The Orion

Chico Unplugged presents the creative heart of the community

Winners of 'Chico Unplugged' pose together. Photo credit: Abram Melendez

Abram Melendez

October 8, 2019

The Chico Unplugged contest began at Madison Bear Garden on Thursday. This Chico State School of the Arts event is an American Idol-style competition in which contestants play two songs. After everyone is finished, the judges decide who wins and places in the competition.This was the first round of ...

Taking out the trash at Bidwell Park

Volunteers grabbed cans, glasses, and other recyclable materials out of bags like these. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Ricardo Tovar

September 22, 2019

A dump-truck full of trash and several bins full of recyclable items were picked up and sorted Saturday at Hooker Oak Park. The park was a meeting ground for the community of Chico. A wide range of volunteers including students and families all freed their days to make sure Bidwell stayed clean. The 32nd ...

Taste of Chico welcomes all foodies

Enzo Perri tosses pizza dough to the desired form for Friday's dinner rush at Celestino's. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Yaritza Ayon

September 19, 2018

Classics and newcomers will all gather in downtown Sunday to feed the foodies of Chico. The 33rd annual Taste of Chico will feature over 150 food and drink vendors from throughout Northern California. Participants will be treated to live music, work from local artists and activities for children. Furt...

Getting trashed on a Saturday morning

Hundreds of volunteers line up to claim their free burger courtesy of Madison Bear Garden. Photo credit: Dan Christian

Dan Christian

September 17, 2018

Bidwell Park is looking better than ever thanks to a record number of community members who gathered at the One Mile Pool, donating their Saturday morning to cleaning up the park. Organizers estimated over 500 individuals volunteered to scour the park and pick up trash for the 31st Annual Bidwell...

Amateur artists showcase at local restaurant

Jordan Olesen took stage about halfway through the performances, blowing away the crowd and earning him a place in the finals. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

February 11, 2018

Local music artists and songwriters performed in a competition at Madison Bear Garden Thursday night.Chico Unplugged, hosted by student-run School of the Arts (SOTA) productions, kicked off on the upstairs dance floor of the restaurant. This room was transformed into a musical stage and filled up with c...

Musicians crank up the volume at ‘Chico Unplugged’

Photo of Chico Unplugged winners (from left to right: Bradley Relt, Jared Kreuzberger, Thom Lacalle) Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Niyat Teferi and Caitlyn Young

September 27, 2017

On Thursday, Chico's popular Madison Bear Garden hosted the singer/songwriter competition, "Chico Unplugged." The School of the Arts Production (SOTA) first launched Chico Unplugged in 2012 as a way for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent to the community.During the show, 10 musical acts went...

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

Whitney Hayes, and Weston Andrews sing some heartfelt christian songs. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Rylee Pedotti

October 9, 2016

It was standing room only Thursday night at Madison Bear Garden, where a vibrant crowd consumed the cozy upstairs lounge to catch a glimpse of local talent featured in Chico Unplugged. The singer-songwriter showcase began five years ago when Chico State's SOTA Productions sought to further the conne...

Pocket Points has Chico roots

Pocket points has become a staple of student life at Chico State Photo credit: George Johnston

Amelia Storm

April 28, 2016

While Pocket Point's popularity has skyrocketed in recent semesters, it may be a little known fact that the app was created by two former Wildcats. The app was created by Chico State students Rob Richardson and Mitch Gardner during the spring semester of 2014, and the idea was an instant success. The a...

The Ruckus rocks the WREC

First place finisher in the Advanced Women's category, Christina Saschin holds on before her next move.

Nick Martinez-Esquibel, Sports Editor

April 15, 2016

The smell of hand chalk and the sight of brightly colored tape filled the WREC on Sunday, April 10 for the fifth annual climbing competition, The Ruckus. The competition solely focused on bouldering, a specific type of climbing that doesn't require ropes or harnesses. Although it can be done with...

Trinity Commons event offers free music and raffle

Step Into Sustainability will happen March 23 from 11-4 p.m. Photo credit: George Johnston

George Johnston

March 20, 2016

Chico State's Trinity Commons is soon to be filled with the sounds of free music and raffles. On Wednesday, Step into Sustainability will take place in the Trinity Commons from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Live music will be played throughout the event with various dance performances going on as well. There...

Madison Bear necessities: Beer, bars and burgers

Illustration by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan

Madeline Merlic

September 16, 2015

It's a tale as old as time: college students love to relax with adult beverages and Chico State students are no strangers to having a good time.What better place to do so than at Madison Bear Garden, which won the award for Best Bar in the Best of Chico contest.Walking into the Bear is a sensory overloa...

Late night eats and treats

Illustration by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan

Jake Hutchison

September 11, 2015

  The need for late night dining is a sure thing for college students. No matter what, at some point in a student's college career, that late night/early morning craving is going to hit whether sitting in an apartment or (more likely) roaming downtown. Aca Taco A student favorite...

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