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Art History Department to be Eliminated, Tenured Faculty Receive Termination Notices

John Carroll University has planned to eliminate the Art History major among other programs.

By Sophia Maltese and Rachel Scully

September 22, 2020

The Art History Department has been dissolved effective August 31, 2021. Two tenured faculty members in the department, Bo Liu and Gerry Guest, have received termination letters and have been told they will lose their positions once that date arrives. “It would be an understatement to say that the...

Whiteness Does Not Make You Superior: A Message to the Brown Community

A photo of the fair & lovely cream, a commonly used skin lightening product within the brown community.

By Maryam Pervaiz, New Jersey City University

September 18, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement has me thinking about how I can become a better ally. Within the culture that I come from, there is a world where brown people are constantly obsessing over how light their skin is and how disgusted they are by dark-colored skin. For all my non-brown folks, you might...

Plogging: the new eco-friendly exercise trend perfect for social distancing 

Daniel Toben poses with trash collected from plogging, an activity that is a combination of jogging and picking up roadside litter.

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

September 14, 2020

Daniel Toben’s face beams at the camera as he poses with his arms spread in front of filled garbage bags. His Instagram caption reads, “The government said, “while maintaining social distancing, take a trash bag while you stretch your legs,” so I cleaned up a whole entrance to the lake...

Students demonstrate against racism, police brutality in on-campus march

Derrick Buie attends the Equal Justice March and Vigil on Sept. 4 at Mercer University.

By Lars Lonnroth, Mercer University

September 9, 2020

Approximately 400 Mercer students, faculty and staff marched through campus Sept. 4 protesting racism and police brutality in Mercer’s first Equal Justice March and Vigil. Afterwards, more than 100 demonstrators gathered in Willingham Hall for a rally and vigil where protest organizers read the...

Language barriers limit parents’ ability to assist their children with remote learning

Sixth grade teacher Andrew Vo in his home set up for remote teaching. Vo is a teacher at Aloha Elementary in Lakewood.

By Vanessa Maya, Cerritos College

September 8, 2020

Many school districts, grappling with challenges from the pandemic, have made the decision to teach through remote learning this year, forcing many parents and guardians to make the best of the situation and help their children adapt. For parents with English language learner students, the switch to...

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Only about 13% of Mercer undergraduates hail from outside of Georgia.

By Mary Helene Hall, Mercer University

September 4, 2020

The fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is rapidly approaching, and Mercer University students are preparing to return to campus. Some students’ trips, however, will be a bit longer than others’. Only about 13% of Mercer undergraduates hail from outside of Georgia, according to the school’s website. Not only does this mean their trips t...

An Unprecedented Fall Brings Many Changes

Classroom located in the School of Business. Photo courtesy of

By Kenise Brown and Haresh Oudhnarine

September 2, 2020

When the university unlocks its gates in the Fall, many professors will strive to have students in a secured environment with online and HyFlex learning, a model where students can attend class both in-person and virtually throughout the semester. Many professors and even departments have already...

New Food Vendor, New Problems

Anoka-Ramsey community members sitting in the Riverside Cafe on the Coon Rapids campus. Aladdin Food Services supplies the food for this cafe.

By Tatiana Avila, Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Coon Rapids

May 26, 2020

Note: This story was reported on and written prior to the State of Minnesota's closing of schools due to COVID-19. Former food service workers on the Coon Rapids campus have concerns about the way food is handled by Aladdin Food Services. Aladdin serves food in the Riverside Cafe and Coffee Kiosk &a...

Exploring Deaf culture

Travis Smith, a woodworking major at Cerritos College, cuts planks for a dresser.

By Daniel Suarez Jr. and Derrick Coleman

May 20, 2020

Travis Smith is going to Cerritos College pursuing his life-long passion as a woodworking major. Surrounded by heavy machinery in the woodshop, he is the only student not wearing protective gear on his ears. This is because Travis has been deaf since birth. Many would characterize deafness as just...

As coronavirus cases surpass 12,000 in LA County, students navigate racial disparities, information and safety

N95 respirator masks are a popular option for safeguarding against contracting the coronavirus while outside. N95 masks offer more protection than surgical or woven masks. Omar Rashad/The Union

By Omar Rashad, El Camino College

May 4, 2020

With officials confirming thousands of new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County every week, El Camino College students are navigating disparities and figuring out how to stay safe and informed. “It’s like playing a game of tag and you don’t know who’s it and you won’t know until it’s t...

