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’Cat Tales: Ending With Gold

The flame logo emblem is seen in stain glass on Kendall Hall
Jason Halley/University Photogra

The flame logo emblem is seen in stain glass on Kendall Hall on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Students Dominate Statewide Research Competition

Ten Chico State students competed in the 28th annual CSU Student Research Competition, taking home three first-place prizes. More than 220 students from around the state gathered at Cal State East Bay for the competition.researchComp

Each of the first-place students took home $500. They are

  • Mitchel Davidovitz, a senior studying music/recording arts: “Window of Normalization:  A Musical and Photographic Exposition Created Solely with Sounds and Images Captured from Live Television”
  • Audrey Denney, MS Agricultural  Education: “Perceptions of Agricultural Sustainability Held by California Secondary Agriculture Teachers”
  • Katherine Moore, BS Agriculture: Animal Science: “Effects of Brewer’s Yeast on Growth, Feed Efficiency, and Carcass Traits of Angus-Influence Steers”

Davidovitz’s project was a visual piece was created in a curatorial and documentary style. Of the more than 6,500 exposures taken of actual television screens with a digital camera, 397 were selected and organized into 12 grids of various themes.

His project is free to download here.

Seven other students’ proposals were also showcased:

  • Bryan Ervin, MS Biology: “Investigating Hot Springs Fungi for Applications to Biofuel Production”
  • Masaki Hamada, MS Environmental Science: “Critical Evaluation of the Cross-Correlation Algorithm Using Synthetic Backscatter Images and Synthetic Wind Velocity Fields”
  • Chaz Kelley, MA Communication Studies: “Storm Censors”
  • Katlyn Perugini, BA Political Science: “Rethinking the Causes of Routine Gun Violence”
  • Lindsey Rein, MS Psychological Science: “’What’s on Your Mind?’ A Review of Facebook, Extraversion, Narcissism, Loneliness, Empathy, Internet Addiction, and Self-Disclosure”
  • Martin Salgado, MA English/Creative Writing: “Mexican-American Dreams”
  • Catherine Yasuda, MS Biological Sciences: “Assessment of Non-Invasive Technique to Identify Individual Lizards”

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That’s a Wrap

As finals come to a much-anticipated end, athletes are wrapping up their seasons.

trackfieldFourteen men and women will go on to compete in the NCAA Track & Field Championships on May 22-24 in Allendale, Mich. J Patrick Smith will be going for a third consecutive decathlon national title. Other Wildcats heading to Michigan include Olivia WattAyla GranadosKasey BarnettMichael SouzaBarron MaizlandAlex McGuirkIsaac ChavezAja ErskineAmilia SantosAshley Jones, John Brunk, and Teddy Elsenbaumer.

The men’s golf team will advance for the sixth time in 12 years to NCAA finals. The men were ranked fourth when entering the regional tournament, where they placed second. They will compete for a national title May 19-23 in Allendale, Mich.

The softball team finished the season 24-26, coming up just short of making it to the postseason and placing sixth in the California Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA).

Shortstop Emily McEnaney and center-fielder Alli Cook received All-CCAA awards as the cherry on top of their personal best seasons yet.

This was also one of the best seasons in women’s golf history. The team was ranked top 20 nationally and went to NCAA regional tournament for the first time in five years.

Graduating senior Sarah McComish of the women’s golf team is proud of her team for having a record-breaking year.

“As a senior, I couldn’t have seen it any other way, even though our postseason didn’t turn out to be what we wanted,” she said.

The baseball team won the first round of the NCAA tournament yesterday, Thursday, May 15, against Dixie State thanks to a clutch home run by outfielder Danny Miller. The baseball team will play California Baptist tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on AM-1290 KPAY and online at

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Ask Abby…or the Alums

We asked our followers what advice they would give to soon-to-be graduates. Here are a few standouts. Take notes!