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The Orion staff profile

Melissa Joseph

2019-2020

Melissa Joseph is an avid writer and music listener who has written and illustrated for The Orion for the past four semesters. She is the opinion editor for The Orion, a columnist for the Chico Enterprise Records and an A&E reporter for Tahoe Onstage. She hopes to one day work for a newspaper in a ...

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Staff Profile


Melissa Joseph

2019-2020

Growing up in the Bay Area, Melissa is adapting to the quieter life in Chico by exploring new swim spots with new friends and enjoying scenic drives in the mountains. Drawing, writing and driving are among Melissa’s favorite activities when not at work or school. In an attempt to have a slightly m...

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The never ending possibility of becoming my mother

The never ending possibility of becoming my mother
November 19, 2020

I remember the day my mom told me she was addicted to meth.  My pale legs lazily slumped against the car door as my head rested on the window.  It was an early afternoon in August. I was...

Taking an art class in the midst of a pandemic

A illustration showing the frustrations and difficulties of doing an art class from home
September 4, 2020

I stood in Home Depot, staring at the different dimensions of plexiglass, wondering what my professor was imagining when she told us we needed a surface for rolling ink.  This was my first time...

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State
May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium...

Featured Artist: William Bays explores the depths of art and mental health

William Bays poses with his artwork.
April 1, 2020

Among the chaos and traffic in today’s world, artist William Bays finds a way to channel his anxieties into emotionally evoking works of art.  During the art department’s open studios on campus,...

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room
March 12, 2020

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band serenaded audiences Thursday night as they reminisced in the dimly lit Sierra Nevada Big Room. Without a word, Vaughan thumped his hand against the body of...

Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.
February 27, 2020

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the hum of large amps filled Tender Loving Coffee as dozens gathered to watch Luke Sweeney and more perform Friday night.  Red and green fluorescent lights spilled...

Carlos Mencia screams out for a dynamic comedy night

Carlos Mencia performing a stand-up act
February 26, 2020

From important messages on immigration to saving the world through oral copulation, Carlos Mencia and others had Chico enraptured Saturday night at the El Rey Theatre. Three comedians took the stage...

Vagina Monologues offers an unapologetic narrative for the women of Chico

Cast of the Vagina Monologues
February 19, 2020

Hundreds gathered to celebrate their womanhood and explore the nature of their gender identity during the Vagina Monologues, Friday night.  Among attendees were dozens of organizations detailing...

Chico State celebrates black gospel for Black History Month

February 12, 2020

Angelic voices rang throughout the Performing Arts Center as a celebration of black gospel music took place Friday afternoon.  The Rev. Robert Morton from the Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico,...

Local photographer showcases photo book recalling the Camp Fire

Douglas Keister showcasing his book “People, Places & Pieces of Paradise '' at the Chico History Museum.
February 12, 2020

One year and three months ago, Butte County experienced a disaster that caused an everlasting impression on thousands of lives. Local photographer and author, Douglas Keister, watched as the community...

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