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Woman’s deceased body found in Lindo Channel

Where a woman's body was found near 150 East Esplanade in the Lindo Channel.

Angelina Mendez

December 2, 2019

On Friday around 2:30 p.m., Chico Police Department officers and Chico Fire personnel responded to a call of a body discovered in the Lindo Channel near Esplanade, according to a news release. A deceased transient female was located approximately at 150 East Esplanade.In the investigation, it was confir...

Student dies suddenly after complications of leukemia

Lenon Padilla plays his guitar at Chico State in October 2018. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Natalie Hanson

September 16, 2019

A student died suddenly Saturday after being diagnosed with leukemia in August. Lenon Padilla, 20, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August and immediately began chemotherapy treatments, according to a post on Instagram by his brother, Lance Padilla. Several weeks later on Sept. 8, ...

Missing student’s body found in Sacramento River

Anthony Mahr was found dead nine days after being reported missing. Image provided by Chico State University Communications.

Jessie Imhoff

August 30, 2019

The body of missing Chico State student Anthony Mahr was found Thursday afternoon, nine days after he was reported missing. On Aug. 20, an individual living by the Sacramento River reported someone in his home. Butte County deputies responded, leading to the arrest of Brentston Rhodes. Rhodes was...

Through the Late Night Podcast: Kodak Black receives backlash after comment

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Alex Coba, Mitchell Kret, and Angel Ortega

April 13, 2019

“Through the Late Night” is The Orion’s Arts & Entertainment section’s new music podcast. Led by section writers Mitchell Kret and Angel Ortega, every other week you’ll get to hear them tackle different topics and issues facing the music industry as well as highly a...

Death Cafe encourages healthy conversations about dying

Donna Wilson (left) and Dan Shoemaker, hosts of Death Cafe at the Chico Branch Library Monday night. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Brian Luong

January 29, 2019

Participants in the Death Cafe discussed the often-taboo topic of death over drinks and snacks on Monday afternoon at the Chico Branch Library.The monthly event, hosted by volunteers Donna Wilson, Stephen Kathriner and Dan Shoemaker, covered a variety of death-related topics. The topics covered not only ...

Memorial planned for student

Memorial planned for student

Natalie Hanson

April 9, 2018

Services will be held for student Kyle LaForce this weekend, after his sudden death due to seizure.Kyle Joshua Harte La Force was a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. La Force lived with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and died on March 27 at the age of 20.According to an email sent to all stud...

Nutrition professor dies suddenly

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Alejandra Fraga

February 2, 2018

Ted Herrera, faculty member of the Nutrition and Food Science Department, died from unknown reasons Friday.Herrera had been teaching at Chico State since 2013 and he was 67, according to a press release.Herrera left an impact in the lives of many students. "Personally, he impacted me just because he ...

Traffic collision in Oroville, one dead

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Natalie Hanson

January 23, 2018

A vehicle driving through a red light struck another in an intersection in Oroville Sunday.According to a release Tuesday, a Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling east on Las Plumas Ave at about 1:38 a.m. As the vehicle entered the intersection at Lower Wyandotte Road, it struck a Toyota Tacoma also entering ...

Chico State animal science student passes away

An animal science major from Chico State died May 4. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Alejandra Fraga

May 10, 2017

Monica Gonzalez,19, a Chico State sophomore majoring in animal science died May 4. Monica came to Chico State from Long Beach.Professor Cindy Daley stated in a news release that Monica was a city girl, who was now in a rural community to pursue her lifelong passion of becoming a small-animal veterinarian.Dal...

Scuba instructor dies at 61

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Kayla Fitzgerald

April 19, 2017

A former Chico State student and certified diving instructor, James Carlson, died April 13. "He was a certified instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) for more than 38 years and owned Valley Scuba in Chico, where he also taught private, semi-private, and group sessions...

Recent Chico State alumnus passes away

A Chico State alumnus passed away this week. Photo credit: Jacqueline Morales

Jacqueline Morales

April 6, 2017

Chico State graduate Owen Euser passed away earlier this week at age 23. Owen was an involved local student who completed a business administration degree in December 2016. He was a part of the American Marketing Association on campus. “He always brought a positive and playful energy to the classro...

Death Cafe makes its campus debut

Students and faculty discuss the meaning of death at a Death Cafe on campus. Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan

March 29, 2016

Death was in the air amidst the beautiful spring weather at Chico State's first Death Cafe on March 23. Death Cafe is an international movement devoted to allaying fear and anxiety of death and increasing awareness of the finite opportunities available in life. “In our culture, death is often c...

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