The Orion

Fall 2016: What to make of it

Editorial Board

December 15, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Most people will tell you that 2016 was the worst year ever. Fall 2016 at Chico State also had its ups and downs. We could drone on about all the things that happened in the world during this semester, but we wanted to focus on some things that were uniquely Chico State that occurred: Library hours:...

Swipe right for syphilis

Editorial Board

December 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Butte County's Department of Public Health recently reported that cases of syphilis have doubled in the surrounding area since 2015. This is not the first time a sexually transmitted disease has spread around the county but doubled numbers are a significant jump. One theory for the increase in...

California’s dreaming

Alex Horne

November 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Almost immediately after Donald Trump was elected president there were groups advocating for California to secede from the union, dubbed "Calexit." Although we are majority not in favor of Trump, we simply cannot get on board with the notion of a secession. At first, the idea sounds appealing,...

Editorial: Journalism trumps election

November 16, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The field of journalism is facing a lot of uncertainty now that Donald Trump has been voted President-elect. Trump has not taken kindly to many media outlets and has even gone as far as kicking a journalist out of one of his rallies. It is unclear if this was a moment caused by being hot-he...

Tuition might rise again

Alex Horne

November 9, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The CSU Chancellor has proposed an increase in tuition prices that range from $270 for undergraduates to $438 for graduate students per year. This is after tuition has already been raised more than $1,000 in the past eight years.This proposal is because of new CSU initiatives that total $346 million i...

Police ensure less chaos

Alex Horne

October 25, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Traditionally, Halloween is one of the biggest and craziest weekends in Chico.It is easily the most crowded holiday weekend of the year, exceeding Ceasar Chavez Day. The influx of people is usually due to a mass amount of out-of-towners.The Chico Police Department and University Police have acknowledge...

Mansion causes mixed feelings

Alex Horne

October 12, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The Albert E. Warren Reception Center, also known as the President's mansion, is currently under renovation at the cost of $1.75 million.$1.5 million of the funds are coming from ADR, which is the combination of profits from Associated Students, Regional and Continuing Education, Research Foundation Contracts...

Grad initiative is flawed

Grad initiative is flawed

October 4, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The potential new grad initiative calls for an increased focus on getting more students to graduate in four years. The effects of the proposal can already be felt, with first-year students being recommended to take an additional course load. Overall, the idea to push more students toward graduating...

Poverty affects college students too

Alex Horne

September 28, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Work, school and paying bills. It's a common scenario. Many students at Chico State support themselves completely. Being a student and working is quite common on our campus, but unfortunately, for some students, it isn't enough. A recent study by the California State University system showed that appr...

Students suffer from library hour cuts

Alex Horne

September 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

At the beginning of the semester Chico State's Meriam Library announced that the administration had cut the operating hours. The latest the library will be open is 11:45 p.m. Those hours will be valid Monday through Thursday. Saturday's saw the most dramatic change with the new hours ranging from no...

Students left unaware of West Nile Virus

Alex Horne

August 31, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The first known Chico State student was just diagnosed with West Nile Virus, a virus that is transmitted by mosquitos. The virus has been in the Chico area since 2004 but has been increasingly prevalent in the past two years. The symptoms of the virus include fatigue, flu-like symptoms and fever. Al...

Cameras are nice, but action matters

Alex Horne

August 23, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The Chico Police Department has begun the installation of cameras on a popular walking path near campus that were proposed in February. The $20,000 donation funded project is a sign that the Police Department is working toward creating a safer community for students, but the question is, will it actually wo...

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