The Orion

Taking an art class in the midst of a pandemic

A illustration showing the frustrations and difficulties of doing an art class from home

Melissa Joseph, Editor

September 4, 2020

I stood in Home Depot, staring at the different dimensions of plexiglass, wondering what my professor was imagining when she told us we needed a surface for rolling ink.  This was my first time printmaking and I was going into the class blind and alone. I tried to imagine the classroom I cau...

Lab-based classes get creative following campus shut-down

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

Though the transition will not be easy, science labs will be made available to students online for the remainder of the semester.  “Along with everything else (labs) are going online,” Department Chair of Physics Dr. Eric Ayars said. “This will be a challenge, but we’re finding solutio...

Free concealed carry class offered to women

Ted Lidie showing his students what a shoulder halter looks like. Photo credit: Angelina Mendez

Angelina Mendez

December 9, 2019

On Thursday evening from 5-9 p.m., the company Legal Heat and Chico’s Sportsman’s Warehouse hosted a free women’s concealed carry permit class. The class, rated highly online and described as informative, is a part of the process to obtain a carrying concealed weapons permit that is al...

Scuba diving preview at the WREC

Rich Astley was monitoring the diving, wanting to give students a glimpse at scuba diving Friday afternoon at the Wildcat Recreation Center. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza and Kendall George

April 4, 2019

Chico State students had a glimpse of the world of scuba diving at The Wildcat Recreation Center with the scuba workshop. The class was taught by Rich Astley, a scuba instructor at Chico State."We want to introduce as many people to the underwater world as we possibly can," Astley said.Once students entered...

Painting class offers students a rewarding creative outlet

Students imitate famous paintings in the Intro to Painting class. Photo credit: Grant Schmieding

Grant Schmieding

October 21, 2018

Nearly every surface of the room was covered in paint splatters, with easels holding painted canvasses, lined up along every corner. Students humbly walked around the classroom, observing each other’s work. The students have been working on these pieces for two weeks, attempting to imitate the past ...

Nontraditional classes offered at Chico State

Group of students paying attention in class. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Kendall George

November 5, 2017

There's more to life than business and math classes.Maybe you’re a freshman not sure what major is right for the future, or you’re a senior finishing up the last class you need to take to graduate. There are a lot of classes that might be on your mind for the next semester or beyond.There are so many that...

Community colleges help students develop life skills

Community colleges help students develop life skills

Susan Whaley

February 21, 2017

It felt like the first day of kindergarten. I was nervous and shaking but so excited to finally enter a different world. A world that I considered to be that of grown-ups.This spring is my first semester as a transfer student at Chico State. I went to community college for eight years. Eight whole yea...

Graduating on time is hard

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Carson Predovich and Briana Mcdaniel

November 23, 2016

In 2013, only 59 percent of Chico State students graduated within six years. The four-year graduation rate was likely even lower.Schools don't do enough to help students graduate in four years. In fact, the university directly inhibits students from graduating on time in some cases.Chico State curre...

Students voice concerns on faculty strike

From left to right: CFA field representative Jason Conwell,  Professor Tim Sistrunk, and Counselor Mimi Bommersbach discuss the best way to hand out fliers to students. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Michelle Zhu

February 25, 2016

The California State University faculty plan to strike on April 13, but students still have unanswered questions. Faculty are not satisfied with stagnant wages and are striking if CSU management does not make changes. The California Faculty Association Chico chapter held an open meeting on Feb. 10...

New faculty members hired to meet student needs

Josh Trout, kinesiology department chair, thinks the new part-time faculty are being hired for budget reasons. Photo credit: Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson

October 15, 2015

Many departments on campus have hired more full-time faculty to ensure there are enough professors to teach the required classes students need for their majors. There have been 47 faculty members hired this year, and Chico State is expecting to hire 125 more in the next three years, said Joe Willis, dir...

Leaving class early, losing respect

Illustration by Trevor Moore Photo credit: Trevor Moore

Nick Bragg

September 16, 2015

You know what really grinds my gears? When students stand up and walk out in the middle of class.I can understand leaving five to ten minutes early to print something for another class, but there is no point in even going to class if only to leave in the middle of it. Last week in one of my classes, o...

Major in passion

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Miles Inserra

April 20, 2015

Back in the days of school bells and passing periods, brown paper bags and recess, college was a growing concern. If it was not a concern for high school upperclassmen then it was for their parents.I want students to ignore the realistic dreams of theirs or their parents to pursue far-fetched aspirati...

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