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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Spring 2021 Issue #4

Colorado State University Pueblo

The Today Student News

Contributors Constance Little

The Today Class Advisor

Tiffany Pettigrew

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Bekah Diaz Contributor

Kelly Keogh Contributor

Morgan Manns Contributor

Breanna Montoya Contributor

Jay Ramos Contributor

Scarlett Rose Contributor

Seth Six


Stuart Symington Contributor

Winter Naomi Vera Contributor

Gillian Hawken Contributor

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COVID-19 Weekly Testing No Longer Required for Students By Breanna Montoya

Colorado State University Pueblo’s Chief of Staff for the Office of the President, Niki Toussaint, announced that starting on March 1 2021, COVID-19 testing is no longer required on campus. The college campus positivity rate has fallen below 1 percent, and more than ten thousand tests have been conducted at the Walking Stick clubhouse since January 4, 2021. They have announced a Blue operational plan to reflect on new testing protocols by the beginning of March. Five students who attend Colorado State University Pueblo mentioned their perspectives on how they feel about the COVID-19 test no longer required. Shaynee Cruz: “I feel kinda stuck in the middle when it comes to COVID-19 testing no longer being required on campus because for one, they are risking us catching COVID-19 by not requiring us to test. Which could lead to a rise of cases on campus again. Also, by not requiring us to test and return to campus helps us feel like we are in a normal state again. In my opinion, I think testing should still be required for all students who want to be on campus, no matter what. “ Kate Dunn: “I like it because I’m pregnant and already have to deal with morning sickness everyday, I don’t get much like a q-tip shoved up my nose on top of that. I understand why its required, but for someone like me always has to be tested one less test is fine with me.” Jose Chavez: “Honestly although I did see it as necessary, kinda relieved that we don’t have to do it again. My schedule was already super busy so trying to find the time to get tested was a little hard.” James Gavato: “I still have to get tested every other week on campus since I work on campus so it’s not really a big deal for me. I just hope if people are feeling sick, or they have been exposed that they do the right thing.” Regular COVID-19 testing is still required for higher-risk students and employee groups. That includes housing staff, student workers, students staff, coaches and athletes, Residence Life, Health screening team, Visitors center employees, Recreational center staff, and students. Reenua Jones: “ As far as COVID-19 testing not being required on campus I understand why they did it. However the fact that was required once a week I think they should’ve kept doing that until the end of the semester. It adds another level to safety considering that I have actually had COVID-19 before a person could be walking around covered positive and not know they could just think that they had a cold because my symptoms were super noninvasive.” Campus is still requiring high-risk students, staff and faculty to continue to test weekly. To find out more information about COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, visit

Time to Embark


By Jay Ramos

Outdoor Pursuits are back to hosting trips at Colorado State University Pueblo. This is very exciting news considering the fact that COVID-19 has been shutting down and restricting a lot of policies since last year of March 2020. Scott Robertshaw, Associate Director of Student Recreation, went in depth about being back to host outdoor activities. One of the biggest things about doing Outdoor Pursuits is come as you are. The organization loves accepting anyone who is open minded and adventurous. The team is very beginner focused, so anyone can embark on their journeys and get equipped with knowledge and skill right off the bat. There are experts who are also there to help and guide as well. While COVID-19 was setting back a lot of business, CSU Pueblo was on the ball about still engaging with their audience. Hour by hour, day by day the team was constantly figuring out ideas to still engage whether it be doing videos or utilizing their online platform. Some exciting news Robertshaw mentioned that there will be some film festivals coming up soon. Photo from Outdoor Pursuits’ trip to Monarch Mountain

These film festivals love to focus on diversity and showing equality in both male and female. All donations to the upcoming film festivals will proceed to the outdoor pursuits. Also, another exciting news is every other week, they will be hosting outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, and plenty more. The Outdoor Pursuits’ team focuses on knowing the base skills. For instance, rock climbing…you don’t need to know a single thing about rock climbing because the crew there will gladly help and educate you. For the experienced ones, they are welcomed too, and there are even challenges that they can embark on since they are at an experienced level. These open sessions are about two hours long but a student doesn’t need to stay for the whole time allowing participants to show up for 30 minutes, or stay the whole two hours. Equipment is also available to students and faculty. Students get a discount compared to the public as students only pay half the price of the rental fee than what the public would pay. Another new and exciting news Robertshaw mentioned is that students can now rent CSU Pueblo’s eBikes. eBikes are something new and we have a couple of them, you are guaranteed to have a good time riding our new eBikes on campus. The seats are really soft and cushy. “Keep an eye out for us recruiting to work in the rec center…it’s fun working in the rec center and also brings challenges, but builds skill sets that you can take wherever in life!” Said Robertshaw. For more information on trips, film festivals, or job opportunities, visit the ThunderWolf Recreation website,


Film Festival Series Spotlights Women In Outdoor Pursuits Makes Its Pueblo Debut By Winter Naomi Vera For the first time since the No Man’s Land Film Festival debuted in 2015, the festival which commemorates both cisgender (gender matches their natal sex) and transgender women in outdoor pursuits, makes its Pueblo debut this month, in time for Women’s History Month. The festival is also branching out to include trans men, and non-binary individuals as well.

