Finding Cures. Saving Children.

Are you ready for the biggest event of the year here in Chico? On Nov.5, we’ll pack Acker Gym with thousands of Chico State students, all for a good cause.

Up ’til Dawn is a letter-writing campaign at which students write to their friends and family on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The recipients of these letters are asked to donate to St. Jude to provide world-class treatment and hospitality to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, free of charge. St. Jude couldn’t do any of this without donations, which is where Up ‘til Dawn comes in.

Up ‘til Dawn is a competition between over 250 college campuses to raise money for the hospital. As many of you have heard, Chico State does pretty well in comparison to everyone else. So well, in fact, we’ve won five of the last six national championships and raised over $1.28 million in the last 11 years.

In addition to saving lives and promoting Wildcat pride, students at the Nov. 5 event are eligible to win some great prizes including a trip to Memphis, an iPad, and even free spring tuition. All students need to do is show up prepared with addresses of friends and family members. —Michael Kenny,  Marketing


Also, prepare for a rewarding experience…

Up ’til Dawn is an experience truly unique to Chico State. It is a movement that has become a tradition in the past decade, and a movement that I was proud to join as a freshman. I joined the Database Committee, and three years later, I serve as the co-chair of this very same committee.

I joined Up ’til Dawn because I wanted to make a difference. This movement is one of the programs that Chico State is known for. My mom lived in Memphis, where St. Jude Children Research Hospital is located, and when she heard about this event, she was extremely excited for me to become a part of it. My mom used to volunteer at the hospital, and she said that there was nothing better than seeing the smile of a child’s face at St. Jude. Her volunteerism pushed me to volunteer here, and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made here at Chico State.

This event is important to me because I truly believe that no child should die in the dawn of life. I believe that every child should have the chance to attend college. I love going to the events here at Chico State, because I love seeing the unity among students to end this awful disease. I’ve been a person to get involved, and what better cause than helping to support a wonderful hospital whose ultimate goal is to end childhood cancer?  —Kim Macintosh


Tips for a SAFE Halloween

By Lorraina Hernandez, Biological Sciences, Peer Educator at CADEC

Halloween is coming up, and Chico is filled with the smell of fall leaves, candy and pumpkins. Now that students are running around from store to store looking for the best costumes and treats, we at the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC) would like to give you some tips on how to be safe while you are having fun!

When Alcohol Is Involved

  • If you are under 21 and you chose to drink, first recognize that you are breaking the law. There is no legal blood alcohol content for a person under 21 and it is illegal for minors to possess alcohol.
  • Don’t over party. You can have a good time without drinking so much that it alters your personality, perception, or judgment!
  • NEVER leave your drink. Don’t leave your drink alone or with someone you don’t know, and if you do, get a new drink.
  • Don’t offer rides to people you don’t know. You don’t want to be liable for someone you’ve never met.
  • Always have a designated driver. Take turns being the “DD” and never ride with drunk or drugged drivers. It is better to pay $10 for a cab than almost $2,000 for a DUI. Chico also has plenty of pedi-cabs.

Use the Buddy System

  • Have a safety buddy. Have someone you can call for a ride or for help, and create a code word or phrase that means “Come help me out of this” or “I’m in trouble.”
  • Let someone know your plans. Be sure when you go out to tell someone you trust the name of your date, destination, and planned time of return.
  • Stay close to your friends. The buddy system can only work if friends keep a watchful eye out for each other.

Trust Your Instincts!

  • If a party gets out of hand, leave! It is better to leave early than to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Always have a backup plan. Take your cell phone and money for a cab, just in case.
  • Program the word ICE (In Case of Emergency) and the number of your parent/guardian into your phone. The authorities know to look for this code in case an emergency occurs and they need to get in touch with a relative.

Instagram Contest for Chico Experience Week

During Chico Experience Week we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to use Instagram to take photos of themselves during the week. Here are some of our favorites:

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Here is the contest’s winning photo by tbufete!

“The man in black himself, President Zingg. #chicoexperience I wish I was dressed as cool.”

Your Vote Can Make A Difference

A message from A.S. President Jaypinderpal Virdee and CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg

A crucial election is only weeks away. It may be a cliché to some, but the truth is that our democracy depends on an engaged citizenry: One vote, your vote, can make a difference.

For those of you who are registered voters, we hope you will exercise your right and vote in the Nov. 6 election.  For new voters, go to the site set up by the AS to follow an easy process to register —
The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 22.

The AS is also sponsoring two upcoming events—

  •  Oct. 22: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen will speak at 10 a.m. in Trinity Commons about the importance of voting.
  • Nov. 5: Students from the Chico State Republicans and Student Democratic Club will debate issues in a voter forum on the eve of the election at 7 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

Please do not let apathy or unfamiliarity with the issues be your reason for not voting.  The candidates and the ballot measures before us merit your consideration and attention.  Without your vote, though, the views and values of college students may be ignored.  Please don’t run that risk.

Chico State is highly regarded for community service and student leadership. Very few universities have an Associated Students like ours, or boast organizations like CAVE and CLIC.  We want high voter turn-out and voter registration to be points of pride for this November’s election.  Thank you.

Celebrating the Chico Experience

The Chico Experience Week (Oct. 5-14) brings Chico State students, alumni, parents, and friends together for 10 days of fun, education, and reconnection with friends, the campus, and the wonderful City of Chico. Whether you already live in Chico or haven’t been back in a while, you are sure to enjoy The Chico Experience!

Sponsored by the Chico State Alumni Association, The Chico Experience Week will tie together the campus and local organizations and businesses to create a menu of activities for a wide range of audiences with more than 90 events to choose from throughout the week.

Alumni will be gathering for several special events, including the Golden Grad Brunch for the Class of 1962; the 1955-65 Era Reunion; the Department of Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management 50th Anniversary Reunion; the Communication Studies Alumni Reunion; and the Chico Chapter of the Alumni Association’s annual Fall Mixer.

The annual Chico State Family Weekend will have a period flavor befitting the University’s 125th anniversary. The old-fashioned barbecue will feature food, music and decorations that recall Chico State’s founding year of 1887.  After the barbecue, students, faculty and staff will gather on the Yolo Hall lawn and play town ball, a 19th century precursor to baseball. CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, who is also a baseball historian, will officiate.

Included during the Chico Experience Week are popular community events such as the Mozart Mile and 5K Run/Walk, the National Yo-Yo Contest and the Sierra Oro Farm Trail’s Passport Weekend.

This fun-filled week kicks off on Friday October 5th with the reception & unveiling of the 3rd Chico Experience Print.

In 2010 the “C” was revealed… Last year the “H” was revealed… What will the “I” look like this year?


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