The Orion

Former high school enemies come together as teammates

Sophomore Corey Silverstrom dribbles through the defense in a game against Cal State East Bay on Feb. 5. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Jason Spies

February 17, 2016

When you graduate high school and move away to college, it’s a lot to take in.For Chico State sophomore guard Corey Silverstrom, finding out that his new teammate and roommate was his old rival from high school made for a very interesting start to his college career. “It was kind of weird the ...

White Tie Fantasy: The next big name in fantasy sports?

White Tie Fantasy hopes to be the next leader in daily fantasy sports. Photo credit: Brandon Eiges

February 4, 2016

It’s everywhere. On billboards, the radio and on almost every sports channel. Daily fantasy sports has become a global phenomenon, and two former oil workers-turned-techies think they have a product that will take the world of fantasy by storm. Jered Johnson and Chris Tisler are the CEO and the COO of...

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy: Serving up memories one scoop at a time

Kasey Pulliam-Reynolds says Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy has stayed in business for more than 77 years and is still in the same building as when it first opened. Photo credit: Jason Spies

Jason Spies

May 17, 2015

The day comes to an end with the flip of a switch for Kasey Pulliam-Reynolds and Nathan Pulliam, fourth generation Shuberts and the current owners of Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy. For three days out of the week, this is how the day ends for an ice cream machine that has been around for 77 years, ever since Shubert's first opened its d...

Yo-yo champion strings the competition along on world stage

Zac Rubino, a 21-year-old Chico local, has followed his dream of yo-yoing since he was 13. Rubino traveled to Prague last year to compete in the World Yo-Yo Contest, in which he placed fifth in the offstring division. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Jason Spies

April 20, 2015

At 13 years old, Zac Rubino watched the National Yo-Yo Contest in the City Plaza in downtown Chico. It was that performance that inspired Rubino and helped him become the 2014 offstring national champion and fifth overall in the yo-yo world. “I remember standing there watching one performer do thes...

New club fosters personal growth with goal of changing the world

New club fosters personal growth with goal of changing the world

Jason Spies

April 10, 2015

It started with the simple idea of wanting to help friends get better at talking to girls that made Blake Smedley want to help others improve themselves and their outlook on life. The senior chemistry major is the president and creator of the new club on campus called S.W.A.G, which stands for "So ...

Origins of Easter symbols and traditions

Mary Balcom, a sophomore construction management major, participated in many different Easter activities as a child. Photo credit: Jason Spies

Jason Spies

April 5, 2015

This year the Easter Bunny will be hopping its way into 80 percent of America's homes. While 50.8 percent of Americans will be attending church Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, many may be curious about where all of these religious and nonreligious symbols associated with the holid...

Boon or bane: The ugly truth about dealing with neighbors

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Jason Spies

March 21, 2015

For every good neighbor, there is always another one that is just plain annoying.These neighbors are the ones who borrow your vacuum but always forget to return it. They also say they will clean it out before they return it, but that never happens. They are the neighbors of broken promises. The good...

St. Patrick’s Day history, traditions: The meaning behind symbols

Riley Wood, a senior business major, celebrates St. Patrick's Day with traditional fare such as corned beef and cabbage and a pint of Guinness. Photo credit: Jason Spies

Jason Spies

March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day: a day filled with shamrocks, leprechauns, people dressed up in green and pinches for those who aren't. These facets of St. Patrick's Day each have their own specific meanings, which may have been lost over the years. “We celebrate St. Patrick's Day to celebrate and honor St. Patrick,” said Riley Wood,...

Bike Cart keeps students moving

Chas Brannon, a sophomore agriculture major, and Anthony Tran, first-year undeclared major,  pump up a rear tire on a bike to get a student back on the street and moving. Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Jason Spies

March 10, 2015

It's a startling sight to behold, but it's hard to look away. Two dirt bike tires, a frame the size of a BMX bike, a tube seat, and crazy-high handlebars. It's been dubbed the "Frankenstein Bike" by the student workers of the Associated Students Bike Cart program, which offers maintenance, repair service and bike ...

Timeline highlighting key moments in black history

Timeline highlighting key moments in black history

Jason Spies

February 28, 2015

As February comes to an end, it reminds people of what has happened in the past and how it has shaped our present. Black History Month is a time of reflection and recognition of those who fought for freedom and equality. Jason Spies can be reached at [email protected] or @Jason_Spies on Twitter....

Chico State students sound off on Super Bowl XLIX

Chico State students sound off on Super Bowl XLIX

Jason Spies

February 1, 2015

Some people know it as the first Sunday of February, others as the day with all the great commercials. Super Bowl Sunday is celebrated by people of every gender, race and age group in the U.S. Whether it’s the game, food, commercials or just an excuse to get together with your friends and family, ...

Chico State students share New Year’s resolutions

Chico State students share New Year's resolutions

Jason Spies

January 27, 2015

Not everyone makes New Year's resolutions each year. Some people do, and some like to speculate on what others will try to change for a whole year. New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. They can be something as little as going to bed an hour earlier, but can also be as extreme a...

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