THE TRITON independent, student-run news source at the University of California, San Diego
April 6, 2020

The Current: A New Kind of Spring!

Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton


Welcome to Spring Quarter 2020! I understand that recent events have changed the course of many students’ lives. As we come back into the quarter, I wanted to look back on some coverage in the last week and give you all updates about how to stay involved during this virtual quarter. 

If you’re interested in joining our staff, you’d be joining a dedicated team of journalists, graphic designers, social media editors, and project managers at UC San Diego’s independent, digital-first media outlet. Keep reading to learn how you can be part of The Triton this Spring Quarter 2020!

Let me know how we can keep engaging with you and keep you informed. I will be hosting office hours every week via Zoom. Check our website for a link to my weekly office hours. Drop by to say hi, keep me company, or chat about current events. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon. You can also always reach me at Happy reading!

Always investigating, 

Ella Chen

Editor-in-Chief 2019–20


Photo courtesy of Mo Al Elew

Our COVID-19 team has been working diligently to break campus coverage regarding events and university-wide updates. Thanks to them, I have the briefing:

  • Since the last time we’ve sent you an issue of The Current, three students have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in quarantine. There are UCSD buildings that are housing patients recovering from COVID-19. 
  • Since classes have moved online, students are less inclined to stay on campus. The university began to urge students to move off campus to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, allowing housing refunds if students opt in by the March 20 deadline. Thus, 82% of undergraduate students that lived on campus have terminated their housing contracts. 

  • Right now, Triton Day and Sun God Festival have been cancelled. We don’t know if commencement will be cancelled yet. Until a decision is made, registration for commencement is still open. Looking at the big picture, the cancellation of all these big milestone events is a bummer.


Photo courtesy of Connor Gorry 

Even though we wish we could report on all news that comes through our channels, we have to prioritize coverage to meet our audience’s interests. So here are some news bites we still want you to know about:

  • The UC system developed its own coronavirus test with results in 24 hours. 

  • A petition was circled calling for tuition to be lowered if classes were going to be held online. 

  • The UC Regents meeting was held via Zoom from March 17–19. We’re working to debrief you on that. 

  • The UC system has been adjusting admissions requirements for incoming first-years in Fall Quarter 2020. The adjustments, announced on March 31, are in response to students facing educational transitions due to COVID-19. 


Photo Courtesy of Daniel Chekalov/Unsplash

Although the News section supplies the factual angles of its stories, these two op-eds provide student insight into personal quarantine thoughts. 


  • As someone who struggles with mental illness, I understand how the struggle of making it to class when simple day-to-day tasks are both physically and mentally draining. Thus, I personally resonate with this op-ed urging UCSD to permanently standardize podcasts. Accessing mental health care is hard enough, but podcasts give us a fighting chance to take care of ourselves without worrying about accessing education as well. 

  • Step inside the mind of a UCSD senior who shares his experience of saying goodbye to college during the pandemic. Without the ability to celebrate with a traditional final spring quarter and final quarter events, seniors everywhere are stuck at home, maintaining Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Graphic Courtesy of Kristina Stahl

Let’s look back at some campus events that happened before the pandemic forced us to stay at home. 


  • How can we forget that Ross Lynch came to our campus? Lynch’s band, The Driver Era, performed at Rockin’ Roosevelt last month. Tessa Violet and Coast Modern opened for the alt-rock band. The performance thrilled the crowd and delivered Rockin' Roosevelt’s indie-rock roots. 

  • Throughout the beginning of March, the Structural and Materials Engineering Building hosted a Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Art Gallery. Although I am a woman who studies biochemistry, I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. So when I heard about this gallery, I loved that it brought together faculty, students, and members of the scientific community to engage with media forms outside their academic spheres. 

Engaging with the Community
Photos courtesy of the Cross Cultural Center.

I reached out to resource centers on campus to see how they were responding to students having to stay home. The Black Resource Center (BRC) and Women’s Center referred me to these upcoming events so that students can still stay involved virtually for the time being. Here are the highlights I’ve gathered:

  • BRC has a lot of recurring events every week. Some of them include:

    • The Family Room is a Zoom space every Wednesday in April for members and allies of the community to hear each other’s voices in a shared space and ask questions. 

    • Every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., the center holds virtual yoga online for the community to join in. 

  • March was Women’s Herstory Month! And before the shelter-in-place was mandated, the Women’s Center held Gender Buffet and STEM café where students could come in for tutoring. 

    • These events are still happening during quarantine! 


Be a member of our staff today! Our office has always been virtual, and we want you to help us keep our campus informed! 

Mark your calendars! If you want to come meet the Editorial Board and learn more about getting involved, come to our information session on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., we’re inviting the campus to a virtual town hall so we can directly hear from students about what they want to know. Here’s the link:

What We're Reading

Even though The Triton is UCSD’s premier digital news source, we still keep up with other media outlets to see what they’re covering. As journalists, it’s our duty to read what other journalists are reporting on. This is what has been keeping us current:

  • Amidst the state’s mandated stay-at-home orders, people have been found going to the beach. In Encinitas, people have been ticketed for going to the beach

  • The UC administration announced that it would not lay off any workers through June 30 during the pandemic. This is an important response after the labor strikes that have swept the UC campuses in the last two years. 

The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has exceeded 330,000. This upcoming week is going to be one of the hardest weeks in battling the virus. Stay safe and healthy!
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