Thursday, January 27, 2021
Spring 2021 Issue #1
Colorado State University Pueblo
The Today Student News
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Students’ Thoughts on Remote Learning for the Spring Semester 2021 By Katie Meeks
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Breanna Montoya Contributor
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There is no question that the limitations caused by COVID-19 are often frustrating and disrupting to the normalcy we were once accustomed to. Colorado State University Pueblo’s COVID-19 Response and Planning Team, as well as executive leadership, has ultimately made the decision to require all classes to be remote for the first two weeks of the semester. All learning will take place virtually, online over Zoom with no in-person classes.
obstacles that come in the form of technical issues, internet malfunctions or distractions. Remote learning, for some, is not the ideal way to get higher education. Mariah Cordova, junior business major, shares her thoughts on remote learning: “It’s really hard. There’s times I really just feel unmotivated, and I feel like I’m teaching myself the material sometimes instead of actually learning over Zoom.”
Cordova states that she felt more comfortable learning Unlike on campus, where in person, and the effects of students have regimented COVID-19 on her education have class times and breaks, remote been, for the majority, negative. learning allows students to largely create their own Jazlyn Rodriguez, senior mass schedules. While this might communications major from sound like a student’s dream Denver shares a differing scenario, many find the lack perspective. “I moved back of structure challenging. home to Denver over winter Not to mention the obvious break when I found out we
were going to be online, which is good to be around my family again. But, I miss being in person.” Rodriguez, after living on campus and losing a job to COVID-19 has come face to face with the frustrations of the limitations of the pandemic. Overall, remote learning proves to be a challenge for students who have hopes of returning to normalcy very soon.
Opinion: How is social media impacting your mental
health during the pandemic? By Tiffany Pettigrew
The Coronavirus pandemic is getting close to celebrating its one year anniversary of its debut in the world. Since then, we’ve seen the celebrations of health care workers, a revolutionary demand or social equality, a historical election season and communities coming together. Many people are making jokes of the “quarantine 15” where people gained weight from the pandemic, but not many are talking about the toll social media is taking on their mental health. From people documenting their favorite home cooked meals, work from home set-ups, and favorite home workouts there’s also the alternative side of those who are showing their vacations, parties and social gatherings, creating arguments online. A popular app throughout the stay at home orders and shutdowns was TikTok with over one billion users worldwide, 29.5% of users being between the ages of 20-29. With a wide audience, TikTok has been a place of controversy of masks and stay at home arguments. Popular influencer, James Charles, known for being Covergirl’s first male ambassador, has 34.4 million followers on the app. Back in December Charles came under fire when he met up with other popular influencers on documenting fun times without wearing masks. Many users called out the group to the point where he had to address that the group had taken COVID-19 test and came back negative. That comment made users upset at the fact that the group used tests to essentially hang out together instead of staying home and letting the test be accessible to those like frontline essential workers. The users on the app called out Charles and the rest of the group for using their privilege as an excuse not to take the pandemic as seriously as they need to. On the other hand, many users are taking advantage of the likelihood of going viral to show the proper wear of a mask, show at home alternatives to social gatherings, documenting their COVID-19 test and even showing their journey of getting the vaccine. These responses are more positive due to the informational nature of the videos. But the question still remains: Is social media affecting your mental health? Regardless of platform, it seems like there’s always a debate to be had. Coming off a high-tensed political season, people are still arguing over if the election was legitimate, if masks are effective or if the vaccine is even safe. The, once, place to escape to is now the place to escape from. In a time where opinions and misinformation can be spread in an instant, how important is it for us to stay connected on a platform that may make us feel like we’re constantly losing? It’s time to put down our devices and take a breath to remember what’s important in real life.
