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November 13, 2020

The Current: Mid-Quarter Check-In!

Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton


With the craziness that was Week 5 and elections, I decided to write the next issue of The Current during Week 6I want to take this issue to update you on what’s been happening here in the paper and to also remind you to check in with yourself, especially given the turmoil and uncertainty of the last few weeks.

While I often encourage my staff members and the people around me to be with themselves, I’ve found that the concept itself is a little difficult to grasp. I am a big proponent of mindfulness, which is the practice of awareness. It’s not easy to be conscious of everything happening in our bodies at any given moment, but contrary to popular belief, it is possible to ground ourselves such that we are aware of the movement of our breath and how it affects every part of us. 

Mindfulness also means being conscious of our moods, how they change and affect our behavior. I’ve noticed that on days when I am more irritable, there’s often a cause. Recognizing that our emotions don’t happen “just because” is a key step in understanding what coping mechanisms work when we aren’t at our best. I started tracking my moods this month to better understand my mental health symptoms, and I recently discovered a screening tool through the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website. The screening results can suggest ways to address your moods and how to take care of them.

I’ll be including some other community resources that you can check out if you’re looking for something to take your mind off academics. I hope that you are motivated to engage with these resources, even if we are still virtual.

Stay safe and healthy,

Ella Chen

Editor-in-Chief 2020-21


Photo courtesy of Department of Education Studies

What’s happened since the last issue? Let’s see what the news team has to offer:

  • After a four-year lawsuit, UCSD has finally settled with The Koala, a satirical student newspaper that prides itself in its “lack of censorship.” In 2015, The Koala published a highly controversial article that included racial slurs, causing Associated Students of UCSD to vote to defund all student media two days later. UCSD has paid approximately $800,000 in legal fees and reimbursements to settle the lawsuit, and The Koala now has discretion to decide what its next steps are as an eligible student organization for funding.
  • UCSD was recently awarded two grants totalling $700,000 to improve faculty diversity. The first grant of $500,000 will be allocated to hiring 10-12 new faculty members devoted to researching communities of color and mentoring UCSD students. The second grant of $200,000 will promote faculty retention of underrepresented communities and provide coaching as well as coalition building.

  • Early in October, students and faculty gathered on and around campus to organize a series of protests centered around removing all police from UC campuses. The movement is known as the Cops Off Campus Campaign, and its main goal is to abolish all police departments across the UC system by Fall 2021.

On The Flip Side 

Photo Courtesy of Kristina Stahl / The Triton 

Although the News section supplies the factual angles of its stories, what's on the other side of news this week?


  • Arts and Culture Assistant Editor Kiyahna Brown’s column The Sauce has come out with its second piece! Brown writes about ways for Black students to get involved on campus in her latest articles, “Hi, My Name is…”
  • In the second installment of my column Ellamentally Yours, I share my personal experience going to therapy and how it has helped me face myself and my mental health symptoms. Through this process, I was able to understand the scope of my disorders and how to live with them.
Graphic Courtesy of Kristina Stahl

What's been going on in the Arts and Culture section all these weeks? Check it out:


  • Dirty Birds is finally here! After waiting two years for the famed wing spot to open, I made the trip with former Managing Editor Ethan Coston and we enjoyed fresh wings in the former Round Table Pizza location. Check out the review here.

  • Other People Magazine is the first literary magazine at UCSD. Founded in November 2019, its goal is to serve as a creative outlet for both students and alumni alike. The magazine was founded by Literature + Writing majors, but students across disciplines are encouraged to submit pieces. Read the spotlight here to learn more about how you can get involved if you are interested! 
Community Happenings
Photos courtesy of the Kristina Stahl / The Triton 

What are some other ways you can get involved this quarter? I’ve compiled a list of community happenings you can check out if you’re looking for something to explore!

  • APIMEDA Community Forum

    • The Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Desi American Programs and Services holds weekly informal forums for students to drop in and discuss topics in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. Weekly on Wednesdays at 12pm.

  • Black Women’s Collective

    • This event is biweekly on Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. It is held by Dr. Cat Thompson and participants hold conversations about their experiences as Black women. To join, contact Dr. Thompson.

  • Mindful Thursdays

    • Every Thursday from 3-4 p.m., Dr. Tyler Hatchel holds Mindful Thursdays. This workshop serves as an introduction to mindfulness, with group discussions and formal and informal practices. Here is the link to join:

  • Coping during COVID

    • Every Monday at 1 p.m., Dr. Carly Knauf holds a workshop to give students a safe space to discuss stress management and well-being, particularly in the COVID-19 pandemic.

What We're Reading

What’s going on outside of campus? Here’s what’s been keeping us current. 

  • San Diego has been moved back to the most restrictive purple tier after COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased. Beginning Saturday, November 14, restrictions will be set in place again, such as indoor dining closures.

  • Following the official announcement of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 elections, he has announced that his new White House Chief of Staff will be Ron Klain, who served as one of his top campaign advisers.

  • After pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that its Phase III trials for the coronavirus vaccine were 90% effective, the European Union has bought 300 million doses of the vaccine. The FDA has also issued an emergency approval to the drug.

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