The Orion

Reality bites, social media soars

Illustration by Katherine Kurz Photo credit: Katherine Kurz

Elizabeth Ernster

November 10, 2015

Having to compete in more than one arena has become a tiresome activity. At one point in time, all we had to worry about was how people saw us in real life. Now it has been pushed to virtual reality. We are being forced to stay conscious of the persona we create online.No pictures with red solo cups, short sh...

Millenials founded nation of gratification

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Katelyn Martin

September 28, 2015

As the generation of millennials grows older and sets out to find careers, there is a pattern forming. Many young, hip millennials are looking for a fairly different gratification in all areas of their lives.To one degree, this generation, my generation, is looking for fulfillment from technology. We are used ...

Live story doubles as marketing hub

From left: Leanne Woods, Associated Students staff member, Vu Nguyen, executive VP of Associated Students and Michael Pratt, officer for Associated Students, watch the Chico State Snapchat story on Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Kiana Alvarez

Cheyanne Burens

September 19, 2015

Students have yet another social media platform they can use to share every aspect of their lives while also navigating the lives of their peers. Snapchat’s college-centric “Our Campus Story” feature arrived to Chico State just weeks ago and it has already made its mark on the campus.The...

PartyPic snaps attention from wildcats

Carly Plemons

September 6, 2015

Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, you know them well; but PartyPic is the latest rendition to social media that has created a new experience for staying connected. “It’s really easy with the current social media platforms to follow your friends, your family, your followers," said Miles Rampel Chico nativ...

Defining a generation of millennials

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Whitney Urmann

August 25, 2015

Everyone in this generation are millennials. But who are we, and what defines our generation? We are categorized as the generation reaching young adulthood in the early 2000s. This description tells us little about our cultural identity, possibly because our generation is so difficult to define. Cul...

Beware: Social media blunders can sink career chances

Illustration by Trevor Moore

Joseph Rogers

April 4, 2015

Graduation is just around the corner, job fairs are sprouting like the pollen-spewing plants that stuff up my nose and resumes are being written to entice employers into a job offer. But in the 21st century, we have advanced communication tools and employers know it. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are...

Social media doesn’t make change

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Joseph Rogers

March 21, 2015

Social media is a wonderful way to spread the word around social issues but social change takes more than butts in seats – it takes feet on the streets. The world has seen the power of social media as a way to organize protesters in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. However, clicking ‘like’ ...

Taking a break from social media

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Daisy Dardon

February 19, 2015

Last week I tried to stay away from all social media. I deactivated my Facebook, uninstalled my Twitter app and even stayed off of Tumblr. Let’s just say it was a very long week. It started out okay, I got that new me kind of feeling you get on new years. I had the mentality that now, with no soc...

Freshman depression rates on the upswing

Alberto Armienta, a sophmore computer science major, studies for an exam in the Meriam Library. Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Michael Mcclurg

February 18, 2015

Depression rates among college freshmen are at a record high and research shows that course loads and social media could be a factor. According to a study titled "The American Freshman," researchers at UCLA found that 14,250 students said they felt depressed — a jump from 9,150 students five years ago. The numb...

FADE app reflects positive, negative aspects of campus community

Aaron Weissman, junior media arts major, discusses the pros and cons of the new social media application FADE. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

January 28, 2015

A new social media app can be found on the smartphones of many Chico State students. It is called FADE, and it is stirring up quite a storm on college campuses nationwide. The free app consists of a collection of pictures and text snips from all of those that download it in the same area. It is targeted toward ...

Anonymous app humors, harms students

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

Veronica De La Cruz

November 16, 2014

As if Chico State didn’t get enough negative attention from apps like Fade, now Yik Yak wants to join the fun. Similar to Fade, Yik Yak draws in eager young adults with its anonymity. The app connects users within a specific area and lets them engage in conversation without revealing their i...

Nude photos are best left untaken

Veronica De La Cruz

Veronica De La Cruz

November 9, 2014

A person takes a picture, it gets sent out, then disappears within a matter of 10 seconds. Throw in a long list of privacy features, and it's no wonder college students rely on apps like Snapchat to sext. It's the perfect app for sending nude photos without them getting into the wrong person's hands....

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