The Orion

Online exams are setting us back

Online exams are setting us back

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

May 15, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As education moves rapidly further into the digital age, I’ve noticed a large shift in the methods our teachers use to evaluate us. I’m referring to tests, quizzes, exams and finals. All of these have begun to be available only online, which I’ve especially noticed this semester. Mo...

Chico streets are whack

Chico streets are whack

Alex Horne

May 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever felt like you were risking your life simply crossing the street in Chico? I know I have. The streets of downtown, the CHICO streets (Chestnut, Hazel, Ivy, Cherry, Orange) and any street near campus are jam packed with pedestrians, cars, bikers and boarders. In my opinion, driving, walkin...

Get ready for summer, Chico style

Get ready for summer, Chico style

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

May 11, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As summer is rapidly approaching, most students are counting down the days until their last final, when they can jump in a car or plane and head home for the next few months. People seem to run away from Chico over the summer months, but have you ever considered that staying in Chico could actually be...

Gender neutral restrooms are step in right direction

Gender neutral restrooms are step in right direction

Jeff Guzman

May 10, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Conversation across the country has been focused on gender neutral restrooms. New legislation such as the Transgender Public Accommodation bill in Massachusetts or the House Bill 2 in North Carolina has people thinking about whether gender neutral public facilities are a good idea. While this shi...

Chico State president bids farewell

Chico State president bids farewell

Kayla Fitzgerald

May 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

After many accomplishments and 13 years of service, Chico State president Paul Zingg is bidding farewell. On May 6, the community and university organized a retirement party on campus for Zingg. Students, faculty, community members and friends gathered to honor Zingg at his baseball-themed party....

6,000 LED street lamps will light up Chico

6,000 LED street lamps will light up Chico

Yang Dai

May 8, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

Chico will replace lamps in many streets with LED energy-saving lamps in the next four to six weeks in order to ensure more brilliant and energy-saving nights in Chico. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company will provide the lights and head the project. The company is investing more than $1.1 million i...

Wildcats wet their toes with water field trip

Wildcats wet their toes with water field trip

Amelia Storm and George Johnston

May 3, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

Last weekend, 36 students and three faculty members got a firsthand look at water rights and usage all across Northern California. The overnight trip was put on by Eric Houk, a professor in the College of Agriculture, with help from Jennifer Rotnem who works at the Center for Water and Environment. Destinations...

Convicted rapist no longer moving to Chico

Convicted rapist no longer moving to Chico

Bridget Comito

May 2, 2016


Filed under Community, Crime, News

A 'sexually violent predator' scheduled to move to Chico has been denied residence. Fraisure Earl Smith, 52, was convicted of forcible rape in Solano County. He was looking to find permanent residence in Chico. Smith was supposed to be placed at 3413 Bell Road, located four miles from Chico State. H...

Subject threatens to kill everyone in mobile home park

Subject threatens to kill everyone in mobile home park

Michael Catelli

May 2, 2016


Filed under News, Police Blotter

Chico Police Department Call Type: Threats, Saturday, 11:11 a.m., Lassen Gardens Reporting person has temporary guardianship of 1-year-old child. Reporting person is receiving threats from biological father saying, “I told you I would take your kids so you know how it feels to lose something. Remember ...

Butte County residents vote for caucus in presidential primary

Butte County residents vote for caucus in presidential primary

George Johnston

May 2, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

California just took one step closer to deciding who should run for president in the Democrat primaries.On May 1, doors opened at the ARC pavilion and Chico Grange Hall for any registered Democrats in the 1st District to vote for their favorite delegate. Those supporting Hilary Clinton went to the ARC ...

Chico Police Department releases 2015 annual report

Chico Police Department releases 2015 annual report

Kayla Fitzgerald

April 30, 2016


Filed under Community, News

Chico could be transforming into a safer area to live, and it might be due to the recent changes and actions of the Chico Police Department. The department released its annual report of 2015 that discusses the accomplishments of 2015, plans and goals for 2016, and many crime statistics.Among those accomplish...

New stoplight on Nord Avenue makes crossing safer

New stoplight on Nord Avenue makes crossing safer

Kayla Fitzgerald and George Johnston

April 29, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News, Showcase

A Nord Avenue crosswalk has been made safer for Chico State students to use. By completing the $200,000 project, traffic can be stopped both ways using these newly installed stoplights. "The project seems well received, and it was a long time coming," said John Feeney, University Police chief. About...

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