The Goods

Poetry junkies
We’re talking to you! Come on out to the Crux Artist Collective for the CN&R’s Poetry Slam spoken-word contest. Bring your poetry, or come to listen. Either way is cool with us. Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.

Very worldly
It’s International Education Week, in case you haven’t heard, and both Chico State and Butte College are celebrating. On Friday at 6:30 p.m., you can watch Paris, Je T’aime, a collage of dozens of directors’ stories about the city of amour. Not to worry, the whole thing isn’t in French; Natalie Portman is even in one segment. The film will be shown in Tehama 108. Over at Butte College’s Chico Center on Saturday, world-renowned high-altitude photographer and Everest climber Pete Athens will talk about his experiences. Reception at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation.

Speaking of worldly
More and more college students are taking a foreign language, according to a recent Modern Language Association of America report. Spanish, of course, is the most popular, but Arabic is making a surprising gain as the fastest-growing foreign language by far. For the first year the language broke the top 10, after doubling in popularity since 2002. The number of colleges and universities—466—that offer Arabic also doubled in that time. Chico State offers three semesters of the language.

Animal house
The housing market may be slow, but the fraternity house market sure isn’t! The former Beta Theta Pi house on E. Third Street (pictured) already has a buyer, just a few weeks after it went on sale. All we can say is, good luck with the renovation.

Ready, set, add!
The Chico State campus might be a little more full than usual on Friday. That’s because 60 11th- and 12th- graders from around the area will be there, participating in College Math Day. The hope, apparently, is to make math seem so sexy that these students will want not only to date it in high school, but also marry it in college. The event, sponsored by the Center for Math and Science, will culminate in a problem-solving competition. Quick, what’s the square root of 1,764?

A little advice
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and then shortly after is winter break. It’s normal to want to spend time with old friends, but don’t forget to show your thanks to Mom and Dad; they’re likely the two who sent you off to college to begin with.