CSU, Chico News

Student Group Hosts Event to Spur Community Change

Date: 05-08-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s student organization SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) is hosting an event Friday, May 10, following up on community meetings held earlier this year to combat alcohol and drug abuse.

The Community Festival for Change! will take place Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in Chico’s Downtown Plaza.

Activities will include music, food, informational tables, guest speakers and prizes for attendees.

Chico Mayor Mary Goloff and CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg are planning to attend.

At 5 p.m. at the event, 44 CSU, Chico and Butte College students who have completed an alcohol abuse awareness and prevention training will receive certificates and red watches, which tab them as members of the Red Watch Band Team. Members of the team learn how to provide information to community members about toxic drinking and promote a student culture of responsibility and respect.

SAVE Vice President Taylor Herren said 200 to 250 college and high school students, business owners and community members are expected to attend the festival.

She said speakers will discuss future plans for the community, recap events of the past academic year, and memorialize lives of community members that have been lost.

CSU, Chico hosted a Community Action Summit Feb. 22 for approximately 400 participants and a Campus Commitment to Action Summit March 12 that attracted approximately 300 students.