The Orion

Brotherhood and bashing cars: How many frat guys does it take to destroy a car?

Jack Mason (current member of Sigma Nu) and James Sandlin (current member of Sigma Nu) survey the damage of the car. Photo credit: Brooke Martin

Brooke Martin

October 2, 2018

Every year students rush fraternities and sororities hoping to become a new member of Greek life. While there are many recruitment events that take place, one stands out. It involves sledgehammers, lots of testosterone and an old PT Cruiser (this semester’s victim).Chico State’s Sigma Nu fraternity has a long-standing tradit...

Fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha pleads guilty to vandalism charges

Chico State fraternity is accused of vandalising on campground. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Christian Solis and Natalie Hanson

October 12, 2017

Chico State fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to vandalism of a campground in Tehama County.The incident was reported on April 28, when Tehama County Sheriffs got a call with claims accusing the fraternity of littering and cutting down trees in a camping area of Lassen National Forest.The fraternity originally denied all accusations, b...

Police investigate Labor Day shooting at fraternity house

The Tau Gamma fraternity house, where a shooting took place. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

September 11, 2017

Shooting at Chico State Fraternity house was reported and remains under investigation.According to Chico Police, a shooting occurred over the Labor Day weekend at the Tau Gamma Theta Fraternity House. Sept. 1 at about 11:55 p.m., police responded to a shooting at 980 Chestnut St. A man was found by officers with a gunshot wound in his low...

Fraternity being investigated for trashing campsite

Fraternity being investigated for trashing campsite

Daniel Wright

May 2, 2017

The Chico State chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha is being investigated by the Tehama County Sheriff for littering a campsite and chopping down more than 30 trees, according to a press release. J.D. Elam, a camper who frequents the spot near Deer Creek, reported the incident. On the weekend of April 21, h...

It’s all Greek to me and maybe it shouldn’t be

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Whitney Urmann

September 27, 2016

Editor's note: This article was updated to reflect funds spent on dues. When media depicts college, typically the Greek system is right up there with wacky philosophy professors and toga parties. Every year hundreds of men and women at Chico State dedicate a week of their life to impress older st...

Greeks come out to support Wildcat sports

Chico State fraternities and sororities come out to support Wildcat sporting events. Photo credit: Malik Payton

Breanna Barnard

March 8, 2015

Cheerleaders, put the pompoms down. Moms, turn off the camera flash. And students, move on over to the section where fraternity and sorority members are chanting their Wildcats to victory. Recently, Greek life has been spotted at different sporting events supporting student athletes and getti...

Bucket list of activities for students

Chico State's Bucket List Photo credit: Monica Fitch

Stephanie Schmieding

September 19, 2014

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Professor recruits to rebrand Chico

John Roussell, professor of communications design. Courtesy of Chico State.

Enrique Raymundo

April 21, 2014

A communications design professor will be starting a YouTube channel in June with the intention of changing Chico State's party image. The channel will be one of the final stages of a year-long project, which included the efforts of more than 300 students. Professor John Roussell began student ...

Fraternity marks lights for repairs

Fraternity marks lights for repairs

Steven Verstelle

February 25, 2014

Members of Chico State's co-ed business and economics fraternity are mapping all the non-functioning street lights of downtown Chico. Fifty-four streetlights have been photographed, marked and are soon to be reported for repairs recently by the members Phi Chi Theta. The search grid extended from West 12th Avenue to West 20th Street, The ...

New sorority to join Chico State

Alpha Omicron Pi is Chico State's newest sorority. Photo courtesy of Alpha Omicorn Pi.

Steven Verstelle

February 4, 2014

A new sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, will be joining Chico State in February. Chico State has been looking for a new sorority for about a year, said Malcolm McLemore, program coordinator for fraternity and sorority affairs. Once the decision was made to add a new sorority, a call went out to the National Panhe...

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