The Orion

Q&A: CSU Chancellor responds to The Orion’s Spring 2021 questions

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White

Kimberly Morales and Julian Mendoza

September 11, 2020

Chancellor Timothy P. White announced Thursday in a letter to all 23 institutions in the CSU system that most Spring 2021 classes will meet online. Following the announcement, The Orion posed some questions for The Chancellor’s Office that matter most to students.  Q: Will the CSU be providing ...

10 dead in North Complex Fire; over 60,000 acres burned and 0% containment for West Zone

Campus on Sept. 9 during the North Complex Fire

Matthew Wreden, Chloe Curtis and Kimberly Morales

September 10, 2020

The North Complex Fire continues to burn throughout Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties as firefighters and other personnel work around the clock to gain traction on the historic fire.  “It’s sad,” said Butte County Sheriff’s Office Captain Derek Bell. “That’s about as clear as I ca...

Chico State and CSU cancel in-person classes for Spring 2021 citing COVID-19 threat

Chico State will continue virtual instruction through spring 2021. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020.

Julian Mendoza, Mulitmedia Editor

September 10, 2020

Chico State will continue with virtual instruction for most classes next semester. The policy, handed down by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, applies to all 23 California State University campuses, according to an announcement from the CSU Chancellor's office.  “I realize this is another disappointment...

North Complex Fire raging near Oroville; 3 dead, 12 missing, 2,000 structures damaged or destroyed

Campus on Sept. 9 during the North Complex Fire

Chloe Curtis, Kimberly Morales, and Matthew Wreden

September 9, 2020

A Butte County fire task force held a press conference Wednesday night on Facebook Live to update the community on the rapidly evolving North Complex Fire near Oroville.   “This is the part of my presentation that I’ve been dreading,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said with a somb...

Butte County Public Health calls out college-age population for COVID-19 surge, Chico State students under investigation

Front view of Kendall Hall

Kimberly Morales, Editor

September 2, 2020

Butte County Public Health announced on Wednesday that within a week, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among people ages 18-24 in Butte County had risen by 557.  Of the 557 cases, 464 of the confirmed cases were from Chico. As Labor Day weekend approaches, BCPH urged the 18-24 ag...

COVID-19 spike for 18-24 year olds forced Chico State’s decision to close dorms, end remaining in-person classes

Kendall Hall on Sept. 1, 2020. Chico State's Administration officially moves to fully online semester amid COVID-19 spikes, empties the dorms.

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 1, 2020

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson hosted a virtual press conference on Sept.1 to address several concerns and newsworthy points regarding the university’s decision to cancel all in-person classes and remove roughly 500 students from campus housing.  “As we think about COVID-19 — and I don...

Commercial Cannabis Resolution Passed by Chico City Council

South side of city council building

Joel Moret, Reporter

August 31, 2020

The Chico City council passed a resolution in a 5-2 vote on Aug. 18, setting up the necessary framework for cannabis retailers in Chico for the very first time.  “I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for seeing this through. I know it has not been simple,” said Jessica Mackenzie, a...

Chico State stops in-person and hybrid courses, closes the dorms

Covid-19 cases in Butte County as of Friday, Aug. 28.

Kimberly Morales, Reporter

August 30, 2020

Chico State announced Sunday evening that all remaining in-person classes will be suspended and resumed online. The university also canceled most on-campus housing because of a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases. “We knew this semester wasn’t going to be typical, but we wanted to provide as m...

“Fall Speaker Series” to host four-time Olympian Daron Rahlves

Red Bull promotional poster for Olympian Daron Rahlves

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

August 25, 2020

The College of Business, Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) have created weekly virtual events to help students network and ensure career success.  Speakers are being sponsored by companies including Red Bull,, Morgan Stanley and the Global...

Annual Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Summer Camp moves to Zoom

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

July 6, 2020

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology has brought new meaning to its motto “Travel the world without leaving home”, as the museum's annual summer camp has been moved online amid COVID-19 concerns. The camp will run from July 6 to July 16 via Zoom. The summer camp has traditionally been ...

Juneteenth rally for justice and healing in Chico

Juneteenth 2

Julian Mendoza

June 24, 2020

Chico celebrated Juneteenth on Friday with back-to-back events. The first focused on building better relations with Chico police while the second included speakers seeking to defund the police and demanding justice. The Orion covered the second event, “Juneteenth: Gathering for Justice and Healin...

Reflection: An Orion reporter’s experience covering Chico’s largest BLM protest

Reflection: An Orion reporter's experience covering Chico's largest BLM protest

Julian Mendoza, Staff Writer

June 15, 2020

WARNING: This article contains a reference to a racist slur and may be inappropriate for children. Hundreds of people marched into Chico City Plaza on June 5 demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Chico’s Desmond Phillips, who in 2017 was shot and killed by Chico police in his home whil...

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