Best Five FALL ALBUMS p. 31
State Legislature candidates p. 16-17
what a drag Chico Celebrates the second annual drag show P. 4-5
Should Dorms be segregated? p. 10
Athletes representing for Breast Cancer Awareness p. 12
Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016 - Vol . 77, Issue 9
Vol. 77, Issue 9
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 News LatinX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drage Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Food Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Opinion Thumbs + comic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The O Face: Sex & alchohol . . . 8 Rape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Segregated Dorms . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Winter Survival . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Sports Breast Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-13 Women’s Soccer Woes. . . . . . . . 14 Recaps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Analysis + column . . . . . . . . 16-17
Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-23 Features Into the Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Art Tour Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wide Open Spaces . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Concussions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 A&E Coming out Party . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Big Sams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 5 Albums + Nebula . . . . . . . . . . . 31
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Cover photo courtesy of GSEC Marani Diamond performs the song “Papi” on stage at the second annual Chico State Drag Show.
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Students speak out on being Latinx and LGBTQ Bianca Quilantan Staff Writer
“It was something that was known, but never spoken about,” until the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center and the Chicano Latino Council led to a panel of Chico State students speaking about navigating the intersections of LGBTQ identities and being Latinx as a part of Queer Week. Latinx is a gender-neutral identifier that is inclusive for people of Latin American descent that are gender-fluid or non-gender conforming. Sexuality in Latinx culture is part of the “what is known is not asked, and what is known is not questioned, it just is” mentality that most Latinx culture embodies, panelists said.
Growing up Latinx Cass Hernandez, a third-year criminal justice and multicultural studies major identifying as bisexual, said growing up in a Latinx household affected her perception of gender and sexuality by keeping it something that was known but never talked about. “Because I was growing up in a Latinx household, I didn’t really know anything about gender or sexuality. I didn’t know the difference. I didn’t know it was something to think about,” she said. “To be a virgin was the only thing sexual related that I knew about myself and that I knew about my sisters.” Raised a Jehovah’s Witness, Hernandez said she never encountered anything related to sexuality and only started learning about her sexuality in her early teenage years. “One day someone was like ‘Hi I’m so and so and I’m gay’ and I
was like what the hell is gay?” She said. “It wasn’t until I was 16-17 that I knew you could even be bisexual.” Aldo Cruz, an anthropology major who identifies as gay, had similar experiences growing up in Mexico. “Our culture is very gender-binary, unfortunately, which can be
out stories and hardly hear about the ones that don’t work out. “It’s been about a year since I came out to my mom, and being honest, I wish we would hear stories about the ones that didn’t work,” Hernandez said. “If someone had told me ‘hey it didn’t work out for me,’ I wouldn’t feel as alone.” Only her mother, sister and
They came out their freshman year of high school as bisexual before they learned about queer theory, which later made it difficult for their mother to understand, he said. “My mom was confused by the idea that it could be so fluid. That I could do whatever I wanted to,” they said. “For so long she viewed
can display in certain spaces and which ones you can’t.” Cruz said he struggles to balance his undocumented student identity, Latinx identity and being queer. “It’s not just people finding out that I’m Latinx or that I am queer, or them finding out that I’m undocumented. It’s a dual coming out scenario,” he said. Now that
great but also can be very toxic and can also promote unsafe environments,” he said. High school was a difficult time to come to terms with his sexuality because of fear of rejection, especially by his parents, Cruz said. “There was a point when I was like ‘Wow! I’m 18 and I still haven’t come out’ and remember thinking ‘Wow! They’re really happy with me, but how much is this going to change that?’ They still love me either way but it was that fear of I don’t want to be disowned if they end up not wanting me.” Rachel Biccum, women’s program coordinator at GSEC and psychology major identifying as bisexual, said she watched women in her family struggle pioneering being queer, which made it easier for her to learn and understand the concept. “I had to watch them struggle and tell the abuelos and saw just the tragedy that ensued lots of tears because of the what about the son-in-law and all that stuff,” she said. “It was kind of hard to watch all that because I thought what is going to happen when I have to tell them?”
cousin know she is bisexual. “I didn’t want to be afraid anymore like I was at home,” Hernandez said. “My mom yelled at me over the phone and when we were in person she yelled at me again, hit me a couple of times and told me not to have a girlfriend.” Hernandez said she found it difficult to understand that it was okay to be bisexual even though her mother disapproved and has not told the rest of her family about her sexuality because of fear. “I live in fear with my family because that’s not what we do, that’s not okay for my family, it’s never okay,” she said. Cruz experienced homosexuality as a family issue when he brought his first boyfriend to a birthday party. The standards for homosexual men were belittling, he said. “It was like you are still a guy, but don’t hold your boyfriend’s hand. Don’t hug your boyfriend. If you’re hugging him for more than second, it’s already too much. Don’t corrupt our children by showing your affection in front of them,” Cruz said. “They were belittling my relationship as something that’s not okay and that’s dirty. It was not only disrespectful to me, but it was also very disrespectful to my partner.” Seve Christian, the transgender program coordinator at GSEC, identifies as queer, non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.
it as something polarized, you’re either gay or you’re not. “When I first came out, she told me ‘I really want you to think about how big of a decision this is.”
I’m an adult, my undocumented identity is now also seen as a problem. When I graduate from Chico, I’m no longer an undocumented AB 540 student, I’m just an undocumented immigrant.
Coming out Each student is at a different point in their coming out process, Hernandez said, many people only hear about the good coming
Navigating Latinx and LGBTQ+ Finding a middle ground between her Latinx identity and sexuality is difficult, Biccum said. “It’s a balancing act where I’m walking a middle ground all the time between Latinx and white identity, in the middle of even national identities, in the middle of sexual identities where some people think you’re half gay,” she said. Biccum said she feels at a distance from her communities because she is invisible due to her appearance when it comes to looking Latinx and LGBTQ. “I have a lot of privilege in terms of people seeing me down the street not necessarily seeing me as queer or Latinx, but it also creates a lot of distance between me and my communities and it’s really sad,” she said. “And if I want to reach out to one of my communities it feels like I have to hide another part of myself.” Christian agreed. “Navigating Latinx spaces has always been hard for me,” they said. “It didn’t start happening noticeably until I moved to this area and I was made hyper-aware of my race. It’s just hard trying to figure out what parts of you, you
Expectations Biccum said her family still holds an expectation that she is still going to be straight because of her bisexuality. “Coming out as a bisexual in my family it was like ‘OK she can still be straight. Thank god she’s not a lesbian,” she said. “Even after I came out, they would ask me ‘did you get a boyfriend?’” Hernandez agreed, she said in her family there is still an expectation that she will find a man. “For my family that still doesn’t know, their expectation is that I’m going to graduate, find a man, get married and have kids because growing up that was the Latina view,” she said. “You’re going to grow up, find a man, serve your man, have your kids, but still have a career. That was their way of showing that they made it.” Hernandez said she is not longer hiding her sexuality and is a proud Chicana and queer. “Our identities make us who we are,” she said. “Nothing is invisible for me now.” Bianca Quilantan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @theorion_news on Twitter
Dressing Up Drag Gender is Art at the second Annual Chico State Drag Show Lucas Moran Staff Writer
ho doesn’t love dressing up? Halloween is a popular holiday among college students because altering one’s appearance is a fun and creative way to express oneself. For a drag performer, however, a creative appearance is only the beginning. Those familiar with the popular drag reality show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” know that drag is a type of performance art with its own rich culture and history. While RuPaul has made great strides in bringing professional drag into to mainstream, the organizers of the second Annual Chico State Drag Show wanted their event to extend the boundaries of drag to be more gender inclusive. “It’s not like RuPaul. It’s not just cisgender gay men who are performing drag,” said Margot van der Bie, the queer programs coordinator for the Gender and Sexual Equity Center. “Tonight we had cisgender women performing, we had cisgender men performing, we had non-binary trans people performing, so we’re really proud of the diversity we showed.”
Equinnox performing “Dancing Queen.”
