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A fetish is not an excuse to sexualize LGBTQ people

A fetish is not an excuse to sexualize LGBTQ people

Melissa Joseph

September 13, 2019

When a person's sexual identity and gender fluidity are used as the determining factor for another's sexual gratification, the LGBTQ+ community becomes increasingly vulnerable to harassment and exploitation.Unlike kinks, fetishes are characterized by their necessity rather than desire. People with fetishes are sexually...

‘Fat’ is used as an insult, but it’s just my body

‘Fat’ is used as an insult, but it’s just my body

Rayanne Painter

September 11, 2019

I’ve been here a thousand times: A thin person, most of the time my friend or family member, stands in the mirror in front of them. They twist their face in disgust while they look at their body: “Why am I so fat?” Accompanied by “I look disgusting,” or something similar.One look at m...

Chico State administration, we deserve better

Chico State administration, we deserve better

Natalie Hanson

September 4, 2019

In the past month, Chico State administration has stood in the way of providing information and help to students and student journalists in a variety of critical issues facing the student body.The Orion has been following several stories that directly affect students, from local safety and dropping en...

O-Face: Getting real about safe casual sex

O-Face: Getting real about safe casual sex

Melissa Joseph

September 3, 2019

Going back to school can mean a lot of things to the average college student, like getting new classes, making new friends and having more sex. It’s no secret that college involves parties every weekend and that the student body isn't afraid to have fun. Finding an easy hookup can be pretty si...

Whataboutism and wrongness, problematic politicians

Whataboutism and wrongness, problematic politicians

Gage Northcutt

May 1, 2019

The past week's events sparked the interest of many and deepened the rift between major political leaders of opposing political parties. Twitter WarDonald Trump tweeted a speech Rep. Ilhan Omar made at the fourth annual Valley Banquet for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an organization dedicat...

Death penalty: Inhumane but necessary

Death penalty: Inhumane but necessary

Reed Mccoy

April 29, 2019

Capital punishment is a contentious topic that permeates our justice system and society. For thousands of years, criminals have been executed in various ways, many by completely barbaric methods. That is no longer the case in the U.S. Today, capital punishment (in more left-leaning states, at least) ...

Conversational: On Roommates

Reed McCoy, Opinion Columnist

April 28, 2019

Columnist Reed McCoy talks roommates; the good, the bad and the ugly. Reed McCoy can be reached [email protected] or @ReedMcCoy6 on Twitter.

Judging people from the past: a brief discussion

Judging people from the past: a brief discussion

Reed Mccoy

April 26, 2019

Judging the people of past times is a difficult task. The societies of their times almost always have drastically different standards than the ones that we have. Some people we judge are from eras in which murder and slavery were not only commonplace, but also considered necessary. When reading about the...

Sit down with a Camp Fire survivor

Sit down with a Camp Fire survivor

Gage Northcutt

April 24, 2019

The Morning Of... No one would have imagined an inferno could swallow an entire community in a matter of hours. Yet, on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, that very thing happened to Paradise. Chico State's employee Victoria Militar-Tweedie Camp Fire story is unique. For that morning she ha...

University urging ‘relocation’ of low-barrier shelter a disappointment

Natalie Hanson

April 22, 2019

If students weren't already concerned about the housing crisis in Chico before the Camp Fire, they should be now. The city of Chico certainly has to be as well. Based on letters shared with students on April 12, so is our university-until it hits too close to home. The letters to Chico’s city...

Wildcats need more inclusion

Rachael Bayuk

April 20, 2019

Gender and Sexuality Week is a yearly Chico experience. From education to dancing it’s got it all.While this is positive, we still need to incorporate more diversity into our campus. Chico State's Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition (GSEC) does a lot of great work in our community and on campus. Now, it is time for ou...

Wildcat Will: need or want

Wildcat Will: need or want

Janette Estrada

April 19, 2019

This April marks a year since the welcome of Wildcat Will at Chico State.Initiated in 2008 when a group of university students pitched the idea to the Associated Students representatives, it was to become a symbol of pride and unity.Under the belief that this seven-foot-long, 1,500-pound bronze statue wo...

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