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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Fall 2020 #3

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Hemp Agriculture will be chemistry degree that has offered as an emphasis at CSU recently been offered this fall, Pueblo beginning in the fall of according to Lehmpuhl. 2021. The cannabis and biology The USDA’s National Institute degree focuses on the science of Food and Agriculture of cannabis. The program does recently granted the school not currently offer a lot of 275,000 dollars to fund the emphasis on the agricultural growing popularity of hemp aspects of hemp. This funding education. Cannabis biology from the USDA will change has been offered to students that. Students will be able to since 2020’s fall semester, and go more deeply into a program as the industry keeps growing, dedicated to an industry that is CSU Pueblo is following right currently booming in Colorado. behind. Since the legalization of Dean of the college of marijuana, hemp education is mathematics and science, becoming an offering at more David Lehmpuhl, said “this and more colleges nationwide. funding will be important for “We receive a lot of inquiries emphasis on the agricultural related to the agriculture components of hemp.” of growing hemp and it is becoming a bigger part of the The inHear (Industrial Hemp agriculture market in Colorado,” Education, Agriculture said Lehmpuhl. and Research) program is becoming increasingly popular Hemp has been around for at CSU Pueblo. decades because of its many uses and renewable aspects. The grant from the USDA However, with more states will greatly complement legalizing recreational and CSU’s cannabis biology and medicinal marijuana, the

agriculture of the plant is becoming more profitable and leading to more students enrolling in courses dedicated to it. CSU Pueblo is keeping up with higher education and this grant will ameliorate the program and allow cannabis students to reach their full potential in the hemp industry, according to Lehmpuhl. “The development of this new curriculum will enhance our offerings in this emerging field,” Lehmpuhl said, “it will provide more opportunities for students in a high- demand industry in southeastern Colorado.”


Editorial: Celebrate Your Rights and Vote. By Tiffany Pettigrew 2020 is a year that future generations will read about in history books. We’re seeing a second wave of a global pandemic, we’re on a cusp of an election, fighting for equal rights, and Taco Bell is taking away some of its most beloved items on the menu. There’s so many things going on in the world, how will you respond when someone asks you “What did you do in 2020?” The biggest thing on my mind right now is how will younger Millennials and Gen Z turn out to vote on November 3, 2020. Let’s hope the answer is strong and fierce. According to a study done by Pew Research Center, Gen Z and Millennials make up 37% of total voters who are voting or have already voted in this upcoming election. With the average age of Americans being 37.9 years old, it’s concerning to having to pick a president who will hold the title of “Oldest President to Serve.” Some of our main issues we’re focusing on are climate change, immigration policy and human rights. This election is going to be one that we probably won’t know the outcome on November 3. There are many things that can happen between now and then. We saw how the nation waited on our toes to hear what was going to happen with President Donald J. Trump while he was experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. Some younger voters are hesitant to vote because neither of the two major party candidates are their first pick- and that’s okay. Voting for either one isn’t a life long commitment. Vote for the person who best aligns with the change you want to see in the country and start the work from there. Don’t forget that your state representatives are elected by you to showcase your interest. Is this your first time voting? Don’t be nervous, there are so many resources to help you decide who best represents your views. Here’s a list of steps to take before hitting the polls. Register to vote Registering to vote takes less than 5 minutes and you only have to do it once! Registration deadline in Colorado is on October 28. You can fill out an online registration form on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website! Find a polling place To find your polling place, just visit and follow the directions to see where and when you can vote in person. If you’re voting by mail, there are tons of drop boxes around town, even one on campus by the Administration building! Just make sure your mail-in ballot is dropped off by 7pm on November 3! Read up on the issues General elections can be hard to navigate, there’s always so many items on ballot that it’s so easy to get lost in translations. We’re lucky in Pueblo that we also get a voting guide from the County Commissioner! There are also so many resources out there to help you understand what you’re voting on. VOTE The final step that we’ve been working up to. It’s time to vote. If you’re voting in person, remember to bring your ID. You will not be able to vote without it. Give yourself plenty of time to vote, don’t be nervous. This is something that should be celebrated. Voting isn’t just a civil service that we have to do, it’s a privilege that many people have fought for. They still are fighting for that right for people who face voter surpression, discrimination and who have had that right taken away from them due to being incarcerated. Voting shouldn’t be treated like a privilege only some get to enjoy. It’s a basic right our founding fathers wanted us to have. Take a moment to confirm your registration and get out there to vote. All the cool kids are doing it these days, you should too.





