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Chico is more than a town—it is a state of mind, a lifestyle, a constant happening, an escape from reality. It is all this and more. Welcome.

CHICO CHECKPOINTS: Scattered throughout this special issue, you’ll find these bits of Chico trivia meant to ease you into life here and make sure you don’t take any embarrassing wrong turns or mispronounce something. Let’s start with The Esplanade: It’s “ade” with a long “a” as in lemonade. Don’t turn it into French.

You’re holding in your hands a special annual publication of the Chico News & Review designed to introduce newcomers, especially students, to some of the many facets of their new home. We’ve broken the publication down into three parts for convenience: Campus, Community and Entertainment. Each Thursday during the rest of the year, the CN&R brings you the latest on all these topics and more.

As for the town, we confidently believe there’s no finer college community in the entire nation. California State University, Chico, is a residential campus, which simply means a good majority of students come from far-flung regions of the state or nation or world to make Chico their home for four, five or six years (and sometimes permanently). This gives the place a youthful, small-town (and generally tolerant) atmosphere that’s hard to find among other cities of this size. And the campus itself is probably the most beautiful in the entire CSU system, making the whole educational experience all the sweeter.

The geography doesn’t hurt, either. Chico’s nestled beneath a great canopy of trees between two creeks at the base of the Cascade foothills. It’s easy to see why pioneers settled here more than 100 years ago, and why people are still coming today.

The outdoor opportunities are as plentiful and varied as the imagination allows: biking, hiking, swimming, climbing, skiing, running, walking, fishing, hunting or just sitting around on the front porch watching it all go by.

The town also serves as the intellectual and cultural hub for the entire region. Movies, stage, music, art, nightlife—if you live in these parts, this is the only place to get it.

If fact, as you will probably see, Chico has about anything anyone needs to enjoy the ultimate college experience. Just ask any of the many Chicoans who came here to go to school and ended up making this town their home.

Goin’ Chico is an introduction to the many wonders that await. Enjoy.

It’s who you know
What the A.S. is doin’ for you
Guide to the student union
Butte College’s new look

Coffee break
Know your local government
Bike smarts
Local media
Fill your cart: Chico’s grocery options

Band aid—the music scene
Think thrifty
Eat it up