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Monday, May 6, 2021

Spring 2021 Issue #8

Colorado State University Pueblo

The Today Student News

Contributors Constance Little

The Today Class Advisor

Seniors Giving Advice for Incoming Freshmen By Breanna Montoya

Tiffany Pettigrew

Editor | Design | Contributor

Bekah Diaz Contributor

Kelly Keogh Contributor

Morgan Manns Contributor

Breanna Montoya Contributor

Jay Ramos Contributor

Scarlett Rose Contributor

Seth Six


Stuart Symington

Seniors will be graduating Saturday, May 8th. During this pandemic, there will be three graduation ceremonies.

Winter Naomi Vera

Incoming first-year students enrolling in the Fall 2021 semester will begin their journey into college. The newcomers might want to know how they could survive college life. Some of the graduating seniors have some helpful advice they would like to share with the incoming freshmen.



Gillian Hawken Contributor

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Reenua Jones advises first-year students not to be afraid to change in college, which will adjust for many people. Jones states that college is not just about academics. The biggest thing she learned from college is how to lead a mature, balanced life while transitioning into adulthood. She said, “Self-care is one of the most important things that anyone can do for themselves.”


Shaynee Cruz’s advice for the newcomers is to work hard and not procrastinate because you can easily fall behind. Cruz says that the foremost important thing is to enjoy the college experience and get out of your comfort zone. “Your senior self will thank you,” said Cruz.


Danielle Todisco says the best advice for incoming first-year students is not to be afraid to ask for help. Todisco mentions the first semester of college is “scary and stressful,” and there are plenty of resources on campus for students to get through it.






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Tiffany Pettigrew believes it is ok not to know what you want to do for your career. When she went to the Colorado State University of Pueblo, Pettigrew thought she knew what she wanted to do but had a hard time when she got into the program. Pettigrew took a few years off of college and attended Pueblo Community College. She achieved her associate’s degree and then transferred back to the Colorado State University of Pueblo to give it another chance. Pettigrew said, “My advice for incoming freshmen would be not to panic when it comes time to select your major, and there is not a time limit on how long it should take to finish your studies. You’re going to be doing your major for the rest of your life. Make sure it is something you enjoy.” First-year college students will discover so much in their college years and some challenges along the way. The graduating seniors have learned so much from their college experiences, and their advice can be an inspiration to others.


EDITORIAL: Thank you! By Tiffany Pettigrew At the beginning of the semester, I was just excited to be finally finished with college. Being a non-traditional student with her own family, two jobs during a pandemic was far from easy, so I was looking forward to having school under my belt and getting on with my life. About three weeks ago it hit me that I’m the first grand-daughter on both sides of my family to receive my college degree. I never thought I would’ve done this. When I graduated high school, I tried the tradition route by coming to Colorado State University Pueblo, but I didn’t feel like I was mature enough to attend a university. I enrolled at Pueblo Community College, but didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I met an amazing guy and took time away from school to go off and get married. I did a lot of volunteering during my time away from school, mostly in and out reach opportunities. Following a way to work in the hockey world, even if it meant driving an hour to follow that dream. When I reached the conclusion that I needed to go back to school, I wanted a way to combine my new found love of communicating to the masses. Luckily for me, there was a degree path called Mass Communication! I was able to graduate from PCC and head into, then, mass communication at CSU Pueblo. During that transition, I accepted an internship with SAn Isabel Electric where I served as their Youth Outreach Intern, helping get in contact with educators in their service area to help bring electric safety into classrooms. I later accepted a student employee position at ThunderWolf Recreation campus where I really dove into my love for sports marketing. During these positions, I also did a lot of extra curricular activities for the university including taking the title of President for our campus’ chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist as well as being the Editor of the Today at CSU Pueblo. These positions have done nothing but bring me honor and joy. As my time as a student ends and my career path starts, I’ve accepted a position with the Pueblo Bulls Junior Hockey Club as their Director of Sales and Marketing. I’ve been with the organization for three years in June and am excited to have such a high involvement in the community while following my passion! To my professors and co-workers over at TWRC, THANK YOU. Without your support, I wouldn’t have discovered this new passion and my career path. You have all made the late nights of studying, endless hours of editing and layouts and everything that comes along with it so worth it. I can’t wait to get into the community and make you proud!


