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‘Cat Tales: Valentine’s Day Edition!

By Jeff Barron, social media and photography intern

If you’re connected to Chico State on Facebook (and even if you’re not), there’s a good chance you’ve already seen our Valentine’s Day video. Viewed by more than 80,000 times in less than a week, the response has been incredible, and your feedback so positive. It shows how Wildcats embrace the idea that love can be shared by everyone, whether it’s romantic love, friendship, or simply a love for life.

In case you missed it:

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A Day in the Life of a Wildcat

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Here’s a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of three Chico State students. Sara McGuire is a junior communication studies major with a minor in nutrition and food sciences. Senior Ryan Clare is studying environmental science with a concentration in atmosphere and climate studies, and is a member of the award-winning speech and debate team. Emily Duran is a senior on the volleyball team who is studying journalism with a minor in Spanish.

Modeling the Mystery of the Earth’s Movements

By Kacey Gardner, Editorial Assistant

brownellUnderstanding the shape and behavior of our planet is an absolutely classic problem, says Kyle Rocha-Brownell, a double major in physics and computer science.

In fact, says senior Rocha-Brownell, “It’s one of the oldest scientific questions on record.”

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The WREC: No Experience Required

If you can play, you can play at The WREC! At 130,000 square feet, Chico State’s Wildcat Recreation Center has everything you need to get fit and have fun doing it, including a welcoming attitude. ALL students, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, orientation, language, size, or ability are encouraged to use and enjoy the facilities. Hear it from The WREC community themselves: we want you here!


By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Here’s a peek into my experience so far as an intern at The Sacramento Bee. I’ve been afforded countless opportunities to learn and have fun, from shadowing Pulitzer Prize winner Denny Walsh to playing on The Bee’s softball team, The Slugs. (Check out my slide in the video!)

I will return to Chico State in the fall as a senior journalism major.

Here are a few stories I’ve done so far:

17 and solo, she set out to hike the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

Here’s a column the executive editor, Joyce Terhaar, wrote about the future of journalism from the perspective of The Bee’s summer interns.

Title photo by Hector Amezcua
Chico State group photos by Andrew Seng

Sustainable Eats: A Recipe for Success

By Kacey Gardner, Editorial Assistant 

When student Grace Kerfoot became the AS Sustainability student dining coordinator last fall, she was immediately off and running on bringing more dining choices to Chico State.

Grace Kerfoot
Nutrition and food science major Grace Kerfoot, who serves as the AS Sustainability Dining Coordinator

A nutrition and food science major, Kerfoot was actively involved in events like Food Day and organizations like the national student group Real Food Challenge that celebrate and advocate for foods that are healthy, local, and green.

She had also already signed, along with many others, the “Real Food for CSUs” petition calling for the CSU system to set policy regarding sustainable food spending. But she knew that, in her new position, she could do more.

“Chico State is a small school with a unique food service operation and a drive for sustainability,” Kerfoot said. “This combination, linked with the fact that we live in California and are surrounded by some of the best produce year-round, is a recipe for success.”

Kerfoot forged ahead, tracking the success of current initiatives; promoting the local, organic, and fair-trade food products already being sold at campus convenience stores, cafes, and Sutter Dining; networking with sustainable vendors; and providing educational resources to the campus community on better food choices.

The myriad efforts by Kerfoot and AS Dining administrators throughout the past year resulted in a Best Practice Award in Sustainable Food Service this spring, around the same time the CSU Board of Trustees approved a long-awaited sustainable food policy that will govern the more than $100 million spent on food across the 23-campus system. Under the new policy, each campus will have until 2020 to ensure that at least 20 percent of all food spending goes to farms and food businesses that meet Real Food Challenge guidelines.

At Chico State, this will mean formally committing to the Real Food Challenge Commitment and figuring out exactly how far the University is from that 20 percent mark. AS Dining is already using the Real Food Calculator to track how much of its food is “real” and is well on its way toward the goal, said Eli Goodsell, who coordinates AS Sustainability efforts overall.

Elisabeth Quick and Kim Tracy assist Paula Woods and Charles Barnes (left to right) at the Organic Vegetable Project (OVP) weekly market, which includes squash, tomatoes, lettuce mix, and herbs, across from the library near the Student Services Center.
Elisabeth Quick and Kim Tracy assist Paula Woods and Charles Barnes at the Organic Vegetable Project (OVP) weekly market, which includes squash, tomatoes, lettuce mix, and herbs, across from the library near the Student Services Center.

