Approximately 600 students, along with community and campus members, are expected to take part in roundtable discussions. Students lead and participate in the roundtable talks as part of classroom research and writing projects.
Many people in the crowd wore yellow armbands as a sign of unity and support for Igbineweka, who could not attend due to continuing medical treatment for stab wounds he suffered in the assault.
"The idea of the rally is that the situation with Joseph does not escalate into more confusion or be misinterpreted by people," Sanders said. "This is an opportunity for people to unite and say that this type of behavior and violence should not be tolerated, whether it be a hate crime or a crime for any reason. Students or any resident should feel safe in our city. The worst thing we can do is just move on with our lives, and then
The town hall meeting will begin with a greeting from CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and former town hall meeting student leaders. Attendees will then choose among a number of roundtable discussions held in various locations on campus.
in the BMU Auditorium.
The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Please call 898 3705 for more information.
Mayor Schwab recognized Siemsen for her Book in Common assignment that taught social theory through hands on experience while providing meaningful community service. "The students will take what they have learned through service with them for the rest of their lives," said Schwab.
Michael and Janine Reale, creators of Run for Food, a Thanksgiving Day run/walk and Bob Preston, membership chair of Butte County's National Alliance on Mental Illness and a member of the Mental Health Services Act Housing Committee, also received a Mayor's Award.
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courses will take part in the same service learning activity. Even though we will move on to a new Book In Common, the issues raised by Steve Lopez's 'The Soloist' will not go away."
The rally was organized by the CSU, Chico student organization Black Leaders on Campus (BLOC). The purpose of the rally was to unite the Chico campus community and show support for AS President Joseph Igbineweka in a time of need.
Mayor Ann Schwab chose to tie this year's awards to the Community/University Book in Common program, which featured "The Soloist," by journalist Steve Lopez. The program sparked dozens of events focusing on the homeless population in our community. The Mayor's Awards recognized individuals who made significant contributions to organizations focusing on hunger, homelessness and mental illness.
CSU, Chico's Town Hall Meeting Program, started in 2006, helps develop students' writing and research skills, as well as promote civic engagement.
the next time something happens, it's worse. This rally should not be the end, but only the first step to unifying people."
Prior to the speakers, a barbecue lunch for those gathered was served free of charge. Donations by Chico BBQ, Chico Police Department, Lash's Glass, Pro Pacific Fresh, S Meats and Wonder Bread/Hostess along with other campus and community groups made the lunch possible. Jovan Smith.
Approximately 900 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered today, April 23, in California State University, Chico's Student Services Center plaza for a unity rally in support of Associated Students President Joseph Igbineweka, who was assaulted April 18 in what Chico Police are calling a hate crime.
The town hall meeting is the culminating experience for students in Political Science 155 (Introduction to Political Science). This is the second semester students in POLS 155 have led town hall discussions. Ellie Clifford Ertle, faculty coordinator of the Town Hall Meeting Program, said, "Our goal is for students to be agents of change. They may start by thinking this is 'just another assignment,' but they become impressed by the different perspectives of other people."
Speakers at the rally included CSU, Chico President Paul Nike Air Max 95 White Junior Zingg, Chico Mayor Ann Schwab, Chico Police Chief Mike Maloney, BLOC representatives Malcom Dixon and Walter Torrence, CSU, Chico staff member Mai Hou Lo, Butte College student Tony Gamboa and Les Jauron, vice president for planning and information at Butte College.
Christensen (Swang) Sanders, vice president of BLOC, said the unity rally matches the purpose of BLOC, which is to be a bridge for communication among students and others in the community and to allow any student to feel comfortable with other people.
Patrick Schlemmer is president of the San Francisco Naturalist Society, beekeeper for the Coyote Point Museum and long time keeper in charge of the San Francisco Insect Zoo. He will be discussing the most commonly asked questions he receives at the Insect Zoo.
during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. As the result of an assignment she gave to a sociology class, students contributed more than 370 volunteer hours to the Torres Shelter.
The town hall meeting is an important feature of CSU, Chico's First Year Experience Program, which is designed to help first year students succeed academically and socially, and make a smooth transition to university life. It is supported in part by a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Charles Engelhard Foundation's Bringing Theory to Practice Project.
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