diversity of both art installations and fi lms.” Madison Parker can be reached at


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Sleep deprivation experiment J.W. Burch, IV STAFF WRITER

College life is sparse in the sleep department. There’s the binge drinking, the drug-taking, the sex-having, not to mention all the studying. One thing is for sure — while some college students may lose their naivety, their virginity and their morals or religion, all lose sleep. This data, collected over the course of several bouts of sleep deprivation lasting no less that 50 hours each, is meant to enlighten those who may or may not have experienced this aspect of college life yet. This study is presented for educational as well as cautionary purposes. Those inexperienced in the realm of sleep deprivation can rest assured that their days of restfulness are numbered. It is only a matter of time before they to degenerate to such levels of dumb beasts as my subject. If there is a God, may he have mercy on their souls. Hours 1-16: Business as usual. Subject follows daily routine while boasting to friends and strangers with regard to his experience in lack of sleep. “I can stay up for hella long,” “It’s gonna be sick, bro!” and other presumably macho things are heard frequently. Hour 24: First benchmark. Subject yawns excessively. Subject can be observed “spacing out,” staring at such things as a wall or an appendage. Anything within sight is a viable candidate.

When questioned regarding this action, subject emphatically denies such a thing happened and carries on. Subject usually relapses shortly thereafter and the cycle continues.

sleep. Subject whines, moans and sobs uncontrollably. Subject is quite annoying, pitiful and childish. I expect to see the subject start sucking at his thumb any minute now.

Hour 30: Subject complains that “gravity has thickened” and “everything is heavy.” Speech has become noticeably slurred and subject appears intoxicated. Fumbles around and is klutzy. “It’s like my hands have gone useless,” “My appendages don’t know how to listen. Listen, damn you!” and “I feel like an English Bulldog trying to eat ice off the floor,” are common phrases at this phase.

Hour 49, minute 13: He’s doing it. I so called that.

Hour 36: Paranoia begins to take over. Subject grows irrational, slightly violent and easily frustrated, especially at my note taking. Subject has tried numerous times to take notes from me. Administering pepper spray helps to deter this, but only results in more aggressive attempts. Hour 42: First microsleep occurrence. Subject’s body shuts down like a machine, uncontrollably. I administer the air horn. This visibly angers subject, who says things like “Sunufabitch” and “Dirty monkey lover.” My personal favorite was “I’ll snap, crackle, pop yo’ ass in the face.” Hour 49: Microsleep is more frequent, so I’ve graduated to administering a cattle prod. Subject can do nothing but verbalize the great desire for

“Back away from the walls and shut up, slumber-slave!”

Hour 53: Subject has progressively shown sign of verbal de-evolution. Language has degenerated to a series of grunts, mumbles and gestures. Word-salad ensues. Onomatopoeias shortly follow. Subject’s only vaguely coherent statement during this period was, “I’ll fruggen git ya, ya sudisic bassar!” He also stated, in more slurred and inebriated tones, “No rest for the wicked,” and “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Subject pounds chest in a futile attempt to maintain a macho appearance. Subject is not fooling himself or anyone else. Subject has steadily grown delusional and screams like a banshee, saying something about “spiders … the fog … periwinkle eyes!” and “faces everywhere … the void.” Subject slaps his own face with great force, running frantically and jumping in place. Pulls hair. Unresponsive to questioning. Psychotic. Violent. Finally, the subject howls like a dying rabbit before collapsing into the fetal position. Air horn warrants no response. Cattle prod warrants no response. Pepper spray, likewise. Study concluded. We’ve seen all we need. J.W. Burch, IV can be reached at



World-class guitarist to pluck for fans at Laxson Nicole Walker STAFF WRITER


One man playing a guitar can produce the sound of an orchestra. The musician behind the auditory illusion is legendary acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, who will perform through Chico Performances Feb. 9 at Laxson Auditorium with opening artist Jackie Bristow. Emmanuel isn’t a stranger to Chico, having filmed a live concert at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. It was in Chico that PBS discovered Emmanuel, and he’s collaborated on programs with them ever since. “Chico has been a wonderful place for me,” he said. “I appreciate the Chico audience and I really built up my professional career there.” When Emmanuel is on stage, the audience searches for more instruments. “I play songs that you would want to put words to, so I try to tell stories without words,” he said. “The fans who go to my concerts and are continuously supporting me are the people who make me successful.” Emmanuel has been playing guitar for as long as he could remember, with his mother purchasing him his first guitar at a young age and giving him lessons, he said. His trademark “fingerpicking” style was inspired by country music legend Chet Atkins. Emmanuel will be playing a two-hour concert after Bristow’s half-hour opening act. “She has powerful songs and a powerful delivery,” Emmanuel said. “I am glad to have her share the night with me and bring a new face to the audience.” A singer-songwriter from southern New Zealand, Bristow expressed her mutual appreciation for Emmanuel as an artist and inspiration.

