Thursday, September 10, 2020
Fall 2020 #1
Colorado State Pueblo
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After over six months, people have had to adjust to new lifestyles due to COVID-19. Mask mandates, social distancing and staying at home has made life difficult by limiting the usual daily activities. People are adjusting to the new normal and maybe even liking the new way of life. Rachel Garcia of Pueblo has enjoyed the mask mandates and has created a mini business of her own by making her own masks. “I love that I am able to create cool different styles with masks,” Garcia says. “We’re going to be wearing masks for a while so might as well make them part of my outfit. You have to have fun with it. Plus, I don’t have to wear any makeup under my mask.” Garcia loves to coordinate her masks to her outfits and as well as many members of the community who have bought personalized masks from her. Jake Baca, also part of the Pueblo community, has enjoyed being social distanced from other people. “When I started going back to restaurants, I wasn’t sure how everything was going to but I actually enjoyed sitting at a table away from other customers! I didn’t mind being away from people at all,” Baca con-
tinues “Although, I do feel bad for servers since they are not getting as many tables as they usually would be. I have been supporting local restaurants during this pandemic since they are also going through rough times.” Shirley Tafoya has taken advantage of the time she’s been spending at home. Tafoya, like people around the world, wanted to make some changes in their homes since they were spending a lot more time there during this pandemic. “I was able to go through all my clothes and get rid of things I have had for years,” Tafoya mentions. She also bought new furniture and completely rearranged her living room. “It felt so good to finally do this to my house because it’s something I’ve been putting off for months!” she added. As people go through this pandemic, many have found different ways to make light of the situation. Many people in the community are creating new ways to adjust to the new normal but still keeping things safe. Mackenzie Long, wanted to use her time wisely at home by working out, eating better, and investing more time in her self-care. As a busy woman
working full time while going to college, she was very nervous for what these next few months are going to look like. She realized that she needed to take more time for herself. “When everything shut down, I came to the realization that I needed to take more care of myself. I’m so used to being busy all the time and it was nice to just slow down,” She expressed. “I started to work out and just eat healthier. It was the best thing I could’ve done for myself! I made the new changes to my self-care routine so that I could keep going on this and continue down this new path,” Long was grateful for the shutdown. She was able to realize how much she needed to take care of herself. “I wouldn’t have done any of it if it wasn’t for things s hutting down. I’ve been able to just take care of myself in my own home while staying safe,” Long also explains that we have to just accept what’s happening in our world. “There are ways to be better people and still do your activities while being safe and social distancing,” she added. Community members are getting used to the changes and turning them into positives as much as they can in this new normal.
2 Safe start to the fall semester Kelly Keogh
The first weeks of Colorado State University Pueblo’s fall semester have passed. Student’s are returning after their spring semester abruptly ended due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Campus has recently opened back up and allowing students, staff and faculty. Limited hours of operation have been implicated as long as other rules that have been placed into effect. Students and professors have been impacted in various ways during this transitional period. Each class and field of study has an entirely different way of learning. Students ttending CSU P were interviewed to get an inside look on how different majors were being affected with online classes, and whether they are enjoying the new changes that have been made to learning. Kristen Moore,senior in business management, discussed how out of her five classes two are being taken online and one hybrid. “The only class that requires me to use a website is finance on Mindtap. I don’t enjoy having to take my classes online at all, but I believe the change has impacted me in a way that increased my perseverance as well as self discipline.” Sophomore art major, Cayton Wagner, “I am taking four courses, two of which are in person. I use various programs, Launch Pad, Near Pod, and Blackboard. I have
been very understanding with what we are doing in our current situation. I am dedicated to my learning so the change has not impacted me as much as it may have others. I have to take the initiative to complete the material because it’s easy to slack off when you aren’t required to show up to class!” Britney Smith, senior, health and science replied with, “Im using both Zoom and Flipgrid for my classes, two online and four in person. Im not a fan of online classes, I’d rather be in all person classes. The change was hard last semester when everything went online, so I hope all classes don’t go online again.” Chemistry major Alexa Moreno, Senior, says that the amount of sites she has been using to complete her studies is overwhelming. “Online is partly enjoyable but not always because I am a STEM major. It is nice to be inside during the pandemic but some classes are more struggling to learn online. It’s a lot of responsibility to get things done on time and you don’t have the ability to get a direct in person answer from your professor, you have to rely on email.” Colleen Moore, sophomore in nursing, explained that all her classes but one are being held online, the one in person however is a lab. “I have been using all google
products (Docs, Slides, Translate, etc.) Blackboard, Outlook, Gmail and Google Search. I don’t enjoy online more than in person. I have to be more time considerate and don’t feel as if I have the same amount of help as if I had more in person classes.” Ane Horton, fifth year graduate of exercise science and physical education major has a different point of view from her current semester. “Due to COVID-19 I have been in quarantine for the past week and a half. I am on the Women’s Lacrosse team and there have been two positive reported cases of COVID-19 within the Mens and Womens team. My classes are all inperson which has been making it very difficult for me to learn remotely.” Courses are being offered both in-person, online or hybrid. Several teachers have been making Zoom classes optional for students who are not feeling well or unable to attend the in person class. More changes have been mentioned during class in the case of an emergency where all in-person classes could be canceled and switch to complete remote learning. All majors are currently offering multiple classes to be in person. All classes are subject to change.