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4 Mental Health and Social Media By Harmony Clearo

Socially distancing from one another physically has brought us socially closer in the digital world. With COVID 19 still running rampant in the United States, the social lifeline is dependent on Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and every other application that allows us to have some sense of a social life. But do these outlets have an affect on our mental health? What we see on our screens is not always the whole truth, and oftentimes this can lead to subconscious thoughts of self doubt and feelings of unworthiness. Colorado State University Pueblo students feel the weight of pressure that comes with watching the lives of others through a screen. Tiffany Pettigrew, a senior majoring in mass communications, said, “I feel like it’s draining. Social media used to be a place to see what your friends and favorite influencers are up to. Now it’s draining to see people who are still partying during a pandemic, or what political stances people take. It feels like there is no escaping reality.” Most of us couldn’t predict that COVID 19 would rob the entire year of 2020 from us, but we are approaching November, and living through our cell phones and laptops has become the norm. CSU Pueblo will, once again, become entirely remote following the fall break. Staying inside is bound to lead us to a major increase in screen time. Although keeping up with influencers and their extravagant lives might seem to help stay sane during these uncertain times, it is vital that we take precautions to protect our mental health as well. If feelings of loneliness, inadequacy or depression become looming, it might be a good time to unplug. According to the HelpGuide, the short lifespan of social media has not allowed us much research on it, so the dangers that it may possess are still not entirely known. A study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, however, found that high uses of Facebook and Instagram led to increased feelings of loneliness rather than decreased. Pettigrew, who is an avid social media user, said, “I have to take social media breaks. It’s hard not to judge my own stuff based off of likes.” And she is not the only one who feels self critical after seeing how many likes she receives on a post. Michael Alzamily, a full time student at Spartan University, referred to social media as “cancer,” he said, “our attention spans are shortening because of how much we depend on social media to keep us occupied.” Likes and comments are a driving force in our society today, and if we are not careful it could become what we use to define ourselves. If you find yourself alone in your apartment because of all the social distancing restrictions, try not to revert to spending hours scrolling through social media to keep you occupied. Consider baking a cake. Go for a walk. Do a short workout. Sing a song. Dance. Do something that will give your mind peace rather than something that makes you second guess yourself. Social media is a great thing, but using it in moderation is key to keeping our mental health in tip top shape, and that is vital during these times of chaos in the world.


A Distinguished Award for an Outstanding Professor By Harmony Clearo

Colorado State University Pueblo awarded its first Distinguished University Professor award to Kevin Duncan, professor of economics in January. Duncan, who is a professor in the Hasan school of business, is the first to receive the school’s highest honor. In recognition of outstanding teaching, research, scholarship creativity and service, the award is reserved for a tenured CSU Pueblo faculty member that has shown great contribution in these areas. “Greater recognition comes with the award both on and off campus,” said Duncan, “it is a unique honor that is highly recognized by scholars.” Duncan was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley for research on labor and employment. He has performed meaningful research for numerous state and local policies, non- profit organizations and businesses, the local Professor Kevin Duncan receives Distinguished University Professor

chamber of commerce and more. Duncan has been a professor at CSU Pueblo for over a decade. “Helping students and mentoring colleagues has always been a priority. Since receiving the award, I have done more of both,” he said. The award recipient has gone great lengths in his research of construction worker poverty, construction costs, and minority employment in the construction industry. His research has been utilized across 20 states to supplement labor market policy. To add, Duncan’s research has been so successful that it has been featured in leading peer- reviewed academic journals worldwide. His work has been displayed in journals known as Construction Management and Economics- out of the UK, Industrial and Labor Relations Review- out of Cornell University and Industrial Relations- out of University of California, Berkeley. “I have been fortunate that much of my research has been used by policy makers at local, state and national levels,” said Duncan. After obtaining his Bachelor’s of Economics at the University of California, Riverside Duncan continued on for his Doctorate in Economics at the University of Utah. Timothy Mottet, CSU Pueblo President, said “Dr. Duncan was chosen as the first recipient of this prestigious award because his teaching, research and service reflect outstanding contributions to academia and our society.” Duncan served on the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Task Force with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in 2019 and 20020. It is obvious that his work deserved to be recognized. “Thanks to President Mottet,” said Duncan, “for introducing this award. It is a great way to recognize faculty.”

