As we launch into 2014, we decided take a look back at Chico State’s social media hits in 2013. The common thread across platforms is that all of our audiences love stories of student/faculty achievement, and have a strong connection to our beautiful campus and its quirks and traditions. So, we’ll do our best to bring you more of that kind of content in 2014!
Thank you for following us and keeping the Chico State social media community vibrant!
By Ben Mullin, Editor-in-Chief, senior, Journalism and English literature major
Ask any journalist what they’re proudest of and you’ll get different answers.
Some will break out their old stories and tell you how they tracked down each breathtaking scoop. Some will regale you with tales about how they stood their ground when some infuriated reader demanded a retraction for a story that was completely true. Still, others will recall a tearful hug from a grieving family or simply recite a beautiful sentence they wrote recently.
But when I look back at the time I’ve spent as an editor at The Orion, Chico State’s student-run newspaper, I’m not proudest of my first interview—because it was probably awful—and I don’t tell grand stories about my first byline—because it was probably about silverware stolen from Whitney Hall. Instead, I’m just happy to have found my calling while getting to know some of my closest friends.
Anyone got some Ritz for this cheese? I know it’s totally cornball, but it’s true.
For those of you counting at home (read: absolutely no one) I’ve been working for The Orion since I arrived on campus in fall 2010. At a student newspaper, where roughly 75 percent of the staff turns over every semester, these three years are equivalent to about 20 millennia, give or take a few geologic epochs.
During those aeons, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go, most of them riding around on the backs of brontosauruses. But the people that are still working in journalism mean a whole lot to me. Many of the reporters I’ve worked with have gone on to work at the Chico Enterprise-Record, our local newspaper. Some of our alums have left to work at other daily newspapers or radio and TV stations up and down California. And still others are freelancers, trying to eke out a living by shooting video, writing stories, and taking photographs.
But no matter where they are or what they’re doing, many of them recall the time they spent in the basement of Plumas Hall producing The Orion as some of the most transformative years of their lives.
It certainly was for me. When I arrived at Chico State, I was a biology major dead set on getting straight A’s and going directly to med school. From there, I would become a doctor, which in my mind consisted of wearing scrubs to work and making inspired diagnoses in the space of one hour, allowing time for commercials.
This career plan, of course, ground to a halt after I spent one semester in The Orion’s newsroom. In four short months, I realized that I loved the adrenaline rush that accompanied breaking an exciting story, even if it was about stolen silverware. I discovered that I enjoyed interviewing people just as much as I loved writing and reading. And I found a calling that I believed in, even though it wasn’t as glamorous as medicine looked on TV.
I realized that the world needs people who are willing to bust cheats, investigate wrongdoing, expose corruption, and give a voice to people languishing on the margins of society. It also needs people who are willing to call a grieving family to write an obituary that helps the community mourn. It needs people who will cover Little League games, talk to criminals, and trawl through megabytes of census data.
In short, the world needs more journalists. I’m happy to say that my experience at Chico State showed me that and guided me to a career I’d never considered before setting foot in the basement of Plumas Hall.
By Kory Masen, Junior, Sociology and Women’s Studies
I have experienced Chico State from the point of view of several identities, all of which come together to form the person I am. I came to this campus as a Mexican, first-generation, low-income, pansexual, freshwoman; since then, some of my identities have changed and evolved as I continued to educate myself, and I now identify as a feminist, queer, transgender man.
Most of my education on feminism and activism came from the many experiences and opportunities offered to me through my internships with the AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC). There I found my identity as a transgender man and a feminist; I will forever be indebted and grateful to this amazing organization for changing my life for the better. It offered a safe space and community for me to learn and grow, and in a short amount of time, the people there became the family and support system I was lacking in my personal life.
As a sociology and women’s studies double major, I find myself surrounded by like-minded people in the classroom—the same is true for the clubs and organizations I am a member of. As a transgender queer person of color on this campus, I can confidently say I have found a community. But, in regards to my relationship with the campus at large outside of those communities, I can’t say I feel the same safety and support. I have experienced discrimination at various levels that are clearly based around ignorance and lack of education.
