The Goods

YouTube pays off
Chico Jazz X-press, Chico State’s top jazz ensemble, and its director, Rocky Winslow, have been invited to perform at the world-renowned Telluride Jazz Celebration in Colorado. The cool part, though, is that the director of the festival noticed the band’s YouTube videos, and then contacted Winslow. The band will share the bill with such contemporary jazz greats as Joe Lovano, the Neville Brothers and Maceo Parker. The ensemble is currently looking for funds to travel to the southwestern Colorado town in June to participate in the festival.

Crazy about concrete
Pointe du Hoc was an important site during the WWII Normandy invasion—otherwise known as D-Day—with several concrete structures in need of preservation. Who better to assist in the evaluation of the bunkers there than Concrete Industry Management (CIM) students from Chico State? Five students will travel to Normandy, France, and use “state-of-the-art ultra-sonic pulse testing equipment … to evaluate new bridges, dams, and other structures,” professor Tanya Wattenburg Komas said in a statement. Komas might be able to take more students, should more funds become available. To learn more about the trip, contact Komas at 514-4341 or e-mail her at

… wait, there’s more
In other concrete news, the CIM program will sponsor a five-hour pervious concrete certification course on Tuesday, April 15, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. It will include knowledge of pervious concrete pavements, design, and supervision of placements. The program is aimed at civil engineers, city supervisors, ready-mix producers and contractors, and will include several exams and an installation portion. The course, provided by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, costs $200. To register, call Rob Wallace at (888) 633-0393.

Wildcats coach steps down
Chico State head basketball coach Puck Smith (pictured) is retiring from the position he’s held for 21 years. After a disappointing season, the Wildcats won their last game with a score of 75-64.

More from the wide world of sports
Soccer fans, look out! Butte College is adding a men’s soccer team starting next fall. According to a recent press release, the school will soon begin searching for a coach for the team, which will be part of the Golden Valley Conference.

Get on the bus
For those who take the Student Shuttle or B-Line routes 8 or 9, the stops near campus have moved to the west side of Normal Avenue, where the Transit Center is. The center, which is only partly finished, will be equipped with restrooms upon completion. For those who do not use these bus services, you’re missing out because they’re free!

One more thing
Don’t forget to change your clocks! Sunday morning at 2 a.m. marks daylight savings time—so we’ll be springing forward and, sadly, losing an hour of precious sleep.