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Chico State historian arrested for child pornography

Kendall Hall at Chico State
January 24, 2021

Chico State History Professor Laird Easton was arrested by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Jan. 21 on the charge of possessing child pornography.  Easton, a prominent historian, has been suspended...

UPDATED FOR CLARITY: Internal investigation finds $1 million in alleged fraud by 4 employees of Chico State’s Department of Accounting

Kendall Hall at Chico State
December 23, 2020

Chico State has placed four employees in the College of Business’ Accounting Department on leave after an internal investigation concluded they received an alleged $1 million in “inappropriate compensation...

AS Government Meeting Sheds Light on Student Resources and Fees for 2021

Fees, enrollment and more were discussed during a virtual town hall hosted by Chico State’s Associated Students on Dec. 2. Photo taken by Jacob Collier.
December 15, 2020

Decreased enrollment, revenue and COVID-19 assistance were discussed at a town hall hosted by Chico State’s Associated Students on Dec. 2.  President Gayle Hutchinson opened the discussion by...

500 votes found in Chico State drop box a month after Election Day

500 votes found in Chico State drop box a month after Election Day
December 12, 2020

More than 500 uncounted ballots were discovered in a drop box on the Chico State campus on Tuesday — nearly two weeks after certified election results were announced. The Butte County Clerk-Recorder’s...

Chico State Basic Needs receives grant to aid unhoused students

Kendall Hall at Chico State
December 2, 2020

The Chico State Basic Needs Project has partnered with True North and Chico Housing Action Team following a $870,000 grant from the California State University system. The goal is to address the rising...

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...

Biden projected as 2020 presidential election winner

Graphic by Hana Beaty
November 8, 2020

After a historic Presidential Election, former Vice President Joe Biden has been projected as the winner, and the former senator will succeed President Donald J. Trump, who failed to win a second term,...

City Council discusses marijuana sale fees; tensions among council members run high on election night

Citizen Charles Withuhn criticizes the councils handling of the Homeless Oppurtunity plan.
November 5, 2020

Citizens of Chico gathered in City Hall on the night of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and two key issues stood out — the acceptance of California Alcohol and Beverage grant and the establishment...

Still counting: Presidential race remains undetermined, California proposition results remain competitive

A presidential election by Jacob Collier
November 4, 2020

As vote counting rages on, it’s still unclear who will win the presidential election. Currently, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald J. Trump with 253  projected electoral college...

Early Chico City Council election results suggest incumbent defeats, conservative gains

Unofficial election results show a trend of conservative wins for Chico City Council seats. Photo taken on Nov. 3 by Kimberly Morales
November 4, 2020

Unofficial results from the 2020 election in Butte County show steady Democratic support nationally but strong conservative gains in the contentious city council races. All results remain unofficial...

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...

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