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Budget gloomy for 2011-2012 year Ben Mullin STAFF WRITER

Chico State students stand at the foot of an uphill battle. A proposed $500 million budget cut for the 23 California State University campuses was made Jan. 10 by Gov. Jerry Brown. This cut is part of a proposed $1.4 billion reduction to higher education funding throughout the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which calls for a 10 percent increase in student fees. “My first reaction was ‘here we go again,’” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Sandra Flake in an e-mail interview. “The roller coaster ride continues.” January’s proposed budget reduction, which comes on the heels

of this spring’s 15 percent tuition increase, could be the second massive cut to state spending for higher education in just three years, Flake said. During the 2009-2010 year, $28.7 million was cut from Chico State’s budget, which resulted in a 30 percent fee increase and a twoday per month furlough program. “These ups and downs in the general fund make it very hard to manage expectations,” she said. These expectations include using a budget from the previous decade to support an additional generation of students, said Joe Wills, director of public affairs at Chico State. “If this cut happens, we’ll be using a budget from 1999 to support a system that has 50,000 additional students.” Wills said. “It’s hard,

if not impossible, to run the same institution and serve them the same way if you keep adding people and cutting the budget.” It is too early to forecast exactly how Chico State’s administration will react to the cut in state spending because the final budget won’t be drafted until July, he said. “The governor can’t decree a budget,” Wills said. “There’s a potential for conversation.” Chico State’s administration and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed have consistently referred to the proposal as the beginning of a conversation, asserting their rights to negotiate the terms of the budget. But at least one voice in this conversation is having trouble making >> please see BUDGET | A7

WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU If the proposed budget passes in July, furloughs might be brought back and student services might cut back on resources, along with higher tuition and fees

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A plant long thought to be extinct was rediscovered in San Francisco, and presented at Chico State at the annual Northern California Botanist Symposium, held on Jan. 10 to Jan. 12. Mark Frey, an ecologist of the Presidio Trust, described his excitement upon encountering the last-known sample of the plant, the Francisco Manzanita, dubbed the “Miracle Manzanita.” “It felt like Christmas morning as a kid,” Frey said. The plant was discovered by Daniel Gluesenkamp, a botanist, while he was driving by Doyle Drive, a busy San Francisco Street. The conference featured topics dealing with botany and sustainability, including a general question and answer session with Frey and Tom Parker, a professor at San Francisco State University.

“Rapid Climate Change” is a new book that gives analysis to arguments that challenge the theory of man-made climate change. Scott G. McNall, a Chico State sociology professor and former director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, wrote the supplemental text for students. There were two primary theories cited in the book explaining why people resist compelling environmental research: Lack of science education in K-12 classrooms and the phenomena of confirmation bias — people don’t want to acknowledge what the science of climate change implies. McNall is currently working on another book, which will detail the capacity for resistance that both humans and their environment possess.

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area of W. Fourth Street between Hazel and Ivy Streets, Franseen said. Gianni Caponera, owner of Liberty Cab, said one of the company’s drivers picked up the wounded man. Details about what happened as the man was driven are not being released at the moment as the case remains under investigation, Caponera said. Witnesses have mentioned the incident on social media websites but only briefly. People don’t want to do the right thing and inform police of what they saw, Franseen said. To contact the Chico Police Department, call 530-895-4900.


Chico State raised more than $128,000 during fall’s “Up ’til Dawn” event as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, reaching the halfway point of its goal to donate $250,000 during the 2010-2011 academic year. Lauren Davis, event marketing representative for St. Jude, said they are happy at how the community has come together for the fundraiser.

Two men are recovering from gunshot wounds after an attack shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Normal Avenue. A 23-year-old man is in critical condition at Enloe Medical Center while a 19-year-old man is recovering after being shot as well. It is thought two people were in an altercation during a house party when someone from the crowd shot the man, said Lt. Mike O’Brien of the Chico Police Department in a phone interview. A 19-year-old man was also shot and was taken to Enloe Medical Center where his

condition was not life-threatening, O’Brien said. He was not involved in the altercation. It is unknown if the two men are Chico State students, but it is likely that they are, said Chico Police Sgt. Scott Franseen. Names for the two men are being withheld for now due to safety concerns, he said. “We’re still very actively investigating this,” Franseen said. Nearby patrol officers were at the scene in a matter of seconds after hearing shots being fired, he said. People that had attended the party were scattering when they arrived, some acting argumentative and nonresponsive. Although the 23-year-old was shot, he walked away until he was picked up by a taxi in the



of their classes as spring semester approached, As of Jan. 18, 474 students had been dis-enrolled from their spring semester classes via the university’s early drop protocol, said Jean Irving, university registrar for the Office of Records and Registration. The early drop procedure takes effect on students who have not paid any portion of their tuition by a week after Dec. 9, Irving said. A second and final drop occurs Dec. 21 for those who have not paid in full.

While there is nothing stopping a student from paying full tuition and re-enrolling even after the second drop period, being dropped can be very inconvenient, said junior kinesiology major Jackie Short, who was dropped from her classes. If classes are listed as full, which is often the case after being dropped from a popular course, students have to try to crash a class and convince professors to make extra room for them, Irving said. For students unable to

convince their professors to let them re-enroll in overcrowded classes, the consequences mean lost time and paying for an extra semester of tuition. “If I can’t get these classes back, I will definitely be at least a semester behind,” Short said. The 474 drops are cited as mostly due to a failure on students’ part to read notification e-mails sent by the university, Irving said. As of Nov. 10, the university had sent out four e-mails >> please see DROPPED | A7

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Former Associated Students president Joseph Igbineweka was the first to know when the Chico Police Department matched DNA to a suspect in their investigation of his April 2010 stabbing. The DNA matched a former person of interest logged in the Department of Justice’s database, but the Chico Police Department is IGBINEWEKA Stabbed in what not releasing police think may the identity be a hate crime of the subject until the investigation is completed, said Chico Police Sgt. Rob Merrifield. Police collected the DNA from the scene of the crime. “We’re looking at a possible suspect based on the DNA evidence,” he said. Potential charges are unknown and depend on multiple factors but jail time is expected if a conviction is made, Merrifield said. “The charge at the very least will be assault with a deadly weapon and there may be a potential for hate crime and possible other charges,” he said. Igbineweka will be needed to pick the suspect out of a lineup. “I have confidence in myself that I will pick the right person,” he said. The injuries he suffered healed, and after recent tendon transfer surgery Igbineweka has been undergoing physical therapy. “I have been fighting with my left hand and the loss of >> please see DNA | A7


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WORLD NEWS >> According to a White House official’s statements to CNET. com, President Barack Obama is preparing to give the Commerce Department authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, currently being drafted by the Obama administration, is designed to enhance online security and privacy while reducing or eliminating the need to memorize dozens of passwords. Critics have concerns about the privacy implications of such a centralized database in government control.

Moscow, Russia — Thirty-five people were killed and 150 injured by a suicide Baghdad, Iraq — At least 32 people

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Madrid, Spain — Police in Madrid

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United States, has ceased production

2018 World Cup.

pounds of cocaine ready for distribution,

after its factories in Italy were pressured

$2.6 million in cash, 470 mobile phones,

by the Italian parliament. German and

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States for fear that it will be used in

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prison executions.

More than 1,000 residents in Kerang did not evacuate and are isolated. Authorities conducted more than 150

“This is not about money, but ethical principles,” said Frank Ulrich Montgomery, vice president of the German Medical

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Association. Planned executions in the

not to go near the rising water.

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tions due to the shortage. Source: Wall Street Journal

Washington resident Miriam Regalado sued her employer for alleged gender discrimination only to have her husband fired three weeks later for “performance issues.” The couple then sued again, claiming job retaliation. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously favoring the couple on Monday, concluding that federal protections can include thirdparty victims of retaliation. source: CNN


Business cools downtown with students gone Dario Gut STAFF WRITER

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Steve Kanner, a Chico State student who worked at The Bear during the break described the venue as “a different crowd” that comes in to eat while students are gone. “There are a lot more families and older adults who take advantage of this time when students are gone to eat here,” Kanner said. “Also there is less staff available to work hours.” Even Starbucks on Broadway

Street has had a change during the break. “There have been more business-type adults coming in during the mornings instead of students,” staff member Amber Fisher said. “Also, people don’t hang out as long because they don’t need to study, which means the night shifts are a lot slower.” Dario Gut can be reached at

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slower months in the year,” said Manager Spencer Stock. “The weekends slow down a bit, but the overall business is still good,” Stock said. “Plus this makes room for more parking.” The Madison Bear Garden also flourished during the break, with people ordering drinks throughout the evening and enjoying “Burger Madness” during the day, Manager John Ehrke said.

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for more than a year. “We are affected by any break since it is a college town.” Although a five-week break has caused neighboring restaurants to see a drop in sales, other businesses have been thriving. Tres Hombres Long Bar and Grill still brings in business even without students being the majority of the purchasers. “January and February are the


Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt will step aside and make way for co-founder Larry Page to take the reins, in a surprise announcement that came as the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results. Schmidt plans to sell about 534,000 shares of Class A common stock. Based on Google's closing share price of $626.77 on Thursday, he would earn about $334.7 million on the stock sale.


GONE FOR BREAK Empty seats sit outside Starbucks downtown. A drop in sales has been attributed to students leaving for winter break.


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Clay Butler, a California entrepreneur, is planning to supply medical marijuana dispensaries in the state with a new soda that contains the psychoactive marijuana ingredient THC. Along with a standard cola drink called Canna Cola, he also plans to produce THC infused knockoffs of Dr. Pepper, Sprite, orange and grape soda. A 12-oz. bottle will cost $12. Butler claims that he doesn’t do drugs or require marijuana for any medical ailments.

Businesses and restaurants around downtown Chico try to keep busy during the winter break even without the large collection of students to buy their products. Celestino’s, a popular pizza parlor among students, had a substantial revenue drop in December and January, said owner Enzo Perri. He has noticed a 5 percent decline since last semester. “Our business won’t get back up until Saturday or Sunday when school is back in session,” he said. “Because of our quick serve, we tend to bounce back quickly.” With the restaurant being so close to campus, it depends heavily on students and professors from Chico State. “We lose about 40 percent because of the break mainly because of our location,” Perri said. “However, recently we have been trickling back up to where we were at the start of the year.” Spencer Handley, a junior graphic design major, is one of many students who love going back to Celestino’s. “I would spend $40 just on food at restaurants and then drinks for the weekend,” he said. “That’s not even including cigarettes.” Peeking Chinese Restaurant on West Second Street was also affected by student absences during the winter break. “We make a lot of our money from renting rooms for parties like on Halloween,” said Vanessa Bautista, a waitress who has been working at Peeking

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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, 3:14 p.m.: Disturbance reported on 200 block of West First Street. “White male suspect drinking and smoking marijuana, screaming at citizens in the park.” Thursday, 3:44 p.m.: Disturbance reported on 1400 block of Trenta Drive. “Behind address on bike path. Female is trying to hit some kids on other side of fence.”


MEDICARE The Student Health Center helps Chico State students by providing free services and inexpensive medicine when state budget cuts increased Enloe Medical Center's emergency room visits.

Services provided after local budget cuts Eli Gibbs STAFF WRITER

While Enloe Medical Center is struggling with proposed Medi-Cal co-pay increases on emergency room visits by Gov. Jerry Brown, Chico State’s Student Health Center is still dedicated to its free services. Services for students are free at the Student Health Center because all money comes from the student fees, much like the Wildcat Recreation Center, said Director of Student Health Service Cathy Felix. In this case, a $120 fee covers a student for all co-pay expenses, she said. Students are only charged for their medication, which is discounted. With budget cuts on university funds, the Student Health Center had to adapt its hours of availability rather than the services it offers, Felix said. “Being a state university health center, we do not make a profit,” she said. “Everything the students pay, we

give back to them.” The staff at the Student Health Center knows it cannot be open continually and are still trying to help as much as they can, Felix said. The staff has collectively tried to influence students to think toward “wellness” as a way to prevent injury and illness, Felix said. Preventing accidents can be as simple as being aware of how to act in the event of an emergency or protecting against accidents from the start. The center runs a program called “Wildcat Watch” that teaches CPR and when to call 911 if a friend is in trouble, Felix said. Wildcat Watch will be held on a Saturday sometime during the semester. Students can sign up for free to take the informational course. Although details are not available now, information for the program is soon to come, she said. Allie Rumpanos, a senior at

Chico State, GET INVOLVED has used the health center Follow the cenfor four years ter on Twitter due to the at ChicoWellCat or find them convenience on Facebook. it offers her. “It’s ben- Stop in at their location next to eficial to be Acker Gym Monable to stop day to Friday, 8 in after class a.m. to 5 p.m. even if I need something over-the-counter,” Rumpanos said. Another program the health center is implementing for students is very similar to Planned Parenthood services, said Lindsey Langdon, administrative support assistant at the center. The program, called Family Pact, pays for family planning and reproductive health services. Applications for the program can be found online or can be picked up at the health center. Eli Gibbs can be reached at

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Thursday, 5:45 p.m.: Drunk in public reported on 900 block of East Avenue. “Passerby advising two juveniles are crossing Cohasset. Juvenile is falling all over the place and appeared to have been vomiting.” Friday, 2:08 a.m.: Drunk in public reported on 100 block of East Fourth Avenue. “Two intoxicated females. Very loud and falling down drunk.” Friday, 9:55 p.m.: Disturbance on 2300 block of Notre Dame Boulevard. “Six juveniles keep jumping into roadway trying to scare approaching traffic.” Saturday, 12:16 a.m.: Disturbance on 1700 block of Esplanade. “Reporting party states there is a woman outside ‘losing her mind.’ The reporting party did not sound in her right mind either.” Saturday, 7:16 a.m.: Shoplift reported at 100 block of Main Street. “Reporting party advising has been drinking subject fled the store with a 40-oz. beer, reporting party believes he is at the rear of the business.” Saturday, 7:27 a.m.: Traffic hazard reported at East 20th Street. “Christmas tree in the middle of the road.” Saturday, 10:57 a.m.: Petty theft reported at 2000 block of Cohasset Road. “Reporting party left his iPhone 4 in the bathroom. As soon as he turned around to go back and get it, a female entered and then ran out the store with it.” Saturday, 11:42 a.m.: Suspicious subject reported on 2100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. “White male yelling and

cursing at customers.” Saturday, 1:48 p.m.: Family dispute at 1200 block of Hazel Street. “Reporting party states juvenile is bipolar and will not take his medication. Juvenile is having episode, picking up knives at this time.” Saturday, 8:18 p.m.: Dispute reported on 2700 block of Esplanade. “Customer being argumentative about her yogurt she wanted to return. Refusing to leave.” Saturday, 11:45 p.m.: Suspicious subjects reported on 600 block of East Third Street. “Three males on reporting party’s porch, refusing to leave. Reporting saying she heard one say, ‘I’m so fucked up.’”

