INSIDE Chico State
0 Febraury 13, 2003
Volume 33 Number 10
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico






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Trinkets for Your Valentine

Need a last-minute Valentine? Check out the Valentine’s Day Faire tomorrow, Feb. 14, from 8 am to 4 pm in the Bell Memorial Union mall. Choose from African arts and crafts, silver jewelry, incense and body oils, pet scarves, and batik sarongs. It is not a good thing to forget Valentine’s Day.

High Price Tag for Tags

Not only is graffiti increasing, it is becoming more damaging. Recent taggers have used hydrofluoric acid, according to Don Osborne, painting supervisor, Facility Management and Services. The acid, used for artistic and commercial glass etching, causes permanent damage; the cost of replacing a glass door is about $300. Osborne, who has been monitoring graffiti on campus for about 15 years, said he spends about 10 hours a week checking for graffiti, photographing and documenting evidence, and then removing what he finds. He is often notified about damage first thing in the morning by the grounds and custodial staffs; he tries to have the graffiti removed before 8 am. The “51-50” tag splashed about campus, including on the northwest glass doors of Kendall Hall, is the police code for “mental/emotional.” Go figure.

Earn a Degree While Wearing Pajamas

More students are logging on to online courses, which means two things. First, a lot of people who live far from campus are able to take classes, and second, there are probably a lot of students out there sipping coffee in their pajamas while they learn. According to Jeff Layne, program director, Regional and Continuing Education, more than 900 students are enrolled in about 45 different classes online this semester. This represents an approximate 15 percent increase in enrollment over fall 2002. Guess this Internet thing is catching on.

Cross-Country Finishes in Top Three Nationally

The temperature hovered at 35 degrees and the runners left tracks in the snow, but the Wildcats did not let harsh conditions deter them at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Ashland, Ohio, in November. Both the men’s and women’s teams earned fifth-place finishes. It was the women’s team’s first ever top-five finish and the men’s best finish since 1969. The men have finished in the top 10 nationally for four consecutive years. The combined efforts of both squads resulted in CSU, Chico being named one of the top three Division II cross-country programs in the nation for the 2002 season.
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