The Orion

Full Disclosure: Student-athletes getting paid

Kenta Mcafee

October 25, 2016

The only difference between college athletes and high school athletes is the workload. Although the collegiate level is more competitive, with only 7.8 percent of all athletes able to compete, the players are treated the same. There is no benefit available for the athletes who suffer broken bones an...

Concussions have repercussions

Concussions have repercussions

Makayla Hopkins

October 18, 2016

The NFL isn't alone in the battle against concussions. College athletic programs are following in the league's footsteps to create a safer game for their athletes.The NCAA Executive Committee adopted its Concussion Policy and Legislation in April 2010. The policy requires all affiliated schools to ha...

House Bill 2 is too much

Kenta Mcafee

September 20, 2016

North Carolina has made one thing clear with their implementation of House Bill 2: the LGBT community is not welcome in the Tar Heel State.HB2 prevents people from using the restroom they identify with and allows for workplace discrimination against the LGBT community. Several cities in North Carolina had started to make changes ...

3 students train for the heptathlon

3 students train for the heptathlon

Danielle Pubill

April 27, 2016

The heptathlon is seven events over the course of two days in track and field. The hard work, dedication and team support are critical factors. Junior Brooke Whitburn, sophomore Melanie O'Brien and first-year Olivia Abbott all strive together to reach their goals and to compete at their best.Many athletes ...

Track and field team springs into action

Track and field team springs into action

Patrick Pace

February 22, 2016

Chico State men's and women's track and field team has dominated the CCAA conference, and they're looking to do it again in 2016. "We always want to win our conference, that's always a goal of ours," said long distance coach Gary Towne. "Our women have won a number in a row, and our men lost a nail-...

Collegiate athletes are broke

Collegiate athletes are broke

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

September 12, 2015

According to a report by USA Today, the National Collegiate Athletic Association raked in $989 million during the 2014 fiscal year, just barely missing the billion dollar mark. How much of that money went to the athletes who put their time, sweat, effort and life into such programs? Not nearly enough.Pict...

Senior triple jumper leaps toward championships

Senior triple jumper leaps toward championships

Breanna Barnard

April 20, 2015

One long runway and one person. A sandy pit awaits for shoes with spikes on the bottom to touch down into it. The person runs, jumps and lands as the crowd cheers and awaits the results. This is what Chico State's senior triple jumper Derek Taylor lives for. "Three right backs," Taylor said....

NCAA should wield clout to pressure Indiana on religious freedom law

NCAA should wield clout to pressure Indiana on religious freedom law

Kevin Lucena

April 13, 2015

No more Final Four, no more Cinderella stories and no more cutting-down-the-net ceremony. No, I don’t mean canceling the NCAA Tournament altogether. Just don’t hold any more of the events in Indiana. Every few years the NCAA selects Indiana to host either the men’s or women’s Final ...

First-year runner sprints into action for Wildcats

First-year runner sprints into action for Wildcats

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 11, 2015

First-year runner Alex Burkhart is becoming a force on the track faster than you can say the name of her hometown, Rancho Cucamonga. Coming off her time at Los Osos High School, Burkhart has taken advantage of her opportunities and excelled in the steeplechase event for the Wildcats this spring. Steeplechase is a 3,...

Best Chico bars to watch the NCAA finals

Best Chico bars to watch the NCAA finals

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 1, 2015

Your bracket? Busted. Your stomach? Hungry. Your throat? Parched. If you're a college student watching the NCAA Tournament, this sounds like you. Here is a guide to the best five bars to check out for students trying to watch the NCAA Final Four and the National Championship this weekend. Unfortunately...

Wildcats defend home turf

Wildcats defend home turf

Breanna Barnard

March 20, 2015

The Wildcat Invitational kicked off with the Chico State women's track and field team sweeping in almost every event.No NCAA Provisional or Automatic qualifying marks were made on the women's side, but the men had four.In the finals for the 100 meter hurdles on the women side, the 'Cats swept first through forth giving ...

College soccer needs to adapt to remain relevant

College soccer needs to adapt to remain relevant

Dariush Azmoudeh

February 28, 2015

I grew up watching soccer throughout my life. I always thought the rules were simple. I knew that NCAA rules were usually different from the professional league — like in basketball and football — but when I came to Chico, I realized how weird the rules for soccer were. The main NCAA soccer rule that tic...

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