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Fall 2020 #5

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On the night of Dec. 31 2019, everyone was planning resolutions and toasting to 2020. But nobody imagined that the year would turn out the way that it did. This year welcomed us warmly-blazingly,rather, with the catastrophic fires in Australia that became worse in the new year. The bushfires tore through more than 18 million hectares of land, nearly six thousand buildings and killed billions of animals. A state of emergency was declared in Nov. of 2019 by the Australian government when the fires flared up in New South Wales.

It’s been nearly a year, and the death toll has skyrocketed. Over one million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide. On the bright side, a vaccine is in the process of being developed. But it is not clear when it will be available to the public quite yet. 2020 is not stopping there. What’s next on our hell train? The death of George Floyd in May. After the unlawful murder of Floyd, the world was ablaze again, but with anger this time. Police brutality has flown under the radar for years. People brushed off Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protests against racial inequality and the oppression of black Americans, some even calling him unpatriotic.

Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes and even fled to the beach to escape the flames. In February, the fires were declared “contained” in New South Wales, but Australia is still seeing the effects of the blaze today. Homes have been destroyed, animals killed and nearly 30 people dead. And 2020 was only getting started. Devastation flooded the world once again when news broke that NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, died. Bryant, along with 13- year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven others were killed on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Bryant and his daughter were en route to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a youth basketball event.

After Floyd was killed on the street at the knee of a police officer, the issue could not be ignored any longer. Protests broke out all over the country and worldwide. Those young and old marched through the streets with signs that read Floyd’s last words, “I can’t breathe.” Chaos stormed through large cities with people looting retail stores and wreaking havoc, but according to Time Magazine, 93% of the protests were peaceful.

Despite foggy weather conditions, the helicopter was given special permission to fly from Orange County. At nearly 10 am, the pilot was no longer able to maintain control of the aircraft and it went down, killing all souls on board. While the U.S. mourned a legend, 2020 was whispering, “but wait. There’s more.”

According to Time Magazine, the 2020 election saw more voters than any other in history. With a fresh face in the oval office, we can hope that 2021 might be better than its predecessor.

On New Years Eve, COVID-19 made its grand entrance, appearing first in Wuhan, China. The first case in the U.S. was reported in January after China dubbed the virus a Class B infectious disease. The virus was declared a global pandemic in March by the World Health Organization. Precautionary measures were slow to appear with the novel virus that most thought would fade out similar to those prior (H1N1, Zika,etc.).

The Black Lives Matter movement woke up millions of American to the racial inequality that hides under the rug of this country. Although justice has not been seen for every black life lost to the hands of white cops, a huge positive result of the movement was how many people showed up where it really mattered- voting polls.

As we approach the new year once again, there is hope on the horizon. We can expect Joe Biden to be inaugurated as our new president come January of 2021. Which may just be the change we desperately need. After the trauma of 2020, nothing will ever look the same to the world. We will not see toilet paper, sanitizing wipes, police officers, professional basketball or voting rights the same way. But there is hope that it will be in a better way than we used to. If the year has taught us anything, it is to take nothing for granted. 2021 be gentle with us, we have been through so much.


2 Students are Starting to Feel COVID Burnouts By Tiffany Pettigrew Colorado State University Pueblo students are getting ready to face finals after a nonconventional semester due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With number of COVID-19 cases in Pueblo county spiking as well as the stress of added work, students are feeling a sense of burn out.

because of options to mute your computer microphone as well as turning off your device’s camera. Morales said that hasn’t been a battle he’s had to fight.

CSU Pueblo junior in media communication, Seth Six said his workload has drastically increased throughout the fall semester. “Not only myself but my friends as well felt like we were already behind after two weeks,” said Six.

“We regularly use Zoom for our classes to run discussion, breakout rooms for workshops, and lots of screen sharing to share materials. When students are able to turn on their cameras, it helps me know they are interacting and paying attention. I don’t require cameras to be turned on because I understand students have various circumstances that might require them to keep it off. I just ask them to balance this out with using the chat, unmuting to participate in discussion, and a steady use of emojis. I’m happy to continue learning with them on how we can keep it fresh and interactive,” stated Morales

Working between classes that have gone full remote and some that are meeting in person has caused some stress because of the amount of combined work students are compiling over the 12-week semester.

Morales understands the stress students are feeling with the challenges this semester has presented. His dedication of helping students succeed has not changed with the evolving world we’re living in.

