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Vol. 81, Issue 8


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Editor-in-Chief Julia Maldonado Content Managing Editor Alex Grant Art Director Sergio Delgado Chief Copy Editor Katya Villegas News Editors Josh Cozine Mathew Miranda Opinion Editor Karen Limones Sports Editor Andrew Baumgartner A+E Editor Natalie Hanson Multimedia Editor Caitlyn Young Designers Chris Godbout Copy Editors Salma Reyes Hailey Vang Adviser Diego Aparicio CONTACT | BUSINESS Phone: 530.898.6919 Email: Advertising Manager Kayla Fitzgerald Social Media Director Nicole Camarda Website


Cover photo and inside: Check out the unique costume and clothing designs shown at the Chikoko show over the weekend.




Read about how the Chico State cross-country team did in the Triton Classic Saturday.



Learn about how Movers for Military is helping to raise funds for local veterans in need of housing.

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Check out four game soundtracks that transcended video games forever.


Read about why it’s important to enjoy college before it’s over.


Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018


Three finalists three years. left for adminstration position Local Justin Jackson environemntal council holds The position of Vice President (VP) of Business and Finance has gala come down to three finalists: Dru Justin Jackson can be reached at or @JustJackson0176 on Twitter

Staff Writer

Zachmeyer, Glen Nelson and Ann Sherman. Robbi Stivers, interim VP, left due to a “personnel matter,” according to the university. Being a private personnel matter, the university would not speak further. The position was opened again, for the fourth time in three years. The campus search committee interviewed eight semifinalists for the position last month. Each applicant has gone through, or will go through, a series of meetings and interviews with the Search Committee, the Provost’s Academic Council, President Gayle Hutchinson and more, before a final decision. Dru Zachmeyer is the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Business Services at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Glen Nelson is the Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at Arizona State University. Ann Sherman is the Senior Associate Vice President HR/ Interim Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer at San Francisco State. The individual chosen will be the fourth Vice President of Business and Finance in the past

Natalie Hanson Arts Editor

The Butte Environmental Council’s 43rd Anniversary Gala was held in the ARC Pavillion Saturday. “We use this as an opportunity to celebrate what we’ve been doing for the last four decades, but also what’s been done over the past year, and also to recognize the work that other folks have done,” said Natalie Carter, the executive director for BEC. Move the Junkyard, an organization that removes scrap metal out of the Chico junkyard, was presented with one of the awards. Furthermore, a new award for the year, named the Skydiving Dave Matthews Environmentalist award, was posthumously given to Dave Fletcher Matthews. “Dave left some money that’s helping us continue our fight for the local environment,” Carter said. Bob Mulholland, a local activist, received The Lifetime Achievement award for 2018. Natalie Hanson can be reached at or @NatalieH_Orion on Twitter

Marifer Martinez places the lantern she decorated to the lights string.

Students hang lanterns over Glenn Lawn Olyvia Simpson Staff Writer

Glenn Lawn was lit up with colorful, glowing lanterns on Monday night, as the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center at Chico State hosted their first Mid-Autumn Festival. Students learned about six different Asian countries and their traditions while decorating their own paper lanterns, eating Vietnamese pho and admiring the stars through a telescope.

“All of this was planned by three students,” said Krystle Tonga, a CCLC program coordinator. The students, Christy Lee, Kaylena Santos and Deanna Rae Hill all began planning for the event over the summer. “We wanted this to be reflective, not just about hanging up lanterns,” said Christy Lee, a CCLC para professional who helped to plan the event. “We want students to know why they are hanging the lanterns.” Students were able to learn about the meanings of the different colors in certain Asian countries before they got to pick out which lantern they wanted to decorate. The event was created as a pos-


itive atmosphere for all students to celebrate and de-stress during the midterm season with all the exams and projects, Lee said. The lanterns will remain strung up in front of Glenn Lawn through Wednesday for students to admire. Olyvia Simpson can be reached at or @OSimpson15 on Twitter



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Karlie Garcia Connor Mcpherson Staff Writer


ross-country star Karlie Garcia has had a huge impact on the team, and her efforts have earned her an All-American First team honor last season. She has made her mark in the record books as well, as she recently set a course record and finishing almost a minute faster than her closest opponent. This also happened to be her seasonal debut, and her first CCAA runner of the week title of the season. Karlie Garcia’s presence lifted Chico above rival Stanislaus State, and earned her this week’s Wildcat of the Week. How did you first start running? I first started running in seventh grade, because I liked the science teacher and she said she needed some runners, so I gave it a try. What are some of your biggest moments in cross-country? Some of my biggest moments in cross-country were probably last year at nationals, when I got 11th and the team placed fourth. It was really unexpected and we

were super excited. What are some goals you have for this season? Some goals I have for this year are just to stay healthy and make it through the season healthy. What do you do to prepare for a big run? To prepare for a big run, you have to prepare mentally more than physically, I feel like. So just kind of visualizing and staying focused and talking to your coach is the best thing to do. Who are some of your biggest inspirations? My biggest inspiration are my teammates, because they work really, really hard. And when I was a little younger, I was really interested in running because of Jordan Hasay, so I’ve been following her. How did you finally choose to go to Chico State? I just kind of fell into Chico after all the schools I went to. And I just really loved Chico, and I love the family atmosphere. Connor McPherson can be reached at or @theGOATMcphers1 on Twitter.


Cross-country runner Karlie Garcia just earned her first CCAA runner of the week title this season.


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Chico men’s golfers attempt to make nationals senior year Fourth-year student athlete Kelley Sullivan talks about his path to victory

Connor Mcpherson Staff Writer

Say what you will about golf, but there is no denying the amount of focus, skill and precision that goes into every stroke. It takes years of hard work to be considered a mediocre golfer, with a 100 stroke per round average. Kelley Sullivan has taken these skills to another level, placing top five in nearly every competition. Sullivan tied for third individually in the championship preview this season and has shown improvement every year, reducing his average shots per round since his freshman year to 73. Sullivan lead the Chico State golf team to victory in their last tournament, coming in second individually. This follows an impressive third-place performance in the National Championship Preview. He earned CCAA golfer of the week in back-to-back weeks, was ranked 13th among all Division 2 golfers and has been getting better in every tournament. Sullivan is competing in major tournaments now, but his career had to start somewhere. Every journey begins with a single step and, for Sullivan, that step was taken when he was a toddler. “I was about six months,” Sullivan said. “My dad got my sister golf clubs, and I would sleep with the putter almost every single night. I was glued to the TV watching golf growing up and I started playing at a young age.” Chico State golfer, and teammate, Christopher Colla believes