News Around Campus By Samantha Medina Every day we are receiving new emails from many different people, companies and just random places. Many students on campus have experienced some recent scams through their student email. These scams have involved people offering fake job offers or work studies for students to participate in. Unfortunately, a scammer has hacked a CSU-Pueblo email account so that it seems legitimate when students are opening their email. It is very unfortunate to receive these messages and even more unfortunate that many students have been victimized by the scam. Be aware of emails that may include a link or asking for personal information. The University encourages that if you are unsure of an email being a scam, contact the career center to make sure you are applying for legitimate job offers and resources.

The writing room is a helpful resource offered to all CSU-Pueblo Students for their writing needs. They offer a peer review look at any writing assignment you may need assistance on. A second set of eyes to offer feedback and full support in your education. The writing room tutors offer the best services in all matters related to writing. They can help you get to where you want and need to be. Face-to-face services are being offered in LARC 251 and also online at to schedule an online session. These awesome tutors are ready to help you be the best student you can be.

If you are enrolled in ITL or SPN 101-202, the Gen Ed tutoring would love to assist you in any assistance you may have with those classes. These tutors can help you improve with speaking, listening, reading and even writing. Joey and Christina offer free tutoring to all CSU-Pueblo students in those subjects. These tutoring sessions are offered face-to-face and also online at

For more information contact Chad Pickering (719)549-2756 or Located in LARC 251

These sessions can help you with anything you need and benefit you in your area of study.

6 Colrado’s Ballot Battles By Rebecca VanGorder

Blue books and ballots have gone out to Coloradans and now it’s time to decide what to vote for. So what are the issues at hand on Colorado’s ballot this year? Quite a few and here they will get a short look and breakdown from the jargon typically found on the ballot. In addition, those who support or oppose these amendments and propositions will be added to give an idea of where the issue lies in terms of political alignment. Amendments: Amendment B – Repeal Gallagher Amendment This was referred to the ballot by the legislature and needs a simple majority to pass. If passed, Amendment B would remove the fixed statewide cap on taxes at 55% for commercial properties and 45% for residential properties. It received bipartisan support in the state legislature. A “no” vote means that the current provision remains and residential property taxes will go down due to the increase in properties while commercial property taxes would fill in the gap and keep going up. This doesn’t mean that taxes won’t go up especially as values rise, but that the rate of taxation cannot rise beyond the current cap. A “yes” vote means that the rate can be changed and the increased revenue from taxes will go to education and emergency services locally. Supporters: Bipartisan support in the legislature, Coming Together Colorado Opponents: Keep Property Taxes Low, Protect Our Homes Colorado Amendment C – Conduct of Charitable Gaming

This was referred to the ballot by the state legislature and needs 55% majority to pass. If passed, Amendment C would change the minimum time a nonprofit must be in existence from five years to three years and allow the nonprofit to hire nonvolunteer help to manage or work the event and compensate them up to the minimum wage. This is what a “yes” vote would do. A “no” vote would keep the current rules in place of having a nonprofit around for at least five years and having a volunteer only staff for events. Supporters: Colorado Charitable Bingo Association Opponents: none specified Amendment 76 – Citizenship Qualification of Voters This was referred to the ballot by a signature process from citizens and needs 55% majority to pass. If passed, Amendment 76 would change the current language of the Colorado constitution from “every citizen” to “only a citizen” may vote. A “yes” vote supports this measure. A “no” vote leaves the current language as is. Supporters: Colorado Citizen Voters, former Colorado representatives Joe Stengel (R) and George Athanasopoulos (R) Opponents: Some Democrats Amendment 77 - Local Voter Approval of Casino Bet Limits and Games in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek This was referred to the ballot by a signature process from citizens and needs a simple majority to pass. If passed, Amendment 77 would allow voters in these localities to raise or remove betting limits and introduce new games. The tax revenue from all such endeavors will go to