Hungry for Love By Morgan Manns
Feel like something is missing? Need something to cuddle on those cold winter nights? Maybe you need something to show off when your friends whip out photos of their kids. Whatever the case may be, here is your solution, Porkchop. He is a Tabby andDomestic Short haired mixed cat who would be great in a home with children as well as being housetrained. This perfect Porkchop is up to date with his vaccines and is spayed. He currently resides at PAWS for Life Animal Shelter, but he would love to join a loving family where he can be his handsome self. Porkchop is about 2 years old and still has many years of head scratches ahead of him. Volunteers at PAWS say that he acts just like a dog and will do whatever it takes for a little loving. If you’re interested in Porkchop or another one of his friends, you can call the shelter at (719) 543-6464 where you can set up an appointment to see if little Porkchop will be a good fit for you.
3 Cupid has Covid By Scarlett Rose
This Valentine’s Day is bound to look a little different than the others from past years. With COVID-19 still spreading throughout cities and states you may be finding yourself wondering what you can do to still make this night special for you and your significant other. With Pueblo County’s safety dial being located at “high risk” in the orange category as of January 25th, 2021. This means that things are starting to open up with very low capacity and citizens of pueblo county are strongly advised to stay at home. With that being said your special someone still deserves to have more than another night of staying in the house doing nothing, let’s be honest we all had enough of that when we were on lock down. Here are 8 things you can do this Valentine’s day that are COVID Safe. If you decide to do something that is not a virtual event and outside of your home, please remember to wear your mask. Make a reservation at a restaurant along the river walk, call soon because of limited capacity. Cook dinner at home and turn on your zoom for a virtual comedy show. KO Comedy club special and Stand up 101 are both hosting virtual events on valentines day. You can find more information about KO Comedy club special and Stand up 101 on www.eventbrite.com. Watch a virtual concert together and rock out at home. Artists like Stephen Kellogg, Jenny Reynolds, Keith Harkin, Chris Garneau, Emmet Cahill, Steven Wynn, and more. These events can be found on www.gigs.guide. For all the gym junkie couples, you can find a virtual full body workout class on the morning on February 14th at 11:00- 11:30 a.m. Start off your valentine’s day together by staying fit and healthy. You can find this event on Circuitworks.com. What is more romantic than Romeo and Juliet? The Virtual Repertory Theater Collective will be virtual showing their Romeo and Juliet play on February 13th and 14th. You can purchase tickets for this virtual showing on www.eventbrite.com. Tinsel Town Cinemas is finally back open! If you and your significant other love to cuddle up and watch a movie, check out Tinsel Town’s movies and buy your tickets ahead of time. If you enjoy painting or have never tried it, check out www.eventbrite.com for Yaymaker’s “Family Paint Party”. Grab your tickets and get ready for a night filled with creativity and fun. Ever dreamed of being in a flash dance bubt have always been too shy? www.MindBodyonline.com is hosting a Virtual Flash dance class on Valentines day. You and your significant other can dance the night away via Zoom and have fun learning and laughing with each other. No matter what you and your Valentine choose to do this Valentine’s day, make sure you are having fun, keeping you and your community safe, and enjoying this day dedicated to love.
Dating during COVID-19 By Bekah Diaz
Dating is hard. Dating during Covid-19 is excruciating. Maybe you feel like you’re living through a dating app; or you’re dying for a meetup, but your quarantine crush is too nervous for a socially distanced walk; or even though you’ve never crossed paths with your Tinder match in real life, you feel like you’re falling in love. Because there’s not much else to do in quarantine, dating can also feel all-consuming. Running out of swipes on Tinder is inconvenient. Social interaction looks different during any pandemic and right now during the coronavirus pandemic finding love is tough. Online dating sites report record use as lonely singles look for someone to enrich their lives for a day, a month, or even forever. Dating in the age of COVID-19 is simpler in some ways, yet in addition to the regular fear of rejection, there’s now also the fear of infection.
