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...

Small businesses in Chico are struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

Marco Day, Staff Writer

April 19, 2020

Local businesses are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to apply for federal aid to continue operations. There are two programs in California developed for small businesses to obtain aid from the U.S Small Business Administration.  The Paycheck Protection Program is a lo...

Students stuck with housing bills

Keyla De Los Santos, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

On March 16, California Gov. Gavin Newson ordered an executive order under Government Code Sections 8567 and 8571 for renters and homeowners to halt evictions for individuals who have been affected by COVID-19.  Based upon this order, the Butte County Superior Court ordered for the suspensi...

Stabbing on E. 19th Street and Locust Street

Stabbing on E. 19th Street and Locust Street

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

On Tuesday, around 11 p.m., Chico Police Officers responded to a report at a local medical facility regarding a stabbing victim who was involved in an altercation with an unknown male in South Chico, according to a CPD news release. The fight between the victim and the suspect took place in a low l...

Hundreds of Chico citizens show up for needle protest

A sign that reads, “Would u give a suicidal persona gun? Then why give an addict a syringe?

Grayson Edgemon, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

A deafening crowd of protesters clogged the sidewalk and steps around the Chico City Council chambers to show discontempt for the North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition on the corner of East Fourth and Main streets last Tuesday.   The bulk of the protestors encouraged their elected officials to m...

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...

Chico Speaks presentation reviews data from student surveys regarding sexual assault, harassment

Chico Speaks presentation reviews data from student surveys regarding sexual assault, harassment

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

February 29, 2020

On Wednesday, Chico State’s: Safe Place, Title IX department, Associated Students Academic Senate and California Faculty Association hosted a keynote presentation. Chico State’s Department of Health and Community Services assistant professor Dr. Christine Leistner broke down the results of the Chic...

UPD Launches Anonymous Tip Tool

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

February 29, 2020

The University Police  Department launched an anonymous tip reporting tool for students and the community to use to report anonymous crime to the dispatch center on Feb. 12. The tip reporting tool is giving an opportunity for the public to send important information regarding any incidents they...

Prescribed fire lights sustainable path forward

Current botany Master’s student Mitch Bamford participates in a previous controlled burn.
Photo credit - Jason Halley - CSU Chico University Photographer

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

The smoke looming over the Chico horizon Thursday afternoon was no cause for residential alarm. The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER), Terra Fuego and Cal Fire conducted a prescribed burn across a 25 acre area reducing would-be-fuel for larger fires.  Under director Eli Goodsell, the ecological...

Improvement for Local Parks in Butte County’s Ballot

Keyla De Los Santos

February 25, 2020

On March 3, there will be a parcel tax measure on the ballot in Butte County. One of the most talked about propositions is “Measure A” which will fund the improvement of local parks. If voters were to vote “Yes” on Measure A in the ballot, it would cost the average homeowner an $85 incre...

Oroville bans flavored tobacco products; students react

An outside picture of Dragon Tobacco

Courtney Collier

February 12, 2020

Oroville’s City Council met to confirm a ban taking place in less than a month that will prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products.  Council members had two public meetings where each member supported the ordinance.  With the new ban, only tobacco products that are created from real tobacco leaf...

Affordable housing, sustainable living: Visions for Chico 2020 at The People’s State of the Union

Kimberly Morales

February 12, 2020

Members of the audience had the opportunity to speak to the panel about concerns such as the mobile home living situation in Paradise. Photo by Dayanna Negrete Following the State of the Union address delivered by President Donald Trump, Chico politicians and aspiring candidates for local office...

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