“He is a phenomenal world-class musician,” Time 7:30 p.m. Bristow said. “One of the Price best in the $23 student world.” admission Bristow admires and Location respects the Laxson talent of the Auditorium musicians she has been honored to play with throughout her music career. “The biggest dream come true for me is to play with such well-known musicians,” she said. Compared to Emmanuel, Bristow is fairly new to the music business, but she has been playing her whole life. The inspiration for playing music and writing songs comes from her homeland of New Zealand. “The thing that sets me apart is using where I am from as an advantage,” she said. Bristow plays from the heart, which helps her connect with the audience and allows her to tell a story with the lyrics and notes of a song, she said. Audiences in America are different than audiences down under, she said. “There’s a lot of history of music in America,” Bristow said. “There is something about America that is a little bit more exciting for some reason. The opportunity, the respect of music and musicians. I love the American audience.” Emmanuel takes pride in the relationship he’s cultivated with the crowds here in Chico. “I expect to play for the usual, enthusiastic and spirited audience that I have come to know and love so well in Chico,” Emmanuel said.


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REVIEWS SITTIN’ ON THE PORCH The Poa Porch band performs Friday at Cafe Coda. Some band members belonged to the nowdisbanded Rock Creek Jug Band.

Poa Porch Band stomps Cafe Coda Isaac Brambila STAFF WRITER

A fiddle screeched so loudly that it made the light vibrate on Cafe Coda’s slanted windows. J.P. Gutierrez’ acoustic styling and Hymn for Her’s heavy-sounding cigar box guitar opened for the Cafe Coda debut of bluegrass and blues group The Poa Porch Band. The light scent of coffee rested in the air of the dim room when the stage lights shined over a violin, a fiddle, a mandolin and banjos, guitars and drums. The music started, and the tightly packed presence of The Poa Porch Band interchangeably swapping instruments brought life to the cozy venue with the fresh acoustic sound of

fast-paced bluegrass standards. The six musicians managed to find room as they stood sideby-side in front of the stage’s lipstick red wall and the various unused instruments, ranging in size from a harmonica to an upright bass. The band members created a playful and light atmosphere through interactions with theirfans. Traditional songs like “Shady Grove” and “In My Time of Dying” inspired some in the audience to sing along. Band members talked to the audience and occasionally joked around with them after the show. “Who killed our cat?” asked singer Mike “Archibald McNickelson,” referring to the time one of his friends accidentally killed

his cat. “It’s become a tradition that we say that once a show.” The rhythm changed throughout the intimate show, from fast, banjo-driven foot-stompers that inspired some in the audience to showcase their dance moves, to the slow, melodic sound of violinist Melissa Patterson, who was a member of the former group Rock Creek Jug Band and is known as “Texas” in the music world. The room seemed to slow down as she swayed to the slow rhythm with her eyes shut behind her glasses. “You have to be into it,” Texas said. “Or you’re not doing a good job of playing your instrument.” It’s taken time for Texas to feel as comfortable on stage as

she does now, but she’s almost to a point where she can play as comfortably as she does in the intimacy of her room, she said. The Poa Porch Band’s good practice habits and tight chemistry has helped with the inception of new material in the six months the band has been together, said upright bassist Spencer Holmes. “We’re six guys having a rocking time together,” he said. “I love what I do. Ever since I joined this band I’ve gone to so many places and met so many people.” The Poa Porch Band’s next performance will be in Butte Meadows on Saturday, Feb. 19. THE ORION • PHOTOS BY RYAN RICHARDS

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THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO TEXAS Violinist Melissa Patterson, who goes by the nickname “Texas,” performs with The Poa Porch Band Friday.

Ebola headlines punk birthday bash Tim Kerber STAFF WRITER

A very special birthday took place for Rachel Loveless Saturday at Monstros Pizza, which was jam-packed with patrons and bands in her honor. People twisted and twirled on the sawdust and wood chips that covered the floor when The Shankers played. The birthday guests formed a small mosh pit and began lighting firecrackers when Ashtray performed. But when headlining band, and Loveless’ favorite, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits came on, the audience stood mesmerized. A satiric two-piece folk-rock band, Bobby Joe Ebola consists solely of vocalist Corbett Redford and guitarist Dan Abbott. “We like to describe it as pretty songs about terrible things,” Abbott said. Bobby Joe Ebola is currently embarking on its first tour since reuniting after a 10-year hiatus, playing in Chico for only their second time. Redford reminisces about their first experience in Chico. “That night the show was packed,” he said. “We were stunned. What we were sent away with, at the door and merchandise sales, funded the rest of our tour.” The pair dedicated this show to Loveless and said that she had summoned them from the depths to play before opening their set. Abbott’s guitar vibrated as the audience mouthed the words to Redford’s captivating vocals. The band conversed in storytelling and dirty jokes, giving off the feeling that everyone was a close drinking buddy. They continued to play their trademark songs, like “Sandwiches and Ammunition,” which Abbott said is about biking to school with a hangover and a feeling of helplessness, and “You Don’t Have to Die Alone,”about a massacre-suicide. “Some of the most gross or horrible things that we write songs about are actually based on true stories,” Redford said. “As they say at times, ‘you can’t make this shit up.’” They ended the night playing “Life is Excellent,” coaxing the audience to sing along. They left with an inspiring but simple message to the crowd — “don’t kill yourself.” Loveless summarized her birthday party in one word — “Awesome.”