The Best of College By Bekah Diaz Now that the end of the school year is approaching, a lot of us might be graduating this semester. Though college can be stressful at times, it is the best time to make new friends and make memories. You put in so much hard work to get to walk across the big stage and receive the degree you have been working for. The best part of your college experience might have been having your independence, moving away from home, control of your time table, trying something new, freedom, or figuring out what you want to do. I asked some seniors what the best and hardest part of their college experience was. I talked with a few seniors that are graduating this semester or later in the year. “The best part about my college experience was building the friendships I have today. The hardest part for me throughout college was staying focused but I managed to push through. One of the best memories I had was going to the B.O.B concert,” business major Kiki Olson told me. College certainly represents for most an unrepeatable period in their life. In that sense, if that experience was positive, it will certainly rank near the top of the best part of your life. I spoke with criminology major Josh Thompson and he told me, “the hardest part for me throughout college was trying to stay motivated but being able to go to the recreation center and shoot some hoops balanced out all the stress.” College can bring out the best in us. Maybe throughout college you found some new passions you never knew you had. Or maybe you tried something new. Maybe you discovered that pajamas are acceptable attire 99 percent of the time. And the best part, no parental curfews! “For me my favorite part of college was being in the Christian community club on campus where students can explore and grow their faith. The hardest part for me was having to deal with COVID-19,” media communications senior Raena Vigil said. This school year has definitely been a crazy one. Who would have ever thought we would only get to see our classmates and professors over Zoom because of the pandemic? Having to battle getting out of bed just to look presentable in front of the camera was probably the hardest part. But we made it through and still made every moment count. Wherever your journey may take you, remember that you did it. You made it through the most important part of your life. Don’t give up now, you have your whole life ahead of you. Congratulations to the class of 2021!

Celebrating Pride In Being Transgender and How CSU Pueblo Strengthened That Pride By Winter Naomi Vera

It’s two months out, but Pride Month is a staple of the Gender, Sexuality, Romantic Minority (GSRM) community, more commonly known as the LGBTQ+ community. Many students from the GSRM community are grateful that they can show their pride and be free to be their true selves, and CSU Pueblo has been a place that largely welcomes them with open arms. I know from first hand experience. I grew up in a small town in Utah, called Grantsville in the late 80s, early ‘90s. I often say, if a state has a popular religion, the small town is dominant in that religion, and it’s militant in that religion. It was also very traditional, boys played with “boys’ things” (Matchbox vehicles, and action figures) and girls played with “girl things” (dolls and toy cooking sets) and never the two shall meet. As a closeted transgender girl growing up as a “tomboy” life was hard for me in Grantsville. I didn’t fit gender norms, and was persistently bullied for it. Worse, I didn’t know what the term, “transgender” or even “transsexual” meant until I was in middle school. I had no one to turn to. I felt like a freak, I was told that I was giving into the Devil’s temptations to even consider being Winter. I was suspended for looking up transgender support sites, and even my parents became my most abusive bullies when I knew I couldn’t live as anyone but my true self, Winter Naomi Vera. If they’re reading this I am grateful for the progress they made since then. When I learned I was moving to Pueblo, CO, I felt afraid that I would be more isolated. The name made me think of an even smaller town. When I realized Pueblo was more of a small city, my perceptions changed. Moreso when I found others like me, when I went out as my true self and realized it was my true self, and I wasn’t some “guy pretending to be a girl” as my life in Grantsville led me to believe. I made a friend who was a student on campus and stayed with them to begin with, before applying to become a student myself. That time between when my friend moved out and when I started school, was one of the hardest of my life. I was afraid to even so much as go outside as a “man” because I didn’t want to deceive anyone, and I had little time to be myself in those months leading up to my first day starting school. It was worse when my dad told me, I wouldn’t be welcome in their house as a woman when I started. He made me cut my hair a few weeks before starting school, and the idea of being my true self and in disguise as their “son”, made me feel even more unwelcome at home, and made me feel even more insecure, but CSU Pueblo became my new home. The best day of my life was my first day here. At the school’s convocation, we were given a card and asked to write our name on it. As I held that card, all I thought about was what would happen if my true name were read aloud at my high school. I would be the laughing stock of the town as well as an outcast, but CSU Pueblo was not my high school. My name Winter Naomi Vera was read aloud to thousands, and they loved me for who I am. Since then, my relationship with my parents has improved and while I have dealt with sadness, hardship, and questioned my self worth, but will never regret being Winter Naomi Vera. I have lived full time as my true self with the wonderful knowledge that I am not alone. Here I am just another girl and no one sees me as anyone else. Here I am accepted. Here I can be proud of who I am. In the years since, my life as my old self becomes a distant memory. Me in my larval stage. Winter Naomi Vera is the true me, and will one day be the beautiful “butterfly” I was always meant to be. I was nominated for homecoming royalty my first year here, have become a member and officer of (CSU Pueblo GSRM club) Prizm, been published in Tempered Steel and may be a published author one day. I have been an advocate for trans rights, and have attended protests for that cause. I am a returning performer in the CSU Pueblo Prizm Drag Show, and am grateful for the friends I made there. We have endured some hard times, even going so far as being reduced to two members, but we have stayed together through it all, and I have great faith in our ability to survive anything. I was in pre-transition before coming here, and there’s no worse place to be for a transgender person, but since coming here, I have found another home, another family and hope for a better future. CSU Pueblo helped me find pride in myself, and I celebrate Pride Month in recognition of this fact, and will do everything I can to pay it forward. There’s a great deal of hardship being a member of the GSRM community. Some states are trying to make us illegal to “protect the right to privacy” and we face personal hardships as well. I would never wish anyone to be GSRM with all those hardships, but there’s also great hope. Despite all the challenges we face, and as long as we celebrate Pride Month, that hope will never die and love will conquer.






