The Orion

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

Taking an art class in the midst of a pandemic

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...

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...

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

Free concealed carry class offered to women

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...

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

Scuba diving preview at the WREC

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...

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

Painting class offers students a rewarding creative outlet

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...

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

Nontraditional classes offered at Chico State

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....

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...

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Graduating on time is hard

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,...

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

Students voice concerns on faculty strike

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...

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

New faculty members hired to meet student needs

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...

Illustration by Trevor Moore Photo credit: Trevor Moore

Leaving class early, losing respect

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...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Major in passion

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...

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