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LGBTQ+ students subject to abuse Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community share their encounters with discrimination.

Madison Holmes

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“You’re a fucking faggot,” were not the words Kory Masen wanted to hear on a walk through campus to meet up with friends. Masen, a junior at Chico State who identifies himself as a transgender queer man of color, said he was walking through campus when he was the target of a hate crime. A man and his friends grabbed Masen and would not let him go. They pushed Masen into a ditch and ruined his belongings. “I ran as fast as I could to meet up with my friends,” he said. “It was a really scary moment.” Chico is living 40 years in the past, said Paul Lopez, sociology and multicultural and gender studies professor. “This is a very conservative town,” Lopez said. “There are a lot of tradisarena tional views about kirk sex and gender LGBTQ+ program roles.” coordinator at GSEC Sarena Kirk, the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer program coordinator, has experienced discrimination as well, she said. “I definitely have a lot of memories of walking downtown with friends and having people feel a lot of ownership over my body and my sexuality or my gender expression,” she said. Kirk, who identifies herself as white, cisgender and queer, said that much of the discrimination is based on fear and ignorance. “People feel very comfortable making comments and yelling at me saying, ‘Are you a lesbian? Are you a boy?’” she said. “It’s very hurtful.” People discriminate against others because they are different from them, said Tray Robinson, director of the Office of

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DISROBing FOR DEGREES Anya, a Butte College student, shows off her moves Sunday night at Centerfolds, a strip club located off of Highway 99.

Student by day Student strippers bare all to pay for tuition Yessenia Funes

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When the club lulls without an audience to see her black, 5-inch go-go shoes click-clack to The Black Keys, Anya heads behind the curtain to squeeze in some studying. Anya, a 25-year-old stripper at Centerfolds in Chico, hopes to become a registered nurse one day. She’s working on her nursing prerequisites at Butte College. In order to keep that dream possible, she provided only her stage name for this story. Like Anya, the other women chose to go by only their stage names. Seven to eight students work at the strip club but only one attends Chico State, said Angel, the manager of the club who also performs. Every semester, customers can find students working at Centerfolds. However, some come and go, Angel said. Those that stay have bills to pay, especially college tuition. “Financial aid isn’t enough,” Angel said. Anya’s been dancing for Centerfolds

for a year and a half, but she’s worked at about nine other clubs in the past. Like many other kids who jump into college after high school, 17-year-old Anya bounced from major to major, so she decided to take a break until she figured it out. Eight years later, she knows what she wants to do. “I believe I’m at that age where you are sure of what you want to do, and you’re past what other people are pushing you to do,” Anya said. Autumn, a 29-year-old stripper, also finds herself doing homework during free time. The other girls sometimes interrupt her study session to talk, which Autumn finds annoying, but at least slow nights allow it, she said. Making at least $2,000 a month for four years now, Autumn is also able to pay loans stemming from her Illinois State University bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and small business management and the Butte College classes she’s currently taking. Though she already has a degree, Autumn is playing around with classes of

interests to explore her options. “I want to make sure that I’m going where my interests and skills lie together the best,” Autumn said. These ladies aren’t alone. Almost a third of strippers attend college, according to a study by The University of Leeds in the U.K. Nearly a quarter of strippers have already completed an undergraduate program. This job isn’t for everyone, though. If a woman is comfortable enough to pole dance naked, she should go for it, Autumn said. While most students don’t have to worry about working during the day, they do have to worry about taking morning classes. Autumn’s earliest class this semester is at 2 p.m. Noon is the earliest she’s done before this, she said. “I’m a night-time person,” Autumn said. “I like to be nude. I like to socialize. I love to dance, so it’s kind of right up my alley.” Yessenia Funes can be reached at or @yessfun on Twitter.

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Struggling students supported by ‘sugar daddies’ The website SeekingArrangement pairs up wealthy, older men and women with college students striving to make ends meet. Madison Holmes

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Getting a job at the Chico State Calling Center and shopping in bulk at WinCo are both ways to earn and save money to pay for school. But seeing older men and women who pay up to $3,000 a month for companionship is a new trend for college students looking for income. SeekingArrangement is a dating website that pairs wealthy, older men and women with younger “sugar babies.” Users can make profiles that outline their ideal relationship and post pictures. The only difference between this site and eHarmony is the men usually don’t have time for traditional dating and the girls are commonly college students who need help with tuition, said Brook Urick,

cess to pamper and spoil and has a negothe public relations manager at Seektiable lifestyle budget. ingArrangement. There are 37 students registered with an Along with their name, age, height and email address on the webbody type, sugar babies can specify the site. amount of money they expect their daddy H o w e v e r, or mommy to there are provide them probably by putting a more stulifestyle exdents on pectation on the website their profiles. from Chico For examState since ple, Whitney, they can 21, describes use personal herself as David Gross email ada modern Business administration and religious studies dresses if housewife they choose, and southern Urick said. belle and has The website is the first of its kind to ofa substantial lifestyle expectation on her fer background checks to vet its members, profile. she said. So it is equally, if not more safe The sugar daddies can also specify their than any other dating website. wants and needs, and how much they are Chico State students have varying opinwilling to pay through their lifestyle budions on using the controversial website to get. help fund their college tuition. Jimbo, 61, is seeking a passionate prin-

I would say it’s immoral and unethical, for sure.


Using the website is shallow, said David Gross, a business administration and religious studies major. “You’re kind of just being used for money,” he said. “I would say it’s immoral and unethical, for sure.” Nursing major Ingrid DaSilva said she thinks the website is not necessarily bad. “All they’re doing is finding a person willing to help them afford college, kind of like a scholarship,” she said. “You can’t judge someone on it because you can never know what position someone is in.” The website is ridiculous, said liberal studies major Jenna Faniani. “There are so many alternative options as a Chico State student on campus to apply for and get a job,” she said. “Of all the empowering things women do and all the progress that we’ve made as women, this is just a huge step backwards.” Madison Holmes can be reached at or @madisonholmes95 on Twitter.










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BOVINE BEER RUN Steers from the University Farm research program are fed spent grains left over from the brewing process at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada’s sustainability practices unchanged by FDA The Beer Institute and American Malting Barley Association Inc. wrote a 20-page report highlighting why the FDA should exempt beer brewers from these regulations. This spent grain is the residue of malt, grain and sometimes corn or rice that remains in the mash kettle after the mashing and loitering stages of brewing. Yeast and other by-products are removed during other stages of this process. “This is a sustainable practice that really makes a lot of sense,” Daley said. “The production of beer is highly regulated to be safe for human consumption, so the idea that these brewer’s grains that are a by-product would be anything unsafe for animals is surprising.” The FDA update recognized the safety of spent grain so long as common sense steps are taken to minimize safety hazards. “We also believe the potential for any animal safety hazard to result from this practice is minimal, provided the food manufacturer takes common sense steps to minimize the possibility of glass, motor oil or other similar hazards being inadvertently introduced, such as if scraps for animal feed were held in the same dumpster used for floor sweepings and industrial waste,” wrote Michael Taylor, The FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, in the blog update.

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Someone enjoying a burger from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is actually eating a steer that grew up on Chico State’s University Farm munching on the brewery’s spent grain. For now, that’ll remain the same. A proposed regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, titled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals,” aims to increase animal-food safety by requiring animal-food facilities to take preventive steps to ensure the food is safe. Breweries were originally included in these new regulations because many provide their spent grains to farmers to feed their livestock, making them animal-food facilities. The FDA heard the industry’s pleas and issued an update April 24 stating it agrees with the industry and doesn’t plan on disrupting it. The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. provides the farm spent grain as part of student research on how the grain affects the animals, said David Daley, the farm’s director. “It is sustainable, local and utilizes a product that would otherwise potentially go to landfills,” Daley said. During the FDA’s public comment period,

These regulations could have cost a single brewery more than $13.5 million, according to the report. About 2.7 million tons of wet spent grain is created by American breweries as a byproduct of brewing beer. Less than 10 percent of the spent grain heads to landfills, and these regulations could have changed the spent grain’s course. The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., as an established brewery, was certain it wouldn’t revert to landfills, but other smaller brewers might have had to, said Ryan Arnold, the company’s communication manager. If these regulations caused an issue with the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the farm would have to begin purchasing supplemental feed and cease research with the spent grain, Daley said. The regulations won’t affect farmers or brewers, so the farm can continue its sustainable practices. Students can continue research, and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. can continue brewing beer.