Beating Father Time In Football
By Seth Six
Photo courtesy of www.clutchpoints.com
Any given game in the NFL playoffs is sure to draw a lot of attention around the country. It’s almost a tradition in many households, even if their team isn’t in the running for the coveted Lombardi Trophy. This year, a matchup many had hoped for came around once again as two NFC rivals clashed to move on to the division title game. The “new face” of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, future Hall Of Famers, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, faced off against the perennial contenders from New Orleans, The Saints. On the face value, this game drew lots of attention based off of the two previous games they had played against one another this season already, the Saints taking both wins in Week 1 (34-23) and Week 7 (38-3). The two wins helped the Saints to a 12-4 record along with the second seed in the NFC side of the playoffs. Their first round matchup came against the seventh seeded Bears, which they won comfortably 21-9. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, had quite the roller coaster of a regular season. Along with their two losses to The Saints, they dropped games to The Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Los Angles Rams to finish out at 11-5 along with the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs. Tampa Bay would travel to Washington, D.C. for their first round matchup against the NFC East division winners, The Washington Football Team. Washington and Tampa Bay played a close game, but the Buccaneers would prevail with strong offense to win the game 31-23. This set up what fans had been waiting to see, the third and final matchup between two division rivals, two well balanced teams and two all time greats at quarterback. Brady and Drew Brees have always been two players that have defied father time and remained in the game of football for so long. Brady, in his 21st season and first with a new team, has been regarded as one of the best football players of all time, being crowned a Super Bowl champion six times in his career, along with being the all time leader in passing completions, combined touchdowns and a multitude of other career accolades. In contrast, Brees has 20 NFL seasons under his belt, along with one Super Bowl, the current standing leader in all time passing yards, like Brady, a plethora of other accomplishments. With all this behind them, it was time for an epic showdown in New Orleans. The Saints opened up the scoring early with a field goal with just under five minutes of the game being played. After adding another later in the quarter, The Saints led 6-0 after one quarter of play. Both Brady and Brees had only 55 yards of passing between the two, trying to figure out how to break the others defense. Tampa looked to control the game in the 2nd quarter, getting a field goal of their own to take their deficit down to three. On the ensuing Saints drive, Brees under threw a pass intended for Michal Thomas, having it intercepted and returned by The Buccaneers defender Sean Bunting to the Saints three yard line. This set up The Bucs to take the lead on a Brady to Mike Evans’ throw, making the score 10-6 with ten minutes left to go in the half. The Saints responded quickly, but not with the help of Brees, who was substituted out for a play, leaving backup Jamis Winston to throw a 56 yard touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith, taking the lead back for New Orleans at 13-10. After a few more unsuccessful offensive drives for both teams, Brady and The Buccaneers rushed down the field before halftime to grab one last field goal, tying the game up at 13 before the break. The Saints, getting the ball out of halftime, took the lead right back as Brees was finally able to get his first touchdown, connecting with Tre’Quan Smith again to go up 20-13. After that scoring drive, the Saints would fail to score for the rest of the game. Brees would go on to throw two more interceptions, and Tampa Bay would go on to score 17 unanswered points to take the game 30-20 in New Orleans. With time expiring, Brees could be seen on the sidelines with backup quarterback Jamis Winston, telling him “it’s your team now,” leading many analysts to believe this was Brees’s last game in the NFL. After both teams left the playing field, Brees and Brady were filmed talking it out one last time on the field, Brady even playing catch with Brees’s sons. Brees has come out publicly since the game saying he would need some time to ponder over his future in the game, while Brady and the Bucs prepared for the division championship matchup with the Green Bay Packers.
Colorado’s New Congresswoman’s First Impression By Breanna Montoya
Colorado’s Newest Congresswoman, Lauren Boebert, made an image of herself in Washington D.C. Boebert advised her colleagues to tweet Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s location during the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol. Tennessee congressman Steven Cohen mentioned he and others saw Congressman Boebert taking a group of people for a tour around the U.S. Capitol. “I am doing the job that I was elected to do. I promised the voters that sent me to D.C. that I would be their voice, that I would take a stand for the constitution. That I would put America first, that I would put Colorado first, and that’s exactly what I am doing.” said by Boebert. More than 32,000 Centennial Staters signed a petition to get her out of office. As of January 7th, more people continue to call out Boebert for her rebellious actions. Boebert responded to the crisis by blocking several people on Twitter who made the claims. Boebert blocked Colorado Representative Bri Buenello from Pueblo, and Buenello sued the Congresswoman in federal court because of her actions. Surpassing 60 community leaders, local organizations, including lawmakers, all of whom signed a letter for Congressman Boebert and Representative Doug Lamborn to resign from office for supporting the efforts to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election. January 13th, Boebert voted against Former President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment for his role in the tragic mob that took over the capital building. Boebert’s Twitter account was placed on suspension until after Bidens Inauguration Day. Boeberts communications director resigned after less than two weeks on the job.
