INSIDE Chico State
0 October 25, 2001
Volume 32 Number 4
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico




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Physics Students Present 14th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Drop

The California State University, Chico chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) will hold its 14th annual pumpkin drop on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at noon on the south side of the Butte Hall roof.

The pumpkin drop will be a reenactment of Galileo Galilei’s historical experiment to prove his Law of Falling Bodies, which states, “All objects, regardless of their masses, fall toward the earth at the same rate.”

Although it is uncertain whether this experiment was ever actually performed, legend has it that Galileo dropped a large ball and a small ball from the Tower of Pisa in hopes they would both hit the ground at the same time—and they did. In the spirit of Halloween, the SPS will simulate this experiment, and others, with pumpkins.

To prove this theory, SPS chapter member David At-kinson will play Galileo, and Cory Poole, vice president for programs, will dress as Aristotle, who would have been a skeptic had he been alive to see the experiment. The pumpkins will be dropped in time to the cannon blasts of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Chico’s SPS has won 12 Outstanding Chapter awards from the national organization for its efforts in bringing science to the public in fun and exciting ways. David Kagan, Department of Physics chair, said, “Our department boasts an extremely active chapter of the SPS. They offer tutoring for physics students, provide prizes and judges for local science fairs, and are famous for their large-scale public demonstrations of physics. The annual reenactment of Galileo’s Tower of Pisa experiment is viewed by hundreds of local schoolchildren.”}

Fall Application Day to Be Held on Nov. 10

The Office of Admissions will host the Fall Application Day and Open House on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 am to 3 pm.

The Open House offers future and undergraduate students and their families an opportunity to tour the campus and experience Chico’s college town environment.

Activities include a welcome message from President Manuel A. Esteban, tours of the residence halls, an information fair, and presentations from the Financial Aid Office and other student support services.

Prospective students may turn in their applications for fall 2002 enrollment between 9 am and 3 pm at the BMU Auditorium. All first-time applicants should bring a copy of their ACT or SAT-1 test scores, if available.

For additional information, contact Wendy Needels at x4661.

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