Facebook Cover Photo Challenge!

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We want to put your photo here!

What:
Help us choose CSU, Chico’s Facebook cover photo! Share your photos, and then help select from our favorites to be the next California State University, Chico Facebook page cover photo.

Guidelines:
Photos should show off the best of Chico State and the Chico experience. Take photos of our beautiful campus in all its spring glory or your student club hard at work—or make a creative collage of campus scenes. All photos should represent your own work, be in good taste, and comply with the Chico State Social Media Comment Policy.

Photos need to be large enough to work for a Facebook cover photo (851p x 315p, file sizes of 1 to 2MB work well). Most current smartphone camera photos are OK. (Sorry, Instagramers—most Instagram images won’t have high enough resolution when cropped and enlarged to Facebook cover size.)

You may submit up to three photos.

How to Enter:
Share your photo(s) with us in one of three easy ways!

  1. Post it to our Facebook Timeline. Put “cover challenge” or “photo challenge” in the comment
  2. Tweet it to us by tagging @ChicoState and including #coverchallenge or #photochallenge.
  3. Email your photo as an attachment to PAintern1[at]csuchico.edu. Include “cover challenge” or “photo challenge” in the subject line.

Selection Process:
Share your photos with us by Monday, April 15, 2013, at 5 p.m. The Chico State social media team will select up to 10 photos to be featured in a photo album posted on our page Wednesday, April 17. The photographers’ names will accompany the photos, so feel free to brag to your friends if you’re featured. The photo within the album with the most “likes” by Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. will become the next CSU, Chico Facebook cover photo!

Note: This challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook Inc. Any and all information provided with your submission is to California State University, Chico and not to Facebook.

Basketball Teams Battle to NCAA Championships

wildcat logoBy Luke Reid, Sports Information Director

A spectacular season for both men’s and women’s basketball came to an end last weekend. Both teams made it to the NCAA Championship Tournament West Regional, held in Bellingham, Washington. The women battled to the end against Cal State Monterey Bay, while the men played against Cal Poly Pomona.

The Chico State men’s basketball team walked off the floor for the final time in 2012–2013 Friday, March 15, in all-too-familiar fashion—with a loss at the hands of Cal Poly Pomona. The fifth-ranked Broncos beat the Wildcats for the fourth time this season, 69-61, in the opening round of the NCAA championships.

“They’re a good team,” said Wildcats Head Coach Greg Clink. “We’ve taken our best shot at them four times.”mens basketball

And the Wildcats’ best shot brought them excruciatingly close to victory: Sims sank a 3-pointer with 6:09 left that gave Chico State a 53-51 lead. A Sean Park jumper with 4:39 left again stretched Chico State’s lead to two.

Cal Poly Pomona’s Mitchel Anderson, the MVP of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), sank a 3-pointer on the Broncos’ ensuing possession to give them the lead for good.

Friday’s game marked the final appearance for Chico State seniors Damario Sims, Jason Conrad, Spencer Moyer, James Staniland ,and Jake Lovisolo.

“Those five guys have helped take this program to a new level,” said Clink. “I can’t tell you how proud I am to have had the opportunity to coach them. It’s just a special group.”

mens basketball2Sims scored 21 points in his final game with the Wildcats, Rashad Parker added 15, and Jordan Semple scored 12. Chico State finished the season with a record of 19-11.

The women had a very similar experience the following day, coming tantalizingly close to a win in the opening round of the NCAA championships.

The lead changed hands 15 times that Saturday night. For a bit, it looked as if the 14th time would be the last. But the Wildcats missed their final five shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch.

Miller nearly stopped the bleeding with a nifty spin move on Chico State’s next possession, but her layup spun off the rim with 30 seconds left, setting up the Otters for Jefferson’s game-winning shot.

Cal State Monterey Bay scored the game’s final 10 points to beat the Wildcats women 66-64.womens basketball2

“We just needed another four-tenths of a second, and we’d still be playing,” said Brian Fogel, women’s head coach.

Jazmine Miller led the Wildcats with 16 points and Monnie Davidson-Mays scored 11 and grabbed four steals. Courtney Hamilton finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists. Synchro Bull chipped in eight points.

“I’m extremely proud of my team,” said Fogel. “I’ve coached for a long time, and this is one of the most enjoyable groups I’ve ever had.”

The Chico State women’s basketball team, winner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s regular season title, finished its season with a record of 23-6.

“We’re a very unselfish team,” said Miller. “We worked hard for each other every day. It’s been the most fun I’ve ever womens basketballhad playing basketball.”

Now back home, Fogel and Clink are busy putting the final touches on next year’s recruiting classes. Though they’re both excited about their returning talent and already signed freshmen classes, they’re always on the lookout for the special talent that can help them get back into the NCAA Championship Tournament, and perhaps help them make a run at an NCAA title.