Student Athlete Updates By Stuart Symington With a strange year in the rear view mirror, we all look ahead into 2021. The last year was very interesting as we walked into a new normal, as we moved into distant learning and working because of the virus. There were several changes to the year not only in learning in working but also athletics as every sports season was cancelled due to COVID-19. We look forward to getting back into the groove of being able to actually play through our sports seasons. 2021 is a big year for athletics because of the cancellation last year and not being able to go through the designed season. As students return back, they will now have to face a new normal with new rules and protocols that have been implemented to ensure the safety of each and every athlete. Having to test either daily or weekly will now be something that everyone has to do in order to move forward and keep everyone safe while being able to perform. As of now, the football coaches and players are back in the pack house to get ready for the new season in hopes there are no bumps in the road that take it away again. Coaches are able to be in the building in a hybrid type way. Three days in the building and the others through Zoom trying to get through meetings and prepare for the spring practices and also the fall season. Wearing masks everywhere on campus and getting a COVID-19 test weekly will definitely help ensure that everyone is safe, it is important to follow these rules so that the athletes and staff can get back to the normal of preparation. Lifting weights and conditioning is a huge part that goes into the preparation for the season, with assigned groups and times so that the capacity is at the right amount. Doing so will keep the athletes organized and the spread down. This also goes for all other sports as well, the Basketball teams will have to test daily in order to practice. With the help of CSU Pueblo Chief Strategic Officer Donna Souder-Hodge, the university and the athletic department are entering the 2021 part of the athletic season with a plan in place. Whether it will work depends on those involved. Here are the details of the new plan: • The university is using Spartan Medical as a resource, a company that has dealt with military assistance, the Indianapolis 500 and the NCAA, so it is familiar with sports. • Spartan Medical is contracted to test anyone who is on campus and can also do contact tracing. It will work closely with university and public health officials to determine quarantining and will help determine when those who test positive can return to participation. • All student-athletes will be monitored and won’t be able to practice without a negative test. • Practices will be held in small groups to help contain the spread of the virus. • Participants are required to wear masks and remain socially distanced. Hoping that this plan works, athletes and coaches remain optimistic about actually being able to practice and play for the upcoming season.
