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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fall 2020 #2

Colorado State University Pueblo

The Today Student News

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With the fall season quickly approaching, many have questioned whether they will be able to celebrate the fall festivities this year, especially Halloween. Every year people get together and celebrate a fun Halloweekend. People were really excited for Halloween 2020 since it was going to fall on a Saturday and people can celebrate all weekend. Due to COVID-19 many have had to adjust to new gathering rules. Some have even wondered if it is even worth getting together this year. Then there are many people who still plan to do the Halloween parties and the usual festivities. Kayla Rhode who enjoys this time of year is very skeptical on whether or not she’s going all out for Halloween. “I’m just trying to stay safe and keep my family and friends safe as well. As much as I love Halloween I don’t know if it’s worth risking getting anyone sick. I think it will be fun just staying home

with family or a couple of friends and just watching scary movies. There’s nothing wrong with staying in.” Rhodes and many others have agreed that staying in is the way to go, especially during a global pandemic. Scary movies, ordering take out and just enjoying the night is still just as fun. But then there are others who still want to go all out for the Halloween season. Every year Erika Cordova has loved dressing up for Halloween. She doesn’t want this virus stopping her from enjoying her favorite fall festivity. “I love dressing up for Halloween. This year was supposed to be the best one yet.” Cordova mentions that she is still going to follow the safety precautions for small gatherings. I’m not going to have a big party like I usually do but just having a few close friends over and dressing up will still be fun. We love to have

a good time on Halloween.” Isabel Garcia is still trying to figure what her plans are going to be for the holiday. Garcia has two young kids and she has had to brainstorm how to make this year fun for the kids. Garcia states, “I don’t want to take them out trick or treating and have them be exposed to other people or vice versa so I’m still trying to figure out what the best option is. “They love to dress up and eat candy for Halloween so this year is definitely going to be different. I hope to figure it out soon since they’re going to want to look for costumes and I’d hate for them to have costumes and not have a place to wear them to,” Garcia says. Many parents and guardians are having a hard time figuring out how to make this year’s Halloween exciting and fun but still being safe. This year will be one to remember.


Editorial: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy Lives On By Tiffany Pettigrew Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, September 18, 2020, surrounded by her family in her Washington D.C. home at the age of 87. The feminist icon’s death is preceded by a 27-year long career on the SCOTUS fighting for equality. From the chants on the streets during the civil rights movements, a revolutionary ruling on Roe v. Wade and a continuous fighting spirit for the LGBTQIA+ community. Ginsburg leaves behind a legacy for generations to live up to so every voice is heard. After graduating from Cornell University, RBG married Martin “Marty” Ginsburg, the two moved to Fort Sill, Okla., for Marty’s military career. Though being college educated, RBG could not find a job outside of being a typist, a job she would lose upon finding out she was pregnant. After their time in Okla., the Ginsburg’s attended Harvard Law School. RBG was one of nine women in a class of 500 students while attending Harvard. Throughout her time at law school, she was regularly questioned why she was there and told her placement should go to a man. During her time at Harvard, RBG showed that she was meant be a lawyer. She managed being a mom to a toddler, caring for a husband with testicular cancer who was going in and out of surgeries and being towards the top of her class. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s first big case was based here in Colorado. Charles Mortiz claimed a tax deduction for the caregiver cost of his mother. The IRS did not allow this deduction being Mortiz was not a woman or had not ever been married. These standards deemed Mortiz unfit to be a caregiver and ineligible for the deduction. Both Martin and Ruther Bader Ginsburg worked on the case, Martin from the tax angle and RBG from the constitutional angle. This started RBG’s iconic fight for gender equality, fighting for what was constitutionally correct, regardless of gender. Her hard work defending gender equality was getting recognized. In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be on the SCOTUS. The US Senate voted to confirm her nomination in a final count of 96-3, making her the second woman to serve in this role. Being the first ever Jewish female to serve on the Supreme Court, RBG was a trailblazer for fighting for human rights for all. In her 27 years of service, Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for Americans, regardless of age, gender, background, or ethnicity, are able to have the same opportunities. SCOTUS rulings that Ruther Bader Ginsburg voted on included: United States v. Virginia, 1996- a 7-1 ruling determined that Virginia Military Institute’s male only admission policy violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Olmstead v. L.C., 1999- This decision was a historical step for disability rights after two women with mental illnesses continued to be institutionalized after medical professionals stated they were able to continue their treatment in a community-based program. Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 2007- In a 5-4 decision, the court determined that a 19-year career, gender based, pay discrimination was in violation of 1964 Civil Rights Act. Many citizens are anxious to hear the Senate’s reaction to the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. This only four years after the Senate argued Former President Barack Obama could not select the next SCOTUS Justice due to election day being 293 days away. The Senate has decided to proceed with President Trump’s section with less than 40 days left until the 2020 Presidential Election. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a defender of the American Dream for all. A woman who fought for all to have the same opportunities in this nation. She is loved and remembered by many. Her legacy will not be forgotten. “Feminism … I think the simplest explanation, and one that captures the idea, is a song that Marlo Thomas sang, ‘Free to be You and Me.’ Free to be, if you were a girl—doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. Anything you want to be. And if you’re a boy, and you like teaching, you like nursing, you would like to have a doll, that’s OK too. That notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers—man made barriers, certainly not heaven sent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an interview with Makers