“retention and credential completion” for students in community colleges. A “yes” vote supports this change. A “no” vote keeps the current limitations in place. Supporters: Cripple Creek City Council, a variety of Casinos from these towns, Local Choice Colorado Opponents: those who may be affected by but not benefited by the increased gambling, those worried about gambling addiction Propositions: Proposition EE – Taxes on Nicotine Products This made the ballot via the legislature and needs a simple majority to pass. Proposition EE seeks to raise taxes and implement a minimum price on nicotine products to include vape products. The tax revenue from this would go to pre-k education, rural schools, tobacco programs and some state funding for the first few years. After 2023, the bulk of the revenue would go to pre-k education. Supporters toe the raise in money for education and the contested evidence of reduced tobacco use. Opponents simply oppose taxes being raised in general. A “yes” vote will implement the tax and price raise. A “no” vote would keep the current tax rate as is. Supporters: Governor Jared Polis, A Brighter, Healthier Future of Colorado’s Kids Opponents: those against raising taxes in general, some in the tobacco industry Proposition 113 – Adopt Agreement to Elect U.S. President By National Popular Vote This made the ballot by referendum petition and needs a simple majority to


pass. Proposition 113 would affirm the act by the general assembly to adopt an agreement between Colorado and other states that would elect the president via national popular vote and nullify the electoral college for all intents and purposes. A “yes” vote approves of the legislature and governor’s agreement with other states to elect the president of the country by popular vote as soon as enough states join the compact. A “no” vote would preserve the current method of electoral votes per state keeping Colorado’s nine electoral votes. Supporters: Yes on National Popular Vote, Colorado Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Coloradans for a National Popular Vote Opponents: Protect Colorado’s Vote Proposition 114 – Reintroduction and Management of Gray Wolves This made the ballot through citizen initiative and needs a simple majority to pass. Proposition 114 would allow for the reintroduction of gray wolves into the wildernesses west of the Continental Divide. Colorado Parks and Wildlife would be required to come up with a reintroduction and management plan as well as a compensation plan for livestock lost. A “yes” vote supports the reintroduction of gray wolves and the attendant costs that would bring which would increase hunting and fishing license fees. A “no” vote would keep the wolves from being reintroduced via CPW but not prevent them from migrating in on their own. Supporters: Defenders of Wildlife Rockies and Plains, Colorado Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund

Opponents: farmers and ranchers, Coloradans Protecting Wildlife, Stop the Wolf PAC, Colorado Farm Bureau Proposition 115 – Prohibit Abortion After 22 Weeks This made the ballot through citizen initiative and needs a simple majority to pass. Proposition 115 would end abortions after 22 weeks gestation except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. A “yes” vote would ban elective abortions after 22 weeks except when the mother’s life is in danger. A “no” vote would allow for the current abortion limitations or lack thereof to remain intact. Supporters: End Birthday Abortions Colorado, Coalition to Help Moms and Save Babies, Alliance for Life, the Catholic Church, the Coalition for Women and Children Opponents: Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Abortion Access for All Proposition 116 – State Income Tax Rate Reduction This made the ballot through citizen initiative and needs a simple majority to pass. Proposition 116 would reduce the state income tax from 4.63% to 4.55%. A “yes” vote lower’s the tax rate on income to 4.55%. A “no” vote keeps the current tax rate at 4.63%. Supporters: the committee Energize Our Economy, the Independence Institute’s Jon Caldara, Americans for Prosperity, The National Federation of Independent Business Colorado Chapter Opponents: Fair Tax Colorado, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Proposition 117 – Voter Approval for Certain

New State Enterprises This made the ballot through citizen initiative and needs a simple majority to pass. Proposition 117 seeks to expand upon TABOR and give Colorado voters more control over how the state implements fees that fund government. This only applies to new enterprises that will generate $100 million or more in the first five years. A “yes” vote would allow for more control over future fees in new enterprises by Colorado voters. A “no” vote would keep the status quo and allow legislators to determine fees for enterprises. Supporters: Colorado Rising State Action, Americans for Prosperity Opponents: Fair Tax Colorado, Earthworks Action Fund Proposition 118 – Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program This made the ballot through citizen initiative and needs a simple majority to pass. Proposition 118 would create a state enterprise that would provide insurance to employees across Colorado for paid family leave. This would cover birth, adoption, taking care of a family member or serious illness. Employers with 10+ employees and the employees themselves would have to pay a tax amounting to .9% of the payroll and up to 1.2% together. A “yes” vote would approve of the enterprise to set up the insurance fund for paid family leave. A “no” vote would keep what Coloradans currently have in place. Supporters: Colorado Families First, the Working Families Party Opponents: No on 118, Not Now Colorado These issues range from contentious to innocuous. Go forth and vote.