“I don’t think professors have gotten a true sense of the combined workload for classes during a time like this. If everything were normal, I wouldn’t be batting an eye, but things are not and have not been normal for a while. I don’t think professors have scaled back or considered the weight on top of many heavy things students have dealt with over the past eight months,” said Six.

“Students and faculty are juggling a lot, so I continue to do my best in checking in with my students, trying to be mindful of the different struggles, and continuing to keep the lines of communication open. I feel very repetitive sometimes, but I am okay with that, as long as the students are aware of the resources and support available to them. I remain proud of my students for doing the best they can,” said Morales.

With many students being deemed essential at their place of work, it is hard to gage on what each student’s schedule looks like outside of the academic work. Some enjoying the opportunity to work different shifts because their schedule is more open, and some that feel the stress from having to find time to get schoolwork done because their hours have increased at work.

CSU Pueblo’s Counseling Center is considered essential and is continuing to see students and the pandemic grows. Marla Lucero, Counselor with the center, gives students tips to get through these trying times of number spikes, shutdowns and finals.

Students are saying that they feel like their workload has increased this semester, while many are also working through the pandemic.

“Times are tough, and nobody is going through the same day to day as the next person. I felt that was missing entirely between people this semester,” continued Six. Pueblo county has moved into red stage due to numbers accelerating in the month of November with 5,000 new cases announced. Along with a 10pm curfew, the county will also eliminate in-restaurant dining, cutting back on store capacity and limiting gatherings. Six says if we want to get back to normal, this is a necessary move. “If we ever want normal again, we need it. And not just us, but the country as well. You look at the success of other nations in containing this virus and they are miles ahead of us. It needs to happen, or this will be our new normal whether you like it or not,” said Six. Professor and Department Chair for the Department of English and World Languages, Juan Morales feels that the options between in-person, hybrid and remote learning can be beneficial to students who are in different situations during the pandemic. “Remote classes are beneficial for safety reasons and to help students that cannot come to campus. Beyond classes, students need their community and support systems, and remote can help with this. It can also be difficult to stay focused and to not be in the physical presence of their classmates. Everyone is required to be flexible and ready for change, and I hope we can keep working together to do our best,” said Morales Throughout the pandemic, many were concerned that students would not get as much interaction done in remote classes

Simple tasks such as showering, getting dressed, cooking and eating meals can become a struggle when people are overwhelmed with depression and anxiety from their schedule being interrupted. Lucero presses that creating a schedule to know what is happening and when can make or break your mental state. “Maintaining a schedule and structure with time is incredibly important. People do not know what to expect because time is pretty abstract, and we organize it mentally. When we do not organize it, we start breaking down,” said Lucero. With news of COVID-19 being everywhere we look, on the television, social media, day-to-day conversations and the constant reminder of it from seeing people where masks out and about, it’s hard not to focus on when this will end. “Try not to worry so much about what’s going to happen in the future because it’s such a concern for everybody and there’s so much uncertainty. We don’t really know what’s going to happen. Stay engaged in whatever you’re doing,” said Lucero Lucero reminds us not to underestimate the power of breathing. Doing things such as Yoga breaths and taking a moment to feel your lungs filling with air can help reset your mind onto tasks that need to be done instead of the anxieties clouding your focus. “Your best friend is deep breathing. Deep breathing interrupts the anxiety response and can help your mind gage what’s going on outside of your anxious thoughts,” said Lucero. The Counseling Center at CSU Pueblo is still offering services. Appointments are required, but emergency appointments can be made. Learn more about services by calling the center directly at 719-549-2839


START A QUARANTINE BOOK CLUB!

