The Orion

Governor Gavin Newsom asks NCAA to play fair and pay fair, student-athletes respond

History of the NCAA Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

October 6, 2019

For years, student-athletes have fought for the right to earn benefits in return for the work they put into playing in order to place their school on the map. On Sept. 30, California changed the game forever as it became the first state to bring this issue into the spotlight, as Governor Gavin Newsom si...

California MLB teams make final cuts, prepare for the season

AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, on opening day 2017. Getty Images photo by Thearon W. Henderson.

Austin Schreiber

March 27, 2018

With opening day a week away, it's time to start thinking about Major League Baseball again. Spring training is wrapping up and teams are making their final roster cuts. With Chico having no professional sports team, many students and locals are fans of teams from northern or southern California,...

New Wildcat statue funded exclusively from donations

The fencing will be up in front of Bell Memorial Union until the statue's unveiling on April 19 Photo credit: Lizzie Helmer

Lizzie Helmer

February 14, 2018

A new Wildcat statue is coming to Chico State and it’s funded in a way that’s the first of its kind. The about $145,000 necessary for the project came from a collaborative donations effort by the Alumni Association, Associated Students, athletics and the university. The project pulled no...

Chico State sisters die in fatal car crash

Brittni and Brynn Frace were killed in a car crash this week. Photo credit: Photo Courtesy of Highlands Church

Alejandra Fraga

January 19, 2018

Brittni Frace, a returning student at Chico State, and her sister Brynn died due to a car accident while returning back to Chico Tuesday. The incident occurred on Highway 198 west of Interstate 5, according to a press release. Brittni died instantly as a result of the crash. Her sister, Brynn...

Students spend $200 to fund sports annually

IRA Fee Breakdown by Program Photo credit: Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright

May 11, 2017

Chico State students pay 196 dollars annually for the sports program, in instructional-related activities fees. Every student who attends Chico State pays 280 dollars every year in Instructionally Related Activities fees. Athletics and recreation sports receive 70 percent of the IRA fee. As discussed in ...

Chico State baseball loses on a walk off

Sonny Cortez warms up, getting ready to bat. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Anna Baytosh

February 7, 2017

On Saturday morning, the Wildcat baseball team was defeated by Point Loma with a walk off win in San Diego. This match was the third in a four game series against the Sea Lions.Chico State started the game strong with a run scored by senior infielder, Andru Cardenas, from an RBI single hit by senior ...

TBT: Chico State athlete looks back on Make-A-Wish event

Four-year-old Davan Jones receives her gift as student athletes look on. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Anna Baytosh

May 5, 2016

I stood alongside my peers on the Nettleton Stadium baseball field anticipating the arrival of a very important four-year-old girl. I was surrounded by fellow student athletes who were all there for the same magical reason, to grant a wish. Every other year, the Chico State Student Athlete Advisory...

Former McFarland runner carries high school legacy

First-year runner Veronica Garcia representing her school. Photo credit: Veronica Garcia

Esther Briggs

March 15, 2016

For first-year cross-country and track runner Veronica Garcia, the movie "McFarland, USA” (2015) is more than an inspirational sports dramatization. The story of a 1987 cross-country team put together by its coach, Jim White, happened right in her high school. Garcia began running in kindergarten,...

Wildcat women end season on the road

First-year McKena Barker hugs a teammate after a game against Cal Poly Pomona. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Esther Briggs

February 29, 2016

Sophomore Whitney Branham led all scorers with 20 points in the last season game against the Cal State L.A. Eagles where the Wildcats fell 83-61 at The Eagles' Nest in L.A. on Feb. 27.Branham started off the night hot. The sophomore guard knocked down four 3-pointers, giving her 41 treys for the seaso...

Softball team wins second of doubleheader

Sophomore Haley Gilham winds up to pitch during the Dominican University game on Feb. 7.

Esther Briggs

February 17, 2016

The Chico State softball team won the second game of their Feb. 13 doubleheader against the Sonoma State Seawolves, 5-0. The win brings the Wildcats' record to 2-2 in their conference. The second game was all Wildcats. Junior designated player Cyrena Taylor doubled in the top of the second inning...

Q&A: Chico State President Paul Zingg

Chico State President Paul Zingg holds up one of the many ties from his extensive collection. Zingg has been president of the university since 2004. Photo credit: Malik Payton

Blaine Ball

January 27, 2015

Paul Zingg, president of Chico State, has many goals, ambitions and ties. With a decorated resume and a vast collection of sports memorabilia, Zingg leads the university in its efforts toward academic and intercollegiate athletic excellence as he heads into his 12th year as president of Chico State....

A.S. to build bronze wildcat statue

A $160,000 wildcat statue from the University of New Hampshire that the Associated Students is using as an example to illustrate the one they want to build for Chico State. Students and non-students will be able to submit designs for the statue and vote on the one they like the most. Photo courtesy of the Associated Students.

Madison Holmes

October 7, 2014

A wildcat statue will likely be built and completed by the beginning of Fall 2015.The new statue will cost between $40,000 and $300,000, none of which will come from student fees, said Taylor Herren, Chico State's Associated Students president.Approximately $130,000 has been accumulated for the statue. T...

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