The Orion

Your Forever 21 shirt is killing the planet

Lulu's Outlet store bins full of unsorted clothes Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

March 10, 2019

Yeah that insanely cheap, cute top you just got is hurting our environment.It’s not just Forever 21, it’s fast fashion that’s polluting our planet and feeding into sweatshops in third world countries.The rise of fast fashion has gone up drastically in the past 10 years or so. We no...

PG&E employees deal with the aftermath of the Camp Fire

A windmill, and the metallic structure of a trailer from Paradise. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Yaritza Ayon

December 17, 2018

Pacific Gas and Electric Company workers have experienced loss of homes, emotional trauma and acceptance from Paradise residents in the aftermath of the Camp Fire destruction.PG&E employees went up to Paradise, days after the fire, trying to restore gas and electricity for the community.“It w...

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Chico State student Christina Taft lost her mother in their Paradise home during the Camp Fire. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Yaritza Ayon

December 5, 2018

Christina Taft woke up early, Nov. 8, to a neighbor urging her to evacuate. She initially didn't take the evacuation order seriously, but after showering she began to pack up her car. Christina said she packed for about an hour before noticing that her 66 year-old mother, Victoria Taft, was still in...

Unemployment rates in Butte County drop to all time low

Getty Images by David McNew

Yaritza Ayon and Mathew Miranda

November 2, 2018

The Butte County unemployment rate is reaching record lows.According to data by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate for September was 4.1 percent. The lowest rate for a single month since the department began releasing data in J...

COCO’s Creepy Carnival

Different residence hall communities worked together to create a spooky experience for students during CoCo’s Creepy Carnival on Halloween night Photo credit: Brian Luong

Yaritza Ayon

November 1, 2018

The Community Council of University Housing hosted a Creepy Carnival on Halloween for all the students to attend. All students had to do was show their Wildcat ID card to get a wristband. From there they were free to partake in all the activities COCO had set up.Although the event welcomed all students, it ...

Taking the fright out of Halloween for your pets

A small dog, with an even smaller pumpkin. Photo Courtesy of Tracy Mohr

Yaritza Ayon

October 29, 2018

Although Halloween can be fun for humans, it isn’t for pets. The Chico Animal Shelter wants pet owners to know that what’s fun for them is scary, and possibly dangerous, for their pets. Chico Animal Shelter Manager, Tracy Mohr, has some tips to keep animals safe this Halloween. “Halloween ...

Audrey Denney rallies students

Audrey Denney giving her speech about what her campaign is all about, at a rally held Wednesday Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

October 18, 2018

Audrey Denney was at the Student Success Center Plaza, Wednesday, encouraging students to vote, as well as to register to vote if they hadn’t already. This event was hosted by student organizations, Central Americans For Empowerment and Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers. Denney and her campaign team got...

Chef Jimmy Lee keeps Chico green with sushi

Aonami uses Seafood Watch to determine which fish will impact the environment less. Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

October 17, 2018

Aonami is Chico's first sustainable sushi bar and one of only ten in the country.Jimmy Lee, owner and chef of Aonami, found it fairly easy to open the sushi bar because of Chico's rich history of supporting sustainability."It's not hard to be a sustainable restaurant since there's sustainable companies that want...

Chico State students encouraged to walk trashed through campus

Alyssa Van Steen's waste jar contains a Band-Aid wrapper and the top packaging piece of a potato chip bag. Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

October 10, 2018

Associated Students Sustainability is challenging students to carry their trash with them for the entire month of October. The Zero Waste Challenge asks students and faculty to carry around all trash not recyclable, compostable or reusable in either a mason jar or gallon bag. Individuals signing up are given; an instructions guide, a paper bag for compostable items and a Ziploc bag for the...

FitU helps transform students’ health perspectives

The current FitU staff posing for a group photo by Yolo Hall Photo credit: FitU

Yaritza Ayon

September 28, 2018

Chico State has a fitness program for students that strays away from the traditional set diet and exercise plan.FitU, established in 2009 by the nutrition and kinesiology department, takes a holistic approach on healthy eating and fitness. The eight- to 10-week program consists of weekly appointments wi...

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