Men’s golf coach Nick Green gives Kelley Sullivan some pointers on his drives. Sullivan has an incredible desire to win. “He is a person who is extremely naturally talented at the game of golf, he has a competitive desire and a will to win,” Colla said. Love for the game early is common among most successful athletes, and Sullivan is no exception. As he got older, Sullivan played as captain for his high school team. And while he has accomplished several feats most golfers could only hope for, Sullivan said that his favorite memory was playing golf with his dad. “For my 16th birthday he took me to Bandon Dunes, and it was the last time we ever tied,” Sullivan said. “He’s never beat me since then. That was really cool and I’ll never forget that.” After leading his high school team to an undefeated season and a conference championship, Sullivan had a great resume to show to colleges. However, he came into the recruiting process late, and most division one programs were

full. After receiving an invitation to visit Chico from coach T.L. Brown, Sullivan became enthusiastic about becoming a Wildcat. “I love California, the school offers a lot of great things and we were the number one team in the country,” Sullivan said. At Chico, Sullivan made the All-CCAA team three times and has continued to strengthen his skills. “My putting has improved dramatically,” Sullivan said. “I came up thinking I was hot stuff, but I quickly realized there are golfers that are better than me and so I learned from the juniors and seniors. My goal was that, by the time I was a senior, I would be the leader that they were to me.” And according to coach Nick Green, Sullivan became that leader. “He’s stepped into that role, and has been improving ever since,” Green said. “His ball striking is as impressive as anybody and he can give us

some putts and can really shoot tremendously low scores.” While many see what Sullivan does on the course, few see the behind-the-scenes efforts that better himself and his team. “Especially during practice rounds, before tournaments, when we’re feeling out golf courses, it’s been really helpful for us to see what clubs are working for each other, and stuff like that,” Colla said. Though Sullivan has had many stand-out moments in his career, one in particular rose above all others. “My sophomore year at regionals, the back nine of our final round, we shot 12 or 13 under as a team, and I hit a hole in one,” Sullivan said. “It was just a good shot, it went 10 feet beyond the pin and then spun back and went in.” Sullivan and half of his team are now seniors and have the opportunity to compete at a collegiate level for one last season.

“To play in the championship would be the end goal,” Sullivan said. “I’ve just been trying to take it all in as well because this is my last year to play collegiate golf and every one of these trips I’m not gonna be able to do again. In the past, I’ve been like ‘I still have next year,’ but this is kind of the last run for us.” As the twilight of his college career draws nearer, Kelley Sullivan and his team’s desire to make it to the championship one last time grows stronger. The four years they spent playing together, getting to know the courses and improving not only themselves, but also each other, could be the final piece that pushes them over the top. Connor McPherson can be reached at or @theGOATMcphers1 on Twitter.



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Chico State runners place first at Triton Classic


Chico State runners Remington Breeze and Derek Morton lead the way at Bronco Invitational. Ricardo Tovar Staff Writer


hico State came into San Diego on Saturday and did what they have done all year: Win. The Triton Classic was no match for the men and women of Chico State who both placed first in their respective events. This is the fourth time in four events the men have placed first and the first time in four events that the women have placed first. Even without two of their top runners, 2017 All-American Karlie Garcia and also Haley

Boynton, the women showed their resilience and placed first after a pair of fifth-place finishes in their previous 6k competitions. Scoring for Chico State were third place finisher Alexandria Tucker (22:21.3), fifth place finisher Kayden Carpenter (22:28.0), seventh place finisher Nora Pizzella (22:31.5), ninth place finisher Desirae Jones (22:44.6) and Nadine Dubon stopped the scoring in 19th place. “This course was tougher than we are used to which worked in our favor. We are a team full of hard working, strong, female

athletes,” Carpenter said. “We’ve always referred to ourselves as a ‘second-half team’ which means our strength is prevalent in the second half of the race and the second half of the season.” The Wildcat men had the same results in their 8k as they have all season; domination of their competition and a first-place finish. Nine out of the top ten finishers were all Chico State athletes. Leading the scoring for Chico state was Wyatt Baxter (25:34.9) who finished first overall, Eddie King (25:36.0) finished second, Jason Intravaia (25:38.0) in third,

Teddy Kassa (25:38.4) in fourth and Jack Johnson (25:41.8) finished the scoring in fifth. “Meet was a very easy win, just restating our dominance. 800m in, I went long around a turn and sat myself in 20th place on purpose,” Intravaia said. “Why on earth would you move to the back of a race? I want to practice moving up gradually; I have to practice the mentality of a 10k cross-country race, every mile picking up more momentum.” Other top 10 finishers for Chico State were Jack Emanuel who finished sixth, Daniel Harrigan-Cota

in seventh, Jhavahn Holston in eighth and Zachary Chamberlain in tenth. With this being the last race before the postseason, Chico State could not have gone into the postseason with more of a bang than a parade of Chico red across the finish line. Chico cross-country looks to keep their California Collegiate Athletic Association championship streaks alive on Saturday, Nov. 3 in San Bernardino. Ricardo Tovar can be reached at or @rtovarg13 on Twitter


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Unbeaten streak achieved with freshman goalkeeper

Victoria ‘Vic’ Graham works toward goal of winning a championship with team Andrew Baumgartner Sports Editor


hico State women’s soccer is currently on a 13 game unbeaten streak, the

longest such streak in program history. The streak couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of an unlikely source. That unlikely source is freshman goalkeeper Victoria “Vic” Graham. Graham has started three games for Chico State this year going 2-0-1. Her first start was a tie against Colorado School of Mines. “Coming in here, I kind of knew the coach wanted me to play at least a little bit this season,” Graham said. “Knowing that I’m a freshman it’s kind of a big deal for me to start.” It was a big deal for Graham, especially in her first start. “Because I’m from Colorado, playing against a team from Colorado was huge for me,” Graham said. Sometimes it’s a mystery as to why an athlete chooses a college, but in Graham’s case it was a choice made years before. “I committed the end of my sophomore year and the coaches really wanted me and really liked how I played,” Graham said. “I love the campus, I fell in love with the team’s atmosphere so it was a really good decision for me personally.” Early success from Graham indicates that it was a good decision by coach Kim Sutton and her staff as well. “She’s an excellent goalkeeper

playing time after her seven save performance against Colorado School of Mines. “The coaches said, ‘we haven’t picked a starter yet, you’re still going to get some playing time’”

school soccer to the college game was difficult for Graham. “It’s a lot more difficult and different than what it is in high school and in club seasons, but I like it, I enjoy it,” Graham

Graham said. “I was expecting not to play as much which is fine.” She would play though, in two more games. The first was against Cal State Dominguez Hills where she registered eight saves on nine shots on goal, the second game was against Cal State East Bay where she made nine saves on 10 shots on goal.

said. “It’s a lot more competitive and there’s a lot more that the coaches expect from you and that you need to do, but it’s a good experience.” Graham, like the rest of her team, wants a championship this year which means keeping up the hard work and to continue winning. “We work really hard in training’s and one of our motto’s is ‘get one percent better everyday,’” Graham said. “So, no matter what it is just make sure we are getting one percent better individually and as a team. So, we are really working for that banner.” As Chico State continues on their historic push for a championship, everyone is playing a role, even the backup freshman goalkeeper from Colorado.

