Model United Nations: Best Experience of My College Career

By Chelsey Korman, Senior, Journalism

The Model United Nations is extremely difficult to describe in only 250 words, but here is my attempt. When I first started taking the class, the officers raved about how close we would all become and what a great experience Model United Nations is. To be honest, it just sounded like a whole lot of work to me. Turns out they were telling the truth.

We spend most of our time together, laughing, telling jokes, making fun of each other—you know, typical things you do with your friends. Then there is the other part of the class, the more personal level where you study a chosen country for an entire semester. You come to the realization that you can have an entire conversation with someone about a certain country, its political views, its problems, and its standing in the international world.

It is at that moment during the conversation that you realize how much you have learned from one class and the fact that you gathered and interpreted all of that knowledge on your own. Nobody put the notes on the board, and nobody emailed a PowerPoint. Hours upon hours of web searching, finding the information, and turning it into a speech to prepare for the position that you defended in conference.

There’s no doubt that Model United Nations is a lot of work. It’s stressful and there were quite a few times when I thought “what on earth have I done taking this class?” But when you are standing in front of a room of 400 people speaking about human trafficking, dressed in a shield of confidence because you know exactly what you are talking about because you taught it to yourself, that’s when it’s all worth it.

Model United Nations gives you the opportunity to see where your talents and passions lie, whether it is international relations, politics, public speaking, or a combination of those skills. I can honestly say that Model UN has been the best experience of my college career, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world (no pun intended).

Chico State Expo 125!

In celebration of our 125th anniversary, California State University, Chico will host the Chico State Expo 125 this Saturday, April 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. There is no charge to attend, and everyone is invited!

Stop by Colusa Hall (see campus map) to pick up Expo guides, buttons, and refreshments, and to mingle with CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and other campus officials.

More than 60 tours, showcases, and performances will be held at the Expo on Saturday. There will be lots of games and activities for children on the Glenn Hall lawn, as well as free Chico State pennants and photo opportunities with Willie the Wildcat.

Among the events will be the popular arboretum tour of trees on campus, art studios and backstage theatre tours, a chemistry magic show, and a sneak peek at the School of the Arts upcoming musical, Oklahoma! Download the detailed event schedule here.

Admission to the Gateway Science Museum, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Janet Turner Print Museum, and other galleries and exhibits will be free during the Expo. In addition, both the Bidwell Mansion and Warrens Reception Center – formerly the President’s Mansion – will be open for tours.

So come on down and enjoy the festivities as we celebrate 125 years of Wildcat history!

Introducing the Wildcat Store Blog!

By Julie Phayer, Student Marketing Assistant for the Chico State Wildcat Store

Here at the Chico State Wildcat Store, we are always looking for innovative ways to connect with our customers. We currently have multiple social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare), a monthly newsletter, and a website to represent the Wildcat Store. While we love using these platforms, we also want to reach out to our customers in a more casual style. A blog allows us to do just that, to interact and share with the Chico State community in a more conversational way.

Through the Wildcat Store Blog, readers have an opportunity to explore what life is like at Chico State. The Wildcat Store Blog highlights everything from Chico State events, featured student organizations, comedic YouTube videos, local stories, interesting articles, and so much more. Readers also have the opportunity to submit their stories about certain topics to be featured in the Wildcat Store blog. The Chico State Wildcat Store is your store, and we want the Wildcat Store blog to reflect you and your experience.

So take a look around, share a photo or two, and most importantly, take pride in being a Wildcat!

To contact Julie or the Wildcat Store Marketing Department, e-mail them at