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Photo courtesy of Colorado State University Pueblo Colorado State University Pueblo School of Nursing is ranked sixth out of 41 nursing programs in Colorado for 2020. The results can be found on NursingProcess.org. The website is a resource for nursing education and career information based on data by state.

supplemented by experiential learning in practice labs that simulate virtual outpatient and hospital environments so that students can rehearse selected bedside skills and demonstrate competency in them; these labs are equipped with high-tech mannequins that are programmed to mirror human physiological responses. According to the website Once students gain experience Colorado has a high demand and confidence, they perform for nurses now more than ever clinical rotations at St. Marywith an estimation of 13,000 Corwin Medical Center, open nursing jobs by the year Parkview Medical Center and 2025. “Colorado’s 65-andother acute-care hospitals, older demographic is growing community clinics and medical at a rate that’s three times that facilities throughout central of the nation as a whole,” the Colorado.” page continues, “Complicating this scenario is the fact that The opening of the Center for nearly one-third of Colorado’s Integrated Health and Human nurses are older than 55 and Inquiry (CIHHI) building at the will themselves be retiring beginning of the fall 2020 soon.” semester encompassed the School of Nursing and Health The ranking methodology Sciences and also brought weighs in several factors such with it state of the art nursing as academic quality (including simulation labs for participants acceptance rate, graduation to practice clinical skills. rate, retention rate and student to faculty ratio), NCLEXMohamed Abdelrahman, the RN first time pass rates, provost and executive vice affordability and the nursing president of academic affairs, school’s reputation. said, “I am proud of the faculty and leadership of our School This is what was highlighted of Nursing, they have created a about CSU Pueblo’s School of suite of quality undergraduate Nursing high rank, “Classes are and graduate programs that

offer opportunities at all levels to aspiring students and nurses in the field.” The School of Nursing was recognized just last year by registerednursing.org as the best RN program in the state of Colorado and the graduate program was named best value nursing program for 2019-2020 by graduatenursingedu.org. The associate dean of the school of nursing and health sciences, Joe Franta, said, “The nursing program continues to be ranked among top schools in Colorado and in the nation,” he continued, “Our faculty care about student success. We want the future nurses from southeast Colorado to join us for their careers as partners for our region’s health care nursing needs and for them to know they will get a quality education they deserve.”


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Cpl. Alex “Herc” Henson and fellow Marine behind a .30 Caliber machine Gun. Photo courtesy of Sandra Bandimere

Cpl. Alex “Herc” Henson Photo courtesy of Sandra Bandimere

Remembering a Hero By Tiffany Pettigrew

This Veteran’s Day, Colorado State University’s Biology Lab Coordinator, Sanda Bandimere tells a story about how a stranger’s life was saved by her father, Cpl. Alex “Herc” Henson, during his time in the Marine Corps. During quarantine, Bandimere was looking up her father’s burial information to see if there were any updates needed. After looking over information she left a comment saying “I miss you, Dad!” back on May 24, 2020. She received an email on September 15, 2020 from Kevin Woods who is research the history of the USMC’s K-3-5 platoon during WWII. Woods proceeded to tell Bandimere how he had been documenting the stories of 94-year-old Hank Harper, who served with her father. Harper told her that if it wasn’t for her father he was “one breath away from eternity,” in an email. After thinking on it for a while, Bandimere’s husband convinced her to go meet Harper in Sacramento, Califf. for this once in a lifetime experience to meet someone who served with her dad. Henson joined the USMC in 1940 at the young age of 16. He had an eagerness to serve his county in the as WWII was ramping up. He and his father lied about his age to ensure he was able to serve. Henson trained as a Machine Gunner, later becoming a squad leader. The life expectancy for a Machine Gunner, at that time, was three minutes in active battle. He also enjoyed boxing in the Marines and was given the name Hurricane “Herc” Henson. Harper joined the USMC in 1945, after graduating high school. He too, was eager to serve his county. Since they were in high demand of service members, he, more than likely, had an abbreviated basic combat training. Henson had already seen combat in several campaigns including the Battle of Peleliu, during the fiveyear gap. They were on the island for forty days with no action and anxious that the Japanese fighters were setting up traps for American troops according to Woods’ research. That all changed on May 1, 1945. When bullets started flying. Harper froze, as this was his first encounter with combat even though Henson was yelling at him to get down, he could not move, he was just frozen.Henson then knocked and dragged Harper down, most likely saving his life. May 2, 1945, Henson received wounds while trying to get