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World Mental Health Day By Kelly Keogh World Mental Health Day is held on October 10th every year. This day was created and first observed during October 1992. World Mental Health Day was created In order to bring awareness of mental health issues around the world, and the efforts that are in place to support mental health. World Mental Health Day (WMHDay) is not only a day long event. The national day for it falls October 10th, but planning and programs spend weeks, months, and even a year to get fully prepared. Public awareness for this event has had major success throughout the past 28 years. Each year there have been different themes for the event. The past year, 2019 WMHDay was dedicated to mental health promotion and suicide prevention. In order to commemorate WMHD Organizations give people the opportunity to talk about their own stories, what else needs to be done to bring awareness, and provide contact information for anyone in need of help. To help support WMHDay, anyone can promote on their social media platforms, and educate friends, family, and anyone who may be seeking help or knowledge of mental health. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Available 24 Hours 800-273-8255

Colorado Crisis Services 1310 Chinook Lane Pueblo, 81001 1-844-493-8255

CSU Pueblo Crisis Services After hours and other available resources Suicide Prevention Helpline 719-544-1133 Rape Crisis Center 719-549-0549 Parkview Medical Center 719-584-4000 Health Solutions 719-545-2746 YMCA Family Crisis Center 719-545-8195

Young Adults During a Pandemic


By Kelly Keogh Staying safe while still experiencing life and staying active has certainly been stressful this year. It’s no question that finding fun activities may have become hard for people to come up with. In order to get some new hobbies and fun outings, young adults ranging from ages 17-25 shared their ways of staying active and having a great time (while continuing to social distance). Fabian Cocoa, age 23, business management/accounting graduate has been spending majority of his time at the Pueblo Reservoir. “I’ve been staying safe by spending a lot of my time swimming, running, and riding my bike while wearing my mask. Occasionally I’ll go out to patio seating only at restaurants. These are all keeping me sane and reminding me of the normalcy we once had. While my gym has no re-opened I’m doing my best to find ways to keep moving and staying active.” Joseph Alfonso, age 25, bachelor degree in civil engineering and technology, “Some activities that I do to stay safe during Covid-19 are playing golf with my roommates and friends! GOlfing to me has been the perfect way to keep social distancing while still enjoying the fresh air.” Kimberly Pashcke, age 19, nursing major, “I have been playing board games and studying to keep my mind off of things. I often hangout with my friends but only in a group of less than four, and who have been wearing their masks as well.” Blake Montgomery, age 22, Recreation Center Manager of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, “to have fun during Covid-19 I try to do more activities outside like golfing, fishing, hiking and shooting hoops with some pals. I have taken this pandemic as an opportunity to spend time with my friends more, focus on work, visit my family, and explore nature more than I used to. I am trying to not always see the glass as half empty.” Some young adults have been spending their newly found time focusing on their degrees and careers. Hayley Kuskie, age 22, patient care technician/medical assistant has dedicated her time to her work. “I haven’t been doing several activities lately, but this time has made me focu more on my job and how much I love to do it. I’m taking care of my health and constantly being screened before I go to work and always wearing my mask. It has been so important to me to have found a job that makes me happy while staying safe.” Other activities that have been recommended by health departments include picnics, outdoor exercise classes, and drive in movies.

Lake Pueblo is Not Drying Up Anytime Soon By Harmony Clearo If you’ve been out to Lake Pueblo this summer, you might have noticed the rising and falling of the water levels. These days you might even be walking across places that you were swimming in at the start of the summer. However, there is no need to worry about the lake drying up. Water levels are actually above average for this time of year, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. With fires and droughts running rampant this summer, Lake Pueblo has still seen lower levels in its lifetime. Stan Core, a maintenance mechanic at the area office of the Bureau of Reclamation said, “it’s been slowly filling up even though we’ve had a dry summer.” Core, who has been working for the bureau over 15 years, said he has seen the lake “much lower.” For most Pueblo residents, the reservoir is the hub of summertime recreational activities. But the lake is so much more than that. Established in the 1970s, the Pueblo dam was built as part of the Fryingpan- Arkansas Project. The project was aimed toward supplying water for hydroelectric power, irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses. Additionally, from March through September, the upper region of the lake remains empty, specifically for flood control. This empty area is marked a storage space for extra water should a sizable flood occur. Enhancement of wildlife is another important quality of Lake Pueblo. Considered a fishing hotspot, the lake provides more than 4,000 acres of water and over 60 miles of shoreline, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Between now and next summer, the water levels will continue to fluctuate depending on the snowfall this winter. But there is no need to panic. Pueblo can expect to keep on boating, swimming, and fishing at its favorite lake. Levels are expected to remain normal. On Nov. 15, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin storing water for the following months, according to Core. “It’ll never fully dry up,” he said, “it would have to get awfully low to affect the recreational use of the lake.”