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Last fall, Pa Houa Lor, a Chico State nursing student, was struck and killed by a falling tree limb. On April 19, a tree branch fell next to Meriam Library, a stark reminder of the hazard these falling limbs pose. Sudden branch drops are difficult to predict, but they do occur more frequently in Chico during the warmer months, said Durbin Sayers, manager of custodial and moving services and leader of the campus arboretum tours. Changes in temperature, the angle of the branch and the type of wood increase the likelihood of it falling, said Michael Alonzo, supervisor of grounds and landscape services. Trees that are most commonly known to have sudden branch drops are deciduous, broadleaf evergreen and conifers, he said. Hundreds of trees on campus fall into those categories. In preparation for dry conditions, trees take in larger quantities of water, Sayers said. The water is stored it in the tree’s branches, causing them to become heavier. The limb that struck Lor fell due to an excess amount of water being stored in the tree’s upper branches, said Chico State spokesman Joe Wills. While the university carries general liability and structural insurance in the event of a branch striking a building, there is no medical or accidental insurance coverage for students


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timber A massive tree branch fell April 19 next to Meriam Library. Trees with a higher risk of sudden branch drops are deciduous, broadleaf evergreen and conifers. Warmer weather also contributes to branch drops. or faculty, said Mike Thorpe, director of risk management. “We do have arborists make assessments of potentially hazardous tree limbs every semester,” Wills said. “We have had to remove trees from campus in the past, but sudden branch

drop is a hazard that comes with having so many beautiful trees on our campus.” Eric McCauley can be reached at or @ericdmccauley on Twitter. @theorion on Instagram

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the roof is on fire Firefighters used a portable ladder to get up and down from the roof of Acker Gym, where the mechanical fire occurred Thursday.

Acker Gym evacuated after mechanical fire singes roof Nicholas Carr

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Fire engines and students lined Warner Street Thursday morning after a mechanical fire preceded an evacuation of Acker Gym. No injuries were reported, and classes in the building have recommenced. A faculty member called emergency services, reported smoke and pulled a fire alarm around 9 a.m. which prompted an evacuation of the building, said Maria Fickert, Chico Fire Department Fire Prevention Inspector. When firefighters arrived at the scene, light smoke was billowing from the roof.

A motor on the roof overheated and caught fire, said Bill Hack, Chico Fire Department Division Chief. Five engines, four from Chico Fire Department and one from Cal Fire, responded to the call, Fickert said. Firefighters scaled the side of Acker Gym with a portable ladder. The motor, a connected extension power cord and some dried leaves that had fallen on the roof from the surrounding trees were burning, Fickert said. Firefighter Andy Obert extinguished the overheated motor with a hose after the electricity was cut off. The motor was a sump pump used to extract water that had accumulated on the roof, said university spokesperson Joe Wills. There’s currently no indication that the

fire will affect instruction or other uses of Acker Gym, Wills said. By about 10 a.m., Chico Fire Department had left the scene. A second alarm that sounded around 9:40 a.m. was caused by electricians working on the alarm system, said University Police Chief Robyn Hearne. The university works diligently to conduct educational and hands-on training annually, Fickert said. “Everything went out exactly how their training would initiate,” she said. Nicholas Carr can be reached at or

The Associated Students will hold a one day runoff election Wednesday for vacant positions in the Student Academic Senate. The new senate, approved by the A.S. in February, is a student committee consisting of a representative from each college at Chico State. All of the contestants were write-in candidates in the A.S. spring elections, said Nan Timmons, assessment and special projects administrator for the A.S. Senate seats were filled for the Colleges of Business, Communication and Education and Behavioral and Social Sciences. Students can vote for candidates in the following colleges: • Agriculture • Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management • Humanities and Fine Arts • Natural Sciences Online voting will begin at 8 a.m. and close at midnight that day, Timmons said. The candidate with the highest number of votes for each college will be declared the winner, according to the A.S. website. Results will be published on the A.S. website Thursday morning. A sample ballot with the candidates can be found on the A.S. website. Mozes Zarate can be reached at or

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Chico student assault possibly gang-related Madison Holmes

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Austin Mckinsey had both of his hands up in surrender when a fist came out of nowhere and slammed into the right side of his face, cracking his eye socket in two places and caving in his cheekbone. The sophomore electrical engineering major was trying to break up a fight between three girls at a party on Seventh and Hickory streets March 28 when a group of men dressed in red approached him and hit him in the face, he said. “The guy hit me and I didn’t even see it coming,” Mckinsey said. “The two years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen people gang up on each other like that.” It’s likely the crime was gang-related, said detective Ben Love of the Chico Police gang unit. Multiple gang-related incidents occurred throughout Chico the weekend of April 4, including an attempted murder and arrest at Chico Trailer Haven on Nord Avenue, an assault with a deadly weapon on West First Avenue, an attempted murder in front of LaSalles, according to Chico Police Department press releases. Two more shootings occurred but have not been confirmed to be gang-related, Love said. Retribution between gangs can often cause

a peak in violence, but Chico Police is still investigating what happened, Love said. “We don’t know what caused the initial step up in violence over that weekend,” he said. Typically, Nortenos are a Hispanic gang whose members primarily wear the color red to represent the gang, he said. Most gang violence is happening after 2 a.m., so people need to make sure to get home earlier and stay away from dark alleys, Love said. The most important step in avoiding gang violence is to remain together, he said. “You need to make sure to stay in groups,” Love said. “Lone individuals or small groups are easy to attack.” The Chico Police gang unit was reinstated in June after being disbanded for almost a year. The team is not the size it once was and the detectives are always working as much as they can, Love said. “You can only work with the resources you have,” he said. “Whatever you can do, you do at the same time.” The investigation on Mckinsey’s case is ongoing, Love said. Madison Holmes can be reached at or

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ganged up on Student Austin Mckinsey and his friend wait in the hospital after an altercation with possible gang members. Multiple gang-elated incidents occured in Chico the weekend of April 4.

Car reverses, crashes into student’s bedroom Yessenia Funes

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unexpected guest The white vehicle reversed into a home Tuesday on Warner Street and was halfway through the bedroom. The crash was possibly caused by a seizure-related medical incident.

A man believed to be having a seizure drove into a house Tuesday a little before noon. The 911 call indicated a vehicle hit the 1100 Warner St. home, specifically a bedroom, with a possible seizure-related medical incident. No one was inside the bedroom when this happened, confirmed Joe Duran, the fire captain. The driver was still inside the vehicle when police arrived and is now being examined at Enloe Medical Center, but he is in stable condition. The vehicle was reversing and accelerated quickly, ramming into the building, according to an eye witness Duran spoke to. “He must’ve been going pretty fast be-

cause half the vehicle is in the structure, so you would’ve had to hit it pretty hard,” Duran said. Four Chico State students live in the home. However, only communications major Andrew Kokinakes was inside the home when the vehicle struck. “I was just doing homework, and it sounded like a bomb went off in Nick’s room,” he said. The structure has been checked for fire hazards and electrical issues, Duran said. The insurance company should cover the damage, said Kent Collins, whose father owns the building. “I just don’t know how long it’s going to take to get it to usable shape,” Collins said. Yessenia Funes can be reached at or @yessfun on Twitter.

HOMOPHOBIA: students share experiences with intolerance » continued from A1 Diversity and Inclusion. “I think a lot of people haven’t had exposure to a lot of different types of communities and people,” he said. “So they have their stereotypes and assumptions about who people are.” Masen, who was recently elected executive vice president of the Associated Students in April, has faced intolerance throughout his time at Chico State. While he was running for office, a campaign sign was stolen and staked in the front yard of a house on West Second Street. The sign, a portrait of Masen, had female body parts drawn on it.