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I WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO EMBRACE THE SIDE OF DRAG MOST PEOPLE DON’T GET TO SEE AND HAVE A GREAT TIME DOING IT. -Cesar Rio The show, put on by University Housing, The Multicultural Greek Council and the GSEC, began last year with diversity in mind. “Queer week and Greek week coincide, so Luis (Tiznado of the Multicultural Greek Council) came up with this great idea to bridge this really big gap between these two communities,” van der Bie said. Greeks, members of the queer community, and many others packed the BMU auditorium to capacity Oct. 13. So many people showed up, in fact, that some had to be turned away. The audience warmed up quickly as the show began. Performers took turns energizing the crowd with lip sync and dance routines. The lip syncs are a staple in the traditional drag show where memorization and improvisation meet. Some performers focused on emotional lip syncing such as Veronica Lakeside De Versailles whose performance of “I Surrender” was like a scene out of American Idol. Others put their all into exciting dance routines, such as Millian, who dazzled the audience with explosive moves and a daring stage jump. While many of the performers presented themselves as traditional “drag queens,” sporting elegant dresses and feminine make-up, some took a different route of gender expression. Cesar Rio performed as a
Cesar Rio strikes a dashing cowboy pose.
masculine cowboy to the country tune “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” It was only Cesar’s second time performing drag, but they were well aware of the stereotype that all drag performers are gay men performing as women. “It’s not what people normally think of when they think of drag,” Rio said. “I wanted to take a minute to embrace the side of drag most people don’t get to see and have a great time doing it.” Performer Equinnox took a transformative approach to drag in a rendition of “Dancing Queen.” They entered the stage dressed in full lumberjack attire, prop beard included, and left the stage in a pair of shiny, blue, high-waisted shorts, touting pixie-green hair and a pair of dancing ribbons. Removing articles of clothing to reveal hidden aspects of an outfit is another widely practiced drag tradition. It also serves as an apt metaphor for the way in which drag allows performers to cast away the everyday outer appearances they may normally be confined to, proudly revealing a highly personal expression of gender that too often lies dormant. Performer Elizabeth Winters succinctly summarized the nature of the craft. “Gender is a medium and drag is its art form.” Lucas Moran can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_news on Twitter.
University Farm feeds hungry students Molly Sullivan Staff Writer
Last year, Chancellor Timothy White released a report on campus services to address student food insecurity, and since then Chico State raised awareness and expanding its campus programs. One program is the Organic Vegetable Project at the University Farm. The Organic Vegetable Project began as a one-acre test plot to provide vegetables to university dining halls. Now, 10 years later, the vegetable project has grown to three-acres and sells 10 to 25 percent of what it grows to the university depending on the season. However, the majority of its produce now goes to members of its Community-Supported Agriculture program, which is targeted at helping students gain access to fresh produce. “The idea with (Community-Supported Agriculture) is getting more students eating healthfully, helping them address their food insecurity by learning that eating produce can be economical, and so we’re reaching out to them,” said Organic Vegetable Project coordinator and agriculture education graduate student Tina Candelo-Mize. “Hopefully, students are learning more about seasons, what grows in our area and improving their agricultural literacy.” For students who cannot afford the fees, a work-trade option is offered. “If a student wants to eat some healthy vegetables and they can’t afford it, if they would just come out the farm and help for a
couple of hours, we’ll give them a share,” said Jeremy Payne, marketing and community outreach manager. The Organic Vegetable Project grows vegetables year-round so that members can have produce through every season. “Chico experience is a 12-month growing season,” Candelo-Mize
“It’s really neat to see it go from ‘why don’t we supply the dining halls with produce’ to ‘let’s start getting some of the students who need food some food.’”
said. “So the idea is that we’re planting everything now while it’s warm and then that way come January we have a harvest.” Depending on the season, students and Community-Supported Agriculture members will receive: • Cucumbers • Egg Plant • Peppers • Tomatoes • Beets • Onions • Potatoes • Broccoli • Kale • Corn • Cabbage • Lettuce “I’ve seen the Organic Vegetable Project take many different directions,” Candelo-Mize said.
also partnered with the Hungry Wildcat Pantry to help students gain access to fresh produce. At the Pantry, students can get Veggie Bucks and then use them to buy produce at the Organic Vegetable Project’s Farmer’s Market stand. Veggie Bucks is currently funded by grants, and Candelo-Mize is applying for another grant in hopes of expanding the program. “The goal is to have fresh vegetables and then any fruit we might have in the Wildcat Pantry Monday through Friday,” Candelo-Mize said. The Organic Vegetable Project is also trying to join CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, so students can use their EBT cards to purchase organic produce.
OVP and Campus Partners As a part of the campus coalition to address food insecurity, the Organic Vegetable Project has
Tina Candelo-Mize fills a bag with fresh greens and rutabagas for Community-Supported Agriculture members. However, Chico State does not currently accept EBT so students must venture off-campus to utilize their CalFresh benefits. “There were some people working to get an (EBT) card reader in the marketplace or the Wildcat store,” Candelo-Mize said. “We’re running into a couple roadblocks because (Organic Vegetable Project) is through the Research Foundation so we don’t have our own bank account, and so we don’t have anywhere to link up a card-reader. And so what we’re trying to do is work through that red tape.” In the meantime, Payne is starting the Helping a Hungry Wildcat program so that the Organic Vegetable Project can sponsor students who have food insecurity. These students would receive vegetable shares free of charge. Payne is working to make this program available by January 2017. The Organic Vegetable Project
is a fixture of Chico State’s food security efforts, and at a recent food security project meeting, Payne heard about a student’s story that motivated him. “He came into (the Wildcat Pantry), young and clean. He looked like your normal, everyday kid. He looked like he didn’t have any problems,” Payne said. “He said he had heard that (the Pantry) helps people out with food and (Kathleen Moroney) showed him the Pantry. He asked if he could have something and she gave him a bag and told him he could fill it up. He just broke down in tears and was grateful. He said he hadn’t had anything but top ramen for over a week.” “That’s the guy I’m working for now,” Payne said. “He’s my motivation everyday when I wake up and put my Organic Vegetable Project hat on.” Molly Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @theorion_news on Twitter
Thumbs up to the volleyball team being ahead in their conference by two games. This is the best they have done since 2011.
Thumbs down to the drainage system and puddles after it rains in Chico.
Thumbs up to queer week being a success yet again. Show your pride!
Thumbs down to womenâ€™s soccer having their worst season in the last decade. Letâ€™s hope they pull themselves up in the coming games.
The O Face: Sex, alcohol and walks of shame Rachel Reyes Staff Writer
Some people drink to have fun with friends, some to suppress emotions, some to fit in and some most importantly to have sex. It’s portrayed in films, TV shows, social media and commercials. Sex and alcohol go hand-in-hand in today’s younger generation. When referring to hookup culture, it’s impossible to ignore the use of alcohol. Usually, college students participate in one-night stands and casual hookups while being intoxicated to some degree. Hookups most likely occur in the late hours, between Thursday and Saturday after having downed a bottle of Burnett’s. A study published by Journal of Sex Research shows that women drank during 53 percent of their hookups and drank heavily 38 percent of the time, as opposed to only being intoxicated during 20 percent of romantic encounters. These
studies show how hooking up casually with strangers in college relies heavily on alcohol. Alcohol makes it easier to talk or hook up with others because it reduces inhibitions. Being intoxicated also helps to make the people around seem more interesting. The conversations I’ve had sober as opposed to being drunk have been extremely boring and I’ve feigned interest each time. The last time I had sex sober was this past summer. But once I got back to Chico, It’s been nothing but drunk sex. That is the hookup culture we live in today. Psychology Today said during ages 18-24 is the time affiliated with heavier drinking and a greater number of sexual partners. The combination of these two helps relieve the pressure, stress and inhibitions of approaching a possible hookup. Regretted hookups may occur as well. Many people have hooked up with someone who seemed attractive while intoxicated. When the drunk vision wears off, alcohol is the only thing that could justify
Alcohol makes it easier to talk or hookup with others because it reduces inhibitions.
those actions. Not only does that excuse help cover up the stigma of a bad hookup, it also helps justify promiscuous activity. I believe society pressures many young adults to mix
alcohol into sexual relationships in order to make the sex better. The hookup culture relies heavily on alcohol and without it, many teens would not be participating in the walk of shame the morning after.
It’s easy to mix alcohol and sex, especially when casual sex without any judgment is hard to come by. Rachel Reyes can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_news on Twitter
It’s time to eradicate today’s rape culture We live in a society that yearns for things to be black and white, to be able to organize and box everything simply in life, but this isn’t reality. Reality is messy, complicated and surrounded by layers and
Of the 286,000 rapes that occur each year, only .006 percent of attackers will see jail time. For the most part this comes from lack of reporting. I never reported my assault. Reasons for victims to not report vary. Whether it be from retaliation from their attacker, public shame, or in my case, the
layers of murky gray. Rape and sexual assault are no different. In order to abolish rape culture people need to stop thinking of sexual assault as an event that only occurs in the dead of night when a woman is walking alone and a stranger jumps out from behind a bush then begins to violently penetrate her. That’s not all there is to it. People seem to believe that Donald Trump’s comments that went viral last week aren’t problematic and are in fact a clear representation of sexual assault. Hundreds of thousands of people have minimized his comments to simple “locker-room talk.” As someone who was trapped in an elevator and in fact “grabbed by the pussy,” I have to hope with all my fibers that this isn’t what men and boys are discussing after a game of racquetball. No person deserves to live with the fear that if someone sexually advances on them they can’t share their experience because it could be trivialized by peers and the media. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, an American gets raped every 109 seconds. By the time a reader finishes this article, it’s likely two more people were victims of sexual assault. It’s also likely those same offenders will never see a day in jail.