Graduating amidst COVID-19: A new outlook on an old tradition

This years commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 will look nothing like this, as cancellations happened due to COVID-19. A video will be uploaded this Saturday however, to recognize the efforts of the graduation class.

By Denise Perez and Elvis Polvon

April 30, 2020

“Congratulations class of 2020!” These are the words that thousands of graduates across the world strived to hear. Due to COVID-19, like other colleges, Seward County Community College made the decision to close campus and move to an online format of classes, for the safety of students, and staff.  ...

Local businesses see decline in sales following shift to online classes amid COVID-19 pandemic

GiGi's Pizza is located across the street from El Camino College. The popular pizza stop has seen a decline in revenue, as have other businesses in the area, ever since in-person lectures moved online due to coronavirus concerns. Stephanie Choi/The Union

By Stephanie Choi and Jorian Palos

April 30, 2020

Local small businesses surrounding El Camino College have experienced a decline in sales following instructional classes being moved online amid the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles County. “Devastating is probably a good word,” Bob Gilewski, owner of Gigi's Pizza located across the street...

SCCC steps up to quarantine families in need

Seward County Community College will be using the 72 open rooms excluding the Student Living Center for families who need to be quarantined. They will only be available for residents of Liberal.

By Annette Meza, Seward County Community College

April 29, 2020

Seward County Community College stepped up to serve the Liberal community by providing shelter for those who need to be quarantined after being exposed to those with COVID-19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Seward County Emergency team requested that the college help shelter...

Concurrent students struggle with loss from COVID-19

There are 365 concurrent students this semester for SCCC and most of them are dealing with the loss of their senior year. (Eagle icon provided by the USD 210 website)

By Preston Burrows, Seward County Community College

April 28, 2020

“I had my last day of high school without even knowing,” Jenna Beesley, Hugoton High School and Seward County Community College concurrent student, said. This seemed to be the case for most students of the class of 2020.  March 23. The date was so close that students could hardly wait to go on...

COVID-19 Testing Site Opens at San Gabriel Valley Airport

El Monte Community Hospital teams up with LA county and El Monte Representatives as COVID-19 testing site opens at San Gabriel Valley Airport Wednesday morning.

By Clarissa Martinez, Rio Hondo College

April 27, 2020

The city of El Monte opened up a COVID-19 testing facility on Wednesday Apr.15 located at the San Gabriel Valley Airport. Anyone can schedule an appointment online and testing is free. The county of Los Angeles, the city of El Monte and El Monte Community Hospital have all partnered up in order to get...

Industrial Tech helps make National Beef a safer place

Employees at National Beef in Liberal feel safer and more protected now that cubicles of plexi glass have been placed around the plant.

By Annette Meza, Seward County Community College

April 24, 2020

As the number of cases rise in Liberal, now up to 195, places of work try to make their environments as safe as they can for employees. National Beef, the largest place of employment for Liberal, was in dire need of any sort of protection for their employees from the novel COVID-19 virus.  Work...

NMSU Greek Life takes precautions against COVID-19

Those living in off-campus fraternity or sorority houses have either been asked to vacate the premise if possible or have been told to leave altogether.

By Jensen Stell, New Mexico State University

April 22, 2020

New Mexico State University’s Greek Life groups are taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19. Those living in off-campus fraternity or sorority houses have either been asked to vacate the premise if possible or have been told to leave altogether. NMSU Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority...

Refund for classes handled case-by-case

Hands-on classes became

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

April 22, 2020

A nursing student gets ready for their clinicals and puts on their scrubs, goes to the hospital and spends hours shadowing a nurse and even more hours filling out paperwork. This is what class looked like just over a month ago, but now that nursing student gets on their laptop at home and does their...

Liberal community comes together to provide masks

Community members help neighbors and friends by sewing masks due to a nationwide shortage. The CDC has recommended that everyone wear masks for the protection of others and your own well being.

By Annette Meza, Seward County Community College

April 20, 2020

A shortage of protective masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired citizens of Liberal to come together at a distance to make reusable masks for those on the front lines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended for everyone to wear protective masks and gloves, if they can....

CSUB student residents say goodbye to campus

Entryway of CSUB Housing East on Monday, March 23, 2020 after student residents were asked to go back to their primary residence amid the coronavirus pandemic

By Jenn Pardinas, Katrina Singleton, and Paige Atkison

April 16, 2020

CSU Bakersfield’s President Lynnette Zelezny sent out an email to all students and faculty on March 12 stating that CSUB, along with the rest of the CSU system, was transitioning to online courses until the end of the spring semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. CSUB students who live in student...

