The Orion

Teachers profit behind closed doors

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

The recent investigation into Professor Curtis Deberg’s alleged mishandling of funding made me consider what other conflicts of interest professors may have concerning students. One such possible conflict is the assigning and purchasing of texts written by the professor.  During my first semester at C...

Wildcat on the Street: Packing up early before a lecture is dismissed

Rachael Bayuk asked several Chico State professors and students about their opinion on students packing up early toward the end of class. Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Rachael Bayuk

October 7, 2018

This week, I asked students and staff around campus how they feel when it comes to packing up early a few minutes before class.Rachael Bayuk can be reached at [email protected] or @BayukRachael on Twitter...

Packing up premature is immature

Student packing up while another student behind is still working. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Brooke Martin

October 7, 2018

We have all been there, myself included. When we have to sit through a lecture that is not to our liking, we feel like we're going to die before the class is over. You slowly start to zip up your backpack hoping not to make too much noise. All while looking at your professor, pretending that you’re pa...

What to do when required classes are full

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Karen Limones

April 24, 2018

Every Chico State student must fulfill graduation requirements by earning enough units. Taking specific classes and making sure our homework gets done but as you close in on graduation, time is of the essence. Imagine, you’re at the pinpoint of graduating and you’re enrolling in classes and you find...

Dead week killing students

Photo credit: Katia Berg

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

May 14, 2017

The overwhelming stress experienced during the week before finals causing students to look and feel like death; is dead week. Dead week at Chico State is one of the most stressful times, but professors aren’t as accommodating as they could be. Instead of giving time to study and actually prepare...

The price of being a teacher

Photo credit: Katia Berg

Kyra Stemplinger

March 3, 2017

Most kids aspiring to be teachers today typically hear the same things from their parents: "that's a good job if you want to starve." Teachers don't make as much money as they should. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, community college professors make about $72,470 a year. However, according to transparent California, instruct...

Chico State students struggle after break

Photo credit: Katia Berg

Marrion Charissa Cruz

January 25, 2017

It’s plastered across every student’s face as they shuffle around the drenched Chico State campus. The anguish and stress have already begun to set in. The weeks of Netflix and the semi-permanent body formed into every parent’s sofa will slowly puff up to its former shape as ...

Students voice concerns on faculty strike

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

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 make changes. The California Faculty Association Chico chapter held an open meeting on Feb. 10...

Corporate created learning is squandering creativity

Photo credit: Helen Suh

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...

California Faculty Association wears red to symbolize potential strike

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.  About reaching out to students Sistrunk said,

January 29, 2016

All around campus professors and other faculty are wearing red and handing out fliers to show support for their peers and bring awareness to students. The California Faculty Association is seeking student support to help them get better wages before they are forced to go on strike. Ryan Corrall can be reached at [email protected]

Leaving class early, losing respect

Illustration by Trevor Moore Photo credit: Trevor Moore

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 point in even going to class if only to leave in the middle of it. Last week in one of my classes, o...

Chico State faculty, staff hit the ground running

Journalism professor Michael Griffin runs the Waldo 100K in Oregon.

Alisa Thorsen

March 9, 2015

For many people, running the mile in high school physical education class was enough for a lifetime. But for some Chico State employees, running is not just a hobby — it's a way of life. Outside of the classroom, many professors participate in intensive marathon training in their spare tim...

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