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Sunday, 11:27 a.m.: Disturbance reported at 200 block of Broadway Street. “Male subject yelling and screaming at passers-by. Second reporting party from Burgers and Brew calling in stating male subject is cursing at all passersby.” Sunday, 1:41 p.m.: Disturbance reported at 700 block of West Fifth Street. “Reporting party advising she just kicked out a patron who was acting oddly. Subject is now running in and out of traffic and yelling at no one in particular.” Monday, 1:40 a.m.: Annoying phone calls reported at 1400 block of West Third Street. “Says he is receiving threatening text messages. Says the messages are saying something about reporting party touching a girl.”

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A.S. Recycling gets national coverage Organization aims to compost 100,000 pounds by end of spring semester Bryan Clendon STAFF WRITER

A.S. Recycling composted 90,000 pounds of food in the fall thanks to a partnership with Recology. Formerly Norcal Waste Systems, Inc., Recology opened a new composting facility in Marysville in April 2010 that could cater to the A.S. Recycling program’s increased efforts to recycle and compost. The composting program used to operates at the University Farm, but the farm couldn’t take certain items, such as paper, due to littering issues, said Eli Goodsell, recycling operations coordinator for A.S. Recycling. Partnering with Recology allowed these items to be recycled. “There are other facilities, but they only take yard waste,” he said. The new Recology facility allowed for A.S. Recycling to compost yard waste, food scraps, paper plates, paper napkins and

disposable coffee cups, Goodsell said. This semester the goal is to compost 100,000 pounds of food, he said. This will be reached by expanding the number of composting bins throughout the campus. “At the Marketplace Cafe, people are able to recycle not only the food on their plate, but also the plate and napkins,” he said. In the coming months, he hopes to include compost bins in some of the coffee houses on campus, Goodsell said. Composting has economic advantages besides the environmental advantages, he said. It creates less waste and cuts down on campus waste management costs. The A.S. Recycling program’s increased efforts in composting have led to recognition from the magazine BioCycle, a nationally distributed magazine for people in the waste and compost industry, Goodsell said. Chico State was featured in a December 2010 article covering the recycling of food waste on college campuses in the United States. The national recognition for Chico State is a great accomplishment, said Daniel Ojeda, a junior

COMPOSTING ON CAMPUS Students and staff throw away their scraps in composting bins around campus The bins are collegected by A.S. Recycling They are taken to a warehouse on West Fourth Street The waste is put in a 3-yard-wide bin Employees mix food waste with yard waste

and put it into mounds called windrows Windrows are kept moist and shifted to keep carbon and nitrogen levels constant The waste turns into a thick black compost over time It is then sold to a third party, which bags it and sells again as retail soil

criminal justice major. “To know that we have been recognized at a national level for our composting is pretty cool,” Ojeda said. Recology arrives three times a week to pick up a three-yard bin and take the compost to their facility in Marysville, where the compost is made into soil, Goodsell said. Junior communications major Nate Sorenson has helped his parents with their home compost bins over the past year, he said. “I have two compost bins at my parents’ house that I maintain when I am home,” Sorenson said. “Composting is very easy.” His parents throw their compostable material into a small bin in their kitchen, and when it’s full they put it in large bins outside, Sorenson said. The scraps turn into compost without much effort, and when it is ready they spread it in their garden. A.S. Recycling offers workshops to anyone that is interested in learning how to compost at home, Goodsell said. THE ORION • FRANK REBELO

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â– The Worst Taste in Music is just another blog about music written by Chico State alumnus Kyle Glassey. Kyle graduated from Chico State in 2010 with a B.A. in Music Industry and Technology and currently resides in Los Angeles. His blog will focus on bringing awareness to artists and companies within the music industry who are producing quality work. Theworsttasteinmusic.wordpress. com.



By Elizabeth Ghiorso ■Most savvy students know that getting sick means missing out on classes, weekend trips and drink specials. However, most of us don’t know much about how to avoid getting sick in the first place. As it turns out, some of the biggest factors affecting immune response could already be in your kitchen. With that in mind, Cucina Chico offers up some delicious tips to keep you happy, healthy and well fed this spring.



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CHARMS OF CHICO By Rebecca Hucker ■Have you ever walked by a business in downtown Chico and wondered what kinds of treasures you might find in there? Charms of Chico can help. Each week, you’ll learn about a new clothing boutique, restaurant or other specialty store and the products and services you won’t find anywhere else. Next time you’re about to go shopping, check out Charms of Chico and see what downtown Chico has to offer.

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nerves in my pinky and ring ďŹ nger,â€? he said. Although Igbineweka is not sure of when he will be fully healed, he hopes that it will be soon. “My guess is probably four to ďŹ ve months, maybe six months,â€? he said. Igbineweka, who has since moved to Oakland, blames the stabbing for his departure from Chico, he said. The safety of other Chico State students seems to have improved since the stabbing, said current A.S. President Amro Jayousi. “The incident has encouraged law enforcement, city and local

I have been ďŹ ghting with my left hand and the loss of nerves in my pinky and ring ďŹ nger.


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itself heard, said Chris Chavez, a student at CSU Long Beach and president of the student advocacy group California State Students Association. “The students at CSUs need to contact the state legislature,â€? he said. “Last time we saw cuts of this magnitude, we saw furlough days.â€? Both the Cal Grant ďŹ nancial aid system and total student enrollment are possible targets for the impending budget reduction, Chavez said. “We need to protect access to our universities,â€? he said. But students aren't the only ones affected by budget cuts. During the budget crisis of 2009-2010, furlough days devastated Augie’s Cafe, Chico’s charitable coffeehouse, said co-owner Peter Hansen. “The furlough days killed us,â€? he said. “During those days, we lost one-third of our business, just because there were no students to buy coffee.â€? Like Hansen, Chavez is worried that limited

MAKE AN IMPACT enrollment will affect March 14 California’s March for Higher Educacommunition in Sacramento ties, and emphasized Last year, the march had the impor- 13,000 student participants tance of making the April 16-18 California's Higher Educastudent’s voice heard in tion Student Summit Sacramento. “We need Teaches students how to students to lobby; Contact Associated Students if interested contact the state legislature, and we need them to contact the governor and say, ‘look, we need to protect access to our programs,’� Chavez said. “We’ve got a major battle ahead of us.� Ben Mullin can be reached at

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reminding student to pay tuition, said Anna Magana, assistant director of Student Financial Services, in an e-mail interview. The ďŹ rst of these notiďŹ cations were sent out a month before the tuition payment deadline, and student account balance information was always available through the CSU Portal. But a failure to read e-mails is not the only cause of these drops, Short said. Dis-enrollment may also occur when ďŹ nancial aid sources and the university have diďŹƒculty communicating. “There was an issue with the acceptance of ďŹ nancial aid,â€? she said. “I paid the dierence between tuition dues and the aid amount, but Chico failed to recognize that I had been accepted for aid until after I had been dropped.â€? When it comes to ďŹ nancial aid, student recipients are advised to double check they have been accepted for aid on a semester basis, not an annual

basis, said Registration Supervisor Michelle Holmes. “That’s not what happened in my case, and the university never oered a real answer on why an error had occurred with my ďŹ nancial aid payment,â€? Short said. Of the 474 students dropped this period, approximately a half dozen have occurred accidentally, Holmes said. “If it was a university error, we will contact departments to see if they’ll help us re-enroll students,â€? Irving said. In order to avoid being dropped, the Student Financial Services oďŹƒce encourages students to familiarize themselves with due dates via the online portal and their campus e-mail, Magana said. Students whose tuition is paid by their parents or guardian can also sign up for the new Parent Portal, which allows parents to view and pay campus dues independently.

AVOID GETTING DROPPED IN THE FUTURE Register and accept ďŹ nancial aid, if applicable, on a semester basis rather than annual Check your CSU e-mail and Portal account for notiďŹ cations Familiarize yourself with due dates and other important deadlines


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Budget cuts raise college fees, decrease value Soon the California State University system will be so depleted that all we will learn from our time in college is that once you’ve slashed and burned something, you should bleed it dry for good measure. As detailed in a budget story on page A1, Jan. 10 saw a proposal for a $1.4 billion cut from the already beaten-up higher education budget for the 2011-2012 school year. This would be the second cut in a three-year period and would amount to a $500 million cut from the CSU system. If it’s anything like its similar predecessor in 2009, students could be facing furloughs, decreased faculty salaries, less scholarship funds and unforeseeable effects that will be undesirable at best. The 2009 cuts resulted in class schedules peppered with furloughs in addition to a painfully mandatory 30 percent fee increase. However, after the expected amount of moaning and groaning from the masses about how expensive school is getting, we have to take a minute to consider the reality of what this means for the future of a CSU degree. The proposed $500 million cut to the CSU stacks with the previous one, making last year’s situation almost enviable in comparison. With such a massive monkey wrench headed quickly in our direction, now is not the time to repeat the mistake of being naive. The cuts made during that historic and hectic time in the CSU’s life were nothing if not surprising. There were drastic cuts to salaries across the board that had an effect on the morale of our teachers, who were forced to do their job in less time due to the relentless furloughs. While some reveled in the extra days off, no student could honestly admit to feeling unaffected by the forced

absences from class. This affected the daily life of the students as well as that of an entire town that already seems to flinch every time it hears about a three-day weekend. The 30 percent increase in fees had the bittersweet aftertaste of what we were told was medicine. That spoon full of sugar was supposed to be the help all that extra money would bring when it went right back into the CSU system. But here we are, two school years later, and we’re only now realizing that it was a placebo all along. Even a conservative damage estimate would have to confess that we are headed for something worse than the first round in 2009. It seems that for anyone to suggest such a drastic solution to the lagging state budget, there must be some sort of assumption that there is $1.4 billion worth of spending that we could make do without. But when there are classrooms that don’t have enough seats for every student and pipes leaking toxic air, are we really making do as it is? It is startling, to say the least, to hear this proposal from a man elected with such contradictory claims about his view on higher education. Before his election, Brown claimed that he wanted to “channel needed

funds to our higher education system” and “expand access to higher learning and reduce costs” so that he could make an education affordable for working families. With the way things are going, he may just get his

wish. Students will have to channel their food money to their fees, classes will be online to combat student teacher ratios and it will take the entire working family just to buy that once-great degree.



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Chico makes me sick. If it’s not the cloud of allergens that seems to hover at just about sinus level, then it’s the imaginary diseases that get me. It’s hard to be a student in Chico and not have “Short Timer’s Syndrome” to a certain degree. It’s the kind of disease that can leak into your psyche and force you to self-medicate with communal binge drinking and drifting between the elaborate and deteriorated homes that pepper the streets closest to campus. Short Timer’s Syndrome can be fun, if you can look past the side effects like a persistently empty wallet and piles of ash in the street resembling a dirty old couch. Mix STS with the laziness and inflated pride of Senioritis and you just found your self the perfect cocktail of youth-targeting lethargy. However, the one tragic illness that no one is safe from is what I like to call “Chronic Local’s Disorder” — a sickness of the mind that tricks you into thinking you’re constantly at home. CLD certainly isn’t particular to Chico State and it’s not necessarily a completely college student disease. It affects most people who move periodically throughout their lives even though they may never go to a college. However, college students inevitably make up a great part of that grouping affected by CLD. Let me go back to standardized test prep classes to explain it — if everyone who moves is affected by CLD and most college students move throughout their college years, then most college students are affected by CLD. Get it? If not, that’s okay. I first noticed the symptoms of Chronic Local’s Disorder about a year

ago while visiting some old friends from my time at another university. When it came time to drive around my old stomping grounds that I hadn’t lived in for more than two years, I felt like I had never left. I was weaving in and out of back streets, I walked into people’s houses like I owned the place and had no problem making myself at home in a place that was anything but. I noticed the effects of CLD again during a recent trip to Las Vegas. While at every bar we went to and with each trip to the dance floor, I expected to see a crowd of friends already boogying down. There was hardly any novelty left in the whole experience. Then I realized that this conditioned response to overpriced drinks and overproduced dance music was nothing more than the false comfort which accompanies Chronic Local’s Disorder. Luckily there is an at-home test for CLD that can identify you as a carrier. Try to think to yourself and decide where you feel the most at home. If you can’t identify one definitive place, you’ve definitely been infected. As college students, we are hyperconditioned to the life of hermit crabs. We roam from location to location making sure that our belongings can fit in the backseat of the beat-up compact sedans that take us back and forth every winter and summer break. It’s the kind of lifestyle that allows us to party like a rolling stone and keeps us safe from gathering moss at the same time. In a way, it gives us the perk of having a friendly disposition wherever you go without the responsibility to care whether your behavior is appropriate or not — which, in most cases, it isn’t. Either way, I would rather be chronically local than a rooming stranger. Joanna Hass can be reached at

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Boredom reveals reason for gang life Serena Cervantes OPINION COLUMNIST

I had no job, I was totally broke, I didn’t know enough people in this town so I was a loner much of the time, I evaded all family functions because I was severely depressed, the guy I liked never called back and I probably gained 10 pounds. I was starting to feel as if I was in “Dumb and Dumber” — when life started to suck, even my parakeet’s head was falling off. This winter break clearly wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst. The first thing I decided to do was get out of my funk was to start reading all my “fun” books that I never got to read during fall semester. I randomly picked up “Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida” by Victor Martinez. I ended up hating it because it felt like a monotone tale of the boring, down-and-out life of a kid growing up in Fresno. The barrio life of this kid ended with his initiation so that he could be a “vato firme,” a tough guy who is a part of a gang. I didn’t really understand what the book was getting at. The main character certainly had hardships in life but it simply felt like jumbled memories strung together in chapters. I couldn’t really figure out its themes until I put it into context with my own life. Over break, I took a winter intercession class called Sociology of Gangs and it sounded interesting enough. The first thing the professor said on entering the room was to give thanks that we were lucky to be in a classroom environment instead of worse situations like in gangs or prison. I knew my life sucked at the moment but I never thought about people who had it worse. By deluding myself into thinking I had nothing to do over the break, I created my own sort of mental prison. This was offset by the opportunity to take the class. So I was grateful. The class turned out to be an eyeopening experience. I found myself for three weeks being a silent observer, listening in on all the conversations about the gang-related experiences of my fellow classmates. The professor had us learning about gangs from several different perspectives like that of law enforcement and, of course, of a sociologist. It opened up students to a culture most of us never even think of, like

the origins and ongoing rivalry of the Hell’s Angels and the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gangs. We looked at prison gangs and how they often control and give orders to street gangs to carry out the organization’s agenda. Gangs like “La Eme” — the Mexican mafia — the Aryan Brotherhood and the Black Guerrilla Family were some of the prison gangs we looked at. To culminate the experience we watched the classic film “American Me” and I was wowed by the unrelenting corruptness of prejudicial racial pride that goes into the creation of a prison gang. The most influential part of the class was looking at why kids join gangs in the first place. This brought me back to “Parrot in the Oven.” I finally understood that the book was being told from different angles to convey all the factors that cause a kid to join a gang. If enough of the right factors come into play, like extreme poverty, anti-social behavior or bullying, then the kid is considered high-risk for joining a gang. The main character certainly had all that going for him. His hardships turned into arrows pointing inevitably in the wrong direction. Answers for why kids join gangs are complex, but mostly kids who feel a need to gain notice, respect and some form of emotional bond with peers is a great incentive because it is either lacking at home or at school. Other incentives that draw kids into gangs are drugs, protection, girls and pride, but the need to belong is always a part of joining a brotherhood. If I felt this down-and-out this winter break, I can’t imagine what it must feel like for kids who have to feel this way all the time. It’s like everything in life is constantly falling apart. Now I understand why kids might join gangs in order to escape a life that isn’t what they thought it would be. It took an intersession class and an old novel to make me realize my situation wasn’t the worst it could be. Now I am left with the reality of how gangs can bring down a society one lonely kid at a time. My unpleasant moments were officially eclipsed by an even greater problem in our society, that of gangs. It’s a problem that even makes a parakeet losing his head seem comical in comparison. Serena Cervantes can be reached at


THUMBS >> Thumbs Up to finally knowing the lineup for the Super Bowl. Good luck to both teams — until Sunday.