6 Binge Watching During Quarantine By Kelly Keogh Hulu, HBO, Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple T.V, the list continues. In the United States over 69% of households own one or more streaming services. 2020’s top rated streaming apps for watching shows and movies each have been catering to the public for their binge watching during quarantine. Binge watching defined by Oxford is “the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.” Since movie theatres had been closed for months, the most popular way to watch TV was with one or more streaming apps. People who have been inside have relied on these streaming services for entertainment, while often binge watching. Each service offers a variety of different pricing and top shows to watch. Depending on one’s preference, there are different genres on each streaming platform. The most commonly used and known service is Netflix. Netflix offers a free month of service before starting plans at $7.99 a month. Netflix offers different plans for each household with how many users can be on the account and use the streaming service at once. The top three most viewed shows so far in 2020 have included Tiger King (one season, eight episodes), Ozark (three seasons, thirty episodes), and Outerbanks (one season, ten episodes). Netflix has introduced something no other service has yet tried, which includes their Top 10 category. There are two different Top 10 categories that Netflix uses to reach out to the audience on what is currently being watched, and most popular at the moment. One of the Top 10’s is for shows, while the other is for movies. Similar streaming service, Hulu, offers different shows and originals created just for their viewers. The most basic Hulu package offered starts at $5.99 a month. The most famous shows to watch and binge this year have been The Handmaid’s Tale (three seasons, thirty six episodes), Castle Rock (two seasons, twenty episodes), and Casual (four seasons with forty four episodes). Disney Plus, one of the newest streaming services includes a large library of past and current disney movies and shows. Disney Plus includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, National Geographic, Star Wars, and most recently 20th Century Fox. Disney Plus is offered at a baseline of $6.99, yet with the purchase of premiere access for $29.99 you can stream the newest movies before they are released. The most popular movies on Disney Plus this year include Mulan, Avengers End Game, and Hamilton. When binge watching, the most viewed shows included Marvel’s Runaways (three seasons, thirty three episodes), Gordon Ramsay Uncharted (two seasons, nineteen episodes), and Once Upon a Time (seven seasons, one hundred and fifty five episodes). When looking to binge watch, HBO has been a huge contributor to releasing quality content. The basic package is offered at $14.99 a month. HBO is the home of streaming for binge watching Game of Thrones (eight seasons, sixty episodes), Euphoria (one season, eight episodes), and The Righteous Gemstones (one season, nine episodes).

Creative Art Around Campus By Kelly Keogh Cayton Wagner, sophomore and art major at Colorado State University Pueblo, has been having fun spreading her personalized art around campus, free for anyone to take as it is found. Wagner has been spending her free time creating her own line of pottery and placing her work with tiny messages around different areas of CSU Pueblos campus. “I left 4 mugs around the campus for a social justice project that Vicky Hansen the ceramics teacher does every year. I chose to do an art scavenger hunt, because it is really the little things that brighten peoples day and make them feel lucky. With all the racial justice issues happening right now, it’s a good reminder to be generous and kind, tolerant and willing to share your knowledge and skills,” Wagner stated. “I chose to leave my mugs around because they are my favorite thing I make. Nothing beats drinking coffee or tea from a handmade cup! I also just enjoy sharing my work with people, aside from money the best feeling is knowing something you made found its way into someone else’s home and is useful to them! I’ve been making pots for almost 5 years now, and it’s much more rewarding to give them away with love than accept any type of payment,” Wagner continued “Part of my project was to see where they ended up so I received 3 photos from people who found them and 1 person made a tiktok! WIt was enlightening to actually have people reach out! Shows people are willing to be connected doesn’t matter who is the maker of the product” Wagner said enthusiastically. When walking around from class to class be sure to keep your eyes open for some free handmade pottery. You can follow Cayton, give her a shoutout on her Instagram, and get some hints on where her art may be hiding.


