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How “The Basement” heals: A student’s journey from heartbreak to art

Jeromy Mackey performing in

Jeromy S. Mackey, Contributor

April 30, 2020

It’s a Friday night in my college town, and while so many of my fellow “Vulcans” are scouring the dilapidated Mon Valley area of California, Pennsylvania for fraternity parties or anywhere to find amusement in our one-stoplight town, I am standing at a microphone in a dank cellar as a life-siz...

Hard work pays off: The many hats Gary Smith wears to successfully run CUTV

Head director and advisor of CUTV Gary Smith with his 2019 George Heaslip Media Award.

Tom Caton, Editor-in-Chief

April 27, 2020

It was the fall of 1994, when a young, eager-to-learn student named Gary Smith first walked into the media suite at California University of Pennsylvania. At the time, Smith thought he would be at Cal U for only four years, but who would have thought he would be laying the groundwork for his career ...

My first STD

A student walks down the hall of Cal U's Wellness Center located in Carter Hall.

Meghan Shaffer, Contributor

April 23, 2020

I’ve never had an STD before. I never thought of myself as the kind of person who would ever receive this grotesque gift that everyone pretends to be so ashamed of, like those lumps of coal in our stocking on Christmas morning. I have been tested for sexually transmitted diseases a handful of times si...

Fresh ink: getting my first tattoo for a class assignment

Skyler Kapuschinsky's first tattoo inspired by his favorite animal, a duck.

Skyler Kapuschinsky, Contributor

April 20, 2020

I have always wanted to get myself a tattoo; something permanently branded on myself that would properly exemplify my passions and emotions. A minuscule part of me feared the pain. A larger portion was either too lazy or did not feel like using the money to get one. It took me a long while, but I fi...

Keeping fit and having fun! A conversation with Cal U’s Sports and Recreation Services directors on CUTV’s “Cal U Connections”

Herron Recreation and Fitness Center, California University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 25, 2017

Cal Times

April 20, 2020

California University of Pennsylvania offers a wide variety of sports, recreation and fitness activities in addition to intercollegiate athletics programs. Jamison Roth, director of recreational services, Tom Hasbrouck, assistant director of recreational services, and Terry Carnathan, coordinator...

Feeling stressed? Cal U therapists discuss mindfulness techniques for coping with change. (CUTV Video).

Feeling stressed? Cal U therapists discuss mindfulness techniques for coping with change.  (CUTV Video).

Cal Times

April 16, 2020

Dr. Quiana Golphin and Dr. Dawn Moeller, therapists at the Cal U Counseling Center, discuss mindfulness techniques for coping with change in this edition of CUTV's "Cal U Connections," April 14, 2020. In this program, the presenters defined what mindfulness is, how we know it works, how students can...

Admitting to myself that I had a possible addiction to alcohol was hard.

April is alcohol awareness month, and while bars and restaurants may be closed, alcohol consumption is rapidly rising, especially with people staying home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jake Brown, Contributor

April 16, 2020

Alcohol, to me, is like The Spice from “Dune.” It feels like it can prolong life, heightens awareness, and lets me see into the future, metaphorically, and is also highly addictive. That’s how it feels, at least. Admitting to myself that I had a possible addiction to alcohol was hard. It was...

Jonny’s Country Kitchen: How to make barbecue ribs on a charcoal grill

Barbecue ribs on a charcoal grill

Jonathan Sakaguchi

April 6, 2020

Spring has sprung, the air is fresh and the weather is warming up, so now it’s time to pull out the grills, fire pits, and smokers simply because it’s barbeque season! This is the time of the year that I love to sit outside with the radio on (with 91.9 WCAL on if possible), listen to my pets running...

Here’s what’s cookin! A recipe for low-carb creamy southwest chicken

Low-carb Creamy Southwest Chicken

Josh Mavilla

April 2, 2020

Looking for something to cook while stuck inside because of the coronavirus pandemic?  Try this recipe we found for low-carb creamy southwest chicken.  It's easy to create, isn't packed with too many calories (191 calories per serving; 4 servings), and it's said to be so good that it's also enjoyed...

The Cal U Counseling Center offers assistance and mental health resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

If you find yourself needing support at this time and want to locate resources close to you, the Cal U Counseling Center will work with you to find local support. To contact the faculty counselors, please call 724.938.4056 or email: Jayna Bonfini, PhD,, Quiana Golphin, PhD,, Dawn Moeller, PhD

The Cal U Counseling Center

March 20, 2020

The Cal U Counseling Center remains committed to supporting student emotional well-being and resilience. Due to the Covid-19 response, the Cal U Counseling Center will adjust its operations until the remainder of the spring term. Further changes may be required as Cal U and PASSHE directives...

Their Story

Blaine Hill-Banks, a student at Cal U, identifies as nonbinary, a term used to describe someone whose gender identity isn't exclusively male or female.

Hannah Wyman, News Editor

February 3, 2020

Sitting in a neon orange hoodie with their small, dark hands folded on top of the synthetic wood tabletop, Blaine Hill-Banks looked like someone who was sure of themselves. Hair cut within an inch of itself and loose, baggy clothes shaping their small frame, Hill-Banks is definitely an androgynous character,...

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