Chico on Two Wheels

ArianaBy Ariana Altier, Sophomore, Sustainable Manufacturing

With the weather warming up and the flowers coming out, Chico is the perfect place to explore on a bike. Although it may seem relatively small, Chico is actually home to many nationally competitive cyclists and the host of one of the largest road bicycle races in California.

 Chico is also home to Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, which is teeming with trails that stretch up and down its length.  Bidwell Park begins in downtown Chico and snakes up along BigNorthrim trail Chico Creek Canyon. The lower section of Bidwell Park is a great place to go for a picnic or casual ride or stroll. There are picnic tables, lots of shade, and numerous deep places in which to swim.

The upper portion of Bidwell Park is by far the most popular spot for mountain bikers in Chico and the surrounding areas. Chico is notorious for its lava rocks, and Upper Park is no exception—the trails and rough and rocky. Local cyclists claim that if you are able to confidently ride Upper Park trails, then you are pretty much capable of anything. No bike in upper parkmatter what skill level the rider, the park provides numerous trails, ranging from beginner to expert. The awesome thing about Bidwell Park is the abundance of good swimming holes. After a hard bike ride, you can ride directly to the creek and go for a dip.

 I began riding my freshman year when I joined the cycling club here on campus. I was hesitant to compete in the races because I was new to the sport and had little experience. However, once I experienced my first race, I immediately knew that I had found something that would stay with me forever.  

The Chico State cycling club takes advantage of the trails in the park by holding practices, and the occasional race, in Upper Park. Every fall, the cycling club competes all across California and Nevada and occasionally as far away as New Mexico and the East Coast.  The cycling club is oriented for people looking for off-road thrills. It is a great place for Chico teamlike-minded students to travel together to awesome venues to ride mountain bikes. We can be found on Facebook.

There are many other ways to get involved in the cycling community, whether you are an experienced rider or just someone looking for a good time. Chico Velo Cycling Club  is a large road biking club that offers many group rides and races.

Whether you are just the casual rider out on a short ride or the avid cyclist looking to push yourself in your discipline, I guarantee that Chico has something for you. So next time you are bored at home and looking for something to do, grab your bike and head out for a ride!


For bike routes in Chico and Bidwell Park, check out these links:

Chico Velo Cycling Club maps:

Upper and Lower Bidwell Park:

Little Bit of Sugar, Whole Lot of Spice

Maretta Lubov De VenutaBy Maretta Lubov De Venuta, Senior, Psychology                   DJ name= DJ Spice, Show name=The Spice Cabinet

My internship at Chico State’s radio station, KCSC Radio, has been a unique experience that I will cherish and take with me for the rest of my life. I co-host the raw and random show “The Spice Cabinet” as DJ Spice with my ever-so-clever and witty co-host DJ Sugar every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at

Interning at KCSC Radio has been a unique experience within my college career. I am a psychology student who has mainly been involved with other Associated Students programs such as CAVE, so having the opportunity to expand my knowledge base in such an eclectic environment has been fantastic. This is my third semester interning at the station, and I have learned so much. As a first semester intern, I was just getting a feel for what this whole “college radio” thing was.

All first-semester interns take a crash course about the radio industry run by Thomas Welsh. This course was really interesting and entertaining, with guest speakers from local radio stations. We learned all about FCC regulations, what is acceptable for FM/AM radio, marketing in the 480687_120948864721954_1304143513_nindustry, airtime for commercials, and the difference between FM/AM regulations and the unregulated Internet radio. We even got a chance to write our own 30-second commercial for a product or business. This course is a six-week course you must attend to get intern credit, also each intern must have a staff postion. Most new students choose or get assigned to promotions (“promo”) staff. This is where I was, and I could be found in Trinity Commons weekly handing students a flyer, program guide, sticker, button, candy, or even a free high-five.

Other staff positions that are available to KCSC interns are music staff (review the 601557_10151347175517869_114036505_nmusic), production staff, and library staff, among others. My second semester I was to join library staff, where I did just as it sounds: alphabetized, labeled, cataloged, and organized all the music. Doing this was perfect for me since I love to organize things. Plus, this made having a new music show much easier, for I knew where all the CDs where.

For a new music show, the DJs are supposed to choose through a rather good-sized selection of current CDs that have been sent to the station. The genres of music include local bands, hip-hop, alternative/ general rock/folk/misc., and RPM or electronic based. This was the best way for a someone like me who liked music and enjoyed most genres but 315620_10151107835061334_26549689_nwas not an avid researcher of new bands and music. There in the station I had at my fingertips all this relatively new and under-the-radar music. Since KCSC’s motto is “anything NOT top 40,” it really comes down to getting the less-recognized music out there for the world to hear, starting with the college crowd.