a fellow Marine off the battlegrounds, he and his gunner’s mate were blown off of a ridge. He was shot in the wrist from Japanese mortar shells, along with shrapnel in his back and legs. He was moved off of the battlegrounds to a field hospital, later shipping out on the U.S.S. Relief. This was the last time Harper ever saw him. Harper and Woods have spent the past five years trying to find information on Henson, the man who saved his life. After periodically checking for leads, Woods finally made the connection and reached out to bring the story full circle. The two men were young when they saw these horrific scenes of war. In a time where PTSD was not clinically known and was referred to as “shell shock.” “My thoughts are flooded with my Dad, 20, and Hank, 19 years old fighting for their lives and our country’s freedom. This year my dad reached out to me in a way I never would have dreamed possible. To meet in person, Hank, a fellow Marine who experienced combat with my dad in WWII was overwhelmingly, amazing! A part of my dad is still here,” said Bandimere on how she was feeling on Veteran’s day. Bandimere’s son, Kenneth Alex, joined the Marine Corps in 2006, following his grandfather’s legacy. Her son’s School of Infantry graduation was held at Camp Pendleton, Calif. While visiting the 1st Marine Division’s headquarters, she noticed a photo on the wall and upon further inspection she noticed that her dad was in that photo! “I called my dad and I told him ‘Dad! They have your picture on the wall,’” she said. Every year she holds holidays like Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day close to her heart, but this year is even more special in knowing how much of a hero her father was in a time where heroes were most needed. “Dad would have never considered himself a hero, he was taking care of one of his Marines, just like many others did. They watched out for each other.” This is an important reminder to all to keep the stories and memories of those who have served, alive and well for generations to hear. You can follow the tales of Hank Harper on Facebook at K/3/5 Hank Harper.


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Sandra Bandimere with Hank Harper in October of 2020 Photo courtesy of Sandra Bandimere

K-3-5 Machine Gun Section. March 1945 Pavuvu Island Photo courtesy of Sandra Bandimere

Cpl. Alex “Herc” Henson’s words on being wounded Photo courtesy of Sandra Bandimere

Cpl. Alex “Herc” Henson Photo courtesy of Sandra Bandimere


4 Chancellor Joe Garcia newest Hall of Champion Recipient By Harmony Clearo Chancellor Joe Garcia newest Hall of Champion recipient By Harmony Clearo The highest honor given by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the Hall of Champions, was placed on CCCS chancellor Joe Garcia on Oct. 26. As the chancellor of the Colorado Community College System, Garcia has led the largest system of higher education in the state, overseeing 13 colleges and 40 locations throughout Colorado. Garcia has made a huge impact on Colorado in his “efforts to advance equitable outcomes in education and the workforce for Hispanic students and minority and underserved communities,” according to Colorado Politics. Garcia served as president of the Western Interstate Commision for Higher Education from 2016 to 2018. Today he serves on the Boards for the National Student Clearinghouse (NCS), the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). He is chair of Colorado Workforce Development Council as well as chair of the Education and Training Committee. From 2001 to 2006, Garcia served as president of Pikes Peak Community College and was named President of the Year twice by Colorado students. His efforts to achieve equity in education and the workforce have not gone unnoticed. In his letter of nomination, Garcia said, “equity can’t be an additional duty as assigned to one individual or a hastily formed committee.” From 2006 to 2010, Garcia also served as president of CSU Pueblo. The Hall of Champions Award was established in 2011 to recognize those who put forth extraordinary efforts in highlighting Hispanic success in higher education. Throughout his time leading community colleges, Garcia has travelled to each of the 13 schools to hear from students and faculty with limited economic resources. CSU Pueblo saw major increases in enrollment while Garcia was president as well as raises in public and private partnerships and funding. The chancellor raised enough money to build a stadium and founded a football program that won the NCAA Division II National Championship after just seven years of being created. Chancellor Joe Garcia, as the newest recipient of the Hall of Champions, is dedicated to achieving equity, and that’s what puts him above. “To truly achieve equity,” said Garcia, “it takes a college.”