Boseman, Forever. Contributed by MCCNM student Chris Churilla (written as a class assignment)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Chadwick Boseman, the actor best known for playing T’Challa AKA Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died on Aug. 28 of this year from colon cancer at th ag of 43. The news of his death shocked Hollywood, as he had chosen to keep private his four-year illness. While his time in the limelight was short, his roles will remain vivid for a long time. They included real-life famous individuals such as Jackie Robinson, major league baseball’s first black player, in “42”, which was his breakthrough role; music legend James Brown in “Get On Up”; and Thurgood Marshall, America’s first black Supreme Court justice, in “Marshall.” EARLY CAREER Early civil rights leader Booker T. Washington said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Considering Boseman had to deal with multiple surgeries and chemotherapy just as his career was taking off, he can be considered more of a success than previously thought. While he was a good actor, he was also conscious of how race played a factor in them. He claimed he was fired from his first role, that of Reggie Montgomery on “All My Children”, because he raised questions about racist stereotypes in the script. That was a bold move, considering he was just starting his career; doing such a thing
could have easily killed it, but he continued working for 10 years, mostly in single episodes of TV shows before landing the starring role in “42”. IN THE SPOTLIGHT Landing the role of T’Challa was a big responsibility for Boseman. While the MCU already had black superheroes—Terence Howard and Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James Rhodes AKA War Machine and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson AKA Falcon—those characters were in supporting roles; T’Challa, as the ruler of the fictional African country Wakanda, would by no means follow in their footsteps. He held his own against Steve Rogers while wearing his Black Panther costume, but even without it he was a capable warrior, able to stand up against a brainwashed ‘Bucky’ Barnes. He was by no means just a fighter, though; in a deleted scene, he showed he was capable of resisting manipulation by Natasha Romanoff, who had previously outmaneuvered Loki in “Avengers.” Then came his big moment, once again playing T’Challa in “Black Panther”, and he proved his success in “Civil War” was by no means a fluke. The film, which raised questions about legacies and urged viewers to see the interconnectedness of the entire human race, earned over $700 million domestically and over $1.3 billion worldwide, placing it fifth overall in terms of worldwide box office behind all of the “Avengers” movies. FUTURE PLANS While Boseman enjoyed success as an ac-
tor, that was not his true goal. He hoped to direct one day, as evidenced by graduating from Howard University with a degree in directing. He said he got into acting so he could learn how to relate to actors. He had only one directing effort, a short film titled “Blood Over A Broken Pawn”, which earned him an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. LEGACY Looking back on his all-too-short career, I see an actor who played characters that broke boundaries and challenged the status quo. I see a man who wanted to tell the stories of his people. He was quoted as saying that as an African-American actor, that a lot of their stories hadn’t been told. While T’Challa was a fictitious character, I think he could serve a role model not just to blacks, but to all people. Towards the end of “Black Panther”, T’Challa addressed the United Nations, says, “We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.” I think given the troubles in race relations today, we should try to remember those words and live by them. Wakanda forever. T’Challa forever.