Colorado State University Pueblo’s New Cowgirl Educator Brings New Outlooks By Rebecca VanGorder Regan Foster is the newest adjunct professor in Colorado State University Pueblo’s Department of Media Communications. Regan hails from Iowa originally but has traveled throughout 18 years in the journalism industry. Whether it was full time or as a stringer, Foster’s career has taken her from Iowa to Alaska, Michigan, Illinois and Colorado. Prior to her position with CSU Pueblo, Foster was most recently the founding editor and general manager of the Southeast Express. Foster also sat on the editorial boards of the Colorado Springs Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Among her professional achievements, she was the first woman to be hired as the editorial page editor of the Pueblo Chieftain. She has covered a wide variety of beats like politics and government in Chicago and trade on the Pacific Rim. When asked about her pivot to teaching, Foster said, “I would really love to teach and inspire the next generation of great talent. I love mentoring and working with interns and young reporters when they come into the newsroom and training, so this just seemed like the next natural step.” Along with her experience in journalism, Foster holds dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa in journalism and Spanish. She went on to get her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. One of Foster’s proudest career achievements was taking over for another journalist’s primary beat so that he could go into a deep and lengthy investigation which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She said, “It was one of those moments where you’re proud to be a part of the team and see you colleagues and peers really thrive. It was truly an honor.” One of the changes in the journalism industry that concerns Foster is the crisis of confidence the media is currently experiencing. A bigger challenge to her eyes though is that of corporatization throughout the media. “When media companies are buying up all the small local publications and centralizing services and processes, downsizing staff, you lose quality for the sake of the bottom line and return on investment,” Foster said. Bias in the media has led to a loss of trust throughout America. In order to combat her own bias Foster takes the approach of a moderator and providing journalistic reference points in the classroom. As a woman of strong opinions, the struggle to set aside that bias is a daily exercise but something that Foster believes strongly in. Drawing from her experiences, Foster recommends students “get involved in every opportunity you can. If there’s a class that strikes your interest, take it whether that’s in your area of focus or not. If there’s a club get involved in that. That’s all life experience that is readily available to you; it’s being curated by people who are passionate about you seizing it.” On life, Foster said, “This sounds super cheesy but you’re going to have curveballs thrown your way and there will be some obstacles but they’re all learning experiences so stay focused on who you are, be confident in who you are. Everything can be a learning and growing experience. What seems catastrophic at 21 is not going to seem that dramatic at 40.” Foster was asked if she had an alter ego what would it be and responded with her effervescent personality that she already lives it. She gets to spend her days working her ranchette in Pueblo County with her husband of 15 years. While most would expect children to be a part of the equation, in this case they are all furry with three dogs, two cats, five horses, one lamb, nine rabbits, about 40 chickens and eight turkeys. The self-stylized “rock and roll redneck” is passionate about equine and canine rescue and rehabilitation. During her phone interview, Foster was in a pasture, mending fences and being followed by her horse.


CSU Pueblo’s Newest Collaborative Addition- The Cente By Alexis Vigil Chair of English and World Languages Department. She was intimately involved with the project from beginning to end.

All photos taken by Alexis Vigil Colorado State University Pueblo’s newly renovated Psychology building, dubbed the Center for Integrated Health and Human Inquiry (CIHHI), celebrated its grand reopening just in time for the fall semester on August 20, 2020. The $16.8 million state-funded renovation project was completed in just one year, beginning in May 2019 and finished in May 2020. The building houses several different departments- Health Sciences, Nursing, the Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology, and Data Sciences. Some of the new features include simulation labs, distance learning capabilities, accessibility, collaborative spaces, and other modern concepts. It is also the home for Student Health Services and the Counseling Center.

The project’s goals included flexibility, a new entry, collaboration, innovation, community, technology, branding identify, program elevation and inspiration. Trisha Pocius is the Assistant to the Dean- College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her main role is to “oversee processes within the college,” which holds nine departments. She also works closely with other administrative assistances and supports the department chairs. She was involved in the beginning of the project by attending meetings to assist with the design of the building. She was confident in the project teams and said, “From the very first meeting- I had no doubts- this building will be done on time,” she continued, “they were ahead of schedule the entire time.” Dr. Alegría Ribadeneira is the Director of World Languages Program, a Full Professor of Spanish and Assistant

She does a little bit of everything and calls herself the Director of Good Cheer: “I try to serve in any way I can. I really believe in the mission of the university and whenever I see something is needed, I jump right in.” That’s exactly how she landed an important role during the big move when they were going to shut down the building. She helped transition about 75 faculty and staff members from the Psychology building into the General Classroom Building (GCB). Professor Ribadeneira wanted to make the process fun for everyone, so she came up with a camp theme since the move was only temporary. She added plenty of camp ideas like s’more goodie bags and even called herself the main “Camp CHASS Counselor.” Other than facilitating the move of the faculty and staff in and out of the building she was also part of the design process.


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The faculty and staff held meetings in a collaborative effort to fulfill the needs of every department. They gave feedback to the architect, selected furniture and even signed off on final decisions. The professor’s last role was an idea that didn’t come to fruition; she wanted to build a maze/labyrinth right outside the building “to represent all the disciplines,” she said. It didn’t happen because “we ran out of money,” she explained, “but maybe one day.” The move back into the new building was a very different homecoming than what was expected due to the coronavirus restrictions. Nevertheless, Professor Ribadeneira believes that the completion should be celebrated, “it can be enjoyed now and for many, many years to come,” she said. The new building aligns with CSU-Pueblo’s Vision 2028 to become the people’s university. The whole concept of the space is in collaboration and dedication