CCCS Chancellor Joe Garcia receives Hall of Champion award from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Oct. 26, 2020. Photo courtesy Joe Garcia.

News Around Campus By Samantha Medina With everything that COVID-19 has affected in 2020, it is normal to feel stressed, tired, sad or lonely. The Student Counseling Center is here for you during these times. They provide a comfortable and safe place for you to share your feelings and thoughts with anything you are going through. This process is all confidential to keep everything safe. Join them in a free weekly group session through Zoom. Email Halie or call the Student Counseling Center for more information. They are here for you!

The Psychology department will be providing class for Spring 2021 that will teach students about the effects of nutrition on mental health. This class will answer all your questions on the impact of what foods we put into our bodies. Mental health is very important and it is good to know what nutrition can help us be happier and healthier for ourselves and relationships. To get a better understanding of this topic and to learn more, sign up for Psyc 491 Special Topics Nutrition for Mental Health for Spring 2021, Thursday Evenings, 5:30-8:20 online.

Halie Alexander 719-549-2838 hi.alexander@pack.csupueblo.edu

For more information contact Marie Weller 719-549-2156 marie.weller@csupueblo.edu

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6 2020 Election Colorado Ballot Results By Alexis Vigil

Photo courtesy of Josh Parker from Unsplash 2020 All 11 Amendments and Propositions on Colorado’s ballot called by the Associated Press. Passed 63% of voters said yes. Colorado Constitutional Amendment 76. Require Citizenship To Vote. Limits voting to citizens of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older. 60.3% of voters said yes. Colorado Constitutional Amendment 77. Local Gaming Limit Approval. Allows voters in Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek Cities to approve a maximum single bet limit of any amount and expand gaming options. 57.4% of voters said yes. Colorado Constitutional Amendment B. Repeal Property Tax Assess Rates Repeals amendment setting residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates in the state constitution. 52.2% of voters said yes. Colorado Constitutional Amendment C. Charitable Gaming Conduct Lowers the number of years an organization must have existed before obtaining a charitable gaming license from five years to three years.

57.7% of voters said yes. Colorado Proposition 116. Reduce State Income Tax Decreases the state income tax rate for individuals, estates, trusts and foreign and domestic corporations operating in Colorado. 52.6% of voters said yes. Colorado Proposition 117. New Enterprise Requirement Requires statewide voter approval for new state enterprises projected or actual revenue from fees and surcharges greater than $100 million within its first five years. 57.4% of voters said yes. Colorado Proposition 118. Family and Medical Leave Allows for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave funded through a payroll tax paid by employers and employees in a 50/50 split. An additional four weeks of leave would be allowed for pregnancy or childbirth complications. 67.6% of voters said yes. Colorado Proposition EE. Tobacco and Nicotine Tax Creates a tax on nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, increasing cigarette and tobacco taxes and dedicating revenues to various health and education programs. Failed 58.9% of voters said no. Colorado Proposition 115. Ban Late-Term Abortions Prohibits abortions after a fetus reaches 22-weeks gestational age.

