Opinion: College mask mandate keeps community and campus safe, if enforced

Note: intended for release on September 24, 2021 but was missed during publication A collective groan is heard on Hastings College campus on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 16. A little past 8 a.m., Dr. Annette Vargas, recently appointed Vice President for Student Access, Enrollment, and Performance, sent an email to campus announcing that despite campus being in the green according to the Guideline Matrix, … Continue reading Opinion: College mask mandate keeps community and campus safe, if enforced

Online classes will have merit beyond the end of quarantine and lockdown measures

At the beginning of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the attendance policy was changed to allow virtual or in-person attendance according to safety needs. This was mainly set up to allow students in quarantine to be able to participate in class, and it also opened the door for students who may have been feeling ill in general, or who wanted to quarantine before … Continue reading Online classes will have merit beyond the end of quarantine and lockdown measures

Committed to comm”U”nity

A message from your SA President- and Vice President-Elect As your newly elected Student Association (SA) president and vice president, DaeRon and I are dedicating ourselves to our Hastings College community, past, present and future. Right now, more than ever, we need to support one another and stay united. We will continue to take care of each other and get through this together as one … Continue reading Committed to comm”U”nity

The importance of college, student journalism

Students are the target audience of college campuses; they are built and designed for and, by and large, who they are occupied by most predominantly. This is why the student perspective is so vital to understanding a college campus entirely. Student journalism is one of the most accessible ways for students to have their voices heard and experiences recognized in an official manner on campus. … Continue reading The importance of college, student journalism

College newspapers the target of administrations

As colleges and universities in the United States continue to absorb large sums of money or simply manage to stay afloat in the midst of a socially-economic changing atmosphere in the field of higher education, one common tactic seems to emerge: trading in the importance of student operated journalism and college newspapers for a polished, marketable school “branding.”  Student reporters, college newspapers and their advisors … Continue reading College newspapers the target of administrations

Hastings: we ask that you #updateyourallystatus

We are Hastings College Ally Training (HCAT), and we were formed as part of our Persuasion class. For this block, we were tasked with running a campaign about diversity. After deciding that we had the most agency to talk about the gender and sexual minorities (GSM), we designed and developed a campaign to teach the general public about it. One reason we chose this topic … Continue reading Hastings: we ask that you #updateyourallystatus

The imagined attainability of college education

Not too long ago (depending on who you ask…) college was a very different experience. The application processes, classes offered, schedules and day-to-day environments were either much more open or distinctly closed off depending on location. For modern college students, internships are better than they were in the past, students and teachers have more avenues of communication than ever before and doing research is no … Continue reading The imagined attainability of college education

HC needs to be more environmentally friendly

One thing Hastings College can rightfully pride itself on is our beautiful campus. However, our campus has been littered with trash lately. While many students on campus have a complete disregard for this campus and the planet, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old, is making huge strides in activism for climate change. As an institution and a student body that claims to be the leaders of our … Continue reading HC needs to be more environmentally friendly

Activism, how to change the world in a productive way

We’ve all seen posts on social media that include the phrase: “share this article/picture/story/picture etc. about this issue.” I’m not saying that these types of campaigns are bad, in fact that they are often very helpful for raising awareness of lesser-known issues.  However, they often fall into the trap of fake activism, also known as “slacktivism.” Slacktivism is a kind of passive “activism” that is … Continue reading Activism, how to change the world in a productive way

HC should not limit students’ on-campus jobs

The Human Resources department recently emailed student workers, detailing an edict that from September 20th going forward, students will only be allowed to work in two departments on campus. There are a number of problems with this new rule. One of them is that the initial email was sent on August 13th, which is the day before school started. Such short notice of such a … Continue reading HC should not limit students’ on-campus jobs