to interdisciplinary learning. “This space is trying to transform learning; we have reimagined the academic experience by integrating all these different disciplines,” said Professor Ribadeneira. Naming the building was also a collaborative effort and a considerable task. The team of faculty and staff members wanted to encompass all the areas of study and it was important that everyone agreed. The “Integrated” and “Health” part of the name were a no-brainer since the Health Sciences and Health Centers are located in the building. The trickier half was to find an umbrella term for the Humanities and Social Sciences which are broad fields. Through research and discussions, the name “Human Inquiry” was agreed upon because it covered all the areas. The building does not have an official

sign yet because they want it to be really special; it is going to be a finishing touch. (Sidenote) For more information on any of the following Student Health Services please see the CSU-Pueblo school website or other school resources or call and make an appointment. Wolfpack Wellness Center Counseling Center COVID-19 testing Special thanks to the project teams: Owner’s Representative- Wember Contractor- HW Houston Architect | Interior Design, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineer and Technology- DLR Group Civil Engineer- NorthStar Engineering and Surveying, Inc Landscape Architect- Design Collaborative, INC




Desserts of downtown Pueblo By Harmony Clearo

It’s bulking season. Fall is arriving and it’s time to stop worrying about bikini bodies and start worrying about where to find the best desserts in town. And downtown Pueblo has the perfect plates for a post- dinner sweet tooth. Shamrock Brewing Company, located on West Third Street, is good for more than just craft beer and scotch eggs. This brewery’s dessert menu has sweet treats that could get anybody feeling the fall spirit. The caramel- apple cheesecake comes dressed in caramel drizzle, sprinkled with candied pecans and sided with crisp apple slices. The perfect treat for a caramel- apple connoisseur. Drive just a few blocks over to Union Avenue and you can find a cowboy themed sugar rush at the Gold Dust Saloon. The chuckwagon chocolate cake will literally put you to sleep. Served in a small bowl, a fresh, warm brownie is accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice- cream. Frosted with walnut fudge, the brownie is also filled with walnuts for the perfect crunch. This simple dish is the definition of comforting on a brisk evening. Next stop on the sugar train is a place known for pies, but not the sweet kind. Angelo’s Pizza Parlor is located right on Pueblo’s prized riverwalk and has a dessert menu that most don’t have room for after de-

vouring their gargantuan pizzas. But if you happen to save some room in your belly, the nookie is the route to take in satisfying your craving. This Italianesque dessert is a mix between a classic chocolate chip cookie and a cannoli. Served on a silver platter, the nookie is about the size of the whole plate and is topped with dollops of cannoli cream. Chocolate syrup is trickled across the entire thing to top it off. Indulgence at the highest level! If you still feel the need to treat yourself, however, (and you can still move), walk right next door to 1129 Spirits and Eatery for the falliest of the fall treats. The words Colorado campfire sweet potato fries just induces salivation. A twist on a classic s’mores treat, the campfire fries are topped with vanilla bean ice- cream, toasted gooey marshmallows, graham cracker crumbles, whipped cream, and chocolatey syrup. For just eight bucks, you can feel like you’re sitting around the campfire with a cozy snack! Next time your sweet tooth comes knocking, know that the options are endless. Downtown Pueblo restaurants have a knack for indulgence. The best part is that all of these restaurants are within walking distance of one another. Treat yourself, walk it off, then treat yourself again! T’is the season of sugar!



Pumpkin Everything By Samantha Medina Before fall even started, people couldn’t wait to start bringing out their pumpkin favorites. From pumpkin bread to pumpkin soup to pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, you name it! Pumpkin recipes are a must for the fall season. Everyone was ready to get busy in the kitchen again! What’s so fun about the fall season is that people get to be creative, especially in the kitchen. Pulling out xq old recipe book or grandma’s famous dish is such a fun and exciting time. You literally cannot get tired of pumpkin during this season because it is everywhere. There are so many tasty recipes out there that use pumpkin. It’s the best way to enjoy the fall season. If you’re like Rachel Garcia, you can spend hours in the kitchen making your favorite pumpkin dishes. Garcia’s go to pumpkin dish is her famous pumpkin chocolate chip bread. She claims to have a secret ingredient that makes the bread fresh, moist and extra sweet. Garcia explains, “I really shouldn’t be sharing this ingredient because now everyone is going to start doing it. But the secret ingredient is sour cream. That may sound weird but try it. You’ll never bake pumpkin bread without it again.” As the baker of the family, Garcia continues to pass out her annual tradition of pumpkin chocolate chip bread to each family member, her favorite time of the year. Bertha Cordova couldn’t wait to start baking her pumpkin pie. She claims hers is the best. Pumpkin pie is a favorite in many homes. People customize this recipe and make it their own. It’s almost too difficult to not find a good pumpkin pie. Bertha talks about her process in making the dish. “I spend a good amount of time gathering and preparing for this dessert. I always want this to come out perfect and it does every time. Pumpkin is the best dessert for fall and holidays. I think it’s a dessert that brings people together,” Cordova adds. She is right about that! As we head into the holidays, more and more people are going to be craving pumpkin pies all the time. Sandy Tafoya loves this time of year, especially at Starbucks. The pumpkin spice latte is the ultimate fall drink. Tafoya orders this drink almost every day during the fall season. “It’s the best! I seriously cannot stop drinking it. If you have not tried this drink, you are missing out. It’s a must for fall,” Tafoya preaches. The pumpkin spice latte is so popular at Starbucks that people could not wait for the release date since it is a seasonal drink. Tafoya along with thousands of others enjoy this drink so much and recommends it as the go to fall drink. It’s always fun to celebrate the fall festivities with good food. Food brings people together in such positive ways. Although it has been a very different year due to the global pandemic, it has not stopped people from their annual traditions for the fall. If you haven’t gotten a hold of some pumpkin meals or desserts, now is the time!


