The Orion

Rugby rookies drive for championship pitch

Greg Silvia

February 18, 2014


Filed under Sports

Winning the USA Rugby College National Championships is a goal of the Chico State women’s rugby team’s strong rookie class. After five seniors graduated last year, the Wildcats were able to get an influx of youthful talent, adding nine rookies to this year’s squad. Natalie Oelsner, a three-year member of th...

Alumni talent returns for annual meet

Alumni talent returns for annual meet

Ryan Grady

February 17, 2014


Filed under Sports

Familiar faces filled Chico State’s track Saturday for its annual alumni meet. It was a cold day, but that didn’t slow down any of the energy that was brought to the track. The day started off with head coach Oliver Hanf bringing everyone in for a team huddle and a slow clap, which brought the kind of atmosphere from a real meet...

Family planning program cuts benefits

Family planning program cuts benefits

Christine Lee

February 17, 2014


Filed under News

FamilyPACT is changing how mammograms and pregnancy tests are billed to Chico State students. Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment is a Medi-Cal program that assists men and women of childbearing age with covering reproductive health care expenses. Students don’t have to cover their copay or pay out of their own pockets with the program. Students who are u...

Chico’s reputation as a violent campus

Matt Murphy

February 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Over the last few years, Chico State has begun to accumulate a reputation as a violent place to live. Each semester there are assaults, thefts, even an attempted kidnapping just last week. But is Chico really that much more dangerous than any other college town? Chico is a smaller metropolitan...

Wildcats achieve Saturday sweep against UC San Diego

Wildcats achieve Saturday sweep against UC San Diego

Greg Silvia

February 16, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Chico State baseball team swept a doubleheader on the road against UC San Diego Saturday.   The 12th-ranked Wildcats had two stellar starting pitching performances from its two starting pitchers, Marcos Lara and Brad Lohse.   Lara pitched five and one third shutout innings, allowing only tw...

Retired professor keeps history alive

Retired professor keeps history alive

Ernesto Rivera

February 16, 2014


Filed under Features

  With more than 200 different trees on Chico State’s campus, it’s hard for a person to keep track. Except for one man. Wes Dempsey, 87, has led campus arboretum tours for more than 30 years and is the guide to all things green at Chico State. His passion and advocacy for the campus arboretum has helped nourish the grounds with people still referring to his experti...

Social media can ruin relationships

Veronica De La Cruz

February 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Social media has the potential to ruin any relationship. It’s astonishing that the updates that a new significant other posts, the photos they take or even whose picture or status they “like” will become just as important as the words coming out of their mouth on the first date. Instea...

Chico State retires party school reputation

Chico State retires party school reputation

Valerie Teegardin

February 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I'm from Vancouver, Wash. and finding people who actually know about Chico State is as rare as seeing sunshine between October and June. If by some tiny chance a Washingtonian does know about Chico, an, "Oh, the party school!" is blurted out as if it's the distinguishing characteristic that defines our colleg...

University ignores students’ voices

February 12, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

It is said that change starts with one person, but that rarely seems to be the case. This semester, students in a geography class are working toward change on campus. Students in the Environmental Thought in Action course are currently trying to get a new advisory measure on the Associated Students...

Wildcat baseball catches preseason awards

Wildcat baseball catches preseason awards

Nicholas Woodard

February 12, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Pitching and defense go hand in hand. A pitcher needs his defense to make plays behind him and the defense relies on the pitcher to set the pace of the game. Luckily, the Chico State baseball team has two of the best players covering these positions. Senior pitcher Nick Baker and junior shortstop Cody Slader lead in pit...

The four C’s of using profanity in writing

Valerie Teegardin

February 12, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

CommunicateWhen mere words simply are not enough, profanity, if applied properly, can deliver a powerful reaction. It can be so powerful, that even the driest of sentences will have emphasis and emotion. Take, for example, "I don't care" versus " I don't give a fuck". Although both contain the same message, it'...

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