The Orion

Students express concerns over virtual commencement

Some students don't believe the virtual commencement is enough of a celebration.

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

As the virtual commencement ceremony for Class of 2020 nears, students have expressed concerns over the event.  The commencement, which will be held on May 15, will be an online celebration of the Class of 2020 graduates. These grads have been asked to personalize a Marching Order slide that wi...

Title IX increases Safe Place funding

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

A Chico Speaks Survey Report which shows that campus-related sexual assault is still prevalent has inspired Title IX coordinators to implement several changes.  At the heart of these changes is the WellCat Safe Place, a campus program dedicated to preventing domestic violence and supporting v...

Numerous Chico State students left unemployed following shelter-in-place order

Marco Day and Keyla De Los Santos

April 4, 2020

After Gov. Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-30-22 ordering individuals to shelter-in-place starting March 19, many businesses in Butte County not categorized as critical adjusted to the new regulations, resulting in many businesses temporarily closing their doors. This left many students working both on and off campus unemployed. Students who work on-campus have ...

Lab-based classes get creative following campus shut-down

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

Though the transition will not be easy, science labs will be made available to students online for the remainder of the semester.  “Along with everything else (labs) are going online,” Department Chair of Physics Dr. Eric Ayars said. “This will be a challenge, but we’re finding solutio...

Safe Place temporarily transitions to virtual services

March 19, 2020

Chico State's Safe Place has closed its doors but encourages students to stay in touch.  Safe Place will continue to offer services over the phone, through email and through video conferencing. Administrator Alix MacDonald said the process to communicate with Safe Place can be started by sending...

Battling the opioid crisis with Naloxone

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

March 18, 2020

Training hosted by the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition extended the conversation of preventing and surviving an opioid overdose on Monday, inside Blackbird Cafe.  The training opened Chico residents to the opportunity to learn how to identify the symptoms of an opioid overdose as well as te...

University Police investigating Esken Hall “hackings”

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

Students residing in Esken Hall made reports to University Housing that they were receiving strange phone calls and messages and their phones were being “hacked.” There have been 10 confirmed reports made by students regarding their cell phones being “hacked” as of Feb. 23. Once UH was made awar...

‘Choose Chico!’ spring event canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

March 16, 2020

Chico State announced the cancellation of its annual recruiting event “Choose Chico!” in a Monday afternoon email.  “After careful consideration, and in accordance with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the University has decided to cancel the annual Choose ...

Whitney Hall suspect found guilty of obtaining concealed firearm near dorm and more

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

March 14, 2020

The Butte County Superior Court was filled early the morning of March 3 as Kaine Langstaff entered his preliminary trial for allegedly committing four felonies only steps outside of Whitney Hall, a Chico State dormitory.  Langstaff, who appeared beside his public defender, Saul Henson, pleaded no contest ...

Chico State suspends in-person instruction until April while campus remains open

Chico State suspends in-person instruction until April while campus remains open

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

Students and the campus community have been alerted by Chico State Alerts and the University President that face-to-face classes are cancelled until April 24, 2020 due to concerns of the coronavirus pandemic.  Returning from spring break, instruction will continue online or through alternativ...

University to work with Butte County Elections Office after Super Tuesday brought long lines to the BMU

The 2020 Presidential Primary Election saw Chico State’s first time as a voting center as the Bell Memorial Union opened on the second floor. Photo by Kimberly Morales.

Kimberly Morales and Donovan Corprue

March 13, 2020

After the last voter inside Chico State’s Bell Memorial Union voting center cast their ballot at 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Butte County Elections Office began to investigate the leading causes of the Super Tuesday standstill and examine possible alternatives for the general election in...

Study abroad programs canceled amongst heavy cases of Coronavirus, select students to leave countries

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Chico State and study abroad consortiums have begun to pull students from their study abroad programs amid the increase of coronavirus cases across the globe.  Students continuing toward their degree in countries such as China, Italy and South Korea were notified by the University and their...

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