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Butte Hall set for renovations

Jessie Imhoff

September 18, 2019

Butte Hall is currently scheduled to undergo renovations in the summer of 2021 to bring the building up to code as well as update its interior and exterior.Butte Hall is one of the main academic buildings at Chico State. At seven stories tall, it is home to a bevy of classrooms, departments and offic...

Will Butte Hall renovations solve its asbestos problem?

Butte Hall has had an asbestos problem for years now. With the new renovations, this problem may be solved. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

September 10, 2019

Chico State is currently undergoing plans to renovate Butte Hall, the second-largest building on campus and home to many different departments. These renovations, set to start in summer 2021 and end by summer 2023, will displace many professors during its prolonged construction.While there are conce...

Photo of the day

Chico State students heading out of Butte Hall enjoying the nice weather. Photo credit: Maria Ramirez

Maria Ramirez

January 31, 2018

Chico State students heading out of Butte Hall enjoying the nice weather. (optimized)

Professor collapses in Butte Hall

Fifty six year-old John Blachley collapsed Thursday on the seventh floor of Butte Hall. His wife was called and she was with him in the ambulance ride to the hospital Photo credit: George Johnston

George Johnston

April 13, 2017

John Blachley, a political science and criminal justice professor, was carted away from the seventh floor of Butte Hall by emergency medical technicians on Thursday. A witness said Blachley came into the office as he normally does and just collapsed. Blachley was not answering his coworker’s questions...

Official: Elevators safe, permits expired

Expired permits are visible in the Meriam Library elevators. Photo credit: Gabriel Sandoval

Gabriel Sandoval

May 17, 2016

Chico State elevators are safe and in good working order, despite having expired permits posted inside them, university officials said last week. The 20 campus elevators surveyed by The Orion last week displayed operating permits that expired in mid-April. The expired one-year permits were visible...

Students evacuated from Butte Hall

Photo credit: Elizabeth Helmer

Elizabeth Helmer

March 23, 2016

Fire alarms went off in Butte Hall around 1:40 p.m on Wednesday. Students and faculty were evacuated as firefighters and police assessed the situation. "There is a reported elevator malfunction that has resulted in some smoke, possibly coming from the elevator shaft the elevators have been shut...

Whitney Hall vandalism sparks building safety concern

Whitney Hall, Chico State's tallest building, has posed some safety concerns for students. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

Eva Gonzalez

October 10, 2015

  First-year students recently experienced a safety hazard when a ceiling grid collapsed on the eighth floor in Whitney Hall. Although this event was an act of vandalism, it has raised questions about safety issues with buildings on campus. The 46-year-old building is one of the largest n...

Student thinks tutor works for the government, is stalking him

Brittany Mcclintock

February 12, 2015

University Police Department   Call Type: Welfare Check Monday, 10:10 a.m., Student Services Center “Subject entered Student Learning Center and wrote ‘Get away Stalker’ instead of his name on the sign-in sheet. Individual is worried he is being stalked by the government and that...

Physics students drop pumpkins to educate kids

Kids from Chico elementary schools sit in front of Butte Hall for the 27th annual Pumpkin Drop. Photo credit: Christine Lee

Enrique Raymundo

October 30, 2014

Crowds of elementary school students gathered in front of Butte Hall for for the 27th annual Pumpkin Drop on Thursday afternoon.The Society of Physics Students faculty and students dropped pumpkins as a learning experiment and outreach program for children. The event gathered crowds of about 250 to 300 element...

Fire marshal report reprimands Butte Hall

Mark Stemen, associate professor in the geography and planning department, discuss the fire safety issues in Butte Hall. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

April 1, 2014

Butte Hall's corridors now stand naked as departments have been instructed to remove bulletin boards, recycling bins and seating from outside their offices. State Fire Marshal Carol Jordan inspected the building in December and reported several fire code violations in February.The report required the removal of tea kettles, microwaves, ...

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