Chico State

Chico State Students Smash Pumpkins For Science

Oct 30, 2015
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There may be a pumpkin shortage, but in the name of science, a few were smashed Friday afternoon at Chico State's annual Pumpkin Drop.

A re-enactment of Galileo Galilei’s Tower of Pisa experiment, the event, put on by the university's Society of Physics Students (SPS), is attended each October by dozens of area schoolchildren. 

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Chico State alumnus and artist John Pugh began work Monday on recreating his mural "Academe" on the east side of the university's new Arts and Humanities Building.

His original 1981 work was taken down in the demolition of the old arts and humanities building, Taylor Hall. Pieces of the well-loved original were sold to campus community members. Most of the work on the new mural is expected to be completed this week, according to an email from the university.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has upped the reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution related to an unsolved Butte County homicide.

It was only through DNA evidence that authorities positively identified 25-year-old Marc Anthony Cyril Thompson. Thompson’s body was discovered in a burnt vehicle in a pullout along Oroville-Quincy Highway east of Berry Creek last Sept. 3. The car fire was declared arson. Authorities with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office declined to reveal if Thompson was already dead when the fire was set.

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Faculty, staff and a sprinkling of administrators and students packed a large hall on the Chico State campus Thursday afternoon as damning results from a university-wide survey continue reverberating.

The survey found widespread dissatisfaction about decision-making, support for research and salaries. Wide majorities of faculty and staff said their recommendations were often ignored or overruled. Several survey respondents said burdensome fees have forced clubs and events off campus or into oblivion.

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Results of a university-wide survey show severe morale problems and widespread distrust of administrators at Chico State.

Courtesy of Jason Halley / CSU, Chico

Chico State President Dr. Paul Zingg announced that he will retire at the end of the academic year.

The announcement came Thursday afternoon during a convocation attended by about 500 people marking the start of the fall semester.

Zingg has led Chico State since 2004. He was on leave for much of last semester after undergoing heart surgery. Zingg received a PhD in history in 1974 from the University of Georgia and has written extensively on the history of golf, baseball and other sports. He is 68.

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It’s 11 a.m. on a Monday. A time when most of the 50 school food service employees sitting in this room would be getting ready to serve or already be serving school lunch. But today, they’re having a much more relaxed lunch period. They’re working on a sort of food art project that involves spreading cream cheese on a Graham Cracker, then making a face out of it using cut up pieces of vegetables and fruit. 

Chico State President Paul Zingg will be returning to work this week, according to an email from the university’s Department of Public Affairs and Publications. He spent the last several months recovering from heart surgery in March. CSU Chancellor Timothy White said in a statement that he was pleased that President Zingg is returning to work and thanked acting President Rollin Richmond for his leadership during the absence.  

Chico State Names New Police Chief

Jun 12, 2015

John Feeney has been named chief of Chico State University Police.

Feeney comes from the San Francisco Police Department, where he’s served for more than 29 years. He is currently the commanding officer of the SFPD division at the San Francisco International Airport.

Feeney has more than 29 years of experience. He’ll begin his duties in Chico on July 1.  

Chico State Class Of 2015 Celebrates

May 18, 2015
Courtesy of Jason Halley / CSU, Chico

Chico State held its 125th Commencement this weekend, with about 3,130 undergraduate and 300 graduate students taking part in the ceremonies, according to a press release from the university. Graduates and their families descended upon downtown Chico to celebrate and many took to Twitter to share the experience — here's a small sampling of those posts.