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University struggles to respond to Camp Fire impact on Chico

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Natalie Hanson

November 6, 2019

In the year following the most catastrophic event to ever occur in Butte County, it is disappointing to see Chico State struggle to acknowledge how the fire impacted the town it sits in.First, how the fire was handled by the university in the first place left many students confused and fearful. No notifi...

Chico State needs better counseling opportunities post-Camp Fire

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Natalie Hanson

October 8, 2019

For the past year or more, getting counseling when you need it has become more and more of a struggle at Chico State. If you need to go through the Student Health Center, getting a same-day appointment requires being ready before 8 a.m. to call ahead and try to get in on cancellations. Otherwise, you're left wait...

Cloudy skies make cloudy minds

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Gage Northcutt

February 20, 2019

With mental health often being overlooked as something that some consider a choice, it is important to know that there are internal and external factors which can affect our mood whether we like it or not. It may not be fair, but it is important to talk about.Are you also feeling down around this time...

Chico State counseling services were not prepared for a mass crisis

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Rayanne Painter

December 5, 2018

Here we are, just mere weeks after the Camp Fire started a few Thursday mornings ago. Classes are back in session, campus jobs are up and running and we are now left with the aftermath of dealing with both school, and also the most deadly and destructive fire in California history. The campus has been...

‘Diverse Minds’ showcases unique art for good cause

The intimate art show featured journals available for purchase at the front of the building. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Alex Coba

November 5, 2018

Iversen Wellness and Recovery Center's "Diverse Minds" showcased its first art show at the Museum of Northern California Art in a gala Thursday."Diverse Minds" has been set up since 2015. Every year, since opening up, Diverse Minds has been producing a publication of art and writing for people in the me...

The Orion’s weekly newscast Oct. 17

A Chico Unified School District bus proves at the Chico Parade of Lights that creativity does not stop with light decorations as any vehicle or object can be used as well. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Alex Grant, Christian Solis, and Alejandra Fraga

October 18, 2018

On this week's newscast, six stories are recapped by anchors Christian Solis and Alejandra Fraga. The story headlines listed below are organized by the time they appear in the newscast. 1) City council candidates converse on Chico concerns (0:06) 2) Students learn about civic engagement during...

We need to be held accountable for the language we use

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Rayanne Painter

October 10, 2018

Here, in the United States, we have a protected right to say essentially whatever we want within reason. But should we really speak without any regard?In recent years, especially during and after the 2016 election, we have been in this kind of tug-of-war with what language is okay to use. This concept o...

New mental health training for Chico State faculty aids student wellness

Program Coordinator for UMatter Jessica Magallanes wants to help students who are sad or stressed by telling them it's normal to feel these pressures during college.

September 24, 2018

Within the past few years the demand for mental health services has surged, calling for college campuses around the country to develop new ideas to help students. Chico State's new mental health training aspires to do so as well. I CAN HELP Mental Health Ally Training is a new program for faculty and staff des...

College students lack sufficient mental health resources

Group of People with differing personalities.
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Rayanne Painter

August 28, 2018

Everybody deals with their own personal lows during college. Many students may find themselves devastated over failing a difficult exam, or heartbroken over falling out with friends or partners. For anybody who’s experienced these things, they know that it can often make life harder than it needs to...

Mental health and counseling should be priority for students

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Grant Schmieding

March 12, 2018

Elyn Saks, suffering from chronic schizophrenia, had hardly eaten for a week. Her face felt like a mask and she moved as if her legs were wooden. Sitting in total darkness with the curtains drawn and her room in utter disrepair, help was a necessity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

City council approves new team of emergency responders

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Tisha Cheney

February 8, 2018

The newly proposed Mobile Crisis Team was approved by Chico's city council with a 7-0 vote on Tuesday.According to city clerk Debbie Presson, the recommendation for the establishment of this team came from Chief of Police Michael O'Brien. O'Brien stated that this team will include two councilors from the ...

Chico State’s mental health problems are being ignored

A man looks down at the prescription drugs he is holding. Photo credit: Getty Images - Pamela Joe McFarlane

Rachel Reyes

September 25, 2017

It's safe to say that Chico State students are busy. Classes, work, sports and clubs take up so much time. It's easy to distract students from extremely important matters, such as personal mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI, 75 percent of all mental health c...

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