52.2% of voters said yes. Colorado Proposition 113. National Popular Vote Decides on Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state’s nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote if states representing at least 270 Electoral College votes adopt the compact. 50.6% of voters said yes. Colorado Proposition 114. Restore Grey Wolves Requires that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission creates a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves on designated lands west of the continental divide by the end of 2023. Caravan of Biden Supporters Celebrating the news of Joe Biden Being Announced the 46th President Elect. Tiffany Pettigrew


Photos form the 2020 Election

Campaign signs greet eastbound drivers on U.S. 50 in Pueblo ahead of Nov. 3. Pueblo County reported record-setting voter turnout, with 87,597 ballots cast (just shy of 76% turnout) in the historic pandemic-era election. (Photo/Reenua Jones)

Campaign signs greet eastbound drivers on U.S. 50 in Pueblo ahead of Nov. 3. Pueblo County reported record-setting voter turnout, with 87,597 ballots cast (just shy of 76% turnout) in the historic pandemic-era election. (Photo/Reenua Jones)

Cutline for the stand-alone vert of the signage: Signage directs voters into the Buell Communications Center and Visitors Center on the campus of Pueblo Community College on Oct. 30. The facility was an official Voter Service and Polling Center for the historic 2020 election. (Photo/Regan Foster)​

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The students in MC491, Political Reporting, spent the past several weeks researching campaign finance, watching debates and reading and writing endorsements related to the historic campaign season. The students were asked to select one local or state race from this year’s election and write a story explaining the results of said race. These are two of the pieces: For more, visit The Today’s website.

Eppie Griego and his wife Rayann. Photo courtesy of ibew.org

Newcomer Eppie Griego wins Commission seat By Katie Meeks As the results of the 2020 election come to a head, Pueblo county residents have little surprise in discovering candidate Epimenio “Eppie” Griego has won the seat for Pueblo County Commissioner for District 1. Griego secured 60,031 votes, according to unofficial numbers released by the Pueblo County Clerk’s Office, while 3,738 were made for a write-in opponent Adolph Vigil. A landslide victory was the ultimate result of this election for Griego, and there is no question in the support he has from Pueblo voters. Voters felt that Griego was, overall, close to the political system. He is a longtime Democrat who, in a quote to the Pueblo Chieftain, said “I just like to get things going. I want to move Pueblo forward.” Griego said he would push for improvements in public safety, economic growth and infrastructure. He is a graduate of Pueblo Community College where he earned a machining certificate and later completed the PCC Law Enforcement Academy. Griego said after PCC, he earned an extensive work history with some of “the best blue-collar industries of Pueblo County.” Griego had an average of $19,787.32 in funding for this election season. He received upwards of about $10,138 of contributions from his supporters. The largest contribution was $1,500 made by Laborer’s Local 720 Small Donor Committee, which is located in Denver. Most of the contributions Griego received has ranged from $25 to $300, with the exception of these few-but-larger donors. There is no question in the support that Griego has gained, and the evidence is clear in the number of donors he obtained. While the majority of them are individual donations in smaller amounts, there’s a large quantity of them. These supporters and contributions they have made played a large role in the results of this election. It’s evident that many voters felt that Griego would make a great fit for the Pueblo County Commissioner seat. With his involvement in many aspects of local government, voters felt that Griego would be able to perform the job well.


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CSU Pueblo Alumna Returns to Denver for District 46 By Mia Gilbertson

As Americans eagerly awaited the results of a tense presidential election season, Puebloans watched as their incumbent legislator maintained her hold on State House District 46. On November 3, Democrat Daneya Esgar stood at 21,887 votes, 5,245 more than the Republican challenger Jonathan Ambler. While she dropped from 54.9% to 53.3% by Nov. 5, preliminary results showed Esgar held her district with a total of 23,817 votes. Ambler earned 19,268 votes and Libertarian John Pickerall took 1,633. Esgar will serve her fourth term in the Colorado House of Representatives. She currently serves as chair for the Joint Budget Committee and sits as vice chair of the Appropriations Committee. Esgar is a Pueblo native who graduated from Colorado State University Pueblo. Elected to succeed Leroy Garcia in 2014, she has campaigned heavily on improved healthcare and LGBTQ+ rights.

General Assembly-released mug of Daneya Esgar

Regarding health, she has specifically focused on affordable healthcare, treatment for substance use and pharmaceuticals. Inspired by her personal experiences as a lesbian woman, she has also advocated for ending conversion therapy and providing documents for transgender Coloradans. Her opponent, Ambler, has lived in the Rye and Colorado City areas for 29 years. He ran once before in the 2018 election. He has a master’s degree in management with a bachelor’s in finance.

