The Orion

Wild and Scenic Film Festival promotes nature and activism

Mitchell Kret

March 4, 2019

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival made a visit to Chico Feb. 28 to show 13 short films revolving around nature and activism. The festival was held in Ayres Hall, filled with diverse people from around the Chico community—students, families and many others who care about nature and the wilderness ar...

SQE holds first Open House meeting of the year

Students go over club goals in the Students for Quality Education's first meeting of the year. Photo credit: Nate Rettinger

Nate Rettinger

February 5, 2019

The Students for Quality Education hosted an open house and their first meeting of the year this week, giving students the opportunity to check the club out.About 20 people came to Thursday’s event to discuss key issues and meet the club members while socializing over food. About half of that num...

Chico residents need compassion for the homeless

Photo credit: Kristina Judy

Kyra Stemplinger

March 16, 2017

When walking around Chico, it's not unusual to see a person pushing a shopping cart or asking for spare change. However, it is rare to see someone actually give money to the homeless. There are conflicting views about the homeless population in Chico. While some people want to help the 1,127 afflicted people, most just avoid making eye contact with the...

Twitter is the new political weapon of choice

Photo credit: Kristina Judy

Rachel Reyes

February 17, 2017

Social media seems to have become the preeminent medium shaping political agendas across the nation today. These messages are being rapidly exchanged 140 characters at a time. The ability for one single tweet to influence open-ended political discussions and drive media coverage has become substantial. Times...

Alumna working for diversity

Egypt Howard on campus at the #BlackInChico protest Sept. 26. Photo credit: Bianca Quilantan

Karen Limones

February 17, 2017

Egypt Howard is using her past experiences to help better the lives of her local African-American community. Former Chico State student, Egypt Howard remembers a lack of empathy in the Chico community and a lack of people putting time and effort into empowering black students on campus. While attending...

Chico United protesters march against Trump policies

Protestors on the March against President Trumps actions in recent weeks. Photo credit: Isaac Ramsour

Kayla Fitzgerald

February 14, 2017

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New director in civic engagement

Susan's office location. Photo credit: Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright

February 11, 2017

Susan Roll, Ph.D. took over as director of Civic Engagement at Chico State in the beginning of this semester."As Director of Civic Engagement, Susan will work with faculty to enhance the civic component of their classes and form a bridge between campus and community for the creation of meaningful partnersh...

Election Expression promotes activism

Comments on Twitter pertaining to the disapproval of white people. Photo credit: Kenta Mcafee

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

January 31, 2017

Many people attending Chico State still felt powerful shockwaves from the recent presidential election. With an uncertain future for many of us, it was comforting to come together as a community at the Election Expressions event. During this time of political disbelief for minorities across the nation,...

Student athletes should be allowed to be activists

Dylan Dewit

January 20, 2015

No college football team has excited me more this year than the Oregon Ducks. But it was not because of anything related to their New Year's Day win, but what happened after the last few seconds ticked off the clock. During the celebration, after throttling Florida State, Oregon Duck players began a chant tha...

Serving up social change via social networking sites

Valerie Teegardin

May 14, 2014

Unless you've taken the concept of dead week quite literally, than you've probably noticed your Twitter stream clogging up with pleas to #BringBackOurGirls.Despite the good intentions of this campaign, Twitter hashtags won't bring back the 230 Nigerian girls who were abducted. What hashtags can do, h...

Digital activism lacks real results

Veronica De La Cruz

April 9, 2014

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” read a tweet from @ColbertReport posted March 28. While “The Colbert Report” is widely known for its humor and jokes, this tweet still caused outrage ...

Students stand at California’s anti-fracking rally

Chico State student Kevin Killion, of AS Sustainability, joins thousands of environmental activists in protesting in front of the state Capitol. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Gary Nelson

March 26, 2014

One issue brought together students, Buddhist monks, grandmothers, authors, farmers and brewers from all over California. Fracking is happening in California, and they want it to stop. Nearly 60 Chico activists boarded a bus bound for the state Capitol early on March 15 to demand a ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing for fossil fuels, in California. The grou...

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