CSU's Associated Students have put together a list of weekend activities for students only. Friday night, for example, there's a Luau and later that midnight is a free breakfast. More events are planned for Saturday and Sunday in what is called the Wildcat Way.
"Our idea is to hopefully provide an alternative way for students to continue to have fun but in a safe environment," said Darion Johnston, who is the Associated Students director of Legislative Affairs at Chico State.
The idea has the blessing of University President Paul Zingg. "The first two or three weekends of every semester tend to be a little more frisky and active than others.
But will it cut down on the illegal drinking and roudy partying that oftentimes bring out police during three-day weekends?
"I think it would keep us out of trouble ," said Julia Brewer, a junior at Chico State. "We're not going to parties; we're getting pancakes."
Zingg acknowledges that bad students will still do bad things. But he is cautiously optimistic that this will be a safe weekend for all students if they at least give some of the Wildcat Ways a chance.