Thumbs Down to the sun playing peek-a-boo with Chico. It’s warm or cold, Mother Nature, so pick a side and stick with it!

TV series spreads sugary cheer, in a good way Kelly Hering OPINION COLUMNIST

“Gleeking out” is no longer gross. In fact, it has become quite the uplifting experience. I am no fan of musicals, stereotypes, pop music or high school dramas. When I sit down at the TV and Ashley Tisdale pops on the screen, all I want to do is punch her in her perfectly reconstructed nose. Miley Cyrus causes nausea and don’t even get me started on Zac Efron. Seeing their saccharine smiles and orange fake-baked skin makes me far less relaxed than before I sat down to enjoy some tube-time. Watching TV turns into channel surfing overload, one annoying program after the next, until one day I caught a little “Glee” on FOX. After watching a dance routine featuring the far-too-adorable character Kurt Hummel, played by Chris Colfer, and a song performed by powerhouse character Mercedes Jones, played by Amber Riley, I was hooked. There was something about this show that uplifted my sour mood in an instant. One minute I’m on the Disney Channel just wanting to shank somebody out of frustration and the next I feel like I spent my entire day under a double rainbow while riding unicorns. It’s that damn uplifting. “Glee” captures the way high school felt, which is far different from how high school is usually depicted on television. In most TV shows, it is more about how high school appears from the outside looking in.

High school felt so much more important than our parents made it out to be, and this is what Ryan Murphy, the show’s co-creator, deems as one of the reasons for the show’s success. “For the most part, the show is about a very specific idea, which is that, when you are this age — in high school — your life is a fantasy,” Murphy said in an interview with The Vancouver Sun. “It’s a theatrical fantasia; when you walk down the hallway, you feel like you’re in the spotlight. That’s your world.” “Glee” may seem a little nonsensical or a bit over the top at first glance, but that is why I have come to enjoy it. While being extremely fun, the show dabbles in many complex issues and, in turn, gives the viewer something to take with them after each episode. One of the most prominent issues on the show is bullying, especially victimizing gay teens. It’s a topic that many celebrities have come out to speak against, from Nicki Minaj to Ellen Degeneres. Now toe-tapping and vocal-cord-teasing “Glee” is included among those champions. The openly gay Colfer has taken an even more direct role by partnering with Project Trevor, a group that urges teens in distress to seek help. Colfer has appeared on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” saying: “I promise you, there is a world full of acceptance and love just waiting for you to find it.” Warm goodness always comes from a show that features actors like Colfer. If you haven’t given it a shot yet, watch the first couple episodes. Soon you too will become a bona fide “Gleek.”

Thumbs Up to jobs in social media. I was on Facbook all day anyway.

Thumbs Down to the budget cut proposal. Good luck with that one, future students.

Thumbs Up to new roommates. You can always be sorry to say goodbye but excited to say hello at the same time.

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Thumbs Down to sitcoms about college living. Don’t try to make us think we’re missing out. Do you even know who you’re talking to?


Believers purchase salvation with narcissism Earl Parsons ARTS EDITOR

The universe is random and indifferent to suffering, but here’s the good news — we’re all going to die, no matter what happens, so we can stop lying to ourselves about it. Americans spend millions of dollars every year listening to people who would tell them otherwise. Snake oil salesmen pat them on the head like children and tell them everything’s going to be all right. They say they have the secret to the universe. The sheep buy every one of

their books and attend every seminar, following each word like gospel. Their “secret of the universe” is usually some variety of self-confidence. If you believe in yourself, they say, the universe will open its doors to you and all form of success and riches will come your way. That all sounds nice, but here’s the truth — the universe does not revolve around you. Contrary to what your mother and your grade teachers may have told you, you are not special, and I’m not special either. We share the same timeless desires. If there is such a thing as God or fate, it’s not going stop on a dime for one guy because he likes himself.

The self-esteem movement is a scourge, poisoning the notions of personal responsibility that helped build this wonderfully dysfunctional country. Feeling good about yourself is key to projecting a positive public image, but success and failure is dependent on your actions and the perception of those actions by the people around you. So if your dream is to make the Hitler mustache fashionable again, people probably won’t listen to you, no matter how hard you work or how much you believe in your dream. Besides, Michael Jordan already tried it in a Hanes commercial and failed

miserably. Self-help documentaries like “The Secret” and “What wthe Bleep Do We Know!?” use pseudoscience and psychospiritual nonsense to convince people that perception is reality. Under their line of reasoning, the only cause of suffering is the belief in suffering. There are six billion members of our species on this planet, and most of them are mired in the depths of uncontrollable poverty. If “The Secret” were true, then world peace could be achieved with posters of dangling kittens saying, “hang in there, champ.” Unfortunately, suffering is a

certainty of life. You’ll probably achieve most of your goals if you try hard enough, but you will inevitably be disappointed at one point or another. If everybody got what they wanted all the time, there would be no janitors or cashiers and half of all marriages wouldn’t end in divorce. In the end, the universe doesn’t care about you. It would be here if you never existed, and it will be here long after you die. But it doesn’t care about me, either, or anyone else, for that matter. At least the universe is fair.

Thumbs Up to Joaquin Phoenix’s mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Watch it and the last couple years of his career finally make sense.

Thumbs Down to the Bellamy Brothers accusing Britney Spears of stealing their song. Because that’s what we give to stupid things.

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PIECE OF MIND >> What do you think about gangs in Chico? “I know there are gangs in Chico but you don’t really hear about it that much.”

Trina Walker

senior | women’s studies, political science

“I heard of previous scenarios about people getting jumped before but that’s unfortunate.”

Christian Todhunter junior | mechanical engineering

“I haven’t even heard of anything because I’m a transfer student. I think they would be a waste of time.”

Olivia Garcia junior | social work

“Gangs in Chico aren’t as bad as where I am from but I still think it’s a relevant issue.”

Erin Lund

sophomore | child development

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This spring has the potential to be one of the best athletic seasons in Chico State history. Here’s a look at five of the most dangerous athletes in a Wildcat uniform.


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a sophomore center, is called Bubbles. Hawkins and his teammates do a lot of activities together outside the court, he said. “We’re a tight bunch. We like to go to all-you-can-eat pizza together, they probably don’t like us when we come through,” Hawkins said. His favorite team bonding moments are on road trips, he said. “We got a new thing going on, we take a laptop and we do our own version of ‘Cribs’ in the hotel,” Hawkins said. “We’re on volume three for the next road trip.”

From Chico to the pros For a small town with a Division II school, Chico is a powerful launching pad for world-class athletic talent. More than a couple former Chicoans are scalding the net, threading the needle and the like in the professional ranks. The best example has to be Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a Chico native and former Butte College Roadrunner, who led the Packers over the Bears on Sunday in Chicago for his first Super Bowl berth — not to mention the team’s first NFC title since January 1998. Rodgers, a Pleasant Valley High graduate, moved from one relatively small town to another — after his stint with UC Berkeley — in heading from Chico to Green Bay. Not exactly easy to do with a league full of teams in dense urban jungles like New York City, Chicago or Atlanta. That “small town” attitude and demeanor show on the field and off for Rodgers, with his quiet confidence and humble nature. Couple that with his absolute cannon of an arm and hardly anyone can stop him — or at least not the Eagles, Falcons or Bears — on his way to the Super Bowl. Then there’s the impressive group of former Chico State Wildcats, who may not be household names but whom are all just as impressive in their own right. Even international athletes. When the United States men’s soccer team took on Chile on Jan. 22, striker Chris Wondolowski got the start for the red, white and blue. This is same Chris Wondolowski who graduated from Chico State in 2004 after punching in 39 career goals and dishing out 23 assists as a Wildcat. Wondolowski was the winner of the Golden Boot — the award given to the Major League Soccer player with the most goals — for his 2010 season with the San Jose Earthquakes. Yes, that honor in the MLS might sound like beating your 4-year-old cousin in basketball, but the fleetfooted Wondolowski just started for the United States of America. He’s no joke. When you talk about fleet-footed from Chico, you have to talk about distance runner Scott Bauhs. While the awards have reached a plateau for Bauhs now that he’s out of college, his third place finish at the 2010 U.S. Cross Country Championships is downright staggering. When he was here, Bauhs won “Chico State Athlete of the Year” every year from 2006-2009, and was a four-time All-American. No big deal. With several more incredible athletes on the rise, like those featured this week, anything is possible for the town of Chico, its university and its undying passion for sports.

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Damario Sims

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Damario Sims might be the biggest sparkplug of all on Greg Clink’s crew of highenergy ballers. The men’s basketball team is 10-6 overall, with a 6-6 conference record, 9-2 at home and 1-4 on the road. A six-foot sophomore guard out of Oakland, Sims has played a key role in the men’s team’s success. Starting all 16 games this season, Sims has averaged 12.1 points per game, 31 minutes per game and shoots just over 79 percent from the free-throw line. Sims accounts the team’s lackluster performance on the road to the team’s need to get back to defending. “I felt like we didn’t play as hard on the road,” Sims said. “At home, we felt we had something to prove.” Sims accompanies seniors Roderick Hawkins and Terence Pellum as the leaders in 2011. Combined, the three are averaging almost 37 points per game and all of them play more than 25 minutes per game. “The whole team are like brothers,” Sims said. “We’re always on the same page and we get along great.” The ’Cats are determined to finish strong and make it into the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament. “To the fans, don’t give up on us now,” Sims said.

Newcomer Britt Wright, junior right fielder and transfer from Grossmont College, joins the softball team this season and brings with her a flashy bat and tons of speed that could help push the Wildcats to the next step. After an underdog berth in the NCAA Super Regional in 2010, Chico State softball is hungry for more. Building off a 33-21 finish last season — 21-14 in California Collegiate Athletic Association — the ’Cats hope to merge their new talents with their proven veterans in 2011. At Grossmont last year, Wright received First Team honors in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, hitting a hefty .440 with two home runs, 22 RBIs and a conference-high 10 triples and 25 stolen bases. “As a leadoff hitter, my goal is to get on base, get around and score,” said a confident Wright. Newcomers joining Wright on the team are infielders Diana Payan and Jackie Munoz. The three should strengthen the depth of the lineup as they unite with experienced Wildcat sluggers like Sam Quadt and Rachel Failla, as well as aces Jessica McDermott and Kacie McCarthy. “I hope what I can bring to the team is my athleticism, my speed and my desire to win,” Wright said. “I want everyone to just have the best season that they can and I just want to be a part of it.”

Junior Kyle Souza soared for Chico State men’s golf in the fall and seems primed for an exceptional spring. Ranked third in the nation among Division II players, Souza is the team’s strongest player and it will be interesting to track his progress. “Kyle is a huge part to the success of our team,” said T. L. Brown, the head coach of men’s golf. “He’s a fabulous player, he learned a lot last year and leads by example.” Souza finished as the ’Cats’ top golfer in three of four tournaments during the fall schedule. He ended last season with an average score of 72.8, with a low of 66, in 35 rounds and had six top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments. Souza is joined by junior Eric Frazzetta and sophomore Cody Thompson on a team that is loaded with experience. The ’Cats are ranked fourth in the nation in the NCAA Division II men’s golf rankings. The team is preparing for the year’s first tournament: the Coyote Classic on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1 at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino.

Isaiah Haywood Molly Collins On a roster full of exceptional athletes, Isaiah Haywood’s star shines bright on men’s track and field. After finishing strong to end last season, the sophomore Haywood is hoping to take off again. Haywood will be running the 100meter dash, 200-meter dash and taking part in the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays. Last season, Haywood had five top-three finishes including wins in the 100meter and 200-meter dashes at the Cal-Oregon Border Battle in Arcata. “I think spring will be good,” Haywood said. “I’ve been training since December and stayed in Chico over break. I’m just trying to stay healthy.” Haywood plans on being the No. 1 man for Chico State’s men’s 100-meter sprint squad, he said. The team should be exciting to watch and Haywood, who is joined by fellow returning sophomore sprinter Damaris Greer, in what should be an explosive display of speed. “Last year we were kind of hurt,” Haywood said. “This year we’re looking good and trying to win a championship.”