“Mortal Kombat” Is A Film About a Family That Makes The Audience Feel For Its Earth Realm Champions Winter Naomi Vera

Since the release of the first videogame movie, “Super Mario Brothers” in 1993, the genre has been a mixed bag, to be generous. YouTube personality John Campea joked many times, “Nothing’s inevitable, but death, taxes and video game movies suck.” “Sonic The Hedgehog” was different but was it the beginning of a new era, or the exception to the rule? “Mortal Kombat” seems to say both.

These challenges they face, and their respective story arcs, make their fights all the more engaging and powerful because they have reasons to fight. Additionally, with Cole knowing nothing about Mortal Kombat, the film provides this real world feel of a secret, dangerous world hidden beneath the familiar, and provides context for audience members who have never played the game.

In the decades since the release of the original 1995 “Mortal Kombat” film, there was one sequel that even fans of the original film hated. There have been a few series, but for the most part, the video game film property has been in Development Hell for nearly 25 years, this new film is a potential revitalization of the franchise and seems to be a promising one at that.

The main characters being more human is a strength for the film. Additionally, there are some clear standouts in McNamee, Lawson and Brooks, with the big ones being Taslim and especially Sanada. The way these two face off in the 1600’s and present day, they give off this feel of being lifelong rivals, and Sanada’s performance provides so much emotion, even with most of his lines being in Japanese.

The film follows the legacy of Hanzo Hasashi AKA Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada, “Army of the Dead”) and opens in 1617 Japan, with Hanzo losing his family to his archnemesis, Bi-Han AKA Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim, “Warrior”) who also kills Hanzo in an effort to end the bloodline of his most bitter enemy. Yet, Hanzo’s baby daughter is saved by Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano, “Thor” films).

It has a very eye-catching visual style and many of the settings and character designs feel like they were pulled straight from the games. The fatalities are the staple of the Mortal Kombat games, and there are some very clever ones in the film, like Kung Lao (Max Huang, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) using his steel hat as a buzzsaw and Jax smashing his opponent’s head like a watermelon.

Fast forward to present day, where Cole Young, a father and struggling Mixed Martial Arts fighter, born with a strange mark on his chest, is being targeted by Sub-Zero. He is saved by Jax (Mechad Brooks, “Supergirl”) who tells him he’s been chosen to fight in a tournament, before Jax ends up losing his arms to Sub-Zero.

The film also has Easter Eggs for fans of the original 1995 film in select lines from that film, and the classic “Mortal Kombat” techno song being cleverly incorporated in many scenes over the course of the film, through the score by the talented orchestral chameleon Benjamin Wallfisch (“IT: Chapters I and II”, “Shazam”). The film is not perfect, though.

In order to protect his family and the world, Cole meets up with Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee, “The Meg”) and Kano (Josh Lawson, “Bombshell”) to find Lord Raiden, and the other Earth Realm champions, to prevent the villainous Outworlders, led by Shang Tsung (Chin Han, “The Dark Knight”) from killing the champions, before the Mortal Kombat tournament can begin, and conquering Earth.

Cole Young is a sympathetic character, but doesn’t have the same charisma as some of the other characters. The stories are fairly simple and straightforward, and the villains are largely one dimensional. The fights have great choreography, but the editing makes it hard to tell, with multiple jump cuts throughout most of them. It doesn’t ruin the film, but it is a definite weak spot.

There’s a great deal going on in the film. Every Earth Realm champion, played by the main cast, has their own story and their own struggles to overcome in order to be worthy of the mark and find their Arcana (superhuman ability). The various struggles they face, makes them relatable to the audience, and the audience feels for them.

While “Mortal Kombat” provides this real world meets the fantastic, it’s not as comprehensive of an exploration as “Sonic The Hedgehog” and it doesn’t have the same emotion and bonds formed in the same way as that film, but there is a great deal of promise for the franchise, and video game films than has been seen in a long time.

Sonya is the only champion who comes into training for the tournament without a mark, and has to prove to herself, and to the others, that she is one of them. Cole spends all of his time attacking instead of defending, and it threatens to come at great cost to him. Jax wants to prove that he is still the strong, determined fighter he knows he is, even with his disability.