1078 Gallery displays narrative ceramic art Paige Fuentes STAFF WRITER


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BIRTHDAY QUARANTINE Vocalist Corbett Redford performs with Bobby Joe Ebola Saturday at Monstro’s Pizza. The band headlined a birthday party for a diehard fan.

In Karl McDade and Monica Van den Dool’s ceramic exhibit, “Constructs,” bright colors are contrasted with a mixture of dark, cartoonish and realistic images, exploiting the hero/villain dichotomy as a way of defi ning mortality and humanity. “We’re a little crude,” McDade said about the pair’s work, on display starting Thursday in the 1078 Gallery. While both artists’ pieces share similar themes, McDade’s work utilizes intricate printmaking designs, while Van den Dool is influenced by “an evolution of ideas from previous pieces,” she said. “During a recent sabbatical, I began experimenting with printmaking techniques,” McDade said. “I produced a series of plates that juxtaposed familiar imagery to create narratives, sometimes political, but often humorous.” McDade turned to art in

college after failing to fi nd interest in his academic classes. “The idea of getting an office job after college terrified me,” he said. “So I went to Montana State University for an MFA.” Van den Dool, who became hooked on ceramic sculpture after taking a class about it during her last year of college, has displayed her artwork in the 1078 Gallery before. The gallery’s upcoming exhibit will feature work from her “Monkey” and “Still Life” series, she said. McDade met Van den Dool in grad school and the two became good friends, sharing similar themes and a common aesthetic. “I think our work relates to each other in a very abstract way,” McDade said. Expect to be challenged by the works from these artists, who each have a distinctive way of crafting a narrative through art. Paige Fuentes can be reached at

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Rob Zombie

JT Nero

7 p.m. @ Senator Theatre $35 advance admission

7 p.m. @ Bustolini’s Deli $12

The original hellbilly comes to the Senator with “Eyes Set to Kill.”

Chicago native JT Lindsay is bringing folk and a little bit of soul as JT Nero, harmonizing with special guest Allison Russell of the group Po’ Girl. on his Mountains/ Forests Tour.


Love Songs of the Beatles 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. @ Harlen Adams Theatre $20

The music department’s Valentine’s benefit is a showcase of the Fab Four Four’ss best love songs, with performances from faculty, students and community musicians.


Adventure Outings: Shasta Ski and Snowboard @Mt. Shasta $99 student admission

Enjoy a day of winter wonder at Mt. Shasta with the Associated Students’ own Adventure Outings. Fee includes lift tickets and transportation from campus.


Menopause: The Musical

4-6 p.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m. @ Laxson Auditorium $30 student admission Come see this joyful musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The all-female cast poke fun at their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, night sweats and wrinkles.

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Dead Man’s Hand 9 p.m. @ Normal Street Bar Free

Dead Man’s Hand rocks the house with today’s country and Southern rock.


‘Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles’ 7:30 p.m. @ Ayres 106 $3 donation

The Philosophy and Humanities Center screens this film directed by Zhang Yimou.


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Tommy Emmanuel

7:30 p.m. @ Laxson Auditorium $23 student admission Acoustic guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel returns to Chico.

‘Diary of a Tired Black Man’

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. @ Cross Cultural Leadersip Center Free Screening and discussion of “Diary of a Tired Black Man,” an independent film about the relationship between black men and black women, at the Cross Cultural Leadership Center located in Meriam Library 172.


Brendan Price: Speculation

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Humanities Center Gallery Brendan Price’s blackand-white photography exhibition based on the evolution debate is on display in Trinity Hall’s Humanities Center Gallery.

The Kelly Brothers: Dueling Pianos 9 p.m. @ 33 Steaks, Booze & Jazz $3



The Expendables

The Viggs

7 p.m. @ Senator Theatre $13 advance admission

8 p.m. @ Monstro’s Pizza $5

Reggae-rock group The Expendables visits Chico with The Hold Up and B Foundation.

It’s another night of punk at Monstro’s Pizza with The Viggs, Fight Music and The River Red.

Speed Dating

7:30 p.m. @ Common Grounds Free Get out your breath mints and pick-up lines, because A.S. Live is offering free speed dating inside Bell Memorial Union’s coffee shop.

Check out brothers Chris and Jon Kelly as they jazz battle with humor and piano chops.



Dance Church


Come to Cafe Culture with a skip in your step and praise in your heart for the Mind, Body and Soul exercise with David Winglifter.

