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Butte County moves back to most restrictive Tier 1 status amid COVID-19 surge

Graphic made by Hana Beaty
November 16, 2020

Butte County has moved back into the most restrictive Tier 1 status in California’s reopening plan following a spike in COVID-19 cases reported by The Orion last week.  Businesses are expected...

COVID-19 uptick could mean another setback for Butte County

Graphic made by Hana Beaty
November 15, 2020

Butte County may be reverting back to Tier 2 status amidst an uptick in COVID-19 cases. If the trend continues, Butte County will re-enter Tier 2 by Nov. 17.  “I am very concerned to see an...

Chico athletes reflect on shortened season

#20 Kristin Worley takes an at bat in a softball game at Chico State (Ryan McCasland/Chico State Sports Information)
November 11, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has halted sports programs at Chico State since March. Before COVID-19, the spring sports teams were playing well and had a shot to make a deep run in the playoffs. The softball...

Chico State cancels incoming and outgoing study abroad programs for Spring 2021

Study abroad programs for Spring 2021 have been canceled. 
Photo Credit: Dylan Giriffith taken on Oct. 22
November 2, 2020

Chico State international programs announced the cancellation of  study abroad programs that would have sent and welcomed students to and from countries all over the world.  This announcement...

WREC to reopen under limited county guidelines

The WREC will reopen for limited indoor activity on Oct. 19
October 10, 2020

Chico State’s Wildcat Recreation Center will begin its reopening process on Oct. 19 after Butte County was moved to a lower-risk tier in California’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines. The fitness center,...

Two Chico State Nursing students launch COVID-19 video campaign

Graphic made by Jacob Collier
October 9, 2020

Chico State senior nursing students, Isaac Padilla and Tasha Haase have partnered with Butte County Public Health to gather comprehensive data from Chico State students, faculty and alumni about their...

Chico State students, faculty, staff work to keep local music scene vibrant amid pandemic

Performances at Laxson auditorium have been cancelled for the semester, but staff are still employed.
September 14, 2020

School of the Arts Productions and Chico Performances are each working on projects that will help music and arts thrive during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Paul Young, a music industry professor who...

Does Zoom work for Everyone?

Zoom meetings/ classes are not the same as going to a classroom
September 10, 2020

COVID-19’s spread caused nearly every college, university and school district nationwide to switch to online instruction back in March. Since then, Zoom has become the primary way for instructors and...

Chico State and CSU cancel in-person classes for Spring 2021 citing COVID-19 threat

Chico State will continue virtual instruction through spring 2021. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020.
September 10, 2020

Chico State will continue with virtual instruction for most classes next semester. The policy, handed down by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, applies to all 23 California State University campuses, according...

Holding ourselves accountable for the end of in-person classes

Graphic showing how Covid-19 can potentially spreads
September 8, 2020

On Aug. 30 all students received an email from Chico State’s President Gayle Hutchinson explaining to students that for the remainder of the fall semester would be completely conducted virtually.  This...

Butte County Public Health calls out college-age population for COVID-19 surge, Chico State students under investigation

Front view of Kendall Hall
September 2, 2020

Butte County Public Health announced on Wednesday that within a week, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among people ages 18-24 in Butte County had risen by 557.  Of the 557 cases,...

COVID-19 spike for 18-24 year olds forced Chico State’s decision to close dorms, end remaining in-person classes

Kendall Hall on Sept. 1, 2020. Chico State's Administration officially moves to fully online semester amid COVID-19 spikes, empties the dorms.
September 1, 2020

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson hosted a virtual press conference on Sept.1 to address several concerns and newsworthy points regarding the university’s decision to cancel all in-person classes...

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