He was upset that no one did anything about it, Masen said. “People see other people responding to a certain action and are afraid to step up and speak up,” he said. One student was kicked out of Mr. Kopy on Main Street by the store’s former owner when she asked to put up an LGBTQ+ sign in the store window, said Vince Ornelas, the director of the School of Social Work. “They find out your orientation is not heterosexual and they say, ‘Nope, we’re not doing business with you,’” Lopez said. The Downtown Chico Business Association cannot regulate how businesses conduct themselves, said Budd Schwab, president of the association.

“We certainly encourage good business practices, but we don’t really have control over that,” Schwab said. The incident occurred two years ago, which is surprising because of how recent it was, Ornelas said. “There are always people who are very small-minded, and they will seek to act against persons who they believe are outside their perception of what is right and what is correct,” Ornelas said. Becoming involved in organizations like Safe Space Allies, Stonewall Alliance Center and the GSEC is one way people can learn to be more accepting, Kirk said. “One of the biggest ways for people to change their behavior is to get to know

someone who is queer or trans,” Kirk said. “You will probably find out that we are pretty awesome.” Discrimination comes from a lack of education, sensitivity and perspective from people who are not affected or aware that it is happening, Masen said. “It’s up to the majority to educate themselves on the issues of the minority so you can actively be a part in solving that problem,” he said. “Then we can all be on an equal field.” Madison Holmes can be reached at or @madisonholmes95 on Twitter.

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Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.: Suspicious subject in Meriam Library second-floor restroom. “Older male subject sleeping on the floor between the women’s and men’s restrooms. Subject moved along.” Wednesday, 11:28 a.m.: Trespass at La Vista Apartments on West Second Avenue. “Looks like an entry to garage was forced open. Housing en route with key. Interior checked in, evidence of prior use inside the garage. University Housing staff at scene.” Thursday, 1:01 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances near Shurmer and O’Connell. “Bike in creek between Shurmer and O’Connell. Facilities and Management Services to retrieve contents from the river.” Friday, 11:07 a.m.: Suspicious subject at Bell Memorial Union. “Male subject was acting suspicious inside jumping off stairway inside. Subject last seen on steps outside the BMU auditorium. Officer out with subject. Subject consented for search, negative results. No further action.”

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Monday, 12:57 p.m.: Assault and battery on West 14th Street. “Tenant was moving items out and subject wanted to clean something with hose. Reporting party tried to stop him and subject pushed her and sprayed her with the hose. Subject is gone, reporting party requesting contact and counseling.”

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Educate to eradicate hate Discrimination is an ugly word. College campuses’ pamphlets and websites don’t promote or advertise it, just the opposite in fact. Chico State’s own homepage is filled with images of women and men who look very much varied from one another but still united under the banner of a shared web address. To anyone looking in, Chico State would appear to be an institution that values inclusiveness and diversity. Maybe this college town looks like a place where anyone would be welcomed. Of course first impressions can be deceiving. This town is living 40 years in the past, said Paul Lopez, one of Chico State’s own sociology professors. He was speaking of

the traditional views held by many of the town’s citizens on sex and gender roles. “It was a really scary moment,” said Kory Masen, a junior Chico State student, describing his own experience facing both physical and verbal abuse on campus because he identifies as a transgender queer man of color. To think that these statements are isolated notions or incidents is naive. Stories from students feeling afraid because of the words and actions

of others on campus don’t speak of acceptance. But what can be done to change such injustices, to make faculty proud and students feel safer? Education seems like an obvious answer for an institution of higher learning. But the problem with events that seek to educate students on issues of diversity is

If this issue is important and if there is to be a change, education should be part of every student’s curriculum.

that those who attend are already informed and care. The eager faces in the audiences of these kinds of voluntary functions are not the same ones menacing others because of perceived differences. If this issue is important and if there is to be a change, education should be part of every student’s curriculum. Incoming firstyear students are already required to take online courses on the dangers of alcohol. An online course similar to AlcoholEdu, but with a focus on diversity and the ills of discrimination, would be a great approach to educating incoming college students. These are people destined to be future leaders — shouldn’t they be tolerant and accepting?

Divestment vote might be meaningless Matt Murphy

Opinion Columnist Of all the matters students could vote on in the recent Associated Students elections, divestment was undoubtedly the most high-profile. It received the most campus media attention, including the student action it took to get the measure, which suggests divestment of University Foundation funds from fossil fuel companies, on the ballot. Of course, high-profile is a relative term when referring to collegiate student government elections. At a 23.9 percent, Chico State’s voter turnout is considered high among college elections. I won’t even get into how perplexing it is that of the 3,787 students that voted, only 75 percent could be bothered to click “yes” or “no” regarding divestment. Those that did vote overwhelmingly passed the measure to divest by 80 percent. Mission accomplished, no? No, I’m afraid not. Unfortunately, the divestment measure does nothing more than voice the opinion of the student body. It merely gives A.S. permission to submit a resolution recommending divestment to the board of governors of the foundation. Chico State has done an admirable job of becoming an environmentally friendly university. However valiant the efforts of

those involved in drawing attention to divestment may be, there are certain truths in life that cannot be escaped. And there is no greater truth in this world than “money talks.” The University Foundation is run like a business, and it has donors and investors to please. Those donors and investors will not continue to be involved with an enterprise that isn’t making money. Without fossil fuel investments, the University Foundation will lose a significant chunk of its return on investment. Additionally, the University Foundation provides money for student scholarships that exist because of the foundation’s investments. It may not seem fair, but students will have decreased funds until replacements can be found if it agrees to divest. But there’s not much that makes more money than oil these days. There are times in life when it is our social duty to fight to protect what is right. Make no mistake, this is one of those times. This, though, is a world that looks at the bottom line, and the bottom line only. It can be difficult to argue morality when that line is so low.

There is no greater truth in this world than “money talks.”

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Partying students degraded by Faded app Veronica De La Cruz

Opinion Columnist

Many college students have experienced drunken nights when they do something embarrassing and wouldn’t want anyone to capture that moment. Faded, an app created by JumpCam, allows students who attend Chico State or the University of Arizona to post pictures or videos

of themselves or other individuals getting “faded,” whatever that may mean. Similar to Instagram and Snapchat, Faded is a social network that allows its users to create a story with images. Individual pictures, which are called “fades,” will disappear after 24 hours. Voting with the up or down buttons can have an impact on the lifespan of the photo. Users are allowed to post as many fades as they want and have the option to make one anonymous fade per day. This is when I believe Faded becomes a big

issue. Students are allowed to post anonymous pictures of anyone and anything they wish. After downloading the app, I realized that this usually results in pictures of individuals passed out drunk or doing drugs before and even during class being uploaded. For example, one of the first images that showed up on my feed was a student doing a line of cocaine off his watch during class. While most Chico State students are excited to download this app to see what their peers do in their free time, I can’t help but

feel disgusted. Sure, college is a time for young adults to have fun and experiment, but sharing embarrassing photos of that tequila night or associating drug use with our university is a completely different story. How do these people expect to receive respect as a student representing Chico State or the University of Arizona when they can’t respect themselves? Faded targets students whose lives revolve around partying, and choosing schools that already have a party school reputation allows students to prove why they hold that title. The things people do with their free time should stay private. Despite the fact that the app is currently marketed to these two schools, anyone with a smartphone can download it. It turns out that their slogan, “sharing secrets with friends,” really means sharing secrets with anyone that can download an app.

How do these people expect to receive respect as a student representing Chico State?

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Changing media changes storytelling Kevin Crittenden

Opinion Columnist

As storytellers we spin tales about ourselves, each other and the world one way or another. We’re made of stories. It makes sense that the tools we use to capture these bundles of thoughts will have some lasting imprint on their shape and form. Twenty-first century culture is saturated with information and entertainment. Whether it’s shared through writing, photos or video, every medium has different strengths.