thoughts in the back of my brain that maybe it was partly my fault. After all, I had been drinking, I was wearing a shorter dress. All my life when I had seen sexual assaults reported, people were always saying these factors contributed to getting assaulted. How was I supposed to know these claims were so off base? It wasn’t until I got to college and immersed myself in women’s studies classes that I learned no human has any right or control over my body without my full permission. Not even a rich and famous billionaire. Though rape culture is all around us in our media and our politics, abolishing it isn’t impossible. Since 1993, sexual assault has already been cut in half in America. I believe this is due to people standing up and holding people accountable for their actions, their language and their “jokes.” The best thing we can do to protect our citizens from the everlasting hurt and nightmares that comes from sexual assault is to recognize its existence in all forms. Sexual assault can come from a friend, it can happen in broad daylight and it can happen to anyone. Instead of turning away from this problem and brushing it under the rug, people can’t be
Whitney Urmann Staff Writer
afraid to stand up and say, “This isn’t okay; none of this is okay and this person needs to be held accountable for their words and actions.” I will never be ashamed to stand
up to rape culture and sexual assault because no person should ever be shamed after a sexual assault and have their trauma be ignored. So, Mr. Trump and all people
who are saying his words don’t matter, you are wrong and they do. Whitney Urmann can be reached at Opinioneditor@theorion.com or @theorion_news on Twitter
American race problems don’t exist Race relations in the U.S. are starting to move backward. Sixty-three percent of Americans believe that race relations in the United States are generally bad and that a majority of Americans think that race relations are getting worse,
tions, and then acting on these problems because they think they exist. Most of this unrest comes from the idea that there is inherent discrimination in our justice system against blacks and other minorities. If this were true, we should be able to point to statistics for evidence. Except statistics actually tell
officers, the numbers hardly prove discrimination. Statistics show that our labor force is undoubtedly becoming more diverse, with the number of Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians being proportional to how they are represented in the overall population. Most of our country may show some slight racial bias. Close to
according to several polls by the Washington Post. Anywhere in the country, whether it’s Ferguson, Charlotte, Dallas, Chicago or Milwaukee, the dissatisfaction is clear. As the first African-American president finishes his second term, the only progress made is the revival of segregation. The only thing that really seems to make sense is that poor race relations don’t actually exist, people just think they do. Not to say that everyone gets along, poll numbers show differently, but there is nothing to point to that purposely tries to divide us. All of this unrest comes from people simply thinking there are problems with race rela-
us the exact opposite: all races are on an even playing field when talking about our justice system. Looking at numbers taken from 2009-2012, the number of people killed by police each year is around 0.00012 percent of the U.S. population, and a majority of the people killed by police were white males, according to research done by the University of Toledo. During these years, there was an average of 120 black males killed by police each year with only 38 of the incidents happening without justification. With the U.S. population being over 320 million this is far from a trend that is terrorizing the nation. With a nationwide police force of over 1 million
90 percent of white Americans who take the Implicit Association Test show an inherent racial bias. However, the racial bias exists across all cultures in the U.S. and isn’t exclusive to white people. Since there isn’t any noticeable racial discrimination and races are equally represented in different areas socially there isn’t a reason to believe that America has a race problem. Yet, most Americans still get this impression. People simply have the impression that race problems exist. It’s complete nonsense. The notion has only further divided the nation.
Jeff Guzman Staff Writer
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Weathering winter Carson Predovich Staff Writer
It is finally the time of the year in Chico where shorts and flipflops no longer cut it. Everything is perfect in terms of weather but it will not last. Autumn in Chico is gorgeous, the leaves change colors and the intense heat dies down. However, once December comes around people will long for fall. Most students come from either the Bay Area or Southern California and aren’t adapted to dramatic changes in weather. Winter time in Chico is cold. Students who have early morning classes should expect the temperature to be in the 30s when they leave the house. It rains in the winter, a lot. It is good to have a waterproof rain jacket. During heavier storms, the streets and walkways tend to flood, so it’s not a bad idea to have a pair of waterproof shoes. Even with the proper clothing, students should expect to get completely soaked from head to toe at least once this winter. My first year here, strong winds knocked down a tree on campus and destroyed one of the bridges. Power outages in
the winter seem to be almost a weekly occurrence, sometimes lasting a full day. Compared to most of California, winters here can be intense. Most people are happy to feel the cold wind at first, but quickly become overwhelmed. Students from places like Oregon or Washington will probably find Chico winters to be mild, but students inexperienced in cold weather might suffer. It rained continuously for nearly a month my first year. I thought the rain was bound to stop, but I was wrong. Students from places with great weather year-round should not expect that in Chico. The winter months are cold and rainy. In order to make it through the winter take these necessary precautions: • It is going to rain a lot get a waterproof rain jacket with a hood. • When it pours, everything in Chico seems to flood. Make sure you have waterproof shoes or rain boots. • Buy some flashlights in case the power goes out for an extended period. Carson Predovich can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_news on Twitter
Letter to the editor College students and millennials are having a hard time making nice with Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s lead over Trump among millennials was once over 30 percent. One recent poll now has it at five percent. Students are not fleeing to Trump who remains unpopular on college campuses. It has been caused instead by millennials’
Polling across the nation suggests that Trump has a great deal of difficulty getting above 40 to 42 percent support because of his inability to expand his base of support. To win, Trump has to make his demagoguery overcome Hillary’s demographic advantages. Specifically, he probably needs to mobilize white men who have not
switch to third party candidates and the intent to stay at home on election day. This development could be devastating for Clinton and America. The justifications young voters give for third party voting or non-participation do not differ much from those given by older voters similarly inclined. Support for a third party candidate is typically justified as an expression of a conscience or protest vote. Students argue that Clinton does not represent a foundational challenge to establishment politics. Non-voters also say that both Trump and Clinton are so deeply flawed that the choice between them is insignificant. At their most extreme, some millennials claim to hope to precipitate and witness a collapse of the political system on the premise that it must crash completely before it can be reformed completely. The number of young people who make these claims seem to have something of a status as learned and chic, especially among some of the most politically active and informed millennial voters. They are neither. Hillary’s base of support lies with women, minorities and the young. Trump’s support lies with white working class men, the elderly and white voters living in rural areas.
previously voted. But a Trump victory could also happen if Clinton’s supporters decide to go green or stay home. Voting for a third party candidate in 2016 cannot possibly effect fundamental Progressive change. In 2016, a vote for a third party candidate is not only wasted, it invites the racist, sexist, xenophobic and violent America that Trump’s election would express. The millennial voter who values their political identity, conscience and purity too much to vote for Hillary may enjoy a millisecond of self-congratulations on the depth of their principle. Equally gaping logical and ethical missteps underlie claims that both candidates are so deeply flawed that there is effectively no difference between them or that neither offers the prospect of meaningful change. Clinton’s record burdened by the “Billary” legacy of supporting the 1994 Violent Control and Crime Law Enforcement Act of 1994. She has apologized and hopes to rectify this and others errors of judgment. Trump is unapologetic and an advocate of discrimination. In the early 1970s, he and his father were charged with violating the “Fair Housing Act of 1968” in the operation of their apartment complexes. They settled with no admis-
sion of guilt. His claim not to have admitted guilty only points to a deal he struck with federal enforcement officials. Trump supports stop and frisk as the solution to inner city crime, despite the effects it has had in fostering mass incarceration of black Americans, young blacks in particular. His appeals to “law and order” are eerily reminiscent of the racist appeals of George Wallace and Richard Nixon in 1968. His campaign rallies are attended by white supremacists who have finally found their leader. The best way for millennials and college students to move Hillary from her half-way covenant with Progressivism in 2016 is to take over the Democratic Party. Millennials and college students who speak breezily about
how a crash of the system is necessary to create a massive Progressive counterrevolution have been playing too many video games. America cannot be rebooted. Americans do not have the luxury right now of the delusion that things cannot get worse. They can and will if Trump is elected. His candidacy represents an existential threat to the United States. His ignorance of domestic and foreign policy is deep and comprehensive. His willingness to dissemble, lie and hurl insults at minorities and vulnerable people expose his poisonous character. His inability to walk away from the most incidental slight, his flippant and angry talk of the use of force in even minor skirmishes with foreign nations, and his tendency to see force as the
proper response to seemingly any confrontation point to his lack of fitness to serve as commander in chief. Millennials need to vote and vote for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8. Darken the circle fully. Pull the lever hard. If you have to hold your nose to vote for Clinton, then do so in anticipation of the transformation that the Democratic Party will undergo because you will demand it. Clinton’s election can be the start of a new birth of freedom and opportunity in America. Trump’s election represents the gathering storm. There are no other choices. Sincerely, Alan Gibson Political Science Faculty Advisor
wear pink Jordan Jarrell Staff Writer
s the NFL dedicates the month of October to raising awareness for breast cancer, Chico State athletes have also taken strides to show their support. The NFL is allowing players to wear pink accessories and decorate their fields with pink lettering. Chico State athletes cannot modify their field but are allowed to sport pink shoes or headbands, according to women’s volleyball senior setter Torey Thompson. “We have the option to show our support by wearing pink bows or pink shoes through the entire month of October if we wanted to,” Thompson said. While each sport is free to customize their accessories to raise awareness, the volleyball team has created an event for it, with a night dedicated to wearing pink shirts. Senior forward on the women’s soccer team Pooja Patel hadn’t noticed anyone on her team showing support on the field. “We are definitely allowed to wear pink accessories in support of breast cancer aware-
ness, just nobody has done it yet this season,” Patel said. Although the Wildcats have yet to actively participate, they have held events to show support in the past according to Patel. “We haven’t done anything yet this year, but I know in previous years we have worn pink warm up shorts before our game to show our support,” Patel said. Sophomore forward Isaiah Ellis of the men’s basketball team said the team has yet to begin its season, with the first match on Nov. 2 but has recognized the participation by other athletic groups. “We recognize the effort that is being created,” Ellis said. “Our team might try to do something to support the cause during our scrimmage game on Oct. 29, but it is up to the coach.” To raise support on the court, Thompson said that the team not only modifies its uniforms but also holds an event. “We have a breast cancer awareness night called ‘Dig for a Cure’ and we have t-shirts that our whole team wears,” Thompson said. “The t-shirt has a breast cancer ribbon on
it and reads ‘Dig for a Cure’ to show support and raise awareness for breast cancer.” Junior long jumper Javonne Bradford has yet to begin his collegiate career at Chico State but has already begun to Javone Bradford shows his support during breast cancer awareness month show his support by sporting a by wearing pink on campus. pink shirt and wristbands. “It’s the emotional support of any means that is important,” Bradford said. “That’s why I’m wearing pink, to show my support.” Chico State and the NFL are not the only ones choosing to show support during the month of October, as the MLB dedicates specific weeks to the cause. The baseball organization also raises awareness during their Mother’s Day events. The NFL is leading the way when it comes to breast cancer awareness, but other sports are starting to implement the color pink into their sports as well. This tradition has begun to trickle down to the collegiate level, as college athletes begin to follow in the same footsteps as professional sports teams. Jordan Jarrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @theorion_sports on Twitter
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Javone Bradford proudly wears pink to show his support for victims of breast cancer.