“I love the campus, I fell in love with the team’s atmosphere so it was a really good decision for me personally.” Vic Graham, Chico State women’s soccer


Freshman goalkeeper Victoria “Vic“ Graham has started three games this year for the Wildcats going 2-0-1. and very, very good,” Sutton said. “She actually has a better voice than Brenna (Meier), there is a few things that they are different in, I wouldn’t say one’s better than the other.” Having two good goalkeepers

is a problem most teams would like to have. The normal starting goalkeeper is Brenna Meier who in her senior year is getting the bulk of the action while Graham watches and learns. Graham would get more

Allowing two goals in three games is good especially if your team wins both the games those goals were allowed. Graham may be a freshman, but she is also the tallest player on the team with a listed height of 5-feet-10-inches. “It’s kind of nice, especially being goalie, being one of the taller ones,” Graham said. “I get asked if I play basketball or volleyball just because they’re taller.” Graham coincidentally did play a few years of basketball in high school along with soccer. Being a freshman Graham would have to transition to a more difficult level of play. At first this transition from high

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Two Men and a Truck partner with Movers for Military Brian Luong Staff Writer


hen Addison Bedford applied for her job at Two Men and a Truck, she didn’t expect the multitude of roles she would end up performing for her company. Although her official title is marketing intern, she completes the work of a public relations practitioner, social media director, photographer and operates as the leader of the company’s Movers for Military project. “Movers for Military is a project in which we partner with local businesses and organizations to collect donations for local veterans in need,” Bedford said. All of the proceeds for the project will go towards VECTORS, a transitional facility that houses homeless veterans, and Chico State’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Bedford credits her meetings with veterans at VECTORS as the reason for helping her understand the needs of those in Chico.

All of the proceeds for the project will go towards VECTORS, a transitional facility that houses homeless veterans, and Chico State’s Office of Veterans Affairs. “That was a really eye opening experience.” Bedford said on meeting with VECTORS residents. “It was humbling to me.” Larry Langwell, coordinator at the Office of Veterans Affairs, was eager to work with Bedford for the Movers for Military proj-

ect, after reaching out to him in September. Langwell also serves as the president of the board of directors at VECTORS. Residents at VECTORS pay $350 monthly for furnished rooms with meals included. VECTORS houses up to 15 veterans and provides services such as a community kitchen, computer and internet access and recreational activities. VECTORS assists in connecting their residents to programs within the community that help with financial services, mental health and job training. According to Langwell, nonprofits, such as VECTORS, need individual and community aid due to their small budget of $50,000 annually. “We survive off the donations

This donation box is located at Whitney Hall in front of the elevators. of our community,” Langwell said. Two Men and a Truck attempted to do similar projects in the past, but were unsuccessful due to not having the appropriate personnel. Bedford has taken on the managerial role and, within a three month span, set up donation locations with multiple local businesses, including NutriShop and ScubaHut.

Langwell stated that nonprofits, such as VECTORS, need individual and community help due to their small budget of $50,000 annually.

Additionally, Bedford reached out to her past colleagues at Community Council to set up locations within residence halls. The CAVE office and The Hub currently have donation boxes. “Now that I’m here, I’m able to organize it and put it into play,” Bedford said. Ike’s Place, one of the first locations to respond and host a donation box, is now collaborating with Bedford to develop an event called Music for Military on Nov. 2. The event will host local musicians and relay a percentage of the proceeds towards buying supplies for veterans. Bedford appreciates the variety of her work. She utilizes a magni-


tude of skills, such as community outreach, event management and photography. ‘Going into a job like waitressing, it wasn’t fulfilling to me,” Bedford said. “This one really is because I’m putting in this work, I have specific goals and I meet those goals.” Donations in high demand include toiletries, new underwear, canned and dried food and women’s hygiene products. Brian Luong can be reached at or @brianluongorion on Twitter


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Sigma Chi returns to Chico State after five years


Chris Laverrite inside of the Sigma Chi chapter house. Mathew Miranda News Editor


fter a five-year disaffiliation with the university, one of the oldest and largest fraternities in the nation will be returning to campus. Sigma Chi, established in 1992 at Chico State, was voted back onto the InterFraternity (IFC) Council, Oct. 3 with a 10-1-0 vote. The organization terminated its relationship with the university in 2013 after allegations of brewing beer in the chapter house resulted in a two-year suspension. The chapter chose to disassociate themselves with Chico State rather than accept the sanctions. Although, the 11 fraternities on the IFC Council began discussing the idea of reinstatement, approximately a month prior to the vote, Sigma Chi had shown interest in returning since fall of 2017 according to Program Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Abbie Page.

Page explained one of the challenges the university faced with monitoring Sigma Chi over the last five years. “Our number one priority is student safety and when we have organizations operating off-campus we do not have any contact with them and cannot ensure their safety,” Page said. The reinstatement process requires the chapter to submit specific materials, such as bylaws, new member policies and their stance on hazing along with various other documents for the committee to review. The committee consists of university administration, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs staff and representatives from IFC. All materials submitted are evaluated resulting in a recommendation given to the voting members of IFC. During the discussion prior to the vote, a handful of council members brought up concerns of how Sigma Chi would be moni-

tored going forward. Page went into detail on the various ways they would be supervised, which includes a review of each active member by Sigma Chi’s national headquarters, weekly meetings with herself and Davis Millard, assistant program coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and a final evaluation after the probation period ends in May of 2019. “This is not a you’re reinstated today, best of luck carry on,” Page said. “They are being watched from day one and they know this because everything moving forward is contingent on their behavior.” Even though the probationary status recognizes the fraternity primarily for business purposes, they can still participate in philanthropies and community service. After a couple months of good standing, they may gain the opportunity to host socials and the option to rush a line in the

spring. Representative and chapter president, Blake Emery, for Sigma Nu was the sole vote against reinstating Sigma Chi. “They were offered five years never addressed anything that happened within those five years while on campus and I just think they deserve a little punishment,” Emery said. “They have 67 guys and not going to hurt from losing a rush one semester.” Chris Taverrite, chapter president for Sigma Chi, acknowledged Emery’s perspective, but offered his rationale on why the current chapter members shouldn’t be compared to those associated with the suspension. “I understand that viewpoint, but at the same time none of the guys that were in that chapter are still around here now,” Taveritte said. “We have an entirely different base of brothers. We are also a different chapter. I think our terms of reengagement now should reflect here now and not

who was here in the past.” IFC Council President, Trevor Guthrie, did not speak on the reasoning behind Sigma Nu’s decision but did admit his astonishment. “I was surprised that an organization even voted no because of the transparency we had with everybody and all the work that went into it,” Guthrie said. “We tried to amplify the individual chapter’s voices and take into account their concerns.” Ultimately, Page views the addition of an organization to the campus as a positive for the student experience. “By having 12 different fraternities now we have 12 options for students to find something they can identify with and establish their own sense of belonging at Chico,” Page said. Mathew Miranda can be reached at or @MathewMiranda24 on Twitter



