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June 1, 2020

The Current #5: Wrapping Up This Year

By Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton


This is the last issue of The Current for this quarter and for this school year. As we wrap up the remainder of Spring Quarter 2020, I wanted to take some time to look back on some of the biggest moments of the last three quarters. 

By recapping this past school year, I hope that we can look back on the moments we shared on campus together, especially given the current shelter-in-place order. Although the last few months have been greatly defined  by uncertainty, we have adapted to the changes as a student body. I  hope that as you take this quick trip down memory lane with me, you are able to remember the positive things of Spring Quarter 2020. 

I look forward to growing together with the UCSD community. I hope that you continue to support your local journalists and media outlets; given recent current events, it is more imperative than ever to stay informed. As a student body newspaper, I look forward to serving you in the next year. If you ever want to reach out to us or just chat, feel free to email me at 

We’ll see you again in the fall!

Always investigating, 

Ella Chen

Editor-in-Chief 2020-21

P.S. Congratulations Class of 2020! 


News Recap




  • As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, UCSD was one of the first campuses to announce the switch to remote learning after spring break. By the middle of the quarter, almost 82 percent of on-campus housing contracts were terminated. 

  • In a reassessment of its budget, ASUCSD reallocated $1 million of COVID-19 relief grants to students. Over the course of the quarter, funds from the federal CARES Act was allocated to students through the financial aid department. 

  • Following the AS Elections in Week 8, the BOLD slate swept the results. Furthermore, the CAPS Fee Referendum was approved, adding an annual student fee to support mental health services on campus. 

  • During the UC Regents meeting this month, the Board of Regents unanimously voted to phase out the SAT and ACT for admission to the UC system. During the five-year transition, the UC will try to design a test of its own. If they are unable to propose and approve a new test, they likely will no longer require a standardized test for admission. 

On the Other Side of News

  • UCSD Professor Anthony Davis was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in music for his opera, The Central Park Five. 

  • Although most students terminated their housing contracts, the few left experience a deserted UCSD. Staff Writer Amanda Gonzalez takes a looking glass into what living on campus during the pandemic is like. 

  • For those needing some recreational suggestions, The Triton compiled a list of quarantine recommendations from music to TV shows!

  • During the AS election season, The Triton’s editorial board endorsed the CAPS referendum and candidates for executive positions. The Board is currently in the process of preparing editorials to address student concerns this quarter, particularly in light of recent current events. 

  • If you have an idea or an opinion, feel free to share it with us or submit a community op-ed! We love to hear your thoughts, and it is more important now than ever to utilize media platforms to bolster the voices of our communities. 

What We're Reading

As journalists, it’s our duty to read what other journalists are reporting on. While we continue to monitor these stories, we hope you are staying safe and healthy: 

  • In response to George Floyd’s murder, protests have been rising up across the country. This weekend, La Mesa, 20 minutes away from campus, erupted in riots and looting. Police employed tear gas and pepper balls to disperse protesters. 

  • In response to the La Mesa protests, many counties in San Diego began imposing curfews to prevent further illegal activities. 

  • As these stories develop, stay tuned for continued coverage regarding campus response and local news. The Triton has reached out to leaders of the UCSD community to understand what resources there are to support students at this time. Check back this week for more updates. 

We value your input as a reader. In an effort to better engage with the student body, we want to hear from you and how we can continue to represent your voice in the news we cover. That way, we can continue to serve the UCSD community by keeping it informed. If you have something you want to write about, please submit a community op-ed here.


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