8 Why Voting Is Important to College Students By Kelly Keogh

Colleen Moore, sophomore, nursing, “Since this will be my first time voting it is very important to me because, all the youth around America doesn’t realize how important voting actually is, we are voting for the president of the United States and I think that is the best opportunity. And even if you don’t like either of the candidates there’s other important things to vote for on the ballot that may apply to congress all the way to your county commissioners. Voting gives you the ultimate voice that some people may not get the chance to have, therefore it gives you a voice for others. And if you don’t vote you’re giving up your voice, I have waited a long time to finally vote and get my voice out there.” Michell Eggert, senior, mechatronics, “Voting is important to me because it gives the average person a chance to reflect themselves or others politically in the world.” Madi Miller, senior, health sciences, “Voting is important to me because it’s the best way to give our input and make a change in the world.” Bryce Westrick, senior, political science, “It is important for college students to vote because it allows them the chance to participate in the greatest democracy the world has ever seen. Furthermore, there is a strong correlation between voting participation and other factors. These factors include education, religious participation, charity donations, and many other things that constitute a virtuous person. So if in fact you vote then you have or are more likely to participate in these virtuous activities simply because you actually decided to fill out your ballot. Another reason is because the pendulum is swinging to the other side. For years governmental positions have been held by old white males, but now because of societal changes more and more young ethnically diverse individuals are filling Congress as well as the Supreme Court. If we wish for this trend to continue, then younger people must vote (since we are the future of this country), otherwise nothing is going to happen. Kimberly Paschke, sophomore, nursing, “I believe whoever is elected president will affect everyone eventually. It is important to have your voice heard, and create a difference.”

Not a Normal Semester By Samantha Medina As the fall semester reaches the halfway mark, students at Colorado State University Pueblo are starting to get used to all the new changes brought on this semester due to COVID-19. With mask mandates, online classes, social distancing, and virtual events, students have had to adjust to the new school year. Students like, Isabel Garcia, have had to spend the first semester of college all from the dorm room. “I was not expecting any of this for my first year of college,” Garcia states. “Although it is different, it has been really difficult adjusting. I just wish I was experiencing all the exciting things everyone always talks about.” Professor Little, a Mass Communications Professor, expresses how her experience has been so far in the classroom. “It’s been better than I thought. There’s been fewer interruptions in class,” she explains. The most difficult part is not seeing the student’s facial reactions.” Many Professors have had this same feeling throughout the semester. Another student who was not expecting a year like this is Kayla Rhodes who is in her third year at CSU Pueblo. “I was excited for this year!” Rhodes explains. “Going to all the events the school puts on was always so fun. I’m also sad that new students aren’t having the same experience.” With sports also shut down for now, there hasn’t been much activity on campus. Every year CSU Pueblo brings in thousands of local and out of state fans for football, basketball, soccer and more. The Thunderwolves will hopefully be able to get back this winter getting ready for those winter games. The new normal has taken a toll on everything and students cannot wait to get things back to normal. This was not a normal semester at all. This will definitely be one for the books.