The ebb of reading and writing

With so many pretty pictures, cool videos and radical clips to watch, it seems words are losing their edge. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth? Twitter’s 140-character limit is an example that writing is on the decline, showing how visual media is displacing the old time word craft of yesteryear. People who never learned to write let pictures tell their story on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest — and images do a damn good job of it.

Reading seems like too much work

Zachary Phillips

From the mahogany liquor cabinets of New York’s richest, to the dorm room mini fridges of Chico State’s first-years, to the toilet tanks of inmates across the nation. Alcohol is the lifeblood that flows through America’s veins. Recently, however, the fiery liquid has formed a bit of a clot. Regulators at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau temporarily “accidentally” approved a new and supposedly revolutionary product to hit America’s

Thumbs up to the streaker at Saturday’s baseball game. Baring it all on such a cold and windy day took some serious balls.

Thumbs down to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racism. Sterling stated that he doesn’t want African Americans coming to games. I wouldn’t want to be on the phone with him when he discovers the team’s ethnic makeup. Thumbs up to the Chico Wildflower Century ride that happened Sunday. Eight rest stops, 100 miles and 4,000 pairs of crotch-padded spandex shorts; what could be better?

Why reading writing will always matter

Writing has the advantage of being the most flexible medium because it’s not bound by the particulars of the moment it attempts to translate. There’s a beauty in capturing a moment through the lens of a camera. But cameras cannot time travel, words can. In this way, the abstract symbols that give meaning to what you’re reading now can take your attention to events that happened months, years or decades ago — to things that never happened or into the black unknown of the future.

Thumbs down to the mechanical fire at Acker Gym. A witness by the name of Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three called 911 reporting, “The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!”

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any form of information, whether written, captured through a photo or documented by video. Ultimately, none of these are better than the other because they don’t exist separately. It’s the synthesis of these media that shape perception and become the fabric of experience. Kevin Crittenden can be reached at or

@kevlodius on Twitter. There are strengths and weaknesses to

Powdered alcohol presents plenty of hazards Assistant Opinion Editor


flat, static and easier to interpret than a 500-word blog post. It takes a different part of the mind to bring meaning and life into words on a page. So what’s the point of reading and writing? What can it do for us that these other mediums can’t? Why bother telling a story through a bunch of symbols that may not add up when a photo could show what’s going on?

It takes a different part of the mind to bring meaning and life into words on a page.

The trouble with words is that the mind has to do the groundwork to make them work. In other words, sentences that may add up to a specific image in the mind of a writer are only considered effective if they have a similar impact on readers. With videos, the story is laid out in one singular interpretation, one representation made by a cast and crew. Pictures are

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store shelves within the next year: Palcohol, or powdered alcohol. These packets of freeze-dried liquid courage will come in several different flavors, including vodka and rum, and can be added to any drink or food for an added kick. Although the idea seems fun and full of whimsy at first, further thought has me wondering what Palcohol’s creators were thinking. Here are a few reasons why Palcohol seems like a flat-out dumb invention.

der to a glass of Coca-Cola, or a packet of Powderita to a bowl of guacamole. This actually sounds like a great suggestion — so good, in fact, that people have already been doing it for centuries. Why not just use real alcohol while cooking? I could be wrong, but a dash of actual vodka in a bowl of guacamole sounds a lot more appealing than a packet of Palcohol’s Powderita mix.

I’m usually all in favor of embracing change, but this is one trend I hope never catches on.

It’s counterintuitive

On their website, Palcohol’s creators market their invention as alcohol on the go. Consumers can easily tote their booze around wherever they see fit without the burden of big bottles. Let’s be clear, alcohol impairs motor skills; it isn’t an onthe-go kind of drink. As an example of Palcohol’s utility, the website mentions a metaphorical Mark, who uses Palcohol on his outdoor excursions: hiking, biking and kayaking. I can think of a long list of things that are bad to do while intoxicated, and hiking, biking and kayaking are all toward the top.

It’s unnecessary

Another tip that the website gives is to mix Palcohol with other drinks or food. For example, adding rum pow-

Photo courtesy of Daderot Without Warrant Illegal phone searches are becoming an increasing issue, prompting a ruling on the topic.

The U.S. Supreme Court is prepared to make a ruling on whether police can lawfully search an arrested criminal’s phone without a warrant. Searching through a suspect’s phone seems like an obvious violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protecting people from unjust searches. If the police need to have a warrant to search someone’s computer, then the same should be true for phones.

It’s dangerous

Critics are already starting to raise questions about Palcohol’s accessibility for abuse, speculaing on the products snorting capabilities. In response, Palcohol’s creators added a binding agent to the product to increase its volume. This means that instead of sending a booze rocket straight through the bloodbrain barrier, Palcohol will simply clog a snorter’s nasal passage, resulting in immense pain and hospitalization. Great. That sounds great. Ultimately, Palcohol just seems like it’ll do more harm than good. I’m usually all in favor of embracing change, but this is one trend that I hope never catches on. Call me old-fashioned, but seeing someone take a packet of powder from their pocket and empty it into a drink should never be a normal thing.

The Orion ∤ Photograph by Zachary Phillips Tree Fallen Increasing amounts of large tree branches falling on campus are becoming a worrisome problem.

The increase in fallen tree branches on campus is a worrisome, but unavoidable problem. The university already employs arborists to verify tree health, so all of the necessary precautions seem to be covered. Unless students would prefer a barren campus, the only solution is to keep a weary eye on the treeline.


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Valerie Teegardin

Opinion Columnist

It’s no surprise that with the high cost of tuition and other various academic fees, students are rushing to get through college as quickly as they can. However, it’s that pressure to get in and out in four years that may be pushing some students to declare majors they aren’t fully committed to. Instead of plowing through your time at Chico State under a declared major you aren’t truly passionate about, consider these three reasons to remain un-

The Orion encourages letters to the editor and commentary from students, faculty, staff, administration and community members.


rushing into a major right from the start.

Take time to explore areas of interest

Utilize campus resources for support

Declaring a major eliminates a student’s chance at taking time to schedule in exploratory classes, so unless you’re fully committed, don’t declare a major until you’ve taken time to discover where your passions really lie.

Being undeclared may have some students worried they’ll fall behind or be left alone to navigate through the rough academic terrain, but fear not — the Student Services Center provides students with the resources they need to help figure out career paths along the way.

Don’t declare a major until you’ve taken time to discover where your passions really lie.

Avoid potential costs down the road

College students may switch majors more than once throughout the course of their time here, however, each major can be costly. Skip the potential frustration by not

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Photo Courtesy of Pete Romano Local “Line” Hello Biplane’s album provides a fresh sound to those interested in the local music scene.

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo made up of artists Spencer Goertz-Giffen and Braden Young, recently released their seventh album, titled “Line.” The band was formed in Lawrence, Kansas, but is now part of the local music scene here in Chico. “Line” is a relatively short listen and plays all the way through in less than half an hour, making it a good album to listen to without having to dedicate a large amount of time. The album flows nicely as Goertz-Giffen and Young deliver a mix of acoustic, folk and indie influences. The song “One Room” really stood out — it featured a soulful display of singing and dealt with the troubles of settling down. The next track, “Oh No,” transitions into one of the more upbeat songs, incorporating electric guitar, bass and drums, along with Hello Biplane’s acoustic style. “Line” is an album that features enjoyable sounds of acoustic and folk. It’s a great album to check out during a study break, allowing listeners to hear what Chico has to offer in local music. -Michael Quiring

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Pitcher Nick Baker has successful career as a Wildcat after turning down major league offer Nick Woodard

