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Speaking to Club Presidents

Nicolette Tartler (middle), Member of SAB, hosting a Zoom meeting with other fellow SAB members

Megan Schimp, Contributor

October 26, 2020

Every other Thursday at 5 p.m. Nicolette Tartler conducts a meeting for the Students Activity Board at California University of Pennsylvania. She is no longer walking into the Vulcan Theatre with the rest of the executive board but logging onto Zoom to see the faces of the SAB members. SAB is an organization...

Mini quarantine narratives 

Coping in quarantine looks different for everyone. Here are three stories of life amidst a pandemic

Kortnie Gould, Contributor

October 25, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the United States this summer, the months of quarantine that followed altered the lives of civilians across the country. Three Washington County residents experienced this interruption of life and its lasting effects.  Bailey Schmalzried, 22, left for New J...

Virtual service and friendship with Gamma Sigma Sigma  

GSS members pose with works of art made at their 'Paint & Sip' event during late February.

Kaitlyn Collins, Staff Writer

October 23, 2020

Clubs and organizations at California University of Pennsylvania are all adapting to the changes brought onto them by COVID-19. Organizations that tend to do several service projects each semester are seeing fewer opportunities since everything is virtual. However, Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national servic...

Combatting Zoom fatigue during an online semester

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Johanna Eisel, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

While Zoom enables students to learn remotely this semester at California University of Pennsylvania, there are downsides to the new classroom environment – Zoom fatigue.  “We as humans, tend to get social cues from other people,” said Jayna Bonfini, assistant professor and counselor in the counseling center at Ca...

President Geraldine Jones Receives Jennie A. Carter Award

Geraldine M. Jones, president, California University of Pennsylvania

Tom Caton, Editor in Chief

October 22, 2020

Geraldine Jones, president of California University of Pennsylvania, was brought to tears after receiving the Jennie A. Carter award on Oct. 8, as she was virtually surrounded by other Cal U faculty, friends, and family members. Sheleta Camarda-Webb, director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion...

Students juggle work, classes and homework to pay for textbooks, rent, tuition, food and more

Workers in the food section of the Sheetz convenience store in Brownsville Pa. during the grand opening on Aug. 29, 2019.

Megan Schimp, Contributor

October 22, 2020

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Cal U senior Molly Elliot wakes up and goes to class. She works through the day attending online classes until 3:15 p.m. and then leaves to go to work for the night, with her shift beginning at 4 p.m. Then she comes home to do homework and stays up as long as she ...

Final DebateWatch Event Oct. 22

Final DebateWatch Event Oct. 22

Cal U Communications

October 20, 2020

Cal U faculty, staff and students are invited to watch the final president debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, which is scheduled to be held 9-10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. DebateWatch 2020 watch parties and live discussions have taken place during the presidential...

85 faculty members face layoffs for unclear reasons: APSCUF

Aerial shot of the Cal U clock tower and Old Main

Hannah Wyman, News Editor

October 14, 2020

While faculty are working hard to help students learn virtually, at the same time many are worried over the constant threat of their jobs. This past June, around 85 Cal U faculty were projected to lose their jobs by the end of May 2021, said Jamie Martin, president of the faculty union. Association of Penns...

Feverish tweets on flu shots 

Johanna Eisel, Contributor

October 14, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is receiving backlash from anti-vaccinators on their tweet to have all Pennsylvanians vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.   All the followers that responded to the Department of Health, replied against getting the vaccination. Some followers...

Relay for Life organizers continue to spread awareness from home

(L-R): Students Bailey Westfall, club president, Amanda Andrews, McKenna Ferris and Maria Dovshek, club vice president, at the 2019 Relay for Life event.

Alexandra Paes, Staff Writer

October 14, 2020

The Relay for Life organization at California University refuses to let distance learning stop them from spreading their awareness message to the public. Cal U’s chapter of Relay for Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and has hosted fundraisers over the past few years. The biggest...

Chancellor’s virtual visit ends with more questions than answers

Chancellor Greenstein addresses an audience of over 250 participant over Zoom on the topic of the proposed integration.

Hannah Wyman, News Writer

October 7, 2020

Chancellor Dan Greenstein’s virtual visit to discuss the merger of Cal U, Edinboro University and Clarion University left faculty and students with more questions than answers on the impact on programs, staff and faculty on Monday. In response to a question on how the three universities will collabora...

The other side of the screen: Cal U professors and their experience teaching via Zoom

Cal U professors find it hard to connect with students and ensure quality education over Zoom.

Megan Schimp, Contributor

October 7, 2020

Every morning, California University professors start their classes by logging onto their computer and signing into Zoom. Rather than seeing students come into a physical classroom, professors watch as their students trickle into a virtual call one by one. It is different than what they are used to,...

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