The Orion

More fans means more COVID-19 cases

Graphic made by Hana Beaty

Nick Despotakis, Reporter

October 20, 2020

COVID-19 has already killed over 200,000 people in the United States and the death toll will continue to rise if fans are allowed at sporting events. With cases continuing to rise throughout the country, the NFL and MLB only care about one thing: money. There’s no question  that sports l...

Softball team bolsters roster with six new athletes

Jade Henry takes an at bat during a game at San Jose's Presentation High School

Alex Martin, Reporter

October 12, 2020

The Chico State softball team, loaded with so much talent already, will be adding six new players to their roster. The Wildcats acquired Shaye Zlatunich, Hannah Dardano, Alex Allen, Katelyn Oldwin, Kylie Opelski and Jade Henry. All of these new athletes are excited to represent Chico State on the softball ...

Women’s soccer persevering through COVID-19

Erin Woods (left) and Susanna Garcia (right) celebrate after scoring a goal

Nick Despotakis, Reporter

October 12, 2020

With high aspirations of practicing in the spring, the Wildcats are eager to get back on the field. The women’s soccer team finished with an 8-8-2 record in 2019 and were ready to improve on that going into the 2020 season before COVID-19 demolished the possibility. COVID-19 has been agonizin...

What does it mean for the election and country now that Trump has Coronavirus?

Graphic made by Hana Beaty

Jack Lewis, Opinion Columnist

October 12, 2020

This past Friday, news of President Donald Trump contracting the dreaded coronavirus shocked the nation as he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The president, who for months had downplayed the illness, was suddenly faced with a conundrum: how to continue playing it down while a...

WREC to reopen under limited county guidelines

The WREC will reopen for limited indoor activity on Oct. 19

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

October 10, 2020

Chico State’s Wildcat Recreation Center will begin its reopening process on Oct. 19 after Butte County was moved to a lower-risk tier in California’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines. The fitness center, which at one point served thousands of people, will be operating at10% capacity with strict sa...

Q&A: CSU Chancellor responds to The Orion’s Spring 2021 questions

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White

Kimberly Morales and Julian Mendoza

September 11, 2020

Chancellor Timothy P. White announced Thursday in a letter to all 23 institutions in the CSU system that most Spring 2021 classes will meet online. Following the announcement, The Orion posed some questions for The Chancellor’s Office that matter most to students.  Q: Will the CSU be providing ...

Does Zoom work for Everyone?

Zoom meetings/ classes are not the same as going to a classroom

Jack Lewis, Reporter

September 10, 2020

COVID-19’s spread caused nearly every college, university and school district nationwide to switch to online instruction back in March. Since then, Zoom has become the primary way for instructors and students to meet digitally.  While online Zoom instruction may work for some, many find it diff...

Chico State and CSU cancel in-person classes for Spring 2021 citing COVID-19 threat

Chico State will continue virtual instruction through spring 2021. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020.

Julian Mendoza, Mulitmedia Editor

September 10, 2020

Chico State will continue with virtual instruction for most classes next semester. The policy, handed down by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, applies to all 23 California State University campuses, according to an announcement from the CSU Chancellor's office.  “I realize this is another disappointment...

Dealing with COVID-19 and my Depression

Self portrait by Erin Holve

Erin Holve, Reporter

September 10, 2020

It’s dark in my apartment, I lack the motivation to turn on the lights or open the curtains. It’s the afternoon and I’m still in my bed, mindlessly scrolling through Tumblr. It’s more a ritual task than a way to stay connected with anyone — a way to distract my brain from the news, COVID-19...

Holding ourselves accountable for the end of in-person classes

Graphic showing how Covid-19 can potentially spreads

Erin Holve, Reporter

September 8, 2020

On Aug. 30 all students received an email from Chico State’s President Gayle Hutchinson explaining to students that for the remainder of the fall semester would be completely conducted virtually.  This decision has affected a lot of students especially those living on campus. To have a sense of n...

Taking an art class in the midst of a pandemic

A illustration showing the frustrations and difficulties of doing an art class from home

Melissa Joseph, Editor

September 4, 2020

I stood in Home Depot, staring at the different dimensions of plexiglass, wondering what my professor was imagining when she told us we needed a surface for rolling ink.  This was my first time printmaking and I was going into the class blind and alone. I tried to imagine the classroom I cau...

Butte County Public Health calls out college-age population for COVID-19 surge, Chico State students under investigation

Front view of Kendall Hall

Kimberly Morales, Editor

September 2, 2020

Butte County Public Health announced on Wednesday that within a week, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among people ages 18-24 in Butte County had risen by 557.  Of the 557 cases, 464 of the confirmed cases were from Chico. As Labor Day weekend approaches, BCPH urged the 18-24 ag...

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