As a former school superintendent and educator, he campaigns on reforming the public school system by utilizing technology to individualize the learning experience. Referencing the need for better education he claimed, students and parents: “Need to see a return on their tax dollars and education is only a prime example of the many ways in which our state is mismanaged.” Additionally, he closely aligns himself with Republican ideas of pro-life legislation, limited taxes and protecting second amendment rights. Because Esgar was born and raised in Pueblo, she has run with a strong Pueblo narrative. In debates, Ambler challenged Pueblo’s support for her. “Only 14% of her campaign funds come from Pueblo voters,” he said. Esgar simply responded with “I will represent you, not political power brokers.” Debates between Esgar and Ambler primarily regarded COVID-19 response and health care. In an evaluation of the recent pandemic response by Gov. Jared Polis, Esgar stood in strong support of his actions. Political perspectives on COVID-19 response were just as evident on the local level as it is on the national spectrum. As Esgar favored restrictions and safety, Ambler leaned towards minimal restrictions to cushion the blow on economic consequences. He specifically criticized Polis’ executive orders that have “devastated” businesses in Pueblo County. Ambler argued that while COVID-19 poses a significant health risk, pandemic responses have led to other severe health issues that put pressure on Parkview Medical Center. “Cardiac arrests have doubled in the month of May. Overdoses have doubled in the month of May. Suicides have increased,” Ambler said. Health was a dominating subject as they delved into Esgar’s vote in 2017 to take $264 million from health care in Southern Colorado. Ambler criticized Esgar, stating her decision caused 300 people working at St. Mary-Corwin to lose their job. Esgar admitted that jobs were lost, but not at the hand of her vote “because it did not pass,” she said. Meanwhile, she supported her vote stating that it was necessary to secure a later bill that would secure funding for rural hospitals. This lively debate has reaped a close election season for District 46, but as the end grows near, Esgar’s lead becomes increasingly more definitive. On Wednesday, Esgar stated “I’m proud and humbled by the trust and support I received from my Southern Colorado constituents this election.”


10 CSU Pueblo Among Top Schools for Classroom Management Training By Alexis Vigil

Colorado State University Pueblo’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program has been named among the top in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) , a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization, for strong training in classroom management strategies. “I am thrilled that the elementary teacher prep program received the highest possible grade in classroom management as part of an elite group of programs,” said Mohamed Abdelrahman, Ph.D. provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at CSU Pueblo. “I want to congratulate Dr. Jeff Piquette as the Associate Dean and Director of the School of Education on this fine accomplishment. This is a testament to the quality of our students, the excellence of our faculty, and the strength of our partnerships all across the state.” CSU Pueblo’s undergraduate program is among only 14 percent of elementary programs that earn an A, and serves as a model of excellence for others. Top programs are recognized for viewing these five classroom strategies: • Establishing rules and routines that set expectations for behavior; • Maximizing learning time by managing time, class materials, and the physical setup of the classroom, and by promoting student engagement; • Reinforcing positive behavior by using specific, meaningful praise and other forms of positive reinforcement; • Redirecting off-task behavior through unobtrusive means that do not interrupt instruction and that prevent and manage such behavior, and; • Addressing serious misbehavior with consistent, respectful, and appropriate consequences. The Associate Dean of the College of Education, Jeff Piquette, Ph.D, said, “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for the work that you do,” said Piquette. “It represents years of developing not only courses, but an entire, seamless, preparation program that weaves classroom management theory and practice together throughout,” added Piquette. “It takes dedicated faculty and K-12 partners working together to build a top-rated program.”

