The Orion

New wildcat statue project is frivolous, not functional

New wildcat statue project is frivolous, not functional

October 8, 2014


Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

Associated Students is going to have a wildcat statue built and installed on campus. The project is being funded by several different groups, and is meant to raise school spirit. In A.S.’s realm of romantic and grandiose rhetoric, erecting a statue to symbolize the spirit of this campus sounds like ...

Students shouldn’t suffer for Blackboard’s faulty technology

Students shouldn’t suffer for Blackboard’s faulty technology

October 1, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Now that Blackboard Collaborate has been rendered completely dysfunctional, professors and distance students are bending over backwards to complete course requirements. Getting dropped from video feeds, poor audio quality, and empty lecture archives have made Blackboard Collaborate more of a sinki...

Trigger warnings should be out of courtesy, not constraint

Trigger warnings should be out of courtesy, not constraint

September 24, 2014


Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

The American Association of University Professors  is against requiring the use of trigger warnings in classes. It feels that necessitating the warnings limits academic freedom. Trigger warnings were designed to protect trauma victims from content that brings up disturbing memories. For example, a profe...

Future academic reforms shouldn’t slow students down

Future academic reforms shouldn’t slow students down

September 17, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Provost Belle Wei’s resignation brings up questions about the new academic plan’s status. As the plan moves from its brainstorming phase to implementation, Chico State and the new provost should consider these recommendations. This new academic plan is meant to modernize the university’s educa...

Sutter Dining should dump all-you-can eat buffet

Sutter Dining should dump all-you-can eat buffet

September 10, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Chico State generates over 140,000 pounds of waste every school year. As Associated Students strives toward its zero-waste goal, the university is faced with the task of reducing food waste. Out of the 143,325 pounds of waste produced in the last year, more than half came from students throwing out t...

Chico should annex districts for sake of sewers, services

Chico should annex districts for sake of sewers, services

September 3, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

After much protest from concerned residents, Chico City Council has halted their efforts to absorb county islands Chapmantown and Mulberry back into the city proper. Most students will likely have never heard the names Chapmantown and Mulberry since coming to Chico for college, and that’s just how...

Assault awareness programs need stronger student voice

August 27, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The state’s sexual assault audit is complete, and Chico State has been found lacking. The university is now faced with the task of renovating limp assault prevention programs. The list of mandatory changes is extensive, but some of the most notable points are: requiring annual programs for sexu...

A private Wildcat Store must put students first

May 14, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The mere sound of the phrase “privatizing the Chico State Wildcat Store” sounds like something out of a dystopian nightmare, but Follett Corporation’s plans for taking over the Wildcat Store sound like something straight out of a business majors nocturnal emission. Lower textbook fees, im...

Breaking gender barriers

May 7, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Almost everyone has been asked by a teacher or parent what they want to be when they grow up. Answers vary from humorous, a dog, to all too often a gendered or stereotypical answer. Of course, by the time these young wannabe princesses, policemen and teachers do grow up and attend a university th...

Educate to eradicate hate

April 30, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Discrimination is an ugly word. College campuses’ pamphlets and websites don’t promote or advertise it, just the opposite in fact. Chico State’s own homepage is filled with images of women and men who look very much varied from one another but still united under the banner of a shared web address. To ...

Rape victims deserve discretion

April 23, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Sexual assualts are unfortunately an issue on university campuses across America. Because of the severity of the topic, different schools have various methods of and resources for dealing with this issue on a case-by-case basis. The administration here at Chico State does an adequate job of providing ...

Evade apathy for AS elections

April 16, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Sadly, voter apathy in student elections is a problem that universities across America struggle with. Average voter turnout to student government elections across the country is in the range of 4 percent, with state universities and colleges slightly higher, at 10 to 15 percent, according to the Am...

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