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By Alexis Vigil I have been a member of a book club for about a year and a half. The book club was started by my mother about two years ago and it’s grown to a group of 16 women and girls. We start a new book about every three months and then have some kind of book club party at the end before we start another book. Some of the parties follow the book theme and some of them are just an excuse to see our friends. Everyone in our book club group has a charm bracelet and we add a new charm to represent each book we’ve read. Just like almost everything in our lives our book club had to adapt when the coronavirus pandemic hit. The book club party I was expecting to host became an at home/virtual event. The book I chose pre-lock down was “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by Anne Brashers, and it was a perfect fit. The book is about a group of four friends who have to spend the summer away from each other for the first time. Before they go their separate ways, they find a pair of pants that somehow fit all of them even though they all have different body types. They come up with the idea to share the pants over the summer by mailing them along with a letter to each other. For my book club I sent everyone a letter explaining my idea of doing a gift exchange. My letter came with instructions, a list of rules (the girls in the book have a list of rules for the pants), my favorite quote from the book (another nod to the book because every chapter is divided by a quote) and a small gift. At the very end I sent everyone one last letter and a pants charm to add to our bracelets. Since we weren’t able to meet together for a regular party I hosted a Zoom meeting where we could talk about the book and play games. We took a quiz to see who remembered the book most and said which character we most identify with (shoutout SparkNotes). Another member organized the next book club which was for the book “Christy” by Catherine Marshall. We were all tasked with a scavenger hunt of taking pictures of things in our houses or outside and around town. For example: take a picture of you reading the book, take a picture of some train tracks, take a picture of a field of flowers, take a picture in front of a statue etc. The latest Zoom meeting was for the book “Love Comes Softly” by Janette Oke. We all painted a picture while eating treats and drinking wine. I highly recommend starting a book club to anyone who is a book lover! Having a quarantine book club is perfectly manageable. Your book club can be as simple as reading a book of your choice and then watching the movie about the book over Zoom. Some other of my favorite books we have read for the book club in the past are “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott and any novel by Jane Austen (I love “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma”). My other book recommendations: “The Hunger Games” Trilogy & “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”- Suzanne Collins “Anne of Green Gables”-L.M Montgomery “A Thousand Splendid Suns”-Khaled Hosseini “Water for Elephants”-Sara Gruen I use the app “Hoopla” to borrow free audio and ebooks through the Pueblo Library. All you need is a library card to start an account! https://www.pueblolibrary.org/digitalmedia “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”-Mason Cooley


4 Profile: Chad Pickering By Rebecca VanGorder Chad Pickering is the Director of the Writing Room at Colorado State University Pueblo as well as the General Education Tutoring Center or Gened Tutoring Center. Pickering earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Hawaii and a masters in English as well with a formal specialization in rhetoric and composition. He enjoyed his work as a student in a writing center so much that he chose to pursue working in that type of environment as a career path that utilizes his particular skill set. Pickering’s passion for his craft is evident in his desire to help anyone with their writing and his hopes of getting the word out that the Writing Room is open, even if not physically. The Writing Room and the Gened Tutoring Center both report to Pickering and both occupy the same space in LARC 251. Pickering went into detail in differentiating the two tutoring programs. To boil it down, the Writing Room deals with writing in all its varieties and forms and the Gened Tutoring Center is subject specific tutoring for lower division courses. The Writing Room is where peer tutors talk about writing. Pickering encourages writers of all types to visit and have their writing looked at even if they believe they don’t need the help. Tutoring does not equate to ineptitude and Pickering wants to “disabuse” people of that belief. Pickering said, “There is a value, an almost innate value, in just sitting down and talking to a peer about a piece of writing that you’re working on, whether you need one or not, because getting feedback and support and suggestions from a tutor can only help you.” Through the online appointment management platform WC Online, students can create an account with their student emails. They can then access the Writing Room calendar “where they can book synchronous online sessions (via Zoom) with any of the available writing tutors.” If a student prefers a more asynchronous approach, he or she can use the OWL or Online Writing Lab option. The instructions for this are on the Writing Rooms site. And don’t forget that for next semester, students will need their NetIDs activated which is a must by Dec. 18. Pickering said, “I try to emphasize that it does not matter what kind of writing or a member of the university community is working on, if they are working on something that even remotely resembles writing in the broadest possible designation, then it absolutely counts.” The Gened Tutoring Center is focused on the CHASS disciplines as there are tutoring services for the non-humanities and social sciences courses elsewhere. Even Pickering admits that these can be confusing. “When I mention humanities and social sciences, I have in mind such disciplines as history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, polisci, literature, stuff like that,” Pickering said. He points out that the most sought-after tutors are those for world languages such as Spanish and Italian. In anticipation of this, Pickering tries to have those tutors ready at the beginning of the semester. Most others are generally by request since they aren’t often needed, for example Sociology 201 is covered and through his six years at CSU Pueblo, Pickering has yet to have a request for that course. Pickering is also a gamer in his off time and leans toward open world action-adventure role-playing games like the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) aren’t as appealing as single player story driven games with big open worlds to him. So fellow gamers, you may not be able to play with him after getting help with your writing, but you can animatedly discuss games with him.

