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Student journalists deserve respect from administration

Natalie Hanson

December 10, 2019

In a semester filled with incidents that demonstrate Chico State administration's strange commitment to avoiding transparency, a frustrating trend has been clear. Student reporters are rarely respected on this campus, and time and time again some members of our staff have been chided or treated condescendingly fo...

Protests of Chico State Republicans club lead to frustration with administration

Political parties collide regardless of barricade. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

December 5, 2019

The week before Thanksgiving here on campus was not a good look for us. To say the least. I can't say I'm surprised by the action taken by the university at this point, but it's nonetheless disappointing.The fact that a student protesting hit another student, the president of Chico State Republicans, when he h...

Campus police take responsibility for actions – Hutchinson will not

Miscommunication between UPD and University of Communications creates confusion and potentially dangerous situations. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

November 26, 2019

After weeks of ongoing investigation into the Meriam Library incidents this semester, we got a chance to talk to the police chief to clarify things. My concerns, this entire semester, have rested with the control of information by the campus PR department, and these incidents only made it more clear ho...

Police fail to provide timely information in second Meriam Library shooter threat

Police deny students information on library public safety. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

November 13, 2019

Once again this semester, it's time to address the ongoing failure of our University Police Department to provide information to the student body, as well as to faculty and staff, in a timely manner. Last week we had a second (known) threat of a shooting in Meriam Library. Graffiti found on a bathroom...

University struggles to respond to Camp Fire impact on Chico

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

November 6, 2019

In the year following the most catastrophic event to ever occur in Butte County, it is disappointing to see Chico State struggle to acknowledge how the fire impacted the town it sits in.First, how the fire was handled by the university in the first place left many students confused and fearful. No notifi...

PG&E: the bane of California’s existence

Angel Ortega

November 5, 2019

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s advocation for public safety post-Camp Fire is a façade to avoid liability and accountability. The investor-owned utility company, which provides natural gas and electricity to two-thirds of California, is now responsible for two of California’s largest w...

Chico State police avoid transparency with the media

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

October 27, 2019

Chico State's University Police Department insist they want students to trust them. However, they consistently fail to provide accurate, timely information to students on campus.Last Sunday, a rumor spread that the Meriam Library had been suddenly evacuated without explanation. As it turned out, the ...

Increasing expectations on students are destroying self-care habits

Being a college student means that you gotta struggle when it comes to eating healthy, being social and going to the gym. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

October 15, 2019

With the weight of everything expected of a college student in 2019, it's no wonder we're losing basic self-care habits like eating proper food.Tuition costs are higher than ever. The costs of PG&E, cell phone bills, car insurance and internet are still rising. Here in Chico, rent is skyrocketing and avail...

Chico State needs better counseling opportunities post-Camp Fire

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

October 8, 2019

For the past year or more, getting counseling when you need it has become more and more of a struggle at Chico State. If you need to go through the Student Health Center, getting a same-day appointment requires being ready before 8 a.m. to call ahead and try to get in on cancellations. Otherwise, you're left wait...

‘For the Record’ Podcast: Chico State doesn’t value diversity

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Mitchell Kret and Rayanne Painter

October 6, 2019

“For the Record” is our editorial podcast featuring editors from The Orion staff. This week, our Editor in Chief Natalie Hanson and Arts and Entertainment editor Rayanne Painter discuss an editorial piece about a recent incident involving Border Patrol on Chico State campus. Natalie Hanson and Rayanne Painter can both be reached a...

‘For The Record’ Podcast: Chico State administration, we deserve better

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Mitchell Kret and Rayanne Painter

September 18, 2019

"For the Record" is our editorial podcast featuring editors from The Orion staff. This week, our Editor in Chief Natalie Hanson and Arts and Entertainment editor Rayanne Painter discuss Hanson's editorial piece about journalists' free speech at Chico State.Natalie Hanson can be reached @nhanson_reports...

Chico State parking is expensive, unreliable and out of touch

Students are fed up with the situation for parking in the spaces available at Chico State. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

September 16, 2019

Here we go again - it's fall, another round of parking permits have been sold, and students are once again battling for parking spots every morning. It seems redundant at this point to say it, but it's still true - parking at Chico State is a nightmare with no solution in sight. Except this time,...

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