Pumpkin rolls are a must for the fall. They are the perfect treat for any fall festivity. This recipe will make the perfect pumpkin roll with a soft texture, tasty cream cheese and topped off with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar. This sweet will turn into your favorite fall dessert! First off you need to gather your materials Ingredients · · · · · · · ·

3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup granulated sugar 3 large eggs 2/3 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling: · 8 ounces cream cheese, softened · 2 tablespoons butter, softened · 1 teaspoon vanilla extract · 1 cup powdered, plus more for dusting Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pull out your best jelly roll pan and line it with parchment paper. Leave extra parchment sticking up on the sides so that you can lift the cake out of the pan later on. 2. In a large bowl, you will whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. In a separate bowl you are going to mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin until it looks nice and smooth. 3. You will then add the dry ingredients from step 2 combined with the other bowl until everything is nice and mixed with no remaining dry streaks. 4. Spread that batter evenly on the jelly roll pan. 5. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted right in the center of the hot cake and it comes out clean. 6. Using the extra parchment paper on the pan, lift the parchment and hot cake out of the pan and place it onto a heat-safe surface. 7. While the cake is nice and hot, starting at the short end, use your hands to carefully roll the cake and parchment paper all the way. Let that cool completely. A wire cooling rack is recommended so that the roll is being cooled underneath and the roll isn’t sweating. 8. While the cake roll is cooling, you will start to mix the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together with a mixer until the mixture is fluffy and as smooth as can be. 9. Once the cake roll is completely cooled, gently unroll it and carefully smooth the filling evenly over the cake. 10. You will then roll the cake backup without the parchment paper. Cover the roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, before serving. 11. To add extra sweetness to it, dust the top with powdered sugar. A light sprinkle will add the perfect touch. Cut into slices and serve it up. 12. Make sure it is stored in the fridge for best quality. Can’t wait for you to try this nice and easy recipe for all of your fall festivities!


A Taste of Hawaii in Pueblo Aloha Hawaiian BBQ opened July 2019 on the south side of Pueblo and in just over a year, they’ve gained quite a following. Katherine Dunn, a CSU Pueblo MCCNM major, is from Hawaii and she says this place is legit: “After trying some of their veggie noodles and spam musubi, I gave it a ten out of ten. This Aloha Hawaiian BBQ restaurant is the best Hawaiian BBQ I’ve had since I was a child living in Hawaii. I was helped with a smile and served in a timely manner and was overall very impressed with my service. I was even surprised to find that they had Boba Tea. Many, many different flavors of Boba Tea. I’m still working on trying them all, but so far, it’s all delicious!” Aloha Hawaii is located at 181 S. Pueblo Blvd. They don’t have a website, but they have a Yelp page that can offer some tasty suggestions.

Cindy, a family friend of the business, told the Today that their gold is “quick, tasty food that is not a chain.” She said the owners of Aloha Hawaii want to bring more variety to Pueblo’s restaurant scene. CSU Pueblo students get a ten percent discount; even more reason to check this place out. If you used to live in Hawaii and you miss it, this place will give you that sweet taste of home. And if you have never lived in Hawaii or tasted the unique food of Hawaii, it’s a great place to check out! Give them a call at 719-621-4028

Haunted Houses and Trick-or-Treating By Kelly Keogh October 2020 is going to be a spooky season like no other. With COVID-19 it is unknown to several locations, whether or not they will be opening their haunted houses, and how they will be operated. Many haunted houses have been posting their status so far on their plan to be opened or not. As with almost anywhere, opening and staying open is not a guarantee. The Colorado statewide public mask mandate requires anyone over the age 11 to wear a face and nose covering when waiting or moving around in a public area. There are several haunted houses that are held outside so it is important to research the different regulations that are to be followed when planning ahead. Haunted houses that have been confirmed on planning to open near Colorado State University Pueblo include several in Colorado Springs. Hellscream Haunted House and Haunted Mines, Colorado Springs, Darkside of the Abbey and Aftermath Haunted House, Canon City. Along with haunted houses, trick-or-treating is predicted to not be a