Micro-Internships? Yes, Please!! By Alexis Vigil The CSU Pueblo Career Center is excited to announce that we have recently partnered with Parker Dewey. This partnership is an opportunity for our students to take part in short-term, professional, paid work experiences through Micro-Internships. These opportunities are facilitated through the Parker Dewey platform. Through Micro-Internships, students can demonstrate their skills, explore career paths, and develop professional networks. Unlike a traditional internship, these paid opportunities typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, are usually due between 1-week and 1-month after kick-off, and many can be completed remotely. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to emerging start-ups, and go across

departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. With Micro-Internships, students can develop professional skills, connect with employers across a variety of industries, and earn some extra money. In addition, by engaging these companies earlier, students can help enhance their work experience for future internships and career opportunities. For more information Create an account here: https://info. parkerdewey.com/csupueblo Or contact: Allie Hall-Vanhook 719-549-2583 allison.hallvanhook@csupueblo.edu

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Getting through the Holidays during a Pandemic

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By Samantha Medina

This holiday season is like no other. Celebrating the holidays from a distance has definitely taken its toll. Every year families gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas while enjoying home cooked meals. This year was not like that. Many people spent their Thanksgiving away from their loved ones to keep eachother safe from this global pandemic. Now that we head into the Christmas season it is going to be even harder being away from the people you love. Many have found it difficult to stay positive during these times. Being away from family and not doing your usual routine has been hard. Here are a few tips to keep yourself positive and busy during this pandemic while going through the holidays. Call your loved ones Whether it is over the phone, face to face calls, texting or even a nice letter and postcard, get in touch with them. Being socially distanced from the people you love is no fun but it’s what keeps everyone safe. Checking up on your family, make sure they’re doing okay. Catch up with some friends, update each other on your lives. Keeping in touch with everyone will help you majorly through this time. Get some Rest It’s so hard in our busy schedules to actually get some good rest. Now with the pandemic, it seems like our lives are even busier while trying to stay healthy and safe. Getting enough rest is helpful for your mind, body and soul. With little rest, you’ll find yourself stressed, frustrated, tired, and overall just weak. Give your body a chance to relax. Consider Giving Back During this time people are struggling with many different issues. It doesn’t help that a global pandemic is added to our list of things to stress about. This is a time to be thankful for what you have in your life. Consider donating to a food bank or a charity. Any act of kindness will make you feel pure happiness inside. Even just expressing thanks to a loved one or friend. Make someone’s day! Find a New Hobby You may find yourself bored or out of ideas to do anything. Finding a new hobby may be a good thing to consider. Find a good book to read to keep you busy and entertained. Cook a new recipe. Spend some time in the kitchen and cook up a tasty meal. Coloring is another fun and busy hobby to do. Adult coloring books are so fascinating and bring out your creative side. Clean! Cleaning may not sound like the greatest thing to do but to many it is very therapeutic. Go through your closet and throw out what you don’t need. Do a little bit of dusting, vacuuming, or even mopping. Cleaning your home just makes things better and easier in your life.

Watch ‘Wonder Woman 1984 at Home During Break! By Alexis Vigil

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is simultaneously debuting on HBO Max and in select theaters on Christmas Day in the United States or on Dec. 16 in the international market. The film was expected to be one of the biggest of the year with a chance to make about $1 billion globally before the pandemic happened and theaters around the world closed. Now it will settle for being the biggest debut in streaming history. Warner Bros.’ studio announced the streaming partnership with HBO MAX on Nov. 18. The film will be available on the service at no additional charge to subscribers (you can start a seven-day free trial or resubscribe and pay $14.99 a month). The ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ film will continue to play on the service and in theaters and then will be released on demand, for digital rental and for purchase. The first ‘Wonder Woman’ film is one of the most important under the Warner Bros. film titles. It’s one of the studio’s most popular and made about $800 million worldwide. It’s clear that both Warner Bros. and HBO Max are hoping for a successful outcome. HBO Max has brought in more than 8 million activations since launching in May of this year.


8 Dazzeling Lights of Downtown Pueblo By Cristina Diaz

With the New Year on the horizon and COVID numbers the highest Pueblo has seen, take a moment to breathe and get some exercise by walking around Pueblo’s historical downtown area. It is lit up with holiday spirit from the Riverwalk down to Neon Alley, there’s something to make everyone smile. Grab your loved ones, get some coffee and enjoy a walk around the River Walk and enjoy seeing all the lights and amazing decorations.


