The Orion

‘Fat’ is used as an insult, but it’s just my body

My body isn’t a cation sign; you’re not going to slip into the heart of my struggles by just acknowledging me as I am. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Rayanne Painter

September 11, 2019

I’ve been here a thousand times: A thin person, most of the time my friend or family member, stands in the mirror in front of them. They twist their face in disgust while they look at their body: “Why am I so fat?” Accompanied by “I look disgusting,” or something similar.One look at m...

STIs: It could be you.

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Janette Estrada

April 7, 2019

Let’s talk about sex. The good, the bad and the gossip.Over the past year, California and Butte County have experienced an alarming increase in STI rates. Chlamydia is the most reported in Butte County.According to a report by the California Department of Public Health, “In 2017, the rate of...

‘Loners’ aren’t always lonely

Student sits calmly alone. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Brooke Martin

October 30, 2018

There’s a difference between being a ‘loner’ and being lonely.You’re at a restaurant with your friends. You see a girl sitting in the corner booth, mindlessly eating her sandwich while reading a torn-up book. She’s by herself with no friends in sight. You start to feel b...

We need to be held accountable for the language we use

Getty Images photo by PeopleImages

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...

HIV/AIDS: The next generation, part 2

Illustration by Trevor Moore

Joseph Rogers

May 10, 2015

I was born at the dawn of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and I ended up testing positive in 2006. Despite medical advances (part one), the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS still occurs. Stigma and shame Stigma occurs in a dichotomous duo: 1. The desire by some gay men to become infected or to infect ot...

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