The Orion

Chico icon ‘Mike G’ electrifies downtown streets

Mike G smiles with his dog while resting on his pedicab. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Grant Schmieding

September 12, 2018

It’s quiet at the Thursday Night Market - most of the vendors are still setting up. Low guitar hums in the background as pedestrians move lazily through the blocked-off streets. The sound of loud bass and pop music rip through the air and drown out the local melody. Mike Griffith, otherwise known...

Senior Spotlight: Q&A with nutrition majors who landed internships

Senior Spotlight: Q&A with nutrition majors who landed internships

Nicole Santos

April 29, 2015

Applying for a dietetic internship is a highly competitive process. However, two Chico State students received a match. In the past four years, the national match rate has been 50 percent because of the shortage of available internship spots. The general dietetics option from Chico State is approved...

Senior Spotlight: Q&A with future teachers

Michelle Brathovd, senior liberal studies major. Photo credit: Nicole Santos

Nicole Santos

April 23, 2015

Two graduating seniors are among those who conquered the application process and were admitted into Chico State’s teaching credential program. The process takes a lot of preparation, and it is best to organize and plan ahead. There are many different pathways in the credential program, and each has a specific process to follow in order to a...

Thursday Night Market back in action

Thursday Night Market back in action

Blaine Ball

April 14, 2015

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Senior Spotlight: Belly dancer twirls onto center stage

Vanessa Ricketson, senior business administration major with an option in accounting, shows off her moves with lethal weapons at the

Nicole Santos

April 6, 2015

Just like ballet, belly dancing has its own language, and Vanessa Ricketson has been studying this language for 22 years. “My mom taught me belly rolls for fun when I was 5 years old,” she said. “She wasn’t a belly dancer — she just knew how.” Ricketson, a senior business administrat...

How to navigate Holt Hall

Photo credit: Blaine Ball

Blaine Ball

March 31, 2015

Blaine Ball can be reached at [email protected] or @BlaineHBall on Twitter.

Senior Spotlight: Scientist pursues passion for cancer research, animal care

Natalie Holmberg-Douglas,  a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is working with multiple colleges at Chico State to work with animals and research cures for cancer. Photo courtesy of Natalie Holmberg-Douglas.

Nicole Santos

March 24, 2015

While most kids prefer to play with dolls, Natalie Holmberg-Douglas preferred her microscope. Holmberg-Douglas, a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is part of a research group in the chemistry department that is conducting cancer research. “I work with Dr. Arpin and am working on a proje...

Local pedicab owner a driving force in community

Mike Griffith's dog, Little G, is with the pedicab driver every pedal of the way and even dresses up with Griffith depending on the holiday. Photo courtesy of Mike Griffith.

Blaine Ball

March 1, 2015

Nine years ago, Mike Griffith was homeless and living in a Chico park until he found his calling. Now, he's become a familiar and active voice in the community after riding out of the dark hole in which he found himself by starting a pedicab business. Griffith, more commonly known as Mike ...

Senior Spotlight: Student won’t let environment go to waste

Mitch Hayes, a senior business project management major and managing for sustainability minor, has used his passion for nature to aid his five semesters of success in sustainability programs at Chico State. Photo credit: Malik Payton

Nicole Santos

February 26, 2015

Whether Mitchell Hayes is camping or enjoying his favorite local park, it's hard for him not to notice the pervasive presence of waste in the environment. "I notice myself upset and troubled when human waste impedes on my ability to appreciate the elegance of nature," Hayes said. "Being able to enjo...

Student muscles his way into bodybuilding world

Student muscles his way into bodybuilding world

Nicole Santos

February 23, 2015

Human Oompa Loompas walking around consuming massive amounts of sugar, women coated with makeup as if they were clowns and the smell of tanner can only mean one thing — backstage at a bodybuilding competition. Zach Batchelder, senior nutrition major, has been at three of these competitions ba...

How well do you know Chico State?

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Freshman environmental science major.

Blaine Ball

February 21, 2015

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Senior Spotlight: Twin brother college experience

Danny (left) and Tim Gau said that their time at Chico State has had a significant on their lives, especially through their fraternity and their family's history with Chico. Photo credit: Nicole Santos

Nicole Santos

January 29, 2015

Danny Gau, senior mass communication design major, and Tim Gau, senior communication studies major, never planned on going to college together despite their family’s history with Chico. The Orion sat down with the twin brothers to ask them about their involvement with Alpha Sigma Phi, and wh...

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