9 Gingerbread Cookie Bites By Samantha Medina

Ingredients

1 package Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix ½ cup 1 stick butter, softened 1 egg 1-2 TBSP holiday sprinkles

Instructions

Place Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix, butter and egg in a medium sized bowl. Stir until dough forms. Line an 8x8 glass baking dish with plastic wrap. Press dough into the pan evenly. Top with sprinkles and press into dough. Cover and freeze for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove pan from freezer and lift dough out with plastic wrap. Cut dough into 1/2” squares. Separate squares on a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving 1” between each piece of dough. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit 3-4 minutes, then transfer gingerbread bites to a cooling rack.

Notes

Prep 10 mins + 20 minutes freezing time + 7 minutes baking time= 37 minutes

Pretzel Turtle Recipe

By Alexis Vigil

Ingredients 1 bag small salted pretzels 1 bag ROLO candy 1 bag pecan halves Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. 2. Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place one chocolate caramel candy on each pretzel. 3. Bake for 4 minutes. While the candy is warm, press a pecan half onto each candy covered pretzel. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


10 Winter Weather Kit Must Haves for Travel By Rebecca VanGorder

We all know that Colorado’s weather can be like a crazy ex, so with winter just around the corner and break about to start, is your winter weather kit prepared for travel? Here are some items that everyone should have in their vehicles prior to winter travel: • A shovel – A simple foldable shovel is compact and easily stored in a trunk or backseat. A quick search on Amazon brings up plenty of affordable options. • Safety absorbent or cat litter – Both of these can help create traction for a stuck vehicle and both are fairly cheap to get your hands on. • Jumper cables! – To be fair, everyone should have a set of these regardless of the state they live in or the weather they encounter. It’s a good investment to keep in your vehicle. • Cold weather gear – Whether you keep your favorite Spiderman long johns, or the blanket nana made you in your vehicle doesn’t matter. Just make sure you have something that keeps you warm and preserves your body heat. Also keep an extra set of gloves and a hat for those just in case moments. • Chains – Colorado has chain laws for many areas and it’s just good sense to have them if you live in or are visiting an area where heavy snow is generally expected. As a side note, avoid rear wheel drive vehicles in the winter here too. • First aid kit – Basic injuries need not become another layer in a miserable situation so keep a first aid kit handy and stocked for all your everyday needs. It wouldn’t hurt to have some specialty items as well like compression bandages or anticoagulant. • Tools – Have a basic tool kit just for your vehicle. You never know when you’ll need that Phillips head screwdriver. Include duct tape and some WD40 (good to -50 degrees) and you have yourself the basics for many small fixes on the road. Many stores from Lowe’s to Walmart and so on have some sort of small tool set for less than $30. • Flashlight – No one wants to be left in the dark. Add in some crazy snow and being stuck on the side of the road and it’s downright scary out there. Keep a flashlight and some extra batteries handy to light your way or even alert others to your presence in the middle of that snow drift. • Candles – Everyone likes a good candle lit evening watching the snow fall right? Maybe not stuck on the road but hey let’s make the best of a bad situation. A candle in a metal can is a good source of heat that is far safer than leaving the vehicle running. • Low-tech entertainment – keeping some pens and pencils and even some crayons around with some paper and coloring books can help pass the time and may come in handy if you need to write down important info, like that guy’s license plate or insurance info who slid into you. Some reading material (I know, more reading) to keep you entertained is helpful as well. • Snacks and water – Keep some sort of nonperishable foods like protein bars in your vehicle as well as at least a gallon of water. Gotta stay hydrated. Things like dried cereal, trail mix, and even jerky are great items to consider keeping on hand, though twinkies will probably survive the apocalypse so they might be nice too. Stay safe on the roads this winter and prepare for the worst with the hope for the best.

Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season By Katherine Dunn This year has brought financial hardships for many people because of the unpredictability of job certainty due to COVID-19. This gives us an opportunity to support members of our community with our donations. Donating is a good way to give back to your community this season! Toys and clothes that go untouched throughout the year, can bring joy to those going through tough struggles. This creates a fun way to give back to your community in a very simple way. There are certain places you could donate to like the Salvation Army, that will distribute your care package for you. Each year the Salvation Army conducts Angel Tree to bring joy to every child to bring them the Christmas joy they deserve regardless of financial hardships. Learn more about their mission at https://westernusa.salvationarmy.org/intermountain_us_west/ angel-tree/?_ga=2.16423732.325796390.16069338712120955566.1606933871


11 Ways to Stay Hot Through the Winter By Harmony Clearo

Holiday season is in full swing. School is out and students are going home to their families. It’s a beautiful time to eat, drink and be merry. The season brings joy, but it also brings the pounds. However, this year could be different. In these difficult times, a lot of students might be out of a job leaving them with nothing to do but raid the fridge all day. But worry not, Thunderwolves! This article will equip you with a few ways to keep your jeans buttoning and your spirits high with exercise endorphins this winter break. Nobody likes cardio. But this workout is just long enough to get the heart pumping and not completely kill you. Try this link; https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ml6cT4AZdqI. It’s a 30 minute at- home cycle that requires no equipment and is easy enough if you are a beginner. Get those happy juices flowing! Being with the family is a love- hate thing for many people. If your family is like most, then they might add a little stress to your holiday season. If you find yourself feeling anxious after a long day of shopping or wrapping gifts, try “Yoga with Adriene.” She guides you through all the staple poses slowly and offers videos for multiple and unique situations like yoga for back pain and yoga for when you feel “dead inside.” The channel offers beginner levels and up, and it’s the perfect way to unwind without leaving the living room. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=b1H3xO3x_Js Mom’s homemade tortillas are always fun to eat by the dozen, but maybe this season, portion control can be a fun thing to try as well. In no way should anyone deprive themselves of indulging in Christmas dinner and especially not dessert. But there are easy ways to modify some of your favorite meals to make them less caloric and just as tasty. Amanda Meixner is an Instagram influencer that gives modified recipes by the boatload. She keeps things realistic by comparing what society tells you is healthy to what is actually healthy. Meixner offers great advice in keeping things in moderation, which is ideal for the holidays. So if you want to find a way to make your pumpkin pie a little healthier this year, follow @meowmeix on Instagram. Motivation over holiday break might be the hardest thing to find. However, if you are feeding your body with cleaner ingredients and moving enough, it will come much easier. If you find yourself glued to the couch, though, Instagram hashtags might help to energize you a bit. Follow #motivationmonday or #inspiration for quotes, photos and videos that will make you want to run around the neighborhood a couple times. All the pep talk you need is right inside your social media apps. Although winter break is only a few weeks, it’s a few weeks that can either weaken or strengthen you. It’s your choice. When you are with your family this holiday season, enjoy, but enjoy in moderation. Your spring break body will thank you for it.

Students’ Favorite Holiday Movies By Cristina Diaz

With the holiday season in full swing, people are getting ready to cozy up with some of their favorite movies to watch to get in the spirit! CSU Pueblo students were asked what their goto holiday movies are and they held any memories to it.

Sierra Gomez says “I think my favorite holiday movie is ‘Elf’ with Will Ferrell. It’s my favorite because it always makes me laugh and I guess my favorite memory of it is watching it with my family for the first time when I was little.”

Isaiah Marquez says “My favorite holiday movie is ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ because I like comedy movies and Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are some of my favorite actors. My favorite memory watching it was at the theaters with my middle school best friends I haven’t seen in a long time.”

Faizah Howards says “My favorite holiday movie is ‘Elf’ because it’s crazy funny and I love Will Ferrell. My favorite memory happened when I was about 10. My mom gathered our family together to watch it after making us hot cocoa and popcorn.”

Jack Schauer says “My favorite holiday movie would probably be ‘Christmas Vacation.’ All the cast in the movie is so likeable and funny and the movie is produced and written so well. My favorite memory of watching it is every year sitting down with my family on Christmas Eve and watching Christmas movies. Christmas vacation is almost always the first one.”

Maria Diaz says“My favorite holiday movie is the ‘Polar Express.’ The entire concept of the movie made my childhood dreams become so real the thought of being one of those kids was a dream of mine. My favorite memory from watching is the excitement of the big Christmas holiday and knowing it was time for presents, this movie will always bring out the little kid inside of me”.