Kansas gets a ‘C’ for social distancing

It's been a month since

By Preston Burrows, Seward County Community College

April 16, 2020

Going to the store or to a favorite restaurant everyday seems to be in the past with stay-at-home restrictions from the federal and state government. Also, when absolutely necessary, citizens are to keep conversations to a minimum with at least six feet between the two people or a group less than 10...

Long distance learning changes lives of students

Destiny Duran, Psychology major, learns from her family’s dinner table. Duran is a sophomore planning to attend University of Kansas in the fall. She said, “Online school makes me think homework is optional.”

By Rebecca Irby, Seward County Community College

April 10, 2020

It’s been three weeks since students received an email announcing that classes were going online as a result of the spread of COVID-19. Initially, this different class style shocked students but after everything settled down, some have mixed feelings about the change. Some students such as Marcos...

Teachers against COVID-19

Satanta teachers worked hard to put student’s supplies in brown paper bags while wearing personal protective equipment to keep the community safe. This system was set up as a drive-thru so students could get their supplies quickly so the next could do the same.

By Preston Burrows and Annette Meza

April 9, 2020

Notebooks, textbooks, and left over items from students are stuffed into a black trash bag and set out on the school curb. Lesson plans disappear while a new plan is ready to send out in an email. Teachers saw their senior students one last time without even knowing it. This is a story where students...

The first week back: Cal U students and faculty describe challenges and adjustments to online learning

Cal U Senior Paul MacLean's computer generated animation of the Convocation Center was created in Roblox so computer science graduates can experience a

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

April 9, 2020

For the first time in history, all Cal U students are learning from someplace other than on campus. On March 28, full class schedules resumed as students logged onto D2L to begin the rest of the spring semester.   Many students took the first week as a time to adjust to new changes. Sophomore...

It’s a “Ruff” life

Sophomore Shaina Ruff has taken the “teacher” role during these hard times. She continues teaching not only herself, but also her 11-year-old son, Mekhia.

By Denise Perez, Seward County Community College

April 9, 2020

Online schooling has been difficult for many college students. Whether that be struggling with zoom calls, bad internet connection or just no motivation. Many of can relate to these situations but one that not everyone can relate to is being a stay-at-home student while also being a child's teacher.  ...

COVID-19 leaves SCCC students unemployed

 Local family owned coffee shop The Hustle posts a sign on their door announcing they are closed until further notice due to COVID-19. The shop employed a SCCC student Mario Loredo. They were forced to close due to lack of supplies and groceries.

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

April 3, 2020

The gyms are empty. The restaurants are empty. The streets are empty ... and wallets are empty. A global pandemic has caused a crisis in the personal lives of students in Liberal as some lose their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 has caused many businesses to adapt to the Center for Disease...

Autism Awareness Month: Cal Times editor-in-chief shares personal story of living with autism

April is Autism Awareness Month and the coined phrase

By Tom Caton, California University of Pennsylvania

April 3, 2020

What exactly is autism? Some people are aware of this mental disorder while many others do not understand and often, make fun of an individual who has autism. This mental disorder hits very close to home because I myself have been diagnosed with autism for over a decade now. Autism affects 1 in 100...

Students and faculty react to campus shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic

A sign on the Cal U Convocation Center advises all to

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

April 2, 2020

On March 16,  President Geraldine M. Jones announced that Cal U would be finishing the remainder of the spring semester online and through distance learning due to the spread of COVID-19, a potentially serious respiratory disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This...

W.Va. health facility horror stories: “It feels like my safety doesn’t come first.”

A notice in a Kanawha County nursing home details the facility's recommended procedures regarding wearing masks and taking smoke breaks.

By Douglas Harding, Marshall University

April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: Some sources in this story agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity out of fear of repercussions regarding their employment. Amid the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, healthcare facilities across West Virginia are experiencing shortages of necessary masks and other essential...

Ballroom dancing waltzes into SCCC

Mary Nagell and students dancing to “Let’s Get Loud”.

By Rebecca Irby, Denise Perez, and Calen Moore

April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: This story was produced by our staff before spring break. While this class no longer meets due to the statewide coronavirus “stay-at-home” order, we thought you’d enjoy it. When thinking of the student union, a pool table, cafeteria or the gym might come to mind. The sounds...