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Get to know The

artists’ process at Alex Coba Staff Writer


hico Art Center’s annual Open Art Stu-

dios event is a staple. Normally you would be separated from the artist and see the work after it’s been put up in a showroom. However, this event invites visitors to go to an artist’s studio and see their artistic process firsthand. It’s like getting a behind the scenes tour. “You not only would see the end of the work, but you’re also seeing the whole process and meeting the artist,” Gallery Director, Cameron Kelly said. “It’s a really unique annual event.” Open art studios span across all of Chico, as well as Paradise and Oroville, giving visitors a total of 49 studios to explore. Janet Blixt, who owns and teaches at Chico Art School, was once a participant in Open Studios. Blixt is skilled in a wide range of art mediums. “I like to work in a lot of different mediums, acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, collage, scratch art, acrylic poring, dot painting, always something new,” she said. The event is a great way for artists like Blixt to interact with the public. “I like the interaction because the people that come are interested in art and so we can relate on many levels regarding art,” she said. Blixt explained what artistic medium is the most work.

open studios walk

“Color pencil is crazy meticulous - you got to work in a lot of layers, but once you get to a point where you get to see the progress you start to think, okay, maybe I

can keep doing this,” she said. Justin and Kathryn Silvera opened up their home for the event and showed off a sort of wood, metal, resin, watercolor and mixed media art. Justin showcased the hook that he made from maple syrup spouts. Justin went into detail on his inspiration for the hooks. “I actually saw a piece a that a buddy had and he was hanging a key of just one spout and I was like, that looks cool like that and so from that, I got the idea of just kind of making them bigger and adding more pieces to them,” he said. He also made a lot of the furniture in their home, from two beautiful chandeliers to their entertainment center, which has a built-in thermostat that cools the stereo system. Katheryn Silvera is a resin artist who creates her work out of an assortment of materials. “We got your powdered pigments, quartz crystals, mother of pearl, lots of gold,” she said. “And silver copper leaf. And then things like pyrite, kyanite and lots of different kinds of quartz.” Katheryn shared a bit about her processes in making one of her pieces.


Janet Lombardi Blixt works with oil, acrylic and pastel in her pieces.


A display of gemstones from Kathryn Silvera.


Justin Silvera work with wood and metal to make pieces just like this one.


More of Janet Lombardi Blixt artwork.

11 “It starts with a painting underneath so that it has a life and a heart and that will build on top of it with the resign so this was an acrylic fluid painting and then it has oil pastel and then I took leafing material and created this whole floral pattern which to quite a while. But I knew that I wanted that to be there under it because of its something that its base,” Katherine added “From there I add its first layer of resin and you just have to keep in mind which colors are going to be built on top cause that will affect (the piece) if you’re using a purple and then you use a blue you’re going to get this blue-purple. Then add in all the good stuff into the resign.” Her resin pieces also have the added bonus of clean the air in a home due to all the mix of resin shaved metal and quartz. this type of median I quite time-consuming as each layer takes about 24 hours to cure. That means

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some pieces take a minimum of 16 days to complete the resin portion of a piece. Some pieces take a month to complete. Open studios weekend will continue Oct. 27-28. For more information about open visit the chico art center website at Alex Coba can be reached at or @ThatOneGuyCoba on Twitter.


More of Janet Lombardi Blixt’s artwork animal.


Mains’l 7th Street Center for the Arts welcomes viewers with a inviting jellyfish piece.




Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018



video game soundtracks that transcend the medium

Ulises Duenas Staff Writer


hese picks are arranged in no particular order. The music in a game can make a huge difference when playing. It can turn an average game into something memorable. While players log in hours

into whatever they play the songs and sounds become burned into the mind. Below are some of the greatest soundtracks to grace gaming.

1) DOOM (2016) Doom’s rebot in 2016 did everything right and one its best qualities is the sound. Nailing the soundtrack for this game was crucial in creating the right mood for tearing through demons. These songs will get anyone psyched for dropping knee-deep into hell and laying waste to the hordes inside.

2) HITMAN 2: SILENT ASSASSIN The legendary Jesper Kyd made his name famous in the industry with his work on “Hitman 2”. He composed the soundtrack and used the talents of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and Hungarian Radio Choir to make it come to life.

3) FREEDOM FIGHTERS Jesper Kyd would follow up his work on “Hitman 2” by composing the soundtrack for “Freedom Fighters”. The story of a Soviet Russian invasion on America in the early 2000s; this game’s music does a great job of capturing the oppressive and epic sound of a new regime. The Hungarian Radio Choir returns to give “Freedom Fighters” the powerful sound that it needed.

4) HOTLINE MIAMI “Hotline Miami’s” frantic and violent style of gameplay pairs perfectly with its soundtrack. The haze of blood, bullets and masks creates a high-energy and confusing vibe that makes the electric music pop like the various heads of your foes.

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‘WWE 2K19’ refines but doesn’t perfect WWE may be in a burning dumpster of controversy right now, but why should that stop someone from enjoying their

title shot and no more running around backstage. The career mode now features a more concise story where you create and play an indie wrestler that slowly makes his way to the big time. The main character is finally

new game? These things come out every year and while “2K19” doesn’t iron out all the lingering problems from past games it still provides something that will keep fans happy - or as happy as a WWE fan could be these days. The game’s strengths have always been in its roster and presentation. WWE has the most stacked roster in history right now and the game is packed with the wrestling legends from decades past. Aside from the game’s base roster of over 100 wrestlers there’s still the expansive creation suite that’s in every game. Plenty of talented players use their skills to recreate wrestlers from all over the world and add them into them for people to download, but it doesn’t end there. Characters like Venom, Goku, Harambe and even our dear president have already been lovingly crafted for use in the game. Arenas, championship belts, logos and more are all in the creation suite. These add a virtually limitless amount of replayability and customization into the game. Most of the time people use this to add stuff from WWE that isn’t in the game, but anyone with enough imagination can make whatever crazy nightmare they want. The career mode finally doesn’t suck - no more grinding out matches for hours just to get a

voice acted and while there are still plenty of awkward moments 3/4 Stars there’s a good amount of humor Ulises Duenas can be reached at thrown in. or SCREENSHOTTED BY ULISES DUENAS Showcase mode makes a @OrionUlisesD on Twitter. The Undertaker making his signature entrance. return and it features the career of fan-favorite Daniel Bryan. Players will go through a series of matches from his career and Bryan will set each of these up with backstory and narration. These historical modes are usually one of the highlights of the game and while Bryan’s story is a great underdog tale the matches themselves can get annoying to play. You’re encouraged to recreate certain spots of the match as they happened in real life, but there aren’t any checkpoints so if you mess up once and lose then you’ll have to replay again. The biggest draw of these games for hardcore fans is the Universe mode. It’s basically the equivalent of the franchise modes in sports games. Players can make and run their own version of WWE or any other wrestling organization as they choose the shows, roster, belts and rivalries that occur. This year includes some customization options, but the main problem is that the glitches from past games are still present. Editing matches on a show can cause random changes that are sometimes irreversible. SCREENSHOTTED BY ULISES DUENAS These games slowly improve Rising star, Velveteen Dream making his way to the ring. year after year and “2K19” is

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certainly the best in a long time. The lingering issues of the past few years thankfully don’t get in the way as often as they used to. The creation suite and roster are enough to push this game from three stars to four.