Pueblo Legend Celebrates 140th Birthday Constance Little
His name has been a part of Pueblo newspaper lore since 1900 when a barely 20-year-old Alfred Damon Runyan (he changed the spelling of his last name to RunyOn later in his career) first began covering local baseball and other news in print here. On Oct. 4, we celebrate the 140th birthday (Oct. 4, 1880-Oct. 10, 1946) of this great newspaperman with a showing of a movie about his life. Pueblo Heritage Museum invites people to celebrate with the film, A Slight Case of Murder, showing Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room. The event will follow all social distancing protocols and promises to evoke a sentimental mood set against the backdrop of the Heritage Museum’s historic building across from Union Depot. Guests can enjoy Cracker Jacks, pretzels, and other ballgame treats, included in ticket price. Guys, bring your dolls for just $10 per movie ticket ($7 for members of the Heritage Museum). We also encourage guests to pack an old-fashioned picnic for the film and share your meal on social media with the hashtag #DamonDays! Contact (719) 295-1517 or visit tinyurl.com/PHMEvents to get tickets. The
show is limited to 25 people and proceeds will go toward next year’s first Damon Runyon Days celebration. This 2021 event is being organized by several local organizations such as the Rawlings Library, Historic Pueblo Inc, the Pueblo Heritage Museum, and the two colleges. A big celebration was planned for the author’s birthday this year with his granddaughter and a Runyon historian scheduled to speak, along with many other events. Now, those plans have been postponed until next year when, hopefully, COVID-19 restrictions are lessened and public gatherings return. Mark your calendars now and be ready when celebration begins in earnest. Here’s a little background on our local boy. Born in Manhattan, Kansas to a family where several relatives were in the newspaper business, young Runyon’s father moved his family to Pueblo, Colorado when Damon was ten-years-old. That was in 1890. Just a decade later, Runyon joined his father in the local journalism trade and honed his skills as a sportswriter. And then he set his sights on the Big Apple
in 1910, leaving Pueblo to write for Hearst family newspapers in New York. There, he fell in love with the gritty world of sports gambling, actors and mobsters. He made his mark writing headlines about these characters and putting them in his short stories with names like “Nathan Detroit,” “Harry the Horse” and “The Seldom Seen Kid.” His original byline began with Alfred, and that is what it reads in local publications, but Runyon dropped the Alfred from his name, or rather it was dropped for him accidentally in a New York newspaper byline and he let the error stick. Many people think Runyon wrote the musical, Guys and Dolls, but, in actuality, he wrote a short story collection by that name and characters from that collection and other Runyon short stories inspired the book written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, turned into the 1950 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. That is not to take any credit from Runyon. Without his colorful descriptions of characters and his unusual use of slang in his
short stories, there would be no musical. Perhaps his signature style was influenced through his coverage of some of the immigrants and tough early-Pueblo businessmen he came to know as a Pueblo reporter. The term Runyonesque refers to writing that blends both the formal and slang language of the speakeasy crowd he associated with. He captured this language perfectly in his stories. Even though New Yorkers might not know the Colorado connection, we Puebloans sure do. Pueblo has many eponymously-named tributes to this man: Runyon Lake, Runyon Theater, Runyon Lake, Runyon Park; fitting for one who has forever linked our beloved steel city with the bright lights of New York City’s Broadway theaters through the musical, Guys and Dolls. It’s a bit romantic to think that a local news writer went on to inspire a musical that keeps Pueblo part of our nation’s Broadway history.
6 Pueblo Events Modifications Katherine Dunn Due to COVID-19, some recent events have either been cancelled or altered. The Colorado State Fair Parade was scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 29th, but has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. This event is one of Colorado’s oldest parades and this is the first time it has been cancelled. The chairman of The State Fair committee, Steve Shirley, apologizes for the cancellation by saying “The safety of our community comes first,” A modified state fair was held from Friday, August 28th through Monday, September 7th to ensure the safety of participants. Activities include the Junior Livestock Show and Sale, FFA Heifer Wrangle, Catch-a-Calf, 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Dog Show, 4-H Rocketry, and 4-H Static Exhibits. Limited food and vendor booths, a limited carnival presence and virtual competitive exhibits will also be available. For more information visit the Colorado State Fair’s website, Facebook page @colostatefair, or call 719-561-8484 for the latest updates. The Pueblo Chile festival will still continue, but will be modified for social distancing. The Pueblo Chile Fest is scheduled from September 26th-27th. Hour of operations are from 10am to 7pm. There will be two designated areas to find farm produce downtown. This will be a safe socially distanced outdoor environment that will be enforced by security personnel. Farmers Markets will be located at the Senior Resource Development parking lot and on S. Grand Ave., in front of the Vail Hotel. No more than 175 guests are allowed in any designated festival area at a time. Many precautions will be in place to guide traffic flow: separate entry and exit gates, curbside pickup will be available and guests will see hand sanitizing stations throughout the event. Orders will be able to be placed online with participating farm stands and they will have your order ready for curbside. The Pueblo Veterans Parade will continue as planned until further notice. The parade features marching bands, ROTC units, active-duty military, decorative floats, and veteran groups from all military branches representing a wide variety of conflicts. The parade takes place in the Downtown Pueblo in the Historic District. For more information you can visit https://pueblochamber.org.