Asst. Sports Editor As a Wildcat, Nick Baker has done it all. He’s thrown gems on the mound, competed in the NCAA College World Series and earned a sweet nickname along the way. To think he almost donned the Dodger blue. The senior pitcher passed up a professional offer and came to Chico State instead. Now in his final season, Baker is pitching stronger than ever and ascending into the school record books. Baker graduated from Palm Desert High School and played on the 2010 Aztecs team that won the state championship. The right-hander was the Desert Valley League MVP and the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him in the 44th round that spring. His goal was to keep playing baseball for as long as he could, Baker said. But he was just 17 when he was drafted, and had never experienced being away from home. He opted to go to Chico State, where he could get an education and play ball at the same

time. “It was the right move and the better decision,” Baker said. “To this day it’s the best decision I’ve made.” Baker has a 30-8 career record, third in Chico State history. He’s also third with 54 strikeouts in 84.1 innings pitched. This year he’s 8-1 with a 1.71 ERA. He’s also only walked eight batters. Baker’s pitching repertoire has been one of the reasons for his success. The “Professor,” as Luke Reid, sports information director, dubbed him, throws a fastball, curveball and a slider, but also has a quick tempo on the hill. The tempo fits his personality, and helps keeps the defense behind him on alert, Baker said. The success isn’t all him, Baker said. The team excels at picking pitchers up and making key defensive plays around him. Ryan O’Shea, his longtime teammate and roommate, isn’t so modest. “He works hard on and off the field,” O’Shea said. “He’s the type of guy that leads by example and shows you

how to play. He shows you how to learn from your mistakes.” Even though the statistics cement his place in Wildcat history, that’s not what Baker will remember about his time at Chico State. He’ll remember coming in as a freshman and learning under the older members of the staff, Baker said. He’ll remember taking a chartered flight to the World Series and the countless games with his teammates. He’ll remember getting lost in Ikea with O’Shea and almost missing a bus out of town. After his collegiate career, Baker wants to continue playing baseball as long as he can. “You’re on the mound one day a week and that’s your job, regardless of

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what’s going on at school or at home,” Baker said. “No matter what you’re thinking, you’ve got to go out there and get the job done.” His college days aren’t over yet, and he has some jobs left to finish. Chico State has one final regular season series left against Sonoma State then will play in the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. The team’s goal is to make a run at the national championship, and they’re going to need their ace to do so. “He’s our guy,” O’Shea said. “I don’t know any better way to put it. He’s our guy.”









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The Chico State men’s golf team finished fourth at the CCAA Championships on Wednesday, but that disappointment was short-lived. Sophomore golfer Lee Gearhart placed second individually in the tournament and was named CCAA Player of the Year. Justin Wiles was also named Newcomer of the Year, and the trio of Gearhart, Wiles and Alistair Docherty were all named All-Conference. Two days later, the Wildcats were named to the 80-team field for the NCAA Championships Super Regional May 5-7 in Austin, Texas. Chico State is ranked second in the CCAA and fifth in the nation.

The Chico State baseball team won two out of three games against Cal Poly Pomona in the last homestand of the season. After a rainout on Friday, Nick Baker threw a complete game with nine strikeouts in his last appearance at Nettleton Stadium, and Jeffery Ortega singled home the game winner in the bottom of the ninth to give the Wildcats a 3-2 win. The win was Baker’s 30th career win and Dave Taylor’s 300th as a head coach. Chico State followed up with a 4-2 win in the nightcap. On Sunday, 12 seniors were honored before the game, but the ’Cats dropped the final home game with a final score of 6-4. Chico State is 35-8 overall and 27-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has secured a playoff spot and will finish the regular season Friday with a fourgame road series against Sonoma State.

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LEE GEARHART Sophomore Golfer

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strike zone Pitcher Derek Sesma throws a strike against Cal State Dominguez Hills.




lee gearhart Sport: Golf Class: Sophomore Major: Computer engineering

The sophomore golfer was named CCAA Player of the Year last week. Gearhart was also named all-conference and finished second individually at the CCAA championships on Wednesday at 1-under par for the tournament.

The Chico State track and field team is heading into the California Collegiate Athletic Association championships this weekend is looking for its top athletes to lead the pack. Senior distance runner Issac Chavez will go after his fourth straight All-CCAA honor and will try to be part of eight straight CCAA Championship teams ­— four in cross country and four in track and field. Kasey Barnett will go after a pole vault title and will be a leg of the 400-meter relay team that has broken two records already this season, along with Aja Erskine, Amilia Santos and Ashley Jones. The men’s relay team of Joey Johnson, J Patrick Smith, John Brunk and Teddy Elsenbaumer will shoot to get out in front once more. The competition begins on Thursday in San Diego and lasts until Saturday.

The Chico State softball team was bounced out of postseason contention after a 1-3 road trip against Cal State East Bay. Despite a three-run homer from Alex Molina in game one and a solo shot from Amanda Cordeiro in the nightcap, the Wildcats dropped both by scores of 9-5 and 3-2 on Saturday. Chico State bounced back on Sunday with a 6-2 win in the opener, but fell 6-11 in the final game of the series. Emily McEnaney had four hits and four RBIs on the day, while Sammi Ridgway delivered three hits and three RBIs. Kayla Barber collected three hits and a pair of runs, while Kelli Keefe also chipped in with three hits. Alli Cook finished the year by tying Chico State’s single season stolen base record of 27 and Desiree’ Gonzalez also tied the single season home run record with 11 on the year. Chico State finished the season 24-26 overall and 17-19 in conference play.

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making contact Pitcher Alex Molina singles against Sonoma State earlier this season.

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300 (BASEBALL) Baseball head coach Dave Taylor reached his 300th career win this past Saturday.

baseball 1. Sonoma State

27 – 8

35 – 9

3. UC San Diego

23 – 9

29 – 13

4. Cal Poly Pomona

23 – 12

30 – 13

5. Cal State East Bay

21 – 15

27 – 17

6. San Francisco State

16 – 20

21 – 25

7. Cal State Dominguez Hills

15 – 21

20 – 24

14 – 21– 1

19 – 26 – 1

12 – 23

14 – 30

10 – 25 – 1

12 – 33 – 1

6 – 29

12 – 32

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8. Cal State Monterey Bay

11. Cal State Stanislaus

The Chico State men’s golf team is ranked fifth in the nation heading into the NCAA Championships.


(BASEBALL) There were two streakers during Saturday’s doubleheader. An annonymous nude man ran onto the field, then Willie Wildcat joined in on the action.

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10. Cal State San Bernardino


22 – 6

9. Cal State L.A.






1. Cal State Monterey Bay

25 – 6

44 – 7

2. Humboldt State

27 – 9

43 – 13

3. UC San Diego

22 – 10

33 – 14

4. Sonoma State

19 – 17

35 – 19

5. Cal State East Bay

18 – 18

27 – 26

17 – 19

24 – 26

7. Cal State San Bernardino

16 – 19

29 – 24

8. Cal State Dominguez Hills

11 – 25

17 – 35

8. San Francisco State

10 – 26

19 – 36

9. Cal State Stanislaus

10 – 26

17 – 38

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’Cat Bites: Sports stars get off easy

Matt Murphy

Opinion Columnist A certain Bay Area athlete, perhaps you’ve heard of him, Colin Kaepernick, has been in a bit of hot water lately. Or maybe he’s in no trouble at all. This is the nature of incident reports — something, or nothing, may be wrong. Kaepernick was named in one, along with two other National Football League players, after a woman went to their Miami apartment to drink one night and woke up the next morning in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It just so happens that Kaepernick is also in line for a massive pay raise as the 49ers and his representatives discuss details on a

long-term deal for the young quarterback. It’s hard to think of another job other than professional athlete where one can be named in an official police report with no consequences from their employer. Perhaps congressman. Yes, Kaepernick is not in any actual legal trouble — he’s merely been named in a report. But if I, a 20 year-old college student, was named in an official police report, I’d take the over bet on being fired or put on temporary leave at best.

And Kaepernick is tame by NFL standards. No fewer than four players on the 49ers have run into legal trouble this offseason, all of whom will see higher one-year salaries this year than I ever will. We are all supposed to be created equal in this country, but when it comes to being judged for our transgressions, we most certainly are not.

No fewer than four players on the 49ers have run into legal trouble this offseason, all of whom will see higher one-year salaries this year than I ever will.

