The Goods

A SMASHing good time
Are you a fan of student films? Aren’t we all, really? Well head on over to the Free Speech Area on Chico State’s campus tonight (May 8) at 8 to witness some of your classmates’ masterpieces. The SMASH (Students of Media Arts Showcase) Awards are sure to highlight the best of tomorrow’s filmmakers. Oh, and did we mention the event is free?

A place for vets
Butte College has opened a Veterans Resource Center on its main campus to help those who have returned from military service and are seeking an education. Currently there are 186 veterans studying at Chico State under the G.I. Bill. The center will offer peer counseling, financial-aid assistance and academic counseling among other services.

Let graduation festivities begin
The 2008 Honor Ceremony for graduating Native American seniors is set to honor the achievements of students and the support their families have given them. The event will begin with a potluck Wednesday (May 21) at 6 p.m. in Selvester’s Café on the Chico State campus. The ceremony will follow. Reservations are required. Please contact Dr. Lisa Quinn if you are a graduating senior and would like to participate. E-mail and include tribal affiliation and major.

Explore the culture
The Native American Student Organization at Chico State invites all students—and the entire community—to join its members for Monday night drumming sessions, which will only last a few more weeks (until the semester is over). There will be a potluck, drumming, singing and dancing to explore the Native American culture. The drumming sessions will be held at 6 p.m. in the Cross Cultural Center, near Selvester’s Café. All welcome.

Want to escape for a while?
The Humanities and Fine Arts Department at Chico State hosts international tours for those who want to discover the world outside Chico. The next tour is Ancient Peru and Machu Picchu, Jan. 5-15, 2009; the faculty in residence will be religious studies professor Andrew Flescher. The price goes up $100 for applications submitted after May 18, so sign up soon. For more information, check out

Butte College wants your ideas
Make A Difference Day isn’t until Oct. 25, but Butte College is preparing, and everyone’s help is wanted. If you have an idea on a community “makeover” project—think painting jobs, garden plantings, cleanup projects, etc.—submit it to, or it can be faxed to 893-7546. The projects, which must benefit community organizations or individuals in need, can be in Butte or Glenn county and must be able to be completed in six hours or less. Submit your proposal by July 24.