For more athletic news and schedules visit http://www.chicowildcats.com/

Spring Break in a Wetsuit

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By Juniper Rose, Junior, Journalism

It’s 5 a.m.

There are 12 of us standing on the corner of Cherry and Fourth Street in front of Adventure Outings’ warehouse, close enough to talk but just anxiously watching each other’s breath as we ponder what crucial gear we forgot at home in our half-asleep states.

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It was the first day of Adventure Outings’ raft guide school—the first day of spring break 2012—and I realized I just willingly chose to spend my only free eight days of the semester in a wetsuit.

What I didn’t realize was that I would also be spending those eight days with a group of people who would become my best friends and learning skills that would change my perspective on life. Not to mention, those people and skills would wind up getting me a job that would lead me to spend my summer on a boat in the sunshine, getting paid to doing something most people pay to do.

Whitewater rafts, wetsuits, life jackets, helmets, tents, and coolers were piled into vans, followed by nervous bodies.

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From our instructors to students who had never been rafting before, we were about to get to know each other, our gear, and the Trinity and Upper Sacramento Rivers and learn to guide a raft while surging down rapids.

Guiding is about technique, reading the water, quick decision making, and flexibility. You can’t control the river—you can only work with it. Our instructors handed us a paddle and let us try it. If we were smart, we learned from their advice; if we were lucky, we learned from someone else’s mistakes. Mostly, we learned from our own trials and accomplishments.

But guide school taught us more than just how to guide boats, it taught us life skills.

Through a series of clinics, we developed basic river safely skills and gained the confidence we would need to act under548497_2922196818925_1381919439_n pressure on the river. We learned to tie knots, swim rapids, prepare food on the banks of a river, and stay warm in cold living conditions.

The mentoring wasn’t over when we returned to Chico.
My guide-school instructors showed me where to apply for jobs, and with them as my references, I was offered jobs at both places I applied, two of the top whitewater rafting companies on the American River.

The first weekend of summer vacation, I packed everything I would need in my pickup and drove to Coloma, California.

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Life on the river is simple. I spent the summer sleeping on a platform in the woods at the base camp for the raft company I worked for. Getting up for work doesn’t get any better than when you wake up to blackberries dangling above your bed, the smell of pine needles, and the knowledge that you are about to have the opportunity share the river with someone new. When you’re a guide, you might paddle the same river every day, but the feeling of introducing it to someone new, and making a memory that they will hold for life, never wears off.

In less than a week, Adventure Outings’ guide school will repeat, and while I won’t be with them this time, I can guarantee you that on the morning of Friday, March 15, I will be thinking of that little cluster of apprehensive participants out in front of the warehouse waiting to get into that big maroon van, with no idea just how far that trip is going to take them.

Chico State Explores the Way to Sustainability

evg_1354139175By This Way to Sustainability lead student coordinators Michelle Libman, Senior, Recreation Administration, and Brittany Williams, Senior, Environmental Science

This Way to Sustainability is a student-run conference that hosts more than 100 speakers and 1,400 participants at California State University, Chico. It provides a forum to discuss current issues that are relevant to us all and includes workshops, seminars, posters, and facilitated discussions. The eighth annual conference is happening this Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8.

A student-chaired conference steering committee is responsible for determining the themes of each year’s conference. TWTSVIII_groupThe Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) hosts the conference steering committee, whose membership consists of student leaders from campus organizations, faculty advisors, and ISD staff.

We were chosen to be the two lead student coordinators to execute the day-to-day functions and planning, and to coordinate other volunteers. This event requires over 100 volunteers each year. Teri Randolph, assistant to the director of ISD, aids the student coordinators with planning, logistics, and coordination of the conference.

Many students also work behind the scenes aspects to make this conference happen. Students coordinate all the session moderators. Students who work with AS Catering to provide participants with food and beverages. Students organize all the smaller events within the conference—planning the entertainment, the decorations, the activities, and the flow of a particular event.

twts6Without the help of students, this conference would not happen. Chico State students are passionate about sustainability and work year-round to make this conference possible.

While there is so much going on at the upcoming This Way to Sustainability VIII, we are both very excited to see Chris Jordan’s keynote presentation. We are captivated by the way he incorporates mass consumption and waste into beautiful pieces of art. They provide a dramatic, yet moving, illustration of how we as humans are affecting the world we live in.

Chico State is known for being a sustainable campus, but do you know all the reasons why? Many people are probablytwts5 unaware of the numerous outstanding sustainability programs, many of which are student started and student run. During the conference, we will be showcasing these organizations in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium from 8–10 a.m.

This Way to Sustainability VIII is open to the public. Registration is free for all students and $20 a day for all other registrants. Online registration is currently closed, but you can register the day of the event. Registration includes continental breakfast, over 70 workshops, featured films, and much more. Individuals can view our full conference program by visiting our website or download our mobile app by visiting http://my.yapp.us/BDZLBH on their mobile device.