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  • Nautica Blue released the second edition of the dystopian novel, A Skye of Jade, in April. Photos courtesy Nautica Blue, collage created by Ariana Powell using Pixlr.

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    ‘A Skye of Jade:’ a dystopian world created by Chico State student

  • The men’s bathroom on the second floor of Tehama Hall has a sign titled “All-Gender Restroom Coming Soon!” taped to it. The restrooms are expected to be updated by the fall 2025 semester in Yolo and the Student Services Center will also be under construction. Taken by Grace Stark on April 11.


    Chico State announces construction plans for gender-inclusive bathrooms

  • Tasha Alexander gardening. Photo Courtesy of Tasha Alexander.


    Tasha Alexander: inspiring educator, alumna

  • Pacientes y estudiantes pueden quedarse en la sala de espera antes de su cita. El laboratorio de Wellcat está dentro del centro de salud. El laboratorio realiza una variedad de pruebas incluyendo para ETS y otros problemas de salud.


    Una nueva ETS está en el pueblo: ¿Que debería saber?

  • Patients or students can stay in the waiting area before appointments. The Wellcats lab is located inside the heath center and performs a variety of tests including for STDs and other health issues. Taken by Milca Elvira Chacon.


    New STI just dropped: What should I know?

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Caelin Nieto, a junior communication studies major, greets and talks with children at the Read Across America event this year in Gilroy. Photo courtesy of Caelin Nieto

Student enriches mind, soul through Miss America pageants

Alisa Thorsen // May 11, 2015
Caelin Nieto has grown as a friend and person by competing for Miss America, an organization that aids with tuition and encourages women to go to college.
Junior agriculture education major Austin Weatherby describes how he has grown as a person and employee through working at the University Farm. Photo credit: Alisa Thorsen

University Farm nourishes real-life skills for students

Alisa Thorsen // May 4, 2015
Chico State student Austin Weatherby has gained valuable experiences working in the orchards at Chico State's farm.

Chico State celebrates Earth Day

Alisa Thorsen // April 22, 2015
Through events, year-round sustainable practices and ecofriendly lifestyles, the university supports environmental awareness.
Briana Beaver, a Chico State alumna, endured several painful symptoms for years nearly died before doctors diagnosed her with Lyme disease in December. Photo courtesy of Briana Beaver.

Survivor rebuilds life after battling Lyme disease

Alisa Thorsen // April 7, 2015
Chico State alumna Briana Beaver shares her experience fighting the infectious disease and the obstacles that come with it.

Honoring the legacy of Cesar Chavez

Alisa Thorsen // March 31, 2015
Chico State embraces the memory of the activist and the impacts he made by putting on events, reflecting on his life and doing community service in the spirit of volunteering.
Womens History Month: Chico State edition

Women’s History Month: Chico State edition

Alisa Thorsen // March 25, 2015
March is Women's History Month and The Orion composed a list of 31 successful women who graduated from Chico State for every day of the month.
Journalism professor Michael Griffin runs the Waldo 100K in Oregon. Running trails is not just exercise, Griffin said. It is a therapeutic lifestyle. Photo courtesy of Michael Griffin.

Chico State faculty, staff hit the ground running

Alisa Thorsen // March 9, 2015
Whether it be a simple 5K or a 100-mile trail run, some university employees were born to run.
Elise Resh, first-year pre-nursing major, does her part to conserve energy by using her heater and cooler as little as possible. Photo credit: Alisa Thorsen

Students think green for dorm sustainability competition

Alisa Thorsen // March 3, 2015
The Shasta and Lassen residence halls are competing to see who can conserve the most energy in a contest put on by the Institute for Sustainable Development.
Emily Hilbers, a sophomore business management major, volunteers in the Dominican Republic during a summer trip. During those four weeks she spent time repairing homes and teaching local schoolchildren. Photo courtesy of Emily Hilbers.

Volunteer discovers meaning through charitable work

Alisa Thorsen // February 24, 2015
Emily Hilbers traveled to the Dominican Republic last summer to embark on adventures and volunteer with children.
Andee Wunno, senior communication and sciences disorders major, has dedicated almost eight years of her life to volunteering with children. Photo credit: Alisa Thorsen

Student finds purpose through charitable work with children

Alisa Thorsen // February 17, 2015
Andee Wunno has dedicated all five of her semesters at Chico State to volunteering and helping kids with special needs.
Kiara Rickson, first year pre-nursing major, is spending her first Valentines Day single in five years. Rickson said she is excited to explore the holiday without the limitations of a relationship. Photo credit: George Johnston

Students embrace solo Valentine’s Day

Alisa Thorsen // February 11, 2015
Single Chico State students highlighted some of the perks of being single on the big day of love.
Josh Mills and Muir Hughes, owners of The Bookstore in downtown Chico, were able to buy the business in 2013 after raising more than $35,000 through crowdfunding on the Internet. Hughes said they both grew up in Chico and have a close connection to the community. Photo credit: Alisa Thorsen

Students, downtown businesses reap mutual benefits

Alisa Thorsen // February 7, 2015
The Orion talked to business owners about how students help them thrive, and how they contribute to student life.
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