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Pending FDA approval, all CSUs will require COVID-19 vaccinations; Chico State registration delayed to May 5

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief // April 22, 2021

CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro announced Thursday afternoon that all students, faculty and staff will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination for Fall 2021.  The blanket policy, which will go...

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Chico State opens door to Fall 2021 return for faculty and staff; impact on students and classes unclear

Matthew Wreden, News Editor // March 30, 2021

Chico State announced on Tuesday the outside possibility of most faculty and staff returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, but the impact this would have on students and Fall 2021 in-person classes...

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Shurmer Gym now a COVID-19 testing site

Matthew Wreden, News Editor // March 3, 2021

The Butte County Health Department announced Wednesday that it will turn Chico State’s Shurmer Gymnasium into a COVID-19 testing site starting March 4. The health department has teamed up with...

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California App Aims to Notify Users of Potential Coronavirus Exposure

Jack Lewis, Opinion Columnist // December 9, 2020

California’s COVID-19 cases are surging yet again. With the majority of the state shut down with stay at home orders and nearly 30,000 new cases announced Sunday, state officials have announced a new...

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

Joel Moret, Reporter // 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...

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COVID-19 uptick could mean another setback for Butte County

Joel Moret, Reporter // 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...

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

Chico athletes reflect on shortened season

Alex Martin, Reporter // 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...

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

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

Dylan Griffith, Reporter // 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...

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

WREC to reopen under limited county guidelines

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,...

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Two Chico State Nursing students launch COVID-19 video campaign

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief // 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...

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

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

Kelsey Ogle // 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...

Zoom meetings/ classes are not the same as going to a classroom

Does Zoom work for Everyone?

Jack Lewis, Reporter // 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...

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