huge event this year. The River Walk has cancelled their Trick-or-Treat this year. The event was supposed to be held on October 31st, and will no longer be a go. In Pueblo, trick-or-treating has not yet been banned, like other cities including Los Angeles. Packed parties, home made goods, and costumes that may prevent the wearing of a mask have been highly recommended to stay away from. As the time approaches health experts recommend checking whether or not your city is allowing the trick-or-treating tradition to be upheld. Health and science major, Madison Miller, suggests that trick-or-treating might not be the safest halloween activity to focus on. “If trick-or-treating is to be allowed this year regulations might include for everyone participating to be wearing masks. Handing out candy should suggest that doing so would include sage hygiene and/or wearing gloves and staying sanitized. A “help yourself ” candy bowl might sound like a good idea but could cause more germs to travel with multiple hands reaching in and out. Some healthy tips for everyone would be to stay in a small group away from others, and follow basic Covid-19 precautions. Trying not to touch your face while trick-or-treating would be recommended.”


New Normal for Chile & Frijoles Festival Samantha Medina 1. This year’s Chile Frijoles festival was definitely one to remember. With the social distancing rules and limitations on the amount of people, the chile fest was not the same. In previous years the chili fest was always filled with locals and people from out of town and state shoulder to shoulder walking through the streets of downtown Pueblo. 2. 3. This year there was only 175 people allowed per area which is very low compared to what is usually seen. There were two lines of people waiting to get in. As people left, people got to come in. 4. 5. Loretta Rodriguez, an administrative coordinator for the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce helped at a T-shirt booth over the weekend. Loretta states, “It was a pretty exceptional weekend. We had to follow all the rules of the health department and maintain that social distancing. Good show of people but not like how it’s been in previous years.” 6. 7. Rodriguez also mentions they found that there weren’t as many local people that went this year but many people from out of town and state showed up. “There were very few people I knew and talked to that were from Pueblo. I noticed there were many from Denver, Wyoming and surrounding areas,” Rodriguez explains. 8. 9. There were some vendors that made an appearance this year like Simply Delicious, Romero’s Catering, Passkey and more. They usually had 4 and even 5 stages for entertainment but due to the new rules there were only two stages that were able to provide entertainment. 10. 11. Although it was a different experience, many were still able to enjoy the Chile festival in good spirits. Rodriguez and many others hope that next year can bring something new for the Chile & Frijoles Festival.

16 Rating Free and Fun Places Near Pueblo By Alexis Vigil

The idea of this article is to introduce you to some fun new places around Pueblo or about an hour drive away from Pueblo. Most of these things are free to do; with the exception that you might have to pay for parking at some of these places. Some of you may not know of any of these places or if you’re a Colorado native you’ve heard of them but never been. This is your reminder to go ASAP while the weather is still good! I’ve been to all of these places, some of them multiple times. I’m going to give details about each place and a rating out of 10 so that you can narrow these down and decide for yourself which sound interesting. Please be careful and also respectful of these places and the other people you may encounter on any of these adventures. Leave each place as you found them.

The Manitou Incline

Garden of the Gods

The Manitou Incline is a steep hiking path with about 2,744 steps built into the side of the eastern slope of Pikes Peak. The Incline is a challenging workout even if you’re in shape. I have a love-hate relationship with the hike because like I said it’s hard but the reward of making it to the top and enjoying the view is well worth it. The Incline is still open during the pandemic, but you have to make a free reservation at an open time slot. To book and see more information about COVID-19 rules visit coloradosprings. gov. The only downside to this place is that you may have to pay for parking.

This might be my favorite place to go! The rock formations are stunning. The last time I went I had to wear a mask and I kept it on when I was unable to physically distance myself from others. A small downside was that it was pretty crowded the day I went, and some people weren’t wearing their masks so because of thatI have to give it a 6/10. Under normal circumstances I would say 10/10! I think any Coloradan or Colorado visitors should see this place up close at least once.

I give the Incline a 7/10. Photo by Alexis Vigil

Photo by Alexis Vigil

Neon Alley

Bishop Castle

Natural Waterslides

Neon Alley is exactly what it sounds like! An alley lit up with neon signs. It is located behind the downtown businesses on Union Avenue and B Street. It’s truly a hidden gem in the heart of Pueblo because you can only see when it’s dark out until around 11 p.m. The great thing about this place is that you can drive through it or get down, walk around and take stairs to get up close to the signs. It’s a great place for some awesome pictures! The alley is completely free and will only take about 20 minutes if you take your time looking around.

Bishop Castle is a crafted castle located in San Isabel; you can navigate to get there but it’s pretty easy to find. You head south on I-25 to Colorado City, Rye and take exit 74 and then it’s pretty much a straight shot and you can’t miss it! I have to knock off some points for safety because you may encounter some design flaws. I’ve never had problems climbing all the way to the top of the towers, but I don’t mind heightsexplore at your own risk. While you’re in San Isabel you should also check out the beautiful lake which you will pass on your drive to the castle and you can hike to the natural waterslides! For more information go to

The natural waterslides are also located in San Isabel. If you park near the lake you will find a trail path on the opposite side where the lake drains. You can take this hiking path but basically all you have to do is follow the water down for about 20-30 minutes. The rock formations in the creek are smooth and perfect for sliding down. I think this is such a unique place and worth the hike. Even if you don’t want to use the slides you might still get wet as the paths require crossing the creek. Also exercise on the side of caution on the trail path and while using the slides. It’s so fun and you can really connect with nature here.

