The Orion

‘Fat’ is used as an insult, but it’s just my body

My body isn’t a cation sign; you’re not going to slip into the heart of my struggles by just acknowledging me as I am. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Rayanne Painter

September 11, 2019

I’ve been here a thousand times: A thin person, most of the time my friend or family member, stands in the mirror in front of them. They twist their face in disgust while they look at their body: “Why am I so fat?” Accompanied by “I look disgusting,” or something similar.One look at m...

Chico State administration, we deserve better

Kendall Hall at Chico State is making it harder to find information. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

September 4, 2019

In the past month, Chico State administration has stood in the way of providing information and help to students and student journalists in a variety of critical issues facing the student body.The Orion has been following several stories that directly affect students, from local safety and dropping en...

University urging ‘relocation’ of low-barrier shelter a disappointment

Natalie Hanson

April 22, 2019

If students weren't already concerned about the housing crisis in Chico before the Camp Fire, they should be now. The city of Chico certainly has to be as well. Based on letters shared with students on April 12, so is our university-until it hits too close to home. The letters to Chico’s city...

Chávez weekend proves Chico hasn’t changed

Chávez weekend proves Chico hasn't changed

Natalie Hanson and Rachael Bayuk

April 4, 2019

What happened, Chico? More importantly, why does this keep happening?César Chávez weekend has, unfortunately, grown infamous for its reputation as a long party weekend for many college students, emboldened by being given an extra day off from school to binge drink.And many take advantage. Th...

Stop judging other women’s harassment experiences

Getty Images photo by alicemoi.

Natalie Hanson

March 27, 2019

Women's History Month FeatureWhen his hands touched me, I could have screamed. I could have cursed him. I could have ripped his hand from my body, could have knocked him to the floor. I could have done something, anything, to defend myself -to make him know he was the lowest human being on the pl...

Trump isn’t the worst dog from the White House

Illustration by Melissa Joseph. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Reed Mccoy

March 21, 2019

What do you mean Trump isn't the worst President ever? Have you gone insane?Truthfully, no; while Trump may have a terrible presidential reputation in many social and political circles, it takes more than just a few years to adequately judge the legacy that a person has left behind. History passes judgment...

Reporting on the stories of dreamers with respect

A student hides her face. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

March 12, 2019

Editorial: Women's History MonthThe idea of UndocuWeek, as a campus event, may mean very little to the average American passing through the average American campus. It may also mean everything to any student who has ever considered themselves a “dreamer” at an American college.This can als...

Breaking Latina stereotypes

Illustration by Melissa Joseph.

Janette Estrada

February 27, 2019

I am that b*tch who lives by the words of Drake: "Hair tied, sweat pants, chillin’ with no makeup on." There is just one problem: I am Latina.By my culture, I was taught looking presentable was an obligation. In a perfect world, I should be the exact image of Barbie leaving the factory; sign, sea...

White privilege is real. Stop acting like it’s not

Staff Illustrator Melissa Joseph

Rachael Bayuk

February 20, 2019

I am white. This is a fact that can't be changed or hidden. But, I have grown up in a world where this identity is never societally judged or questioned. White privilege is not myth. Stop saying it is. Stop bringing up how hard you had it as a kid. Stop saying you were poor. Stop naming every bad thing...

Women in white win the night at State of the Union

Nancy Pelosi's clap had the attention of many at the 2019 State of the Union address. Image from

Natalie Hanson

February 17, 2019

Am I still thinking about the State of the Union nearly a week later? You bet. This time, although there was so, so much to be unpacked from this year's delayed address, what's sticking in my mind is what happened afterward; to a now-viral moment. I'm talking, of course, about the slow clap given...

Politics may be messy cesspools but they can’t be ignored

Photo credit: Reed Mccoy

Reed Mccoy

February 5, 2019

These days it is nearly impossible to watch the news without hearing a mention of President Trump or the US Government's single-minded incompetence in solving today's issues. You may be thinking "does this really matter to me-all this awful stuff-as an individual?"Would it be surprisin...

Shave yourself the hassle

Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Rachael Bayuk

January 30, 2019

On a base level, advertisements (ads) are meant to connect potential buyers with products. On a deeper level, ads are meant to cause recognition. This commercial was a hit in that regard. Whether you loved the commercial, hated it, or didn't care you've been reminded about Gillette. Let me be frank, I l...

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