The festival is a series of short films exploring various women, trans men, and non binary people of all races, etc. and the adventures they have out in the great outdoors. Their initial tagline was “redefining feminine,” but recently they’ve adopted the tagline, “undefining feminine.” According to the website, “No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is the premier all-women adventure film festival based out of Denver, Colorado, that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect women in pursuit of the radical.” “The goal of this festival is to connect like-minded individuals who are action-oriented, wish to support a shared vision of gender equality, have a desire to experience their passions and environments through a uniquely feminine lens, and above all, love adventure.” Scott Robertshaw, Associate Director of Student Recreation at ThunderWolf Recreation, found mention of the No Man’s Land Film Festival on his computer. “The title is what got me first. I was curious what people’s initial reaction would be when they saw the title. As someone who identifies as a white male, I’m the stereotype for an outdoor leader but I try to be an advocate for inclusivity,” Robertshaw said. “When I think of my kids, their friends, other people’s kids, people at our university, kids I’ve taught, etc. I think to myself, ‘Would they see themselves going on a trip, putting on a snowshoe, learning how to kayak, etc.?” Robertshaw said. “When COVID-19 hit, I was like, ‘Well, we’ve done some videos and film festivals in the ballroom or partnered with the edge downtown for a ski movie,’ but until No Man’s Land came out, there wasn’t much of a push to bring something to campuses that brought a different perspective and a departure from the (white heteronormative) version of outdoor films,” Robertshaw said. “When I saw the No Man’s Land title, I didn’t know what the title meant,” Robertshaw said. “So I clicked on it, and then I read about it, and I liked it because it was a collection of amazing films with a two person female team that built off other numbers.” No Man’s Land was founded in 2015, but 2021 is the first year Colorado State University Pueblo will host the event. “The image, even a few years ago of (the photos in outdoor activities) is that you’d have the white man in front and people of other races in the back if they were in the photo at all, and now there’s much more diversity, and that’s what we hope to show by hosting this project,” Robertshaw said. The No Man’s Land Film Festival premieres Friday March 19th and runs from 5:30-10:30 PM. The event and place to register for $5, is at

Race For The Prize: Colorado Springs Residents Receive First Dose of Pfizer Vaccine By Kayla-lee Groezinger and Austin Belore

COLORADO SPRINGS – Valentine’s Day weekend doesn’t always bring chocolates in heart-shaped boxes. On a freezing Feb. 13 morning, a large group of volunteers gave a pointed gift of love, one vaccination at a time. Dr. Carol Morrow was a part of the group supporting and helping with a mass vaccination event against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at the Broadmoor World Arena. Her husband was standing by. A drive-through clinic, hosted by Centura Health, offered 5,000 Colorado Springs residents their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in a multiday drive-thru clinic. About 2,300 were administered Feb. 13, as reported by KKTV 11 News.

While the individuals different reasons for getting the vaccine, one thing they all shared in common was protection for themselves and their community. When asked if he felt safer after receiving the vaccine, Tom Stella, a chaplain for the Centura Health Denver support staff, stated: “I do. I realize that we have to continue doing all the right things, the mask wearing, distancing; I intend to continue with that. I know this is the process of getting us all where we need to go.”

“I realize that we have to continue doing all the right things, the mask wearing, distancing; I intend to continue with that. I know this is the process of getting us all where we need to go.” – Tom Stella

Regardless of the weather, both Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers were pleased and excited to see the turn-out of recipients on that first day. Polis told KRDO: “This is how the pandemic ends, one arm at a time, and we’re getting it done in Colorado.” Volunteers from all walks of life worked to make the process of the drive-thru clinic as smooth as possible. Recipients entered the clinic off Venetucci Boulevard and were sorted into lines to receive their vaccination. After getting their shots, they were directed to wait fifteen minutes in case of any immediate adverse reactions to the vaccine.

Dental hygienist Somsri Riske didn’t think of the vaccine as being “a jump.” She said: “I had to wait for a while to get it, but I am concerned for the people I work with and my family, and ya know why not? I believe in it.” And for some, like Charles Lanphier, an employee in the facilities department of Widefield School District three, self-protection was a driving factor in his choice to receive the vaccine.

“I’ve been waiting to get the shot,” he said, “and once they opened it up to educators I wanted to take advantage, and I’m very enthusiastic about getting the shot.” He said it was just like getting the flu shot, with similar questions and paperwork, he did note however that it was a little bit more exciting.

