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National Mental Health Month takes on new meaning in quarantine

The end of the semester has finally arrived –– a time when most students relax and unwind in the increasingly warm weather. But due to the active pandemic, students can’t enjoy the luxury of going to the beach, movies or even stores without severe restrictions. Other than the end of the semester and the brink of summer, May also brings with it National Mental Health Month.

Paramore singer launches strong solo project with ‘Petals for Armor’

Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the pop-punk band Paramore, thrilled fans with the release on May 8 of her full-length solo album, “Petals for Armor.”

Finishing up the year, students share what they miss most

The end of the school year is always bittersweet, but with the circumstances of COVID-19, it’s feeling more bitter than it does sweet for many. Even through the struggles, students at the College have hope for next semester, and are ready as ever to be back on campus. 

Professors voice opinions on virtual learning

When sociology professor at the College Diane Bates reflected on her experience teaching an online class at another institution prior to quarantine, she recalled finding many red flags in the process.

Student organizations struggle to maintain normalcy online

Almost every student at the College has been immersed in student organizations — but when the global pandemic forced the College to shut down for the rest of the school year, organizations that depend on meeting in person struggled to continue online. Many students are finding that applications like Zoom or Google Hangouts can only offer so much to fill the lack of fundamental campus equipment, space and technology.

Art department draws inspiration from quarantine

Unable to exhibit artists in the College’s art gallery in the Art and Interactive Multimedia building, director Margaret Pezalla-Granlund is finding new ways to keep the artwork alive.

Social distancing is a luxury. A pass/fail option isn’t enough.

COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected every student at the College, but some more than others. The disenfranchised have been left on the outskirts of crucial resources, overlooked as administrators and governors fail to recognize the needs of every community member. This is why I created a petition that encourages the College to do more than just offer a pass/fail option.

Under the Trump administration, free speech is an abused ideal

Since his reelection campaign kicked off in August 2019, President Donald Trump has shown increasingly less tolerance for American minorities.

Lions’ Plate: TikTok’s Whipped Coffee

With a lot of free time on our hands recently, many have resorted to trying out new hobbies. Going on TikTok to stay updated on the latest food and drink recipes has been my favorite way to pass time, and this whipped coffee recipe has taken the app by storm.

Netflix makes it reign with ‘Tiger King’ docuseries

Zoo operator, politician and reality T.V. star—over the years, Joe Exotic has held quite a few titles. And as “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” has taken over computer screens and provided some much needed quarantine entertainment, the fan favorite can now add another one to his resume: the King of Netflix.

Mental health on lockdown: as pandemic sparks influx of anxiety, College offers resources

Between walking to classes, interacting with peers and maintaining a busy schedule, Veronica Flesher’s days spent on campus always left her feeling calm and focused. But when the bustling campus emptied and students packed their bags to go home a few months too early, everything seemed to change.

From student to multimedia producer, graduate shares advice on making it in the real world

Six years ago, Kylie Moore graduated from the College with a communication studies degree, extensive editing knowledge and a dream to work in entertainment.

Social isolation in response to pandemic decreases global pollution

The strict measures countries are taking to decrease the spread of the coronavirus has inadvertently decreased global pollution.

Bored at home? ‘New Horizons’ is your new digital vacation

As coronavirus continues to spread, people are fishing in their local rivers, shopping for furniture to decorate their tents and throwing beach parties with dozens of their closest friends.

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