The Goods

Kudos to you
Chico State’s Society of Physics Students has received a grant to support imaginative research projects. Three students submitted a proposal on the viscosity of “non-Newtonian fluids” that snagged the Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award. Only eight chapters of the honor society in the United States received the award.

Give it up
Butte College’s Associated Students is hosting a blood drive to kick off the post-spring break festivities. Well, maybe giving blood isn’t that fun—but at least you might get cookies. The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (March 25-26) at the main campus.

Please sir, can I have some more?
You guessed it—Oliver! is coming to Butte County, courtesy of Butte College’s Drama Department and the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Catch the musical up the hill March 28-29 and April 4-5 at 7: 30 p.m.; March 30 and April 6 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 872-8454 or 895-2994.

There’s a special section in this here paper, in case you didn’t notice. The CAMMIES—Chico Area Music Awards—are back, and they’re promising to be bigger than ever. Showcases and voting start today (March 20) and lead up to the big awards show May 1 at the El Rey Theatre. Don’t miss it! And with cover charges as little as $1 per band playing each night (all the money goes straight to the bands), who’s gonna keep you away? Check out for more info.

A little less cheery
The word “recession” has everyone checking their finances, and the student loan market is no exception. Members of the House of Representatives have asked the Federal Reserve to lend a helping hand in the matter, according to CNN, but there has not yet been a response. Several states have suspended their student loan programs and a number of lenders have limited their offerings due to a recent squeeze on the credit market. A Newsday report indicates lenders are already becoming more picky when it comes to choosing loan recipients. And those who seek private lenders may face interest rates of up to 20 percent (the federal fixed rate is 10 percent).