The Orion

Chico State no longer a safe place

April 8, 2015

Lately, there seems to be more hate and violence in Chico than love and peace. Raelynn Vincent, a Chico State student, was walking home from her boyfriend’s house early on the morning of March 7. A man in a car first verbally harassed Vincent, and then he exited the vehicle and punched her in ...

Caution on streets can save students

April 1, 2015

Another student has been struck and killed by a car. Nickolas Klein, a mechanical engineering major, was killed at Seventh and Chestnut streets Saturday about 8 p.m. This accident happened just two months after the death of Chico State student Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos died at Enloe Medical Cente...

Chavez revelry illustrates ignorance

March 25, 2015

Ah, Cesar Chavez Day. It’s a day to celebrate the civil rights activist and farmer who co-founded the United Farm Workers Association. Many celebrate by volunteering in their community. Or by getting blackout drunk on tequila and Dos Equis. Which is totally fine. Except that the majority of individuals...

Gun control: Solution to gun crimes

March 11, 2015

“What am I going to wear?” “Who should I go with?” “How much should I drink?” All are reasonable questions students should ask themselves when planning to go to a party. “What if I get shot?” is not one of those questions. But following the events of this weekend, many students will begin...

Volunteer groups help with homeless problem

March 4, 2015

Homelessness has been a prominent issue in Chico for years. There have been several efforts made by the city of Chico and by outside organizations to reduce the number of homeless individuals living on the streets of Chico. The Sit and Lie ordinance, which came into effect last year, prohibits p...

Campus must better sexual assault education

February 25, 2015

When freshmen first arrive at Chico State, they are required to participate in a program called Safe Start. During the program, the women are segregated in one room and given a keychain tag with tips on how to avoid being sexually assaulted: - If a situation doesn’t “feel” right, get away f...

Letter to the editor

February 18, 2015

This letter to the editor was written in response to the editorial "Students should be aware of hazing past in Greek community." This article is being written not in a response to the students right to know about hazing allegations, but rather with the intention to address the misprinted, an...

Social media: Mixed bag of envy, connection

February 18, 2015

Social media could be the best or worst thing to ever happen to this generation. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all platforms that were made to connect people together. Which is pretty fantastic. Two people living in different countries can keep in contact on a daily basis, and it’s free...

Gonorrhea epidemic should spur STD testing

February 11, 2015

An epidemic has been declared in Butte County. Three hundred cases of gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease, were reported in 2014. This is more than double the number of cases that were reported in 2013. It is considered an epidemic because of the dramatic increase of cases in such a short amount of t...

Students should be aware of hazing past in Greek community

February 4, 2015

Monday marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of Matthew Carrington. Carrington, a 21-year-old Chico State student, died in 2005 from heart failure following the consumption of massive amounts of water during a hazing ritual. As part of the pledging process, Carrington was forced to chug gallons of wa...

Students shouldn’t turn a blind eye to women’s rights

January 28, 2015

Roe v. Wade just marked its 42nd anniversary. The famous court case was a landmark decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court on abortion. The court found that the right to privacy, which is part the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, included a woman’s right to have an abortion. So the United...

Eliminate reckless drinking to prevent avoidable deaths

January 21, 2015

Nicholas Castellanos, a first-year student at Chico State, was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle Friday night at the intersection of West Fifth and Walnut streets. The driver of the vehicle was sober and traveling at the correct speed limit, and the light was green. The toxicology report for Castel...

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