The Orion

Tobacco Ban has health benefits

Tobacco Ban has health benefits

August 21, 2017

Chico State has become a smoke and tobacco-free campus. The change happened on Aug. 17 so that the campus would comply with a system-wide executive order signed by Chancellor White in April. Some campus community members may be opposed to the change, but the new policy is a good decision. More th...

College campuses must choose between safe spaces or free speech

College campuses must choose between safe spaces or free speech

May 16, 2017

College campuses, once the epicenter of the marketplace of ideas, are now the crucible for free speech controversies in the nation. To promote “safe spaces,” speech is being suppressed. In 2015, a college journalist was reporting on a protest at the University of Missouri and a professor tried...

Popularity drives election

Editorial Board

April 12, 2017

With A.S. elections rapidly approaching, the campus is slowly being overrun by signs. The confident images of the candidates alongside clichéd mantras of unity actually do help students get elected. Not because they represent the policies or beliefs of the candidates, but because the elections are...

Resident advisor firing still unanswered

Editorial Board

April 5, 2017

After deciding to fire 23 resident advisers for vague and frankly insufficient reasons less than a month ago, University Housing has gone silent. Rather than explain the choice to cut a third of their RA staff, University Housing administrators Abeer Mustafa and Connie Huyck have chosen to disregard...

Tuition increase screws students’ bank accounts

Editorial Board

March 29, 2017

Students in the upcoming semesters can expect to pay an additional $270 for tuition, but should brace for more. The CSU Board of Trustees vote to increase tuition by 5 percent for all 23 campuses failed to include the freeze provision that would prevent the CSU from raising tuition again in coming...

Oroville Spillway crisis sheds light on failing infrastructure

Oroville Spillway crisis sheds light on failing infrastructure

Editorial Board

February 15, 2017

The Oroville Dam situation isn’t a sudden problem, it comes from years of neglect by California Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is not the only person who was responsible for the spill. Yes, he could have payed attention to the 2005 reports about the massive spillway adjacent to the dam, which would ...

Trending protests debase freedoms

Kenta Mcafee

February 7, 2017

Protesting unjust events in society is beyond the aspect of an obligation. For college students, it is a civic duty. If we aren’t using the knowledge we received from sitting through hours of Political Science lectures, then there isn’t a point in attending a university. Standing up for a ...

Minimum wage rising: What next?

Editorial Board

February 3, 2017

Minimum wage in the United States was an effort to assist people in the Great Depression, but many people today fear that it has risen so high the Depression has a chance to start again. With California leading the way for a $15 minimum wage, it creates a major cause of concern for us as students....

Ongoing rights battle

Editorial Board

January 24, 2017

As thousands gathered in the Chico City Plaza Jan. 21, the chants and cheers were quickly overshadowed by the underlying message; the United States is deeply divided. It was a peaceful demonstration that supported women’s rights, reproductive rights and race equality. Despite this, the main message...

Fall 2016: What to make of it

Editorial Board

December 15, 2016

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

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

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,...

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