Hell froze over Tiffany Pettigrew The weather here in Pueblo has been fitting for the theme of 2020: Unpredictable. With a high of 94 degrees on Monday, September 7, down to a high of 41 degrees on Wednesday, September 9, we are trading shorts and sandals for cardigans and boots. From a hazy red sunset to an overcast sunrise in less than a 48-hour period, Hell has frozen over. On Monday afternoon, Pueblo was experiencing a high of 94 degrees combined with the haze from the Cameron Peak Fire near the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, making visibility of Pikes Peak and Sangre De Cristo mountain ranges non-existent. On Tuesday morning, temperatures took a downward spiral into the low 60s, with the temperature reaching the mid-30s overnight. Residents woke up Wednesday morning to see snow covered trees and cars. Residence should not get their winter wardrobe out just yet, as the weather will take another turn climbing back up starting on Friday, September 11. What does this mean for the Cameron Peak Fire? The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported Tuesday morning that the fire has taken 102,596 acres, making it the largest fire in Larimer County’s history. With snow falling heavier up north than here in Pueblo, this can help firefighters combat the fire. On Monday night, the fire was reported to be only 4% contained, according to Larimer County’s incident command reports. With the cold front coming through the area, this can stall the fire from gaining more ground and improve air quality all over the state. Firefighters will be given an extra hand in assistance from Mother Nature, helping to keep our state beautiful. What does this mean for Pueblo County? Pueblo county will be given a much-needed break from the temperatures and smoke haze. Though Pueblo did not get as much snow as our surrounding towns it is a nice break from the triple digit heat August brought us. Temperatures are expected to start climbing again starting Friday, September 11, leading into a weekend of beautiful 80 degrees weather. Air pressure is up on Thursday, September 10, but will decline as the weather starts warming up as we enter the weekend.
Opportunities for Pueblo’s Youth to Burn Off Energy Harmony Clearo In the wake of a global pandemic, the Pueblo YMCA is still offering a haven of normalcy for the youth of the town. While little tykes are living virtually, the YMCA knows how important it is that children still have the opportunity to experience real- life, team building activities. Flag football, soccer and volleyball will be offered this fall in spite of COVID-19. According to the Pueblo YMCA website, sports will be organized in small groups of children to remain within the fence of CDC safety guidelines.
“Kids need play. Whether it be through sports or something else, it is crucial that children learn to work together with one another to achieve a common goal.”
Flag football and soccer teams will be limited to 12 players per team, and volleyball will be capped at 10 players per team. For parents, coaches and anyone who wants to watch games, a mask or face covering requirement will be in place, along with social distancing. However, players will only be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are not actively participating in a game or a practice.
There will be no snacks and players will be asked to bring personal water bottles to practices and games to mitigate physical contact with one another. All fall sporting events will be conducted outdoors at Lea Gonzales Park to encourage social distancing as well. The fall outdoor soccer, flag football and volleyball season will all begin Sep. 12 and
run until Oct. 17. They will each consist of six games. The YMCA is also planning to offer youth winter basketball, but dates have not yet been determined. With physical contact being nonexistent for the past few months, this is something Pueblo’s youth can look forward to. There will be numerous differences that parents and players will have to adjust to, but these changes will all be in favor of safety. Sharing of equipment will not be allowed, and players will be asked to bring their own. There will also be extra staff at each event in order to enforce new rules and
make sure that everyone is being as safe as possible. Before the start of the season, every player will have a mandatory check up to ensure that they have not experienced any covid symptoms in the 48 hours prior. Areas of events will be marked properly to designate what spaces players, parents and watchers will be allowed to occupy, so as to keep group sizes limited. Hand washing and sanitizing will be supervised regularly to ensure that kids are cleaning up frequently enough. If rules are followed religiously, youth sports might be back to the way they were before the covid.
Kids need play. Whether it be through sports or something else, it is crucial that children learn to work together with one another to achieve a common goal. The past months have put a halt to essentially anything that allows children to do this. With school being completely virtualized, being able to play sports offers an inkling of normality to Pueblo’s youth. YMCA is a charitable organization that offers scholarships for children who cannot afford to play as well. They are doing everything they can to keep kids active this fall in spite of tight regulations. And if everyone does their part, we might be back to normal life before we know it.