Matt Murphy can be reached at or @matthewcharlesz on Twitter.

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Senior standout Senior third baseman Ruben Padilla singles to left field in the third inning against Cal State Dominguez Hills at home earlier this season. The Wildcats went on to win the game 7-6 in 11 innings. This season, Padilla has knocked 53 hits, 19 RBIs and has a batting average of .327.

Third baseman leads charge in final season Ryan Grady

Staff Writer

Senior third baseman Ruben Padilla is having a season that has turned some heads in the Chico State program. “This just shows the amount of time put in,” Padilla said. “By the time you are a senior, you should have put in a lot of work.” The time spent in practice reflects in the results come game day. For Padilla, practice is similar to a game. “Taking my reps seriously in practice is important,” Padilla said. “Our practices are

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very much like a game. We go hard from 1:30 Clark has put up 54 hits so far this season. to 4:30.” He took the lead back from Padilla in the The work has paid off when it comes to homestand against Cal Poly Pomona. fielding the ball. The third baseman has a “We’ve been going back and forth all fielding percentage of .942 this year and has year,” Padilla said. “It’s fun because we want turned any ball hit his way into to beat each other and it helps an out. out the team at the same time.” As a senior, Padilla has become The friendly competition a leader among his teammates, between the teammates has giving the team a stronger bond. pushed them to succeed and “Padilla is someone the motivates each other to keep younger guys look up to, not only hitting. because of his performance, but “It’s always been a pretty his attitude on and off the field,” friendly competition,” Clark said pitcher Robert Engels. “Our said. “We might joke about team is lucky to have him and I it and give each other a hard ruben can confidently say we wouldn’t time, but of course we both padilla be having the year we are withwant each other to do well for Baseball third out him.” the team.” baseman Padilla remembers the coach As for the team, calling the telling him at the start of the seaseason successful would be an son that his role in the lineup understatement. The ’Cats are was to drive guys in and start rallies. 35-9 overall and 27-8 in conference play. The Padilla has driven in 23 runs team is currently in second place of the so far this season, tying California Collegiate Athletic Association. him at third for the With the wins over Cal Poly Pomona, the team. ’Cats secured a playoff berth. Numbers have been Padilla is one of the 12 seniors who will be impressive for Padilla graduating after the season ends. this year. He has knocked “My time here has been a humbling expe53 hits and has a batting avrience,” Padilla said. “I am so grateful to be erage of .327. The most impresa part of two great teams during my seasons sive stat for the third-spot hitter here.” is his on base percentage of .400. Padilla doesn’t only produce Ryan Grady can be reached at many opportunities for the team with or hits, but is competing against outfielder @RyanGrady23 on Twitter. Ryne Clark for the most hits on the team.

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These ’Cats were made for walk-offs Lee Masten

Staff Writer

It’s the bottom of the final inning and the team is down by a run with a runner on third. Step into the batter’s box and the pressure is on. Walk-offs have been the norm throughout the season for the Wildcats and some players have felt what it’s like to put the team on their back. It may not be the most ideal situation for the team to be in, but it creates excitement and confidence for the players to take into their next game. Softball catcher Brynn Lesovsky knows this feeling firsthand after her first walk-off hit April 18 against Sonoma State. brynn “I woke up lesovsky feeling good that Softball catcher morning and decided that day that nothing could get in my way,” she said. “When I hit that base hit to win the game, it was overwhelmingly exciting and the team went crazy.” Lesovsky had all eyes on her when the game was tied in the last inning and came down to two strikes. She pulled through with a single that sent a runner from third to home, resulting in a win. Baseball catcher Peter Miller crushed two walk-off hits during back-to-back nights against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Miller hit a single to center field in the 13th inning against the peter Toros. The next miller day, he pinch-hit Baseball catcher for shortstop Cody Slader to knock a single to left to seal the victory. “I don’t want to say that all the success was because of me because everything I do is for the team,” Miller said. “But it felt so good to get those wins and have it be because of something that I did. It was great for the team and created a lot of momentum for us and gave me a lot more confidence for the next games.” Getting the walkoff hit not only creates confidence for the player, it also does the same for the entire team and produces momentum for upcoming games. After junior infielder Kelli Keefe kelli hit her first walkkeefe off against Cal Softball infielder State Dominguez Hills earlier this season, she knew there would be success ahead for the team. The team went on a five-game win streak after the walk-off. “It was great for the team overall because all that excitement carries over into the next game,” Keefe said. “It’s an exciting feeling and it’s great to share that sort of excitement with everyone on the team.” Lee Masten can be reached at or @lee23masten on Twitter.


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Seniors bid farewell to the diamond Chico State baseball players reflect on their last season as Wildcats Jake Bailey transferred to Chico State last season from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Bailey played two seasons with the Mounties, batting .313 his sophomore season and helping the team win the South Coast Conference title. Bailey started 18 games behind the plate last season for Chico State. The team went 13-5 and Bailey threw out seven of 16 runners attempting to steal against him.

jake bailey Senior catcher Covina

Nick Baker finished the 2013 season with a record of 8-4 and a 2.36 ERA. Baker walked 1.18 hitters per nine innings, being the third lowest total in school history. He entered his final season with a 22-7 career record, ranking him third in school history. Baker also ranked sixth in school history in strikeouts with 143 and a winning percentage of .759.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season:

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season: “What I’ll miss the most is the preparation right before a game and walking out onto the field.”

nick baker Senior pitcher La Quinta

Ryne Clark was one of three returning starters this season and was named a team captain So far this season he is batting .321 with 20 RBIs. Prior to coming to Chico State, Clark played for the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif. In the one season he played for the Roadrunners, he earned All-Foothill Conference honors as a sophomore.

Kenny Corona has started nine games for the Wildcats around the infield this season. The transfer from the College of the Sequoias has four RBIs during his senior season. Corona is a spark to the Wildcats bench defensively with a fielding percentage of .982.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season:

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season: ryne clark Senior outfielder Palm Desert

drew freeman Senior pitcher Palos Verdes

“I think it will be weird not going to practice every day and seeing them as much. Not being able to see those guys and hang out around them every day is probably the thing I’ll miss the most.”

kenny corona Senior infielder Fresno

Ronnie Galosic transferred to Chico State last year after spending time at El Camino College. He has appeared in 34 games in the outfield and is a key contributor off the bench as a pinch runner. He stole one base on the season and has scored seven runs.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season:

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season:

“I would say the best is yet to come with the playoffs and graduation around the corner in May, but being able to have all my teammates around through this experience.”

ronnie galosic Senior outfielder San Pedro

“I am going to miss the Friday night games with the crowd behind us every inning.”

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season: ryan mCclellan Senior infielder Visalia

Senior third baseman Reseda

Jesse Silva is a transfer from East Los Angeles College, where he pitched two seasons for the Huskies. This season Silva has pitched seven innings, allowing only six hits and two runs.

“I hold all these games close to my heart because it’s my last baseball season here. I’ll remember the entire season, not just one game.”

eric angerer

ryan o’shea Senior pitcher Brentwood

Eric Angerer has been a member of the Wildcats since 2010. He holds the school record for hit by pitches after breaking the school record of 45 earlier this season. He also holds the school record for hit by pitches in a single season with 29, breaking that record last season. The first baseman is hitting .275 this season in 34 games with 30 hits and 19 RBIs.

Senior first baseman Danville

matt hutchins Senior forward Shingle Springs

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“When we played Cal State Dominguez Hills I had the game tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. We ended up winning in the 13th inning. It is the biggest memory I’ve had here so far.”

Ryan O’Shea is in his fifth season with the Wildcats. He joined the Chico State baseball program in 2010 after graduating from Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif. O’Shea has not seen the field this season, but he appeared in 12 games last season, making three starts and pitching 28 innings. He has accumulated 115 strikeouts through during his time with the Wildcats and has recorded eight wins.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season:

Senior pitcher Lynwood

“Being with my teammates every day knowing that this is the last group of guys I’m going to be with is awesome. It is a great group of guys and I wouldn’t want to be apart of any other team but with these guys.”

