The Orion

Chico State sees drop in new students and transfers despite growing total enrollment across CSU

Meriam Library on Sept 2 2020.

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

October 27, 2020

Chico State has seen a small decrease in total enrollment for the fall semester — but a nearly 10% drop in first-time freshmen and a 5% decline in transfers — despite an overall increase in enrollment throughout the 23-campus California State University system.  Chico State reported a 2.3% d...

Chico State opens vacant dorms to house North Complex firefighters

Lassen Hall will is one of the two Chico State on-campus residence halls to open it's doors to house first responders

Dylan Griffith, Reporter

October 11, 2020

Chico State announced that it will be housing up to 200 firefighters in on-campus housing that was recently closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. They will be used by firefighters who are currently battling the North Complex fires. “Chico State announced October 6th that they are partnering with the Office of E...

WREC to reopen under limited county guidelines

The WREC will reopen for limited indoor activity on Oct. 19

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

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, which at one point served thousands of people, will be operating at10% capacity with strict sa...

College Republicans Held Public Event Calling for Chico State to Dismiss Tenured Professor

Chico State Republicans President Michael Curry announced the call for the termination of employment and more against assistant professor Lindsay Briggs. Photo taken Sept. 17, 2020.

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

September 20, 2020

Chico State Republicans held a public event outside Trinity Hall on Thursday morning to call for the termination of Dr. Lindsay Briggs, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Public Health & Health Services Administration. The Orion did not attempt to verify or dismiss the allegations mad...

Chico State says off-campus housing prices decreased for 2020/2021 school year

Off-campus student costs decreased by roughly $3000 a year. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020

Joel Moret, Reporter

September 13, 2020

Chico State’s estimated cost of attendance decreased by roughly $3,000 for the 2020-2021 school year, based in part, on responses from Chico State students in a statewide survey.  Off-campus student costs decreased from $25,788 to $22,924 a year. A decline in off-campus room and board prices ...

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.

Julian Mendoza, Mulitmedia Editor

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 to an announcement from the CSU Chancellor's office.  “I realize this is another disappointment...

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

Front view of Kendall Hall

Kimberly Morales, Editor

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, 464 of the confirmed cases were from Chico. As Labor Day weekend approaches, BCPH urged the 18-24 ag...

Annual Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Summer Camp moves to Zoom

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

July 6, 2020

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology has brought new meaning to its motto “Travel the world without leaving home”, as the museum's annual summer camp has been moved online amid COVID-19 concerns. The camp will run from July 6 to July 16 via Zoom. The summer camp has traditionally been ...

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...

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