The Goods

Going global
The 30th annual International Festival, put on by Chico State’s AS Multicultural Affairs Council, is gearing up, with applications now available. The event, which will take place April 26 in Chico’s City Plaza, will include food, music, dance and cultural art—just pretend you’re anywhere else in the world! For those who want to be involved—student groups, perchance—applications are available online at

Understanding the Muslim world
Islam is an ancient religion and culture that is ever-present in our media—but how much do you really know about it? If your answer is “not enough,” this is just the lecture for you. Mahan Mirza (pictured), a Chico State professor who specializes in Muslim traditions and texts, will discuss the Quran, the Muslim holy book, during a lecture Friday, March 28, from 3-5 p.m. at Trinity 100. His research specializes in Muslim revivalist movements and their relevance in modern society.

PG&E extends a helping hand
Pacific Gas & Electric, rehabbing its stormy reputation as slow to address customers’ needs, has donated $5,000 to Chico State’s College of Business. The money is allocated to help support student diversity and sustainability. PG&E has a habit of hiring graduates and interns from Chico State, marking 10 percent of their total college hires.

Chico State’s Top Girls
Imagine a dinner party with some of your favorite historical figures populating your table. Charyl Churchill’s play Top Girls is about a woman, recently promoted to managing director of the Top Girls Employment Agency in London, who hosts a dinner party attended by the likes of Pope Joan, a female pope in the ninth century; Lady Nijo, an Imperial courtesan-turned-Buddhist nun in 13th century Japan, and Isabella Bird, a 19th century English writer and traveler. The play, directed by William J. Johnson, will show April 2-6 at Wismer Theatre on campus. Tickets are available at the University Box Office: 898-6333. Warning: mature content.

Raffle with a cause
The Chico State “Wildcats for a Cure” Relay for Life team is raising money to benefit the American Cancer Society. Prizes include gym memberships, golf games, event tickets and gift certificates to restaurants around town. Tickets cost $1 for one, $5 for six and $10 for 15 and can be bought from any Relay for Life member or by e-mailing Peggy Armocido at The relay will be held April 26 at Pleasant Valley High, and while it’s bound to be a fun event, your presence is not required to win raffle prizes.