Colorado State University Social Work


By Katie Meeks

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services to people in their homes or places of work, helping people through social service organizations, and working for policy change to improve social conditions. Social workers help clients deal not only with how they feel about a situation but also with what they can do about it. Social work involves working with people at the individual, family, group, community, and societal levels. Social workers can be found directing social service agencies, writing grants, forming and conducting support and educational groups, improving the way communities function, and working directly with people of all ages, from children and families to senior citizens. The Colorado State University Pueblo Social Work Program prepares students for beginning generalist practice with diverse client populations across systems of all sizes, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Veronika Marmolejo, social work major, speaks to the importance of social work as a whole saying “It’s important because there is such a high need for social workers in today’s society. There is a huge need for them, and social work is a great major because there are so many job opportunities and different areas to go into while still helping populations.” Marmolejo continues by emphasizing the significance of social work, “It’s also important for the future. There is going to be a high need for social workers that want to work with elderly populations due to the current growth of the elderly.” Social work is an incredible major with great benefits to local communities. We as a Pueblo community are privileged to have students at CSU Pueblo who have selected this major in order to better our city, and the families within it. If you’re interested in a career in social work visit their page on the university website to learn more about the program’s requirements.

Get in Nature By Stuart Symington Two campuses, one raptor rehabilitation center and plenty of opportunities for you, your family, and friends to make memories that will last a lifetime! The Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center’s main purpose is to connect kids and the community with nature, through our various events, camps, and educational programs, at each of our locations. They offer these things at a low-cost and provide scholarships to send kids to summer camp. This is a great way to get involved and learn new things about nature and the environment. There is a summer camp that lets kids get a chance to get out and experience different activities through nature. The Mountain Park Campus, located in Beulah, CO, consists of 611 acres of solitude, a lodge, a pavilion, classrooms, an amphitheater, hiking trails, and a low ropes challenge course. This campus is ideal for group retreats, weddings, family reunions, weekend getaways, and overnight camping for school groups, or scout troops. This location is a little more scenic and allows for people to see the beautiful mountains of Colorado. It has great views and gives off a totally different approach to nature than the other location which is different scenery. The River Campus is located in Pueblo, CO on the Arkansas River. Here, they also host weddings,reunions, parties, baby showers, community events and educational programs. This location is amazing, in the city of Pueblo, where one can hike, bike, walk their pets, and cookout. Although both are great during all seasons, the mountain location is best during the winter and the River location is best during the summer as you can fish and ride or walk the trails.


6 Tips for Studying for Midterms

By Gillian Hawken

Colorado State University Pueblo students are coming up on midterms in another unusual semester. With COVID-19 fatigue settling in, here’s some tips to help you study to pass your exams! Sit down and make a detailed schedule of your midterms. It can be in a planner, on a calendar, or in your notes. Make sure that this schedule is in a central area for you that way it can also act as a reminder for yourself. Make note of all areas in each course that you are struggling with and may need extra time with. Highlight important subjects that you believe will be significant to each exam. Having a written down schedule to refer back to throughout the week prior to the exams will help keep you organized and prepared. Music is very important in stressful times. It can help block out any distractions and even help you stay focused if you are listening to the right kind of music. Anything without words is super beneficial. Some calming music that isn’t too fast or too loud can also help your brain work at it’s best. I find that instrumental versions of songs that I enjoy really help me out when studying. Search for some instrumental renditions of your favorite songs, create a playlist of them, put your earbuds, and get to studying. Make sure you are in a calm and quiet environment, free of any distractions. If that’s in your own room, at a park, or at your favorite local coffee shop, just make sure you are able to stay focused. This is when plugging in your calming and quiet music playlists can come in handy. Wherever you choose to study, make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed. It’s important that you choose a place that you enjoy, that way it doesn’t feel like a punishment to study. Remember this will all pay off soon! Another great thing to do is to plan to reward yourself after you finish midterms. Whether that be treating yourself to something that you’ve been wanting for a while or taking yourself out to dinner with friends. Having something to look forward to after stressing over midterms can be a good form of motivation to get you through. It’s also just important to be kind and treat yourself once in a while. When studying for a good amount of time, make sure to take breaks. It’s important to let your mind rest for a little bit. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and overworked during midterms, so make sure to set time aside to still do the things you enjoy. Simply watching an episode if the show you’re currently binging can be a nice relief after studying for hours. It’s also important to take 5 minute breaks for each hour that you are studying. This helps your brain to not feel over stimulated! Always remember that you are capable! You can do this if you believe in yourself! Goodluck!

Take the Guessing Out of Destressing Morgan Manns

This week, I talked to 3 different students who told me their ways of coping with the stresses of the semester. First, I talked to Paul Rose, who attends Colorado State University Fort Collins, he said that when he gets overwhelmed, he’ll take a break from his work to play the guitar or sing for about 20 minutes just to clear his head. Next, I talked to two Colorado State University Pueblo students who said when they get stressed, they like to go for a drive, take a quick bath, or talk about how they feel with a friend. Some of the most common causes for student stress is homework, transitions, relationships, work, finances, and extracurricular activities. There are many quick and easy ways to relieve stress. Getting enough sleep can help you to be more productive and stay alert, you should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night and take naps when you need one. Regular exercise is one of the healthiest ways to blow off steam. Just 30 minutes of yoga, walking, biking, or lifting can help you live longer and be generally happier. My favorite way of relieving stress is to listen to music, it has so many benefits and can be used to help you focus while studying, get you up and moving, or calm down at the end of the night. Another great way for relaxing is to get organized, clutter alone can cause stress and become overwhelming. A clean room or desk can help lower stress levels and help you find your things, help with test prep, and can even make studying fun. When you eat a healthy diet, it will have a huge effect on how you feel mentally and physically. If you eat foods that are good for you, they can boost your brainpower, manage stress, help with mood swings, lightheadedness, stomach aches, and so much more. Twenty percent of students say they feel stressed “most of the time” according to the ADAA. Eighty percent of college students say they sometimes or often feel stressed. Thirteen percent of students have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. Ten percent of college students had thoughts of suicide. If you are having suicidal thoughts, are feeling depressed, or feel like you need to talk to someone, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or discuss your thoughts with someone at the CSU Pueblo Counseling Center.


