December 6, 2012Vol. 43, Issue 3

Blinded by Science: The Allure of the Technological Fix After Hurricane Sandy

By Nik Janos, Sociology

Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented flooding in Lower Manhattan and coastal New Jersey, as a larger-than-expected tidal surge washed over the area. In the aftermath, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) said that we will need to address the challenges of climate change and rising sea levels in part by building levees and structural storm protection systems.

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The Big Lebowski and Philosophy

Is The Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie's hidden philosophical layers, cultural reflection, and political commentary. Contributors Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, and Robert Jones, Philosophy, discuss how they came to write their chapter, “‘That Ain’t Legal, Either’: Rules, Virtue, and Authenticity,” and then present a summary.

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From the President's Desk

Photo of Paul Zingg

More Than a Fee

In the previous issue of Inside Chico State, I discussed the value of bringing more international students to our campus. Now, having completed a whirlwind trip to China, Korea, and Japan—visiting 14 institutions in nine days—to strengthen partnerships and understandings we currently have with universities there and to establish new ones, I am convinced more than ever of how attractive the University is to students from other countries.

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Faculty Profile

Marian & Dick Baldy

Dick and Marian Baldy’s Immeasurable Contributions to the College of Agriculture

Dick and Marian Baldy were inducted into the College of Agriculture Hall of Honor in October.

Dick and Marian Baldy met at UC Davis in 1965 and were married four months later. Dick asked Marian to marry him on their second date. “This was quite uncharacteristic of me,” said Baldy, usually deliberate about making decisions.

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Undergrads Abroad

An interior design created by a Chico State student.

International Success: From Chico to China

Competing against professional designers at one of China's largest interior design companies with your design for a senior center in Shanghai? Being asked to design the dining room for the new Shanghai Tower? These projects could overwhelm even a seasoned design professional, but Chico State interior design undergrads are handling them with aplomb while interning with Gold Mantis Corporation, based in Suzhou.

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Gateway Science Musem

Gold Fever: Students Create Hands-On Exhibits for Gateway

Rachel Teasdale, former interim director of the Gateway Science Museum and current professor of geological and environmental sciences, knew that this fall’s exhibit, Gold Fever! Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush, was not going to have a lot of hands-on activities.

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