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Chicoween: The “out-of-towners” legacy

Places like Ray’s Liquor have actually seen a

Joel Peterson

November 2, 2019

Chicoween is here once again, and Chico may once again be raided by out-of-towners in search of a good party.Chico State has had a reputation of being called a party school dating back to the mid-80s. Not much has changed.In 2018, Chico was ranked the “Drunkest City in California” with a staggerin...

Drunk in the dorms: should 21+ be allowed?

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Rayanne Painter

December 11, 2018

As strict as the alcohol and drug policies are for Chico State’s on-campus housing, you’d think that residents would take them at least a little seriously. But when I lived in the residence halls, some people had vodka labels blatantly taped to the back of their doors and the empty half of ...

Chico State athletics and alcohol don’t mix

Chico State lays out their alcohol policy very clearly to all of its athletes when the athlete first arrives at Chico State. Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Andrew Baumgartner and Courtney Chapman

April 15, 2018

As we move on from cold and rain to nicer weather, there will be no shortages of partying Chico State students. This narrative of a typical weekend is different for student-athletes who are bound by a drinking policy through the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics."We want people to have a good co...

Legal drinking age in U.S. creates more problems than solutions

Drinking culture differs greatly from the U.S. and other countries around the world. Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Grant Schmieding

February 19, 2018

Today, in addition to what the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism regards as a "pervasive binge drinking culture," the United States is one of the few countries in the world with a drinking age as high as 21. Restricting adolescent’s exposure to alcohol may not be the best way ...

Off The Record | Episode 7 | Sex and drugs, Chico and marijuana, and drinking in class.

The seventh episode of Off The Record. Photo credit: The Orion

Roberto Fonseca

September 28, 2017

This revived series takes a look at what’s new in The Orion’s opinion section. Columnists discuss current events, local news and columns that can be found at The Orion website. This week, writers Kendall George and Grayson Boyer talk about sex on drugs, Chico banning recreational marijuana d...

Four steps to being drunk in class

College man drinks his night away Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Grayson Boyer

September 26, 2017

Getting drunk before class is an art form that many dabble in as an amateur, yet few have ever truly mastered. Years of careful study, meditation and deep introspection has led to a surefire list that will allow any lightweight drinker to maintain appearances in even the most difficult class. Behold,...

Chico scrutinizing binge-drinking too harshly

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Nicole Henson

March 27, 2017

Chico State students are infamous for blurring the line of knowing how much alcohol is too much. While some people attribute binge drinking as a lack self-control, others wonder if they simply value getting hammered. Taking Chico’s party reputation into consideration, it’s safe to assume the thrill...

Basic Drinking In America

Basic Drinking In America

Nicte Hernandez and Briana Mcdaniel

September 21, 2016

She walks into Riley's, screaming, "Buy me a shot!" Figuratively though, since she is about the hundredth girl to walk in on her 21st birthday with that infamous pink sash. In my opinion, this is the most overrated way to celebrate ones day of freedom. Instead of creatively planning for this day tha...

California’s tobacco measure will have negative results

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Sean Daly

March 29, 2016

From 2011-2012 in California, adults aged 18-24formed the lowest demographic of cigarette smokers except for adults aged 65 and over. They also had lower rates of smoking than the national average, which have both been steadily dropping recently. So why is our California legislature trying to restrict...

Hangover supplements fail to soothe

Veronica De La Cruz

September 25, 2014

The morning after a night out on the streets of Chico, many students may be regretting all the alcohol they've consumed the night before. There are all sorts of remedies out there for a hangover, but do they really work?Some popular ones include eating greasy food or the popular route of drinking awa...

Friends in low places offer life lessons

Kevin Crittenden

May 3, 2014

A few years ago, when I was going to Sonoma State, I had a friend who drank too much.In the two years which I knew him, Danny Smith, whose name I’ve changed here, was arrested three times for public intoxication. Once, we were walking back from a party miles from our dorms, stumbling down the poor...

Underage drinking ordinance in talks

Madison Holmes

February 24, 2014

A proposed social host ordinance, which would punish those hosting private parties where alcohol is consumed by people under 21, will return to the City Council for review March 4.The ordinance was discussed during Monday night's monthly International Town and Gown Association meeting.The ordinance would not sp...

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