The Orion

Let them spark it up

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Carlos Islas

April 17, 2017

Medical marijuana has become less of a taboo and more of an alternative choice for medication; even though it's just in 28 states. While there are benefits, there is still a fuss when it comes to an athlete using it for injuries. Athletes should be allowed to use medical ...

Surviving college on coffee

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Nicole Henson

April 5, 2017

Alcohol and amphetamines take a hard second to the most abused drug in America, caffeine. Every morning, I hand some fratty-coffee-shop-dude my $1.88 in return for a cup of their Vanilla Nut roast so that I can start my day. At least 68 million Americans drink three cups of coffee or more every day,...

Screen junkies killing time

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Kyra Stemplinger

January 23, 2017

Free time in the modern age is nothing but an interruption in our phone time. Enjoying anything without texting, tweeting or snapping is a rarity these days, and I’ve been guilty of this crime myself.The four most common phone time wasters all present the same message to keep people connected and infor...

There is only one reason to not try psychedelics

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William Rein and Helen Suh

March 21, 2016

Babysitting people on psychedelics, or trip sitting, is never boring. When it’s kicked in it can be a bit like watching kids play in the toy structure at McDonald's. All you have to do is keep morale up. Despite psychedelics being such a safe and simple pastime, there’s a single reason wh...

Coffee high

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Sam Rios

February 18, 2016

Just take a look around campus on any given morning. Lattes, cold brews and iced coffees. Students line up like zombies just to get their morning fix. No matter how they are consumed, these drinks are feeding a bigger problem: outrageously high caffeine tolerances among college students. This is not just an ...

Recovery group volunteers clean up homeless camps

Volunteers with the Christbridge Ministry clean up refuse on Feb. 18 at the Lindo Channel homeless encampment behind S&S Organic Produce on Mangrove Avenue. Photo courtesy of Jim Secola.

Michael Mcclurg

March 18, 2015

The homeless problem in Chico regularly leads to encampments where refuse such as old bottles and used syringes not only clutter the landscape but also pose safety concerns. But one group is working to help. Christbridge Ministry, a local Christian organization that runs a recovery program...

Netflix addiction stole years of my life

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Julianna Eveland

November 17, 2014

As I contemplated writing this column, I also thought about procrastinating a while longer to watch Netflix instead. I think I have a problem. I’m addicted to Netflix. I've heard the first step to recovery is recognizing the problem. So I'm going to lay it out now: on an average day, I'd say I...

Addiction bends good friends

Kevin Crittenden

May 11, 2014

There's nothing worse than watching, in slow motion, the wasting away of a close friend.People tend to choose company whose values closely match their own, but when a friend succumbs to the throes of addiction, it’s time to cut ties.Within the first several weeks of moving here, I had met most of the peo...

The dangers of coffee dependency

Kristina Martinez

February 20, 2014

The way people talk about coffee and their dependance on it is similar to how drug addicts refer to drugs. Coffee is not something needed in order for the human body to function. But it seems that the more people use coffee as a wake up call, the more the brain reacts to coffee as the only thin...

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