Words with Wildcats!

This week’s inquiry: “Where is your favorite place to eat in Chico and why?”

Paul Zingg, President: “There are few things I enjoy more than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a slice of Celestino’s pepperoni pizza with extra cheese and dried peppers generously sprinkled on top. I appreciate the Pale Ale because it’s a Chico institution and Celestino’s pizza because he’s a Jersey guy like me, and I grew up on East Coast pizza.”

Jason Nice, Professor of British History: “I really like Café Paulo on 5th and Ivy. Their coffee is great because they roast and grind it themselves. I enjoy the atmosphere and the company, plus it’s nice to support local business.”

Sandy Claflin, Art Department Secretary: “My husband and I rarely go out, but when we do, we always seem to be craving Mexican food. Our favorite place to go to satisfy that craving is either Tortilla Flats or Casa Ramos, both serve really tasty food!”

Jeff Williams, Mechanical Engineering, Post-Baccalaureate: “My wife and I lived in Hawaii for several years, and we got used to eating Chinese food. The best Chinese food in Chico is from Ginger’s Chinese on Pillsbury Road.”

Steve Lewis, Professor of Latin American History: “My favorite is Thai food. When I’m on campus, I like to walk downtown to Thai Basil on 2nd Street, but if I’m on the south end of town, Cocodine Thai Cuisine is the place to go!”

Amanda Duntsch, Child Development, Freshman: “I like to go to Big Chico Burger on East Avenue, they have a great special where you can get a cheeseburger, an order of fries, and a soda for only $5.49!”

Kate Transchel, Professor of Russian History: “I find myself really enjoying authentic ethnic food.For my spicy Indian craving, I like to eat at Priya on The Esplanade. They have an amazing lunch buffet and really tasty vegetarian dishes. When I’m feeling like having Italian, I like to head over to Sicilian Café. I love the location with the creek side setting and the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the cuisine!”

This is the first edition of our reoccurring feature, Words with Wildcats.

Summer Construction Time-lapse

By Pat Berry, Library Administration

The video is comprised of photos that I took from the fourth floor of Meriam library and was created using iPhoto.  I’m not that great with video, so I went with the easiest option available.  I started taking photos so I would be able to measure the progress being made.  To be honest, I didn’t think they would be able to finish in time.  Luckily, once they got the underground work finished it seemed to go very quickly.  At the end, when they were pouring the concrete I was taking photos four or five times a day because they were going so fast.

I know a lot of people aren’t thrilled with the “sea of concrete” that we have now, but I think we need to give it some time.  In a few years the trees should be able to provide enough shade to cut down on the oppressive glare that we get now.  There is still the third phase of the project to complete [next summer], but in the long run I think it will look really nice.

If you’d like to view or download the entire collection of Pat’s photos, the images have been release under a Creative Common ‘By Attribution/No Commercial works’ license and can be accessed here.

Saving You Dimes One Cup at a Time!

By Avery Beck, Senior, Anthropology Major

Being away from home. Meeting new people. Spending late weekend nights roaming around downtown looking for parties. My freshman year at Chico State was basically everything I imagined college would be, based on the impression the movies I grew up watching gave me. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing.

I came to Chico from my hometown of Eagle River, Alaska. When I got here I knew no one—I was alone. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t really alone, I met all kinds of new friends and acquaintances, but I still felt like I was kind of just floating here on my own. So, I decided to look for something larger to be a part of. That’s when I heard about the Sustainability Involvement Faire, which is basically an information session held every semester, where all of the sustainability focused groups on campus recruit interns and volunteers for the upcoming semester. I truthfully had no idea what sustainability was at that time, but I went anyway.

Little did I know that I would walk out of the involvement fair signed up for a 2-unit internship with E-ARC, the Environmental Action Resource Center. At first I was a little unsure what I had gotten myself into, but as I got more and more involved I became convinced I had made the right decision.

Avery standing with fellow E-ARC intern Taylor Kudell near his BYOCup poster at Eco-Fest 2010

I started off slowly, but as I began to learn what sustainability is and how important it really is I became increasingly involved. The more involved I got, the more people I started to meet. Most of the people I met in AS Sustainability are great, many of them becoming some of my best friends here in Chico. The more people I met, the more doors I could see opening for me. I was able to become a voting member on one of the student government councils, the Environmental Affairs Council. I got to work with the heads of the AS Bookstore and AS Dining Services on the Bring Your Own Cup campaign [which encourages customers to bring their own reusable cups to cafes and dining areas on campus for a small discount on their drink purchase]. I learned about writing funding requests, in successfully applying for funding for the BYOCup campaign from the Sustainability Fund Allocation Committee. Last but not least, after a year of being an intern, I got a great student job working for AS Recycling.

Thanks to my various internships with AS Sustainability I have had many opportunities that otherwise probably would have not been available to me, opportunities that I know have helped shape my Chico experience as well as my future.