The Orion

School children cry out, demand mass pumpkin executions for science

One of the Chico State physics students wearing a pumpkin on his head during the annual pumpkin drop. Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Dan Christian

November 2, 2018

The piercing screams of children rang out across campus as gourds hit the floor for the Department of Physics and Society of Physics Students 31st Annual Pumpkin Drop. Visiting elementary students reveled and raved as the pumpkins slammed into the concrete. Let it never be said these squash were tossed for naught. These brave, vine-grown vegetab...

New science building breaks ground

President Gayle Hutchinson and faculty members of the College of Natural Sciences use their golden shovels to break ground for the new science building on Wednesday. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

October 10, 2018

Dozens of members from Chico State and the community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Science building on Wednesday. President Gayle Hutchinson spoke to those who came to witness the historic event. Some of the other speakers included Kyle McHenry of the Mechoopda Tribe and Dean ...

$130,000 award funds new equipment for physics department

The physics department recently received an update to its technology in the form of lasers and optic systems. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

December 1, 2015

Within the past seven years, lasers and optics systems for the labs in the physics department have been transformed with the aid of several awards. Dr. Anna Petrova-Mayor, associate professor in the physics department, has been awarded $130,000 to update equipment for the lab classes she teaches and is...

Let’s get physical, physical

Illustration by Miles Huffmna

William Rein

March 13, 2015

In high school, my physics teacher dangled a heavy metal fire extinguisher over my head. In demonstration of gravity, he allowed the weight to drop and split my head open. Or he just discussed our expectation of that happening. We spent a quarter studying the weight’s affinity to fall, and th...

Physics students drop pumpkins to educate kids

Kids from Chico elementary schools sit in front of Butte Hall for the 27th annual Pumpkin Drop. Photo credit: Christine Lee

Enrique Raymundo

October 30, 2014

Crowds of elementary school students gathered in front of Butte Hall for for the 27th annual Pumpkin Drop on Thursday afternoon.The Society of Physics Students faculty and students dropped pumpkins as a learning experiment and outreach program for children. The event gathered crowds of about 250 to 300 element...

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