Junior guard Molly Collins from Davis has been crucial to the success of the Chico State women’s basketball team this season. Having started all 16 games this season, Collins leads the ’Cats with 150 total points and 453 minutes played. She has been shooting 40 percent from the field and 93 percent from the free-throw line. Collins is averaging more than 9 points and five rebounds per game and has 10 steals midway through the season. The ’Cats have looked strong thus far with an 11-5 overall record and an 8-4 conference record. The women’s team needs Collins, along with fellow juniors Courtney Harrison and Pauline Ferrall and senior Taylor Lydon, to continue their solid play into the second half of the season. The team hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Socks, sandwiches, superstitions From mundane to bizarre, superstitions play role in athletics


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Audi Spencer always carries lip balm in her pocket during games. Her colleague, fellow women’s basketball assistant Amy Conroy, has to stand in the same spot every game on the sideline during the national anthem. Team rituals and superstitions may seem unusual and absurd to the outsider, but to athletes and coaches, they’re an integral part of a team’s success — or so


they think. For junior guard Molly Collins, reciting a personal goal and a team goal with her teammates helps her focus her game. “Every game we have a different goal, different role,” she said. When preparing for a game, some of her teammates wear their hair a certain way and pay special attention to what kind of socks they put on, she said. Others are particular about pre-game meals, always preparing the same food. Teammates can also get competitive with each other, Collins said. “Every game day, we have a shoot around for like an hour, and we do shooting

Men’s Basketball 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Cal State L.A. Women’s Basketball 5:30 p.m. Friday vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills 5:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Cal State Monterey Bay


competitions,” she said. “We do half-court shots, it’s like a ritual. Usually we don’t make them, but when we do, we get really excited.” On the men’s side, sophomore guard Damario Sims’ pre-game ritual involves a personally crafted sandwich. “We call it the ‘Cookie’s World Famous,’” he said. “It’s got ham, cheese and Miracle Whip.” To warm up, Sims likes to get a lot of shooting in before games. “I pick out 14 spots on the basketball floor and make 10 baskets from each spot to get my jumper warm,” he said. Roderick Hawkins, a senior forward, has been wearing two pairs of socks for each

game since high school, he said. “I used to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at halftime, but that became kind of taxing,” Hawkins said. “I’m cheap, and on a college budget.” The men’s basketball team might not have a lot of in-team competitions, but they do share a lot of jokes, he said. “We have nicknames for everyone on the team,” Hawkins said. “Some people call me Hollywood, Hollywood Hawk, Short Man — I have a lot of nicknames.” Junior guard Jay Flores earned the nickname Pee Wee, after Pee Wee Herman, Hawkins said. Jason Conrad,



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Take me home, West Virginia In the second half of West Virgina’s game against South Florida, forward Dan Jennings left the court, not to return. The sophomore had averaged just 2.1 points per game this season. Coach Bob Huggins said little else about the situation and asked, “Can we talk about the guys that play?” source:

Less money, more problems Recently, a collegian was curious about the lack of an “Ultimate Frisbee” championship, considering the amount of money the NCAA brings in on a yearly basis. NCAA President Mark Emmert said that there are simply not enough funds. The NCAA doesn’t have a “tsunami of cash,” he said. Source:

Fredette on fire Brigham Young guard Jimmer Fredette is on an offensive tear. Fredette scored 42 in the Cougars’ 94-85 win over Colorado State on Jan. 22. Four days beforehand, against state rival Utah, Fredette put in 47 to help defeat the Utes of the Mountain West Conference. BYU is 19-1, 5-0 against the Mountain West Conference, and is ranked No. 9 in the nation. The Cougars’ success is widely due to Fredette, who is leading the NCAA in scoring this season. Fredette has scored in double figures in all 20 games this season. Source: - Compiled by Blake Mehigan

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Roderick Hawkins Men’s Basketball

For nearly a year, Chico State men’s basketball has been without a doubledouble performance. That abruptly ended when senior forward Roderick Hawkins put up 17 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s win over Cal State Monterey Bay, and 32 points overall for the weekend when combined with Friday’s 15. The forward from Granite Bay is now on the verge of the 500-rebound milestone, with a career mark of 498. Wildcat of the Week is a regular feature meant to acknowledge the contributions made by individuals to the team. Winners are chosen by The Orion sports staff from nominations taken from all sports. To nominate:

Athletes are usually portrayed in pop culture as all brawn and no brains. For the athletes at Chico State, this couldn’t be further from the truth – and their classroom success proves it. In a recent report from the Chico State Office of Institutional Research, the academic success rate of student-athletes is higher than the rest of the student body, as well the rest of the nation at the Division II level. The athletics department’s focus on academics has brought success to Chico State, Athletic Director Anita Barker said. “Theoretically, we want them to be as equally devoted to their student success as their athletic success,” Barker said. “Less than 1 percent of students will compete in athletics professionally. The focus needs to be on their degree.” The average GPA for Chico State student-athletes is 2.89, just ahead of the average 2.81 GPA for the rest of the university and significantly higher than the 2.0 required by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The number of athletes close to being in trouble for failing standards can be counted on one hand, she said. “In 2009, we had 365 student-athletes — only four were in the neighborhood of 2.0 and being in trouble,” Barker said. She said these athletes are evaluated and potentially disqualified if ineligible on a semester-to-semester basis. The same report displays even more trends of athlete success in academia. According to the report, 57 percent of all students at Chico State who enrolled in 2003 or later graduated within 6 years. For athletes, that number rises to 67 percent. For coaches at Chico State like Brian Fogel, the head of the women’s basketball team, how an athlete does in the classroom is paramount in recruiting. “It’s a priority when we recruit players that they are prepared academically,” Fogel said. The women’s team has a success rate of 88 percent of their players graduating within 6 years. The lowest success rates for Chico State sports teams are still well above the national average. Men’s soccer and baseball have the lowest success


HITTING THE BOOKS Natasha Smith, a senior guard from Sacramento, embracing her role as a true student-athlete. Smith is an integral part of the women’s basketball team, which has an 88 percent graduation rate. rates and women’s softball is the only team that doesn’t meet the national standard. Men’s soccer ties the national average at 54 percent and softball’s 70 percent falls short of the national average of 77. Baseball has the lowest average of 35 percent but still reigns over the national percentage of 29. “There’s a lot of movement in baseball and softball. A lot of students transfer in and out,” Barker said, explaining the difference in performance. She also gives a nod to the women’s cross country and track and field teams who hold the highest success rates, Barker said. Individual sports tend to have a different mentality about time commitment that will lead to a higher success rate. Athletes can attest to the focus on education, such as Katie Gasik, a sophomore exercise physiology major and former member of the Chico State track team. “As an athlete you have a status to maintain because you represent the school. We are expected to be ‘superhuman,’” Gasik said. Athletes must not only commit to a full class

schedule of 12 or more units, but also attend practice for two to three hours a day. Study hall, which is a requirement for all freshman and athletes with a GPA less than 3.0, gives athletes three to four nights a week to devote to their studies. The rest is left up to them. “You are here to become a student,” Fogel said. “The athletics is the bonus part of it.” The dedication of Chico State athletes is mirrored in a commercial produced by the NCAA in early spring 2010. The commercial shows a clip of the late John Wooden, the former men’s basketball coach at UCLA, motivating his athletes to achieve greatness in the classroom. “There are 400,000 NCAA student athletes and almost all will go pro in something other than sports,” a voiceover in the commercial says. At Chico State, most athletes seem to be taking this to heart.

WILDCAT ATHLETES’ CLASSROOM SUCCESS CSUC Athletes: 2.89 GPA 67 percent graduation rate CSUC Students: 2.81 GPA 57 percent graduation rate

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Fogel’s Wildcats scratch out split Sophia Horn STAFF WRITER

The Wildcat women had their defenses up while playing San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend at Acker Gym. But at the end of the weekend, the team had mixed emotions at best regarding the pair of games. The Wildcats won their seventh home game of the season against San Francisco State with a score of 59-46 in Friday night’s game, The Gators took off early, obtaining a quick 6-4 lead, but couldn’t hold on as Brian Fogel’s Wildcats took control in the second half. Junior Molly Collins led the Wildcats by pouring in 16 points, while Taylor Lydon and Katie Girten both put in 10. San Francisco State wasn’t able to get close as time wound down, and only got within nine in the last few minutes as Fogel’s squad sealed up their 11th win of the year. Despite Saturday’s end to a losing streak, any residual momentum went out the door on Saturday as the ’Cats went flat in a 51-38 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay. Collins was the team leader again with 12 points, but Lydon, Courtney Harrison and Girten went a combined 1-for-19 from the field. “It’s really tough when the three best shooters on the team aren’t making any baskets,” said Kristin Marquardt, a senior forward. Chico State’s shooting average for Saturday night was a season low 22.6 percent. The team’s shooting percentage has not been that low since 2003, in a 62-33 loss against Cal State San Bernardino. But

despite their offensive woes, the Wildcats were proud of their defensive effort. “You can’t teach defense,” Marquardt said. “It comes from the heart, and we have that — the only thing we need to do is make baskets and we’d have it down.” Courtney Hamilton, a freshman from Walnut Creek, had plenty of optimism as well. “There’s going to be bumps in the road,” Hamilton said. “But altogether, we are great defensively and we can improve.” Fogel was disappointed with the team’s shooting percentage and acknowledges that it was one of the main reasons for Saturday’s loss, but also thinks it was mainly a difference in opponents, he said. “Monterey Bay was just better than San Francisco State,” Fogel said. “There’s a reason why they’re undefeated.” The 16-0 Otters have been better than just about everybody this season — their only close call coming in a 92-91 double overtime win against UC San Diego. Although the Wildcats had a rough game, they are still optimistic about the rest of their season and their potential to grow offensively. “Coach always tells us that it’s like a marathon,” Harrison said. “We just need to stay positive.” The Wildcat team is impressive, but needs to work on being even better, Marquardt said. The team is currently tied for fourth place with UC San Diego in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings, with a mark of 8-4 in conference play. They are looking forward to having the semester start up


PASS THE ROCK Forward Taylor Lydon dishes out the ball during the weekend homestand. The Chico native is one of four seniors, along with Katie Girten, Kristin Marquardt and Natasha Smith. again, which makes them balance school and basketball at the same time. Marquardt, Harrison and Hamilton all agree that having classes improves their game by giving them a schedule and structure. “We have a lot of free time,” Marquardt said. “With school starting up I’ll sleep more and be focused.” The Wildcats will be hosts next weekend as well against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. Fogel’s squad has 10 games

left including four home games at Acker Gym. If they hold on to one of the top four spots, they’ll host a home CCAA Tournament game in the first round. A win there would take them to Hayward where Cal State East Bay is hosting the semifinal and final rounds. As Harrison said, it’s “like a marathon,” but the end of that marathon is in sight for Chico State.

CRUCIAL CCAA CLASHES Feb. 18: Cal Poly Pomona (2nd place, 10-1 CCAA) Feb. 19: Cal State San Bernardino (3rd place, 9-2 CCAA) Feb. 24: @Cal State Monterey Bay (1st place, 12-0 CCAA)

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The percentage from the field the women’s basketball team shot against undefeated Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. Head coach Brian Fogel’s team has 11 wins on the season and is tied for fourth place in the CCAA.



The amount of offensive rebounds pulled down by men’s basketball in Saturday’s win over Cal State Monterey Bay. Roderick Hawkins led the way with four offensive boards.



The rank of the baseball team in the NCAA Division II Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Poll from Dec. 20.


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Nov. 6

Red/White Scrimmage

3 p.m.

Nov. 7

@St. Mary’s

L 58-104

Feb. 5

Simpson University (DH)

Feb. 5


Nov. 7

@University of Pacific

L 44-59

Nov. 19

Academy of Art

W 73-55

Feb. 18-20

@Cal Poly Pomona

Feb. 5

Cal State San Marcos

Nov. 18

@Cal State Stanislaus

W 64-59

Nov. 20

Hawaii Pacific

W 64-46

Feb. 27-28

Montana-State Billings

Feb. 5

San Francisco State

Nov. 22

Bethany University

W 63-44

Nov. 23

Cal State Stanislaus

W 74-59

March 4-6

@Cal State Monterey Bay

Feb. 6

Sonoma State/CSU Stan.

Nov. 26

Northwest Christian

W 85-72

Nov. 27

@Cal State Stanislaus

W 88-80

March 11-13

@Western Oregon

Feb. 18-19

Cal State East Bay

Nov. 27


W 71-52

Dec. 3

Humboldt State

W 64-62

March 18-19

Cal State Stanislaus

Feb. 25-26

@Cal State Stanislaus

Dec. 3

Humboldt State

L 81-84 (OT)

Dec. 4

Sonoma State

W 52-41

March 20

@Cal State Stanislaus (DH)

March 4-5

San Francisco State

Dec. 4

Sonoma State

W 69-65

Dec. 10

@Western Washington

W 65-62 (OT)

March 22

@Simpson University

March 11-12

@Cal State San Bernardino

Dec. 8

Cal State Stanislaus

W 61-59

Dec. 11

@Seattle Pacific

L 56-57

March 25-26

@San Francisco State

March 18-19

@Sonoma State

Dec. 11

Pacific Union

W 69-40

Dec. 30

@Cal State L.A.

W 68-58

March 27

San Francisco State

March 25-26

UC San Diego

Dec. 30

@Cal State L.A.

L 62-71

Dec. 31

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

W 71-59

April 1-3

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

April 1

West. Oregon/Hawaii Pac.

Dec. 31

@Cal State Dominguez Hills

L 65-76

Jan. 7

UC San Diego

L 53-73

April 8-10

Cal State San Bernardino

April 2

Grand Canyon

Jan. 7

UC San Diego

W 68-55

Jan. 8

Cal State East Bay

W 74-47

April 15-17

Cal State L.A.

April 2


Jan. 8

Cal State East Bay

W 65-47

Jan. 14

@Cal State San Bernardino

L 56-61

April 21-23

@Cal State East Bay

April 2

Montana State-Billings

Jan. 14

@Cal State San Bernardino

L 61-75

Jan. 15

@Cal Poly Pomona

L 42-62

April 29-30

UC San Diego

April 3

Tourney of Champions TBD

Jan. 15

@Cal Poly Pomona

L 68-82

Jan. 21

San Francisco State

W 59-46

May 1

UC San Diego

April 8-9

Humboldt State

Jan. 21

San Francisco State

L 70-83

Jan. 22

Cal State Monterey Bay

May 6-7

@Sonoma State

April 15-16

@Cal State Dom. Hills

Jan. 22

Cal State Monterey Bay

W 73-68

Jan. 28

Cal State Dominguez Hills

5:30 p.m.

May 8

Sonoma State

April 21-22

Cal State Monterey Bay

Jan. 28

Cal State Dominguez Hills

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 29

Cal State L.A.

5:30 p.m.

May 12-14

CCAA Tournament

April 29-May 1 CCAA Tournament

Jan. 29

Cal State L.A.

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 3

@Sonoma State

5:30 p.m.