“Mortal Kombat” is rated R for language and intense violence, including impalings, decapitations, disembowelment, etc. It’s now playing in theatres (and is quite rewarding for those who have missed the theatrical experience) and streaming exclusively on HBO Max until May 23.

Student Summer Plans By Katie Meeks As the semester comes to a close, students are finally able to begin thinking about life without the restraints of due dates, upcoming tests or classes. Many of us are counting down the moments until the last day of finals, May 7, and are eagerly waiting for the summer vacation that has been providing us hope in the moments of frustration and burnout. However, with a global pandemic still looming and restrictions still being enforced, perhaps the only part of summer that holds any excitement at all is the fact that school will come to halt. Travelling plans and spending time with others may still be limited for those who choose to socially distance as to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I had the pleasure of speaking with several students who had neutral feelings toward their upcoming summer break. Madison Ortega, junior nursing major, said, “I feel like I can’t even think about summer in the same way I used to. All I can think about now is finals, and then work. COVID really ruined the excitement that summer used to have.” Ortega has been challenged this past semester with the difficulties that come with majoring in nursing. She works part-time at Pueblo’s TJ Maxx, and expressed that working was really the only thing set-in-stone for her long-awaited break. “A group of my friends and I are actually going to Mexico in June, so I guess that’s something to look forward to. That’s still really far away though, and I probably won’t even start thinking about things like that until the semester is actually truly over,” Ortega mentions. Alejandra Salvet, Pueblo Community College student, said, “The only thing I have planned for the summer is not stressing about school. I’m so tired and burned out from everything this semester, I just want to relax and not have to do anything for a minute. Salvet is from Miami, Florida, originally from Cuba, and has plans to return to Florida in the later summer months. She mentioned she was excited to go home and see all of her old friends, but was really just excited to not have a lot on her plate anymore. Jack Schauer, junior media communications major, shares his excitement for the semester’s ending: “It [summer] cannot come quick enough. I’m just ready to get back into baseball, and playing disc golf, and not worrying about assignments every week.” Schauer shares a similar excitement as the ladies with the load of course assignments and classwork being lifted for the possibilities of summer plans to emerge. Overall, it’s clear that students this semester have experienced a great deal of stress. Summer vacation provides us the break we’re all


First Taste Of Gold: Pack Women’s Soccer Wins RMAC Tournament In all of Colorado State University-Pueblo’s rich 88 years of being a university, there has never been an RMAC champion women’s soccer team, until this year. The Pack women’s soccer took home the tournament trophy on April 25th against Westminster after the game ended in regulation tied 2-2. Westminster took the early lead in the 10th minute of action with the Pack women responding with their own goal scored by Junior Faith Meredith in the 22nd minute to tie the game.

wonderful shot from Junior Cara Siegel.

Westminster wouldn’t keep the game tied for longer than eight minutes as they scored again to make it 2-1 heading into halftime. The Pack women would control most of the second half, eventually finding another equalizer in the 59th minute with a

Both teams would share stints of heavy possession and lockdown defense eventually leading to the end of regulation. Extra time would also showcase both teams strong defensive stands as the game would come down to a penalty shoot-out. Sophomore Goalkeeper Nicole Genis would provide the save the Pack team needed to prevail as CSU-P buried all five of their shots, winning 5-4 in the shoot-out, taking the tournament trophy. T his is the first RMAC championship for CSU-P as they finish the season with six wins, two losses and three draws. The Pack women’s team will look to return a slew of talent into next year’s campaign, looking to repeat on this year’s success. Genis will return next year in net for the Pack, totalling 71 saves during the season and an impressive 91% save percentage. Both goal scorers in the championship game, Siegel and Meredith, will return as well totaling 10 points between the pair this season.


Movie Madness By Scarlett Rose

As Spring 2021 classes are coming to an end, students are excited to take some time and replay some of their favorite movies over the break.

CSU Pueblo student Julian Junkman, Junior, business management major stated his favorite movie right now is “Nobody” this film just came out and Junkman has great things to say about it. “I loved the movie because it was action packed and told a great story. It had the right amount of comedy mixed with action. It also has a John Wick kind of feel to it, which I also love those movies,” Junkman mentioned.

Bristyn Crosswhite, Junior, Nursing Major stated that her favorite movie is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Crosswhite mentioned, “it’s a feel good and makes me laugh every time, no matter how many times i’ve seen it.” It appears as if Colorado State University Pueblo students enjoy holiday movies year round if they involve comedy.

‘Step Brothers’ is Julia Whitfield, Junior, Exercise Science Majors favorite movie. “It always makes me laugh and reminds me of my family, we used to always watch it together so it brings back really great memories for me.”

