The Orion

Students scramble to fix plans for visiting family and friends

Inforgraphic by Liz Coffee

Christine Lee

January 29, 2014

This year, only five guests per one graduating student will be allowed to enter Nettleton Stadium for the Chico State commencement in May.Every year, about 10,000 guests fill the stadium each day on Sat. and Sun., said Chico State spokesperson Joe Wills. This year, the university will be ticketing guests in order to cut attendance down to about 8,000 ...

Second passenger in Sunday’s crash is dead

Flowers are left at the remains of a crashed that killed 20-year-old Chico State student Austin Silver and 19-year-old Bryant Mata-Adams.Photo credit: Madison Holmes

Mozes Zarate

January 28, 2014

Bryant Mata-Adams, 19, a Chico state student involved in a fatal crash early Sunday morning, passed away overnight Monday, according to the Butte County coroner's office. Mata-Adams is the second passenger to die in the crash. Austin Silver, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, driver Diego Arriaga-Rodriguez, 18, is in...

Chico State earns national recognition for mental health counseling

Courtesy Photo

Nathan Lehmann

January 28, 2014

Chico State was nationally recognized for its mental health and counselling programs last week. The campus earned the Jed Foundation’s "seal of approval" on January 23, said Sarah Langford, a Chico State spokesperson.The Jed Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to improve emotional health among students nationally, according to its website...

Chico Police cancel ride-along program

Ride Along Sgt. Greg Keeney participates in the ride-along program in Fall 2012.Photo credit: Kasey Judge

Enrique Raymundo

January 28, 2014

Safety concerns and budget cuts have prompted the Chico Police Department to end their Ride-Along Program.Participating officers are restricted in what they can do with a civilian in the car, said Chico Police Lieutenant David Britt. They cannot respond to "hot calls," such as a vehicle pursuit or an incide...

Milestone layoff forces workers to compromise, compete

Leah Tallchief, psychology graduate student, is a supervisor for the chat department at Milestone.Photo credit: Christine Lee

Christine Lee

January 28, 2014

Chico's Milestone, a technology company, laid off an unknown amount of workers in December 2013 due to a lack of phone calls for tech support.The company recruited several Chico State students during last semester's career fair. Milestone wouldn't reveal how many people were laid off but at least 315 people are...

No citations given for ‘Sit and Lie’ violation

A homeless man sleeps on a grassy area of the downtown plaza facing the city chambers, where many transients often reside.Photo credit: Jamie Stryker

Madison Holmes

January 27, 2014

The Chico Police Department has not given out any citations to those violating the Sit and Lie ordinance since it took effect in December. The ordinance prohibits people from sitting or lying on Chico sidewalks next to commercial property between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Those who are cited under the ordinance would be g...

AS, committee addresses year ahead

Taylor Herren, Associated Students president and Animal Science major, hosts the Associated Students Board of Directors meeting. Herren was also present for the Government Affairs Committee meeting earlier in the day.

Enrique Raymundo

January 27, 2014

The Government Affairs Committee and the Associated Students Board of Directors held meetings Monday afternoon to discuss plans for the upcoming semester. Hungry WildcatA significant amount of food has been collected for the Hungry Wildcat program.The program is capable of providing food to more students...

Student dies, two students critically injured in crash

Austin Silver

Mozes Zarate

January 26, 2014

A Chico State student is dead and two other students are in critical condition after a car crash occurred early Sunday morning.Austin Silver, 20, who was a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene from severe head trauma, according to California Highway Patrol. At approximately 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Diego Rodriguez, 18, was drivin...

University Farm starts organic market

A University Farm tractor pulls visitors travelling down the Sierra Oro Farm Trail last fall.

Yessenia Funes

January 26, 2014

The University Farm will host a Friday market Jan. 31 as part of its Organic Vegetable Project.The Organic Vegetable Project is a collaboration between campus and community members dedicated to growing and selling organic produce, according to the project's website.The market is a natural fit because stude...

University Police adopts bike light program

Stephanie Kraker, age 20, a junior hospitality major, rides her bike home at night.Photo credit: Frances Mansour

Yessenia Funes

January 26, 2014

Starting this week, University Police officers may choose to provide free bike lights instead of citations for unlit cycling. With the loss of Chico State nursing student Kristina Chesterman and Butte College student Janee Nickerson, both from bicycle accidents last semester, bike safety has become a maj...

University Farm begins Friday organic market

A University Farm tractor pulls visitors travelling down the Sierra Oro Farm Trail last fall.

Yessenia Funes

January 25, 2014

The University Farm will begin a Friday market on Jan. 31 as part of its Organic Vegetable Project.The Organic Vegetable Project is a collaboration between campus and community members dedicated to growing and selling organic produce, according to the project's website. The market is a natural fit b...

President Zingg cuts graduation attendees

The Orion file photo.

Christine Lee

January 24, 2014

Due to the growing number of visitors attending the Chico State commencement ceremony each year, the university will limit the amount of people allowed to enter the stadium in order to avoid safety hazards. President Paul Zingg announced today that the university will be ticketing visitors attending the graduation ceremony this year.The tickets won’t cost mone...

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