May 19-22

NCAA West Regional

May 13-15

NCAA West Regional

Feb. 3

@Sonoma State

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 5

@Humboldt State

5:30 p.m.

May 28-June 2 NCAA Division II College WS

May 20-21

NCAA Super Regional

Feb. 5

@Humboldt State

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10

@Cal State East Bay

5:30 p.m.

May 26-30

NCAA Division II College WS

Feb. 10

@Cal State East Bay

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12

@UC San Diego

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 12

@UC San Diego

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18

Cal Poly Pomona

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 18

Cal Poly Pomona

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19

Cal State San Bernardino

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 19

Cal State San Bernardino

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 24

@Cal State Monterey Bay

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 24

@Cal State Monterey Bay

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 25

@San Francisco State

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 25

@San Francisco State

7:30 p.m.

March 1-5

CCAA Championship Tourney


Sept. 19-21

Sonoma State Invitational

May 11-14

NCAA Championships

March 1-5

CCAA Championship Tourney


March 11-14

NCAA Championship Tourney


Sept. 27-28

Grand Canyon Invitational

Feb. 26

Wildcat Relays

March 12-15

NCAA Championship Tourney


March 23-26

NCAA Championship Elite 8


Oct. 11-12

Viking Invitational

March 3-4

Chico Multi-event

March 23-26

NCAA Championship Elite 8


Oct. 18-19

Golf Mart Lady Otter Invitational

March 5

Kim Duyst Invitational

March 5-6

Cal State East Bay Invitational

March 12

Aggie Open

March 21-22

InterWest Chico State Invitational

March 19

Hornet Invitational

March 28--29

CSU Monterey Bay Otter Invite

March 23-24

California Multi-event

L 38-51

MEN’S GOLF Feb. 28-Mar.1 Coyote Classic



April 18-19

CCAA Championships

April 4-5

Grand Canyon Invitational

March 25-26

S.F. Distance Carnival/Stanford Invite

March 21-22

Mustang Intercollegiate

May 2-4

NCAA Super Regional

April 11-12

Tarleton State Invitational

April 2

American River College

March 28-29

Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invite

May 17-20

NCAA National Championships

May 1-3

NCAA Super Regional

April 8-9

Chico Distance Carnival/Twilight Invite

April 15-16

Mt. Sac Relays/Woody Wilson

April 22-23

CA/OR Border Battle

April 30

Peyton Jordan Invitational

May 5-7

CCAA Championships

May 13-14

Stanislaus Twilight

Note for softball, golf, and track and field: Home meets and tournaments are in bold, while neutral sites – in softball – are in italics.

Men’s basketball still finding its way Blake Mehigan A SST. SPORTS EDITOR

After their best start in the last 68 years, the Wildcats have won just two of their last six games. Their struggles continued Friday against San Francisco State, a team they were battling for fifth place with in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. “We got our butts kicked,” said Greg Clink, head coach of the men’s basketball team. “We got out-toughed, we gotout worked.” San Francisco State jumped out to a 5–0 lead in the opening moments of the game and never looked back. They led by double digits for most of the game. Guard Jay Flores thought the ’Cats fell into a hole they couldn’t pull themselves out of, he said. “Once they get a big lead like that, it’s hard to come back,” he said. Flores hit a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer of the first half that pulled Chico State within 6 points. Despite cutting the lead to four points in the opening minutes of the second half, the Gators’ physical and aggressive play was too much for the Wildcats. “We didn’t compete hard enough,” Clink said. “I’m disappointed.” He was particularly frustrated with the team’s defensive effort against the Gators, noting that their focus should be on the defensive end, he said. “To allow a team to shoot 55 percent in our gym is deplorable,” Clink said. Sophomore Gator Nefi Perdomo led all scorers with 22, earning 15 from the free-throw line. The guard also had eight assists and two steals. Forward Winston Demmin was lethally effective for the Gators, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven boards in just 13 minutes of play before

fouling out. Chico State’s Terence Pellum had a season high of 19 points but was limited to 31 minutes due to foul trouble. Flores also finished with 19 points, along with seven assists and three steals, but turned it over three times. Chico State had four players that scored in double figures, but only one other player scored, with three points coming from sophomore Damario Sims. Clink’s crew had yet another another slow start against Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday night. Despite a double-digit deficit in the first half again and two of their starters fouling out, the ’Cats were able to come back. The Wildcats defense was what brought them back into the game, with one player in particular making that his main focus against the Otters. “I was all about defense,” guard Sean Park said. “Coach kind of tore into me about my defensive prowess.” The sophomore led the ’Cats with 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, but fouled out of the game due to his aggressive defense and offensive fouls. His fifth foul came on a charge and forced him to sit the remainder of the game. “I think I drove it hard and the guy dove under me, and then they called a foul on me,” Park said. Chico’s success on the defensive end was what helped separate them from Cal State Monterey Bay, Clink said. In the second half coach Clink switched to zone defense, a tactic that his team has not used often this season. “We went to the zone to take away the dribble penetration,” Clink said. “I felt like they were living at the free-throw line, so the zone helped that.” Clink’s game plan was to contain the Otters’ backcourt, notably guard Davion Berry, their leading scorer. The sophomore still managed to score 21 points, but struggled to

THE HAWK Senior forward Roderick Hawkins had a monster weekend, despite men’s basketball’s lukewarm results. Hawkins dropped in 15 points and grabbed five rebounds on Friday against San Francisco State, and followed it up with a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double against Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday.

hit shots, going 7-for-23 for the game, including 0-for-6 from downtown. Senior guard Darroll Phillips was another player Clink looked to contain, and his squad succeeded — allowing the senior only 3 points for the game, almost 6 points off his season average. Despite limiting Phillips’ touches, sophomore Brandon Ward stepped up and scored 20 points for the Otters. Taking away his dribble penetration was a reason for the ’Cats switch to zone defense in the second half, Clink said. The Wildcats determination and defensive stops helped put away the Otters in the second half. “I thought we did a good job executing down the stretch,” he said, “Sean Park gave us a good lift in the second half.” Park scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half before fouling out. Forward Roderick “Rod” Hawkins had a double-double against Monterey, snagging 12 rebounds and dropping 17 points. “We wanted to focus on the defensive end, if we could slow them down defensively, we could get into our offense,” Hawkins said. Both teams had the lead several times throughout the game, more so in the second half, until a 3-pointer by Sims sealed the Otters’ fate. The Wildcat win on Saturday ended a three-game skid, improving to 10-7 on the season and 6-6 in the CCAA. Chico State’s next home game will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The ’Cats now rest in the seventh of eight playoff spots in the CCAA, and trail sixth place Cal Poly Pomona by half a game. Friday and Saturday’s opponents are ahead of Chico State, including first place Cal State Dominguez Hills. Blake Mehigan can be reached at


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Veteran players step up game The women’s basketball team lost their best player and leader in Natasha Smith on Dec. 3. Veteran leaders have since stepped up to ďŹ ll the void. Allie Colosky STAFF WRITER

After a devastating injury to their leading scorer, the Chico State women’s basketball team has made some key adjustments and is still in pursuit of a conference championship. The Wildcats didn’t lick their wounds for long. “They’re feisty,â€? head coach Brian Fogel said. “They’re fun. They want to be good.â€? Guards Courtney Harrison and Molly Collins, along with fellow teammates, have adjusted well to their newfound role of leading the ’Cats. The injury to senior point guard Natasha Smith changed the path towards the goal of winning a California Collegiate Athletic Association championship. Smith, who led the Wildcats with an average of 14.6 points and ďŹ ve assists per game through ďŹ ve games, was sidelined when she tore her ACL in a game against Humboldt State on Dec. 3. “We were terriďŹ ed at that moment but we had no choice,â€? Harrison said. “We had to move forward.â€? The pressure to move forward resonated through the team in the opportunity to step forward into the limelight. Harrison, named “Wildcat of the Weekâ€? two weeks in a row by the Chico State Athletic Department, has stepped up as the leading scorer since Smith’s departure, by connecting 50 percent from three-point range and chipping in eight points per game. “We’ve actually been


SMELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT The women’s basketball team gets pumped up for its game Jan. 21 against San Francisco State. The ’Cats won that game 59-46 without star Natasha Smith. focusing on our energy ’cause that kind of plays o one another,â€? Harrison said. “You ďŹ nd it in yourself to work hard for one another.â€? Another player who has put the Wildcats on her shoulders is junior guard Molly Collins. Collins put in a team-leading 16 points in Chico’s 59-46 win over San Francisco State on Jan. 21. She is also the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s top free throw shooter in conference play, with a mark of 93 percent. “Once our points stopped

coming from Smith, we had to ďŹ nd it somewhere else,â€? Collins said. “It could be anyone any given night. We’ve embraced that.â€? Then there’s freshman guard Courtney Hamilton, dishing out her 4.6 assists per night, or freshman guard Jazmine Miller from FairďŹ eld, who’s ďŹ lled in nicely o the bench with consistent assists and a ďŹ eld goal percentage of 48. “Jazmine has helped out in the backcourt and done a nice job as well knocking

down shots,â€? Fogel said. He also complimented Hamilton’s strength with the basketball and the ability to get everybody involved. The ďŹ re in the ’Cats this season comes from the passion of each individual player, Fogel said. The injury to Smith opened up new opportunities for players who might not have gotten the chance to shine otherwise. “We were disappointed, and we felt sorry for Natasha but we didn’t feel sorry for ourselves,â€? Fogel said. “It’s a very

passionate group, it’s a group that wants to be successful.â€? Fogel’s group is currently 11-5 and 8-4 in the CCAA, good for fourth in the conference. While the look of the Wildcats on the court has changed without Smith, the common goals and mutual ďŹ re for success in conference play and beyond has not. “Nothing’s changed,â€? Fogel said. “Dierent route, that’s all.â€?

KEY WILDCATS: No. 4 - Katie Girten (G, Sr.) No.20 - Taylor Lydon (F, Sr.) No.21 - Courtney Hamilton (G, Fr.) No. 22 - Courtney Harrison (G, Jr.) No.32 - Molly Collins (G, Jr.) No.41 - Kristin Marquardt (F, Sr.)


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‘NO WAY! THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING’ The cast of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ rehearses at Chico Cabaret Thursday night. The staging of the classic Ken Kesey novel premieres tomorrow at the Cabaret and continues through Feb. 18.


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hico Cabaret’s upcoming staging of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” explores the delicate and thought-provoking territory of what makes a person crazy. Director Phil Ruttenburg and his talented cast seek to answer this query by exploring the sensitive characters that seek refuge from a world that can’t understand them. They find redemption through the so-called psychopath Randle McMurphy. It’s not all puppies and kitties, though — Nurse Ratched runs the ward and is hellbent on maintaining the status quo. Clutching desperately at her authority over the patients, she makes vicious decisions concerning the men she is supposedly trying to protect. Though the Cabaret usually starts their season off with a musical, Ruttenburg’s interest in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” made the decision to stage the show an easy one to make. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Ruttenburg has long focused on helping those with emotional and mental issues, he said. His methods involve treating patients like human beings who simply need a different kind of help. “I like the message that a fellow patient does more than the authorities,” Ruttenburg said. “I like the concept that it doesn’t take the professionals to ‘fix’ somebody.” Actor John Duncan, who portrays Dale Harding in the Cabaret’s version of the show, agrees. “Nurse Ratched is a mother figure and we’ve allowed ourselves to become childlike in a way because we can’t deal with the outside world,” Duncan said. “My character comes into his own just by being around McMurphy.” Nurse Ratched is a fascinating and particularly diabolical character, said actor Wade Gess, who plays Charles Cheswick. What makes her so evil is that “she doesn’t realize what she’s doing.” Duncan is of the same mind. “She reminds me of Sarah Palin,” he said with a smile. “She is someone who, in her mind, means well, but she’s really someone who does harm. To her she’s got this noble effort, and like Palin, she doesn’t take any criticism.” Many of the characters’ mental and emotional distresses have symbolic links to Ratched’s behavior, especially in the case of Billy Bibbit. “Billy Bibbit’s mother drives him crazy,” Ruttenberg said.


“She’s over-controlling, she’s judgmental, doesn’t allow him to be who he is — similar to how Nurse Ratched is.” Ruttenburg has his own view of what makes a person crazy, explaining it as a mixture of environment and genetics, he said. “When people grow up in families that are very chaotic, dysfunctional, and what I call ‘crazy making’ environments, they can grow up to be insane,” he said. Gess has an even more radical opinion. “I think you could take anyone off the street and get a diagnosis, and once you’re stuck in there it’s going to be really hard to get out,” he said. When the audience makes inevitable comparisons to the film version, Ruttenberg wants them to remember one thing. “One of the things I really want people to understand about live theater is that we’re not trying to copy the movie,” Ruttenburg said. “The actors that were in the movie created the characters that were in that movie. The actors at the Cabaret are creating their own characters just like any other actor would.” The movie, in fact, has been relegated to the dark and dusty corners of the actors’ brains, and many of them haven’t even considered watching it, he said. “The characters are there but they’re written differently,” Ruttenburg said. “It’s written so beautifully. You can’t help but love the patients and the people. I think that people who enjoy the film will enjoy the play as well.” While the Cabaret’s version may not be the same as the DVD sitting on everyone’s entertainment centers, it’s sure to have enough heart to win over even the biggest Jack Nicholson fan. Carmen Bush can be reached at

Cinema un-verite Ambiguous truth has never been so popular. With the success of “Inception” and documentaries like “Catfish” and “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” the film industry is tapping into America’s collective skepticism and anxiety by questioning the very principles of truth that support the foundation of humanity. And here’s the weird part — they’re making crazy money doing it. If you told a pack of studio executives at the beginning of 2010 that an esoteric Christopher Nolan movie about dreams would be the film event of the year, each of them would’ve laughed right in your clairvoyant face. But alas, “Inception” made more than $62 million its first weekend in theaters and more than $820 million worldwide, according to the website Box Office Mojo. The story of people who have the power to extract and plant information into people’s subconscious minds has inspired more Web memes and Facebook posts than any movie that came out this year. The message of “Inception” — that the line between perception and reality is fluid, and our grip on existence isn’t as firm as we might think — is fitting with the cynicism that has come to define our political discourse. In a year when liberals saw Barack Obama’s message of hope and change diluted by political reality, when conservatives were lead by misinformation and propaganda into believing that their president is a socialist Muslim Nazi terrorist who wants to kill their grandparents and when an oil company tried to cover up a catastrophic natural disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s fitting that Americans would be drawn to stories that aren’t meant to add up. If we can’t trust our society’s journalists, captains of industry and elected officials, then it begs the question — can we really believe anything? Similar themes of skepticism are addressed in popular films like “Shutter Island,” another Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle about a postwar insane asylum, “I’m Still Here,” the Casey Affleck documentary of Joaquin Phoenix’s degeneration through hip-hop, and even “Toy Story 3,” the most depressing children’s story this side of “Up.” This is the first year in a long time where the movies receiving Oscar buzz are movies that audiences came out in droves to see, and all of these films share a common theme — the tenuous line between illusion and truth, a theme that’s been examined at every angle by the postmodern novelists of the late 20th century. If Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut were alive today, they’d have big smiles on their faces. Earl Parsons can be reached at


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(TV) Anything that broke up Seth MacFarlane’s hour-and-a-half of mediocrity would’ve been good enough for Fox’s Sunday animation lineup, but “Bob’s Burgers” is a great source of character-based humor that feels refreshing relative to the pop culture non sequiturs that have come to define “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” “Home Movies” creator Loren Bouchard has mainstreamed his soft-spoken style of improv animation dialogue in this story about a burger joint run by a smart-mouthed father and his weird children. “Bob’s Burgers” features voice acting by “Archer” star H. Jon Benjamin, as well as comedians Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal from “Flight of the Conchords.”