Netflix’s Top Three Streams According to the platform’s “Top 10 in the U.S. Today” catagory
Netflix’s new original series, Away takes us through the struggles Emma Green, played by Hilary Swank, faces as an American Astronaut leaving behind her family. Green is joined by an international space crew as they head on a dangerous mission.
After acquiring the rights from this YouTube Premium series, Netflix has Cobri Kai as it’s number two most watched show.
This new Korean Thriller movie takes us on the journey of a man who stays locked in his apartment during a zombie apocalypse.
Cobra Kai tells the story of the rivals of the 80’s classic, the Karate Kid. Now, nearly four decades later, Daniel LaRusso, played by Ralph Macchio, and his rival, Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka.
Oh Joon-woo, played by Yoo Ah, is a video game live streamer who is notified during a stream to turn on the news. The reporter is fantic telling the audience that there is a rapid spreading disease causing individuals to eat each other.
Swank is casted with Josh Charles, Vivian Wu, Mark Ivanir, Ato Essandoh, Ray Panthaki and Talitha Eliana Bateman, all making appearances in each episode of the show’s first episode. The show was created by Andrew Hinderaker who is also known for his work with Penny Dreadful. Episodes range from 45 minutes to an hour long.
The story is retelling the iconic Karate Kid storyline, but now from Lawrence’s point of view as an old rivalry is rekindled. The show brings back a sence of nestalgia, while feeling like you betraded LaRusso since you are now cheering on Lawrence. Episodes average to be 30 minutes long.
Joon-woo then barricades himself in his apartment while monitoring social media looking for help until he realizes no one is coming to help. This movie is a new way of thrilling millennials and gen z by incorporating our dayto-day activities. The movie runs one hour and 38 minutes long.
Pueblo Real Estate Investments Become a Family Business Alexis Vigil Husband and wife, Jon and Angela Lucero, are the business owners of JAL Properties LLC., which they started about two years ago. They are proud to employ their two sons and daughter-in-law. The company is in the business of making real estate investments by buying homes, flipping them and then putting them back on the market for a profit; all within their very own hometown of Pueblo County. The idea began back in 2016 when Jon and his eldest son Dominic took on their first project- a house located on Fourth Avenue. Dominic decided to take a break, so things didn’t pick back up again until 2018. This is when the younger son, Jacob, showed interest in flipping homes full-time and thus the JAL Properties company was officially born. Jon and Angela Lucero each have other full-time jobs along with running their business. Jon works for Pueblo Water and Angela is a realtor for HomeSmart. Their jobs in turn prove to be helpful to the business. “My full-time job is with Pueblo Water and because of the position that I hold at the board of water works, I run into houses that are dilapidated, so we’re always interested in buying them if we can and that’s how we got into the real estate investment end of what we do,” said Jon. Jon is the business manager who finds the houses and estimates the costs that will need to go into them to make a profit. He also hires subcontractors who are needed to do specific repairs such as heating, plumbing, electrical and structural reengineering. He calls himself the “hound dog” of the business. Angela has about seven years of experience as a realtor, “It really is nice to get people into a house, it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make and to see them happy is really enjoyable.” She plays a large role in the family business and calls herself “the brains behind the operation.” For the business she mainly does the paperwork side of things and has a large focus on turning a profit. With market analysis research she can evaluate how much to buy a house for and how much she can then sell that house for at top dollar once improvements are made. Dominic and Jacob work on-site as laborers remodeling and making repairs on the homes. Dominic’s wife Vanessa has an associate degree in accounting and her job is to do all the bookkeeping and other miscellaneous tasks. The Coronavirus outbreak hardly affected their business because they could still work on the construction side of things and they had no problems selling in the middle of everything. One difference was that realtors were unable to show houses in person for a short time during the stay-at-home order. The newer safer-at-home guidelines and mask order allow Angela to show houses but not to have open houses. Here are some standard instructions she received from the Pueblo Association of Realtors: “Practice safe social distancing, if you have a showing, make sure you have PPE: a mask, gloves, wipes and no more than three people in a house at a time. Make sure your buyers also have the same PPE, wipe off all the counters, switches, and anything else that may have been touched. Do this before and after showing.” Another small difference that was noticed was that since people are spending more time at home they’re “fixing up their own houses so it’s slim pickings at Lowe’s,” said Jacob. According to Angela, “Pueblo was in a hot market- top 10 in the country,” before Coronavirus hit and there has been little to no impact; she even said that interest rates have been really low. Dominic said, “It’s satisfying to see the work of your own hands,” He sees the value in flipping homes, “It updates [the community], so you don’t have as many old houses with no value. You increase the property value, you increase the worth of a town.”
