The Orion

Death penalty: Inhumane but necessary

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Reed Mccoy

April 29, 2019

Capital punishment is a contentious topic that permeates our justice system and society. For thousands of years, criminals have been executed in various ways, many by completely barbaric methods. That is no longer the case in the U.S. Today, capital punishment (in more left-leaning states, at least) ...

‘American Totem’ discusses the culture behind gun violence

Sue Hilderbrand, Alan Gibson, Gayle Hutchinson, Darin Haerle and Adam Irish all listen to an audience member comment.

Alex Grant

March 27, 2018

Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, hosted a pre-release screening and panel discussion of the documentary “American Totem” in the BMU Auditorium Monday night. The documentary was broken into six chapters; story, identity, community, security, civil society and the American experiment....

Undeclared or confused about your major? It gets better

Photo credit: Dongyoung Won

William Rein

April 9, 2016

I came to Chico State as a criminal justice major. That’s right, America, another white guy ready to join the ranks of the police. It’s a particularly controversial time to be affiliated with law enforcement, but I think I speak for all the declarees here when I say our first aim is to he...

Students find success after graduation

Niels Thomas, president of International Accounting Honors Association said that the accounting program is demanding. Photo credit: George Johnston

February 2, 2016

Various departments at Chico State harbor tools that help create successful graduates. The backbone of the campus is the faculty, student organizations, atmosphere and the diverse avenues in which one can take their degree. Chico State is ranked 76th on Forbes ranking of schools of the West, and 399th on the national list. T...

Legalize it… as in everything

Illustration by Miles Huffman

William Rein

March 13, 2015

First of all, I want to say I’m a criminal justice major and the American legal system is mostly bogus and its harsher consequences on the impoverished are a tragedy.The philosophy behind law is that people give up absolute freedom for a system that protects them – namely, life, liberty and property. By ...

Chair presents new crime book

Ryan Patten, Chico State chair of the political science department.

Nicholas Woodard

November 18, 2014

Chico State's political science chair Ryan Patten and former political science teacher Lori Beth Way presented findings from their book that studied criminal justice policies used by police officers.Patten and Way coauthored "Hunting for Dirtbags: Why Cops Over-Police the Poor and Racial Minorities...

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