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Alumni talent returns for annual meet

Alumni talent returns for annual meet

Ryan Grady

February 17, 2014

Familiar faces filled Chico State’s track Saturday for its annual alumni meet. It was a cold day, but that didn’t slow down any of the energy that was brought to the track. The day started off with head coach Oliver Hanf bringing everyone in for a team huddle and a slow clap, which brought the kind of atmosphere from a real meet...

Chico’s reputation as a violent campus

Matt Murphy

February 16, 2014

Over the last few years, Chico State has begun to accumulate a reputation as a violent place to live. Each semester there are assaults, thefts, even an attempted kidnapping just last week. But is Chico really that much more dangerous than any other college town? Chico is a smaller metropolitan...

Retired professor keeps history alive

Retired professor keeps history alive

Ernesto Rivera

February 16, 2014

  With more than 200 different trees on Chico State’s campus, it’s hard for a person to keep track. Except for one man. Wes Dempsey, 87, has led campus arboretum tours for more than 30 years and is the guide to all things green at Chico State. His passion and advocacy for the campus arboretum has helped nourish the grounds with people still referring to his experti...

Mental health services suffer from budget cuts

Veronica De La Cruz

February 15, 2014

One in every four people ages 18-24 suffer from a mental health illness, according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness.They have also reported that college counseling centers have observed an increase in the prevalence and severity of mental health issues experienced by students. This number w...

Smartphone users represent new face of addiction

Matt Murphy

February 13, 2014

Nothing that makes up society is static. As society progresses and new technology becomes available, people have become dependent on a device that didn’t even exist 10 years ago — the smartphone. Changes are always happening. Even the definitions of words are fluid and always morphing....

Prepare to be seduced by The Graduate

Prepare to be seduced by The Graduate

David Kahn

February 13, 2014

Come witness the show American Theater Magazine calls “Original, exciting and highly theatrical.” L.A. Theater Works and Chico Performances present The Graduate, a live radio theater event at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20.Based on the 1963 novel by Charles Webb and the 1967 film by the same name,...

Away games challenge Chico State athletes

Away games challenge Chico State athletes

Sergio Sanchez

February 12, 2014

Al Pacino gave a speech to his team in “Any Given Sunday” that resonates with every athlete hoping to beat competition in unfamiliar territory. “The margin for error is so small,” Pacino said. “I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast, and you don’t ...

Social media has changed the way we meet people

Matt Murphy

February 10, 2014

I see someone in public and recognize them, yet have we've never met. After remembering that we're Facebook friends, I realize that I already know their birthday, interests and have seen pictures of various significant events in their lives.This is what social media has done to social interaction. It ...

The Orion Wants to Hear from You: Student Safety

February 10, 2014

Two sexually aggressive acts have taken place within the last two weeks. Student Escapes Attempted Kidnapping (2/7/2014): https://theorion.com/blog/2014/02/08/s... Student Attached outside of Holt Hall (1/31/2014) https://theorion.com/blog/2014/01/31/b... We want to hear from you: 1)How can...

Climbing costs keep students from exploring courses

Climbing costs keep students from exploring courses

Matt Murphy

February 9, 2014

Have you ever had to pass up a class outside of your major that seemed interesting because of high tuition costs? I have faced this dilemma many times before. I came to college with a plan. I fell in love with writing my junior year of high school and knew I wanted to study journalism in coll...

How effective are campus emails

Veronica De La Cruz

February 8, 2014

You've got mail.Readers are probably familiar with the student announcement emails that Chico State sends out every Tuesday and Thursday, but how many students actually take the time to open and read them?I will admit, there has been plenty of times, I didn't bother reading through them, and just sent the...

Former Wildcat soccer players get closer to dream goal

Former Wildcat soccer players get closer to dream goal

Sergio Sanchez

February 5, 2014

The dream of playing for a professional team could come true for three former Chico State men's soccer players.Tyson Crim, Octavio Guzman and Jake Ward completed round two of tryouts for Sacramento Republic FC, the expansion team from the United Soccer League.Round one was held in December with five to seven spots available to 25-28 college players. Chico State p...

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