Women’s soccer team strives for post season Cydney Nance Staff Writer
nly two figures stand out to the Chico State women’s soccer team: six
and 10. The team suffered six consecutive losses after starting its conference, despite having an undefeated preseason. The lack of success has stumped the team’s leaders, including senior midfielder Emily Shleppey. “Honestly, this is one of the most talented teams I have ever been on, we’ve shown some true grit and determination, but the luck just hasn’t been on our side,” Shleppey said. She has started every game for the Wildcats since the start of the 2015 season. Although she’s increased her offensive presence on the field with a season record of two goals, the team has yet to find its stride. First-year goalkeeper Caitlyn Duval addressed the lack of scoring as the main reason that
the Wildcats were struggling in the game. “I just don’t think we have been able to find the back of the net,” Duval said. “Obviously if we can’t score, we can’t win games.” The team is fifth in scoring in its conference with eight goals this season but is ranked second in goals allowed with 14. A lack of communication on the team has led to unsuccessful offensive tactics, thus leading to the team’s poor record, according to Duval. “We have been very flat and off on our timing and on a lot of our runs in the box. We are not communicating well,” Duval said. The recent two-game win streak the ’Cats have earned has lifted them from the bottom of the league to tie for 10th. Chico State has six points in its conference and needs to clinch sixth place in order to compete in the CCAA Championship. Cal State Dominguez Hills currently holds sixth place, and lead the Wildcats in the standings with 12 points. Chico State played
against the Toros and snagged its second win of the conference 2-1. The Wildcats have four more games in their conference to help improve their record as they attempt to save their post season. With the remainder of its season dependent on a six-game win streak, the team has decided to dedicate its practices to specific skill training. “A lot of our practices have revolved around communicating effectively and running plays in the box. We’re focusing on what we have been struggling with,” Duval said. Chico State had a difficult schedule this year, with the first four games of its conference away from its home field. The team struggled with its lack of leadership and experience in the beginning of its conference. While the Wildcats have recently found success, their
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Pooja Patel slides the ball away from the defender before attempting a shot. streak might be hindered by the upcoming away games. The adversity the Wildcats are facing this season is a motivating factor for senior forward Pooja Patel. “We are ready to come out with all we’ve got and show people that we truly are a great team and we deserve success,” Patel said. Duval thinks that the tenacity of the team to continue striving for a post season has encouraged
her to elevate her performance in the remaining games. “Even though we haven’t had the best outcomes lately, that doesn’t mean we give up,” Duval said. “The season isn’t over until it’s over. We’re willing to fight together to get back to the top.” Cydney Nance can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_sports on Twitter
Men’s soccer team scores four
Men’s golf team struggles early
Gabriel Moreno Staff Writer
The Chico State men’s soccer team had its highest scoring game of the season Oct. 16 against Cal State East Bay, as they scored 4 goals in 27 minutes. The offensive burst came from unexpected players, as junior defender Donta’e Garcia, and first-year forward Mikey Hirsch scored their first goals of the season. Hirsch started the barrage with a rebound score at the 36-minute mark. Sophomore midfielder Esten Schroder assisted on the play by passing the ball to Hirsch inside the goalkeeper box. Despite scoring the first goal of the game, Hirsch had only 20 minutes of playing time. It took junior midfielder Frankie Palmer only two minutes to follow with his second goal of the season on a penalty kick. Schroeder opened up the second half of the game with a goal in the first two minutes.
Jordan Jarrell Staff Writer
The Chico State men’s golf team had its least successful opening day Oct. 17 at the Otter Invitational, after shooting 23over par to place 12th. The team has maintained an almost perfect record this year, with two first-place finishes and one second-place finish. The Wildcats have not failed to crack the top five in a tournament this season. The ’Cats won the tournament last year after shooting 15-under par. Chico State lost the majority of its members who competed in the tournament last season except for junior Colby Dean and sophomore Serge Kiriluk. Sophomore TJ Katherineberg was removed from the starting five because of an illness. Losing one of their starting members hurt the Wildcats overall score in the tournament.
Junior midfielder Frankie Palmer juggles the ball away from a defender. Garcia closed the game with a goal at the 63-minute mark to give Chico State a 4-1 win. Garcia had not taken a shot during a game this season before scoring. The ’Cats had not scored over four goals in a single game since last season when they faced Cal State East Bay at home. The Wildcats improved their conference record to 5-3-2 and their ranking from ninth place
to second with their win. Chico State is currently tied with the Sonoma State Seawolves with 17 points. Chico State kicked off its season without a win until its fifth game. Although the Wildcats suffered early in their season, they have found recent success in their last six games with a 5-1 record. Gabriel Moreno can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @GabeSports3 on Twitter
The difficulty the team faced in the tournament is the result of its poor first round with a stroke total of 307. Although the ’Cats shaved off ten strokes in the second round, their score ranked them sixth among other teams. Dean was the only player to crack the top 25 for the team placing 24th with a 148 stroke total. A 70 in the first round gave Dean an early lead in the tour nament, but the second round added eight strokes to his game. A stroke total of 78 is the highest Dean has shot in a single round this season, with his previous record at 76 in the Interwest Insurance Wildcat Classic. Chico State trails 11th place Cal Baptist by 3 strokes and is 29 strokes away from the tournament’s leader Nova Southeastern. Jordan Jarrell can be reached at email@example.com or @ ChicoOrionJJ on Twitter.
Women’s golf team places second at Sonoma State Cydney Nance Staff Writer
The Chico State women’s golf team had its strongest showing of the season in the Sonoma State Fall Invitational, with a second place finish in the first round. VOLLEYBALL 10/14 AWAY
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The team has yet to find its stride this season as its placed fourth twice and snagged seventh once. The team led the tournament with 14 birdies and was consistent with 51 pars. Senior Bianca Armanini shot
TOP PERFORMERS T. Thompson 45 Assists, 8 Kills 14 Kills, 4 Aces K. Wright 15 Kills, 1 Ace O. Mediano
her best opening day of the season by placing second with a 72 stroke opening round. Armanini shot four birdies in the round and currently, leads the tournament. Along with Armanini, first-year athlete Madison Stephens had her best first-day finish in the VOLLEYBALL
Chico State volleyball had not experienced a six-game win streak since 2011
tournament by tying for third place. Stephens shot 1-over par with a 73 stroke total. Stephens led the tournament with consistency by snagging 13 pars to lead her to third. Junior Abbey McGrew was the last Wildcat to crack the top five
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in the tournament by shooting a 74. McGrew finished with three birdies in the first round and managed her fifth place finish through consistent play.