International students feel the pandemic

The Lady Saints volleyball team is made up of many International students from Brazil. Victoria Martins (center) is also from Brazil and she enjoys going to the girls game and showing them some support. Pictured with Martins are Djuly Schmorantz, Fabiana Petkowicz, Thais Vieira, Laura de Pra, and Livia de Pra.

By Victoria Martins, Seward County Community College

March 30, 2020

The past weeks haven’t been easy for anyone. So many decisions have been made in the middle of chaos. This COVID-19 pandemic has a different effect on everyone. As an international student from Brazil, all of this hit me a little differently. With so many unanswered questions, there’s a river of...

Students witness panic during Coronavirus pandemic

Jonathan Jacquez, Walmart employee and high schooler, tries to stock chemical cleaning products in an aisle half empty due to customers panic buying.

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

March 24, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) panic has moved from big cities to even small communities in Southwest Kansas. Everyone has been advised to stay home and practice “social distancing” or staying far away from people. Students at Seward County Community College are moving to online classes and have been...

Students react to taking classes online

The SCCC campus has cleared out after President Ken Trzaska's announcement to switch to online classes starting Monday. Some staff and faculty are still on campus working but students are supposed to stay home.

By Preston Burrows, Rebecca Irby, and Denise Perez

March 24, 2020

The phone buzzed in most students' pockets at exactly 10:23 a.m. Tuesday. For some, the message brought stress with the new wave of changes announced. While others were grateful the right decisions were made.  This email changed the course of the 2020 college school year.  With an extended spring break due to COVID-19, K...

NJCAA cancels spring sports, SCCC athletics supports decision

Evan Truelson, North Riddgeville, Ohio, winds up before releasing a pitch in a March 7 game against Cloud County Community College. The redshirt freshman pitched in 11 games before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He split time between pitching and playing first base before all activities at Seward County Community College were canceled.

By Amberley Vervalin, Seward County Community College

March 20, 2020

The National Junior College Association made the difficult decision to cancel all spring athletics, along with the upcoming national tournaments due to Covid-19, the Coronavirus. The March 16 decision was the last athletic association to cancel after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

SCCC moves to online classes March 23

All SCCC classes will be moving to an online format beginning March 23. For more information, visit

By Annette Meza and Elvis Polvon

March 18, 2020

In response to current conditions surrounding the Coronavirus disease, the Seward County Community College executive team decided to move classes online beginning March 23. Students are responsible to contact their instructors directly to obtain their coursework. Administration advises students to check...

Chapman University: Are students safe?

By Rodolfo Pinedo, Rio Hondo College

March 17, 2020

This story was originally published on El Paisano on February 25, 2020.

UA Suspends All Instruction Through March 29 in Response to Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control created this image to show the structure of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

By Megan Parker and Kaitee Horstmann

March 12, 2020

In response to recommendations from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, The University of Akron Present Gary L. Miller announced that all face-to-face instruction has been suspended and will begin again in an online format on March 30. Several Ohio universities have started transitioning to full online instruc...

COVID-19: What does it mean for NVU?

NVU Dean of Students Jonathan Davis has been in constant contact with the travelers who returned from Italy.

By Rebecca Flieder, Northern Vermont University - Johnson

March 12, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is a rapidly developing story. Please head to for the latest information from us, as well as and COVID-19, the novel coronavirus disease, has been rapidly spreading across the planet in what ...

Tarleton’s Tobacco-free policy promotes healthy living

The official memo from Chancellor John Sharp requests all A&M System universities and agencies to adopt a tobacco-free policy. Tarleton decided to install a policy on all Tarleton campuses that bans all forms of tobacco.

By Francisco Castro, Tarleton State University

March 9, 2020

From Stephenville, to Fort Worth, to Waco, Midlothian, and RELLIS – Bryan campuses, all forms of Tobacco have been banned from all Tarleton campuses. This ban began in Jan. 2020 and includes all forms of cigarettes, cigars, vapes, e-cigarettes, and various forms of chewing tobacco. Following the...

Twitter highlights of Super Tuesday

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) holds a rally hours before Super Tuesday at the Rivercentre in St. Paul, MN, on March 2, 2020.

By Preston Burrows, Seward County Community College

March 9, 2020

It was down to three. Two opponents were neck and neck and one is not going down without a fight. With twists and turns and the plot thickening, some would consider this a drama series, but in fact this is the 2020 United States democratic presidential primary election. This week started off with...

Coronavirus: what is it and what’s happening?

The Coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China. To prevent from spreading the infection, it is recommended that you wash your hands, stay home if symptoms arise and wear a mask if possible.

By Rebecca Irby, Seward County Community College

March 9, 2020

As some students prepare to travel during spring break, ticket prices or itinerary plans aren’t the only things causing worry.  As of March 3, a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, has now been detected in 70 international locations. Constant media coverage and the number ...

Sexual assault can happen anywhere

Sexual assault isn’t just about nonconsensual intercourse. It can also be non-consented contact whether it’s unnecessary touching or aggressive choking.

By Denise Perez and Maggie Ibarra

February 25, 2020

"Knowing who he was, being my father’s best friend…It’s crazy how you grow up around a person and you think that you could trust that person and then one night when you’re spending the night they say 'let's do this' and you say 'no.'" Kenneth Holmes, a sophomore criminal justice major from Turp...

Photo Essay: Sundays are busy work day for local pastor

Cress preached the first Sunday of January this year. He arrives at church every Sunday at 9 a.m. to look over his notes.

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

February 21, 2020

Sunday mornings can be relaxing or hectic depending on your family or vocation. For Mark Cress, a pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in Liberal,  Sunday mornings get very busy. It involves meetings — both planned and unplanned — plenty of studying, counseling and preaching. First Southern Baptist wen...

Twisted Origins

Jak explains her process to Jordan while prepping for the tattoo.

By Anthony Erickson, Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Coon Rapids

February 20, 2020

From outside the shop, it doesn't carry the looks of an ordinary business. However, for a tattoo shop that prides itself on only custom work, who wants anything ordinary?  As one steps passed the rabbit-hole threshold, a shop bell sounds signaling the arrival of the day's first client. She's...

Photo Essay: Colvin makes language learning fun

Victoria Bangs provides a visual learning experience for beginning English students. Most of the students speak Spanish but Bangs doesn’t allow it to be spoken in her class, in an effort to get as much English practice as possible. One of the best ways for beginner students to connect a meaning with a vocabulary word is by acting it out or using pictures. There are three levels of English offered at the Colvin Adult Learning Center — basic, intermediate and advanced.

By Photography 2 Class, Seward County Community College

February 14, 2020

Sitting slightly off Kansas Avenue in Liberal, the Colvin Adult Learning Center is easy to miss. The plain white building has no distinguishing features to draw the attention of those passing by. It doesn’t need it though, the magic happens inside. Students come from Liberal and surrounding communities...

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.

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

February 14, 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,...

It’s all about love! Cal U couples tell surprise engagement stories and share V-Day plans

Cal U campus was buzzing with the news about two surprise engagements. On left, Cal U student Nick Bishop proposed to McKenna Ferris at Cal U's Homecoming parade Oct. 12, 2019.   On right, Joe Hepple proposed to Beth Ann Bentz at a reception for AVI staff members on Nov. 26, 2019.

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

February 14, 2020

One day, Nick Bishop walked McKenna Ferris to her class in Morgan Hall from Duda Hall. The same thing happened the following day. And the day after. And the day after that until it became an essential part of both of their weeks. Three years later, amid Cal U’s annual Homecoming parade, Bishop got...

Turning Point USA Brings Political Dialogue to UM-Flint

TPUSA Vice President Brandon Hahn speaks during one of his club's meetings. A regular meeting consists of planning for upcoming events, watching videos related to those events and talking about foreign and domestic US policy.

By Santiago Ochoa and Ryan Lanxton

February 12, 2020

Turning Point USA, a controversial student-led political organization, has taken root at the UM-Flint campus. Led by its president, UM-Flint biology major Gabrielle Stephens, the group is looking to bring political dialogue to the school. “Our goal is to basically bring conversation and be a place...

Dorm fines cause mixed emotions among students

Spring semester has brought in new classes, snow and what the SCCC students are mostly confused about: Dorm fines.

By Annette Meza and Preston Burrows

February 10, 2020

A car pulls up to the Seward County Community College Student Living Center containing three students. They’re arriving back from a weekend trip to Wichita where they visited family. The three girls walked into the building, up the stairs and into a single room. The time was approximately 40 to...

New graduate application process stirs faculty concern

A new system for graduate school applications has created concerns among faculty.

By Aimee Ryan, New Mexico State University

February 10, 2020

Department heads and program coordinators of several graduate programs at New Mexico State University have made complaints about SLATE, a system adopted by NMSU’s graduate school last academic year. The program serves as a portal for prospective graduate students to apply to programs and for faculty...

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