10 Strong Together Cristina Diaz The first few months of a new year are when the future looks bright, with new challenges, new opportunities and new goals. The year 2020 has been one to remember in large part because of the pandemic that took hold of everyone’s lives in the first three months. This is something no one expected, and it made a huge impact on everyone’s daily lives. Many people forget that in times like these, it is important to remain strong and together. There are ways for individuals to remain positive and bright while maintaining the well-being of family, friends and themselves. Being in quarantine can bring many challenges, some good, some bad. But being in quarantine doesn’t have to be the end of the world. There are many exciting things that can be done in order to hold on to positivity and still remain active. In fact, health experts say that in times like these, it is important for people to maintain positivity and stay active. In the April 8 National Review article “Don’t Pressure Yourself to Stay Positive during Isolation” by Katherine Timpf, talks about the importance of having a good attitude toward everything. There is no point of going through your day with a negative personality or mindset. Timpf says “gratitude is important, and it can be both healing and humbling to think of how much better you have it compared to others. There should be appreciation for what you have, while there are others that have it worse. that have it worse The article explains that gratitude is very
important to have in moments like these. Everyone is entitled to feel sad during this global pandemic, because in reality, it’s something that really is upsetting. One of the things that should be kept in mind is that no one is alone. People must be there for one another and appreciate the little things that everyone has. She also explains that everybody don’t always have to be fine, it’s okay so feel upset at times. But, the bad times don’t always last forever. Timpf says, “I’m not saying positivity is bad. As cheesy and cliché as it sounds, it is totally true that, if you’re still breathing, then you have something to be grateful for. Practice gratitude for the things you have, look on the bright side when you can, but when you can’t? Acknowledge it, recognize it, and tell yourself it is completely fine to not be a ray of f***ing sunshine all the time when the world is crumbling around you”. Another article shows that taking care of your mental health is also essential, even in quarantine. In the March 18, Very Well Mind article “How to Cope with Quarantine” by Kendra Cherry, talks about the effects of quarantine, the factors that influence coping, how to cope, and finding professional support to help with mental health. Cherry said it is important to take care of yourself and the people around you. She explains that the mind is very powerful and creates reality so you can find ways to stop thinking about things negatively and develop coping strategies that will allow you to accept what has happened and still
overcome it. The importance of taking care of yourself and the people around you as well. The mind is very powerful, it creates reality. There are many ways on how someone can stop you from thinking the negative of everything, and rather cope with the idea that something happened but that you’re able to overcome it. Cherry explains, “Staying busy, keeping in contact with others by phone and social media, and maintaining a sense of structure are just a few keyways that you can mentally manage your quarantine.” Being in quarantine doesn’t have to be the end of the world. It can also be a lesson to some. Professor, students and others shared their experiences. Sendi Estrada is a student attending college in Pittsburg. She said one thing she’s been doing during the quarantine is improving her skills in the kitchen. “Well, I’ve learned how to cook better. I’m still going to classes online and I used to always be in a rush and never cook a home meal. Now that I’ve been home. I’ve been cooking more and loving it.” Estrada added, “There’re so many easy and great recipes online. I love how easy it is. I’ve cooked so much and learned so many recipes.” Estrada said spending time at home has also given her new perspective. “I realized that the important things in life are the people you have,” she said. Geovanny Gonzalez is a local business
owner. He said it’s difficult to listen to all the negative news about coronavirus because it’s everywhere. “There’s always new news about this and it sometimes does give you a headache when all you do is try to stay on top of it,” Gonzalez said. “I try not to anymore. At first, I was but not anymore. The most important thing is to just take precaution and take care of yourself and your family.” Gonzalez said that having a strong, positive attitude and reading the Bible has helped. “I encourage everyone to do so. There are so many wonderful and beautiful things that are said that can help you stay positive and have faith. I wish everyone has the chance to do it. It can change the way you see things. It makes your mind stay at peace.” Salvador Gil, a construction worker and father, suggested that everyone should spend time with the people in your house. “Get off your phones, electronics, and spend time with your family in your house,” Gil said. “Call your friends, family, and create new memories in your house.” Gil also suggested, “We should be nice and be respectful toward each other. I see so many people become selfish and mean. I don’t think there’s no need for that because we are all going through a tough time. We should be understandable and comprehend each other.” Samantha Medina, a student at Colorado State University Pueblo, shared her coping strategies. “What I do to help cope with all of this is