Professor Profile of Dr. Alegría Ribadeneira By Alexis Vigil

Professor Doctor Alegría Ribadeneira is originally from Quito, Ecuador. She followed in the footsteps of her father and siblings before her who came to the United States to pursue their educations at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She came here when she was 18 years old to study for an undergraduate degree in humanities with three concentrations: English communications, theater, and sociology. Her plan was to go back to Ecuador and work in media television, but she fell in love when she met her future husband in a TV production class. She worked for about seven years in her field even owning her own business until she realized her dream of becoming a university professor. Ribadeneira furthered her education and completed both her master’s and doctorate degrees in Spanish at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She was excited to take a professor job at Colorado State University Pueblo. It was her number one choice because she preferred a small university with a high Hispanic population. Her and her husband love Colorado and are both skiers, so it was a “perfect fit,” she said. After working as an assistant professor of Spanish for two years she stepped up to take the role of interim program director. Doctor Alegría Ribadeneira About 15 years later and Ribadeneira’s current positions at CSUP are Director of World Languages Program, Full Professor of Spanish, and Assistant Chair of English and World Languages Department. Professor Ribadeneira was bilingual at a very young age and she sees bilingualism as a superpower. Her favorite thing about directing the language program is that she has reimagined an entire philosophy to teaching Spanish. She runs a “proficiency based” program; it’s not all vocabulary and verb conjugations. “Strong bilinguals (are) creating a world where there are all these people with this superpower to help twice the amount of people and to understand the mentality and the needs and the struggles of two groups of people, and perhaps, that way they become even more empathetic to the needs of more people. Now they understand multiculturalism and multilingualism, they underDr. Alegría Ribadeneira at graduation with students stand what it is to not be able to communicate with somebody.” The professor has had a successful 2020; receiving four awards this year! She said, “They are accomplishments for doing things that I love so much, so I feel very lucky to be recognized.” She added, “My favorite things about the awards is that I bring recognition to the university and the work that we are doing here as a Hispanic serving institution and also the recognition of my students and their voices.” The first award she received in Feb. is the 2020 Colorado Excellence in Teaching Award presented by Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT). Then in April she received an award for Excellence in Teaching Post-Secondary from the Southwest Congress of Language Teaching. At the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester the university awarded her with a teaching excellence award. The most recent is a global Educator Award through Open Education Awards for Excellence. She said, “It’s a surprising award!” “Open educational practices fit our university vision so well,” Ribadeneira said, “It’s the sharing of knowledge without boundaries and without copyrights.” So people don’t have to pay or ask permission to use the ideas. This learning technique she is using is project based, the students create public products such as videos, podcasts and books. Some of the student works include, “Book of Home Remedies,” “Music and Society Book,” “Music & Identity Project,” “Musical Playlist Project” and “Food and Society Webpage.” Professor Ribadeneira’s favorite award to date is the 2017 National Heritage Language Resource Center- Olga Kagan Award. “I loved getting that one because Olga Kagan is the mother of Heritage Language Teaching, she was this beautiful Russian lady who was a pioneer,” she continued, “I was so moved by that.”



12 Keeping Halloween Fun By Cristina Diaz What can you do to make this Halloween just as special and scary as other years! Safe and entertaining ways to make this year’s Halloween special. Go ghosting Create a treat bag of goodies for a friend, family member or neighbor and leave it on their doorstep with a note inside to pass it on. Generating a chain for them to do it someone else. It’s a festive way to spread some socially distanced holiday cheer. Plan Halloween Games This year, you have all day to celebrate Halloween which means you might want to plan some structured activities. Plan games with your family and friends to keep everyone up! Put on a Halloween playlist No matter how small your Halloween party is, it won’t be complete without some festive tunes. Blast your favorites and have a dance party, no matter if it’s in your living room! Decorate! Nothing will get you more in the Halloween spirit than decorating your home in all things black, orange, and yellow. Throw in a couple of decorative pumpkins and you’re all set. Halloween is going to be perfectly festive, even if it’s a little bit different this year than most years. Host a virtual party At this point in quarantine, we’re all pros at hosting virtual get-togethers. Pour a drink, put on a costume, and invite all your friends to a Halloween FaceTime or Zoom party. Mix a spooky cocktail Halloween calls for a boozy drink for all those 21 and older. No Halloween is complete without a custom witch’s brew cocktail or mocktail. Get creative and make drinks for family and friends that they will love. Carve pumpkins It’s a classic Halloween activity for a reason. Grab pumpkins for the whole family and friends. Make memories with the ones you love and create the scariest, funniest, and creative pumpkins! Go on a family bike ride or walk Spend Halloween morning outdoors biking, strolling or simply walking your pet through a park or nearby neighborhoods. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and view the prettiest fall leaves and decorated houses. It’s a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the late fall weather. Make a fall craft Use your Halloween for Thanksgiving. See great ways for you to create and make fall craft that will make your home look cozy and in season. Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet Whether your pet is a quiet cuddle bug or an outgoing party hound, there are a number of great ways to celebrate Halloween with your furry friend by your side. See safe ways to spend Halloween and the days leading up to it with your cat or dog.



Halloween’s History

By Katherine Dunn

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31st, and Halloween 202 will occur on Saturday, October 31st. Halloween has many different originations. A European tradition began with people dressing up and asking for food or money from houses, but over the years Americans adopted it and created “TrickOr-Treating.” The first celebrations of Halloween included “play parties”, which were public events held to celebrate the harvest. The celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the protestant belief systems there. Halloween was more common in Maryland and the Southern Colonies. Halloween also originated with the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. It was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth, causing trouble and damaging crops. Celtic priests also believed Halloween helped make it easier to predict the future.