Mens and Womens Lacrosse Updates By Stuart Symington

As sports seasons draw near, the Colorado State University Pueblo Men’s Lacrosse team looks to make big strides as they didn’t get to play much of last year due to the pandemic. The Schedule has been set and they have begun to roll through their stretch of eleven games, six home games and five away games, two being scrimmages against BYU and Colorado College. They are set to travel to Shorter University in Georgia on March 8th and the game after that will be at home against Colorado College on March 14th. The season will end on May 1st. As for the women’s team, also not playing much of the 2020 season, they started their regular season with six home games and seven away games on March 5th traveling to Maryville and coming away with a win by a score of 17-7. This past weekend they also traveled to Mckendree where they fell to them by a score of 11-18. Their next game will be at home, March 16th against Fort Lewis, which starts at 2 p.m. The season will end on April 25th. Starting March 1, spectators will be permitted at Colorado State University Pueblo home athletic events. All spectators will be screened and must wear masks 100% of the time while on University property (required by State). Capacity limits, (set at 250 people for outside events) and social distancing will be monitored closely and followed at home sporting events. Concessions will be closed, but fans will be permitted to bring their own beverages (no alcoholic beverages). Food is not permitted, including sunflower seeds, peanuts or other snack items. Rest rooms will remain open for use. The CSU Pueblo Safety Team will conduct on-campus temperature and wellness screening starting 45 minutes prior to the beginning of an event for all non-CSU Pueblo spectators. Gates will not open to spectators until this time. CSU Pueblo students/staff will show their “Smart Back to Work” daily screening portal. CSU Pueblo student-athletes will receive four (4) complimentary tickets for guests (parents, family members, friends, etc.) via a pass list. CSU Pueblo students will need to show their University-issued ID for complimentary admission. General fans and CSU Pueblo Faculty/Staff will need to pay the cost of attendance. Ticket prices for all sporting events this spring, in which admission will be charged, will be $10 for Adults and $5 for CSU Pueblo Faculty/Staff, fans ages 7-18, seniors 65 and older and visiting college students. Cash only. All children six years old and younger will be admitted free of charge. There will be no season passes sold in 2020-2021 and no advanced ticket sales.Tickets will be sold at the gate only.

Finishing a COVID-19 Basketball Season By Jay Ramos

Colorado State University Pueblo men’s and women’s 2020-2021 basketball season has come to a finish. COVID-19 had affected both the men’s and women’s basketball season but even with turmoil going on, they were still able to compete in an 18-game season for the men and for the women, 16-game season. As for the season record for the men’s basketball, the Thunderwolves ended with a 3-15 record and the women’s Thunderwolves finished off with a 3-13 season. Matt Hammer, the coach for the men’s basketball team has post game comments after the defeat against Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, Hammer stated, “Being able to get in 18 games this year and then having everyone get their year of eligibility back is huge.” The ThunderWolves had lost 74 to 60. The men’s basketball team was supposed to travel to Las Vegas, New Mexico, but that game was canceled. Throughout this season, the ThunderWolves were taking wins and losses along with four canceled games. As for the women’s basketball team, their season ended earlier than expected due to the cancelation of the last four games. They were scheduled to play against Adams State, Wyoming, Regis, and Mines. The last scheduled but canceled game was against Mines which was supposed to be Saturday February 27, 2021. The women’s basketball last game they played was against Fort Lewis and they barely came up short with a score of 60 to 63. Throughout the whole season, they had a total of six canceled games. Next time, hopefully we are in a better situation with COVID-19 so our men’s and women’s basketball team can commence a full scheduled season and not have to stress about COVID-19 while competing.