I have brought several of the issues I’ve faced on campus to the administration, and I’ve been amazed at the response in a very positive way. At Chico State, we pride ourselves on the value of diversity, and the administration is willing to take action to uphold that value. And organizations such as GSEC and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion bring diverse events to campus, educating the community about issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups.
I was fortunate to be a part of the Queer People of Color Society (QPOCS!) panel that allowed a space for our experiences to be heard and seen as people of color within the queer community. We have ties to mend within the queer community itself, but an even greater challenge in creating bonds with the campus and local community.I recently attended the GSEC’s sixth annual LGBTQ+ Conference, and it was a great example of the work GSEC does to advocate for the queer community. There were speakers from San Francisco talking about how we construct gender in our society and how gender was imposed on us as children. Also, local leaders from our Chico State queer community took us on a journey that spoke to the experience of being tokenized and “othered” as an LGBTQ+ person.
All in all, this is what our campus needs more of. If there is anything I would ask for from any institution, it is education. Respect, validation, and safety all derive from educating our communities. I am proud to say I am an activist and advocate in this institution that is trying to service the marginalized communities that form my identity.
Nobody is perfect, especially within a college setting, but we can try our best to educate as many people as we can in order to create socially responsible and respectable individuals. After all, that is what being a Wildcat is all about.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Working at Chico State is an important experience that helps students develop professional skills they carry with them post-graduation. Approximately 4,600 students work on campus each year, becoming more involved with their campus and the community. We wanted to start highlighting some of those hard workers and their experiences here on the blog. So, we’re kicking things off with a two-part series featuring Chico Performances student employees. (Stay tuned for Part 2 of the series next week!)
By Kristen Warshaw, Junior, Business Marketing, Chico Performances Marketing Assistant
When patrons want to attend a performance at Laxson Auditorium, they go to the Box Office, purchase tickets, find their seats, and anxiously await the curtain to rise. But there is much more to a show than what is visible to that excited theatergoer.
The excitement first begins to build here, in the marketing department at Chico Performances. This is where my job as marketing assistant comes in.
Preparation for a new season at Laxson Auditorium begins about nine months prior to opening day. We start gathering information, music samples, and photos for each and every performer. We use this information as a platform to create the web page, brochures, season advertisements, and much more.
It’s a rollercoaster every day when you are in contact simultaneously with more than 40 agents, all representing different types of performers. I never know what to expect in my email inbox when I would come into work: “Did the STOMP agent get back to me?” “Who is opening for Andrew Bird?” “The Onion Live got canceled!?”
It is always interesting to see how different artists’ agents react and respond to me. The more precise and direct I am, the more likely they are to give me what I need. I learned very quickly that less was always more. Sometimes it’s a struggle to get the correct information or to even just get a hold of the correct person!
I began to realize a connection between performers and accessibility to their agents. Performers represented by a large organization usually had very organized systems that use technology to allow me easy access to information and marketing tools. With some of the artists with smaller representation, it’s a struggle just to get adequate information.
This juggle between easy access and those that take more time to collect info from has been very exciting for me in my daily work. I’ve realized I actually like the challenge of working with a smaller artist more that of working a larger one.
Working for Chico Performances has also allowed me to develop my business organization skills. I have multiple projects with different deadlines. Having this responsibility has taught me a lot about when to stop one task and begin another in order to meet deadlines, an essential skill in the field of marketing.
My overall experience at Chico Performances has allowed me to further develop my skills and prepare me for what post-graduation life has to offer.
Working for Chico Performances has made me realize that I love to be a part of the MORE that happens before the curtain rises; the more than meets the eye.
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.
Photos should show off the best of Chico State and the Chico experience. Take photos of our beautiful campus in all its fall 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!
Post it to our FacebookTimeline. Put “cover contest” or “photo contest” in the comment
Tweet it to us by tagging @ChicoState and including #photocontest.
Email your photo as an attachment to PAintern1@csuchico.edu. Include “cover contest” or “photo contest” in the subject line.
Selection Process: Share your photos with us by Weds., Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. The Chico State social media team will select finalists to be featured in a photo album posted on our page Thurs., Nov. 7. The photographers’ names will accompany the photos, so brag to your friends and encourage them to “like” your entry if you’re featured. The photo within the album with the most “likes” by Thurs., Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. will become the next CSU, Chico Facebook cover photo!
