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THE TRITON independent, student-run news source at the University of California, San Diego
October 23, 2020

The Current: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton

Hello everyone!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already Week 3, which means that we’re already a third of the way into Fall Quarter. I hope this newsletter finds you in sound mind and health, and that even though midterms are steadily approaching (if they haven’t already arrived), you’re still able to take some time to be with yourself. 

Although we’re all caught up in the bustle of our everyday lives, even in quarantine, I wanted to encourage everyone to go out and vote. As elections approach, I want to remind you that your voice matters, especially in this year’s election. If you haven’t registered to vote, you can do so here: https://vote.gov/. Not sure if you’ve already registered or if you’re registered to the area you’re living? You can check your voter status and change anything here: https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration. If you can vote by mail, it is recommended that you send in your ballot by October 27 to ensure that it’s received and counted. 

Since it’s 2020, I like to remind myself that it is the centenary of women’s suffrage in America. As a first-generation immigrant and U.S. citizen, I encourage you to utilize your voice to shed light on issues that you care about, whether they affect you, your loved ones, or the people around you. 

In other news, The Triton also turned five-years-old this year! I’ll be taking a quick stroll down memory lane in this newsletter to celebrate our growth thus far, and I hope you look forward to joining me! As always, you can always reach me by emailing editor@triton.news or coming to my office hours on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. See you in two weeks!

Take care,

Ella Chen

Editor-in-Chief 2020-21

NEWS UPDATE

Photo courtesy of Chris Montgomery // Unsplash

What’s been going on while we’re away from campus? Here’s the latest from the news team: 

  • UCSD will be bringing back its Craft Center in 2021; construction for the 11,000 square-foot building has already begun and will be located in the heart of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning neighborhood. The former center was 40-years-old before it was shut down in 2012 due to insufficient funding. Projected to open in 2021, the new center will be headed by Annika Nelson, who teaches UCSD Extension’s Teaching English through Art program. 

  • UCSD fall sports competitions have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is unclear the status of winter sports, the university has been adamant in its commitment to transition to NCAA Division I sports, which has been in progress since last school year.

ON THE FLIP SIDE

Photo Courtesy of Kristina Stahl // The Triton

We are excited to announce that our new columns have finally been published! 

  • Our Arts and Culture Assistant Editor Kiyahna Brown has written The Sauce, which is The Triton’s first Black column. In her first piece, Brown writes about her hair in an article that discusses Black hairstyles, cultural appropriation, and her personal experience with people trying to touch her hair. 

  • Ellamentally Yours is a personal column I’ve written that I projected throughout this past summer. As the year progresses, I invite you to reflect on my mental health journey with me as I share my personal experiences about living with mental illness. I hope that this column will open the discourse about mental health and help to destigmatize the topic in our society, starting with our campus. 

Looking Back on Memory Lane

Since we were founded in 2015, our paper has not only grown in size, but also in content and values. While we strive to maintain an informative online presence, we also want to engage with our community, which is why initiatives like The Current developed. So what’s happened in the last five years? 

  • The Triton started out as an incredibly tiny digital media source in 2015 when founder Gabriel Schneider felt that important issues on campus weren’t adequately covered. The paper’s founding team was committed to investigation -- they wanted to hold campus and systemwide administration accountable and shed a light on underrepresented voices on campus. 

  • One of the most impactful pieces that I still read to this day is Schneider’s article, “The Compton Cookout: A Day Party To Be Remembered (Or Not)” because it reminds all of us that issues such as civil rights and policy reform are still relevant to this day. 

  • In 2019, former Managing Editor Ethan Coston broke the story about five staff members resigning without discipline after sexual harassment allegations. Coston started the project about a year before, but hit several roadblocks when trying to procure public records requests from the university. Coston sued the university for failing to comply with the California Public Records Act.

  • At the beginning of 2020, we started The Current and completely revamped our website. The new website is easier to navigate and better organizes our content to make room for our growing sections, such as Arts and Culture. 

  • As our engagement team has grown, we have been diversifying our presence on various social media platforms. Check us out on Facebook for events such as Facebook Lives and journalist panels. Our social media takeovers on Instagram are also a great way to get to know our staff and editors. And if you’re especially curious about what goes on behind-the-scenes, we hold quarterly Reddit AMAs so that the community can directly engage with us!

Recruitment 
  • You can apply to join our staff and submit an application here: https://triton.news/apply/ 
  • Our virtual all-staff orientation will be on Saturday, October 24, at 9:30 a.m. so come meet the editors and staff members to learn what being a Triton journalist is like!
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