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’Cat Tales: Bass Club Reels in Big One, “Wondo” Scores and How To Bucket List

By Quinn Western, Chico State social media intern

Bass Fishing Team Reels in Big One

The Bass Fishing Club meets on Lake Oroville to bond and hone their skills in preparation for the big catch—reeling in big fish and big bucks in competition. The club took home second and twelfth place this past weekend at FLW College Fishing Western Conference tournament on Lake Havasu in Arizona. Kevin Chen and Koulton Westbrook, who placed second, had five bass at 9 pounds 4 ounces and won $1,000. Andrew Loberg and Michael Braswell, who placed 12th, had one at 1 pound, 4 ounces.

Jeff Karnthong, a junior project management major, joined the club his freshman year.

“That was part of the reason I chose Chico State, because they have bass fishing,” he said.

Not just a bass fishing team, but one with the most FLW bass fishing tournament top-five finishes.

Now the Chen/Westbrook and Loberg/Braswell teams will go on to compete in the FLW College Fishing Western Invitation on Clear Lake in Lakeport, Calif.

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Wondo Continues to Secure FIFA Spot

Chico State alum Chris Wondolowski (affectionately called “Wondo” by fans) scored both U.S. goals to defeat South Korea 2-0 on Saturday. Wondolowski, a striker for the San Jose Earthquakes, is on the U.S. men’s national team and is shooting to play for the team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This makes seven goals scored in the eight games Wondolowski has played in with the U.S. national team.

“Thanks to all the fans today 4 such a special environment. Loved to cap off this month long camp with a W,” tweeted Wondolowski after the victory.

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Make That List and Check It Twice

It’s true that the last semester always goes the quickest. Jumping in a pile of leaves, eating seven dinner servings at Sutter Dining, and taking naps in Meriam Library will always be a part of your college memories. But now it’s crunch time. Just a few months left to do all of the things you said you would do the first day you arrived in this tree-filled town.

Here’s to the graduating students scrambling these next 13 weeks to finish up that bucket list. Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:

-Hike up to Monkey Face in Upper Bidwell Park
-Tour the Bidwell Mansion
-Do the free tour at the Sierra Nevada brewery
-Survive Inferno hot wings at Bella’s
-Hike to Feather Falls
-Climb Table Mountain
-Participate in Undie Run (it’s for a good cause)
-Play trivia at Woodstock’s (bring it on, Big Yellow Sweater!)
-See a show at Monstros Pizza
-Live through a week of playing Humans vs. Zombies
-Join Burger Club at Madison Bear Garden
-Send a Chico postcard… somewhere
-Enjoy the following at Thursday night and Saturday morning farmers markets:
     -Pies from The Sweet Cottage
     -Homemade tamales
     -Kinder’s stuffed baked potato

Meet Some of Chico State’s Amazing New Graduates

damario-sims-thumbBasketball star Damario Sims has left an indelible mark on Chico State athletics history over the past four years. But beyond the buzzer-beating shots is his most defining aspect: the obligation he feels to be a role model for young people from his hometown of West Oakland. Read More

ariel-ellis-thumbIf there’s one thing Ariel Ellis wants those who feel depressed to know, it’s that they’re not alone. In fact, the graduating psychology major has dedicated most of her four years at Chico State to spreading that message and other facts about mental health.  Read More

mmartinez Spending time with Melissa Martinez today, you’d never guess that she was once a college dropout. After excelling in high school, Martinez enrolled in Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with the best of intentions, but found the transition to college life at 17 challenging. Martinez graduates on May 25 with a degree in biological sciences (cellular and molecular) and a minor in biochemistry. Read More

asherrodIf the start of Adrian Sherrod’s high school career was an indication of the rest of his life, his future would likely look different now. After spending most of his young life in Mexico, his mother moved the family back to San Diego County for a fresh start, and the transition to the States was a rough one. That all changed when he was introduced to running track and cross country. Read More 

nwalkerA few months before Nicole Walker started her freshman year at CSU, Chico, her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Being too far away from her San Luis Obispo hometown to visit often, Walker decided to support her mom in a different way—by getting involved with the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Northern California. Read More

ian ruddellWhen Ian Ruddell came to CSU, Chico as a freshman, he was prepared to make change. The organizer of the first gay-straight alliance at Atascadero High was already a seasoned activist, used to making things happen. But he may not have anticipated that he would leave such an indelible stamp on both the University and the CSU—changing the way CSU, Chico supports LGBTQ students and voting on issues that directly impact the CSU’s 437,000 students. Read More

tim-sain-thumbUntil he was 25, Tim Sain did exactly what he says was expected of men in his family: He got into drugs, he dropped out of high school, he became an absentee father, he went to jail. He lost his house, his car, his job, his wife, and nearly, his three children. And then Sain did the unexpected. He decided to change everything. Read More


Greg Wells, who uses a wheelchair, was paralyzed at the age of 15 in a high school wrestling accident and also has a documented learning disability. These challenges, he says, make everything a little bit harder, but by staying true to his mantras of “keep going” and “never give up,” he has overcome them in a way that’s impressive by any standard. Read More

Dee ThaoGraduating communication design major Dee Thao is promoting social change through a highly social medium: film. Thao, recipient of the College of Communication and Education’s 2013 Outstanding Student Leader Award, recently premiered a 24-minute film she created that documents her family’s journey as refugees from Thailand when she was 5. Read More

Michael Bluing

Michael Bluing came to Chico as a freshman, sight unseen, on the recommendation of high school teachers who were Chico State alums. “I heard their stories; I saw the brochure, saw all the trees, and thought ‘Hey, I like trees,’” he said, laughing. Bluing is especially passionate about integrating diversity awareness into the learning process. Read More

Swan TomaFew understand or embody the meaning of service work and leadership quite like graduating political science major Swan Toma. Born in Iraq under the regime of Saddam Hussein, Toma and his family, along with others, faced the threat of persecution in 1997 related to his father’s work with Western countries. Evacuating as refugees to camps in Turkey and Guam, the family eventually immigrated to the United States through the sponsorship of an uncle in San Diego County when he was just 6. Read More