Along with the different ways Halloween originated, there are many beliefs about Halloween that people have had over the past

In the 18th-century, in Ireland, burring a ring in mashed potatoes on Halloween night was supposed to bring true love to the diner who found it. In Scotland, fortune tellers recommended that a young woman, name a hazelnut for her suitor and then toss it into the fireplace. Another tale had woman eat a sugary concoction made of walnuts, hazelnuts, and nutmeg before bed Halloween night and she would dream of her future husband. Other rituals were more competitive. At parties, the first to find the burr on a chestnut hunt or the first to successfully apple-bob would be the next to get married.

Haunted Houses Near Pueblo By Katherine Dunn Though, not many haunted houses are open in Pueblo, get scared at some of the best haunted houses here in Southern Colorado! Halloween only comes once a year, so if you’re passing through or looking for something to do in Pueblo this fall, make sure to get in on the thrills, chills, and scares this year! Aftermath Haunted House is located at 575 Ash Street in Canon City. The cost is $20, and all tickets are purchased onsite with cash or debit/credit card.

Haunted Mines is located at 3910 Palmer Park Blvd Colorado Springs. Tickets can be bought ahead online. Ticket pricing starts at $22.

Hells Scream Haunted House is located at 3021 N. Hancock Ave, Colorado Springs. Ticket pricing starts at $22 and tickets can be bought online.

Participants are asked to wear mask at all times. Their staff will be maskes and will be cleaning throughout the opperation. Social distancing will be marked at 6 ft.

Participants are asked to wear mask at all times. Their staff will be maskes and will be cleaning throughout the opperation. Social distancing will be marked at 6 ft.

Participants are asked to wear mask at all times. Their staff will be maskes and will be cleaning throughout the opperation. Social distancing will be marked at 6 ft.


Sustainable Fashion By Alexis Vigil

Sustainability in fashion is a new movement for people who want to be more conscious and explore their clothing options. This is ideal for those who want to be both fashion-forward and environmentally friendly. Sustainable fashion refers to the whole life cycle of clothing from the beginning to the end. So, ask yourself not only, “Where are your clothes from?” but also “What sustainable options are you using between that? and “What should you do when you decide to part with old or unwanted clothing?” In this article I will discuss two sustainable options that have recently piqued my interest. The first is “rent, release and swap” and the other is “secondhand and vintage.” “Rent, release and swap” is a new trend where you rent clothes for a certain amount of time and then send them back for a new set. This option allows you to explore new styles and decide if you want to commit to something you really like. I tried a new, monthly, clothing rental subscription service from a brand called Nuuly. You rent six styles of your choice every month for $88 and you can add extra pieces for $18 each. The clothing they feature can be new, used or vintage and is recycled between renters. You can pause or cancel the service anytime and pay for anything you decide you want to keep. The Nuuly packaging is also a sustainable feature. They send the clothes in reusable boxes with inserts for the labels, they also provide you with one for return. This way there is no messy packaging and no throwing away cardboard boxes. Poshmark is another convenient service I use for “secondhand and vintage.” The site is a virtual marketplace for buying and selling new, used or vintage fashion items. This is a great option if you have some new or gently used items that you paid a pretty penny for and that are still worth something. You can also trade items or find something new to you on the site.

How Do Students Like Remote Learning? By Kelly Keogh

Colorado State University Pueblo students were asked whether they preferred their classes online or in person, and why. Britney Smith, senior, health and science: I prefer in person classes over online classes. I am a visual and tactile learner so it’s very hard for me to pay attention/keep up in class if it’s online or over zoom. Ane Horton, senior, physical education: I prefer in person because I’m a physical education k-12 major. Online classes are harder in my major because we as a whole don’t get much out of them due to the fact that we don’t get the in person experience to work with students and apply the things that we learn in a classroom. Physical education is very hands on and you have to be moving nonstop and sitting behind a screen on zoom trying to teach doesn’t give the same effect. Emily Brewer, junio, criminology: I prefer in person classes because it provides an environment that you can’t get from being online. I think it is easier to have class discussions and ask questions when you’re in person and don’t have to turn your mic on and off or have your face put up on a screen to talk. I think I’m also just more inclined to give into distractions at home and less likely to give my full attention to a lecture. Cameron Marcucci, sophomore, business management: I prefer in person classes because I personally pay better attention and get distracted less. It’s a lot easier to interact with teachers and other students. It’s less awkward than talking and staring into a camera. Sean Johnson, junior, business management: I like in person classes better. The way I communicate is much better when it’s face to face. I consider myself a social butterfly and like to socialize when I am in class, as well as learn.


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CSU Pueblo-The Today- October 22, 2020  

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