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MEN’S SOCCER The men’s soccer team has not had three consecutive conference wins since 2013
League stands against Kaepernick The NFL had major movements this season, with Twitter now streaming live NFL games and a new $100 million concussion initiative.
time riding the bench during this season was not a matter of his choice to kneel, but rather his skill on the field. Despite not being a superstar quarterback, or even starting a game this season until Oct. 16, the movement continued to gain
The biggest attack regarding this action has been by the fans, who have called for his expulsion from the league, and have compared him to Rae Carruth. The NFL has made advancements involving the safety of their players and
Despite the success they’ve enjoyed, there’s still one problem they have yet to tackle: kneeling at sports games. Colin Kaepernick started the movement earlier this year, when he chose to kneel during a 49er’s game. Athletes around the world have followed him by kneeling or sitting during the national anthem, in an attempt to show support for the Black Lives Matter organization. Kaepernick isn’t wrong to kneel. He doesn’t hurt anyone, and he hasn’t acted out because of the people who are against him, which is why his actions are gaining support. Although he was a star in the 2013 season after leading his team to the Superbowl, Kaepernick has since been demoted to second string. His
support over a trivial action. The choice of Kaepernick doesn’t influence the game itself or even rattle the team, it simply provides a silent protest to a recent American tradition. Before 2009, NFL teams remained in the locker room while the anthem played. A Congressional Report from 2015 showed the Department of Defense paid $5.4 million to various NFL teams between 2011 and 2014, in exchange for on-field patriotic ceremonies. Sitting during a paid patriotic display hardly seems like an Earth-shattering event that should ripple across the NFL, but it has. With backlash from fellow teammates, NFL executives and fans, it’s clear that the national anthem reaches beyond the realm of the gridiron.
accessibility to their fans, but has yet to protect Kaepernick from the people who choose not to stand with him. With comparisons to murderers and calls for violence against him, the NFL should be looking at ways to protect their quarterback, rather than just speak out against him. The matter extends beyond agreeing with him, as the Santa Clara police threatened not to protect the 49er’s home games earlier this year. The attempt of the league and even the police to turn their backs on the former star only shows a lack of commitment to the safety of their players and citizens.
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First-year goalkeeper Caylin Stanley is brought to the ground after attempting to clear the goal.
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Cydney Nance Staff Writer
Concussions aren’t limited to football, and they don’t usually stop at one. Athletes are 41 percent more likely to have another concussion after their first, according to a study done by Cedarville University. Recently, first-year women’s soccer team goalkeeper Caitlyn Duval received a concussion causing her to miss two games of the season. Duval’s absence may have hurt the team, but the injury has affected her in more ways than just missed minutes. A concussion occurs when the brain makes forced contact with the skull from impact. VOLLEYBALL 10/15 AWAY
The result is confusion and incoherence, often leading to a slowed reaction. The aftermath of concussions is more severe than the initial effects, as athletes have reported difficulty in cognition and memory. Duval is only one athlete of 5 to 10 percent the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s partner, the Sports Concussion Institute, says will receive a concussion playing at the collegiate level this season. Chico State is a member of the CCAA and is a part of the NCAA Division II league. The NCAA has donated $30 million to aid concussion research and head trauma but has yet to address the laws surrounding studentathletes who suffer from them.
TOP PERFORMERS 20 Kills, 2 Aces K. Wright 17 Kills, 15 Digs T. Thompson 2 Kills, 52 Assists O. Mediano
In the NCAA Constitution, it states that the responsibility of the student-athletes health and safety belongs to the institution they play for. Despite refusing to take personal responsibility for its VOLLEYBALL
The Chico State volleyball team holds a two game lead in its conference.
athletes, the NCAA oversees 23 sports, 400,000 student-athletes and over 1,000 colleges, including Chico State. With a recent concussion affecting teams at Chico State and minimal help from the
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NCAA, the student-athletes gracing the courts and fields have more to worry about than just making it to the next level. Cydney Nance can be reached at email@example.com or @CydneyNa on Twitter.
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WOMEN’S SOCCER Chico State is four points away from snagging sixth place in its conference
Filling t Kamala Harris Harris is campaigning to be the second African American woman elected into the U.S. Senate. The California State Attorney has found strong bases of support among registered Democrats, liberals, citizens of the Bay Area, African Americans and households that make an income of $40,000 or more. She has made her career in law enforcement and was twice elected as the district attorney in San Francisco. As the state attorney general for five years, she plans to embody a new way of law enforcement. She wants to reduce violence and the aggressive prosecution of violent criminals. Her plan is to not require cops to wear body
cameras, acknowledge that certain communities distrust police, Imprison violent criminals, not the non-violent and make fighting transnational gangs a top priority, according to On The Issues. If elected, she’ll seek to make college more affordable, protect students from loans and replicate some of her criminal justice reforms — including the state’s criminal justice data portal, which includes figures concerning deaths in police custody. As found on her official campaign website, Harris said, “I’m a fighter – I’ve fought for the people of California, especially those most in need. And now I’m ready to take that fight to Washington.” Harris has gained endorsements from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, as well as the California Democratic Party.
the Gap First open California senate seat in 24 years Kaylie Lewis Staff Writer
The race to vote in a new senator marks the first time a republican will not be in contention, as well as the first open U.S. Senate in California in 24 years. Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez are two democrats going head-to-head to fill
retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s place. Harris led the race with 40.2 percent versus Sanchez at 19 percent in the California Primary, according to Balletopia. Since no candidate won over 50 percent, they both advanced. Kaylie Lewis can be reached at
Loretta sanchez Sanchez is currently a member of the U.S. House representing California’s 46th Congressional District, and has been for 10 terms. Born the second of seven children to parents who immigrated to Los Angeles from Sonora, Mexico, Sanchez is popular among registered Latinos and voters under the age of 40. She describes her platform for the Senate as pro-environment, pro-labor and pro-civil rights. Sanchez backs student debt relief, a minimum wage increase and overhauling immigration. Sanchez is backed by 21 members
of congress, City of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez. As stated on her official campaign website, Sanchez said, “My campaign gives voice to Californians who would otherwise not be heard or represented in our political process.”
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Call Type: Non-injury Hit and Run, 8:20 a.m., Monday, Parking Structure on Cherry Street A black Chevy Tahoe was seen hitting a red Ford Ranger on the first floor of the parking structure. The driver of the Chevy did not leave any information. Call Type: Disturbance, 4:32 p.m., Monday, West Fourth Street A resident of Alpha Sigma Phi has relapsed with alcohol and threaten to punch his roommates in the face if he is not allowed to drink alcohol. Call Type: Threats, 10:57 p.m., Tuesday, Notre Dame Blvd. The reporting party said there is a woman angry because she wants to use the microwave to heat up her food that was not purchased at the store. The woman stated she will be waiting for the reporting party when she gets off work. Call Type: Compliant, 10:49 a.m., Wednesday, Trinity Hall Several men were on hoverboards soliciting voter registration, many were causing safety concerns to pedestrians. Two other reports were taken for the same individuals. Call Type: Suspicious Subject, 11:15 a.m., Friday, Chico State bookstore 400 W. 1st St. A man in his mid-20s attempted to sell back books which were stolen from the bookstore.
The police blotter is a selection of information cited directly from the Chico Police Department and the University Police Department.
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Call Type: Knife Pulled, 11:58 a.m., Monday, Salem Street A man was seen waving a butter knife. The man threw the knife into a drain. Call Type: Drunk in Public, 8:38 p.m., Tuesday, East Fifth Street A man smelling strongly of alcohol was slurring his words and could not order his tacos from the taco truck. Call Type: Suspicious Subject, 6:43 p.m., Wednesday, East Avenue Taco Bell A woman was in a white face clown mask, walking around the parking lot. There were no weapons but the woman was jumping out in front of people to startle them. Call Type: Drunk in Public, 1:21 a.m., Thursday, Sacramento Avenue Very intoxicated male was yelling that he is god and said he is going to Tony’s to get more alcohol. Call Type: Suspicious Subject, 6:40 a.m., Thursday, 311 West East Ave. A subject was walking along East Avenue rattling door handles. The reporting party caught the subject in the act of breaking his car’s window, but the reporting party’s boyfriend chased him off.
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Locals discuss Walmart growth Amber Martin Staff Writer
Community members, Chico Planning Commission and Walmart employees all met Oct. 6 at the Chico City Council Chambers to speak about the expansion of the Chico Walmart. Some of the new improvements
Subjects sitting outside of Liqour Bank being questioned by officers.