Ryan McClellan transferred to Chico State from Valdosta State in Georgia. McClellan started in 41 games for the Blazers, mainly playing at second base. He hit .299 with 13 sacrifice bunts and helped the team to the NCAA Championship Tournament South Regional. McClellan is batting .313 for Chico State so far this season and has 19 RBIs.

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season:

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“I’m going to miss the excitement of being in that dugout with all my friends trying to win a dogfight against whoever we’re playing.”

Drew Freeman is a relief pitcher for the Wildcats appearing in nine games this season, pitching 13 innings. He is a transfer from El Camino College, where he pitched for two seasons. Freeman has struck out 10 batters this season and recorded one save.

Ruben Padilla is the only Wildcat to appear in every game this season. A transfer from Glendale College, the third baseman is hitting .327 with 53 hits and 19 RBIs. Padilla brings his solid glove to third base the diamond recording 104 assists on the season.

ruben padilla

“I’m going to miss practicing every day. I’ve been privileged to have the nicest stadium in our conference. Our stadium and field competes with a lot of Division I programs.”

Most Memorable Moment of the 2014 Season: “Being able to compete and enjoy my final year of college baseball with a great group of guys.”

Matt Hutchins transferred from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa to Chico State. Hutchings threw five complete games in 10 starts last season for Waldorf College. He allowed just 46 hits and struck out 70 in 61.1 innings pitched. This season for Chico State, Hutchins has thrown three innings, allowing four hits and zero runs.

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If we have inspired just a few of these kids to be inquisitive about science, I would consider this event a success. nelson wheelehan senior mechanical engineering major

Engineering students spark kids’ interest at Imagineer Day Prin Mayowa

Staff Writer

What do creating LED lights, conducting simulations of water disbursement and making ice cream have in common? The projects can all be accomplished by grade-school children. On Saturday morning, children ages 5-12 woke up early to be engineers for a day on Imagineer Day, an event put on by Chico State’s Society of Women Engineers. Many boys and girls sat in Langdon Hall waiting for the events to start. One large group of energetic third and fourth grade girls were ready to start the day. They amused each other with tales of last year’s event. As the day commenced Michelle Rodriguez, the Society of Women Engineers’ outgoing president, a senior computer engineering and electrical engineering double major, asked the students if they were excited. “Yeah!” the children screamed in unison. They were then unleashed upon the world of engineering activities. Rodriguez has worked hard to make Imagineer Day become an annual event. “The Society of Women Engineers chapter here died for a couple of years,” she said. “2011 was our first Imagineer Day. We held one last year, and this is our second annual.” Though the event is mostly for the children, the staff were caught up in the excitement of the day as well. As children stood in a row, donning protective eye wear and holding their

personally-crafted bottle rockets, staff walked by excitedly and watched the spectacle as the smell of vinegar filled the air. Children ages 4-8 shook bags with dedication during the ice cream activity, and when they were done, they got to eat the fruit of their labor. The day wasn’t all about bottle rockets and egg drops, though. These kids were actually learning. In fact, Rodriguez's favorite part of the day was during the closing ceremony, when the children were given diplomas that read. “Congratulations, you’re an Imagineer,” she said. “I ask them questions about what they learned that day,” she said. “You should see them — they raise their hands and talk like experts. Things like that are what makes me want to keep doing this. They really enjoy it.” While boys were invited to be a part of Saturday’s activities, the goal of the event was to get young girls interested in engineering. Young girls swarmed Langdon Hall in groups, talking about how much fun they had. Kathy Erickson and Jenny Cooper, parents and Girl Scout troop leaders, were excited to be a part of the program. “They really look forward to it all year,” Cooper said. “We need more female engineers, and these women serve as role models to our girls.” Girl Scouts that attended received unexpected badges for participating in the event, she said. They come just for the fun of it. “Our girls came last year and they had a

blast,” Erickson said. Male engineering students were happy to help with the event as well. Nelson Wheelehan, a senior mechanical engineering major, volunteered at the LED lab. He taught students about the light-emitting diodes, circuits and basic concepts of electricity. Though Wheelehan was never a part of any program like this as a child, he saw this as a great opportunity to get children interested in engineering. “SWE’s event was a great opportunity for young people around Chico to be exposed to science in a fun and positive environment,”

Wheelehan said. “If we have inspired just a few of these kids to be inquisitive about science, I would consider this event a success." At the end of the LED lab session, Wheelehan and his group asked the kids in the room who wanted to be engineers when they got older. Almost every hand in the room went straight up. Prin Mayowa can be reached at or @PrinSupreme on Twitter.

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taste test Chance Egure, a senior sustainable manufacturing major, and Jennifer Schaeffer. a junior civil engineering major, help children make ice cream on Imagineer Day Saturday on campus.

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tick tock Cain Madrigal, senior animal science major and president of the Young Cattleman’s Association, keeps track of time for about 60 runners at the Beefin’ it Up 5k run on Saturday at the University Farm.

Community ‘beefs it up’ at 5k race Amanda Hovik

Staff Writer

Members of the Young Cattlemen’s Association hooped and hollered as runners made their way to the finish line on Saturday morning. The Beefin’ it Up 5K was held for the first time at the University Farm to promote a heart-healthy diet and active lifestyle that includes beef. Bailey Hagata, sophomore agricultural business major and Young Cattlemen’s Association treasurer, helped organize the 5,000-meter race. People were excited to come out and see the farm, she said. The closer the producer works with the consumer, the better the agriculture industry will become. “It gives me hope for the future,” Hagata said.

Stephen Doyle, an agriculture professor the issues that we have as a society, getting off and Young Cattlemen’s Association co-ad- the computers and off their phones,” Doyle said. viser, participated in the run with his stepThere’s a redaughter, Hannewed interest nah Hampton. in grass-fed ver“I love trysus grain-fed ing to keep this beef, he said. healthy lifeIt really comes style, and the down to peridea that beef sonal choice. can be a part “Grass-fed of that,” Doyle beef tends to said. Stephen Doyle be higher in The fitness Young Cattlemen’s Association co-advisor omega-3 fatty activity paired acids, but then well with a trigrain-fed beef tip salad, he tends to be said. “I think we need to get our young people higher in oleic, which is one of the required monounsaturated fats that we need,” Doyle moving and exercising, and address some of

I love trying to keep this healthy lifestyle, and the idea that beef can be a part of that.

said. “Its one of those things to look at the evidence and decide upon yourself.” Sponsors for the run included Fleet Feet and Dave Daley Farm in Chico, California Beef Council in Sacramento, Eaton Roughs Ranch in Humboldt and Cedar Crest Vineyards in Manton. Haydn Clement, a senior agriculture science major, participated in the race and works in the Meats Laboratory on campus. “I think having a 5k with beef on a farm, it’s a really good harmony of knowing where your food comes from, staying physically active, being informed on your food options,” Clement said. “It’s a really good grass-roots campaign.” Amanda Hovik can be reached at or

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Events educate students on prescription drug abuse Dominique Diaz

