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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.


CHARMS OF CHICO By Rebecca Hucker

■ 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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