Fifth Annual CSU Pueblo Give Day a Success By Harmony Clearo Love CSU Pueblo Give Day was a success, to say the least. Give Day began on Thursday, Oct 29 and lasted a full 24 hours. And in that short amount of time, more than $72,000 were donated to multiple university clubs and organizations. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community shelled out the cash to support CSU Pueblo. Campaigns included the Study Abroad Opportunity Fund, the Southern Colorado Association of Nursing Students, Dollars for Scholars and Pack Pantry, to name a few. “It’s absolutely incredible to see how people- near and far- are able to support our amazing students and university,” said CSU Pueblo’s President, Timothy Mottet. The generosity and support of the community is what allows our university to thrive, according to Mottet. This year’s fundraising saw 1,062 donors from several affiliations. Over 32 percent of donations came from alumni, nearly 43 percent from faculty and staff, 13 percent from friends and 5 percent from parents and families. CSU’s Search and Rescue racked up over 7,000 dollars from a mere 17 donors and “The Wolfies” Student Athlete Awards Banquet raised over 5,000 dollars. With such high numbers, it’s obvious how much Pueblo cares about the university. This fundraiser is an opportunity for the community to offer its support to meaningful organizations. It has been a great success in the five years that it’s been organized. Love CSU Pueblo Give Day allows students and faculty to be involved in organizing the fundraising as well as donating to something that they care about. “Our intention in creating a ‘give day’ was to get all of the Pack nation involved, and we did exactly that,” said Mottet.


Colorado may be offering more in person learning

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next semester By Harmony Clearo

After a long, anti-social fall semester, Colorado colleges may be offering more in person classes in the spring. The fall has been a difficult semester for many students and going back to class might help to make things feel a little more normal again. CSU Pueblo will offer spring break at a later date than usual, and the school plans to offer in- person classes yet again in the coming semester. The University of Colorado Boulder will continue to offer a mix of online and in- person classes. Being the school with the most confirmed cases in Colorado, CU Boulder will also implement wellness days in the spring to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. Fall was the first full term semester since the start of COVID 19 in March, and there was a lot to learn from both students and faculty. Brianna Sammons, an upcoming junior majoring in mass communications, said, “this pandemic has changed my outlook on education in a lot of ways. It was very difficult getting motivated. I like being in person with my classroom and teachers and having that interaction.” CSU Pueblo had planned to go fully virtual following the fall break. However, with cases rising across the state, many classes made the switch within the second week of November. As much as the school would like to bring students back into the classroom for the spring semester, there are still many questions to be answered before Photo courtesy of Adobe Spark jumping back in. There has been adamant tracking of coronavirus cases in American colleges and universities, and the numbers do not offer a lot of promise. More than 1700 American colleges and universities have shown over 252,000 cases, according to a survey done by a New York Times survey. If Colorado colleges do decide to offer more in- person spring courses, they will have to come with more strict safety measures to prevent a spike in cases. “This past semester has been very difficult,” said Sammons, “I would still feel safe doing in person

CSU Pueblo Athletics on Hold Once Again

By Samantha Medina

On November 6, 2020, CSU Pueblo President, Timothy Mottet, announced in a campus wide message that all athletic-related activity will be closed down until January 3, 2021. This comes after COVID-19 cases surge in Pueblo. “Athletic-activities include practices, training, travel, on/off-campus recruitment, informal gatherings, and university-sponsored events from November 7January 3 (with exception of Men’s and Women’s Basketball ONLY)” (Campus Message, Timothy Mottet) Men’s and Women’s Basketball will continue with practices and games as normal with required testing on players, coaches and staff. Athletic facilities will also be closed during this time. Sara Colalancia, a student-athlete for CSU Pueblo, talks about how she feels about athletics being on pause. “This has definitely been a hard season with evPhoto courtesy of Tiffany Pettigrew erything being delayed or put on hold.” Colalancia states. “But right now, it’s just what needs to happen to keep everyone safe. I for sure hope things can get better soon.” Colalancia is hoping for the best in 2021. The campus community is hoping these new restrictions will reduce the spread of COVID-19 cases on campus and in the city of Pueblo. The plan is to get athletics back up and running in 2021. That is if things improve with COVID-19.