Calling all jukebox heroes – The Bear hosts a karaoke every Monday until closing time.

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @Cafe Culture

9 p.m. @ Madison Bear Garden


‘Valley Girl’

6:30 and 9 p.m. @ El Rey Theatre $2 The 1983 romantic comedy starring Nicholas Cage is playing for $2 at the El Rey Theatre.

Memento Mori

7 p.m. @ Ol’ Hawk Eye’s Art Shackle $5 Memento Mori performs on the corner of 22nd Street and Park Avenue with Epitaph of Atlas, Aberrance, Into the Open Earth and The Castless.

STAFF FAVORITES >> GREATEST HITS ALBUMS “The Best of the Girl Groups Vol. 1” – Wholesome love songs about dating the rebel in the leather jacket and taking off into the sunset on his bike sounds unbelievably cheesy now, but these doo-wop songs are so good. From the Ronettes, Chiffons, Supremes and Shirelles, everything about life, love and happiness comes from these girl groups from the ‘60s.

“Parliament: 20th Century Masters” – Everyone would be better off with this album in their collection. With classics like “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” and “Flashlight,” each track is pure “chocolate-coated, freakin’ habit formin’ grooves,” sure to bring a smile to the listener’s face.

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“Al Green Greatest Hits” – Greatest hits albums are best used by classic soul and R&B artists, since the singles are all that’s important. This compilation from one of the masters of soul has all the essential tracks and a snazzy picture of Al Green doing the “pointing-at-the-camera” pose. >> Earl Parsons Arts Editor

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ARM TWISTING Susan Williams [left], a communcations sciences and disorders professor at Chico State, works on self defence techniques with Shane Morey, senior history major, at Morning Sun Martial Arts center.

Ally Dukkers F E AT U R E S E D I T O R

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HI-YAAAAAAH! That’s the sound actor Bruce Lee makes when he dominates an attacker after defending himself. Unfortunately, real life self-defense situations turn out nothing like in the movies. There have been accounts of people getting jumped, stabbed or shot in Chico, but students can fight back with the proper training or the proper weapon. The key is to keep moving, maintain distance, and don’t try to face attackers at the same time, said Pranab Banik, owner and instructor at Morning Sun Martial Arts, a martial arts and education center. Defenders should also make use of equalizers, he said. Objects around them to help gain an edge over their attacker. “See that pen in your hand?” Banik said. “That’s your equalizer.” But before students go around like the movie persona Jason Bourne, they should realize that there are consequences. Some attackers may be carrying equalizers themselves, such as guns or knives, Banik said. Even with countless hours of martial arts training, Banik said he wouldn’t take his chances on fighting someone with a gun. The best thing to do is call the police and leave the situation. “Walking away doesn’t make you any less of a man or woman,” he said. “It proves you have self-control.” Rachael Mele, a Butte College junior majoring in communications, experienced a tough situation when walking home with her friend from a party one night, she said.



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They found themselves in a heated situation with a larger group. Knowing they were outnumbered and outmatched, the two friends realized escape was a slim possibility, she said. Mele and her friend were beaten up by about eight people, both male and female. A few days later, Mele’s equalizer arrived in the mail, she said. It was a 400-volt taser, able to drop a person to the ground in under eight seconds, she said. Mele carWAYS TO STAY ries the taser PROTECTED in her purse, but someTake selftimes holds defense it in her hand classes if she’s walkStay away ing at night, from she said. If dangerous faced with areas a dangerous situation Look when she’d confident have to use her taser, Mele said she would stun the attacker in the arm or chest, but never stun a man between the legs. “But I wouldn’t hesitate to kick him there if I needed to,” she laughed. Chico State students are given the opportunity to practice selfdefense in the Rape Aggression Defense course, R.A.D., where women are taught about ways to reduce risk and how to physically defend themselves, said Sgt. Corinne Beck of University Police. “We put people in a lot of different situations that ask ‘what if,’” Beck said. Toward the end of the 12-hour course, participants get to fight Chico Police Department officers dressed in big, padded suits in simulated assault scenarios, she said. The situation is closely monitored and gives


BODY SLAM Pranab Banik [right], owner of Morning Sun Martial Arts, throws student Shane Morey, a senior history major, to the ground as Banik demonstrates how to do a throwing technique. women who have never thrown a punch the chance to be the aggressor. Classes should be available in February, March and April and are offered at no cost, Beck said. Lauren Cattolico, a senior criminal justice major, is a black belt and stays away from parties

that she thinks could land her in a bad situation, she said. People who find themselves in a dangerous position should move to a public area, where an attack would be seen by a lot of people, she said. “People are less likely to do something wrong if there are witnesses around,” Cattolico

said. In the end, there are a lot of ways to be safe, Banik said. That’s what self-defense is really about. “Self-defense is everything,” he said.

