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’Cat Tales: Maintaining a Legacy

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Leaving an Arboreal Legacy

On a cold and damp Friday morning, students dug five holes at the corner of Third and Chestnut street to plant trees in honor of Arbor Day.ArborTreePlanting3

The Interfraternity Council teamed up with the campus Institute for Sustainable Development to do something special for the last day of Earth Week, and that was to receive Tree Campus USA Designation.

Surprisingly, Chico State was not yet recognized. The criteria are establishing a committee, a campus tree-care plan, a program with dedicated annual expenditures, Arbor Day observance, and a service-learning project.

Last week’s Arbor Day observance was one of the last items to cross of the list.

Each fraternity chapter took part in buying trees and did the work of planting them.

“Once you finish it and you actually take a step back and look at it after hours of work, it’s really satisfying,” said senior mechanical engineering major Geoffrey Leeds.

Josh Berglund, a senior sociology major, was one of the leaders in organizing the tree-planting along with Fletcher Alexander, the campus sustainability coordinator.

“I’ve been amazingly impressed with how many people showed up and how quickly we got it done,” Alexander said. “We were expecting to be done around 5, and we’re done at noon.”

Luckily, they finished early and narrowly missed the rain and hail later that afternoon.

Berglund looks forward to returning with his future children and seeing the trees.

“Coming back here in like 20-30 years and saying, ‘No big deal, but I planted those,'” he said.

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Students Bring Home Coveted Awards From Sales Competition

The Chico State sales team took first place at the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition—for the fourth year in a row.

After months of preparation, including meeting for hours each day in the month leading up to the late-April competition, Chico State beat out University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor University, and Arizona State University, to name a few.

The team included Morgan Ardito, Alyvia Berryhill, Jennifer Bosse, and Jaypinderpal Virdee. They were led by the director of the professional sales program, Tim Heinze, and professor Bill McGowan.

“We owe the world to Tim and Bill for everything they’ve done for us and this program,” said Virdee, a senior organizational communications major and minor in marketing.

The students are judged on their role-playing, ability to come up with sales solutions, and overall presentation.

“You have to be very critical, very strategic, and very articulate,” Virdee said. “During the competition, I reminded myself to have fun, because it’s just role-play.”

Virdee said that the team just wanted to represent Chico State and continue the streak.

“I think this is one of the proud moments for the College of Business, the sales program—you really get to show the elite school Chico State really is,” Virdee said.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 48-Hour Film Festival

How hard could it be to film a disaster movie with a party hat? It would lead to an interesting plot, but it sounds doable. At least, until you realize it has to be done in two days.

Last week, students split into teams and drew the random genres and props out of a hat. These would shape each team’s project. They then had 48 hours to write, film, and edit a short film. Here’s a behind-the-scenes looks at my team’s experience, which consisted of Jeff Barron, Cammi Carter, Zach Rotter, and Corryn Fleming.


4 p.m. — The genres and props are given. The clock starts.

4:30 p.m. — I walk in late to find out that my group was given a party hat and is supposed to make a disaster film. Great.

5:30 p.m. — We meet at my house to start spitballing ideas and write a script.

7:30 p.m. — We’ve gotten nowhere. Let’s eat instead.


2:04 p.m. — We’ve moved our spitballing idea party to Tehama Hall. Our ideas range from an evil party hat causing natural disasters to a sacred party hat retrieved from an Aztec temple. The hard part about acting on these ideas is creating these special effects in less than 48 hours. But we did have a 30-minute discussion on how we could possibly create a pyramid in Chico.

3:29 p.m. — We start to make a list of our top pet peeves, or as we referred to them, our “personal disasters.”

4 p.m. — Who needs a script? We’ll just improv, but at least we’re filming. We’re starting to feel agitated and fatigued. Nothing coffee can’t solve!

4:27 p.m. — We start to have our own personal disasters including broken tripods, full SD cards, and cranky actors.

5 p.m. — I am referred to as “towel-less scum.” Good thing I’m not on camera, because I can’t stop laughing. Then a loaf of bread is thrown at my face. I’m starting to wonder if I’m being picked on.

5:30 p.m. — In-n-Out break.


2:30 p.m. — “Hey Jeff, did we film an ending?”

2:40 p.m. — I rush to film Ben Mullin, a student we convinced to do a cameo, as he is… well… you’ll have to watch the video.

3:30 p.m. — It’s crunch time. Jeff is doing quick edits, and I have convinced myself that there is no way we would have this exported and uploaded to YouTube in time.

3:57 p.m. — And again I am convinced: Jeff is a magician. Uploaded to YouTube! Time to grab a bite to eat.

Check back next week to see the winning video.

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.