Alex Coba Staff Writer

All eyes were on the catwalk as Chikoko put on their annual fashion show event. The event showcases the design work of four women - Nel Adams, Christina Seashore, Sara Rose Bonnetti and Muir Huges. Each year the show has a theme, which this year was “Evoke- An Experimental Fashion Event.” “We play a lot of wordassociating games together in a meeting or we come upon a word that will feel good to us, and we decided on a theme and it sort of manifests from the different places that we’re in,” said Christina Seashore about the theming process for each year’s show. The fashion reflected the theme. The designers wanted to take hold of a person’s senses and the clothing in the show reflected it. “(Like with) eyeballs and hands with tounges and teeth and fur sequences, fringe flowing, full coverage, barely covered,” Seashore said.


Many people were involved with the show from the light to the musical arrangements, as well as hair and makeup. All of the models had colorful hairstyles. “We wanted it to be uplifting, we wanted it to be all fun and color,” Seashore said. Some of what inspired Nel Adams wasn’t just found in the theme of the show. Like many other artists, nature was a big inspiration for some of the pieces in the show. “I was looking at books on nature, all these fall colors and they were all in neon,” said Adams. “And I was like oh my god, I really just want to get a whole bunch of neon brick and put it on.” For the models in the show, many eyes were upon them as they walked down the runway. David “Dragon Boy” Sutherland explained how it felt to essentially be walking art. “It’s super creative and kind of like a cog in like this super amazing creative machine that these four women have been creating for a while,” Sutherland

said. “(With) all the energy they’ve been putting into making their outfits, it feels like you’re a vessel for that creativity.” The actual show was exactly what its namesake suggested. It evoked every sense imaginable, from dresses that were more simple, yet had a little flair, to the wild and out-there pieces that had ears popping out of the sides. Attendee, Alice Burke, described the event like she was, “at the Burning Man festival,” even though she had never attended the actual festival. The show concluded with a rousing applause from the crowd. Many of the garments shown on the catwalk were available after the show for people to purchase. Chikoko’s next event will be the 13th annual Bizarre Bazaar on Dec. 8 through Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chico Women’s Club. Alex Coba can be reached at artseditor@ or @ThatOneGuyCoba on twitter


A model poses on the runway during Chikoko’s “Evoke” an experimental fashion show.



David “Dragon Boy” Sutherland walking down the runway during Chikoko’s Evoke-An Experimental fashion show.

Models pose on the runway during Chikoko’s “Evoke” an experimental fashion show.

A model poses down the runway during Chikoko’s Evoke-An Experimental fashion show.



Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018

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Call Type: Elevator Malfunction Monday 3:06 p.m., Butte Hall Reporting parties advised they were stuck in elevator #3 on 2nd floor and are now out. Call Type: Elevator Malfunction Tuesday 5:19 a.m., Butte Hall Custodian advised elevator #3 was stuck on 2nd floor. Call Type: Elevator Malfunction Tuesday 9:16 p.m., Holt Hall Custodian advised that the elevator stopped working on 3rd floor with no one inside, and has placed an out of service sign on elevator. Facilities Management & Services was notified and advise that they will handle further during next business day. Call Type: Sex Crime Thursday, 10:31 a.m., Unknown Victim reported the crime Tuesday, though it reportedly occurred the previous night in an unknown location. The victim was provided with resources but did not want to file a report.

Chico Police

University Police

The police blotter is a selection of information cited directly from the Chico Police Department and the University Police Department. Call Type: Disturbance Monday 2:09 a.m., 500 Nord Avenue Subject was reportedly standing on the train tracks between West Sacramento and West 1st Street, holding up the Amtrak train while taking pictures. Subject fled in an unknown direction before police arrived. Call Type: Assault Tuesday 10:05 p.m., West 1st Avenue/ North Cedar Street Reporting party states his friend was on the bike path near West 1st Avenue and North Cedar Street when they were assaulted by three juveniles. One of the juveniles had a metal pipe and mentioned a gun though no gun was seen. Subjects were last seen heading towards Warner Street. Victim received a minor head injury but declined medical attention. Call Type: Disturbance Saturday 1:59 a.m., West 2nd Street/ Salem Street Male with no shirt was seen causing a disturbance. Subject was worked up from dancing too hard and was released without incident.

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Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018





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THUMBS Thumbs up to everyone who registered to vote before Tuesday. Be sure to vote on Nov. 6 if you’re registered. Thumbs down to midterm exams, papers and projects. Be sure to study, but remember to put your mental health first! Thumbs up to All-American Karlie Garcia, our Wildcat of the Week. Thank you for all your hard work. Thumbs down to Chico’s sit and lie ordinance that city council passed on Oct. 16. Where should homeless go during the day?

Chico gives outsiders an opportunity to grasp new perspectives *Note the following claims are personally-based from my own views and not from interviews or research.* It’s Saturday afternoon. My roommate and I walk out of Great Northern Coffee, otherwise known as “train-car-cafe,” and take a sip of iced

self-aware, be self-critical and be confident in your passions. Be determined and test out healthier practices and outlooks. If you think Chico is boring, try walking downtown or to a park just to observe your surroundings and to reflect on your own life.

coffee. We unlock our bikes and pedal past the fraternities and sororities and through downtown until we get to Lower Bidwell. Life is good, for now, and it’s all due to Chico. Every new city you go to is going to give you the opportunity to gain new perspectives. Whether or not you grasp those new perspectives is up to you. I highly suggest trying to at least adapting to a new place, especially one like Chico. Even if you hate Chico initially or constantly during your time in Chico and/or at Chico State, hear me out. One amazing thing about Chico is how it feels small even though it’s a somewhat large city for Northern California. It took me a couple years to realize it, but Chico’s small-town feel really gives newcomers the chance to reflect, think and analyze themselves and their intimate surroundings. Sometimes just thinking and having unique individual thoughts, help people grow and learn the most. Obviously, the people you meet, the friends, family and the teachers or mentors you learn from are going to shape you as well. But in Chico, I think most of us have a good amount of down time just to ourselves. This time may be a change of pace for someone from a big city like L.A. or San Francisco, but this time may actually help that person breathe a little. Even if you hate the area or people, if you work on yourself while you’re here is all you can do. Don’t sulk in your schedule or surroundings. Be

The power of observation is extremely powerful. It can be potent, hilarious, sad, enraging, happy, confusing, clarifying, breath taking and especially surprising if you pay close attention to your environment. If you mix attention with spontaneity in your free time, your journey to the destination may just become your favorite part of your day. Sound cliche? It may sound so, but it’s worth your consideration because usually we all often get wrapped up in our consistent schedules and routines; so much so that we don’t stop and think about ourselves and our surroundings often enough. Random to internal observations aren’t a solve-all solution for everyone. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s always worth trying to observe and learn from your surroundings. I find obscure observations to be almost infectious. My roommates and I go to school, parks, bars, around town just simply to absorb and observe new people and places. It sounds weird on paper, but our passion to “people-watch” has helped us realize our own biases and assumptions. In short, I encourage everyone to try to see the Chico and Chico State communities as a chance to learn about other cultures, people and places. While in Chico we can all learn a lot about ourselves and the various perspectives around us as well. A;ex Grant can be reached at or @AlexThomasGrant on Twitter.



Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018


Thu 25

Exhibit: Finding Mele Kainuha Kea’ala Azbill and the Forgotten Hawaiians of Chico

International Language Fair

The exhibit displays the genealogical ties between Native Hawaiians and Native Cali-

international language fair to help community members explore the cultural and pro-

fornians throughout Chico

fessional opportunities of learning a foreign language. The event is open to the public.

Where: Meriam Library 305

Cultural treats, course hand outs and activities will be provided by the Study Abroad

When: All Day

office. If there’s rain the event will be moved to Arts Room 112. For more information

Price: Free

email Tawnie Peterson at or call (530)-898-5388.

The Department of International Lauguages, Literatures and Cultures is presenting this

Where: Trinity Lawn

When: 3 to 5 p.m.

Price: Free and open to the public

Spooky Double Feature A double feature of Monster House and A Quiet Place will premiere at the Bell Memori-

Immigration Policy Updates

al Union Auditorium. Enjoy free sweets, popcorn and hot chocolate.

Come to the Student Services Center to hear about immigration policy and resource

Where: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium When: 7 to 11 p.m.

Price: Free

updates from liaisons from both the Northern Valley Catholic Social Services and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Liaisons will cover topics that focus on policies that impact Chico State immigrant students and their families. For more information contact the Dream Center via email at or call (530)-898-5818. Where: Student Services Center Room 150 When: All Day Price: Free



Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018



Pumpkin Splash

Chico State vs Sonoma State

Come out to the Wildcat Recreation Center for the Pumpkin Splash. Dec-

The women’s volleyball team will face off against the Sonoma State sea-

orate some pumpkins, eat pumpkin pie and have some hot chocolate and

wolves at a home game. The game begins at 7 p.m. in Acker Gym.

cider. Contact Jossie Hernandez for more information by email at wrecpro-

Where: Acker Gym or by phone at (530)-898-6223.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Acker Gym

Price: $8 general admission, $5 seniors (60 and over) and students with

When: 7 p.m.

visiting ID, $3 child (3 to 17), free for children 2 or younger and Chico State

Price: $8 general admission, $5 seniors (60 and over) and students with

students with ID.

visiting ID, $3 child (3 to 17), free for children 2 or younger and Chico State

12th Annual Trivia Bee for Literacy

students with ID.

Celebrate spelling and literacy at the Annual Trivia Bee. Community teams will compete to form the next Trivia Champions of Butte County. Support your favorite team or play along to show your support for literacy and the Butte County Library LIteracy Services. Where: Sierra Nevada Brewery, Big Room When: 6 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m., competition begins at 7 p.m.) Price: $30

‘Side Show’ the Musical Opening Night Side Show the Musical is based on a true story about conjoined ‘Siamese’ twins Daisy and Violet Hilton who become stars during the Great DepresGETTY IMAGES PHOTO BY ARTMARIE

literally joined at the hip and how their bond brings them fame. But will they

Let’s Get “Lit” Pumpkin Carving

find love? Find out and enjoy the opening night of this show that’s put on

Associated Students will have a free pumpkin carving event. Come by the Bell Memorial Union basement to carve pumpkins and socialize with friends! Where: BMU basement

When: 8 to 10 p.m.

sion. This musical shows a heartwarming story about two women who are

Price: Free

by Butte College’s Theatre Arts program. Where: Butte College Black Box Theatre When: 7:30 p.m. Price: Varies $10 for students or senior citizens and $18 for adults


Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018



Sat 27

Sun 28

Pancake at the Disco

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico

Three DJ’s but no sound? Come out to the free silent disco with pancakes galore.

Musicians from ages 11 to 18 will be showcases their music at Laxson Auditorium.

Bring a Wildcat ID in order to get in. This event is put on by A.S. Government and

Through this performance, they will share the history of mariachi music. In 2017 this en-

A.S. Productions

semble released their debut album, “Nestra Herencia,” (Our Heritage) which hit number

Where: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

two on the iTunes’ Latin chart. This ablum is believed to be the first major mariachi record-

Price: Free with a Wildcat ID

ing released by a student ensemble in the United States. For tickets or more information visit the the University Box Office (on the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Street) or call the office at (530)-898-6333. Where: Laxson Auditorium

When: 7:30 p.m.

Price: Varies

$15 for Chico State students with Wildcat ID card, $18 for youth, $26 for senior citizens, $28 for adults or $36 for premium.




Sundays at Two - Blues is...?

Chico State vs Humboldt State

Join composer and guitarist David Dvorin for a presentation of original compositions that

The women’s volleyball team will face off against the Humboldt State lumberjacks at

are influenced by the blues and it’s various forms. Dvorin is joined by Rnady McKean on

a home game.

clarinets and Clifford Childers on bass trumpet, trombone and harmonica. The trio will

Where: Acker Gym When: 5 p.m.

push the musical boundaries of convential blues music. For tickets or more information

Price: $8 general admission, $5 seniors (60 and over) and students with visiting ID,

visit the the University Box Office (on the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Street) or call the

$3 child (3 to 17), free for children 2 or younger and Chico State students with ID.

office at (530)-898-6333. Where: Zingg Recital Hall

When: 2 p.m.

Price: Free and open to the public


Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018



Mon 29

Sierra Nevada Heritage Series: Lindsay Lou in Chico

Tues 30

Lindsay Lou has been music for the last decade with her band The Flatbellys, though 2018

Butte County Job Fair Presented by Alliance for Workforce Development

marks what might be the biggest year for the band. Now the band has four albums, 2010’s

More than 50 employers will attending this job fair. Employers will include retail,

“Lindsay Lou” and “A Different Tune,” 2012’s “Release Your Shrouds,” and 2015’s “Ionia.”

food, hospitality, IT, government and more. Bring resumes and dress in job

This year the band just released a heart-wrenching album called Southland.

interview attire. It is not recommended to bring children to animals.

Where: Sierra Nevada Big Room

Where: Manzanita Place at the Chico Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Ave

When: Doors open at 6 p.m., performance opens at 7:30 p.m.

When: Noon to 4 p.m.

Price: $20 for event only (Dinner and dessert are extra)

Price: Free

Student Learning Fee - Request for Proposals A campus fund created by the consolidation of course fees, the Student Learning Fee (SLF), is now available for the submission of proposals that will lead to the enhancement of student learning. The estimated amount available for the 2019-2020 award year is $1,700,000. Awards will be determined by colleges, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Campus Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC), each of which has received specific allocation amounts. CFAC accepts proposals from non-college academic units and interdisciplinary teams. In this context, “interdisciplinary” refers to proposals that cross college or division lines. Proposals may be submitted by students, faculty, and staff via the SLF web application located at: https://slf.csuchico. edu/. If you are part of an academic college, or the division of Student Affairs, please discuss your funding needs, and how to submit a proposal/ expenditure request, with your college office or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Please refer to the SLF website ( and go to the Guidelines section for more information on the proposal process. Proposals may be submitted online until the final submission deadline of 5 p.m. December 13, 2018. If you have any questions or issues, please send an email to: slf@ Thank you for your participation in this opportunity to support and enhance student learning.

