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Photograph taken by Shae Pastrana. Depicts the exterior of the City of Chico Police Department on Friday 12th, 2021.

Police training won’t solve America’s mental health crisis

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 17, 2021

In 2017, a Chico man, Desmond Phillips, died at the hands of police responding to a mental health crisis. Concerned about his son’s symptoms, Phillips’ father called for paramedics. The situation...

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How national trauma endorses theories, not facts

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 8, 2021

QAnon’s online presence highlights the need to increase education of critical thinking skills. In this vulnerable time, society needs the benefit of both mental health care and public discourse. From...

Graphic made by Hana Beaty

PTSD from California’s Fires

Jack Lewis, Reporter // September 18, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a very real and common occurrence that happens when a person goes through something extremely traumatic, such as a wildfire burning down their house, forcing...

Self portrait by Erin Holve

Dealing with COVID-19 and my Depression

Erin Holve, Reporter // September 10, 2020

It’s dark in my apartment, I lack the motivation to turn on the lights or open the curtains. It’s the afternoon and I’m still in my bed, mindlessly scrolling through Tumblr. It’s more a ritual...

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University struggles to respond to Camp Fire impact on Chico

Natalie Hanson // November 6, 2019

In the year following the most catastrophic event to ever occur in Butte County, it is disappointing to see Chico State struggle to acknowledge how the fire impacted the town it sits in.First, how the...

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Chico State needs better counseling opportunities post-Camp Fire

Natalie Hanson // October 8, 2019

For the past year or more, getting counseling when you need it has become more and more of a struggle at Chico State. If you need to go through the Student Health Center, getting a same-day appointment...

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Cloudy skies make cloudy minds

Gage Northcutt // February 20, 2019

With mental health often being overlooked as something that some consider a choice, it is important to know that there are internal and external factors which can affect our mood whether we like it or...

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Chico State counseling services were not prepared for a mass crisis

Rayanne Painter // December 5, 2018

Here we are, just mere weeks after the Camp Fire started a few Thursday mornings ago. Classes are back in session, campus jobs are up and running and we are now left with the aftermath of dealing with...

The intimate art show featured journals available for purchase at the front of the building. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

‘Diverse Minds’ showcases unique art for good cause

Alex Coba // November 5, 2018

Iversen Wellness and Recovery Center's "Diverse Minds" showcased its first art show at the Museum of Northern California Art in a gala Thursday."Diverse Minds" has been set up since 2015. Every year, since...

A Chico Unified School District bus proves at the Chico Parade of Lights that creativity does not stop with light decorations as any vehicle or object can be used as well. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

The Orion’s weekly newscast Oct. 17

Alex Grant, Christian Solis, and Alejandra Fraga // October 18, 2018

On this week's newscast, six stories are recapped by anchors Christian Solis and Alejandra Fraga. The story headlines listed below are organized by the time they appear in the newscast. 1) City council...

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We need to be held accountable for the language we use

Rayanne Painter // October 10, 2018

Here, in the United States, we have a protected right to say essentially whatever we want within reason. But should we really speak without any regard?In recent years, especially during and after the 2016...

Program Coordinator for UMatter Jessica Magallanes wants to help students who are sad or stressed by telling them it's normal to feel these pressures during college.

New mental health training for Chico State faculty aids student wellness

September 24, 2018

Within the past few years the demand for mental health services has surged, calling for college campuses around the country to develop new ideas to help students. Chico State's new mental health training...

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