The Orion

Chico summers send tree branches crashing down

Many trees may experience sudden limb drop— a phenomenon that usually happens during drought conditions where limbs can fall unexpectedly due to water build up. Photo credit: Sara-Elizabeth Whitchurch

Austin Herbaugh

September 7, 2015

The thought of falling tree branches is usually associated with an intense winter storm with high winds. While storms can cause branches and trees to fall, hot summer days can do the same. The average summer day in Chico can lead to large branches crashing down without warning.This happened in August 2013, ...

Chico State reduces water through system improvements

Robert Engels

September 2, 2014

As California’s drought worsens, Chico State has taken further steps to reduce the amount of water used around campus and all facilities. Over the summer, the school’s Facilities Management and Services department implemented a central control system that will better allow for oversight of the wat...

Hip-hop artist swaggers in to Senator Theatre

Photo courtesy of Def Jam Recordings.

Michael Quiring

May 6, 2014

One of the West Coast's prominent hip-hop artists will be hitting Chico's Senator Theatre stage for one of the last hyped musical acts of the semester. YG performs at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 with special guest DJ Mustard. The Compton, Calif., also known as "Bompton," rapper will be on tour promoting his latest album "My...

Branch-drops rise during summer

A massive branch fell April 19 next to Meriam Library. Photo credit: Eric Mccauley

Eric Mccauley

April 30, 2014

Last fall, Pa Houa Lor, a Chico State nursing student, was struck and killed by a falling tree limb.On April 19, a tree branch fell next to Meriam Library, a stark reminder of the hazard these falling limbs pose. Sudden branch drops are difficult to predict, but they do occur more frequently in Chico during the...

Drought-resistant plants grow on campus

Michael Alonzo, the supervisor of grounds and landscape services for Facilities Management and Services, explains the difference between two varieties of Oregon grape, a native plant. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

March 11, 2014

Students walking through the Chico State campus will find trees and plants from the East Coast, Europe and Southeast China. In fact, 90 percent of the campus harbors non-native flora, said Michael Alonzo, the supervisor of grounds and landscape services for Facilities Management and Services.Though London plane trees, Chinese pistache trees and grassy lawns provide aesthetic value...

Workshop engages sustainable minds

Michael Alonzo, the Facilities Management and Services' supervisor of grounds and landscape services, explains water conservation plans as Marie Patterson, the department's assistant manager of utilities and sustainability, writes down students' ideas. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

March 6, 2014

The Campus Sustainability Committee has high aims for 2020.The committee showcased its long-term campus-wide plan to improve sustainability and garnered student feedback at the This Way to Sustainability Conference Thursday in the Bell Memorial Union. Students split into five groups and provide...

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