Now as a returning DJ, I have a free-form show where I play what my heart desires. Which means I wing it day to day depending on my mood and the mood of my co-host. We have the freedom as an Internet radio station to play uncensored music, and occasionally we will play something with some sensitive language. But on the whole, we try to keep it clean, as our families may be listening. This is another amazing thing about KCSC being Internet radio—listeners can listen to us anywhere! I have friends that I met traveling and studying abroad who tune in, and thanks to social media, they have the ability to comment and request music from Europe.


Top 10 songs by bands you should be obsessed with:

1) KCSC overall staff pick: “Carried Away” by Passion Pit –

2) Local Awesomeness: “Stick With Me” by Nicki Bluhm  –

3) Band with all amazing songs but this is my new favorite right now: “It’s Aright” by Matt and Kim –

4) Great Folk/ Bluegrass trio: “The Once and Future Carpenter” by The Avett brothers –

5) Folk/ Bluegrass singer my entire family is obsessed with: “I’m So Gone” by Jackie Greene –

6) Great band with a new album coming out soon: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk –

7) Amazing Singer/Songwriter from my home town (Lafayette, CA): “The Village” by Camaron Ochs –

8) All Time Favorite Band still making tunes: “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” by Steve Miller Band –

9) Makes you wanna Dance: “Dance Your Ass Off” by Robbie Rivera –

10) Something for the Hoedown: “Old Number 7” by The Devil Makes Three –


Why Stop on an Even? A Bonus Track for the Lovers: “We Will Become Silhouettes” by The Postal Service –


Proof Positive: My Summer Internship at the Sacramento Bee

Kacey Gardner

By Kacey Gardner, Senior, Journalism

Stanford. LSU. UC Davis. USC. Yale. If my esteem for The Sacramento Bee wasn’t enough to make me nervous, seeing my name and “Chico State” on the roster of impressive summer interns certainly was.

And as the sole copyediting intern among 10 reporters to be working at the paper, I worried I would be even more of an outsider.

But once I walked into that building on 21st and Q streets, I was relieved to find that my experience in the Chico State journalism department and on The Orion staff had prepared me to work in that newsroom. And that’s what I did each day for eight weeks, starting on my very first night shift.

I was assigned to the news desk, which comprises the A and B sections that include national, state, and local news as well as the editorial pages.

After getting briefly acquainted with the computer systems and copy flow process, I was allowed to jump right in and work as if I were any other copy editor on the desk.

I edited anywhere from eight to 17 items a day. Yes, I counted. And for each story I edited, I also wrote the headline andsacbeenews cutlines for any photos.

Editing at The Bee was similar in some ways to editing at The Orion and different in others. The basic skills of AP style, grammar, spelling, and fact-checking obviously applied, but I found editing Bee stories to be a lot more subtle, as the reporting was more polished and would affect larger communities.

I touched stories ranging from a front page New York Times piece on al-Qaida’s presence in Syria to a local story about a woman who broke the record for the longest Ferris wheel ride, only to have her record beaten the same week. For each story, the most important part of my job was to ensure accuracy, which a single word can make or break.

I was perpetually cautious as I worked with a surprising amount of freedom. The trust the editors put in me made me feel valued and allowed me to work without being overly fearful of criticism. The feedback I did get was always given capitolwith patience and encouragement. And I never once was made to feel like a kid who didn’t know anything.

I did turn out to be somewhat of an outsider in the circle of interns, just because my duties and hours were so different from theirs, but I got to spend time with them at weekly lunches put together by the intern coordinators with guest speakers such as Bee Publisher Cheryl Dell and Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar. We got to ask them about their jobs and the industry, and share with them our backgrounds and ambitions.

When I returned to The Orion and Chico State after two months at The Bee, I was more confident than ever that journalism—though in a period of uncertainty and change—is a vital industry, and one I would be honored to work in, especially alongside journalists like the ones I had the pleasure of meeting last summer.


We all know selecting a college is a tough choice. Here at Chico State, we want new students to be sure. That is why we offer an open house and day of activities that will help prospective students decide if Chico is the place for them.

In anticipation of this year’s Choose Chico! event (April 6, 2013), we asked our current students and alumni on Twitter to share why they chose Chico State. The response was overwhelming; Chico is a special place.

Many based their decision on our program offerings:

Several students/alumni mentioned our small class sizes:

Some even chose Chico because of a personal connection:

And, of course, almost everyone mentioned the overall atmosphere of Chico including downtown, Bidwell Park, friendly folks, and our beautiful campus:

Have another reason to share? Leave a comment and tell us why you choose Chico.

Admitted students, visit us this Saturday, April 6 for Choose Chico!:

Follow us on Twitter @ChicoState.