8 Pueblo Highschool Basketball Gears Up For State By Seth Six

The regular season for both girls and boys highschool basketball has been every bit exciting for the city of Pueblo. Teams have been searching for a spot in the all important state tournament that was tragically canceled last year due to the rise of the pandemic, making this year’s title even more valuable for these teams at hand. 5A Girls - Pueblo West girls basketball spent the year up a division in the rankings after dominating 4A for so long, however still stayed in the South Central League to play their league games, leading to a mix of 4A and 5A opponents. They finished the season strong with a 10-4 record, only losing one league game to Pueblo South, and landing them into the bracket as the 28th seed. While RPI standings didn’t favor the cyclones since most of their wins came against 4A opponents, they are still hopeful at making another run similar to last years, which saw them lose in the elite 8 round. They will be matched up against the fifth seeded Ralston Valley, who took second place in the 5A Jeffco League, only losing two games all season by a combined 13 points. West will be led by their two rising juniors Kate Gallery and Gabby Louther, both averaging above 13 points per game together as well as grabbing key rebounds for the cyclones. Their matchup is set for Tuesday night, March 9th at Ralston Valley High. 4A Girls - The Pueblo County girls team was the only other Pueblo girls team to reach a playoff bracket off the back of a hard fought 9-5 season where they took third in the South Central League. They drew the 30th seed in the bracket, set to square off against third ranked Windsor away from home on Tuesday night. Windsor finished the regular season 12-1, with their only loss coming to number one ranked Holy Family by just two points in overtime. With the tall task at hand for the upset, County will look to rely on the senior leadership of their leading scorer, Rose Wiemer who finished the season out with almost 11 points per game. While the task might seem daunting, never count out these Hornets. 4A Boys - We finally get to the boys side of the spectrum where we have multiple Pueblo teams at play for the state title. Going from top to bottom, we have Pueblo East coming into the tournament as the 25th seed off of a 8-6 season where four of those losses came by just five points or less. They placed third in the South Central league behind the other two teams we will talk about here shortly. East was led by three prolific scorers, seniors Kyle Miller, Brenden Harding and Jaxson Herring. All three players averaged double digit points through the season, Herring being the most prolific shooting 61% from the field. They will be the only Pueblo team not to host in the bracket as they have to make the trip up to Erie to face off against the eighth seeded Tigers on Tuesday night. Eire comes into the tournament after only playing eight games all season, finishing 6-2 and because of COVID protocols, hasn’t played a game since February 19th. East looks to take advantage of this and pull off the upset in order to potentially meet up with another Pueblo school in the second round, Pueblo South. South drew the ninth seed in the tournament rankings, putting them in the game right below East in the bracket. After a strong 12-2 season along with winning the South Central League, South is looking primed to make a deep March run into these playoffs. They have a touted roster of talent with them as four players are averaging double figures in points, led by one of the leading scorers in 4A, junior Terrance Austin. Averaging almost 24 points per game pairing with six rebounds per game, he’s been a crucial part to the success of South. Austin along with the rest of the South squad will take on 24th seeded Thomas Jefferson at home on Tuesday night. Jefferson comes into the match up off an 8-6 season where all eight wins came from their mixed conference of Denver Prep schools. They will duel it out on Tuesday night. Finally we get to Pueblo Central, the highest seed of the Pueblo schools coming in at the eighth seed. Central, like South, Finishes the regular season with a 12-2 record as well as coming in second in the South Central League. They go into the playoffs with two fanatic scorers in the form of star sophomore Kadyn Betts and last year transfer this year senior, Adonis Reynolds. Betts leads the team with almost 18 points per game, 11 rebounds per game as well as three blocks per game. Reynolds backs up Betts with almost 16 points per game as well. They take on Severnce High in round 1 at home, a team coming off of a 9-5 season, going 7-2 in the Long Peaks league. Playoffs are always full of uncertainties, but one thing is for certain. This is March. Let the games begin.