Free screening of ‘COCO’ Join Associated Students Productions for a free showing of Pixar’s COCO. Grab your cobijas (blankets) and a few friends to watch this free movie screening. A.S. Productions organizers think that you’ll definitely want to call your abuela (grandmother) after this showing to tell her about how much you love her. For more information contact A.S. Productions’ office via email at or call (530)-898-6411. Where: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

When: 8 to 10 p.m.

Price: Free

UMatter Presents: Instant Calm Workshop Learning Mindfulness techniques to help manage every day and acute stress Learn about the biological and pyschological part about mindfulness. This event will help students increase awareness to help live a mindful life. These techniques are intended to help one prepare for high stress environments. Where: Student Services Center 122

When: All Day

Price: Free



Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018

Live your college years with no regrets Brooke Martin Staff Writer


ollege students are planning for the future, but might be forgetting about the now. Midterms, grades, internships and careers weigh heavily on college students’ minds. Under all of this stress, it’s easy to forget that we are in college, supposedly

the best years of your life. Make these years count. College students face an enormous amount of worry. We are spending a lot of time and money to get an education. Most of us work hard to keep our grades up.

College is a great time to reinvent yourself or to find out who you are.

However, we shouldn’t forget to have a good time. It won’t be long before we are working nine to five jobs or picking up our kids from soccer practice. These are the final years when we can truly be kids. Ask yourself: Are you having

vent yourself or to find out who you are. You might find out that you’re a secret genius at sudoku or love art history. College is all about balance. Keep up with your readings, but don’t forget to have fun. This is your life and there will always be

With every year, I find this more and more true. Life never stops.

a good time in college? Are you creating memories you’ll look back on years from now? College is a great time to rein-

things you have to do. I once had a teacher tell me, “Your to-do list only gets longer the older you get.”

There’s a difference. Being alive is waking up every morning, doing what you have to do, going to bed and then starting all over again. Stephen Chbosky is a best-selling novelist famous for his book, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (TPOBAW). “Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life,” Chbosky wrote in TPOBAW. Living is you actively participating in life. Be active in life, instead of being passive.

College is all about balance. Are you living or are you alive?

Don’t live your life with your only regret that you have no regrets. Do what you want to do. If you want to get drunk on a Wednesday night and show up to class the next day still drunk, then do it. If you want to join an ultimate frisbee team, then do it. If you want to ask that cute girl in your history class on a date, then do it. Life is short. We all have an expiration date. Some expiration dates are sooner than we know. Don’t live your life with your only regret being that you have no regrets. Brooke Martin can be reached at or @bmartin471 on Twitter

Have fun in college, while it might be the platform to the rest of your life.



Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018



There’s not enough all-gender bathrooms at Chico State Rayanne Painter Staff Writer


f you’re reading this, I’m going to make the assumption that you are human. You eat, you drink and if you do both of these things, you will have to dispose of bodily waste. Whether the urge to use the bathroom is at home or in public, most of us don’t have trouble finding a place to relieve ourselves. Especially on Chico State campus, as there are more than 40 buildings that all contain at least one women’s and men’s restrooms, if not more. Cisgender people, people whose gender identities correlate with their biological sex, do not have to think much about finding a bathroom safe to use on the basis of their gender because the binary genders are already accepted within society. In fact, as a cisgender woman, I can personally say that I’ve never had to worry about finding and using a woman’s bathroom. Saying this comes with privilege. For example, if I only have 15 minutes between classes to use the restroom, I can usually do so because a restroom I’m comfortable with using is only a few feet away. It might seem like a silly thing to be aware of, but the struggle of finding a safe and accessible bathroom is a real issue for many students at Chico State and everywhere else in the world. Since the topic of gender-inclusive bathrooms hit the limelight over the past few years, more places have been making these bathrooms accessible to those who need them. Chico State so far

Stalls for all, everyone needs to go at some point of the day and should have the availbilty to go. has done well in installing some of these restrooms, but there are only 11 buildings on campus that have a gender inclusive space for people to use the restroom. That’s roughly only a fourth of campus and only five of those listed buildings are buildings with classrooms. The rest are places like the Bell Memorial Union or the gym. Transgender and non-binary students and staff have a right to be able to use the restroom no matter what building they are in on campus. And they shouldn’t

be forced to use a gender binary bathroom if they’re having an emergency or have too little time between classes to run all the way to the nearest inclusive bathroom. Expecting this of trans individuals is dangerous and unnecessary. According to the United States Transgender Survey, nine percent of trans people have been denied access to a restroom, 12 percent have been verbally assaulted and over half have avoided public restrooms in fear of these statistics. This is very

much a safety issue and now a human rights issue, as it is Chico State’s prerogative to ensure that all students and staff are able to use a bathroom and remain safe. I do hope that one day there will be both accessible and gender inclusive bathrooms in each building. But for the time being, cisgender people can be an ally to the trans community when it comes to taking up their spaces. Using the gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus is fine when it is an emergency, but we have so many more bathrooms at


our disposal. I know the inclusive restrooms are nice and private, but our safety is not compromised if we make the decision to use the other public bathrooms on campus. There is no reason for these inclusive spaces to be filled with a line of cisgender people who can easily go somewhere else. We need to do better. Rayanne Painter can be reached at or @rayphenomenon on Twitter



Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018

Controversy over blood donations from gay men Rayanne Painter Staff Writer


hen entering the American Red Cross website, a red banner pops up on the top of the screen: Critical Need for Blood and Platelets. Unfortunately for the Red Cross and those who benefit from their donations, less than 38 percent of people in the U.S. are eligible to give blood. This gives urgency to finding eligible donors, but surprisingly enough, they will turn down potential donors on the basis of who they have sex with. This boils down to only one category of people: men who have sex with men (MSM.) Historically, MSM have been banned by the FDA from donating blood since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1983. While this ban has been revised as of 2015, a gay man must remain abstinent for an entire year before they can be eligible for donating blood or platelets. Gay and bisexual men are at most risk for HIV/AIDS because it is the riskiest type of sex for infection, according to AIDS info. This might seem like a reasonable cautionary for some, but let’s really break this down. When HIV/AIDS was first being detected, it was believed to only be affecting gay men. This perpetuates the idea that people in the LGBTQ+ community cause life-threatening diseases, which of course, made gay men less likely to get tested in fear of receiving societal backlash if anybody discovered that they were getting tested. So yes, having anal sex does put gay men at more of

All people should be allowed to donate if blood is clean, donors are needed, lives need saving. a risk, but so does this stigma around HIV/AIDS testing. But here’s the kicker: everybody who has sex is susceptible to contracting these infections. While all types of unprotected sex can contract HIV/AIDS, the reason anal sex is so risky is that tears are more likely to happen and the infection can be introduced directly into the bloodstream. This is not only a MSM problem, as anybody who has had anal sex is at high risk. That goes for anybody who’s had vaginal sex, tears can occur as well, and

the membrane in a vagina is also able to contract HIV/AIDS, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, anybody who’s willing to give blood and is eligible in every other way should be allowed to do so. There is no reason to disqualify MSM from giving blood, especially when the Red Cross claims that they’re in such desperate need for donors. Their outdated rules are continuing the stigma that HIV/AIDS exists as an issue because gay men don’t take care of their sex-

ual health. When really it is an issue for anybody who is sexually active. Blood that is donated is going to be tested anyways. The Red Cross is vague on their statement about this; they claim to test all blood, but state that they cannot be 100 percent certain on the status of HIV/AIDS being present. This is the reason behind their year of abstinence rule for MSM, but with that logic, everybody who is sexually active should be abstinent because we all could potentially be at risk.