Campus Living Arrangments for Spring 2021

By Alexis Vigil Room and Board rates for the upcoming Spring 2021 academic semester were approved by the Board of Governors. The same 13week or 16-week housing plans will remain for the Spring 2021 semester. For Spring 2021: The University has announced that all classes will be online after Spring Break, April 26, through Finals, May 7th. Since this is a planned change in instruction, Housing has decided to offer term dates for billing related to Spring housing. The school website says, “We understand that plans change, so we will allow you to change your term selection later in the semester.” Spring Term selection or update: https://culebrahall.wufoo.com/forms/spring-term-selection/ The form closes the first business day after the 13-week term ends so you must have your selection completed or updated by this date. For more information on 13-week and 16-week term rates for either residence hall dorm rooms or Walking Stick Apartments please visit https://www.csupueblo.edu/residence-life-and-housing/moving-on-campus/room-information.html.


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Donations for Winter Necessities By Samantha Medina As we move into the colder months, more and more people are in need of warm clothing as they prepare for these cold months. The individuals and families who cannot afford to purchase these winter necessities look to donation centers for help. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center provides services “in an atmosphere of love, hope and purpose.” Items that they need on a regular basis include clothing, hygiene needs, and foods. These items will help those in need and provide them with what can keep them safe.

Clothing to donate includes mens, womens and children’s clothing. Socks, underwear and seasonal items are encouraged as well, including newborn clothing. Hygiene products that are welPhoto courtesy of Joshua Hanson from Unsplash 2020 comed are toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, feminine hygiene products, cleaning products for showers/baths, baby diapers and wipes, and also toilet paper. Recommended foods are peanut butter and jelly, canned meats, canned soup and vegetables, cereals, rice and many more. Many more products are welcomed and anything will help! Pueblo Cooperative Care Center’s hours of operation are Monday-Friday. For more information contact (719) 543-7484. Let’s take care of our community!

What to Watch on Netflix By Katherine Dunn We’re one week out from Fall break. With the time allowed for some much needed rest and recover, here’s what’s trending on Netflix.

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix

The Queen’s Gambit The Impossible

Chappelle’s Show

“The Queen’s Gambit” is a fictional story about an orphan who became a chess prodigy. The story began in the mid-1950’s and continues onto the 1960’s. The main couple in the story, teach this orphan how to play chess, then eventually end up adopting her. The no longer orphan enters many matches and tournaments throughout time and becomes famous from her winnings. In the end of the story she hit a bump in the road with alcohol and drug abuse. Watch to see what happens!

“Chappelle’s Show” is a comedy series that aired back in the start of 2003 starring Dave Chappelle. The show ran for two full seasons and then ended when Chappelle left the show. It’s a stand up comedy performance that was in front of a live audience. The show usually ends with a song from a hip-hop or soul artist.

“The Impossible” is a story about a family that had gone on vacation to Thailand. A tsunami came and whisked the family away. The brothers had found each other but as their parents desperately search through relief shelters, it seems impossible. As they struggle to find their own families, they help others find theirs. By pure accident and family is reunited. The mother undergoes another surgery for her leg, and then as if the worst is behind them, they leave in a plane.

In True Dave Chappelle fashion, the show can be inappropriate at times so be careful who you watch this show around.


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13 Pueblos Response to COVID Curfew By Katherine Dunn

Violations of the Pueblo curfew started on the night of Friday, October 30, 2020, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., just before Halloween. Being violation of the curfew can include potential fines and jail time. The curfew is set to last until Friday, November 13, 2020. Essential travel is still allowed. Pueblo County Public Health had a follow-up meeting with the state this past Friday and should have a clearer idea of where the county is headed after that. If Pueblo County moves to a more restrictive level, there will be reduced capacities across a variety of industries. Riley Perry, mother of one, says “The curfew isn’t going to help, especially on Halloween, teens will do whatever they want to. You can’t take a holiday away from the state and expect everyone to comply with it. It affects the kids more than anything. These poor kids don’t get to have the true Halloween experience.” Breanne Garrison had a different response though. Breanne says “COVID really didn’t affect our family’s Halloween experience. We go early in the evening since our son is three years old. He couldn’t stay up past ten even if he tried to. I just worry about future years as he grows older. So much could change by then.” With the recent spikes that Pueblo County has been seeing over the past three weeks, it is hard to see of these restrictions lifted. More information about the county numbers and resources can be found on Pueblo Department of Health and Environment’s Facebook.

