The Orion

Student drugging still under investigation

University Police Chief John Feeney. Photo courtesy of John Feeney.

Molly Sullivan

October 28, 2016

University Police are still investigating a string of incidents involving the drugging of male students that occurred in late September and early October. The campus was notified of the incidents in a safety announcement Oct. 8. At that point, UPD was investigating three or four incidents, and follo...

Unprepared for the worst

Alex Horne

September 21, 2016

On Sept. 6 at 10:42 a.m. students were alerted by the university that a man who possibly had a gun was headed toward campus. Students were alerted via text and phone call but the thing missing from the alerts was a description of what to do. We think that with all the shootings that happen in this co...

Labor Day means high-enforcement weekend ahead

Photo credit: John Domogma

Bianca Quilantan

September 2, 2016

If University Police Department Chief John Feeney were a betting man, he would bet his money on more than one or two calls of people under the influence of alcohol this weekend.Labor Day weekend is approaching and Feeney said the University Police is prepared to have a full complement of officers on ...

Welcome week: in with the new, in with the old

Students and Parents walk through Chico State to find classes. Photo credit: Amber Martin

Amber Martin

August 24, 2016

Students gathered the week before classes started to celebrate being back in Chico. Wildcat Welcome Week is popular for many different reasons; returning students coming back to continue their studies, an influx of incoming students starting their new journey at Chico State. “My favorite memory fr...

City, campus police improve collaboration

John Feeney, University Police chief, believes that collaboration among police departments is crucial to success. Photo courtesy of John Feeney.

December 15, 2015

In addition to updating a Memorandum of Understanding, University Police and Chico Police Department hope to collaborate more effectively to keep the Chico State community safe. At a recent open forum, violence and crime within Chico was addressed by students. One component of this concern is the Chico Police Dep...

Continuing local wet shelter helps transient, homeless community this winter

From left: Tina, Charles and Chiquita relax on their blankets as the sun sets in City Plaza. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

December 8, 2015

Dakota Youpeè, a homeless individual, died early in November on the streets of Chico. He struggled with alcohol addiction. What many may not know is that Safe Space has provided a place for homeless individuals in any condition to have warmth during the cold and rainy months, and will continue to operate this winter with ...

Feeney aims to fix safety problems

John Feeney, chief of University Police, has a detailed plan for the next year that he hopes will provide many positive changes for Chico State and the surrounding area. Photo credit: Jenelle Kapellas

Cheyanne Burens

October 11, 2015

John Feeney has already begun to leave his mark on campus in the passing months since July when he officially became chief of the University Police Department.The new chief has several areas of concern that he plans to address throughout the first year of his term.Positive campus community relationships with policeWith 29 years under his belt as c...

Beautiful, Clean and Safe organizes clean-up event to unite city

The Beautiful, Clean & Safe clean-up crew gets ready to pick up trash on the streets of Chico. Photo credit: Suzy Leamon

Suzy Leamon

October 10, 2015

Beautiful, Clean & Safe is a concentrated effort that aims toward cleaning up Chico as well as uniting its residents.A group of volunteers met at 9 a.m. on Friday in a downtown parking structure to clean up south campus and downtown. The event lasted until noon. Michael Medeiros, director of Stairways (...

Domestic violence on campus

John Feeney, University Police chief, takes domestic violence seriously and urges all students to know their options on the topic. Photo courtesy of John Feeney.

Suzy Leamon

October 3, 2015

As many as 25 percent of female students experience sexual assault during their college career, according to Break the Cycle Inc. In light of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it can be beneficial for students to be educated on the cycles, causes and environments.   According to the CCWRC Women's Resou...

Chico city council member proposes ghost riding ban

City council member Randall Stone has proposed a ghost riding ban on campus in order to prevent bicycle theft. Photo credit: Suzy Leamon

Suzy Leamon

September 26, 2015

Council member Randall Stone has proposed a plan to ban ghost riding in Chico.Ghost riding is when someone is riding a bicycle while also steering another next to them.The city ban would make it easier for police to stop someone who is ghost riding and have them verify ownership of the bicycle.In Ca...

University police hosts first “Cookies with the Cops,” makes campus safety priority

Suzy Leamon

September 23, 2015

John Feeney, Chief of university police, hosted the first "Cookies with the Cops" meeting at Sutter Hall, Tuesday at 7 p.m.Chief Feeney, Sgt. Brian Farrell and Officer Marc Reed, spoke to 22 students about what University Police hopes to achieve for Chico State this year.Among topics discussed were self-policing, the transient population, bike theft...

Chico State maintains sense of security

There are 40 emergency blue light phones throughout the Chico State campus to provide security to those who are not feeling safe. Photo credit: Suzy Leamon

Suzy Leamon

August 30, 2015

A numb feeling crept throughout Mckenna Mays' body as she looked behind her and saw the man walking at a faster pace. She was near the Wildcat Recreation Center when she noticed the blue light, so she ran to the emergency phone."I'll press it," she screamed at the man, "I'll press it if you don't leave me alone!"The sophomore c...

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