Advantageous Members of Advisement


By Scarlett Rose

Dr. Marcus Hernandez is not only a professor of History at CSU Pueblo, he is also an Academic Success Coach 2. This means “I work with Juniors and Seniors in History, Political Science, Media Communications, English, Art, Music, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Language, Liberal Studies, and Humanities and Social Sciences”, stated Hernandez. Dr. Hernandez has been a Professor at CSU Pueblo in the history department since August of 2017 and began his role as an Academic Success Coach 2 on June 1st of 2020. Dr. Hernandez stated, “I cannot believe it has already almost been a year.” Dr. Hernandez brings many things to the community here at CSU Pueblo. He enjoys helping students determine how they will complete their degree in order to reach their future goals as well as puts a plan into action for these students that drives them for their future success. Dr. Marcus Hernandez said, “I enjoy helping students figure out what their interests are, what careers they want to pursue, and assisting them in developing a plan to achieve their goals. Some students know what academic program they want to complete and career path they want to follow, while others are not so sure. Either way, having a support team at their disposal increases retention and completion rates. I am fortunate to be in a position where I can work with students in and out of the classroom here at CSU Pueblo.” When asked if being a Professor as well as an Academic Success Coach 2 on campus gives Dr.Hernandez and better insight as to what a student may need out of a course and how much of a course load they can handle, Dr Hernandez responded with unmatched passion for his students that he teaches and advises. “I enjoy being a professor and an Academic Success Coach, and I feel like it does give me a better understanding of students, their abilities, and concerns. When I am teaching, I am solely focused on the course/courses I teach each semester, making sure that all department and university standards are being met. In addition, I enjoy reading the course evaluations at the end of each semester so that I can figure out what students liked, did not like, and what they felt could be improved. I would not have an understanding of the student experience in the classroom if I was not actively teaching.” Dr. Hernandez stated. Some changes that have been happening inside of the Advising Department in the PACK Center is that they have just hired an Academic Success Coach 1. An Academic Success Coach 1 works primarily with Freshman and Sophmores within the same departments as Dr. Hernandez. Throughout this process of hiring. Dr. Hernandez had been working with the Freshman and Sophomore students to make sure that they were having all the resources they could available to them at any time. Within the PACK Centers advising department they have a large network that includes a faculty advisor, a Freshman and Sophomore coach, a Junior and Senior coach, and a peer mentor. This allows students to have tons of resources and people to go to when seeking guidance in the academic process. Dr. Hernandez expressed that, “ We are really excited about this new advising model, and know it will help students complete their academic and career goals.” With COVID-19 always being a topic of conversation, Dr.Hernandez was asked about enrollment rates considering the ever changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Some students have certainly decided to take a semester off in hopes that things will return to normal in future semesters, but many students have also continued taking courses during the pandemic. The switch to online and hybrid courses, as well as offering services remotely, has been a challenge for students, faculty, and staff alike, and this transition has made all of us more adaptable and willing to adjust to new issues as they arise,” said Dr.Hernandez. Although the Advising Department has seen some students taking semesters off due to the conditions that COVID-19 has caused, in person instruction is anticipated. “I anticipate a return to face-to-face instruction in the semesters to come, but the campus is now better prepared to deal with future situations or circumstances that may cause us to move to remote learning, should we need to do so in the future,” said Dr.Hernandez who is remaining hopeful for the upcoming semesters. With Summer and Fall courses right around the corner, Dr.Hernandez shared some great information and guidance stating that, “In the PACK Center, we strongly encourage students to meet with us as soon as course offerings become available. This allows us to look over their transcripts and DARS report to determine which courses they need to take in the next semester. Although we cannot actually register students for classes until their respective registration date that depends on their class status, we put together provisional schedules so that when students can officially register, they already know exactly what classes they need. Come see us.” So, as course offerings behind to become available please go see the PACK Center. You can gain some great information regarding your future and what resources are available to you during your time here at CSU Pueblo. Make sure to thank your advisors for the time that they spend speaking with you. You have heard it here that this is not just a job to them. People like Dr. Hernadez truly have a passion for their students and work tremendously hard in order to help you achieve your goals.


St. Patrick’s Day in Pueblo By Bekah Diaz

Everyone knows on St. Patrick’s Day we wear green, decorate with shamrocks and eat corned beef and cabbage. Saint Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration of the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Not just in Ireland but it is celebrated in other countries and cities of the globe as well. There is an exciting lineup of St. Patrick’s Day events in Pueblo. You can look for prominent and annual St. Patrick’s Day 2021 Parades in Pueblo if you want to have the taste of the culture. If you want to celebrate with a full bash then you can look for parties, bar crawling events and the very special St. Patrick’s Day Cruise Parties in Pueblo to sail through the green river. Keep it unconventional and attend events organized specially on the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day like concerts and more! Pueblo holds an annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Awards event each March, which features great food, a keynote speaker of renown locally, a silent auction with lots of cool stuff, and giving of awards to volunteers who have worked hard for the party over the previous year. It’s lots of fun! The Irish Club of Pueblo plans this annual fundraising event that features a bona fide Irish meal, Celtic dancing and a live auction. The event will be held at the historic Pueblo Union Depot built in 1890. Purchase your tickets in advance or sponsor a table. Shamrock Brewing Co. has a history dating back to 1940 and boasts a fairly recent renovation preserving the original luster of the mahogany bar and wooden floor. This popular brewery has joined forces with the Pueblo First Responders & Friends and St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help raise money for children’s cancer research. Shave your head (only for the brave!) or simply donate to the cause. Throughout the week, the pub will have bagpipers as well as menu and drink specials. Enjoy the holiday while supporting local events and businesses by testing your luck this St. Patricks day!

Supporting Local Businesses By Morgan Manns

Photo from Matt’s Magic Mobile Detailing LLC’s FaceMatt’s Magic Mobile Detailing LLC is a small locally owned business here in Pueblo, CO. The company is owned by Matthew Debski who turns 22 this month. He started his business in 2017 after he had been working at The Octopus car wash and discovered his passion for detailing cars. Debski has two employees and recently got a van. When you book an appointment with Debski, he comes to you so there’s no hassle. He’s very professional and has many clients that use him regularly, so many in fact that he has stopped advertising his company. He says that he has so many loyal customers that he continues to make a profit without the need to advertise and he continues to grow due to word of mouth. Since the COVID-19pandemic stuck, Debski’s company has been able to continue operations and they use special precautions in order to ensure a safe experience for all guests and thoroughly sanitizes each vehicle after he’s been inside. Debski often cleans boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, semi’s and more inside and out in a timely manner and for a fair price. He is also sure to always use the highest quality products each time and has thoroughly trained his employees on customer service as well as proper techniques. Matt’s Magic Mobile Detailing has almost 2,000 followers on its business Facebook Page. You can make an appointment and help support a small business by calling (719) 334- 3066, emailing, or head over to his Facebook page to see some satisfying before and after photos.


