The Orion

Late financial aid screws over students

Veronica De La Cruz

September 14, 2014

As if school wasn't stressful enough, now I have to worry about being broke. Chico State's financial aid disbursement date was Aug. 21; however, like myself, there are many students on campus who are frustrated because they haven't received their money yet. Even though the financial aid office...

Comcast’s tyranny threatens internet

Veronica De La Cruz

May 12, 2014

It's no surprise that Comcast Corp. received the annual Consumerist’s Worst Company in America award.I've had to rely on Comcast Corp.'s internet services for a year now. If I've learned anything, it's that the customer's needs aren't always top priority with the awful customer service and slow in...

“Thigh gap” presents dangerous standard

Veronica De La Cruz

May 10, 2014

As a young woman who loves spending countless hours on sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, I couldn't help but be bothered by the "thinspiration" community. Thinspiration includes hundreds of pictures of girls who have a desire to have a thigh gap or to just be thin/fit. Before learning about this obsessio...

Organ donation delivers new hope

Veronica De La Cruz

May 6, 2014

More than 120,000 people are still waiting for an organ donor, according to Vieira, 64, got a second chance at life thanks to the heart of a Chico State student, and vowed to do everything she can to ensure her donor's dreams don't go unfulfilled.Last September, Kristina Chesterman...

Schools, too preoccupied by dress code

Veronica De La Cruz

May 2, 2014

Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill. recently took a stand against leggings. If a female student wears leggings, she must wear a shirt or skirt over them at least covering her upper thighs. In another similar case, Rockport High School in Rockport, Mass. has banned leggings and has sent home over 20 young girls to change. It's ridicu...

New app proves party reputation with pictures

Veronica De La Cruz

April 30, 2014

Many college students have experienced drunken nights when they do something embarrassing and wouldn't want anyone to capture that moment.Faded, an app created by JumpCam, allows students who attend Chico State or the University of Arizona to post pictures or videos of themselves or other individual...

Colleges shouldn’t teach celebrity worship

Veronica De La Cruz

April 27, 2014

Most young adults are aware of how empowering Queen Beyoncé Knowles has become in our society.However, it seems as though Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, is taking praising celebrities to a whole new level. As of last month, they have been offering a course with Beyoncé as the main...

Reaching different levels of success

Reaching different levels of success

Veronica De La Cruz

April 21, 2014

Too often, people find themselves thinking that success is only achieved through wealth and power.While those things may sound appealing to most, the road is challenging and some people feel like failures if they don't make millions right away.The journey of getting to a place where one feels as though they've accomplished certai...

Spending financial aid awards wisely

Veronica De La Cruz

April 19, 2014

With only four weeks left in the semester, many students who received financial aid money may find themselves running low.As much as I truly do appreciate my financial aid money, I have first hand experience on having a difficult time managing such a large amount of money.Some people, like myself, beco...

Digital activism lacks real results

Veronica De La Cruz

April 9, 2014

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” read a tweet from @ColbertReport posted March 28. While “The Colbert Report” is widely known for its humor and jokes, this tweet still caused outrage ...

Classical music aids studying

April 6, 2014

With the end of the semester just around the corner, it's safe to say the homework load's only continuing to pile up.I've found it useful to try different methods of studying to ease some stress off my busy schedule. To my surprise, listening to classical music while studying has not only helped me co...

The advantages of giving up meat

Veronica De La Cruz

April 2, 2014

Students who choose to eliminate meat products could experience more than just health benefits. I recently underwent a surgery to remove my gallbladder. Since then I’ve been forced to completely change my diet since I no longer have the help of that intestine to break down fatty foods. I’ve always enjoyed eating every...

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