6 Required Weekly Covid-19 Testing- What Students Can E By Alexis Vigil
The University has partnered with Spartan Medical to provide weekly PCR and antigen testing to students, faculty and staff members who are living, working and learning on campus- at no cost. This means that weekly Covid-19 testing will be required for anyone who steps foot on campus. Testing will be required at every level of the Colorado Covid-19 dial. Testing must be done at a minimum of once per week. Please note these tests must be administered at Colorado State University Pueblo. Dr. Donna Souder Hodge, the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of Organizational Development at CSU Pueblo, said, “It’s about making sure our campus community and our community at large really understand the role we’re playing and the efforts that we’re going (through) to keep everyone safe.” (Quote taken from Rev 89 Productions Podcast T-Wolf Talk Episode 269). Zach Randall is a student at CSU Pueblo, he lives on campus and is double majoring in media communications and criminology. He already went through the process of taking his first test on campus so that he could go to the bookstore and buy the
books that he needs for his classes. The testing location is the Walking Stick Club House. They have QR codes posted so that you can use your cellphone-for Android you use a QR scanner and on iPhone you use your camera. This sends you to a link to fill out a registration form and asks information like name, date of birth and insurance. Then you get in line to sign in and the staff will ask you more questions and call your name when it’s your turn to get tested. This was Ranndall’s first time getting a Covid test and he said that it wasn’t as bad as he expected but his eyes watered and his nose burned for about 15 minutes after. It took about two days for him to get his results and there will be checkpoints on campus. Randall said, “it’s kind of a little annoyance but it is necessary,” on his personal thoughts about being tested weekly. Here is everything else you need to know about testing according to the campus operations master plan: ABOUT TESTING & SPRING SAFETY Beginning in the spring semester, CSU Pueblo will be collaborating with Spartan Medical to provide NO COST COVID-19
testing to all students as part of the existing coverage students have through the Wolfpack Wellness Center. Likewise, all employees who are living, learning, and working on the Pueblo campus will continue to have access to free COVID-19 testing, both antigen and PCR, thanks to our new partnership. Based on the recommendation of the Pueblo County Public Health Department and pursuant to the Public Health Emergency Response Policy, the University is requiring that all students and employees who come to campus be tested. The Policy states, “in response to a public health emergency or potential health emergency, the President of CSU Pueblo, in consultation with the Chancellor of the CSU System, may take such action as needed to comply with public health emergency guidance and recommendations.” Testing will be required at every level of the Colorado COVID-19 Dial (Fig 1). Failure to comply with the testing requirement may result in removal from campus or student housing, if applicable.
TESTING REQUIREMENTS* *Subject to change Testing is required at every level of the Colorado COVID Dial. General Campus COVID-19 Testing Information All students and employees who are working, teaching, living, learning, or Mandated, weekly surveillance testing will accessing any be conducted at the Walking Stick Testing Site Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. services or offices on the CSU Pueblo campus will be required to test, at a The Wolfpack Wellness Center will remain minimum, once a week. the primary resource for point-of-care services during spring 2021. All employees and students will receive additional direction for creating a secure The WWC may refer students or employees account on the â€œCSU Pueblo Smart Return to the Walking Stick Testing Site to receive to Workâ€? portal before arriving to campus. a confirmatory PCR test. All employees, resident students, and Testing must be completed, and results student athletes will be required to received, before anyone may go to their immediately test upon their return to destination on campus. Those who will campus, before accessing facilities, be on campus more frequently must be buildings, offices, or services. retested every 72 hours. If your first day of work (or class or activity) occurs on a The CSU Pueblo Smart Return to weekend or before 8am (or after 5pm), you Work portal will require a daily health must schedule testing for the last working assessment of all employees and will be day (9am-5pm) before your first day on your portal for registering for tests, and campus if you will arrive to campus on the receiving weekly results. weekend or before testing hours Tests must be administered at CSU Pueblo. Supervisors must work with their employees to schedule on campus workdays to ensure testing requirements
are met. Student athletes will receive direction regarding testing requirements from the Athletic Department. Students who reside in campus housing will receive specific direction from Residence Life and Housing staff regarding testing. Students taking courses on campus may receive guidance on testing from their professors, campus communications, and the Office of the Dean of Students. University Partners, without a CSU Pueblo ID, may still receive an antigen COVID- 19 test at the Wolf Pack Wellness Center by appointment only. Call 719-549-2830. Testing is not available for non-CSU Pueblo individuals at this time.