Knife threat at Liquor Bank Kaley Wise Staff Writer
An older man was reported threatening a young man, Saturday afternoon, with a large knife outside of Liquor Bank on Main Street. Ted Bartag, the employee working the register, reported that the older man had asked
City council to join Great Debate Molly Sullivan Staff Writer
The Great Debate, an annual event for communication students, will have a forum for Chico City Council candidates on Oct. 21 at the City Council Chamber. “Students are impacted by the City Council decisions in their day-to-day lives, but often do not
him where he could find fights in this town and was in a bad mood. The younger man entered the store, and the two started arguing, after the older man reportedly called him a “fag.” The two men stepped out of the liquor store and began pushing each other, before Bartag called the cops, where they arrived on the scene. Julie Byers was at the liquor store with her family when the incident occurred.
know who the individuals are on City Council,” said Director of Speech and Debate Sue Peterson. “So, this gives them a chance to get to know those candidates and have a better idea of how the City decision making impacts them.” Each candidate will give a prepared statement and then students will be able to submit questions. City council candidates in attendance will include Jon Scott, Randall Stone, Mercedes Macias, Karl Ory and Lisa Duarte.
“I went into the store to make sure my mother was going to make it out okay, since she is old,” she said. Bartag said the older man was using the knife in self defense, and he was surprised the police never came inside to question him regarding the incident. “Just another day at the Liquor Bank,” Bartag said. Kaley Wise can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_news on Twitter
Incumbent city council members Sean Morgan, Tami Ritter and Ann Schwab will also participate in the forum. “It is important for students to come so they can have a better understanding of the important topics that our future city council members will face,” said a Student Intern for Speech and Debate Jolene Moore. Molly Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @theorion_ oli on Twitter.
will include: • 134 parking spaces • Gas station • Pharmacy • Deli • Bakery • Drive through pick-up services Community members spoke at the hearing and the majority were for the expansion. Community member Margorie Williams said, “the first time that this didn’t pass I was very disappointed and if it didn’t go through again, I would be highly disappointed again.” After numerous community members spoke the Chico Planning Commission decided to pass the issue onto the Chico City Council. Amber Martin can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_ news on Twitter
EBT ineffective on campus Molly Sullivan Staff Writer
Student volunteers at the Center for Healthy Communities enrolled eligible students in CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, Oct. 12 in an event to raise awareness about food insecurity. “We’re trying to reduce the stigma around it,” said Program Director at the Center for Healthy
Communities Jenny Breed. “For our campus, we’ve really reduced the stigma of it.” However, university dining services and campus cafes do not currently accept CalFresh EBT payment cards. “Our dining services program is definitely working toward that,” Breed said. Molly Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @theorion_ news on Twitter.
Hundreds walk to prevent suicide Kyla Linville Staff Writer
Over 200 event goers participated in the seventh annual Out of the Darkness community walk at the city plaza Oct. 15. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention puts on the event in hopes to “save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.” “This foundation is the largest non-profit group dedicated to finding out the causes and ways to prevent suicide,” said the Chair of the board of the Sacramento area chapter of AFSP Mike Gonzales. “The goal of the foundation is to to reduce the suicide rate by 20 percent by the year 2025 on a national level.” The walk provides people with contacts and community resources. Gonzales said an amazing aspect of the event is the outreach. He said he has received emails from participants thanking the organization and saying the event saved their lives. Money raised goes toward AFSP to put on more events, research and programs. Kyla Linville can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_ news on Twitter.
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OCT. 19 - OCt. 25
Fri 21 Sat 22 Sun 23
Late Night Open Mic
Comedy with Aviva Siegel Parade of Lights Scary Movie & Pumpkin Carving
Sing along or just have some drinks and enjoy some free entertainment. Sign-ups will begin at 5:30 p.m. Where: The Maltese 1600 Park Ave. When: 5:30 p.m. – midnight Price: Free
Voice of the Veteran
Veterans will be sharing their stories about military life. Phil Elkins will be sharing his story about the Vietnam War. Where: PAC 144 When: 7:30 – 9 p.m. Price: Free
Gene and Caroline Shoemaker: A Love Story The third lecture in The Fall 2016 Museum Without Walls lecture. The event will give an inside look on the discovery of comets. Where: Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade When: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Price: Free with Student ID, $3 without
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Thu 20 Chico Unplugged Winner’s Showcase Friends, family, and fans are welcome to gather to celebrate the winner’s of this Fall’s Chico Unplugged. Chico Unplugged is put on by SOTA Productions in which two singer/songwriters are choosen each week and the winners will have the opportunity to record at Chico State’s recording studio. Where: Madison Bear Garden (Upstairs), 316 W 2nd St. When: 7 – 9 p.m. Price: Free
Allegory Presents Bellydance Roulette
A night of glamour and fun where dancers get the chance to perform to a song chosen by fate, 21 and over. Where: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St. When: 7:30 – 10 p.m. Price: $5
Oktoberfest Technology Show
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Join us for our event featuring: business & production print devices, finishing equipment, document technology software and our IT Managed Services offering all coupled with informative breakout sessions. There is something for everyone including products, services, technology, food, beverages and great door prizes. Where: 3131 Esplanade When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Price: Free Register on Ray Morgan’s offical website
Fri 21 I heart the 90’s Dance Party
We will be throwin’ down all your favorite, pop, hip hop and r&b favorites that will make you wanna shoop your way onto the dance floor! DJ A-Lo-Fi, Dancing & 90’s themed drink specials! Where: The Maltese 1600 Park Ave When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Price: $3 Cover
Open Studios Gallery Show Reception
Join us for the reception! Check out examples of open studio artists’ work, enjoy refreshments and pick up a guidebook for $10 with participating artists info and map of studios. Where: Chico Art Center 450 Orange St. When: 5 - 7 p.m. Price: Free
Comedy with Aviva Siegel
Wit, humor, taste, and raunch with class. Only a few people can joke about sphincters with the grace and poo-elegance of Aviva Siegel. From sour notes of self discovery to hilarious detail of everyday functions, Aviva riffs like a heady Seinfeld with an R rating. Where: The Maltese 1600 Park Ave. When: 7:30 - 10 p.m. Price: $7
Paint Your Pet Champagne Brunch P(art)y
BLACK CAT Bazaar
Its as easy as 1-2-3 with this paint by numbers approach. Enjoy a glass of bubbly while Jamie instructs you on how to paint your favorite fur baby. This 11” x 11” design can be done with the background color of your choice. Where: Shenaigan’s 3312 Esplanade When: 1 - 3 p.m. Price: $45
2016 Chico Parade of Lights
Come join the celebration of Chico’s annual Parade of Lights. The theme this year is “Wonders of the Wild.” The floats will highlight animals, plants and different environments related nature. Pre-parade events will begin at 6 p.m. Where: Downtown City Plaza When: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Price: Free
New Directions in Jazz
The Department of Music and Theatre is hosting an event that displays the works of student composers and young Jazz musicians. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $6 for students with ID and children. Where: 400 W. First St. When: 7:30 - 10 p.m. Price: $6 with Student ID
Spooky Double Feature: Ghostbusters (2016) & Lights Out
ASP & PTP Present the Spooky Double Feature! Don’t miss out on the perfect event to get you into the halloween spirit! Where: Holt 170, Chico State When: 7 - 11:15 p.m. Price: Free with Student ID
Dance to the Retrotones among historic airplanes. The event will be a benefit for Chico’s Summer Flight Academy for teens. Light fare, no host bar. Where: Chico Air Museum 165 Ryan Ave When: 5 - 9 p.m. Price: $30 all pre-sale
Living Karaoke Band Presents a Night at Studio 54 The justly legendary Living Karaoke Band in conjunction with Lost on Main present a night of disco hits from the Studio 54 era. Where: Lost on Main 319 Main St. When: 8 - 11 p.m. Price: $5
Reggae Night at Shenanigans
Reggae Night at Shenanigans Bar & Grill. Come dine drink and dance the night away with four of Chicos favorite DJs - Triple Tree, Wagonburna, Dankygirl, Whyno! Where: Shenaigan’s 3312 Esplanade When: 6 - 10 p.m. Price: $5 Cover
Spy Picnic at Tackle Box
Come dance the night away with your favorite Spies. There will be new songs but the same crazy good time. Where: The Tackle Box 379 E Park Ave. When: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Price: Free
Part carnival, part crafts fair, part music, part food and all fun. Where: Mim’s Bakery 890 Humbolt Ave. When: noon - 7 p.m. Price: Free
Scary Movie & Pumpkin Carving Party
Bring a pumpkin and enjoy scary movie on the big screen. Pumpkin carving kits will be provided. Invite some friends, have some drinks and have a super spooky fun night. Where: The Maltese 1600 Park Ave. When: 7 p.m. - midnight Price: Free
In this more intimate concert, the lush melodies of Tchaikovsky’s famous Serenade for Strings will warm even the coolest of October days. In the first part of the evening, concertmaster Terrie Baune and other members of the symphony collaborate to present you with a delightful array of chamber music. Where: Zingg Recital Hall When: 2 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $6 with Student ID
Live music with Hugh Hammond!
