The Orion

Cross country runner pushes on through tragedy

Talia Swangler running in race at the Cross Country Championships. Photo credit: Gary Towne

Karina Cope

November 17, 2019

Talia Swangler was raised in Paradise and attended Butte College after high school. She then transferred to Chico State before the start of her junior year. Less than three months after her transition, she was hit with tragedy. The town she grew up in and her parents’ home she had recently moved out...

Butte College holds ceremony for new welding building

A new welding and manufacturing building has been opened at Butte College Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

October 20, 2019

Butte College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday in order to celebrate their new welding and manufacturing facility.The welding program at Butte College is one of the technical programs that the college offers. The program, which students complete in two semesters, contains rigorous hours and requires dedication f...

Goats in Butte County help control overgrowth

The terrain looked better after the goats ate up the overgrowth. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Jessie Imhoff

September 17, 2019

A herd of 488 goats have been deployed in Upper Bidwell Park as a cost-saving measure to remove invasive species and dangerous plants, including those that pose a fire risk.The goats, owned by Capra Environmental Services Corp, are on a 55-acre contract according to Linda Herman, Chico’s Park and Natura...

Butte College weathers the Camp Fire, lends assistance to Cal Fire and students

Samia Yaqub in front of her third story window where she could see damages from the Camp Fire on the outskirts of the Butte College campus. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

December 5, 2018

President of Butte College, Samia Yaqub, stood up and walked over to the south-facing window of her office on the third floor of the Student and Administrative Services building of the college’s main campus. From the high vantage point she began pointing out burnt and blackened patches of fields that...

Large donation kickstarts fundraiser for free education

Ken Grossman and wife Katie Gonser donated to fund education in Butte County. Image courtesy of Melissa Cafferata-Ainsworth of Sierra Nevada Brewery.

Tisha Cheney

February 1, 2018

Alumni Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewery, and his wife Katie Gonser donated $1 million to Butte College this week.The purpose of the donation is to sponsor the implementation of the new Promise Scholarship Program. The program will provide two semesters of free tuition and fees to first-...

‘Pristine Parties’ service ensures safety during nights out

Ronald Carcamo (left) and Rwejuna Nyundo (right) are the co-founders of

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

September 22, 2017

Chico State students create a safer party scene for the community with “Pristine Parties,” a party entertainment service. Junior concrete management majors Rwejuna Nyundo and Ronald Carcamo co-founded this student-run entertainment business. "Pristine Parties" hosts house parties in Chico almost...

Sexual assault investigation at Butte College

Butte Colleges Office of Title IX Coordinator new procedures against sexual assault. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

August 25, 2017

Butte College caught in sexual assault investigations.Butte reached a resolution agreement with the Office of Civil Rights, after a four-year case.In 2012, a student reported rape by an athlete at an off-campus party to Butte. Police were unable to file charges due to insufficient evidence.According to the Chronicle of Higher Education ...

Promise Pathways coming to Butte County

Butte College Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Daniel Wright

March 27, 2017

Chico State, along with Butte College and Chico Unified Schools, is looking to create a K-20 program to help children in the north state attend college. Several similar models are being considered for this program, but a program similar to the Long Beach Promise is being considered. The goals for...

Chico State hosts local election forum

The league of women hosted an open forum in the PAC Tuesday. Photo credit: Amelia Storm

Amelia Storm

May 4, 2016

The Butte County division of the League of Women Voters hosted their final candidate forum on May 3 for the District 1 primary election. The forum took place in the Harlan Adams Theatre and sought to introduce the community to the prospective candidates’ stances on local, state and federal issues...

Federal agency surpasses third year of ongoing Butte College investigation

Butte College has an ongoing sexual assault case that has lasted 37 months. Fifteen months is the average time for Title IX cases to be resolved. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Gabriel Sandoval and Molly Sullivan

February 28, 2016

OROVILLE, Calif. — Almost three and a half years ago, a Butte College student was allegedly raped by a football player off-campus, creating a snowball effect. In October 2012, the female student filed a report with the Chico Police Department, and then reported the incident to Butte College’s Title IX co...

Chico State may face competition with new college in Chico

From the Chico State website and the Columbia College website

Michelle Zhu

February 23, 2016

Local college students will have an opportunity to earn a masters or bachelors degree at a new educational institution in Chico. Columbia College, a private nonprofit institution based out of Columbia, Missouri, opened a Chico facility last month and has hired full-time adviser staff. Students can si...

Suicide Awareness: spreading resources, education

Butte College put on the event Don't Sit in Silence, by putting out 110 chairs on its lawn to represent 10 percent of college students that commit suicide each year. Photo credit: Sabrina Salvatore

Sabrina Salvatore

October 2, 2015

Chico State and Butte Community College are actively promoting suicide awareness. Butte will be informing students during the month of September, which is nationally known as Suicide Prevention Month, while Chico State will be putting on events in October. Both aim to help people find resources t...

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