CSU Pueblo students seem to be super fond of comedy movies. Logan Gibbons, Senior, business management major is in agreement with Whitfield that “Step Brothers” is an act of comedic genius. “It is just my kind of humor. Each time I see it, it seems like it gets funnier. I have never met a person who does like it.”

“Moneyball” is what Austin Narro, Junior, business management major is glued to watching this spring. “You get to see the story of one of the greatest moments in baseball history from behind the scenes of a baseball team”, stated Narro. As a baseball player this comes as no surprise that Narro enjoys this film.


Student Work Spotlight By Gillian Hawken

“So Long Now” By Regan Sanders

We eat in silence, something that I am becoming more accustomed to, with none of us acknowledging the other. Will this be the new normal once I leave? I try not to think about it as I pick at my sandwich. I need my strength for the long road ahead, but my stomach seems to reject the very notion of food. Convincing myself to just choke down half of it, I take my first bite. Chewing is a longer process than it should be and when I finally swallow, the bread sticks to the roof of my mouth. It’s as if the tension in the room makes me hyper aware of every sensation and I try to focus on my breathing in hopes of keeping it together. 1 in, 2 out. 3 in, 4 out. Get to ten, repeat. After three cycles, I finally relax enough to take another bite. Time drags on and by the time we’re all finished it’s not even 8. Mom does the dishes and I go through my suitcases one more time to make sure I have everything I need. I take one last look around my room, and before I breakdown, return to the living room. I stand by the front door, unsure of what exactly to say. It seems wrong to leave with everyone so hurt. For a brief moment, I consider staying. There’s no reason I have to go. Not this very moment, at least. Before I can even think about unpacking however, Mom walks over to me. She runs a hand through my hair and pulls me into a hug. “Be safe.” Is all she says before kissing my cheek and handing me the map we marked up. I nod that I will. Mother and Marnie join us, my sister finally looking at me.

Regan Sanders is an English major here at Colorado State University Pueblo. This piece is taken from a much larger work, and follows the character as she prepares to leave her family for the last time in order to save herself. The stubborn pride of rural America was Regan’s biggest influence, but she also wanted to explore the implications of being the sole survivor and heaving to make the choice to leave those you love behind.

“I’m sorry.” The apology is for all of them. Not for leaving, but for putting them through another loss so quickly. I know it isn’t necessarily my fault but the guilt for all the years of fighting to get here, and the devastation it took, weigh me down like lead. No one responds. And that is how I leave my family.

Spring Fever By Scarlett Rose As spring semester is coming to an end, we are seeing many Colorado State University Pueblo students becoming antsy as summer begins to approach. With COVID-19 restrictions becoming lighter and lighter students seem to have many things to look forward to after this semester if over. Concert line ups are being announced, restaurants and bars are having more capacity, and traveling seems to be on the agenda. Not only are students looking forward to doing more but they are also excited to further develop themselves. Bristyn Crosswhite, Junior, Nursing Major stated, “I am looking forward to being with my family and spending more time with them. Also, being more independent and gaining personal growth.” Julia Whitfield, Junior, Exercise Science Major is in agreement with Crosswhite when it comes to bettering herself this summer. Whitfield is not only hoping to improve herself as a person but also within her athletic abilities. “Im looking forward to working really hard in every aspect this summer. I want to be a better swimmer and overall better person”, said Whitfield. With the warm weather already beginning here in Pueblo, Colorado, many students are taking advantage of the beautiful reservoir that is located here. Logan Gibbons, Senior, Business Major mentioned, “I am excited to graduate and spend time with my friends. I am really looking forward to getting back on the lake and boating with the guys. It is going to be really nice now that we are going to actually be able to do things now that COVID restrictions are getting lifted.” Colorado State University is home to many forgine students. This comes to no surprise that many of them look forward to seeing family over the summer months considering that they may not have been able to as frequently as students whose families reside in the United States. Melissa Braddock, Sophomore, Industrial Engineering Major is one of those forgine students here at Colorado state University Pueblo. Braddock mentioned a list of things that she is excited to come in these next few months. “I am looking forward to being back home in England spending some time with family and friends, and taking a break from school”, mentioned Braddock. With many things for students and graduates to be excited for this summer, here are a few places that could add boatloads of fun to your summer here in Pueblo. If you are looking to explore the beauty of animals in an enclosed environment check out the Pueblo Zoo ( If you are looking to spend a day on the water, catching some rays and cooling off, visit Lake Pueblo State Park ( Last but not least, if you are over 21 and want to enjoy an ice cold beer be sure to check out Shamrock brewing company (