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OH, DANNY GIRL Singer Morgan McDow performs with Celtic band Beltain Saturday night at Cafe Coda. The group used to use the Cafe Coda building as a practice space.

Ten years ago, Cafe Coda served as Beltain’s rehearsal studio. Now it serves guests food and drinks. Glasses were raised Saturday night as a rowdy crowd cheered and chanted to an evening of beer, cheesy pirate jokes and sinking ships. It was a night of call and response as Beltain included their audience in many songs. Anyone passing by would think Cafe Coda was an Irish pub. The enthusiastic trio consists of founder Mikkel McDow on guitar and mandolin, his wife, Morgan McDow, on the button accordion and mandolin and David Cowan on accordion. Every time the three broke into harmony, a beautiful hum projected through the room, giving listeners chills. The band’s powerful vocals, mostly lead by Morgan McDow, complimented every composition. Since 1993, Beltain has been rocking Celtic and English beats for audiences of all tastes. The Chiconative band’s fan base spreads from all over California. The intimate setting at the cafe left all three band members nodding in agreement that the show was a success. Mikkel McDow and Cowan are sound engineers with appreciation for a cooperating sound system and plenty of microphones. “Normally, in a fight with the sound system, the band always loses,” Morgan McDow said. Because Beltain is a period band, their venues generally pay respect to a time where electricity was not invented. Belting their chords and

>> “Californication ” (TV) This show is a pathetic waste of open-profanity airtime. David Duchovny’s character is such a cliche “disgruntled writer” stereotype that his performance feels like a farce that lacks awareness of its own ridiculousness. With its ham-fisted references to contemporary literature, “Californication” is obviously the product of showrunner Tom Kapinos vicariously living out his William Burroughs fantasies.


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vocals or huddling around one microphone is what they are accustomed to. For Saturday’s show the band didn’t have to share. “Any large venue can be intimate as well, it just depends on the audience,” Mikkel McDow said. Though all three members agreed they prefer playing house concerts, they certainly never turn down a large festival. Last year Beltain was honored to play at the “Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” a mainly classical musical gala. “You have to both shave and brush your teeth,” Cowan said. “It’s a very classy gig.” With Morgan McDow’s crafty hand at sewing, having been a former costumer, the band usually plays the part decked in Renaissance period clothing, though this night the band was decked in their regular daily attire. Beltain’s accents on articulation stayed true to an era as every song came to life. The animated trio captivated their audience with electrifying accordion solos, commanding dynamics and their onstage personas. A fellow actor friend once told Mikkel McDow that he “sings like an actor portraying a part,” and he said that is exactly how he feels, with his voice resonating from the stage. The musicians beckoned listeners as they transformed and became the characters in their songs. “We’re supposed to be visual,” Mikkel McDow said. “It’s part of the show.” A peculiar array of lyrical content is indicative of musical tales passed down from European generations, but it all comes from the witty mind of Mikkel McDow, who said he writes with another person’s point of view in mind. “I put myself into character,” he said. “I didn’t actually sail or sink a ship, but I put myself in that position of a guy who might do that.” Looking back on Beltain’s musical journey, they all can agree the musical community of Chico has been good to them. “There’s a lot of interfertizaltion between the bands,” Morgan McDow said. “We often end up sharing people in bands. There’s a lot more cooperation.” The band produces, engineers, writes and records in the comfort of the McDow home, Morgan McDow said. “We couldn’t pay anyone to do all the stuff we do,” she laughed. Beltain’s upcoming album “Skullduggery,” due February, will consist of all new material entailing “paratactic” mischief and murder, Cowan explained. Beltain ended the evening with a new song featured on their upcoming album, changing the evening’s pace from Old English to a contemporary rock number. Though their night commenced on a different note, it did leave some still wondering: What do you do with a drunken sailor?

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BELTAIN KEEPS A-ROLLIN’ [FROM LEFT] David Cowan, Morgan McDow and her husband Mikkel McDow perform at Cafe Coda.

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If he ruins two of the 20th century’s greatest novels, he will be reviled forever, but if he can pull off directing “As I Lay Dying,” with its 15 narrators, and “Blood Meridian,” which would have to be the most violent movie of all time to be half as good as the book, then Franco could officially be worshipped as a god.



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>> “Kids in the Hall” (TV) Canada is the comedy capital of the world, as exemplified by “SCTV” and ’90s sketch comedy zenith “Kids in the Hall,” five seasons of which are available for instant streaming on Netflix. “Kids in the Hall” feels like a familiar sketch show, but it isn’t. It’s similar in structure to “Saturday Night Live,” but the commercial parodies and current events references are replaced with theatrical monologues and surrealist character humor. The cast performs in drag like “Monty Python,” but their female characters are portrayed with sexual realism. Looking back on it, it seems odd that “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels commissioned it. If the current cast of “Saturday Night Live” would study this show, they’d learn that you don’t need a gimmick to be funny, and the show wouldn’t be mired in cheap gags.


NewSouth Books will release a censored edition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” February. Not to worry, though. The book will still contain vulgar nudist plays, cross-dressing, murder and the Southern equivalent of gang wars and racial oppression. The only words that will be stricken from the book are “Injun” and that nasty N-word that’s used 219 times. The word “slave” will be used in its place. The logic for this censorship is to provide a politically correct version that can be taught to schoolchildren. Such a version will safeguard their fragile little minds from offensive words that don’t belong in our modern enlightened age. Now your fifth-grader can enjoy without fear the book’s heavy Southern twang and have intellectual classroom discussions about the theme of hypocrisy within a civilized society.

With all that said, this book doesn’t really sound like something kids can read and enjoy, with or without the N-word. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is required reading for many high schools. Part of this is that high school seems to be the age that kids have developed enough maturity not to use an offensive word in public just because it was used in a book that was published around 125 years ago. I know the idea of mature high school kids seems a bit illogical, but just go with it. But this is also because the book has complicated themes, such as the difference between intellectual education and moral education, the two-faced values of enlightened society and, of course, racism and slavery. Also, at times it’s difficult to translate the book’s heavy Southern twang, in particular everything that the slave Jim says. I’m not saying the book’s a hard read or that it’s bad. It’s a brilliant classic. I just think it’s beyond the ability of elementary school students to appreciate.


Heck, high school kids barely appreciate it. So after my roundabout way of explaining that kids are too stupid to read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” there isn’t much point in censoring it for them. Not only is this attempt to make the book child-friendly diluting its content, it’s also disrespecting the author and the past. By changing that one

word within the book, we are changing the way the book is interpreted and the way the author intended the book to be read. Changing and censoring a book without the consent of the author is an insult to him, his book and the craft of writing. It shouldn’t matter if Mark Twain’s too dead to give his permission. I bet he’s cussing in his grave. This book is

a piece of history, and censoring it is an attempt to gloss the past, distorting its message with political correctness. We can’t learn from history if we sugarcoat it. It seems sort of rude to those who endured slavery and racial oppression back then, even if it’s just changing one word. Tim Kerber can be reached at

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This is the first installment of “Stream of Righteousness,” a weekly literary journalism column that aims to present an alternative train of thought to the mainstream. “Now hear this,” a voice said over the PA speaker. “It has come to the attention of the faculty that students have been feeding Alka-Seltzer to the seagulls. Exploded corpses have been found in numerous locations.” Snickers and giggles peppered the classroom. The teacher sneered and demanded closed mouths with opened ears. “Let it be known that this type of behavior is unacceptable, immoral and disgusting,” the voice continued. “Random locker searches will be implemented and any student with Alka-Seltzer in their possession will face severe punishment. Any persons of interest will be taken to the dean’s office for further questioning.” “Random” meant my locker would be searched. I was a “person of interest.” No evidence was found. I was never questioned. Nobody mourned nor missed the gulls. Besides, everybody knew that those damn birds had it coming. They had gotten too comfortable, too cocky. They were resentful and exhibited no reservations when it came to stealing food. It had become a matter of well-being. Fend or feed. It also served as decent entertainment. Dark literature Years later, a young child scans the shelves of a bookstore. His retinas are assaulted with countless colors and warm, smiling caricatures. He works his way through the most appealing books, stopping to look through one that grabs his attention. He loses himself within the book’s

pages. His mother is so proud every time he asks to go to the bookstore. She can’t help but oblige each of his requests. After all, most children are bugging their parents for a new gadget, a new movie or money for sweets. “None of that junk for my little angel,” she thinks. “My child is smart, motivated and special. My child is enlightened.” The excitement that overtakes him upon entering the store could only be seen in a blur as he ran straight to the children’s section. This is routine for them. This is his favorite store. The little man is greeted by Seuss, Dahl and Silverstein. “The Little Engine That Could,” “Hop on Pop” and Willy Wonka await. But you could imagine that mother’s horror when she finds her child perusing a copy of “The Satanic Bible” or “The Art of War” or “The Memoirs of Richard Nixon.” This is what passes for entertainment these days. My half-assed attempt at furthering enlightenment. Passive corruption This is passive corruption — introducing social taboos and stigmas into the equation, like inverting crosses on church lawns, or replacing religious pamphlets with those of an atheist disposition — all done in a non-threatening manner. Most children are too young to absorb the information. There aren’t any pictures, diagrams or lucid illustrations — just words — so it doesn’t hurt them. More than anything, it presents an opportunity to observe the power of the written word. The reactions are all the same. Parents confiscate the contraband, report it to the literary authorities and spend the rest of their stay conducting a thorough search for more illicit material. Later they will debrief, rehabilitate and pray over their child. Initiate damage control. “I’m sorry, ma’am,” the clerk


says. “I can assure you it must have been some little punk trying to be funny.” “Freaks!” the mother says with seething disdain. Indeed, but a freak with purpose. If he managed to absorb any of it, perhaps the child would be driven to be more accepting of different philosophical, theological and sociological viewpoints. After all, if the children are our future and the future is now, it only makes sense to bring them fully into the circle. Keeping them ignorant is only putting them more at risk to repeat our mistakes. But informing and preparing the child for the treacheries of the world will better equip the child for any misgivings the world has to offer. Our world is one of paranoid goons in which the worst-case scenario is the instinctive assumption. Although it is justified, it is a sad and pitiful thing. Society can’t be expected to survive if petty differences such as faith, lifestyle or political affiliation are in the foreground of our psyches. That is how harmless transgressions such as these, however

minute they may be, can help steer the human condition down a slightly wider path. The coup de grace Innocence is overrated, out of fashion and downright dangerous — an unaffordable commodity following today’s standards. By abandoning the pursuit of innocence more productive issues can be addressed, evolution can be allowed to take another step forward and tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers and decision-makers can be better equipped to step up to the tasks laid before them. It’s a sad thought to entertain, I know. It’s hard. It’s outright painful. But entertaining any other notion would be irresponsible at this point. There is no better tomorrow coming. Make do with what you have; it’s survival of the fittest now. Initiate damage control. Human nature denies the past in order to attempt to justify the present. If this is the case, then our children, the poor bastards, are doomed to a fate worse than our own. May they forgive us, for we know not what we do.


Mat Kearney cruises from Chico to top Paige Fuentes STAFF WRITER

Musician Mat Kearney, originally from Oregon, made his way to Chico State and ended up in Nashville pursuing a music career after his junior year. Now Kearney is working on releasing his third album, “Young Love,” which he said will be similar to debut album “Nothing Left to Lose,” with fun beats and a “return to innocence.” Listeners should expect to want to get up and dance, he said. Gathering inspiration from his close friends and family, as well as his new wife, Kearney wants to share his joy through this new album. Kearney considers his music to possess a redemptive quality for himself. “I am a documentary writer more than a fiction writer,” he

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said. “I usually write out of personal experience and it seems to work the best for me.” Currently, Kearney is scheduling his spring and summer tours and preparing to be a featured performer on VH1’s “Best Cruise Ever,” beginning April 28. The cruise is a floating music festival where the performers are stuck in the ocean with their fans. Kearney MAT KEARNEY says he knows better than to completely hand himself over to the crazy cruise experience and that he will try to behave himself. In Kearney’s song, “Nothing Left to Lose,” he sings of hearing the train in Chico all the way in Nashville.

Q&A WITH MAT KEARNEY You hadn’t really played any music until your junior year at Chico State. But you took off to pursue music in Nashville shortly after. How did that work? Kearney: I lived with my roommate off Hobart Street, somewhere near the Tropicana House. Is that still there? Well my roommate had a guitar and I just enjoyed playing it. I would ride my beach cruiser to the racquetball courts near the train tracks with my roommate’s guitar and just play there for hours. I only knew a couple of chords and it was easier to write songs than to try and cover other people’s music since I was so bad at that. I was at this beautiful turning point in my life. I would just go pour my heart out on this racquetball court every night. Drunk people would walk by, sometimes listen or try and leave me beers or money. It just became this moment where I realized I loved doing this. I wasn’t doing it for a career, I just wanted to do

it. I just found this thing that I loved and it fit perfectly. You should come back to Chico and play. Kearney: Man, I need to. I’ve never played there officially. That would be awesome, I will look into that. What was your favorite memory of Chico? Kearney: It would be just that it was a very defining time in my life. I was surrounded by all of these students. Some of my friends were looking for a career, some were just trying to party, and some, like me, were asking big questions about life. Chico was a time that helped me define who I was and what I wanted to go after. I can’t look at Chico without thinking about this kid who was all on his own, with so many questions about music, my potential career, my faith, and how I was about to set out on a journey. Paige Fuentes can be reached at

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always online >> MASTERS OF THEIR DOMAIN The virtuoso guitarists of the ‘Guitar Masters’ tour perform Thursday night at Laxson Auditorium. The tour consists of guitarists Peppino D’Agostino, Andy McKee and Eric Johnson, who switched over to piano for the final portion of the show.