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Black Friday is Coming By Rebecca VanGorder

Black Friday is coming. To some those words bring anticipation of a good deal and maybe some shopping fun. To others those words mean leaving family, sometimes on Thanksgiving night, to go into a retail job that will likely be hell on earth for a day. Retailers have been pushing the limits of when to start their Black Friday sales into the Thursday previously reserved for football, food and family known as Thanksgiving. Thankfully, many have relented and begun reversing this troublesome trend. Retail employees still must deal with some craziness and abuse from customers though. Because most of the door buster sales begin in the wee hours of the morning, these employees are prevailed upon to deal with the extraordinarily nasty behavior before the sane among us have even had our first cup of coffee. This year looks to be a little different with Black Friday deals dispersed throughout the month of November and the craziness being centralized on the corona virus. Nonetheless, those stuck working through these deals and holidays should be treated with respect and dignity for putting up with unrealistic demands from all sides. Working horrible hours for crap pay and dealing with every Karen that emerges from whatever nagging cesspool they hide in makes for an incredibly stressful holiday season. The rest of us should do our best to make the rest of 2020 more bearable and even pleasant for those obliged to toil in the retail realm. It’s a very simple solution and free to boot: choose kindness, patience, and grace for your fellow human beings this holiday season, wherever you shop.


14 Mustache Movember By Rebecca VanGorder

Mustache Movember is upon us once more and the glory of men’s mustachioed faces cannot be dimmed even by masks. What is Mustache Movember? It is the month that men grow their mustaches out to raise awareness for men’s health issues from physical to mental and emotional. “Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up research and motivating men to take action for their health,” per their website. Statistics show that suicide among men has been rising and is now at its highest level in decades. COVID-19 is likely compounding the issue. According to data from the CDC the male suicide rate in the U.S. was 3.7 times higher than the female suicide rate. Depression affects over 6 million men. Aaron Tomlinson, LPC at the counseling center on campus, said, “The first thing I would say to anyone about mental health issues is that it is perfectly normal to have mental health issues.” Tomlinson works at the counseling center seeing students, though COVID-19 has changed some of the way that works now. He encourages anyone that feels like they are having mental health issues to come in and work them out the same way someone would be seen by a dentist to fix a tooth problem. He does mention the stigma involved in seeking help and encourages people not to wait and be held back by that stigma. The counseling center does several outreach events for all students through health fairs and presentations with various campus groups. They cover everything from suicide prevention to depression to stress management. “Almost every student I’ve talked to is struggling to maintain their motivation for school and just life in general. Students are struggling with the effects of the pandemic.” When asked about anyone contemplating or planning suicide Tomlinson urges that person, “don’t do it… and help is out there.” “It is my belief that no one ever really wants to kill themselves. What they really want is to make their pain stop or feel some sense of hope or value in their life.” Tomlinson believes that there is always a better solution to the problems and people to help find those solutions. He encourages students to call the counseling center and make an appointment or walk in, especially if the person is in crisis. The number for the counseling center is (719)549-2838 and the National Suicide Prevention Line is 1-800-273-8255. In addition to the mental components of health, the physical aspects must be addressed as well. Movember highlights the statistics and preventative measures surround both testicular and prostate cancers. Testicular cancer has a 95% survival rate and prostate cancer has a 97.8% survival rate. While there is no standard screening for testicular cancer, men, especially those between 15-34, should talk to their doctor about what preventative measures can be taken and what to be on the look out for. This goes for prostate cancer too but generally for older men. So, grow those mustaches gentleman and make sure to take care of every aspect of your health. For more information about the Mustache Movember movement please check out the official website, movember.com.

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