The Orion

Increased tuition raises questions and encourages struggle

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Nicole Henson

February 1, 2017

Colleges do a poor job explaining what comprises the cost of attending the university. Think about it, we know that we pay for faculty, room materials and the occasional construction project on campus. However, there are hundreds of dollars taken out of our pockets every year going towards mysterious charge...

Human traffickers look for vulnerable people

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Nicte Hernandez and Briana Mcdaniel

November 23, 2016

Every 30 seconds a person falls enslaved into human trafficking. Today, it's most commonly known as modern-day slavery, according to Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century.Traffickers look for individuals with certain personalities that are easy to manipulate or individuals who happen to be in challenging situations.Ma...

Not having children is my choice, not yours

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Joann Chevaillier and Bobbie Rae Jones

April 18, 2016

Easter is such a fun day to watch kids run around all hopped up on sugar and looking for eggs. While visiting my boyfriend's family, I was having so much fun, then suddenly the dreaded question gets asked, “Don’t y'all want to have one of these running around?” My reply is, “Oh, I don’t know,”...

Money talks, just not in front of the kids

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Brittany Mcclintock

March 1, 2016

Money can be a stressful thing to talk about. Whether you have a lot of money or not much at all, it can be the main topic of concern. When you’re getting paid, paying bills, buying things for the house, repairing broken things, all center on money. This money stressor is sometimes too much for adu...

Corporate created learning is squandering creativity

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Alex Horne

February 10, 2016

You log in, read the e-book, do the Learnsmart and take the online quiz. At the same time your professor is simply watching the grades from all their classes roll in. Professors do this via Learnsmart, an online form of homework that is prefabricated by the corporate learning giant McGraw-Hill. Not lifti...

Owning your student debt

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Kristina Martinez

October 10, 2015

Loans. I've had a number of conversations on this topic. Whether it's with peers, parents, the financial aid office or professors, somehow loans always enter the conversation when college is brought up.A huge deciding factor when choosing which college to attend is financial aid. How much did you get? D...

Red-top meters to help homeless

Charles, a homeless man, carries all of his belongings and his dog with him at all times. Photo credit: Sam Barker

Lauren Anderson

September 15, 2015

  An increase in complaints about aggressive panhandling has caused the Downtown Business Association to take action and provide shelters for the homeless. Melanie Bassett, executive director of the Downtown Business Association, said panhandling has been discouraging people from going d...

Take my advice, learn to budget

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Daisy Dardon

March 18, 2015

As I sit here, writing about how to keep a budget in college, I realize that I'm like Rebecca Bloomington from Confessions of A Shopaholic. I have no idea what I'm talking about. I used to be very good at keeping a budget- when I was on my parents money. Now, that I pay for my own things an...

AS postpones vote for for statue funding

A $160,000 wildcat statue from the University of New Hampshire that the Associated Students is using as an example to illustrate the one they want to build for Chico State. Photo courtesy of the Associated Students.

Madison Holmes

October 14, 2014

Upset students took to Facebook last week in response to a proposal to install a wildcat statue on campus that could cost up to $300,000. Following the negative feedback in the Facebook comment section of a previous Orion report, the A.S. postponed a vote to approve an additional $40,000 contribution from the A.S. ...

Comic nerd life gets expensive

Megan Mann

October 9, 2014

When it was announced that the "Merc with a Mouth" was going to be getting his own movie, I was so stoked. Deadpool has to be one of my favorite comic book characters of all time, regardless of the fact that I haven't read any of his full comics. That's right folks, this huge Marvel and DC fan has n...

Money management gets easier with age

Matt Murphy

October 8, 2014

Ah, it's that time of the month again. Bills and rent are due and it's time for me to find out just how much I've spent on my weekly Domino's Pizza binges. I dread opening the banking app on my phone. Even when I know how much I've spent, I still don't like to see the number. It's something I'...

For cheap textbooks, make like a pirate

Veronica De La Cruz

October 3, 2014

Books for free? Sign me up. The price of textbooks is skyrocketing, so it's no surprise that students are seeking different methods of getting the cheapest deal. First semester, I managed to spend over $400 at the Chico State Wildcat store. Now that I look back at this, I realize how easy it...

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