“WandaVision” Is A Fascinating Combination Of Classic Sitcom And Modern Psychological Thriller By Winter Naomi Vera
Photo courtesy of Disney+ 2021 For years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU as it is usually called) has been strictly cinematic. There have been series on ABC and Netflix, but they seemed to be more adjacent to the continuity and not part of it. When all the MCU spinoff shows were announced, Disney made it clear that the MCU spinoff shows are canon, and had audiences wondering “What will they do with that?” Many thought that it would just be the films in a multi-episode series format. Then the trailer for “WandaVision” came out and it didn’t feel anything like the 22 films, or any comic-based series, except the reality-bending X-Men spinoff “Legion”. There’s the imaginary sitcom world in the middle of the real world that may or may not be a scientific anomaly threatening to rip the fabric of reality. “WandaVision” is a “classic sitcom” that picks up where “Avengers: Endgame” left off with the Scarlet Witch, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) and her android husband, Vision (Paul Bettany “Avengers: Infinity War”, “A Knight’s Tale”) back from the dead and just wanting to settle down in the idyllic small town of “Westview” and try to blend in as a “normal” couple. “WandaVision” is a reality-bending series, but it stands out from many other series in the same vein in its portrayal. When a modern series recreates a classic sitcom scenario, it’s either simply recycling the traditional tropes or it verges on parody in its portrayal. Each episode of “WandaVision” feels exactly like an episode of a sitcom from each era of the genre’s history. The camera angles in the first episode are often wide shots in the first episode, like in the classic series from the fifties. When the next episode recreates the “Bewitched” setting, the production for the episode and camera angles change again to reflect that, and again in the 70s style episode. Additionally, each episode’s plot has similar plots of the series from each era. The “I Love Lucy” homage has the classic comic misunderstanding and physical comedy. The “Bewitched” homage has the “magic character is performing a magic show but has to hide their abilities and “The Partridge Family” ‘70s sees the couple expecting a new baby and the hijinks a super-powered pregnancy has on the surrounding world and it’s all as straightforward as those series as a sitcom. In each episode, Wanda and Vision are trying to hide their secret abilities from their neighbors, but Wanda is hiding something else too. The world isn’t real. Wanda was dead for five years before returning and in that time, she saw Vision die twice and lost her twin brother. To avoid the trauma, she’s created a sitcom world where Vision is alive and every day has a happy ending, but at a cost. The citizens of Westview like her friends Agnes (Kathryn Hahn “Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse”) and Geraldine (secretly Monica Rambeau, played by Tenoyah Parris from “Dear White People”) and Vision’s Boss and Boss’s wife, Mrs. Hart (Debra Jo Rupp, “That ‘70s Show”) among others are prisoners in her fabricated reality and at her mercy, if they disrupt her illusion. Those moments when those hiccups in Wanda’s reality occur, shift the comedy to a disturbing psychological thriller and back again in ways that, flow seamlessly into one another. One minute the audience sees Wanda having mishaps in the kitchen to prepare dinner for Vision’s boss, the next, the boss is choking and Wanda has to break her delusion long enough to save him. The queen bee head of a popular women’s organization, Dottie (Emma Caulfield Ford, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) hears a radio transmission “Who’s doing this to you Wanda?” and can’t remember who Wanda is. This mystery is just as engaging as the episodes themselves. What has Wanda become, what is she doing to the inhabitants of Westview, and does one of them benefit from it? The specially made commercials for each episode contain Easter eggs from other MCU films and tidbits from Wanda’s traumatic past that add to the mystery and make “WandaVision” a fascinating viewing experience, and there have only been three episodes so far with much more twists and turns guaranteed before the ninth episode releases. Olson has a tremendous range in the series. Her ‘50s sitcom star voice is spot on, and she can go from friendly to funny to disturbed and downright terrifying without skipping a beat. Those whose first memory of Bettany was seeing him walk naked down the road in “A Knight’s Tale” and have been missing his comedic roles will be very satisfied with this series. He can play the straight man and the hilarious drunk flawlessly and he has been entertaining throughout the series so far. Hahn as Agnes is one of the standouts and acts as a perfect Ethel to Olson’s Lucy but can also play the terrified hostage without missing a beat. What the next upcoming MCU series have in store for their viewers is unknown, but one thing is clear, there aren’t many shows like “WandaVision” and with a universe known for a specific formula, it feels like one of a kind in the MCU.