Faculty Work Spotlight By Gillian Hawken


Juan Morales is a Professor and Department Chair of the English and World Language Department. Morales stated that, “The poem is inspired by the current work of local activists in Pueblo who are working to take down the Columbus statue near downtown Pueblo. It is an important and complicated issue that has created a lot of tension on the local and national level. It reminds us of the need to understand the historical legacies of the statues and monuments in our country and the impact this statue has on so many in our community.” DOWN WITH COLUMBUS was also originally published in Fiesta Zine. The zine celebrates Latinx writers and artists with art, photography, words, and all things Pueblo. The publication is a limited edition zine, published by the musician Berkley and in celebration of his new single, “Fiesta Day.” Morales states, “Poetry always gives us opportunities to participate in these dialogues and also to help find ways to serve your community and also to use the forms and words to find your voice. I am grateful that I was able to discover poetry and to work with this way over so many years.”

The Knights of Columbus place a wreath at your feet with the group of Chicanos and Natives 
protesting genocide and colonialism behind a barricade of cops and SWAT. They’re telling you to go back to 1492, go back to the shorelines, and get back across the ocean blue. Another eight cities changed today to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and another set of your statues came crashing down. Only the banks celebrate you by closing and taping clipart of your three ships on the door. The city’s politicians ask for order and compromise, unable to remember broken treaties, unable to admit it’s time to take you down.

Thing to do in Pueblo during the Summer By Stuart Symington Pueblo is a great place to be in the summer as the weather is always nice, there are many things to do and also views to see. During these months it gets really hot considering that it is in the southern part of colorado. The city’s ambitious Nature and Raptor Center provides pleasant hiking along the river and houses rescued wild birds such as owls and eagles. There’s also Lake Pueblo State Park west of town, where fishing, boating and other water sports are the order of the day, as well as great mountain biking trails. And in City Park, there’s a zoo, including children’s carnival rides and an antique carousel. The reservoir is also a great place to be in the summer, with several spots to pull up, relax and enjoy the sun and water and also a public beach that is perfect for everyone. Boating is also a great activity to do out on the water! If you’re lucky enough to visit Pueblo in late August or September, you just might catch the annual Colorado State Fair, nearly two weeks of carnivals, livestock shows, rodeos and concerts, or the Chile & Frijoles Festival, a free-for-all celebration of the prized, locally grown prized green chile served countless ways and one of the reasons Pueblo’s on the rise as a top food city in Colorado. Another is a long tradition of Italian, Greek, Slovenians, Polish, Irish, German and African-American Puebloans that are shaping the city’s menus. Pueblo has not forgotten its roots. Witness the revitalization of the Union Avenue Historic District and the completely rebuilt El Pueblo Museum, which honors the area’s history and cultural diversity. Those in search of more history can find it at Rosemount Museum, home of one of the city’s founding fathers, or the Steelworks Museum of Industry & Culture, which houses a collection of archives and artifacts associated with the CF&I steel mill and its mining communities.

COVID-19 Brings in New Tech for Students


By Jay Ramos

Technology is great. Now with today’s tech gadgets, streaming and editing is even more enjoyable and accessible. COVID 19 has obviously been disruptive to our lives and that prevented a lot of creatives from going out and making a living. People who are photographers and videographers took a big hit because of quarantine and some businesses having restrictions or even shutting down. However, this gave a lot of time to those creatives to stay home and edit. Having this much time at home also gives a lot of flexibility to stream for those gamers out there. Lawrence Ramos, an editor for District 60 in Pueblo Colorado said “Yeah, COVID-19 sucked and it made life weird but I kept pushing through it. Some of the benefits of quarantine was that I was able to catch up on a lot of my projects I was assigned to.” Streaming has also increased because so many people are at home. “Some advice I can give is that if you plan to build a PC; I would highly recommend investing money because yeah, the price may be high but that’s going to level up your working tactics and quality. Buy as much RAM as possible too. I use Adobe Premiere and my old laptop would keep freezing because it wasn’t strong enough to handle my big projects. Now, with my new PC, working has never been so fast and smoot,” said Ramos If you’re beginning to stream or have interest in streaming, the El Gato is a perfect start. The El Gato is a capture device that allows users to stream their video interface straight directly from your screen to Twitch. If you are unfamiliar with Twitch; Twitch is a streaming platform for users to stream off of. The El Gato and Twitch have a fairly friendly interface for beginners to start. OBS is also another stream capture software too that can help streamers begin creating content. For more information about the El Gato, OBS, or Twitch please visit the links below!,5816.html prd-_mca-_sig-Cj0KCQjwsqmEBhDiARIsANV8H3bvUUQZd5YaKrBvuY1T6hf2Jbe8sGvByzu-Sq1bVENFIhvOnATh3NwaAvd7EALw_wcB&utm_source=google&gclid=Cj0KCQjwsqmEBhDiARIsANV8H3bvUUQZd5YaKrBvuY1T6hf2Jbe8sGvByzu-Sq1bVENFIhvOnATh3NwaAvd7EALw_wcB


