The Orion

Learning from the Past: How our current political climate resembles the fall of Rome’s Republic

Jack Lewis, Reporter

September 22, 2020

The United States is heading down a dangerous path. It is truly ironic that our nation was loosely founded on the political system that the Roman Republic once used and is spiraling down a similar path that led to its downfall. You may have heard the saying: “The past always repeats itself” Well,...

Voting during a Pandemic

Voting during a Pandemic

Jack Lewis, Reporter

September 9, 2020

2020 is proving to be an interesting year for voters, especially students, who must navigate through new challenges that arise from politics during a pandemic. Much like the presidential upset of 2016, voters are more divided than ever before, with students having to make decisions that will have repercus...

Altercation breaks out between Chico State GOP president and protesting student

Chico State Police and Butte County EMS reposed to an incident between two students outside of Butte and Plumas halls on Tuesday. Photo credit: Angel Ortega

Angel Ortega

November 20, 2019

On Tuesday, a dispute between the president of Chico State Republicans and a protester resulted in a brief physical altercation. Michael Curry, the president of Chico State Republicans, was tabling with the organization in front of Plumas Hall when students began playing loud music across from their...

Norman Fucking Rockwell! tears up the modern feminist message

Photo by FOX via Getty Images.

Kati Morris

September 18, 2019

Listen to the track "The Man" from Taylor Swift's new album, "Lover" and the message it sends is immediately clear. If I was the man, she said, "I'd be a fearless leader. I'd be an alpha type."Swift is no stranger to penning grade-A girl-power bops — her pop debut, "1989" was a self-empowerment album f...

Grassroots climate town hall held at Round Table

Visitors to Round Table on Pillsbury Avenue join the town hall and watch the CNN debate. Photo credit: Abram Melendez

Abram Melendez

September 5, 2019

Local Bernie Sanders supporters came together at Round Table Pizza to watch his town hall climate change interview with Anderson Cooper.While the event may not have been at the most ideal of places, the event served as the start of a long list of events made to garner support and raise awareness to the po...

Whataboutism and wrongness, problematic politicians

Illustration by Melissa Joseph.

Gage Northcutt

May 1, 2019

The past week's events sparked the interest of many and deepened the rift between major political leaders of opposing political parties. Twitter WarDonald Trump tweeted a speech Rep. Ilhan Omar made at the fourth annual Valley Banquet for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an organization dedicat...

The mess that is the new Article 13 world

Copyright is meant to protect us, but is now being used against us. 
Made using Piktochart Photo credit: Gage Northcutt

Gage Northcutt

April 7, 2019

Article 13 (reformed into Article 17) is a section of the European Union Council’s new initiative to slow down the creation of new content in the digital age.According to the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (try saying that three times fast), Arti...

Women in white win the night at State of the Union

Nancy Pelosi's clap had the attention of many at the 2019 State of the Union address. Image from

Natalie Hanson

February 17, 2019

Am I still thinking about the State of the Union nearly a week later? You bet. This time, although there was so, so much to be unpacked from this year's delayed address, what's sticking in my mind is what happened afterward; to a now-viral moment. I'm talking, of course, about the slow clap given...

Our future is dependent on informed voting

Our future is dependent on informed voting

Rachael Bayuk

September 27, 2018

As young people we are the future of this country. What we do will alter the way of the world. However, we will not be effective in our actions if we are not educated on how things in our government work. We must research and then research again. If we don't, we risk allowing certain people into our...

Trong Gia Nguyen shows off ‘Dogg Days’

Trong Gia Nguyen set up a variety of art pieces at the Jacki Headley Art Gallery earlier last week. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Alex Coba

September 5, 2018

“Dogg Days,” the latest art exhibition to come to the Jacki Headley Art Gallery, showcases a contemporary artist’s work. Trong Gia Nguyen is a University of South Florida alum with a Master of Fine Arts degree, along with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida. Nguyen...

Gun laws need to change before students can feel safe

Photo credit: Liz Coffee

Kendall George

February 20, 2018

According to Business Insider, 30 mass shootings have occurred in 2018. CNN reports that eight of these have been school shootings. Washington Post states that, on average, two dozen children are shot every day. Statistics published on Vox show that states with more guns have more gun deaths overall, higher sui...

Rouse and Revolt’s billboard compares President Trump to Hitler

The advertisement was placed on billboard Wednesday. Screenshot image.

Jacqueline Morales

October 5, 2017

Rouse and Revolt, a business in downtown Chico, was forced to take down its advertising billboard Thursday morning after receiving criticism for comparing President Trump to Adolf Hilter. The billboard was located at the intersection of East 3rd Avenue and Mangrove above Liberty Income Tax. The tax business ...

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