“Wonder Woman 1984” Is An “’80s Film” That Doesn’t Let The ‘80s Off The Hook By Winter Naomi Vera
When Patty Jenkins set the first “Wonder Woman” film during World War I, she could have easily made it a fun adventure film without really diving into the moral ambiguities, but she didn’t. The first film was an anti-war drama that explored the human nature of good and evil. What would Jenkins do with the 1980s, a decade that has provided a glut of nostalgic works? When most people look back on the 1980s they think back, not on the real world of the decade, but on the fantasy and adventure films of the decade, and most callbacks to the decade, like “Stranger Things” and “Thor: Ragnarok” are about recapturing the magic of the decade without really looking at what the real world was like in the decade. “Wonder Woman 1984” stands apart by doing both. The film recreates those fun, logic-defying cartoonish aspects of 1980s fantasy films but then shows the audience what it’s like stepping into the real world of the 1980s. It explores the celebration of consumerism and makes very clear why it was nothing to celebrate. The film is set in the ‘80s but does not let the decade off the hook. It’s an unflattering portrayal of the people then and says a lot about now. In the first film, Diana Prince(ss of Themyscira played by Gal Gadot) left her home with the first human she met, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and made a few friends on her journey to end the war. She failed but stayed to protect humanity. Her life since is not the fun happy hero fantasy in the mall seen at the beginning. After winking at the camera and returning to her personal life, she is alone. All her friends have died, either of old age or other causes, and, as Wonder Woman, she is an elusive unsolved mystery, while as a civilian, she is equally elusive, believing the only joy she had was with those she lost. She rarely interacts with anyone outside of her job at the Smithsonian, where she finds a potential new friend Dr. Barbara Minerva (Kristin Wiig) who is lacking self-confidence. In another part of Washington D.C., Latin American immigrant Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal “The Mandalorian”) is head of a struggling oil business who is determined to be a titan in the field by finding an artifact that promises to give, not only Diana, Max and Dr. Minerva, but every single person in the world, the one thing they each wish for most, but the stone may not be what it seems. Gadot shows not only a tremendous amount of strength and fierceness in the title role, and has a talent for coming off as natural as if she were just being herself in every scene, and has grown tremendously from her “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” days. She can also show tremendous amounts of vulnerability which provides the complexity inherent in the character. Pine’s performance as Steve Trevor, as well as the arc surrounding his return, is invaluable to the film and the overall story being told surrounding the three main characters. Kristen Wiig performs the role of awkward, but kind and witty Dr. Minerva and her transformation as Cheetah in a way that one would think she’s played a villain countless times, but the standout antagonist is Pascal as Maxwell Lord. There’s greater complexity to Maxwell Lord than the standard villainous 1980s businessman of other films and comics from the decade. His desire for more isn’t steeped in greed, but a desire to prove himself. There is real humanity, emotion and latent goodness in the character, which makes the audience feel for him and want to see him be a better man. He’s a person first. All the film’s characters are. “Wonder Woman 1984” is not an ‘80s style fantasy film with a clear cut hero vs. villain plot. The film boasts cleverly directed action sequences utilizing old school stunt work to get that ‘80s feel with scenes that feel reminiscent of “The Goonies” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” but it’s a film about truth. About taking apart the power fantasy and showing the audience people in the real ‘80s. That’s its strength. Diana is not just the hero. Maxwell Lord and Cheetah are not just villains. They’re human beings (Diana being human in essence) who end up on the path they do because of their life experiences, and the film is not afraid to show Diana in a less than flattering light, willing to trade the livelihood of one man for Steve, but it’s also not afraid to show that as bad as even the hero can be, there is hope. “Wonder Woman 1984” shows how those that care more about how far ahead of everyone they are, than how they get there, don’t deserve to be in that position. Additionally, it doesn’t lie to those who play fair, telling them that if they work hard enough they can make it to the stars. The truth is that it’s not that simple. No one can have it all, but they don’t have to be alone. Hans Zimmer’s score is just as powerful as his scores for “Man of Steel” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” with themes reminiscent of those two films as well as “The Prince Of Egypt.” There are some tracks from his score that could work very well for other films as well. The script (written by Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham) isn’t perfect. It leaves a few head-scratching moments, but it and the story are very unique in the comic book movie genre and while it’s not perfect, it’s not weak. Jenkins’ first film showed that there were no “good guys” or “bad guys” in World War I and, by extension, every war. She deconstructed the 1980s fantasy genre and the decade itself, showing how very similar to the present day it was, but also showing the potential for good in each generation’s citizens. The third film promises to explore the 2020s. If it’s like the previous two it will hold nothing back. “Wonder Woman 1984” is rated PG-13 for violence (including scenes of blood and riots), mild language and child endangerment. It’s now playing in theatres.
