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COVID sign on campus.

To get the vaccine or not?

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // January 25, 2022

We live in a society where COVID has taken over our everyday lives and has impacted the way we are able to live.  In Butte County there has been a spike of COVID cases over the past few weeks....

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The power of a good book

Mario Ortiz Jr, Opinion Editor // January 19, 2022

Growing up, I wasn't the biggest fan of reading. I could never get "lost" in a book like some peers. However, in college, books have become a great escape for me. They have helped me get away from the...

Businesses are desperate for employees. Broadway Heights in Chico is going as far as offering a vaccination  bonus for new hires.

Independence and a better quality of life is fueling the labor shortage

Aldo Perez, Staff Writer // November 12, 2021

Businesses throughout Chico are struggling to keep employment. Some are shortening their business hours, others are even offering hiring bonuses. The labor shortage, however, is not unique to the city...

Chancellor Joseph Castro shared a press conference with local media on Nov. 2.

Q&A: Chancellor discusses COVID-19 at Chico State, addresses enrollment decline and turns down tuition reimbursement

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // November 4, 2021

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro shared a press conference with President Gayle Hutchinson for local media on Tuesday during his visit to the university. Castro is currently serving...

Chico State President speaking on her support for freedom of speech on campus. Photo credit: Christian Solis

President Hutchinson discusses enrollment decline, COVID-19 and remote learning

Alex Martin, Ian Hilton, and Kimberly Morales // October 26, 2021

The Orion sat down with Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson on Monday to discuss three pressing topics within the Chico State community. In the 30-minute interview, our team asked Hutchinson about...

Silvia Bustos prepares a flu vaccine outside of the Meriam Library on Oct. 22

Chico State: 86% of students vaccinated, nearly 600 religious exemptions granted

Kimberly Morales, News Reporter // October 23, 2021

Chico State reported on Wednesday that 86% of students have been vaccinated against COVID-19; the university has also disclosed that it granted 10 religious exemptions for every one medical exemption.  As...

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Off the road and on the bus: Panini Machini keeps Chico farm-fresh

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // October 20, 2021

Behind a funny name lies the work of a local who brings inspiration back home from his travels. With a menu built on Butte County’s dollars, Panini Machini surfaced with a farm-to-sandwich concept in...

Nursing students, Ireland Vallejo (left side) and Katrina Tully (right side) giving out free swag to people who received flu shots on Oct. 14, 2021.

Chico State prepares for possible ‘twindemic’ with free flu shots

Melvin Bui, Senior Writer // October 14, 2021

Chico State students can receive a free flu shot and swag at five pop-up clinics over the next two weeks in the Merriam Library breezeway.  Kimberly Chappell, lead physician of the WellCat Center,...

Christian Hammond solely operates the BC19.Live dashboard which tracks COVID-19 data pertaining to Butte County.

One-man job: data-tracking the pandemic in Butte County

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 13, 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, one man brought it upon himself to regularly aggregate COVID-19 data to paint a more complete picture of how infection was spreading across Butte County. More than a year...

Trinity Hall on Sept. 28

CORRECTION – Chico State: Former employee involved in August student data breach ‘facing criminal prosecution’

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 5, 2021

A former Chico State employee who allegedly used access credentials to expose and publish the personal information of roughly 130 students who requested exemptions from the university’s COVID-19 mandate...

Kendall Hall on Sept. 28.

COVID-19 deadlines expose vaccinated students

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 2, 2021

The five-week gap between the start of August classes at Chico State and the Sept. 30 CSU cutoff for COVID-19 vaccine certification allowed hundreds of unvaccinated students to access campus facilities...

Kendall Hall on Sept. 28

Over 300 Chico State students removed from in-person classes for failing to comply with vaccine policy

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 2, 2021

Three hundred and fourteen Chico State students who failed to comply with the CSU system's vaccine intermediate policy have been withdrawn from in-person classes. Faculty were advised in an announcement...

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