“We’re not at 20 percent, but we are doing a good job,” he says. “Our administrators in AS Dining are extremely committed to this process. We would have gotten there anyway.”

Examples of AS Dining’s current offerings that meet the Real Food criteria include the Marketplace Café’s weekly Local Lunch; organic beverages such as GT Kombucha and Guayaki tea; local, fair trade coffee; and veggies from the Organic Vegetable Project.

“Food is one of the largest overarching sustainability themes because everybody uses it, every day,” Goodsell said. “Eating local, organic, fair trade food is always better for our bodies, but it’s also better from an environmental and economic perspective.”

Kerfoot added, “At Chico State, people are making goals and seeing them through. For a long time, food was not really on the radar with sustainability, and now it’s taking center stage.”

10 Reasons to #ChooseChico

On the fence about making one of the biggest decisions for the next chapter of your life? You’ve probably taken the tours and seen the brochures that talk about our exceptional academic programs, and of course we are slightly biased, but we’ll see if we can sway you with a list of 10 more reasons you should #ChooseChico!

1. Best bang for your buck.

YES Chico State has been named a top-10 public university in the West by U.S. News since 1998, when the magazine started its ranking. We have also made Forbes magazine’s “best bang for your buck” list.

2. Chico may be prettier than your hometown.


We’re not kidding. Chico State has nine beautiful bridges on campus over Big Chico Creek. The same creek that runs through Bidwell Park (No. 5) also runs through campus. Chico State is the only California State University with a creek coursing through campus.

3. You don’t go unnoticed.

tumblr_lfgs5qywbw1qgxm4ao1_500 There is roughly one professor for every 22 students on campus. To put this in perspective, 64 percent of courses last year had less than 30 students in a single class. Students get to know their professors well and have a more hands-on learning experience — and professors always notice if you’re not in class.

4. We log more volunteer hours than you’ve been in high school.


Volunteering is more than just lending a hand. It’s giving back to a community that students feel a part of. Students logged 40,360 hours of community service during the 2012-13 school year – the equivalent of four and a half years.

5. Our backyard.

LIONKING2 Bidwell Park is the third largest municipal park in California and one of the 25 biggest in the nation. And it just might be the No. 1 most beautiful. Think of it as a Central Park a hop and a skip away from campus. Lower Park is greener and more urban, with One Mile, a popular community swimming hole. Upper Park has more wild space, with hiking/biking trails, Bear Hole (another swimming destination), and Monkey Face (a rock formation that’s great for climbing).

6. Not your average gym.

WorkingOutCat The Wildcat Recreation Center is equipped with a suspended indoor track, a climbing wall, three basketball courts, a multi-purpose court, a pool and hot tub, latest cardio and weight-lifting equipment, and group exercise rooms that feature tons of free classes.

7. Our scenery is cinematic.

TheAdventuresOfRobinHood Classic Hollywood movies like Gone With the Wind, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Red Badge of Courage filmed in Chico.

8. Don’t fret, you can be out in four (or two).

tumblr_muyq7n15Ze1rtbloio1_500 Chico State is one of the top schools in the CSU in graduation rate. And we plan to be number one!  Our new Aim 4 Four and Take 2 programs emphasize that graduating in four years for first-time freshmen and two years for transfer students are totally reachable goals.

9. ‘Cats clean up in the classroom as well as on the court, field, course and diamond.

wildcat You get the gist. Forty-seven student athletes received California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic awards last year. Oh yeah, this was all while competing as one of the top Division II athletic programs in the nation. Eight teams competed for national titles last year. It was also our third consecutive year claiming the CCAA Commissioner’s Cup.

10. It’s not easy being green — actually, it is.

tumblr_mb6vsaRrNP1rhubw5o1_500 Chico State hosts the largest student-run sustainability conference in North America. This Way to Sustainability brings together, students, faculty, administrators, and public officials to explore ways toward a sustainable future. Students’ passion for sustainability is also visible through the work done by Associated Students Recycling, which collects 600,000 pounds of recyclables each year with the goal of being zero waste by 2015.

BONUS: Wildcats in the house!

Wildcats dancingYou get to say that you were a Wildcat along with Troy Bolton and Sharpay Evans of High School Musical. The community feeling on campus is a reminder that “We Are All in This Together.”

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