Winter Break Binge By Kelly Keogh
Over the past month, CSU Pueblo went on winter break. During this time, several new shows and movies were launched on various streaming platforms. To find out what to watch next, students and faculty were asked what their go to show was during their time away from campus. Rachel Moody, business major, “I read all of the Vampire Diaries books growing up, so this winter I decided to start watching all of the seasons that are currently up on Netflix. It has been available there for several years so I finally gave in. There are so many seasons, I think eight. If you are looking for a drama to watch I highly suggest this show. It was the perfect show for binge watching while at home for the holidays.” Madison Caire, health science, “I watched a few shows over the break. My favorites were The Crown, which depicts the life and marriage of Queen Elizabeth starting in the 1940’s, and Bridgerton. Bridgerton was about high society families in London and how their families interacted and relationships formed. This was by far my favorite show. The story line was interesting and the wardrobe was stunning.” Sam Lovato, Chair, Professor, media communications, “it’s funny you would ask because yes, in fact, I did binge watch the Game of Thrones over the break. I’ve never seen the GOT, I’ve seen clips on youtube etc. over the years but never a single episode. But now, the gore, the super high production values, the outstanding screenplay - good TV show, very entertaining. I hate television. It bores me to tears. I’ve seen The Mandalorian - decent. Other than that, I couldn’t name a single show on Netflix to save my life.” Sean Johnson, business management, “This break I watched The Queen’s Gambit. I loved this show. The strategic element of one on one chess was fun to watch. I enjoyed the overall plot of the show and how heartwarming the main character’s story was. I look forward to season two! if you haven’t watched it yet, I highly encourage it.” Corey, business major, “I probably watched every single episode of Schitts Creek within one week. There are 5 seasons and every single one is just as funny as the last. The whole story line is a rich family losing all their money and having to live in a town, Schitts Creek, that is full of the wildest characters. It was great comedic relief and I laughed more than I had in a while.”
Business as Usual By Jay Ramos
Local businesses are starting to open up their doors to the public. Restaurants, gyms, shopping centers, and many more stores are able to let people walk in. COVID-19 has definitely set back some business but Catholic Charities, a local business located here in Pueblo, Colorado who works with families who are in need, has been sticking through the roughest of patches. An employee who requested to remain anonymous spoke out on how Catholic Charities is doing and what the impact did to them. “COVID has extremely changed the ways we operate things in our system now, but we didn’t let that stop us. Instead of visiting homes face to face, we are able to use Zoom and chat with the families in need via webcam to help ensure public safety,” said Julia Ramos, Safe Care Provider, Catholic Charities. Following up with another question asking about with this minor setback, will there be any major comebacks. The employee proceeded with replying back with “yes most definitely, we are adding more food distributions to our everyday businesses, not just during quarantine,” said Ramos Catholic Charities earned the Diapers Distribution Award for the State of Colorado and also managed to successfully turn home visitations into a solution rather than a problem by the help of Zoom. “We have a variety of programs. We serve families with children who are in need. These programs are Parents as Teachers, Hippy, and SafeCare. We also assist with utilities. We help with payees with individuals with disabilities, provide home stability, and help nurturing parents,” said Ramos Very reassuring to know even through troubling times, there are people in our community willing to give a hand. If you like to be part of this helping community, Catholic Charities offers volunteering programs with their food distributions. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm mountain time. They are located 429 W 10TH Pueblo, Colorado.
Spring 2021 Issue #1