just staying positive,” Medina said. “I’m doing what I can to stay focused on schoolwork. I’m a server at Olive Garden so I’ve been out of work during this shutdown. I am fortunate to still be living with my parents and not having to stress too much about bills.” Medina continued, “I am thankful for that. I’m just trying to stay positive and take the proper precautions to protect myself and my family. Following the right steps to get through will hopefully be worth it when this is all over.” Medina said she’s been using the time at home productively. “Spending time at home has made me realize the amount of stuff I have unfinished or have not gotten to. Quarantine has given me a chance to catch up on things in my life.” She added, “This has made me realize how I’m always on the go and don’t take time to finish projects, clean and just catch up with my own life. This includes catching up with people I haven’t talked to in a while. It’s been so helpful, oddly enough.” Danilo Leon, a professor at Colorado State University Pueblo, said he has been “trying to stay in touch with friends and family as much as possible” during his time at home. He added, “I prepare for the classes that I am currently teaching and preparing for the summer classes. I have recently started meditating too.” Leon said there is the potential that too much time at home can harm mental health. “I think communicating how you feel helps,” he recommended. “Find a person with whom you can express how you
feel and be honest about your feelings.” Professor Sam J. Lovato, chair of the Department of Media Communication at CSU Pueblo said he’s been surprised to witness “the tsunami of mental health issues (that) engulf Americans when they’re forced to embrace change, be flexible, be reasonable, be accommodating, be humble, etc.” He suggested that some ways people can cope are to “Stop focusing on yourself; practice selflessness; be thankful; stop longing for privilege.” To stay positive, Lovato recommends that people “Listen to music, seek out examples that communicate joy.” In the March 20, New York Times article “You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine or Isolation, Starting Right Now” by Anna Goldfarb talks about doing little exercises throughout the day can help you boost your mentality and stay in a great mood, despite everything going on. Her article mentions Dr. Russell G. Buhr, a pulmonologist at U.C.L.A. Health, who says, “And good mental health promotes good physical health. Maintaining a routine, like getting up and getting dressed and doing what you usually do, can positively affect mental health.”
Helping Furry Friends Tiffany Pettigrew Pet owners are getting the opportunity to be around their fur babies while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. From multiple walks a day to getting extra loves throughout the day, it’s easy to say that pets are the ultimate winners during this pandemic. People are finding they now have the time to take in a new best friend from the animal shelter. PAWS for Life is ready to see their furry friends find their forever homes. Volunteers and potential pet owners are coming together to gives animals the time of their lives. With adoption rates increasing, PAWS is making sure that potential owners know the commitment they are making is a permanent one that can help be happier and healthier during the pandemic. PAWS’ Volunteer Organizer Marie Giannelli provided an update on what’s happening at the shelter. “We are just a steppingstone to their forever home,” Giannelli said. With some shelters offering a fostering program, PAWS believes that keeping the animals staying together instead of finding temporary solutions is the better option. Due to social distancing restrictions, shelter personnel are not able to perform their home inspections to ensure the animal is going to a home with their loving requirements. “Our veterinarian has suggested the animals to all be in one place to make it easier for the people caring for them,” Giannelli said. “We feel much better sending an animal into a home that we’ve
gone into knowing it’s going to be a good fit for the home as well as the animal,” Giannelli continued. PAWS has volunteers making sure the animals are getting companionship and exercise during the pandemic. Though volunteer numbers have dropped, the shelter and volunteers are committed to making sure these animals get what they need. Practicing social distancing is a priority both sides are taking to keep safe. The individuals allowed in the facility now are those who are keeping it clean and sanitized. Those who are volunteering to help the animals be healthy and give them love are asked to wait outside of the shelter as their animal makes their way outside. “It definitely feels weird to not have the volunteers around as much, but I think overall we’ve been able to set people up for adoptions and set them up for success for those animals,” Giannelli said. When things start opening back up and life returns to a regular routine, if owners find that they no longer have the time to commit to an animal, PAWS has made it known the animal must be retuned to the shelter. In a contract the shelter has taken precaution by placing that as a part of their contract agreement with owners. For those looking for other ways to help, PAWS for Life is always accepting high-quality animal feed. The feed donated goes to their animals as well as their community food bank for pet owners if needed. To learn more about how to find your forever friends or volunteer opportunities, call Pueblo PAWS for Life at 719-543-6464.