All of this makes me wonder if these misconceptions around HIV/AIDS is because of the lack of research being done around LGBTQ+ health issues. From my personal viewpoint, I think there would be a lot more clarity on the subject if it had been a predominantly heterosexual issue in the past. Rayanne Painter can be reached at or @rayphenomenon on Twitter


Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018




Be safe this Halloween, everything is not always as it seems.

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary Rachael Buyuk Staff Writer


ring a sweater. Halloween in Chico has a deep tradition of being a time for partying. While I have no bone to pick with celebrating, I do have a few tips for staying safe while doing it. Sex is great, but it can be dangerous to get caught up in an exciting hookup. There will be an influx of “out-of-towners” into our city. That means new interesting people. However, just because someone is, as they’ll say, “only here for the night,” it doesn’t mean you should dive right into

bed with them. Only knowing someone for a few hours doesn’t give you enough time to protect yourself against STDs or other dangers. If you don’t know someone, it is safer to not sleep with them. Also don’t go off alone with people you don’t know, while you may have one thing in mind, they could have another. No one

Halloween is a great time to meet someone, exchange glances and numbers. No exchanges of body fluids need to take place.

wants to get robbed or attacked, especially on a holiday. Keep close to friends, they are your party safety net. Remember friends who show up together, should leave together. I shouldn’t have to mention it, but drunk people cannot consent. An enthusiastic drunk yes equals a no. Have respect for someone. Halloween is a great time to meet someone, exchange glances and numbers. No exchanges of body fluids need to take place. After all, everything is a lot better when you can remember it! Also, don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t show off what your momma gave you. Just make

sure to bring a sweater, nights in Chico can get cold. Halloween is a time for blowing off steam from those crazy midterms. But, while you are doing that, always remember your safety and your friend’s safety are top priority. Know when to call it a night. Even if the bars are still open, it doesn’t mean you should stay and dance with that cutie. Make sure all your friends are counted for. Routinely ask how everyone is feeling. Don’t feel obligated to drink more just in the spirit of the season. If you do plan on meeting up with somebody at a party (and no

one is drunk) bring protection. You don’t want to be the person who doesn’t have that when the time comes. It can lead to stupid “just this once” decisions that can stay with you for a lifetime. STDs and STIs are a scary reality, even if someone is on birth control. When it comes to having a lit Halloween it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Rachael Buyuk can be reached at or @BuyukRachael on Twitter



Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018


Helpful tips to stay safe during ‘Chicoween’ Brooke Martin Staff Writer


ut of towners coming up on Chicoween, is more of a trick than a treat. Chicoween has become a Chico

State tradition, that is well known by more than just students. Every Halloween, many out of towners come up to celebrate. While this can be great, it also escalates the risks of going out. The scary part isn’t the witches or ghosts, it’s the people out of town. Personally, I don’t like out of towners coming up for Chicoween. I think it not only increases violence, but also overcrowds Chico and its parties. “Chicoween is Halloween like you’ve never experienced it. We aren’t the WILDcats for no reason,” according to Urban Dictionary. If that doesn’t get you pumped for the holiday, then I don’t know what will. While having fun, you should also be on the lookout for people not from our community. “I’ve been hanging around parties on Halloween weekend, seeing people nobody knows coming up just to start fights,” fifth-year student, Nialls Hackley said. Crime can happen on any weekend of the year, but during Halloween, students should be on high alert. For every 100,000 people, there are roughly 11 crimes daily that occur in Chico, according to areavibes. This is low when compared to the four day period of Halloween 2016. There were 112 arrests and


A group of friends having fun at a Hallloween party. citations, according to a Chico Police Department press release. This is almost triple the average daily amount, but that makes sense considering it’s a holiday. To stay safe follow these tips:

2. Walk with people you know

4. Don’t accept liquid handouts

Don’t walk alone in the dark. Don’t walk alone with people you don’t know. Don’t walk alone period.

For those of us who have not yet experienced Chico’s party scene, it could be tempting to take alcohol or drugs from people we don’t know. Watch your drink and don’t take alcohol from people you don’t know. It’s better to be less drunk or sober than to be drugged. Some of these may sound cliche, but they’re cliches for a reason– they work. With out of towners, comes unpredictability. Some of the people who are not from Chico will just

1. Arrive and leave with friends

3. Keep your phone at full battery

Stay with the people you came with and know where your friends are. It may be tempting to go home with that cute Superman, but realize it might not be a good idea. After all, you can always just get his Snapchat and hangout another night.

Make sure your phone is at full charge before going out. Also, avoid overusing it to Snapchat videos of the party. While you may want to make all of your friends jealous of your fun weekend, remember that a phone with no battery is useless.

be here to have fun and won’t cause a scene. Others, however, might get rowdy or violent. Either way, people that are not from the area should be respectful of the town and the people who live here. If you bring friends from other areas, make sure they behave. Stay safe and don’t forget to have fun. Chicoween only comes once a year. Brooke Martin can be reached at or @bmartin471 on Twitter

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Wednesday Wednesday Nov. Oct. 15, 24, 2017 2018


Lead The Orion

Chico State’s award-winning news organization is looking to fill its top leadership position Editor-in-Chief: The Orion’s newsroom leader is responsible for the following: - Develops, directs, manages and oversees The Orion’s editorial vision, strategy and innovation plan inside a newsroom that is in constant evolution, implementing a transition to move it from a print-centric into a digital- and mobile-first content production news team. - Collaborates and works closely with the adviser to ensure The Orion reflects editorial processes and outcomes that mirror current trends in the media industry. - Sparks a contagious newsroom environment that nurtures The Orion’s mission of informing and entertaining a diverse audience in one of the most vibrant college campuses in Northern California, while maintaining and improving the overall efficiency, quality and productivity of the news team. - Keeps editorial expenses within budget and listens to advice on how to efficiently streamline operational costs that are in the best interest of the overall financial performance of the student-run newsroom. - Sets, directs and monitors daily, weekly and monthly goals performance for all website, mobile and social media platforms with the ultimately ambition of growing audience engagement and developing a new pipeline of digital revenue that supports stipends to future generations of the student-run news program. - Chooses editorial board and sets expectations and guidelines for the newsroom team. For a full job description, check out Submit a cover letter and resume to Adviser Diego Aparicio at by Nov. 9, or call his office number at (530) 898-4782 for more information.

The Orion Volume 81 Issue 8  
The Orion Volume 81 Issue 8