National Hug Your Dog Day By Kelly Keogh

April 10th, 2021 Is national hug your dog day! Be sure to give your fur friends some extra love. Colorado State University Pueblo students were asked what makes their dog so special to them.

Fabian Cocoa, “Killua is almost one year old! He’s very special in the sense that when we were grieving he came in to fill our hearts back up with unconditional love. He’s grown up in a time where we were able to reciprocate that in shared time thanks to the pandemic. He never hesitates to hop in bed with you or spend his time together on walks.”

Colleen Moore, “Callie is 8 months old. My dog is special to me. She loves me and is very loyal, she follows me around wherever I go. She loves to go outside and play ball and go for walks, she keeps me on my toes! Plus she’s super cute!”

Cayton Wagner, “Soda is 6 months old! I love how much personality he has and how fast he learns! He can give me high fives, and even ring a doggie door bell! Just a smart little fella! He loves water too! He really likes trips to the res or the river. He plays like crazy and gets covered in mud! He’s definitely made my life more exciting, and as a person, more responsible! Gotta sacrifice a lot for a puppy!!”

Tiffany Pettigrew, “I have two pups, Ella and Caddy! We got them when we lived in Texas. Ella was returned twice because of people moving. I’ve had her for five years now and I have no idea how anyone could give her up. She’s my baby girl! Caddy is a fun handful! She is a corgi red heeler mix. When we got her from the shelter, they said she was “running at large!” She is the best little snuggle buddy anyone could ask for. My dogs are my best friends and I can’t imagine my life without them!”

Ted Anthony, “My little boy is Theo. He is so special to me. He loves to spend time with me out in the back yard and is the best cuddle buddy for my grandparents. He doesn’t bark, and loves to relax on their laps. He is a perfect emotional support dog for myself, and others!”

National Deaf History Month

By Breanna Montoya

National Deaf History Month will be celebrated starting March 13th through April 15th. On April 15th, 1917, America opened its first public school for the deaf. On April 8th, 1864, Gallaudet University was the world’s first institution dedicated to advanced education for the deaf and hard of hearing. March 18th, 1988, Gallaudet hired its first deaf president in response to its students. Shirley Jeanne Allen is the first deaf African American woman in the U.S. to earn a Doctoral Degree. She was born in 1941 in Nacogdoches, Texas, and she became deaf at the age of 20 years old following typhoid fever. Allen was studying music at Jarvis Christian College and played the piano for audiences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1966 from Gallaudet University and her Master’s degree in 1972 from Howard University. Robert R. Davila was a Mexican American, and he became deaf from spinal meningitis at the age of ten. He and his parents worked in the orchards in California’s central valley. Davila’s mother determined that he would receive an equitable education due to his hearing loss and sent Davila to a California School for the deaf at Berkeley, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in education and then earned his Ph.D. in technology education from Syracuse University in 1972. Eugene Hairstone became the first deaf African American boxer. He suffered from spinal meningitis as a child. He was born in Harlem, New York, and attended a deaf school for children. He dropped out by the age of fifteen to earn money for his family. He was set on becoming a professional boxer. He won forty-five fights and defeated two world champions before he was the age of 22. In 1952, Hairstone’s doctors advised him to quit boxing because he could end up blind from repeated blows to the head. He made the decision to retire and lived a full life till the age of eighty-five. Juliett Gordon Low founded girl scouts in 1912 and had multiple ear injuries as a child nearing a total hearing loss. She has empowered millions of girls to develop leadership skills and self-confidence. She began her first troop with eighteen girls, and she stood up against racism, sexism, and other forms of bias by uniting young women from many different backgrounds. Audree Norton was the first deaf actress to be on American network television. She acted in major sitcoms from the ‘60s-’70s on ABC, NBC, and CBS. Norton became one of the founding members of the National Theater of the Deaf and featured performances in American Sign Language. She graduated from Gallaudet University and California State University at Hayward.


Pleasant Poetry By Scarlett Rose

Do you like poetry and are looking for some inspirational poems? Well this is the article for you. We are kicking off motivation March with some inspirational poetry. Below is a list of twenty great poems that will inspire you to be the best person you can be mentally, emotionally, and physically. This list includes well known poets with classical poetry as well as less known poets who have very inspirational words to share. You can find all of these poems by visiting and simply searching for the title and author of the poems below. If by Rudyard Kipling The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Still I Rise by Maya Angelo Thinking by Walter D. Wintle Caged Bird by Maya Angelo Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas In Spite of War by Angela Morgan Dreams by Langston Hughes Do it Anyway by Mother Teresa To be of use by Marge Piercy

Enlightenment by Natasha Trethewey Thanks by W.S. Merwin Self-help by Charles Bernstein An Old Story by Tracy K. Smith Winter Flowers by Stanley Moss Drawn Curtains by Edmond Jabes A Center by Ha Jin Grace by Joy Harjo It was the Animals by Natalie Diaz Failing and Flying by Jack Gilbert

These poems contain various different meanings and messages but all contain some type of inspiration or motivation. Kicking off March with a few great reads and motivation to work towards your goal is something that everyone can use during this time.