Food Deserts and What Can Be Done Rebecca VanGorder Colorado is a land of plenty but in some urban and suburban areas there exists a food wasteland. A food desert is an area where nutritional food for sale is not readily available. In some areas this can mean driving 20 minutes to find fresh produce. In others it could mean a simple lack of grocery stores. A food desert refers to the ease of access to healthy foods. In Colorado Spring and Pueblo there exists pockets of food deserts. Most of these areas tend to be lower income but in some cases it’s more rural or even urban areas. The urban areas tend to be what Huffington Post calls a food swamp meaning they have an abundance of convenience stores and fast food places but few grocers and fresh, healthy foods. What can the average consumer do to negate these circumstances? There are a number of personal and community approaches that can be taken to combat these food deserts and the risk of obesity and related effects. Colorado’s bounty shouldn’t be limited by your zip code. One thing residents can do is to urge your local grocer to apply for a grant or loan through the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund. This fund was seeded by The Colorado Health Foundation to help bridge the gap in underserved communities and help them have access to healthy foods.
Community gardens have become a popular way to bring something nutritional to the area while also building the bonds of community. Locals to the Front Range can check out Pikes Peak Urban Gardens to find all kinds of information. In Pueblo’s historic Eastside neighborhood there’s a community garden that has drawn in the locals to create a space for everyone willing to work the dirt. See a need, fill a need; having a mobile grocery store especially in low income areas, can increase access to healthy, fresh produce. In Detroit, Michigan, Dazmonique Carr did just that and Deeply Rooted Produce is a great model of what produce delivery can be. It connects local farmers with those living in food deserts to best serve the needs of the community. Coloradans of all stripes can enjoy a day out at the farmer’s market as well. There are a number of markets all over so check local listings. Come To Life Colorado also has a great list of farmer’s markets all over the state so be sure to find something in your neighborhood. Don’t want to go out because of corona fears? Check out online farmer’s markets like this and see what’s available in a safe and socially distanced way. Coloradans can also get educated on good nutrition and healthy eating to steer their food buying habits. Nutritious eating doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here are a few tips to get on track. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Before heading to the grocery store or farmer’s market, eat! Know what you want to buy. Having a list ready makes it less likely to waste time or money on impulse buys. All things in moderation. How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Hydration! Always smart in Colorado but also helps to keep everything work well and limits your appetite. Eat breakfast! There are so many healthy options for breakfast these days so there’s no excuse. Balance! Healthy grains, fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, all of these helps you live your best life. Fiber is good and helps things move along. Eat your greens and salads to keep your digestive system moving.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Fall 2020 #1
Colorado State Pueblo
The Today Student News
From the Editor: Thanks for reading Tiffany Pettigrew
Thank you for taking the time to read the hard work of our student contributors! My name is Tiffany Pettigrew. This semester, I am the Today’s Editor. I am a senior here at Colorado State University Pueblo, studying mass communications. I’m excited to help give narratives to stories in our community. I am a Pueblo native, a graduate of Centennial High School in 2012. Being from Pueblo, that seems to be the hot topic when first meeting someone usually followed by “who are your parents?” Being from a tight knitted community such as Pueblo, it was hard when I followed my husband to Fort Hood, Texas, as he served in the Army. While living in Texas, I came to realize that I loved being informed and wanted to help others stay up-to-date with what was going on around them. I served on the board of Prodestant Women of the Chapel as outreach coordinator, Vista Community Church as Connections Coordinator, helping combat human trafficking with many orginizations and being active with my husband’s unit’s family readiness group. When my husband decided that his time with the Army was finished, we both decided to go back to school. We both enrolled at Pueblo Community College, his first semester and my last. After obtaining my associate’s degree, I was hungry for any opportunity to learn how to communicate with my community. Since then, I have been published in multiple publications throughout southern Colorado, taken the role of CSU Pueblo’s chapter president with the Society of Professional Journalists, marketing with ThunderWolf Recreation Center and newest project with Pueblo Bulls Junior Hockey Club. My family has been nothing but supportive throughout my journey. My husband and two dogs are always encouraging me and ready to comfort me after long days, my parents are always there with breakfast dates and different outlooks of the world, and my brother and sister-in-law (and adorable newborn nephew) are always there for emotional support when I’m feeling down. Combining my role as Editor for the Today and my love for this school and community, I am so excited to hear more stories about what makes Pueblo so welcoming. In a time where there’s so many ways to get your information, I hope you come here to see what’s going on with your neighbors. Thank you for taking the time to read our work. We can’t wait to make our community proud.