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March 11, 2021

The Current: EIC Farewell

Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton


Even though it was remote, this quarter has certainly flown by. Now that it is Week 10 of Winter Quarter, it is the customary time for changes as Daylight Savings and Spring Quarter are right around the corner. I know that I’ve been putting off writing this newsletter, because I knew that it would be my last as the official Editor-in-Chief of the 2020-21 school year. By Week 5 of Spring Quarter, I will be transitioning out and passing  the torch to the next Editor-in-Chief taking my place. During  this transition, I will also be passing on the responsibilities of The Current, so this edition will be the last one I write on my own. 

I have served as The Triton’s Editor-in-Chief for the last two years, and I’ve been a part of the paper since Fall Quarter of my freshman year of college. While I often say that The Triton  was the most rewarding out of all my college experiences, it was not without its trials and tribulations. There were moments when I questioned my authority; there were other moments when I contemplated whether I was suited for the position. But ultimately, I couldn’t let you, my community, down. I have strived to serve the UCSD staff and student body with informative and accurate coverage in the last four years, and the feedback and appreciation from the community not only kept me going, but fueled my passion to grow the paper into a visible and credible media source on campus. 

I wanted to take a moment and personally thank you for weathering this journey with me. Although The Current is only two years old, I enjoyed putting together these newsbytes and updates for you so that you knew what we were up to behind-the-scenes. Without your continued support, The Current, nay The Triton, wouldn’t have made it this far. I worked hard to build a newspaper that would uphold the legacy of my predecessors and last long after my time at UCSD. I hope that as The Triton continues to grow, you will stay steadfast in your support as we continue to provide you with the latest happenings at UCSD. 

Wishing you all the best in your journeys,

Ella Chen


Photo courtesy of Kristina Stahl / The Triton

Here’s the latest at UCSD if you haven’t heard already!

  • UCSD has been touted as one of the universities with the best response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As research continues to unfold and expand testing diagnostics, researchers on campus have developed a mask that can detect the coronavirus. The mask has a sensor attached to it that can sense droplets carrying viral particles. Researchers hope that the mask will serve as an extra precaution to notify individuals with potential exposure to the virus to get tested before an outbreak occurs. 
  • Associated Students of UCSD (ASUCSD) announced academic accommodations for students spanning Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter 2021. The P/NP deadline has been extended to the end of Week 10 and the deadline to drop courses with a “W” has been extended to the end of Week 7. Furthermore, enrolling in a class with the P/NP will not count toward the 25% limit, and the option is available to all students, regardless of academic standing. 

  • In another campus COVID-19 update, coronavirus cases have fallen drastically since the beginning of Winter Quarter. Campus officials credit the decrease in numbers to a mandatory weekly testing requirement as well as accessible testing. Free COVID-19 test vending machines are available across campus, and the process of isolating individuals that have tested positive was greatly expedited to prevent transmission. 

On The Flip Side 

Photo Courtesy of Kristina Stahl / The Triton 

Our columns are back in full swing! Check out what’s been published:

  • Arts and Culture Editor Kiyahna Brown returned with another article for her column, The Sauce. “Say It Loud: I’m Black and Proud!” celebrates Black History Month and acknowledges the legacy of Black people that have built the country. Brown also pays tribute to Black lives that have recently been lost, such as Kobe Bryant, John Lewis, and Katherine Johnson. 

  • February was a busy month for my column, Ellamentally Yours. Two articles were published, one right after Valentine’s Day and one later on in the month. In “The Journey to Self Love,” I celebrate my growth and the process it took to embrace myself for everything that I am, mental health included. In “Spirituality, Medication, and The Mind,” I write about my experiences trying different methods to treat my mental health. From medication to spiritual guides to acupuncture, I have learned that healing isn’t linear, and that it will never look the same from person to person.

I am excited to announce that The Triton’s editorial board has concluded elections for the executive positions of Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor as of Sunday, March 7, 2021. Furthermore, I am confident that the elected members will continue to steer the newspaper in a direction that allows it to expand its presence on campus. 

Caroline Rodriguez, our current Engagement Editor, has been elected as the Editor-in-Chief of the 2021-2022 school year. Kate Zegans, our incumbent Managing Editor, has been re-elected to serve her role again. Nada Alami, current staff writer, will be the Assistant Managing Editor to support Kate in her duties. 

I could not be prouder of my staff and everything they’ve accomplished thus far. With that, I cannot wait to see where they take The Triton in the coming weeks, months, and years. 

Photos courtesy of Kristina Stahl / The Triton

Happy Women’s History Month! Even though we have designated months to celebrate marginalized folk such as Black History Month and Women’s History Month, I truly believe that we should extend these celebrations to every day of every month. After all, marginalized folk continue to exist every day of every month, and their achievements should be recognized outside of the time we set aside to observe them. 

Even so, I wanted to dedicate a separate section with resources for those of you that would like to learn more and get involved, in whatever way you can. I believe that the more informed we are, the more compassionate we become. And when we are informed and compassionate, we can make decisions that pay goodness forward. 

  • CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center offers workshops and trainings for students, staff and faculty. These training sessions discuss transparency in communication, boundaries, and consent to foster healthier relationships and work environments. Here is a list of potential trainings:

  • Womxn can come from all backgrounds. To be more knowledgeable is to be more empowered and it also gives us the opportunity to empower others. However, to be more knowledgeable, we have to be willing to learn and accept. The LGBT Resource Center offers this page with useful links to get started. The website includes information about intersex, the term “transgender,” and bisexuality. 

  • Every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m., The Women’s Center holds a “Virtual Front Desk,” which is an open space to get to know the staff and understand what the resource center is all about. 

  • Looking forward, The Women’s Center will be holding events throughout Spring Quarter 2021 as well. Register for the “Feminist Futures Virtual Speaker Series: Open Mic Night with Yesika Salgado” on April 1 or “Drop In Professional and Career Development Chats” on April 13th. These events are an opportunity to engage with the community at The Women’s Center and learn more about what they offer!

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