Best Local Pies: National Pi Day 2021 National Pi Day on March 14th recognizes the mathematical constant π. Also known as pi, the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14. The day is celebrated by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers alike. Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The diameter of a circle is the distance from edge to edge measuring through the center, and the circumference is the distance around the circle. After measuring circular objects for hundreds of decades, it has always been determined that a circle is a little more than three times its width around, hence 3.14. Celebrating Pi Day on March 14th leaves countless opportunities to appreciate the ratio, or simply use the day as an excuse to eat large amounts of pie. This famous dessert usually well-known to the Thanksgiving holiday is under appreciated, and is seemingly left out in the realm of sweet tooth cravings. However, Pueblo is home to several local bakeries that deliver only the most delicious of pies that are dying to be eaten on this special day in March. Schuster’s Banquet Bakery, located in downtown Pueblo off of Abriendo, houses several delicious dessert options and baked goods. Well-known to Pueblo natives, Schuster’s is a popular, friendly staffed stop for every baked good you may need, but especially for their pies. Schusters hand makes several different flavors of pies, from banana cream pie to a simplistic apple. These decadent desserts are off the charts, and I would recommend that anyone try one. As a Pueblo staple, their pies provide a different experience overall than the average Walmart Great Value brand. No matter the flavor you decide on, the crunchy crust, delicious filling and fresh ingredients will have you thinking of Schusters for every dessert craving you may have. Zoelsmann’s Bakery and Deli, also located off of Abriendo in downtown Pueblo, is home to several great dessert options as well. Not only do they provide an assortment of baked goods, but also house a delicious deli with various options of lunchmeat, cheeses, and bread varieties. As a fan of the simple pies, Zoelsmann’s carries a delicious cherry pie that pairs well with vanilla ice cream. They also have a variety of pie flavors, and is a great local establishment that towers in comparison to the Safeway selection of pies. This Pi day, consider supporting a local Pueblo bakery in purchasing their homemade baked pie goods. You simply can’t go wrong, and your taste buds will surely thank you.

Getting Outdoors to Enjoy the Warm Weather By Gillian Hawken

As the weather finally starts warming up, we are all looking for new ways to enjoy the warmth outdoors. Living in Colorado, we are lucky enough to have endless amounts of outdoor activities available to us. Here’s a list of activities you can enjoy near and far in Colorado. Here in Pueblo we have quite a few options. City Park is open to the public right now, which means that you have access to the flying disc course, the tennis courts, and all the picnic areas throughout. Even if you have never played frisbee or tennis, they are fun activities to give a try with you and your friends. If you aren’t interested in trying a new sport, you could take advantage of the picnic areas, pack a lunch with your friends, and enjoy a meal in the sunshine with good company. Colorado State University Pueblo’s sand volleyball court is open to the public as well. The court is located near Rawlings Field. Grab a few of your friends, a volleyball, and play a few rounds in the warm sun. This is a great way to enjoy the weather, spend quality time with friends, and get active here on campus. Colorado also has several National Parks that are open to the public as well. This is a great time to do some research and choose a hiking destination that you feel comfortable with. A super easy and rewarding hike, located in Manitou Springs is, St Mary’s Falls. It takes you to a beautiful waterfall with a great view of the city. It’s the perfect way to get out, destress, and breathe some fresh air. You can also take a walk through Palmer Park and enjoy the lovely scenery that nature has to offer. The rock formations in the park are incredible and it’s an easy stroll through. St. Mary’s Falls Luckily, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is still open to the public. You are able to buy your tickets ahead of time online to ensure that you are able to enter. They have limited capacity due to Covid-19, but they are welcoming all visitors. They have over 140 species of animals there to see and have some wonderful attractions as well.

Bridal Veil Falls

Box Canyon Falls

If you are looking to go on a little road trip, there are amazing waterfalls in little towns a few hours from Pueblo. If you head up to Telluride, which is a famous old town in Colorado, you can stop by Bridal Veil Falls and check out the incredible waterfall. It is just a short drive to the falls, no hiking required. If you drive a little further to Ouray, you can stop by Box Canyon Falls. There is a small fee to enter, but it’s totally worth it.

Box Canyon Falls

Box Canyon Falls All photos taken by Gillian Hawken

Life. Changing.

PROPELLING COMMUNITY. Even as a young mom, Lindsay was able to become a nurse in just four years. Lindsay had always wanted to become a nurse and continue the legacy of her grandmother and great aunt who were nurses during WWII. When Lindsay became a mom at 18, she worried the dream was suddenly out of reach. At CSU Pueblo, we strive to help all our students balance their responsibilities and helped Lindsay create a schedule that allowed her to graduate on time, get to work saving lives, and pave a bright future for her son.


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