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Chico State to pay former employee to work elsewhere

Susan Elrod (left) and Lori Hoffman (right) present diplomas to graduates during the Commencement ceremony for Colleges of Humanities And Fine Arts and Business at University Stadium on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Chico, Calif.

Gabriel Sandoval

January 30, 2017

Lorraine Hoffman, Chico State’s former vice president for business and finance, remains on the university’s payroll, even though she left campus last June after a tumultuous tenure. Hoffman, who also served as the chief financial officer at the university for eight years, signed an agreement with...

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...

Letter: Employees sense ‘fear’ on campus

Months after a vote of no-confidence, faculty members are more hopeful for the future of administration. Photo credit: Kiana Alvarez

Gabriel Sandoval

April 28, 2016

After the Academic Senate approved a no-confidence resolution last December, faculty leaders said in a letter to Chancellor Timothy White that mismanagement by Chico State administrators had gotten so bad that employees “feel a sense of instability and fear” on campus. But in the four and a half months since the letter was written, faculty leaders said they are more opt...

Academic Affairs scraps allocation model

The system that has been used to allocate the university budget will be changed by Academic Affairs. Photo courtesy of Chico State

Gabriel Sandoval

April 22, 2016

Chico State is superseding the allocation model it used to figure the approximately $114 million Academic Affairs budget and will transition to a new system. Mike Ward, the newly appointed interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said last week the university is departing from the allocation mod...

Coordinator continues to register Wildcats

Deanna Salas, left, registers to vote with Mike Hawkins. Photo credit: Gabriel Sandoval

Gabriel Sandoval

April 12, 2016

Mike Hawkins stood beside his ironing board under the shade of a swaying tree near Meriam Library last Friday morning, asking passersby if they were registered to vote. “Register to vote? Take a couple minutes,” he repeated. Hawkins, a Vietnam veteran and political activist recognized as mu...

University’s Hispanic-Serving Institution status enables grant eligibility

One of several initiatives to diversify Chico State includes increasing Hispanic enrollment. The university can now apply for specific grants as an HSI. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Gabriel Sandoval

April 4, 2016

Following a record-breaking year of Hispanic student enrollment, Chico State is now eligible to apply for federal Hispanic-Serving Institution grants, a university official said Saturday. Teresita Curiel, interim director of HSI initiatives, said the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed Chico...

Chico State names new interim provost

Mike Ward will serve as the new interim vice president and provost for Academic Affairs. Photo courtesy of Chico State

Gabriel Sandoval

April 1, 2016

Mike Ward, former dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management, has been named the new interim vice president and provost for Academic Affairs, succeeding Susan Elrod who stepped down Wednesday. President Paul Zingg made the announcement in an email to faculty a...

Cheerleaders seek ‘spirited’ teammates

The Chico State Cheer team hopes to add up to 12 new team members for the next season. Photo credit: Gabriel Sandoval

Gabriel Sandoval

March 23, 2016

The Chico State Cheer Team was tabling on the Gauntlet Tuesday – extra cheerfully – getting hyped as members promoted the team’s upcoming tryouts. “We’re looking for anyone who’s happy and spirited,” said Samantha White, a first-year student who back-spots and tumble...

Trustees to disclose new president midweek

The new president of Chico State will be revealed Wednesday. (Illustration by Orion Staff).

Gabriel Sandoval

March 8, 2016

California State University trustees interviewed Chico State's final three presidential candidates on Monday, but will not name their selection until Wednesday. The CSU Board of Trustees questioned the finalists on Monday in a closed session at a Hilton hotel in Long Beach, wrapping up an almost five-...

New president goes public next week

The new president of Chico State will be revealed next week. (Illustration by Orion Staff).

Gabriel Sandoval

March 4, 2016

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Laurie Weidner is the CSU Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs. Weidner is the CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs. The title has been corrected. Only time will tell who the next president of Chico State will be, because nothing else wil...

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...

Audit finds hospitality expense policy could use improvements

Department chairs spent over $600 on hospitality meals. Document obtained by a public records request.

Gabriel Sandoval

February 26, 2016

A Chico State employee was reimbursed $1,215.48 for meals she attended, approved and "directly benefited from," violating the Foundation Hospitality Expense Policy, according to a California State University audit. The audit also noted that, although the policy doesn't set a dollar limit per meal...

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