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Ernesto Rivera

Ernesto Rivera

Ernesto was a student editorial assistant for CSU, Chico's public affairs department from January 2015 to May 2016. He previously served as the editor in chief of The Orion, Chico State's student-run newspaper. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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Alum Turns Pixar ‘Inside Out’

Chico State grad Jimmy Lillard put his talents to work on Pixar's Oscar-winning "Inside Out" and the upcoming "Finding Dory."

Choosing The Chico Experience

Each year, in preparation for Choose Chico! Day, we ask Wildcats to tell us why they chose Chico State to help the next generation make their decision.

Willie the Wildcat and Jarquin during the Big "C" Welcome in 2015.

5 Minutes with the Associated Students President

Why did AS President Deanna Jarquin choose Chico State? "I learned there are many avenues to get involved with changing the world at Chico," she said.

9 Questions You’re Asking About Us on Google (With Answers)

Everyone knows what happens when you start typing a question into Google. You start with one of the Five Ws (who, what, where, etc.), maybe a “how,” and from there Google fills out the rest with real-time suggestions for the world’s most popular questions. But, what happens when you add “Chico State” to the mix? Here are […]

Spring Semester Begins at Chico State

Many students, staff, and faculty couldn't contain their excitement about the next chapter of their Chico Experience, so they shared it across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. What has you excited about the start of the new semester? Let us know using the hashtag #chicostate.

Five Minutes with a Chico State Tour Guide

Sarah Wood, a junior social science major, talks about her experiences as a tour guide, her favorite spots on campus, and why she chose Chico State.

Chico State Social Media 2015 Year in Review

A look at Chico State's top moments across social media.

Chico State: Then and Now

This revealing rephotographic series takes a look back at Chico State's past in comparison to the present.

Chico Performances Presents Sleeping Beauty

More than 70 dancers grace the stage of this year’s Chico Community Ballet’s adaptation of the magical fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The ballet features the classic story of curses, fairies, and fantasy danced to Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. The ballet runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 6 at Laxson Auditorium. For tickets, visit the Chico Performances website.

Military Kids Get the Camp Life

A Chico State program is giving new meaning to the term “base camp.” For years, Chico State Camp Adventure has been sending students to military bases in more than 20 countries all over the world to work directly with children and youth. The program’s main mission is to provide summer programs for military children, an […]

Muralist Returns to Recreate Campus Landmark

Artist and alum John Pugh is reinstalling his iconic 1981 mural "Academe" on the east wall of the new arts and humanities building.

Students Smash Pumpkins for Science

  [sliderpro id=”1″] Community members gathered Friday to see pumpkins fly off a top floor of Butte Hall and smash into the ground as part of the 28th annual pumpkin drop put on by California State University, Chico’s Society of Physics Students. The event is a theatrical reenactment of Galileo Galilei’s legendary Tower of Pisa […]

The Ghost of Laxson Auditorium

Dan Goodsell and Daran Goodsell tell the story of their encounter with the Laxson Auditorium ghost.

Exploring the Chico Experience Week

For the past five years, hundreds of students, families, alumni, and friends have come together to celebrate what makes the city of Chico, the University and the community so special to so many. While this past weekend featured classic Experience Week events like the Family Weekend BBQ and the Young Alumni Mixer, there is still plenty of experience […]

Get Foxy Performs in AS Productions’ Nooners

AS Productions' Nooners is a free, weekly live music series on the Chico State campus.

Bike theft prevention tips

Keeping your bike safe from theft is an important part of biking at Chico State. Here are a few ways to help secure your bicycle on campus.

Recruiting ‘Dave’s Kids’

Ten years ago, journalism professor Dave Waddell decided to do something about the lack of diversity in his department.

Infographic: Campus Conservation Saves Millions of Gallons of Water

With state-mandated reductions, the University is doing its part to be good neighbors and good stewards of water during California's drought.