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Featured Artist: Karlie Heynneman enlightens Chico’s yoga scene

Karlie Heynneman led students into multiple poses throughout the event. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Emily Neria

September 23, 2019

A Wildcat Recreational Center instructor led Chico State students through yoga exercises at a glowing yoga (Gloga) event in the BMU Auditorium on Tuesday night. Gloga took place in a dark room with blacklights where participants were encouraged to decorate themselves with glow-in-the-dark body paint an...

President’s Fall Reception Kicks off Academic Year

Carolyn Allen and Melissa Herrera

September 14, 2019

Kendall Lawn pulsed with music on Friday for the Fall Reception, an event where President Gayle Hutchinson discussed her new strategic plan for the university. The plan centers around three main priorities: equity, diversity, and inclusion; civic and global engagement; and resilient and sustainable sy...

Wildcats attempt mini-triathlon

These Wildcats aren't afraid of a little water. Participants in the Tough Cat event dive into the water to start the event by swimming laps. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Justin Jackson

October 8, 2018

Wildcats at Chico State, on Friday, attempted a mini-triathlon at the Wildcat Recreation Center.At ToughCat participants swim, bike and run the track, for 45 minutes each. It’s not a competition, so there’s not necessarily a winner. Students are just encouraged to come and try the event t...

WREC’s new slacklining event tests balance over water

Third-year student Malin Eiremo falls into Wildcat Recreation Center's pool as she attempts to walk across the slackline. Photo credit: Alex Grant

Alex Grant

February 28, 2018

A new weekly slacklining program kicked off at the Wildcat Recreation Center last Friday.Slack or Swim combines the skills of balancing on a slackline, a tightrope-like line, with swimming. Participants walk across a flat two-inch wide cable, that’s placed four feet above the WREC's pool. The line is 25...

WREC wrecks student schedules

Students relax with their yoga classes at the WREC during the day. Photo credit: Royal T Lee-Castine

Cydney Nance

September 29, 2016

Since the WREC opened its doors in 2009, students have had a facility to practice a healthy lifestyle, that's included in their tuition. Although students are paying for their own gym in their already high tuition, the WREC fails to make access available for everyone, with low parking accessibility and limit...

Water polo team splashes into late night practice

Chico State men's water polo attempts to score. Orion Stock Photo

Kenta Mcafee

August 27, 2016

The sound of a whistle pierces the night air and reverberates through the streets as the men's water polo team trains at the Wildcat Recreation Center late at night. While most people are packing up to go home for the day at 8 p.m. head coach Clifford Kunkel is preparing his swimmers with a pep talk ...

Dead week not so dead

Photo credit: Helen Suh

Jeff Guzman

May 13, 2016

The week before finals is informally known as “dead week.” During dead week professors are expected to spend most of lecture time reviewing old material rather than introducing new material, and less work is given out to students all in an attempt to lighten the load right be...

De-Stress Fest was a success for students

Diana Hass (left) and Athena Oreck, both senior recreation, hospitality and parks management majors, man the prize wheel on the last day of De-Stress Fest. Photo credit: Amanda Rhine

Amanda Rhine

December 8, 2014

As the semester nears its end, the stress is just beginning. That is exactly the reason why at the end of every semester there is the De-Stress Fest. From Dec. 2–5, the Wildcat Recreation Center hosted the recurring event with themed days centered around the purpose of relieving students' stress, if only for a little while."De-stress Week is to get students to de-stre...

Lawnapalooza debuts at the WREC

Diana Hass, left, and Athena Oreck, right, stand outside the WREC on Thursday for the first Lawnapalooza event. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Michaela Sundholm

September 15, 2014

Otter Pops and Rockstars. Beanbag toss and giant Jenga. All of these can be found at Lawnapalooza, a new event held by the Wildcat Recreation Center and Recreational Sports. The event features music, lawn games, prizes and free, cold snacks, adding something to the 97 degree school day. Lawnapalooza is held on the...

WREC continues Walktober program

Kendall Ross, the program coordinator of Recreational Sports. Photo courtesy Chico State

Samuel Wolfson

September 14, 2014

Cat Tracks, a free walking program funded by Chico State’s Recreational Sports, is getting ready for another Walktober starting Oct. 1. Cat Tracks started in 2007 with an event called “Ski to Sea.” Faculty and students tracked their steps for a year to see if they could reach the same ...

Transitional fashion from the gym to campus

Taylor Mercurio goes to the Wildcat Recreation Center in style. Photo credit: Lauren Steele

Lauren Steele

September 10, 2014

Workout clothing can be expensive. Going to stores that sell items specifically for the gym are way out of most students' price range. It is challenging to find an outfit that is casual for the gym, but also fashionable for an on campus look, all while trying not to break the bank. Taylor Mercurio, a th...

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