The Orion

Teachers profit behind closed doors

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

The recent investigation into Professor Curtis Deberg’s alleged mishandling of funding made me consider what other conflicts of interest professors may have concerning students. One such possible conflict is the assigning and purchasing of texts written by the professor.  During my first semester at C...

Chico State bookstore faces decline in sales, Board of Directors review possible approaches

The outside of the Chico State Wildcat Store.

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

Chico State’s Associated Students, Board of Directors met on Feb. 14 to discuss agenda items, including the plan for the Chico State Wildcat Bookstore’s ended contract.  Chico State’s bookstore ceased to operate independently in 2014 after falling into a trend of declining sales. Movi...

Corporate created learning is squandering creativity

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Alex Horne

February 10, 2016

You log in, read the e-book, do the Learnsmart and take the online quiz. At the same time your professor is simply watching the grades from all their classes roll in. Professors do this via Learnsmart, an online form of homework that is prefabricated by the corporate learning giant McGraw-Hill. Not lifti...

Textbooks are so yesterday

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Emma Vidak-Benjamin

February 8, 2016

Do you ever get that feeling of immense stress weighing you down in hundreds and hundreds of dollars? If so, it sounds like you’re probably a college student needing to purchase textbooks at the beginning of the semester.The price of textbooks are astronomical these days, and I have felt extre...

Textbooks prove expensive, but necessary

The Chico State Wildcat Store sells and rents books to students that need books for any of their classes. Photo credit: Taylor Hovey

Taylor Hovey

August 27, 2015

As classes commence and syllabuses are passed out to the masses, students begin the mad dash to get their required textbooks as quickly as they can, at the lowest price. Since 1979, textbook prices have increased 812 percent, a larger increase than both medical services and new homes in the s...

Bio professor’s book addresses climate change

Bio professor's book addresses climate change

Austin Redfern

January 21, 2015

In "Phylogeography of California" published by UC Press in August 2014, Schierenbeck explains how the evolutionary events over 1 billion years have shaped the distribution of California's flora and fauna and led the state to develop into one of the world's 25 biological hot spots. Kristina Schi...

Bookstore to change its business model

Jacob Arbogast, A.S. Vice President for Business and Finance.   Orion File Photo

Enrique Raymundo

February 8, 2014

The Chico State Wildcat Store is looking to change its business model in response to a projected downward trend in computer and textbook sales, as well as projected losses in net revenue. Textbook sales are expected to drop below 40 percent of the Wildcat Store’s total sales within three years, ac...

Challenging the required in required reading

Kristina Martinez

January 22, 2014

It can be a tricky situation for college students when trying to decide what is necessary for you to buy for school and what is not. A textbook is always seen in the eye of the professor as "required." But is it really always necessary to buy the textbook for a passing grade?According to the National...

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