Friends say I do, I say I don’t When my friend’s boyfriend returned home from serving overseas as a marine, he proposed to her. Although I was very excited for her, I was surprised that they were already making plans to tie the knot this early in life. I went to high school with the couple and knew this day would come — it just came a lot sooner then I had expected, and made me uneasy about my own future. Within the next few days, news of other friends’ engagements were popping up all over my Facebook, and I started to wonder whether my age group had suddenly hit the “time to get married” mark in life. For me, marriage seems so far off, and although it may be the right timing for some people, there is so much more I want to accomplish in my life before settling down. Finding out my friend is no longer ring-less makes me a feel slightly anxious. Receiving Christmas cards and wedding invitations makes me realize that I am leaving my adolescent years behind. At first I was concerned, wondering if it was the time for me to be making these arrangements for myself. However, I fee like they might have gotten a jumpstart, and I still have some time. I am still young and not ready to let go of my youthful freedom. Suddenly it seemed like I needed to grow up, and do it quickly. I was shocked and not ready to pick out bridesmaids dresses or have my friend change her last name. It is strange to face the reality of growing up and be pushed into adult situations such as marriage. I know that there are many more experiences to have had and people to meet before I am ready to take that step. I have a lot of plans for my future, but they mostly involve my career or more current objectives, such as my weekend plans. Although it is time to face many adult decisions such as preparing for a career, I need not stress about matrimony just yet. Marriage is important and is a decision that should be made at a time that meets your personal life plans and goals. I don’t want to be single forever. I am looking forward to hearing those wedding bells and finding that person to share my life with, but there is time for all that much later in my life, like when I am out of college. I wish nothing but the best for my friend in her marriage, and I look forward to this stage in my life in years to come. Ally Dukkers can be reached at

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“I’d tell them my girlfriend is about to have a baby and I’m the father.”

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“One time a spider was crawling on me when I got pulled over and I freaked out. I thought that would for sure get me out of the ticket, but it didn’t.”

“If I had some cookies with me, I’d bribe the cop with cookies.”

Lindsay Holt junior | psychology

Ashley Shepard junior | nursing

“I’d take my shirt off.”

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Role Playing “Do you come here often?” This was the line my ex used when he approached me at a party, pretended not to know me and tried to pick me up as per the plan we had formed earlier in the night. All I can say about this is that it seemed like a good idea at the time. Despite being together for two years and trying a lot of kinky things in the bedroom, our sex life had become dull and we needed an exciting change. We thought pretending to meet for the first time would really heat things up between the sheets. Unsure of how to go about this, I asked a married friend of mine for advice. When she and her husband hit the wall of sexual monotony, she decided to make one of her favorite fantasies a reality. So when her husband came home from work the next day she was waiting in the office wearing a corset and thigh-highs, and simply said, “Your work in the office today cost us a lot of money, and as CEO, I’m going to have to fire you unless you can give me a good reason not to.” It’s been about a year since she ventured into this new territory with her husband, and they have not hit any snags since. In fact, they use this act every so often when their erotic appetites have them feeling hungry for something spicy. On occasion they’ll switch roles and scenarios. A favorite is one they fondly refer to as the “teacher/student standby,” where one of them is “in detention” and the other is “giving instruction.” For my friend and her husband, the games never leave the bedroom, which may have been a better route for my ex and I to take, but some find it extra exciting to initiate foreplay long before entering the bedroom. This can be anything from simply pretending to be total strangers, to playing your favorite TV or movie characters. Unfortunately for my ex and me, acting like we didn’t know each other was way too awkward for us to get much out of it, and the relationship came to an end for other reasons before we got around to trying anything else. When approaching the subject with a partner, the surprise attack can be a great way to go, but choose a fantasy that you feel confident you both could get into. If you’re more into strategizing or you’re not sure how your partner would feel, bring it up during a casual hangout by saying, “You know what might be fun the next time we’re in bed?” Everyone has freaky fantasies. The key is to let them take flight in whatever way you feel comfortable. When I was single, I thought about asking one of my casual flings to play doctor, just to make our weekly rolls in the hay a little more fun, but could never bring myself to actually go for it. Somehow the thought that I could easily end up in a class or at a party with one of these people kept me from it. I didn’t really want to be thought of as “that girl who liked fooling around in scrubs.” I did, however, pack naughty dress-up outfits for trips to visit my ex boyfriend, a context where I felt much more comfortable exercising my full capacity for sexual creativity. Lexi Brister can be reached at

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Students should have calm attitude with police officers Stephanie Consiglio STAFF WRITER