Masters of acoustic guitar Nicole Walker STAFF WRITER

The people of Chico gave a standing ovation after enjoying an acoustic performance by three guitar sensations. The “Guitar Masters” tour stopped at Chico State Thursday night to fill the arched stage of Laxson Auditorium with the diverse styles of Peppino D’Agostino, Andy McKee and Eric Johnson. “Playing guitar for people, putting a smile on their face and making people feel good — that’s my greatest accomplishment,” Johnson said. The three musicians brought an audience of all generations together with acoustic sounds streaming from their guitars. “The message from my music is not just a series of notes, but it is that people like the emotions that run through my music,” D’Agostino said. The audience went silent as soon as D’Agostino’s fingers touched the guitar strings during his first piece. As the audience watched, he connected them with his music as he played five songs inspired by his world travels. “I discovered that when you

play an acoustic you can not hide behind music effects,” D’Agostino said. “It’s a bare beauty, it’s a real sound, it is challenging, but very beautiful because it is what it is.” After D’Agostino’s final solo song, he introduced YouTube sensation McKee, who opened with a more upbeat piece in comparison to the Italian “poet” D’Agostino. “I get to tour and play guitar for a living, so that is pretty cool,” McKee said onstage. “YouTube has been good to me.” Well into his time on stage, McKee brought out his harp guitar. With his eyes closed, he nodded his head with the rhythm of the song. While McKee played, the melody told the story better than any lyrics can express. He introduced Johnson as his biggest inspiration after McKee played his last solo piece of the night. McKee explained how at age 12 he had heard “Cliffs of Dover” by Johnson and decided to learn guitar. “Being on tour with Eric Johnson is a dream come true,” McKee said. Johnson took the stage, sat down and immediately began to play a diverse selection of styles that he has mastered as a guitarist. “I like all different styles — I don’t really just stick to one,” Johnson said. “I go from blues to rock to

jazz.” After he thanked the audience, Johnson brought the crowd to silence while his voice flowed with the melody emerging from his acoustic guitar. “I enjoy having the blessing that I get to do what I love to do, and it is a blessing I get to do it for a living,” Johnson said. After his solo set, Johnson added some variety to the show with piano, accompanied by D’Agostino and McKee on stage. “One person said to me when they heard the song it gave them goosebumps and I want to do that,” D’Agostino said. “Music makes people human.” When all three guitarists got together, their individual styles all collaborated into one composition. “We have three completely different guitarist styles and people enjoy the styles of all of us and then at the end when we play together we all merge, three guitars, one voice,” D’Agostino said. The show ended with a cover of Paul Simon’s “April Come She Will, each guitarist displaying their respect and admiration for one another as musicians. THE ORION • PHOTOS BY KEVIN LEE

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SWOONS FOR CROONS Italian guitarist Peppino D’Agostino [LEFT] and Texan Eric Johnson [RIGHT] perform at the ‘Guitar Masters’ tour Thursday night at Laxson Auditorium.

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Sift…Shift reception

5–7 p.m. @ University Art Gallery Free Northern California artist Belinda Hanson will be on hand to discuss her Master of Fine Arts exhibit “Sift…Shift,” on display from now through Friday at the University Art Gallery in Taylor Hall.



Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’

or, the Whale

7:30 p.m. @ Laxson Auditorium $50 Student admission The Broadway tour of the musical by English comedy troupe Monty Python stops off at Laxson Auditorium.

8 p.m. @ Cafe Coda $5 admission

Cafe Coda features a night of Americana music with San Francisco’s or, the Whale headlining the show with The Railflowers and Nate Pendery.


La Fin Du Monde 7 p.m. @ 1078 Gallery

Instrumental rockers La Fin Du Monde headline a night of music at Chico’s premier art gallery with X-Ray Press, Birds of Fire and Soft Cress.


‘Hello, Dolly!’

2 p.m. @ Chico Theater Company $20 adult/$12 children 12 and under The last performance of classic musical “Hello, Dolly!” at the Chico Theater Company, located at 166 Eaton Road.

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Sustainability Involvement Fair 5-7 p.m. @ BMU 210

Representatives from Chico’s studentbased sustainability organizations will be on hand to recruit new volunteers and discuss available internships and paid positions.


‘Toying with Science’

7:30 p.m. @ Laxson Auditorium $10 student admission Garry Krinsky’s fast-paced science experiments are coming to Chico State. Commissioned by the Museum of Science in Boston, ‘Toying with Science’ brings the magic of the natural world to life.

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The California Honeydrops

The Deaf Pilots

Oakland-based group The California Honeydrops bring their mixture of soul, R&B and roots music to the Café Culture stage.

The Deaf Pilots return from their West Coast tour with LANTVRN, Goat and GQ.

Annual MFA Show

9 p.m. @ Lost on Main $5 cover

9 p.m. @ Café Culture

@ Bell Memorial Union Twelve student exhibitions from Chico State’s Master of Fine Arts program will be on display in the third floor of the Bell Memorial Union.

8 p.m. @ Café Coda $5 cover

That’s What She Said

Local group That’s What She Said performs with Clouds on Strings and Jeanette Hawkins on the laser-lit Lost on Main stage.


Street Eaters

8 p.m. @ Monstro’s Pizza Pizza slices will be served with a heavy side of rock when Street Eaters take the stage with Forgetters, Fight Music and Severance Package

The Amblers

8 p.m. @ Origami Lounge $5 donation The Amblers take the stage with The Perpetual Drifters and Sacramento’s The Hot Tar Roofers at the Origami Lounge on 7th and Cherry streets.


David Balinski 7 p.m. @ Café Flo Free

David Balinski and the Rogues perform at Café Flo.

Hoola-Hooping Class 3-4 p.m. Café Culture $5

All ages are welcome to learn the art of balancing a ring on your hips at Café Culture.


Live Jazz Jam 7:30-10 p.m. @ Has beans

Bring an instrument and head down to Has Beans for a cup of coffee and a jam session.

Dance Church

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. @ Café Culture



9 p.m. @ Madison Bear Garden Calling all jukebox heroes – The Bear hosts a karaoke night every Monday until closing time.


Mexican Folkloric Dance 5:30-7 p.m. @ Café Culture

Every Tuesday night, Café Culture hosts a class to learn the native Mexican art of “ballet folklorico.”

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

STAFF FAVORITES >> MIXTAPES “Ghettochip Malfunction” — Remixing Beck sounds redundant, but this mix using “Hell Yes” from “Guero” actually proves better than the original. Listen closely for the robot voice that says, “Beeach.”

“Poker Face” — I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw his “Pa-pa-pa-poker face. I didn’t think Lady Gaga music could get better, then along comes a little boy from a snowy town in Colorado to make everyones dreams of a loveable Gaga song come true.

“Coming Undone Wit It” — This gem from nu metal titans Korn, a version of their song “Coming Undone” remixed with Dem Franchize Boyz’ “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It” is just trashy and weird enough to be epic. The vicious chorus with the “Boyz” crunk screams from the background is just what the doctor ordered.

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HOMECOMING SPIRIT This Wildcat shows off his school spirit by wearing a Chico State shirt with lettering in the traditional cardinal red color, letting everyone know what school he represents. Many students purchase their T-shirts, sweatshirts and other Chico State gear in the A.S. Bookstore and at various stores downtown.

... ways to show Chico pride Griffin Rogers STAFF WRITER

A new semester marks the perfect time for excited Chico State students to show their school a little love. When I come back from a lazy break, I look around town and see Chico State stickers, apparel, programs and parties that create a unique university style. The students and the university depend on each other, said Susan Anderson, director of the Chico State Alumni Association. “The students are a part of the university and the university is a part of them,” Anderson said. “I hope they would feel a part of the Chico State family.” It’s time for us to show that our school reigns supreme over the state, the nation and maybe even the world. I think that means it’s time to look at the top ten ways to show Chico State pride. 10. Chico State car stickers. Whether they plaster stickers to their cars, skateboards, bikes or mopeds, students and alumni get to carry Chico States’ experiences and vast reputation with them wherever they may travel. Students’ experiences stay with them at all times, Anderson said. “The alumni really look fondly at their time here and carry that with them their whole life,” she said. Every time I see a car with a Chico State sticker

on the back window, there’s a sense of camaraderie between that person and me, because we’ve shared some of the same experiences that are exclusive to Chico State.

9. Throw a party. Chico State is known for partying. I accept this fact and do my best to honor this tradition. Disclaimer: Partying doesn’t necessarily involve alcohol. 8. Wear Chico State clothes. Rowdy Red T-shirts get Chico State students happy hour prices on beer and pizza at Woodstock’s Pizza before sports games. I’m in. By wearing a Rowdy Red T-shirt, students show their support for Chico State athletes. Chico State T-shirts and sweatshirts also help spread school spirit by providing a sense of unity. 7. Get Chico State school supplies. School supplies studded with Chico State bling were custom-fit for students. This is an important way of showing school spirit. “It’s good to buy CSU merchandise to support jobs with students staffing them,” said Corey Sittig, a senior political science major. 6. Get in with the program. Get involved in various events throughout the semester. Whether it’s a flash dance or Humans vs. Zombies, students will have plenty of chances to participate and interact with fellow classmates. I don’t know what could be more fun than throwing a bunch of socks at people.

5. Buy a cat. A domestic cat is nearly identical to a wildcat — the Chico State mascot.

4. Change your hair color. Students can change their hair color to cardinal red and white. When I was a youngster in grade school, everyone in school would bring cans of different colored hairspray on certain days. By the time school got out, my hair would be tie-dyed. 3. Gladly overpay for textbooks on-campus instead of buying them on-line. The key here is for students to do so with a smile on their face. Choke back those tears, whip out those checkbooks and laugh all the way through the checkout line.


10. Put a Chico sticker on your car 9. Party 8. Chico State clothes 7. Chico State school supplies 6. Get involved 5. Have a pet cat 4. Dye your hair 3. No textbook rentals 2. Get Chico State tattoo 1. Name kids after school

2. Get a tattoo. A tattoo is a permanent way to show Chico State pride. Students can choose from a variety of designs. “Get the three drunken wild cats,” said David Singletary, tattoo artist at Sacred Art Tattoo. “It’s old school, and I haven’t done it in a long time.” 1. Name firstborn child “Chico” and second born “State.” The ultimate way to show school spirit. I’m not saying it’s a good idea, but if parents are willing to do that then their school spirit can’t be matched. Get tattoos. Throw parties. Get a damn cat. I thought of a few ways to show some school pride this semester, and look forward to seeing other students’ ideas to show their school support. Griffin Rogers can be reached at

New habitat for animals at wildlife foundation Nick Pike STAFF WRITER

Lions and tigers growl and roar as the afternoon meal comes into sight, coupled with panthers and leopards salivating anxiously, waiting to be filled up for the third time today. Chico is renowned for many things, including the exotic animal wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center located off of Durham-Pentz Road in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation has recently changed its location to a brand new facility outside of Chico. The facility will not open to the public until a few projects are completed, and the foundation can use as much help as they can get, said Roberta Kirshner, co-founder of the wildlife foundation. “We’ve been closed during our busiest months and

donations have declined 53 percent due to the economy, but the amount of support we’ve received has been great,” Kirshner said. Some of the projects include additional fencing, finishing up the visitor entrance and installing rock for walkways, she said. The advantages of the new facility include a larger layout in the event of expansion, brand new facilities and a more preferable location for visitors. At the wildlife foundation, 84 percent of the animals have special needs, including blindness or other bodily irregularities, but all are happy and living in a high-care and pain-free environment, Kirshner said. The wildlife foundation was co-founded in 1994 by Kirshner in honor of her son Barry who started a foundation to teach people about the preservation and conservation of wildlife, according to


PLAYFUL LION Visitors to the sanctuary can get an upclose view of Outlaw, a 4-month-old lion. the foundation’s website. From Chico State students helping to put in a parking lot to architects, engineers, lumber, gravel and local government agencies donating, there was no shortage of people in the

community willing to give their time and resources to help the cause, she said. Kirshner has 11 regular volunteers, and six are Chico State students. Kelly Campbell, who graduated with a degree in parks and

recreation at Chico State, has been volunteering at the Kirshner foundation for six years. During the building phases of its new location, up to 40 to 60 volunteers would help out at a >> please see HABITAT | D3

Sign language I have always been one of those people searching for a little mystical insight — perhaps I’m just gullible. I often turn to the back of a magazine to read my horoscope. I always seem to agree with the astronomers, thinking of myself as optimistic, confident and opinionated, qualities which easily identify me with my astrological sign, the Sagittarius — or at least that’s what I thought I was. Although this is not a new change, there has been a lot of buzz in the media recently about the star signs actually being a month off. After much confusion stemming from the possibility that my sign was subject to change, I came to the conclusion that horoscopes are just general observations that could apply to anyone’s life. I know that I have not changed just because the planet’s positioning in the galaxy has. The moon’s gravitational pull has caused the earth to shift on its axis, creating a onemonth change in the stars’ alignment. For 2011, astrologers want to push all of the star signs back one month, instead making me a Scorpio. Suddenly I was facing an identity crisis, wondering if I had instead been reading someone else’s fate rather than my own. I felt sorry for all the people who branded their body with tattoos of the wrong zodiac symbol. I then learned that the change has sparked talk of introducing a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, the tail end of which happens to fall on my birthday. I stood before utter confusion not knowing whether to call myself a Sagittarius, Scorpio or Ophiuchus. Then I received more news that I was, in fact, still a Sagittarius. Since I live in the Western Hemisphere, my zodiac sign did not change. We Americans still adhere to the original set of 12 signs. I couldn’t tell if my personality would change if I moved to a different hemisphere. My mom is the one who first introduced me to the concept of seeking confirmation of what was supposedly going to happen today by checking the horoscopes. Although I could identify with the sign I was given, anyone could make these connections to their own life. Instead of turning to the back pages of Cosmo for advice, I think I will stick to talking to friends and people who know me for who I am, not people who claim to know based on my birth date. Ally Dukkers can be reached at

WORD OF MOUTH >> How do you show your school pride? DICTIONARY

“By wearing Chico State stuff and going to sporting events.”

COD diet

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“I support Rowdy Red by buying their shirts and also putting stickers on the cars.”

“I have a Chico State bumper sticker, wear Chico State shirts and talk fondly of it.”

