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Chico Unplugged presents the creative heart of the community

Chico Unplugged presents the creative heart of the community

Abram Melendez

October 8, 2019

The Chico Unplugged contest began at Madison Bear Garden on Thursday. This Chico State School of the Arts event is an American Idol-style competition in which contestants play two songs. After everyone is finished, the judges decide who wins and places in the competition.This was the first round of ...

Taking out the trash at Bidwell Park

Taking out the trash at Bidwell Park

Ricardo Tovar

September 22, 2019

A dump-truck full of trash and several bins full of recyclable items were picked up and sorted Saturday at Hooker Oak Park. The park was a meeting ground for the community of Chico. A wide range of volunteers including students and families all freed their days to make sure Bidwell stayed clean. The 32nd ...

Amateur artists showcase at local restaurant

Amateur artists showcase at local restaurant

Josh Cozine

February 10, 2018

Local music artists and songwriters performed in a competition at Madison Bear Garden Thursday night.Chico Unplugged, hosted by student-run School of the Arts (SOTA) productions, kicked off on the upstairs dance floor of the restaurant. This room was transformed into a musical stage and filled up with c...

Musicians crank up the volume at ‘Chico Unplugged’

Musicians crank up the volume at ‘Chico Unplugged’

Niyat Teferi and Caitlyn Young

September 27, 2017

On Thursday, Chico's popular Madison Bear Garden hosted the singer/songwriter competition, "Chico Unplugged." The School of the Arts Production (SOTA) first launched Chico Unplugged in 2012 as a way for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent to the community.During the show, 10 musical acts went...

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

Rylee Pedotti

October 9, 2016

It was standing room only Thursday night at Madison Bear Garden, where a vibrant crowd consumed the cozy upstairs lounge to catch a glimpse of local talent featured in Chico Unplugged. The singer-songwriter showcase began five years ago when Chico State's SOTA Productions sought to further the conne...

Pocket Points has Chico roots

Pocket Points has Chico roots

Amelia Storm

April 28, 2016

While Pocket Point's popularity has skyrocketed in recent semesters, it may be a little known fact that the app was created by two former Wildcats. The app was created by Chico State students Rob Richardson and Mitch Gardner during the spring semester of 2014, and the idea was an instant success. The a...

The Ruckus rocks the WREC

The Ruckus rocks the WREC

Nick Martinez-Esquibel, Sports Editor

April 15, 2016

The smell of hand chalk and the sight of brightly colored tape filled the WREC on Sunday, April 10 for the fifth annual climbing competition, The Ruckus. The competition solely focused on bouldering, a specific type of climbing that doesn't require ropes or harnesses. Although it can be done with...

Trinity Commons event offers free music and raffle

Trinity Commons event offers free music and raffle

George Johnston

March 20, 2016

Chico State's Trinity Commons is soon to be filled with the sounds of free music and raffles. On Wednesday, Step into Sustainability will take place in the Trinity Commons from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Live music will be played throughout the event with various dance performances going on as well. There...

Madison Bear necessities: Beer, bars and burgers

Madison Bear necessities: Beer, bars and burgers

Madeline Merlic

September 16, 2015

It's a tale as old as time: college students love to relax with adult beverages and Chico State students are no strangers to having a good time.What better place to do so than at Madison Bear Garden, which won the award for Best Bar in the Best of Chico contest.Walking into the Bear is a sensory overloa...

Late night eats and treats

Late night eats and treats

Jake Hutchison

September 11, 2015

  The need for late night dining is a sure thing for college students. No matter what, at some point in a student's college career, that late night/early morning craving is going to hit whether sitting in an apartment or (more likely) roaming downtown. Aca Taco A student favorite...

Best Chico bars to watch the NCAA finals

Best Chico bars to watch the NCAA finals

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 1, 2015

Your bracket? Busted. Your stomach? Hungry. Your throat? Parched. If you're a college student watching the NCAA Tournament, this sounds like you. Here is a guide to the best five bars to check out for students trying to watch the NCAA Final Four and the National Championship this weekend. Unfortunately...

Bars close early for Halloween night

Bars close early for Halloween night

Christine Lee

October 30, 2014

Multiple Chico bars are closing by midnight for Halloween.Bars are expected to close early because the city has mandated the Chico condition around this time of year, which requires them to close at midnight, said Lt. Mike O'Brien from Chico Police department.Chico police asked bars to close early in ...

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