Staff Writer

Every day in the United States, 105 people die from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, 20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses. The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center aimed to decrease these numbers through Prescription Drug Awareness Week, April 22-24. The goals of the events were to bring light to the issue and to provide the community with information and resources. CADEC set up 55 chairs April 22 on the George Peterson Rose Garden lawn to represent the number of people who die every day from prescription drug overdoses. That is more people than those who die in car accidents in the United States each day. Caroline Galbraith, a sophomore psychology major, peer educator and social media intern at CADEC, doesn't think students realize how many people are affected by prescription drugs. “We wanted to do a shock value aspect at the beginning of the week to get people interested, and to realize that it is a huge issue and the numbers are going up,” Galbraith said. Events throughout the week included a showing of MTV’s “True Life: I'm Addicted to Meds” and an open mic night. The episode showed experiences of college-age adults. “It showed that people go through recovery and not all people just continue it for the rest of their lives,” Galbraith said. “It's possible to quit.” Open mic night was a way to help people de-stress, she said. A lot of people use prescription drugs to calm themselves down. Evan Thibeau, a junior psychology major and peer educator for CADEC, has wit-

nessed the effects of prescription drug dependence. “One of my first interactions with prescription drug abuse was when I had to sit in on an intervention for my cousin who was addicted to painkillers,” Thibeau said. It is one of the reasons he works in CADEC, he said. Thibaeu has seen how drugs can not only hurt the person abusing them, but a whole family and group of friends, too. “I'm really hoping to raise awareness and to break down barriers or help people to find help,” he said. Because of his knowledge and experience in the field, Thibeau’s friends and family have come to him for help. “I have one friend who has gotten through an alcohol addiction,” Thibeau said. “I feel it's because I've helped him find the resources that he'd need.” If a person is using a prescription they’re not supposed to, it can be harmful to themselves and to other people. “Addiction is a disease, and we try to gear it in that direction,” he said. “We're not talking to an addict. We're talking to someone who has an addiction.” Trisha Seastrom, CADEC program director, plays a role in bringing programs to raise awareness. “We live in a culture that turns to pills and medications to solve our problems,” she said. “All you have to do is watch television to see that. And there are advertisements for pharmaceuticals at every turn.” It's not uncommon to work with people who are struggling with this, she said. “Recovery is very possible,” Seastrom said. ‘“As long as there's life, there's hope,’ is what I like to say.” Dominique Diaz can be reached at or

@dominiqueldiaz on Twitter.

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chilling chairs The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center set up an illustrative exhibit on April 22, representing the number of people who die daily from prescription drug overdose in the U.S.

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Seed the day Erica Martin, park interpretive specialist for Bidwell Mansion, helped students plant trees around campus. Participants didn’t let the rain on Friday stop them from joining in on Arbor Day.

Students sustain legacy Amanda Hovik

Staff Writer

Neither hail nor rain can stop Chico State students from getting out and doing sustainability work. Students worked to keep the legacy of the City of Trees alive through activities such as tree planting during Chico State’s Earth Week, April 22-25. The tree planting and creek cleanup on Friday were part of the initiative to become a designated Tree Campus USA school. Student participants planted eight trees with the help of the city, California State Parks and Bidwell Mansion. At the end of the day, they planted five trees on the corner of Third and Chestnut streets and three outside Bidwell Mansion. Lance Park, a junior international relations major, participated in the Arbor Day event and planted a tree at Bidwell Mansion. “I’m not some tree-hugging hippie,” Park said. “I think we really do need to start implementing sustainable practices, and having events like these is just the beginning.” People need to realize that everyone needs the same environment and they need to stop degrading it, he said. “It’s promising knowing there’s things like this happening and showing respect to the world that we live in on a smaller scale,” Park said. Nate Millard, a science education and First-Year Experience lecturer, was involved in hosting the event with the First-Year Experience Program. Other hosting organizations included Associated Students Sustainability, Institute for Sustainable Development, International Society of Fraternities, Cross-Cultural Leadership Center and the Office of Diver-

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sity and Inclusion. Students had the opportunity to plant a tree right next to where John Bidwell planted a tree, Millard said. Other events during the week included a festival with a compost workshop, a sustainable business discussion and a presentation by Jose Gonzalez, founder of Latino Outdoors. Erica Martin, park interpretive specialist for Bidwell Mansion, helped students plant trees on Friday. Sustainability is a good direction for the planet to be going in, she said. “I think it’s great to be able to have this legacy here in a tangible way that we can share with people through the ages,” Martin said. “Hopefully 100 years from now, we’ll be planting trees on the Bidwell Mansion property and throughout Chico.” Amanda Hovik can be reached at or

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WORKING WILDCAT: Five hiring manager mood-killers 2. Not doing your research Ariel Hernandez

Asst. Features Editor Knowing how to interact with recruiters can be the difference between a job offer or a continued job hunt. Though some actions to avoid are more obvious than others, certain deterrents can be confusing. Here are five things to avoid when interacting with recruiters:

1. Asking about money first

When looking for a job, money is definitely an important factor, but you should wait to bring up the question. Asking right away indicates that you’re more focused on how much money you can make than on the actual job. Instead of jumping into a conversation about salary, ask about the company, position and opportunities to grow. Wait until you are offered the job before you bring up salary.

Almost all companies have websites that offer basic information. If you’re asking questions that could have been easily answered by a little research, it shows that you didn’t properly prepare. Not only does it reflect poorly on your interest in the company, but it also wastes valuable time that could be spent asking more specific questions.

3. Displaying a strength as a weakness

question honestly. Telling a recruiter that perfectionism is your weakness isn’t really identifying a weakness. Although being a perfectionist can be a hindrance at times, it’s more of a strength than a weakness. State an authentic and honest weakness and follow up with how you’re trying to overcome it. The recruiter is looking for your ability to identify problems and strategize ways to overcome them, which is much more desirable than perfectionism.

Instead of jumping into a conversation about salary, ask about the company, position and opportunities to grow.

When a recruiter asks you what your weakness is, they are looking for an honest answer. While it’s important not to give the impression that you are incompetent or an undesirable candidate, you need to answer the

4. Being too casual

It seems obvious that from the moment you meet a recruiter up until the last interview, you should always be professional. But some applicants fail to do so. It’s

common for recruiters to open up with basic questions to break the ice, but make sure to keep your answers professional. If they ask what you like to do for fun, refrain from answering, “Doing keg stands while wearing a sombrero.”

5. Taking too long to reply

A recruiter understands that you have a busy schedule with school, activities and possibly a part-time job. But if they call or send an email, they are looking for a relatively prompt reply. If you’re in the process of trying to find a job, make sure to check your email and voice mails once or twice a day. Before you reach out to potential employers, re-evaluate your job-hunt strategy. Make sure to hold off on the money talk, do your research and be honest and proactive. Ariel Hernandez can be reached at or @Aj7uriel on Twitter.

THE O-FACE: Toying around with sex toys during foreplay.

Torpedo vibrator

Michael Karp

Sex Columnist

Yes, I still play with toys, but not the Legos and race cars that used to consume my time. Different types of toys are beginning to catch my eye, and honestly, these ones are much more fun. Here are the sex toys I’ve experimented with:


The first toy I tried was a dildo. It’s meant to simulate a penis, and I used it on my partner spontaneously in the middle of one of our sessions. Having only ever seen it used in porn, I can’t say that I knew what I was doing. However, after a few more attempts, I found dildos to be great for multitasking, especially

My next endeavor involved a vibrator. The cashier at the sex shop advised a simple, black, multispeed vibrator shaped like a torpedo. Trust me — these things are worth the money. I’m really into the pleasure I give my partner, and vibrating toys are a great way to stimulate the clitoris. I use this device both during foreplay and while we are having sex. Realizing that vibration is the way to go, I recently purchased a penis ring and tongue piece. Both of these items vibrate for the same reason, but one is glorious and the other isn’t even worth the package it came in.

Penis ring

This thing is awesome. This item of glory goes around the base of the penis and has a vibrating protrusion meant to pleasure your partner as it makes contact. I like to roll my body in a certain way to stimulate the clitoris as we have sex, so I found this toy to be the perfect enhancement for that. I’ve also heard that they help men last longer, although I found no difference in my stamina.

Sex is amazing in and of itself, and these items only add to the adventure and excitement.

should be discontinued. It’s so difficult to give adequate head with this thing. The rubber has no grip at all and slipped right off my tongue. I also couldn’t tell what part of my partner’s body I was actually touching, so it felt like giving head while my tongue was numb. Within about five minutes, I didn’t hesitate to rip it off and continue old school. With only one mishap under my belt, sex toys are becoming a great addition to my sex life. Sex is amazing in and of itself, and these items only add to the adventure and excitement. If you’d like to do some browsing to see if anything catches your own eye, I suggest checking out the vast selection of online sex shops or taking a trip to your local sex store. Michael Karp can be reached at or

Tongue piece

The particular tongue piece I bought

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