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Hantatiana Rajaonarisoa freshman | business

“I go to spirit week and go to see different sports.”

Chuy Najera

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Safe sext Welcome to the new year, a new semester and a new sex columnist. My name is Lexi, and I’m starting this semester with a subject that closely follows current trends. With all of the available options for technological socializing in 2011, even intimacy has gone digital — something I, for one, take full advantage of. Dating can occur entirely online, and sex can now be conducted via text message, also known as “sexting.” There are social networking sites like Facebook, where you can connect online with people you know or meet someone new. Then there’s always the option of chat rooms, most of which allow video chatting via webcams. Whether you’re an experienced pro or a sexual rookie, you can find a form of electronic love that satisfies your needs. One caution is to always be mindful of the possibility that whoever you choose to share your cyber relations with could publish them on the Web in a matter of seconds, so it’s a good idea to be picky about who you trust. No matter what, I recommend cropping your face out when sending photos. Your lover will be able to tell it’s you, but should it find its way to the viral hall of shame, no one else will. Because of the long-distance nature of my current relationship, I do consider myself a sexting pro. In fact, I was the one who convinced my boyfriend it would be a good way to maintain our intimate connection while living thousands of miles apart. The sexts my boyfriend and I exchange can consist of anything from reliving nights we’ve spent together, to a detailed description of nights we plan to have, to explicit photos of ourselves. This isn’t just for the spatially challenged, though. Sexting can be a fun way to spice things up with your partner even if you live together. If you’re single, sexting allows for a great way to have some personal private time without overloading your computer with porn that you’ll probably have to go back and delete later. Another plus for the singles is that sexting and other forms of digital intimacy, while plenty fun and exciting, eliminate potential health risks like pregnancy and STI’s. They also give you the opportunity to get to know someone’s sexual style before actually having sex. If you feel like you’re not very well-versed in the language of the libido but a raunchy digital chat sounds like fun, it’s a good way to get experience. A simple “I want you” will usually get the creative juices flowing. Then, if you have to lead the way, try simply describing the first image of them that comes to your mind. If you’re brave and want a really fun experience, try steaming things up in a video chat. A favorite venue is Skype, but there’s also Yahoo! Messenger and websites like Another new website for connecting with potential lovers online is Designed specifically for college students, this site allows you to select your university and post messages about someone you might have seen and want to meet. I recommend taking full advantage of all that the new year has to offer and feeding all your hi-tech tendencies. Lexi Brister can be reached at

Hailey Vincent STAFF WRITER

Familiar faces, family farms and a sense of community are all things that Janae Lloyd lives for as marketing manager for Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. “The sense of community is valuable,” Lloyd said. “We can put a face to the product.” Chico Natural Foods Cooperative is a natural foods store that advocates the importance of shopping local. “Shopping local and supporting our farmers and our producers really keeps Chico a unique place,” Lloyd said. Shopping local is directly beneficial to the local community, said sophomore agricultural business major Marlaina Tiff. “I think people should know the options of what our community has when it comes to grocery shopping,” Tiff said. “We have everything in our backyard.” Shopping local makes a big impact in a small community like Chico, Lloyd said. It ensures that money stays in the community. “When you walk into a Wal-Mart, that sense of community is lacking,” Lloyd said. Shopping local is not seen as a priority for some, said Jordan Mallory, a Yuba Fire Academy graduate and Butte College student. “I feel like it’s inconvenient,” Mallory said. “It just doesn’t come to mind.” Because of the little information there is about shopping local, there is a lower understanding of what it is to shop local, Lloyd said. A negative spin is put on places like the co-op because of the lack of information. “There is a perception that is off-

based,” Lloyd said. It is more about sacrificing time, not money, Lloyd said. Having the time to shop and cook is a bigger factor than the price when it comes to shopping

COMPARING PRICES Chico Natural Foods Cooperative Apple: $1.39 per lb. Organic spaghetti: $2.99 S&S Organic Produce and Natural Foods Apple: $1.79 per lb. Organic spaghett: $3.19 Safeway Apple: $1.99 per lb. Generic brand spaghetti: $1.99 Food Maxx Apple: $.99 per lb. Generic brand spaghetti: $1.28

locally. “If you’re looking to buy TV dinners, then sure, it may be more expensive to shop here,” Lloyd said. “But if you want to put in the time to cook healthy, then it really isn’t that much of a cost difference.” Other options for supporting local grocery shopping can be found at S&S Organic Produce and Natural Foods and at the Saturday Chico certified farmer’s market. The co-op encourages students to become customers, offering a student member discount, she said. “We see local as a base of a revolution in the food industry,” Lloyd said. “It is the consumer that drives that revolution.” THE ORION • DANIELLE BUIS

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PRODUCTS OF CHICO Baskets of organic fruits and vegetables are available for customers at the locally owned grocery store, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative.

Restaurants offer ‘twists’ on flavor Melissa Hahn STAFF WRITER

Chico hosts a variety of privately owned eateries, many of which aren’t afraid to make a break from corporate restaurant culture. Two family-owned restaurants, Panighetti’s Eatery and Serrano’s Mexican Grill and Kiwi Blast Self-Serve Forzen Yogurt present atypical dining experiences. Located on Esplanade and East Lassen Avenue, Panighetti’s Eatery has offered Italian food, wine and draft beers since Dec. 7, 2009. Recently, it expanded its hours and menus with champagne brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Serving bottomless champagne with modern cuisine such as seafood omelets and breakfast pizza, Panighetti’s is a family operation, said chef and owner Mark Panighetti. In the future, the restaurant will add a banquet room with catering services and is days away from opening a full bar, he said. Panighetti aims to separate

his restaurant from the mainstream, he said. “The concept is a different type of place from what you know you can get today, especially from the corporate world,” Panighetti said. “I didn’t want the traditional Italian music with the tablecloths. No goofy outfits, no ties.” Sara Darby, a senior communications major and regular customer, enjoys the close-knit aspect of the facility as well as the cuisine, she said. “You feel kind of special,” Darby said. “They say ‘hi’ when you come in and know who you are. Their food is fresh and has a twist.” If a “twist” is what is important, an original collaboration of foods appearing is a Mexican food and frozen yogurt fusion, located on the corner of West Fifth and Ivy streets. Serrano’s Mexican Grill and Kiwi Blast Frozen Yogurt presents Chipotle-style service, where hot Mexican foods are made to order down the tray line,, said owner Jeff Sayegh. But Serrano’s is not a replica


ITALIAN CUISINE A customer enters after passing the newly added patio of Panighetti’s Eatery. of Chipotle — they will be serving a daily specialty item as well as frozen treats. There is a self-serve frozen yogurt stand adjacent to the Mexican grill with 14 different flavors and seven ‘swirled’ flavors, with an array of syrups, fresh fruit and dry toppings. The price will be dependent on the weight rather than size, so consumers can customize their budget as well as cravings.

What distinguishes Serrano’s and Kiwi Blast is that it will be open to anyone, regardless of purchase, Sayegh said. There will be free Wi-Fi service, so students will be able to come in to study or unwind, without the pressure of spending money. Sayegh, who has a son in college, understands what students want, he said. “College students are not taken seriously, so we’re trying to spoil them as much as

possible,” Sayegh said. “Even if I lose a table because of a student, I’ll take that over money.” Currently, the renovations are under construction, but Sayegh hopes to open the facilities in about a month. “I hope the locals welcome me,” Sayegh said. “I want to be as helpful as possible. Chico deserves it.” Melissa Hahn can be reached at

SERRANO’S Combination of Mexican grill and frozen yogurt Opens in a month on West Fifth and Ivy streets 14 yogurt flavors, seven “swirled” flavors Tray line of Mexican foods

PANIGHETTI’S EATERY Accepts credit cards: Yes Parking: Private lot Takes reservations: Yes Delivery: No Takeout: Yes Wheelchair accessible: Yes Outdoor seating: Yes Alcohol: Beer and wine only


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RESIDENT RACCOON This raccoon named Smokey, who lives at the Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, stares at visitors and volunteers from the inside of his cage. ANIMAL PLANET Kylee Zimmerman, senior animal sciences major, volunteers and works with all kinds of exotic animals that have been rescued, like this kinkaju.

time, she said. Student volunteers have the opportunity to come in contact with rare and powerful animals. Being able to touch a wild bobcat was the most memorable experience, said Kylee Zimmerman, a senior animal science major. Volunteering at this sanctuary isn’t just playing around with big striped kitties all day, said Benson Laurie, a senior biology major. Most of the work entails cleaning up the animals’ cages and other dirty work. “Visitors have a tendency to view these animals as pets, yet they have to remember that they are still wild and not meant for domestication,” Kirshner said. “You can train them, but you can’t tame them.” The main goal of the wildlife foundation is to educate the public on conservation of these special and unique animals, and to convey the fact that even though something may be a little beat up, it isn’t worth throwing away, Kirshner said. This philosophy has resonated strongly with many who have had the opportunity to see the second lease on life that Kirshner has given these animals and, in turn, changed many human lives as well.



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WILDCAT The wildlife foundation houses many exotic animals. Volunteers work with animals like this tiger who is about 4.5 months old and 75 percent blind.

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Jessica Miley, a sophmore child development major at Butte College and a volunteer at Boys and Girls Club, was discussing the goals of the program with the children when a 10-year-old girl came up to her. The girl looked at her and said, “How did you learn to love so much?” Miley has been working with kids for the Boys and Girls Club for five years after being a member herself for two, she said. Volunteers are needed more than ever after another organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters, closed due to lack of funding in December, office manager Amber Roesner said. These programs provide an opportunity for Chico State students to get involved in their community, said Pamela Morrell, a liberal studies program adviser. “We believe it is important for students to gain experience working with kids,” she said. A program she set up, Youth for Unity, teaches kids about character and leadership by helping out with organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Miley said. “I try to teach the kids to love other people without knowing them,” she said. “The Boys and Girls Club is a family and the kids learn to realize that the staff is there for them 100 percent.” Since they only have the one program, it has a waiting list that is now about 150 kids at the Boys and Girls Club, CEO Rashell Brobst said. “On average we serve over 450 kids a day,” Roesner said. “We are still working with our communities to provide our programs and services to youth.” Chico State students who are looking for careers to be educators and mentors are required to work for 45 hours with a program helping kids, Morrell said.

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YOUNG ARTIST Serena does an arts and crafts project with her “big brothers and sisters.” “We always encourage them to do a lot of extra stuff if they can,” she said. “Big Brothers Big Sisters was one and also the Boys and Girls Club and tutorials through CAVE.” The Boys and Girls Club is a practical tutorial for Chico State students, Morrell said. There are more than 250 volunteers that come from the university. Spending that much time with kids helps students realize what it will be like to teach, said junior liberal studies major Samantha Racine. The community should want to keep these programs around for the children to have, she said. Since Big Brothers Big Sisters closed, the community needs more volunteers. “The closing doesn’t necessarily affect the requirement, but it is one less opportunity to work with children,” Morrell said. The Boys and Girls Club is working on creating more programs for youth in the community, Brobst said. In Miley’s five years as a mentor, her biggest goal was to teach the kids to love other people without having to know them, she said.

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“Rentals put cash into snow bank,” January 1998

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Chico State students were feverishly hitting the ski slopes in January while trying to keep some leftover cash in their pockets. Whether renting or buying ski and snowboard equipment, the cost of getting on the hill was a hefty toll before even purchasing a lift ticket. Renting equipment from the nearby ski park, Mt. Shasta, cost a skier $17 a day for skis, bindings, boots and poles. A snowboard with boots was priced at $25 a day. At Chico’s Hughes Ski Hut, renting the same ski package was $18 for the first day and $9 every day after. A snowboard with boots was even pricier, costing a snow boarder $25 for the first day and $15 for each additional day. If potential skiers and snow boarders were brave enough to purchase all their equipment to keep for good, Chico Sports Ltd. sold snowboards priced between $300 and $450, with boots costing about half of the board itself, between $100 and $200, and bindings ranged from $100 to $160. Not to forget about clothing, a pair of pants and a jacket was priced around $100 to $300.

NOW Prices for renting and buying equipment for some snow fun show no sign of declining. Mt. Shasta Ski Park rentals for a half-day is the price of what a full day was in 1998, according to its website. A ski package for one day will cost $23, whereas a snowboard with boots will now cost $30 to rent for the day. Factor in the cost of a $39 lift ticket for the day at Mt. Shasta, and there goes $62 to $69 that could’ve been used

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Sociology professor receives award, inspires students


TONY WATERS Professor Tony Waters received recognition as Outstanding Professor for 2010–2011. Waters received his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in sociology from UC Davis and began teaching at Chico State in 1996. He has published four books and 70 articles along with 20 book reviews. He has studied overseas at Zeppelin University in the subjects of social theory and social change. Waters has brought his international experience to Chico State and is revered for range of knowledge and experience in sociology theory.


WAX ON, WAX OFF Butte College student Ty Mendoza gets ready for the winter season by waxing the edges of his snowboard. toward a week of groceries or a couple of books for the upcoming semester. Sophomore Chelsea Lance, a political science major, is tired of paying rental costs each time she boards. “I’m buying a board this summer because the rental prices add up too much,” Lance said. Buying equipment today is slightly different than the exponential growth rate of rental prices. A quality snowboard can be purchased at Chico Sports Ltd. for $300, the same lowest price of 1998. Prices range between $300

and $700 for snowboards. Prices for bindings today have increased slightly, ranging from about $130 to $270, but the pricing on boots has stayed the same, still ranging from $100 to $200 at Chico Sports Ltd. With prices of renting equipment for a day of fun in the snow showing no signs of decreasing in years to come, winter sports enthusiasts may want to consider splurging the extra few hundred dollars for equipment to last a few years instead of a few hours.

Q: How does it feel receiving one of the most prestigious awards Chico State has to offer? Waters: It’s a nice honor, especially from a place I really like a lot. Q: Was this award something you aspired to achieve or did it take you by surprise? Waters: I knew my colleagues had nominated me, but I figured it was a longshot. It was very surprising when the president and 30 others came in during one of my classes to tell me I was receiving it. Q: You’ve published four books, one of which is coming out this year. Any plans for a fifth? Waters: I really like writing; there’s always room to write more. I’d really like to write about China or social theory. Q: What’s in store for you in the future? Any special plans or dreams? Waters: I’m very involved in studying abroad and always encourage students to study in Japan, China or Thailand. I’m planning on going to Thailand this summer to teach and I’d like to go back to Germany to teach someday. - Reported by Nick Pike

- Compiled by Hailey Vincent


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