Stumbling home one night, senior business finance major Dustin Jensen saw a dark blue uniform with a shiny gold police emblem and instinctively reacted with rude and disrespectful behavior, which almost landed him jail. The only reason he didn’t end up in a cell that night was because he was already in front of his home, Jensen said. “Through my experience and knowing a few cops, being honest does help, but only answer what the cop asks you,” he said. “It is good to behave and my advice is be careful.” The first instinct for many students is to run and hide or get defensive and start to argue, but the best way to react when dealing with police is to use common sense and be civil. The best thing to do if approached by an officer is to keep your hands out of your pockets, don’t make any sudden moves and be respectful, said Andy Houghtby, police officer of the University Police Department. “We are a mirror to the attitude you’ve given us,” Houghtby said. “If they realized they messed up and they aren’t going to do it again, then maybe a warning is good enough for them.” While helping a friend back to the dorms freshman year after a party, senior anthropology major Andrew Wilding was stopped by the police. “As the police pulled up, I politely greeted them and calmly explained that my friend had drank too much and I was walking her home,” Wilding said. “I assured the police that I would take her to a friends’ house and they got in their car and drove away.” The biggest problem is when people walk up to an officer while they are busy with another person, said Sgt. Rob Merrifield of the Chico Police Department. Intruding on a conversation diverts the officers’ attention and creates a hazardous situation, he said. Ask to speak when the officer

finishes the conversation. Students must comply and not interfere with an officer, Houghtby said. If a student wants to help a friend talk to the cops, he or she needs to be patient and stay a respectful distance away. “You should approach a police officer the same way you approach anyone in Chico, with a smile and a polite ‘hello officer,’” Wilding said. When officers come up to a house that is hosting a party, the best thing for students to do is to find the tenant who lives in the house or the police will, Merrifield said. Don’t run and hide and don’t throw cans or beer at the officers — things always go downhill from there. Drunk people try and argue with the cops, thinking they know their rights, but eventually the cop always wins, Jensen said. “When I talk to the cops I am honest and respectful,” Jensen said. “When they tell us to turn the music down we usually just shut down that house and go to the next.” A good thing to keep in mind is if a student wouldn’t say or do something to their professor, then that’s how they should act toward the police, Merrifield said. If students behave appropriately the police are more likely to let you go with a warning just because you are making their job easier for them, Wilding said. If students choose to be unruly, then police are more likely to exercise their rights as officers and arrest them. The police department encourages people to talk to the officers, he said. There are always officers out working and most of them are used to interacting with the student population. “We enjoy that,” Merrifield said. t’s kind of a long night if you just walk around and all you’re dealing with is people who are causing problems. It’s nice to interact and get to know some of the students here too.” Stephanie Consiglio can be reached at


MAKING CONVERSATION Officer Bill Kolb interacts with a Chico State student downtown by Madison Bear Garden. Officers talk to students on a regular basis, and usually in a positive situation.


PARKING GARAGE Students, faculty, staff and the public can park their cars in the parking structure on West First and Warner streets while they are on campus or downtown.

Accidents in parking structure go unaccounted for Hailey Vincent STAFF WRITER

Kaitlyn Baumgartner, an academic adviser at Chico State, was spending a typical day working when her phone rang with a worried colleague on the other end, causing her day to take a wrong turn. “My colleague called me and said, ‘Your car doesn’t look the way it did when you came to work today, you should come check it out’,” Baumgartner said. Baumgartner had been the victim of a hit and run, one of the safety issues faced when parking in the parking structure on campus, she said. A note was left on Baumgartner’s car claiming they would fix all of the damage caused, but the phone number was fake. As she walked to the parking structure on the corner of West First and Ivy streets, she was not prepared for the amount of damage she was about to face, she said. “The entire front bumper

was completely off,” Baumgartner said. “I would attribute it to saying the guts of the car were hanging out, all the internal pieces were showing, the lights were even on the ground.” Even before the accident, Baumgartner was anxious each time she parked because of the potential danger, she said. “When you cross the street from campus to the parking structure, it turns into this ‘every person for themselves, that’s my spot,’ kind of culture,” Baumgartner said. Brittni Kincade, a sophomore majoring in animal science, thinks that the parking structure is dangerous, she said. “Cars drive too fast around there, the spaces are too small, and turning the corners is even a challenge,” she said. Accidents ranging from hit and runs to fender benders occur on a daily basis within the parking structure, Officer Andy Houghtby of the

University Police said. With 1,856 current campus parking spots and 15,989 Chico State students, the parking structure only provides a small portion of available parking options, according to Chico State’s website. The 5 mph signs around the structure do not seem to stop people from speeding around the corners, Baumgartner said. The addition of speed bumps and widened parking spots would help in making the structure less dangerous. Instead of safety precautions being added to the current parking structure, the plans to build a new parking structure on the corner of Normal Avenue and West Second Street by 2015 are taking place, according to Chico State’s website. The new parking structure would increase the total spaces on campus to 2,076. With the speeding cars and crammed spots, Baumgartner described the parking structure as, “the only resemblance of Los Angeles in Chico.”

She suggested the need for less spots in the parking structure to ensure people’s safety, instead of making more spots to accomPARKING modate STRUCTURE people’s parking 1,856 current needs, she campus parksaid. ing spots Other safety 18,000 stuissues are dents, faculty, also a conand guests cern within use structure the parking structure, New parking Kincade plan would said. increase to “There 2,076 spaces was one time that I Permits are pulled into sold by Stuthe parking dent Financial structure Services and saw three guys pulling on door handles of different cars,” she said. “It looked like they were checking to see if any doors were unlocked.”