I give the Castle a 6/10. Photo by Alexis Vigil

I give this place an 9/10! Photo by Alexis Vigil

I give it an 8/10! Photo by Alexis Vigil


CSU Pueblo MCCNM student Rebecca VanGorder commutes from Colorado Springs to classes. She is also busy raising two young children and being a wife. Like many families, Rebecca wants hers to get out of the house and get some exercise. Here’s some photos of an adventure she and her family took recently!

18 Michael Jordan teams up with Bubba Wallace this NASCAR season By Harmony Clearo Michael Jordan is making multimillion dollar moves for the Black Lives Matter movement. On Sep. 21, Jordan announced that he would be creating a new racing team. Bubba Wallace, the only black NASCAR driver at the top level, will be his driver. Jordan will be the first majority black owner of a NASCAR team in nearly 50 years. Throughout the movement, Jordan has been criticized for not speaking out on racial inequality. Recently, however, the NBA legend donated 100 million dollars to the cause and is using his platform to promote inclusivity in a sport that he has loved since childhood. “Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity,” said Jordan, “I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for black people in racing.” Jordan has teamed up with NASCAR icon, Denny Hamlin, to do just that. Hamlin and Jordan have been long time friends. Hamlin said he and Jordan first met about 11 years ago at an NBA game and the connection was instant. The two are more than just business partners, and Wallace has signed a deal to drive with the new team for several years. Wallace has become increasingly popular in the past year, being the first full- time African American driver to race in the NASCAR cup series since 1971. The number 43 driver displayed the hashtag “black lives matter,” in a race at the Martinsville Speedway, drawing heavy attention to the movement. “It’s not that we’re saying no other lives matter,” said Wallace in a Today Show interview, “we’re trying to say that black lives matter too.” Wallace was extremely adamant about the banning of the confederate flag at all NASCAR events, “it starts with confederate flags,” he said, “they have no place here, get them out of here.” The flags were banned from all NASCAR events shortly after he spoke out. In lieu of the protests surrounding the unlawful death of George Floyd, Wallace also donned a tshirt with the words “I can’t breathe,” to show his support in the movement. Jordan, Hamlin and Wallace are making history this NASCAR season. Using their platforms to support change, the three men will have all eyes on them. “Speaking up about things that are not right in this world and how we can make it a better place for our next generation is very important,” said Wallace. The 26 year old wants to inspire young African Americans to follow in his footsteps in a sport that has long been governed by a single race. “You turn on the TV, you see Lebron James, you see all the NFL players, Odell Beckam” said Wallace, “you turn on NASCAR, it’s like I don’t see anybody.” But that is no longer true, and Wallace has made it happen. NASCAR is on the road to becoming a more inclusive sport, and it’s got Bubba Wallace behind the wheel with Michael Jordan at his side.

Global Handwashing Day By Alexis Vigil Oct. 15 is reserved for annual Global Handwashing Day and will fall on a Thursday this year. Colorado is about six months into the coronavirus pandemic. So, what better year than this to observe such a day? There are some basic ways individuals can slow the spread of COVID-19 and they are simple. One way is to wear a mask and the other is to practice proper hand hygiene. According to, Global Handwashing Day is “a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.” The theme this year is “Hand Hygiene for All,” which prompts people to practice proper hand hygiene, especially with soap and water, on a universal level. Visit the website for more information on Global Handwashing Day. Julie Vrobel has her master’s degree in speech-language pathology and works at Pueblo InnoVage. As a healthcare worker and a member of the Pueblo community, she said, “We receive ongoing trainings regarding health and safety precautions. The absolute number one way to protect your health and the health of

others is by washing your hands frequently and properly.” Luke Siggins is a senior media communications student at Colorado State University Pueblo and the Rev 89 radio station manager. He said, “Hand washing is more important than it has ever been because we want to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, by washing our hands we can reduce spread to our neighbors and our loved ones just by taking the time to practice simple hand hygiene.” Michael Garcia, a first-time mother and a CSU-P alumna, said, “In the first months of an infant’s life, it is especially important to keep hands clean all the time to avoid spreading any illness. Germs collect on our hands when we open doors, touch our phones, play with toys and change diapers. Babies are very vulnerable and can easily become sick. I can’t avoid germs, but I am able to reduce the chance of passing them to my baby by washing my hands often.” Angela Jackson is another new mother living in Pueblo. She said she wants to protect her newborn, “(Hand hygiene) is very important to me, I don’t want anyone touching the baby without washing their hands or using hand sanitizer.”

Review these five simple steps, established by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to wash your hands correctly: Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when you can’t use soap and water. Rub the gel on all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds and wait until hands are dry. For more information visit


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