The Orion

Smoking should be banned on campus

Photo credit: Dongyoung Won

Carson Predovich and Dongyoung Won

September 18, 2016

When walking through the gorgeous Chico State campus, there are a few things to expect. You should be prepared to see a seemingly endless variety of trees, hear the birds chirping and the creek babbling. What you shouldn’t have to be prepared for is inhaling a cloud of someone else's secondhand sm...

Citizens protest climate engineering

Chico native, Brian Samson, holds a protest sign at today's protest. Photo credit: Whitney Urmann

Whitney Urmann

April 25, 2015

Community members protested in downtown Chico today in efforts to raise awareness to chemtrails left behind by geo-engineering aircrafts. According to a pamphlet handed out at the protest, chemtrails are "low-altitude, sub-stratospheric aerosol geo-engineering spray trails sprayed from unmarked aircraft...

Bottle ban should follow bag ban

Kevin Crittenden

April 28, 2014

A city-wide plastic bag ban will soon be put into effect. Local shoppers will have to alter their habits slightly, or pay a small fee per bag.If this town is serious about being sustainable, such a miniscule shift in consumer habits shouldn’t be too difficult to manage.The next step in disrupting the cyc...

Butte Hall banners call for divestment

Butte Hall banners call for divestment

Yessenia Funes

April 3, 2014

Orange squares were scattered around Butte Hall Thursday afternoon, leading students to six banners hanging from the building outside.Together, the banners read "DIVEST."Professor Mark Stemen's Environmental Thought and Action class put together the demonstration as part of a campaign to get the university to divest ...

Facebook bids on virtual reality

Kevin Crittenden

April 1, 2014

Facebook has arranged to purchase the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality apparatus that is not yet available to consumers. The three billion dollar deal is a bold bid on a technology that could give people even less reason to socialize in person. While most people associate virtual reality with gaming, Faceb...

Campus wins state energy competition

Campus wins state energy competition

Yessenia Funes

March 10, 2014

Chico State's Shasta and Lassen Halls competed in this year's Campus Conservation Nationals and beat other 16 California campuses. The two residence halls reduced their energy by over 23 percent from a two-week baseline, said Fletcher Alexander, the campus sustainability coordinator. No other c...

Sophomore shines at sustainability conference

Sheridan Ex poses with her raffle prize from the This Way to Sustainability Conference. Photo credit: Shannon Miller

Yessenia Funes

March 9, 2014

As students lined up to register for this year's sustainability conference in Bell Memorial Union, they may have noticed Sheridan Ex, a sophomore recreation major, whizzing around in a royal blue top, clipboard in hand. Though she coordinated the conference with two other students, Ex led the pack. She is incredibly motivated and organ...

Agriculture not green enough, experts say

Anya Fernald, the CEO and founder of Belcampo, a California-based meat company, talks the future of sustainable agriculture. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

March 7, 2014

Anya Fernald, CEO and founder of Belcampo, believes aspiring farmers should go big rather than small. Belcampo is an California-based agricultural company that handles meat the old-fashioned way but on a larger-than-usual scale—20,000 acres to be exact.While Belcampo is small compared to huge monocultural industrial farms,...

Workshop engages sustainable minds

Michael Alonzo, the Facilities Management and Services' supervisor of grounds and landscape services, explains water conservation plans as Marie Patterson, the department's assistant manager of utilities and sustainability, writes down students' ideas. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

March 6, 2014

The Campus Sustainability Committee has high aims for 2020.The committee showcased its long-term campus-wide plan to improve sustainability and garnered student feedback at the This Way to Sustainability Conference Thursday in the Bell Memorial Union. Students split into five groups and provide...

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