Parking enforcement is seen driving around every so often through the structure and there is pretty good security, but there could be more, Kincade said. Parking enforcement officers drive through the structure every hour, but they have a lot of ground to cover, Houghtby said. If a person is involved in an accident and leaves a note or deals with it properly, it is a civilian case, he said. If they leave the scene of the accident, it becomes a crime. A sense of civilian responsibility is also a factor within the parking structure, Baumgartner said. People are involved in accidents or witnessing accidents on a weekly basis and not reporting them. “For me it fosters this weird feeling of people thinking that we don’t have an obligation to one another, or any trust that people will do the right thing,” she said. Hailey Vincent can be reached at


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February marks celebrations of black history at Chico State Tasha Clark STAFF WRITER

When people think of Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks might cross the mind, but there are more people who sacrificed for the rights of blacks. Chico State students and faculty participate in events and take time to recognize and celebrate black history throughout February. Undeclared freshman Travis Horn thinks that all students should know about black history, he said. “Black history month is not just about being black and embracing that — it’s about knowing your heritage and understanding it,” Horn said. Understanding another culture can result in less conflict and assumptions, sophomore Jordan Jones said. Black history is important because it shows what significant black figures have done in the past that lead to the freedoms of today, junior sociology major Terrell Berry said. These events get people to see why black history needs to be learned, said Robin Embry, assistant director of the Wildcat Recreation Center. “Any type of recognition

of what my ancestors went through and were able to still accomplish things is important to me,” he said. By understanding the past, there can be a better future, Embry said. “We have to have a realization of the people that came before us set the stage for us,” he said. Embry thinks an historical organization worth recognizing is Negro League Baseball,

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS Challenging Black Inferiority, Discussion Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Cross-Cultural Leadership Center Black State of the Union Address, Panel Discussion Thursday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m., BMU Auditorium Cosby Sweater Party Thursday, Feb. 24, 7-10 p.m., Selvester’s Cafe-by-the-Creek. Maya Angelou Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. Laxson Auditorium

he said. The Negro League is worth acknowledging because of the struggles black baseball

players went through, he said. They couldn’t play in the National League because of the color of their skin, so the Negro League was created, giving Jackie Robinson and other black players a chance to play. It’s important for the school to host events for students, Horn said. The events happening this month are a good mixture of being historical, cultural and entertaining, Embry said. Every event the school has gives students a chance to learn about black history outside of class, senior Steve Ross said. Promoting events is good for new as well as all students, said Egypt Howard, sophomore and vice president of Black Leaders on Campus. Events to make people feel comfortable and to meet new faces are starting off the month. Horn is a member of the Men of Honor organization and wants to become involved in more things that represent the black student body on campus, he said. The black community supports each other by helping to prepare and attending events, exercise physiology major Spencer Blair said.

Getting faculty and students involved in events puts two generations of minds together, Berry said. Berry will be hosting two events this month at the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, he said. There will be a movie and discussion on the history and myths of the Blood and Crip gangs at 6.p.m., Feb. 15 and a discussion on challenging black inferiority at 3 p.m., Feb.16. It is up to younger students to keep the events going, said Walter Torrence, senior sociology major. To get them involved early and seeing what takes place will make them want to keep the tradition. Students who are a part of the events learn skills that can be applied in the future, Jones said. “When students are involved, they will take on leadership roles,” he said. To keep events going, everyone has to become involved and take a community effort to do something, Embry said. “If we can use events to come together,” Blaire said. “Then we’re accomplishing our goal.” Tasha Clark can be reached at