Hugh Hammond is performing live at Bidwell Perk Stop by for some great music and brunch. Where: Bidwell Perk 664 E First Ave. When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Price: Free
Campus Sustainability Day
Looking for information, both pro and con, about ballot measures? Still need to register? Wondering where your polling place is or how to file your absentee ballot? Bask in the possibilities of everything democracy: sample ballots, information, food and prizes. Where: BMU Auditorium When: 6 - 8 p.m. Price: Free
Chico State Blood Drive
Chico State will be hosting a blood drive in the BMU, during which students can walk in and donate. Where: BMU Auditorium When: noon - 7 p.m. Price: Free
A day on the green featuring sustainable groups from around campus hosting activities to raise awareness, educate and have fun. Where: Trinity Commons When: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Price: Free
The Second Annual “Love Is” Acoustic Showcase
Woodstocks Fundraiser for the Orion
Come grab a slice at Woodstocks to support the Orion. All you have to do is let the cashier know you are there for the Orion fundraiser and we will recieve a portion of the proceeds. Where: Woodstock’s Pizza 166 E 2nd St. When: 5 - 9 p.m.
Catalyst Domestic Violence Services is hosting an acoustic showcase in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Eight local musicians will share what love means to them by playing a few acoustic versions of their favorite love songs promoting healthy relationships. Where: Madison Bear Garden 316 W 2nd St. When: 7 - 9 p.m. Price: Free
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Behind the scenes of ‘Into the Woods’
Mallory Prucha ties the belt of Little Red Riding Hood’s costume. CARIN DORGHALLI
Carin Dorghalli Staff Writer
irector, Matthew Miller, gives us a run down of “Into the Woods”:
What is this show all about? MM: Into the Woods is a mashup of many familiar fairytales and children’s book stories. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and others all appear and their stories overlap in a new and inventive way. Unlike the children’s stories, though, we get to see how the characters live after “happily ever after.”
How do you determine who to cast? MM: A lot of it has to do with
the vocal range of each actor and whether or not they can sing the songs the different characters sing. Also, you know, look and type and acting ability and range. All of those things are factors in determining who is going to play what role in a musical. Cinderella, played by Kathryn Aarons, shares her thoughts and experiences with the show:
How do you feel about being part of this show? KA: I’m super stoked to be part of the show. This is my first show in college. The most amazing cast I could ever ask to work with. And the music is stunning. It’s by far the prettiest show I have ever been a part of. I was shocked that I got in because everyone here is so incredibly talented and I found
out that I got Cinderella and I was crying in the hallway. I was so excited. The fact that I got into the show here is amazing. and who doesn’t want to be a princess?
What is something particularly special about this show? KA: The cast is really incredible... and everyone has put 130 million percent into this show and I think what makes it so special is the amount of care and excitement that everyone has brought. Costume designer Mallory Prucha tells us about her designs:
How are you feeling about seeing your designs on the stage? MP: I’m really excited. One of my favorite parts of design is that it’s not only fulfilling in an artistic sense, but really, it’s a chance to
give a thousand anonymous gifts to an audience as well as celebrate the work of the students of Chico State.
How many costumes are there for this show? MP: There’s 35 costumes for this show. It’s a combination of items that are recycled from our current costume stock, borrowed from other institutions as well as garments that have been built completely from the ground up. The idea with the costumes is that there are really two different worlds happening. One that’s saturated within the woods, so costumes like the witch that are influenced by wild forces. And then we run into other characters, who are either in the peasant class or opulent upper class. Their costuming is
inspired by 18th century fashion, which is highly decadent. Set designer Brian Redfern shares his favorite part about the set:
What is your favorite aspect of the set? BR: I’m not the kind of person that has a favorite thing. I like all of the textures we’ve been able to achieve in this set, in the sense of a little bit more than just theatrical scenery. I really like the collaboration that’s happened between my colleagues and the students and the shop staff here maybe more than the actual set itself. Carin Dorghalli can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_ arts on Twitter.
Art tour reveals hidden gems of Chico Cortneanne Campbell Staff Writer
Chico locals and visitors alike have probably noticed the public art that fills downtown Chico, but there are some hidden gems that are often overlooked. To help get a closer look at the local art, The Chico Arts & Culture Foundation provides the inside scoop through their art tours. Their mission is to inform the public on the wide array of pieces in the downtown area and raise money to keep the artwork alive. Here is a closer look behind Chico’s hidden gems starting with Salem St. Art Wall: Board Members Mary Gardner and Jennifer Parks led a
tour group on Oc.t 15 composed of young couples with their kids and some volunteers. One of those volunteers was Chico State’s Program Director at the Center for Healthy Communities, Jenny Breed. “We could even do a modified tour just for a Chico State club or group of students to show them on-campus art along with the downtown pieces,” Breed said. Catch them at their next art tour Nov. 19 or contact the foundation through its Facebook to set up a private tour or check out their website. Cortneanne Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @theorion_ news on Twitter.
Kari Zagan and Chico Country Day Students used the Farmer’s Market as their inspiration for one of the six Icon Pedestals done by various artists.
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The Chinese Luminary Bench was made in 2005 by Christen Derr to honor Chinese Worker’s contributions to Chico.
Board Member, Jennifer Banks, explains how the Diamond Alley Arches were created by Kathleen Nartuhi, David Barta and 3,000 students in 2003. Robin Hood was painted by Scott Teeple back when the building used to be a toy store called Sheerwood Forest
Patrick Collentine and Susan Larsen created the Dancing Trout Fountain outside the City Municipal Center in 2003.
‘Wide Open Spaces’ features Chico inspired exhibits Advanced photography students partner with the Janet Turner Museum for a new showcase Anisha Brady Staff Writer
Chico State is home to a newly curated exhibit at the Janet Turner Museum. It showcases Janet Turner’s one of a kind prints with photography by the university’s advanced photography students. The exhibit, “Wide Open Spaces,” is unique in the way that it presents art solely inspired by nature found in the Chico area. Turner, a progressive artist, collector and ecologist, created many watercolor and egg tempera prints of nature and bird habitats in Bidwell Park. Catherine Sullivan, the exhibit and museum curator, collaborated with Chico’s advanced photography class to complement the themes present in Turner’s pieces by displaying current images of the Big Chico Creek Reserve. “We all had different aspects of what we were looking for, so what we saw and what spoke to us were all incorporated in our shots,” said photography student Raul Hernandez. “I saw life blooming and the interactions between human and nature.” Hernandez and other photography students worked together
to design collective pieces like their accordion style book, which opens and closes like the instrument. This display drew a lot of attention and interest as it stood out among the traditional presentations of wall-hung art. Though there was a modern spin on this design, the prints had a certain sentimentality to them as the shots were darkly exposed and made to look like older, more weathered prints. The more modern take on the environment paired with Turner’s older prints made the audience pay closer attention to the commonalities and points of reference existing between the two mediums. The contrast between old and new portrayals of the area tells a story about the history and ever-changing ecology of Chico’s famous Bidwell Park. “I arranged for the photography students to go to the environment she would have gone to observe birds and the wildlife and interpret that space through a camera’s eye,” Sullivan said. “So the exhibition talks about the space as a locale and the space as its inhabitants.” As a supporter of education and the arts, Turner donated her personal collection of
Sketches by Janet Turner and the “Wide Open Spaces” exhibit.
prints to enable students to see her techniques and appreciate the detail and texture in original print work. The flow and presentation of an art exhibit are almost as important as the works themselves. Sullivan compared the process of curating the exhibit to writing an essay and said that to have a successful exhibit, one must have a subject or an overarching theme translated through the placement of specific visual images from the collection. “How (the pieces) get there and where it’s positioned has to form a conversation with each other and has to spark interest in the audience,” Sullivan said. “Wide Open Spaces” will be showcased at the Janet Turner Print Museum until Dec. 10.
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An exhibit displaying the work of Janet Turner and advanced photography students. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Anisha Brady can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_arts on Twitter.
Concussions have repercussions Head injuries are affecting Chico State students on and off the field Makayla Hopkins Staff Writer
The NFL isn’t alone in the battle against concussions. College athletic programs are following in the league’s footsteps to create a safer game for their athletes. The NCAA Executive Committee adopted its Concussion Policy and Legislation in April 2010. The policy requires all affiliated schools to have a concussion management plan, including identifying the signs and symptoms to the return-toplay protocol. Chico State’s Head Athletic Trainer Scott Barker works closely with the coaches and athletes to recognize the early symptoms of a concussion. “In general we have about 5 to 10 incidents per year,” Barker said. “We can see it in any sport, but there’s many in soccer.” Because of limited empirical-based guidelines, concussions continue to be one of the most difficult athletic injuries to diagnose and manage, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. After
one concussion, the likelihood of a second occurrence increases drastically. Abnormalities in the brain and motor function continue well beyond the typical time of recovery, according to a study done by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. First-year Chico State women’s soccer team goalkeeper Caitlyn Duval recently had her second concussion during a Wildcat home game. Duval missed two games of the season before being cleared to play. Duval mentioned how tough it became not only to recover but to catch up in school and get organized in order to pass her classes. “Having a concussion really does affect [your] schoolwork,” Duval said. “Most professors are pretty understanding, but you have the select few that don’t really care.” In May 2014, the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense launched a landmark initiative to enhance the safety of athletics and service members. The new initiative made it a NCAA requirement for coaches to be educated at least once a
year to respond to situations where athletic trainers aren’t present at games. As a safety precaution, the initiative states that coaches are to immediately remove any player who shows signs of being concussed from play. “Our coaches are very good about recognizing that and getting them out of the game,” Barker said. “Before we put them at risk for a second impact. That’s what we’re trying to avoid.” The aftermath of concussions are severe, with altered motor control, deficits in mental and cerebral performance and verbal and visual memory all taking a toll, according to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Although Duval experienced a concussion earlier this season, she said that it was an injury that couldn’t be prevented. Despite having people on staff to react to the injury, as long as someone is playing a sport, there is always a risk of getting hurt, according to Duval. Makayla Hopkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @_MakaylaHopkins on Twitter.