The Stage Door By Morgan Manns

The community members in Pueblo are fueled by many things, green chili, the fair, our beautiful river walk, and local events. Theater in our town is important as well. Steel City Theater Company is one of the theaters in town and it’s located right off Santa Fe by the River Walk. I used to be an actor and server with SCTC and was in about 10 shows with them as well as being a camp counselor. It was a very beneficial experience for me, I started when I was a shy 7th grader with a couple friends and I left my Junior year in high school a much more open, outgoing person with a bunch of new friends and a better outlook on life. They helped me get out of my comfort zone by auditioning, performing, and showing everyone what I was discovering I could do. There was always a friendly competition between other actors and a special bond was created between each cast and everyone worked as a team to make a production happen. Steel City offers classes for young children up to adults which can provide them with lifelong acting, singing, and dancing skills. They give everyone a chance to show what they can do, and they are always willing to help you grow. When the Covid outbreak began, Steel City had to shut down. They were unable to run their usual classes, camps, and shows. This was, of course, devastating for the actors and patrons. They didn’t let this stop them though and soon had plans to utilize the open area behind the building and transformed it into an outdoor oasis complete with a stage, umbrellas, and tables called “The Stage Door”. The theater was able to begin holding shows and open mics safely outside in August 2020. SCTC has a full kitchen because they were once Patty’s restaurant, this allows them to have a menu made special for each show with some great appetizers, full meals, and beverages. I spoke to Haley Hughes, an actor, camp counselor, and server who has been with Steel City for many years. She mentioned that The Stage Door allows them to seat up to 75 guests which is about the same amount as could be seated indoors. Hughes says, “we have a full brunch and dinner menu, and the brunch promotes bottomless mimosas which are a huge hit”. Business has been booming since the patio was opened and it’s a great experience for everyone who attends. Some were worried about Santa Fe being right behind the Stage Door but a plethora of plants and a large fence help to absorb the noise and with help of a quality sound system, the show reels you in with no distractions. If you’re interested in joining some rewarding classes, participating in a show with a great group of people, or just want to relax and have some fun then Steel City Theater Company is the place to go. You can check out their upcoming shows on their Facebook or get your tickets on their website.

Netflix Movie Review By Katie Meeks

The documentary Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, depicts the 2019 scheme involved around major universities and William Rick Singer’s “side door” method for getting the children of wealthy families into their dream schools. In March 2019, federal prosecutors charged 50 people in a brazen scheme to secure spots at Yale, Stanford, USC and other big-name schools. This became known as the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.” Thirty-three parents of college applicants were accused of paying more than $25 million between 2011 and 2018 to Singer, organizer of the scheme, who used part of the money to fraudulently inflate entrance exam test scores and bribe college officials. The system operated by falsifying a student’s test scores or fabricating their athletic status. The documentary interviews various reporters, officials, and even a convicted member of the scheme to better portray the accuracy of the events that transpired. What distinguishes this compelling and fascinating documentary with a white collar crime story are its re-enactments of the wiretaps of conversations between Singer and his clients. The documentary was extremely compelling and captivating based on its dramatization of the events that took place. While you may know the details of the scandal, watching it play out is pretty appalling. I would recommend this documentary film to anyone who enjoys a good scandal. While you may be familiar with bits and pieces of the scheme, this film does a great job of portraying the events and acting it out in a way that is appealing to its viewers.


Scooters Come to Pueblo By Morgan Manns

The leaders of the city of Pueblo hope to have Bird scooters on our streets by summertime. Bird is a company based in California that was founded in 2017. They pioneered an app that allows riders to pay an initial dollar fee to unlock the scooter and an additional per minute rate that usually averages $5 to $10. The council is excited to “bring Pueblo into the 21 century”, says District 1 representative Bob Schilling. Bird already operates in Denver and Fort Collins in Colorado but is hoping to expand to the smaller cities with high hopes for success. Bird hopes to be the middleman when it comes to getting riders from their homes to the bus then bus to home. They say the first and last mile are always the hardest part for those who travel without a vehicle of their own. The board hopes that a lot of pueblo residents will take advantage of the scooters and they think it will be a great way to see the downtown area and get fresh air. In their terms and conditions, Bird mentions that riders must be 18 years or older which makes sense legally and for safety, but I think it would be very beneficial for the younger generation that can’t drive. They say that helmets are optional but encouraged as well. The company also plans on placing 200 scooters in pueblo which raises the questions of will that be enough, or will it be too many? Schilling says that as Pueblo users start to use the scooters, the company will see whether or not they need more or less of them. The app comes with tutorials that will teach users how to properly park the scooters since they have no parking docks. City council recently reviewed plans for improvements on Union and Main that will make an effort to slow down traffic and create a space more friendly for pedestrians. The City of Pueblo also submitted a grant for a similar program with electronic bikes. Keep an eye out for these new exciting developments in our town!