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Shumate thinks that people put up barriers before they get to know her because she is black, she said. Melissa Hahn Rather than generalizing a person to a STAFF WRITER group, questioning creates opportunities to Get out of the Chico bubble. In fact, pop it. learn and make connections. Questions should be asked in open-ended, Break all barriers, explore and be prepared for neutral forms such as “Where are you from?” anything. Cultural competency is being non-judgmen- or “What are your beliefs on that?” Respecttal to people and their backgrounds. It’s an ing the answer is a part of understanding that imperative trait to have in the real world, espe- everyone comes from a different background. Ultimately, being immersed in other culcially when traveling, moving homes, making tures is the best way to get perspective. If friends and going into the workforce. traveling is too expensive, one Chico State struggles with can certainly get creative and diversity, but there are ways bring it home. to find and improve the outMy friend has foreign film look on different communities night weekly, where he and his in this town. Being immersed friends cook an international Being Korean-American, I in other cultures is meal and watch a flick in a difcan’t say how many times I’ve the best way to get ferent language. been approached with “KonI find his proactive and ongoichiwa!” or “What are you?” I perspective. ing effort to appreciate and don’t know whether to respond learn about other cultures is an with a smartass remark like “a uncommon practice, because human being,” unleash profanity upon the unwise fools or give them the people tend to want to stick to what they know. There are several ways to discover cultures answer they want. Among 15,989 students enrolled in fall 2010, in Chico, like going to Cafe Culture to try salsa 62 percent are Caucasian, 15 percent are His- dancing or U.K. hip-hop. Attending various club panic, 6 percent are Asian and 2 percent are meetings or workshops is a way to see what culblack, according to Chico State’s website. tures Chico State has to offer. Or go to a Black Eleven percent of students declined to declare history event (see calendar on D3). My favorite way to break out of the Chico bubethnicity. While the number of Latino and Asian stu- ble is by simply taking a vacation. Visiting a friend out of town for a weekend is dents increased in the last nine years, the black and Native American numbers remain refreshing in view, taste, sound and feel. Traveling gives first-person experience to interact with low. With the anticipation of the 2010-2015 Diver- the town, its community, geography, food and sity Action Plan, which strives to make a more entertainment. Let’s not forget that cultural competency inclusive learning community, I question its doesn’t limit itself to demographics and ethnic ability to produce real results. Chico State succeeds in educating, organiz- background — it touches on religion, politics, ing groups and hosting multi-cultural events. sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, While this helps, I don’t think students under- gender, affiliations and more. Take the time to consider the culture and its stand the differences people face unless they origins, then build judgment. go through the experience themselves. Stereotyping is almost impossible to diminWhen I had diversity training two summers ago, I learned that cultural incompetence ish, and everyone is entitled to his or her own takes place in the most trivial areas, but col- opinion. I can’t say that I don’t occasionally lectively contributes to the divide. It ranges joke about my own culture. Cultural competency should be engaged from the availability of certain foods to havphysically, verbally, mentally and socially, not ing to find specialty salons to get a haircut. The most common frustrations that Amer- just to understand others, but to understand ican minorities share are the stereotypical oneself outside of the comfort zone. Chico may be a bubble, but its potential goes beyond. questions and assumptions they receive. The first step to being culturally conscious is to try and eliminate all stereotypes. Melissa Hahn can be reached at Senior health education major Sonya

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Feb. 12, 1997 Fourteen years ago Chico was deemed to lack any sort of structured dating scene. Women expected men to be chivalrous and ask them on proper dates. Former senior economics major Mike Swoffer considered

himself to be one of the oldfashioned daters. “The first date is usually breakfast,” he said. As Valentines Day approached, many single women thought of the holiday as hopeless because the dating scene in Chico usually consisted of meeting up at bars and going home together.

Those who were in relationships made the usual romantic plans for dinner or a night at a hotel suite. The true dating scene in Chico was composed of men who would buy a woman breakfast after a blurry night or send the 2 a.m. booty call text the next weekend out at the bars.

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of double whiskey cokes at Rileys. While there is still hope for the occasional gentleman, many use the bar and house party scene to meet women versus the one-on-one dinner out. Although that not may be a preferable way to court the opposite sex, the signals are still mixed on what men and

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Sociology professor publishes a book on climate change

Scott McNall, professor of sociology and former provost and founding director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, published a new book called “Rapid Climate Change” that deals with issues of the science and doubt behind climate change. The book discusses why human beings are so bad at calculating risk and focusing on the future and also what solutions that technology is capable of doing and what humans, being creative and adaptive, can do. He has been teaching a class on climate change for the past three years that reviews the networking of social and political impact on the environment, which he incorporates in his book. Q: What made you interested in the environment and climate change? McNall: In our grade school, kids were asked to go out and plant trees in areas that have been burned by forest fire. We all came back really pleased that we had planted all these Douglas Firs. As our family would drive to the Oregon coast, I saw my trees getting bigger and bigger. One day we drove over to the coast and all of the trees were gone. My question was how is it possible that all these trees we planted could be cut down to the ground. It was ugly and environmentally destructive. Q: What do you hope this book will accomplish? McNall: That people will see that the science is really



clear in terms of buildup of greenhouse gases. That it helps scientists talk to nonscientists, helps non-scientists better understand the issues and help people understand why it is hard for human beings to think about long term risk. Hopefully, people will read it, think about it, take action and not feel hopeless. Q: What tips do you have for students to help the environment? McNall: Students should go to the cool planet site at the University California Berkeley, which allows people to calculate their carbon footprint. People will see if we continue to live the way we do, we don’t have enough planets. We’re using up more natural resources on a daily basis than the planet can sustain. The other thing, whatever you’re discipline is, look to the ways in which that discipline acts to issues of sustainability. We’re all linked together of networks that are comprised with the environment. Q: What plans do you have for the future pertaining to the environment? McNall: I am probably going to work on a book that is related to the topic of resilience. It’s going to look at what the conditions under which biophysical systems, economic systems, social systems and political systems can be resilient. -Compiled by Stephanie Consiglio

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