The Orion

Cost of parking forgiveness is unforgivably misguided

Cost of parking forgiveness is unforgivably misguided

December 10, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The Chico City Council’s recent decision to forego thousands of dollars in parking meter fees is outrageous given the amount of debt the city currently faces. As seen in our news section, the city has been struck with the Christmas spirit once again this year. They’ve decided to risk collecting about...

Chico State must remain transparent in state audit

Chico State must remain transparent in state audit

December 3, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Chico State is one of two schools in the California State University system that will be audited on its handling of sexual harassment and sexual violence incidents on and around campus. The audit was prompted by a federal complaint that UC Berkeley was handling sexual and violent crime investigations...

Common-sense fixes could prevent more bike deaths

Common-sense fixes could prevent more bike deaths

November 19, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Two college students, Kristina Chesterman and Janee Nickerson died after being struck by drivers at night. Chesterman, a Chico State nursing student, was hit while riding her bicycle by a drunk driver on Sept. 22. She died after two days in urgent care. Nickerson, a Butte College student who was ac...

University should examine disparity in lecturer salary

November 12, 2013


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A report by Chico State’s faculty union chapter is calling on the university to think twice about how it pays its lecturers. The report, which was presented at an Academic Senate meeting Oct. 31, points out that Chico State has more lecturers than other California State University campuses in the...

Chico State online classes need to put Wildcats first

Chico State online classes need to put Wildcats first

November 5, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The Chico State Online Concurrent Enrollment program is experiencing a serious problem that needs to be combated immediately. This program of online classes, which were offered to students from other California State University campuses, were supposed to relieve overcrowding in general education classes...

Donate time, not money to fix homeless problem

Donate time, not money to fix homeless problem

October 29, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

When students walk around downtown Chico, they pass by lots of homeless people sitting or lying on the sidewalk. Most of the homeless people ask students or visiting parents for money or food when they walk by. Many students, who imagine that they’re doing the less fortunate a favor, decide to hand over the money. But stud...

Pulling investments from fossil fuels makes sense

Pulling investments from fossil fuels makes sense

October 22, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Associated Students is lobbying the University Foundation to pull its investments from companies that produce fossil fuels, which is the socially conscious thing to do. A.S. has given $271,000 in student money to invest. It would take 5 to 7 years to gradually divest from fossil fuel companies that...

Students will benefit from Covered California

Students will benefit from Covered California

October 15, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Covered California is a great resource students should take advantage of. It offers health insurance plans to California residents at an affordable price. California residents can look online for plans or find out if they are eligible for Medi-Cal. Covered California also provides face-to-face assistance...

Chico State must do more to combat drug problem

Chico State must do more to combat drug problem

October 8, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The annual Clery Report, released Oct. 1, shows that drug violations increased more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2012. Chico State’s efforts to curb alcohol abuse were clearly successful, but the statistics indicate drug-prevention efforts need the same kind of drive and determination. Referrals...

To prevent theft, students need to be good neighbors

To prevent theft, students need to be good neighbors

October 1, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

By themselves, the individual increases in crime around Chico don’t seem like a big problem. But taken together, they’re a clear indicator that students need to take their safety seriously this semester. Thirty bike thefts have occurred so far this semester, and Chico experienced a general in...

CSU’s solution for course bottleneck shortsighted

CSU’s solution for course bottleneck shortsighted

September 24, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The California State University Board of Trustees will decide this week whether to fix impacted courses statewide by redesigning  19 of them to be fully online courses. This is a misguided attempt that will sacrifice quality of education for quantity of classes. The thinking behind the proposal ...

Boosted Wi-Fi availability bolsters state, university

Boosted Wi-Fi availability bolsters state, university

September 18, 2013


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Two crucial bills sitting on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown will affect the everyday lives of about one-third of Californians. Both SB740 and AB1299 will provide Californians with the tools and knowledge they need to become active users of the Internet. SB740 will allow the state government to spe...

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