Women playing soccer are 6.3 times likely to get a concussion
$30 million is the amount
the NCAA is allotting toward concussion research
30 percent of concussions studied are in females
• A concussion is a brain injury • Concussions can occur from blows to the body as well as to the head • Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness or other obvious signs • Concussions can occur in any sport • All concussions are serious and change a student-athletes behavior, thinking or physical functioning • Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death
symptom check points • Six hours after concussion • 24-48 hours • Start of return-to-play protocol • Upon return to play • Seven days after return to play • Six months post-injury
The research is managed by the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium, with 21 participating universities enrolling all male and female student-athletes in the study.
Chico State beats with one pulse Jae Siqueiros Staff Writer
ith Queer Week 2016 coming to a finish, we reflect on the impact that this week had on Chico State and within the community. The Associated Students Gender and Sexuality Equity Center, Multicultural Greek Council, Chico State Pride, Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Chico State Housing have held events all week to reach out and honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
On June 12, 2016, 49 individuals were killed at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida and the individuals that lost their lives that night are being honored across the nation. With Queer Week coinciding with this tragedy, the GSEC decided to make the direct connection with Pulse by their theme, “We All Beat With One Pulse.” Margot van der Bie, Queer Program Coordinator at GSEC, reflects on Queer Week as a positive experience saying, “We really wanted to allude a
feeling of resiliency, community, unity (and) solidarity.” The Multicultural Greek Council was also a collaborator for Queer Week, with the 2nd Annual Drag Show put on by both organizations. Over 600 people were in attendance and the success of Queer Week had materialized. “This whole week has just been about building bridges and finding ally-ship,” van der Bie said. “Folks to stand in solidarity with.” Another purpose of Queer Week is to help educate. It is
meant to educate students and community members on the issues and discrimination that LGBTQ+ people face everyday. Rachel Ward, Director of GSEC and senior business finance and women’s studies major, had some personal takeaways at the conclusion of this week. “Just be mindful when you’re meeting anybody and to really not assume their sexuality (or) gender based on little things like their gender expression, what they’re wearing, how they’re talking,” Ward said. “I
think that it’s really important that we just don’t rely on limited stereotypes and misrepresentation in the media.” The wide arrangement of events, from queer feminist speaker Michelle Tea and the “Coming Out Party” held at the UHUB the “2nd Annual Drag Show” and the “Pride Party” shows student and community support and recognition of the marginalized group that makes up the LGBTQ+ community. Jae Siqueiros can be reached at email@example.com or @theorion_arts on Twitter
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“Just be mindful when you’re meeting anybody and to really not assume their sexuality (or) gender based on little things like their gender expression, what they’re wearing, how they’re talking. I think that it’s really important that we just don’t rely on limited stereotypes and misrepresentation in the media.” Rachel Ward, Director of GSEC
Performers on stage in the BMU during the 2nd annual Chico State Drag Show.
GSEC interns and staff pose for a commemorative photo at the conclusion of Queer Week 2016.
PHOTO COURTESY GSEC
GSEC staff member, Seve Christian and Women’s Program Coordinator, Rachel Biccum, enjoy face painting at the Pride Party.
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Big Sam’s Funky Nation introduces Noladelic Funk Rylee Pedotti Staff Writer
New Orleans boasts an impressive roster of homegrown talent, including Jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, the Marsalis Brothers as well as current mainstream acts like Harry Connick Jr. and Frank Ocean. Adding to the list, Sam “Big Sam” Williams, founder and band leader of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, has already etched his name among New Orleans greats. Williams is best known for his contributions as the essential pioneer of Noladelic Funk, a harmounious blend of hip-hop, soul, R&B and urban funk. Identifying his uncanny connection to music at an early age, Williams immersed himself within his hometown’s rich musical culture. During his teenage years, he joined the John F. Kennedy High School Marching Band, where he first began to hone his craft on trombone. Eventually, Williams transitioned to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, which serves as the premier pre-professional arts training center in the U.S.
Sam “Big Sam” Williams at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. “It’s a great, surreal feeling,” said Williams. “With Louis Armstrong, Alan Toussaint, The Meters and Dirty Dozen Brass Band—you’ve got all of these great bands that come from New Orleans who are cats that I grew up listening to. Just to be inserted into that
“I want the fans to have a great time and enjoy themselves. It’s not about what we want, it’s about what the fans want.” Sam “Big Sam” Williams, musician
list of amazing musicians is an honor.” At the age of 19, Williams and his devotion to New Orleans earned him a spot touring with one of his longtime influences. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. After four celebrated years of touring with the Dirty Dozen, Williams made the decision to place his own band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, as his principal pursuit. Here, Williams gathered the talents of former classmates whose sound he knew would fit his unique vision. In concert, the band packs a punch and delivers an upbeat party atmosphere to fans across the nation. Funky Nation
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDY GOETZ, MATT KELLY AND MICHAEL J. MEDIA
concert goers can expect to be an integral part of the show, as Williams admits their performances are all about building a repertoire with fans. “I want the fans to have a great time and enjoy themselves. It’s not about what we want, it’s about what the fans want,” Williams said. “We want to get you involved in the show, have fun with you at the show. It’s all about hanging out and getting to know each other.” Big Sam’s Funky Nation is currently embarking on a touring schedule through the end of the month, which included a stop in Chico on Oct. 15. In addition to live shows, Williams
is simultaneously putting the finishing touches on an album coming out early next year. Music connoisseurs can expect to see the growth of Noladelic Funk continue as the transcendent performer shows no signs of slowing down. “I don’t want to do anything else in the world but music,” Williams said. “Music is what drives me.” Tour dates and more can be found on Big Sam’s Funky Nation’s website and Facebook page. Rylee Pedotti can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @theorion_arts on Twitter.
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5 new fall releases Fall 2016 is bursting with album releases and with so much music coming, it can be hard to keep track. Instead of scouring the web for something to add to the week’s playlist, here’s a few recent releases from bands that stray from the Top 40, making time between classes more interesting and
Formed in 2008 in Southern California, Joyce Manor has validated themselves as another asset to the pop punk community. Their second LP, Cody, has shown full attention to the hopeless angst of coming to terms with maturity. Cody lends itself to a early 90s nostalgia while still paying reverence to Southern California
maybe a bit louder.
punk faculties. Through all the hopelessness and emo vibes, the Southern California sun shines through on every track of Cody, suggesting a bit of optimism.
Balance and Composure: Light We Made Light We Made has made a leap from their previous effort, 2013s The Things We Think We’re Missing and the band has coursed a different path for the Pennsylvania quintet. The drums are a big contribution to the dynamic change, mellowing out to a linear vibe that remains consistent through the entire record, making it another immense success for the band.
Dance Gavin Dance: Mothership This Sacramento band has put out another album filled with melodic guitar tapping and auditory breakdowns. This album, released Oct. 7. Let vocalists Tilain Pearson and Jon Mess convey the balance between clean and screaming vocals—all colliding with catchy yet chaotic guitar parts.
Every Time I Die: Low Teens Low Teens was released on Sept. 23 and the days that have followed since have been a 15-track ambush with catchy riff after riff and darkly prolific lyricism— all laced with the band classic intensity threaded throughout every track. Brenden Urie of Panic! At the Disco vocal cameo is just one of the small tasteful additions to how damn good the album really is, which scored the band their biggest first week album sales with 15,500 albums sold—slating Low Teens at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 charts. Low Teens has made a huge ripple in the direction of post-hardcore in years to come.
Joyce Manor: Cody
Green Day: Revolution Radio Green Day rightfully returns to their roots with Revolution Radio. Songs like Bang Bang tear down the walls with fast tempos and a few rebellious power chords pulling at the state of political circus. The acoustic piece, “Ordinary World,” scours a sentimental mortality within Billy Joel Armstrong, while “Still Breathing” follows close behind in a similar fashion. While listening, forget the urge to compare to past Green Day nostalgia and maybe you’ll recognize these punk rocks titans are still breathing in every bit of pop culture. Matt Manfredi can be reached at email@example.com or @matthewmanfredi on Twitter.
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