Note: This contest 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.
By Skyler Boles, teaching credential program, Chico State Spikeball Club president
Spikeball is a fast-paced, high-agility, and hand-eye–intensive sport that is fun to play and highly addicting. We want to share this amazing sport with everyone because it brings out so much joy in players.
Here is the breakdown of spikeball, which is most similar to volleyball:
2 versus 2
No sides. No boundaries. Play 360 degrees around the net.
Up to 3 hits to spike the ball back onto the net
When the ball hits the net, it changes possession.
If your team spikes the ball off of the net and the other team fails to return the ball onto the net within 3 touches, you win.
Spikeball in Chico started about two years ago, and local enthusiasm has made the city one of the most fun and competitive places in the world to play. In fact, Chris Ruder, the Chicago-based “chief baller” and CEO of Spikeball said that the best players in the world hail from Chico.
The goal of the Chico State Spikeball Club is to build community, host events, and play as much as we can so that “Chico” is synonymous with the word “spikeball.”
We had our first big tournament in September 2012. With 33 teams, it was the largest spikeball tournament to date. We have continued to travel to tournaments around the country to build the Chico spikeball name. We took first place at a New York tournament in June and were featured in a spikeball short on ESPN 2’s SportsNation.
Two weeks ago, Shaun Boyer and I traveled to the Spike-a-Palooza national competition in Nashville. There were 64 teams from eight states, and Chico Spikeball took home the championship.
We play on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. at Yolo Field behind the tennis courts. Look for the giant spikeball flag.
Everyone is welcome to come play. We have all the equipment—just bring your friends and be ready to have the time of your life!
We will be hosting a tournament on Oct. 11 from 3-5 p.m. at Yolo Field. Sign-up at The WREC with a partner today.
By Humberto Ramos, Senior, Journalism and Spanish major
If you ask me if I work, the answer is “yes.” But explaining what I do? That is tougher—it depends on the time of the year or even the season.
I work for the Upward Bound Projects at Chico State. This is an academic program that helps low-income, first-generation high school students who are college bound but don’t have the necessary financial resources or family background to help them take that next step.
I have done everything from participating in the program during high school to volunteering for the summer program hosted at Chico State and tutoring during the school year to serving as president of the Upward Bound Alumni Association.
As a new participant of the program, I never really realized how much hard work and effort it took to apply to college. I also never realized that I was preparing for college years before I would actually start thinking about applying. The tutoring, summer program classes, and advising that I received were all necessary for me to stay on the path to college. I would have had no clue about how to deal with applications and requirements if it weren’t for the help of Upward Bound.
As a participant of the program, I also started to make a lot of friends. And those Upward Bound friends started to become family. One of the greatest Upward Bound catchphrases is, “Once a UB’er, always a UB’er.” I run into UB friends I haven’t seen for years, and we greet each other like we had never said goodbye.
I also spent time as a residential advisor for the summer program. The position requires rigorous courses during the spring semester and then six weeks of living in the dorms with the students. In those six weeks, the students take classes and have jobs on or around campus during the day. In the evenings, they study at the dorms.
This was a great experience because I had a chance to make such a great difference in student lives. Participants have told me that they look up to me as a big brother because of the help I have given them not only in school, but also in their lives in general. I was up late at night answering questions are about college and how I had to go through obstacles myself growing up. I shared the experience of growing up with parents that understood only Spanish, being part of a low-income family, and other challenges that I had to overcome growing up.
Most of the students also come from tough backgrounds, and I tell them that if I made it this far, they can go much further. Giving each other feedback and support is the main reason we consider Upward Bound a family. So you could say I have a lot of siblings in the program—in addition my biological brother and sister!
I never realized that making a positive impact in young people’s lives could be so rewarding. I always tell the members of the program that they should give back to the program in whatever way they possibly can because of the many great things that the program gave to us as we were growing up. They are things that I can use in the future and I will never regret spending my time on. This is truly the greatest reward of being part of the Upward Bound family.