Outdoor Activities By Jay Ramos With spring in full motion and summer right around the corner; Colorado is filled with hundreds of outdoor activities. Pueblo Colorado is no stranger to outdoor activities. These activities include outdoor biking, trail hiking, fishing, outdoor sports, and plenty more. The warm weather is perfect to gather some friends to go frisbee golfing at the City Park located on the south side of Pueblo. Colorado State University Pueblo also has a frisbee golf course open to the public. If frisbee golfing isn’t your thing; there are countless hiking and biking trails located through our wonderful city of Pueblo! One trail that is widely known is located off the northern side of the City Park. This trail rides along the Arkansas river both ways. Once you get to the wooden bridge located on the trail, you can choose left or right. Choosing the left direction will take you on a trail to the Nature Center and also the Pueblo Reservoir. Taking the right direction of the trail will take you to The Riverwalk located downtown Pueblo. Embarking on nature’s journey can be stress relieving and fun but always remember to be safe when biking or hiking. It’s recommended one should wear sunscreen and take lots of water to stay hydrated. If you have a dog; this trail is perfect for them. If hiking and biking isn’t your thing either, don’t worry anymore and get those fishing rods ready. Pueblo has lakes filled with fish to catch! A lot of Puebloans love to visit the Pueblo Reservoir and spend the day fishing and getting their feet wet. Malik Wilson is an avid fisher and fishing is one of his passions and hobbies. “I lived in Pueblo my whole life and one thing that never gets old is fishing. I love to prepare for the day with food and I take dogs out with me to soak in some sun.” Wilson is 26 years old and plans to do this his whole life. “I catch fish from all over the place in Colorado, but being here in the City of Pueblo is nice and convenient. I just bought some waders and man, I love them.” Fishing waders are pants that allow you to step in the water to fish. Wearing waders is beneficial because it avoids the person from getting wet and plus, it adds onto the fishing experience. “If I can give any advice, invest. I bought waders and this has made my fishing experience even more fun. The ones I bought allow me to fish in the winter too because it’s ventilated enough to keep me a little warm in the icy water. If you are new to fishing, I recommend

Strategies for Summer classes By Breanna Montoya Summer classes are right around the corner. Students are wondering what strategies they can ace their summer courses. It might be difficult for some students when the semesters are very short during the summer. Here are some methods that could help. Setting goals for yourself can be challenging, especially when it’s summer break. Make a list of goals on what you want to achieve in the courses. Don’t just remind yourself in your head, but keep the list right in front of you. Reviewing these goals can keep you motivated day by day. Be prepared to learn on the first day of class. Prepare with a notebook, your writing utensils, laptop, or tablet. When you are taking an online or in-person course, take notes and review the essential details of the lesson. Remember to pay attention when the instructor is giving you important information about the lecture. If you need help, seek help immediately: Don’t procrastinate. Whenever you don’t understand a concept, get a hold of your professor through email, in person, or Zoom. Take notes and listen to what the professor has to say. Especially ask plenty of questions on what you need help on. Mark your planner and calendar for important deadlines and due dates. When you receive the syllabus, it is essential to know exam dates, homework due dates, and project deadlines. Form a Zoom study group and meet up at least twice a week. If you are retaking a course, focus on where you struggled last time. Put in extra study time and focus on improving the concepts you had a hard time with. Practice outside of the class to learn and understand the lesson. Colorado State University-Pueblo student Kortni Solano, a graduating senior, says, “ Time management would probably be the best strategy that helped me. If you are taking courses, I would recommend not waiting until the last minute to complete your assignments.” Summer courses put students on a fast track where they only have 4 to 8-week classes.

Colorado State University Pueblo Spring Football By Stuart Symington

Due to COVID-19 protocols, this year’s spring game won’t be played. Instead, the team will conduct practice from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday. The athletic department is checking on whether the practice will be open to the public after the county has been moved to level yellow because of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. As the fall season approaches, the team looks to take a leap as the last season was a no go. The anticipation is building and the players are ready to show what they can bring to the field this season. Everyone in the building can feel tension rising and the excitement for the season is big. It will definitely be cool to see the players back on the field and the stands packed again. There are high hopes for the season as they want to make a puch deep into the playoffs and compete for the Championship. Overall, the biggest thing is keeping the focus and having tunnel vision in order to stay on track and have a successful season. The Pack always show up and show out and knows how to make a great game.




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The Today at CSU Pueblo May 6, 2021  

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