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The pandemic isn’t over — So why are we acting like it is?

Carrington Power, Reporter // April 28, 2022

I tested positive for COVID on March 19, after visiting extended family in Nevada during spring break. It was my first time catching the virus. I thought that it was a minor setback. Afterall, I am 20...

View from atop Monkey Face Trail, view of Horseshoe Lake and the city of Chico

Hiking is healing: finding peace during the pandemic

Carrington Power, Reporter // February 3, 2022

The towering red arches of Utah’s Moab desert was the last place I expected to find one of the greatest joys in my life. At first, it was just a quick pit stop on a family vacation. However, it turned...

Businesses are desperate for employees. Broadway Heights in Chico is going as far as offering a vaccination  bonus for new hires.

Independence and a better quality of life is fueling the labor shortage

Aldo Perez, Staff Writer // November 12, 2021

Businesses throughout Chico are struggling to keep employment. Some are shortening their business hours, others are even offering hiring bonuses. The labor shortage, however, is not unique to the city...

Chancellor Joseph Castro shared a press conference with local media on Nov. 2.

Q&A: Chancellor discusses COVID-19 at Chico State, addresses enrollment decline and turns down tuition reimbursement

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // November 4, 2021

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro shared a press conference with President Gayle Hutchinson for local media on Tuesday during his visit to the university. Castro is currently serving...

Chico State President speaking on her support for freedom of speech on campus. Photo credit: Christian Solis

President Hutchinson discusses enrollment decline, COVID-19 and remote learning

Alex Martin, Ian Hilton, and Kimberly Morales // October 26, 2021

The Orion sat down with Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson on Monday to discuss three pressing topics within the Chico State community. In the 30-minute interview, our team asked Hutchinson about...

Panini Machini

Off the road and on the bus: Panini Machini keeps Chico farm-fresh

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // October 20, 2021

Behind a funny name lies the work of a local who brings inspiration back home from his travels. With a menu built on Butte County’s dollars, Panini Machini surfaced with a farm-to-sandwich concept in...

Kendall Hall on Sept. 28

Over 300 Chico State students removed from in-person classes for failing to comply with vaccine policy

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 2, 2021

Three hundred and fourteen Chico State students who failed to comply with the CSU system's vaccine intermediate policy have been withdrawn from in-person classes. Faculty were advised in an announcement...

The growing identity crisis amongst young people

The growing identity crisis amongst young people

Aldo Perez, Staff Writer // September 8, 2021

On March 19, 2020, California issued a statewide stay-at-home order. “We need to recognize reality,” Gov. Newsom explained. This “reality” proved to be much grimmer as we continue to struggle to...

Photo by Shae Pastrana.
The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit experience.

Pandemic-stricken arts economy questions meaning of ‘essential’

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // May 2, 2021

Nearly 130 years after his death, Van Gogh still lives. I struggle to find words to describe my experience at the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit that opened last month in San Francisco. Overwhelmed with...

The Plant Barn and Gifts remains open for business, inviting all to continue to grow. Photo by Ian Hilton, 4/17/2021.

The Plant Barn’s rooted resolve: A portrait of growth against the backdrop of pandemic

Ian HIlton, Reporter // April 20, 2021

The Plant Barn and Gifts is no stranger to hardship. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a bane for many businesses, but The Plant Barn owner and Chico State alumna Denise Kelley has proven that, with hard...

The economic stimulus package has failed students

The economic stimulus package has failed students

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer // May 10, 2020

Many college students across the United States expressed their displeasure with COVID-19 response legislation after it was revealed that the recent economic stimulus package bars many of them from receiving...

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