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Shifting Traditions By Rebecca VanGorder As Christmas approaches many people are anxious and frustrated with the way the 2020 holiday season is progressing. Between arguments over the efficacy and necessity of mask mandates and the separation millions of people are feeling because of COVID-19, there’s a lot of negativity going around. People have every right to feel that, but what are we losing when focusing on what we can’t control? My family has had the tradition of putting up our Christmas tree on the Saturday following Thanksgiving for decades now. It’s something I have shared with my kids as they grow older and something I hope they continue with their someday families. This tradition has been an anchor in times of turbulence and change. And this year it didn’t happen.

The tree has been delayed for so many reasons: finishing a move, severe knee injury, massive toothaches, a cough (not corona) that bruised ribs and pulled muscles. My husband and I have been battling our own bodies and the clock to get fully moved out of our apartment and into our new house and some of what that cost was tradition. My son woefully remarked on the lack of tree prior to December 1 and let us know that he was not okay with this change then went back to happily playing and watching cartoons after the reassurance that we would put it up next weekend. He adapted to the change far better than I did. I was teary eyed when the tree wasn’t even pulled out by the end of Saturday. I look to my son and see the kind of grace and willingness to compromise that many adults have lost or neglected. While holding onto the traditions of the past and making those memories are important, being flexible and willing to adjust our plans is something we all need to work on. That goes for traditions and everything else. We will still hold to the many tree decorating traditions that my family has shared for years like hot cocoa and those sugar cookies in a tin covered with sugar crystals (colored instead of clear this year) and Christmas music as we bicker about ornament placement. It just got shifted in our time of need. Remember going into this season to be humble and gracious and most of all kind to others. After all, this is the season of hope.

What to Read Over Break By Katherine Dunn Snuggle up with some of my favorite books over winter break!

How to Love Kate Corugno

This book is about a girl who falls in love at a very young age with this boy. Throughout the book, the narrator jumps between the past and the present. Each chapter alternates between past and present. It’s a coming of age story where you get to experience two passionate people fall in and out of love. Will they ever end up together?

99 Days Kate Corungo

This book is about a girl graduating from her senior year of high school. She’s fallin in love with multiple guys but there’s only one guy she really wants to know.

Catch a Falling Star Kim Culbertson

This book is about a hometown girl who isn’t famous and isn’t well known other than by her two best friends. One day she accidentally bumps into someone who changes her world upside down. She She has 99 days to tell him how she feels strikes a deal girl in her high school would before she leaves for Boston and she never kill for, but to her, it’s just business. sees him again. Her business deal winds up creating more Does she make it in time? Does he love her chaos in her life when she accidentally falls back? Does she stay behind with him? in love with the one person she shouldn’t.


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Holiday Favorites

By Kelly Keogh

This winter is a season like no other, especially with the holidays. it’s important to remain safe while also trying to keep that holiday spirit. To find out what students at Colorado State University Pueblo were looking forward to this holiday season, several of them were asked what they enjoy most. Colleen Moore, 19, “My favorite part of the holidays are family, friends, and good food. I don’t get to see all of my family except for holidays because they live in other states and are busy. Friends are a big part of the holidays for me too because there have been some past holidays where I only had friends to spend it with when I went through hard times with my parents. Good food is important because who could pass up a good meal, especially now since I’m in college I don’t get that many home cooked meals anymore so on holidays I get a lot of good home made food!” Sean John, 22, “I like the happiness that everybody brings around during the season. I like giving gifts. That’s one of my love languages, and the family is super important to me as well and we get together every year.” Hayley Kuskie, 24, “Spending time with my family is the greatest part about the holidays. Its the one time a year that my entire family gets together and I get to see the ones I usually don’t. I also like to drive around and see all the different Christmas lights and how everyone decorates their homes differently. I used to enjoy when my family would go up to the mountains and cut our tree down and then go home and decorate it. I liked this because it was a cool experience picking what tree we wanted and having to hike it back to the car.” Alexa Moreno, 22, “My favorite things to do during the holidays is spend time with my family, make cookies, and take family pictures because every year we choose a new cookie/dessert to make. Every year we change the theme of the photos so it’s creating new memories each time!” Brooklin Lebon, 23, “My favorite things to do during the holidays is spend time with all my family and eat a variety of food!! I love decorating the house for the holidays as well!” Fabian Cocoa, 24, “Snowboarding is super fun, I love to do that when the snow is good. Going out and sledding is another good one to do with the family, any playing in the snow actually. Getting together with the family for the holidays is my favorite whilst hanging with my friends for New Years is a tradition.”


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