Young adults, please go to the doctor

When was the last time you went to the doctor? Was it when your mom forced you? Or when you needed a physical to play sports in high school?

Recent studies have shown that children and older adults are the most likely to have a scheduled doctor appointment. Adolescents and young adults from age 16-35 are the least likely to visit a primary care provider. People in this age range are also more likely to be rushed to the hospital in an emergency than to schedule an appointment preemptively.

When we get sick as college students, we tend to “tough it out.” We will take Advil or DayQuil and just try to make it through the day. We have exams to take and papers to write. We do not have time to go to the doctor. However, it is always important to prioritize our physical health. By going to the doctor before your symptoms get out of hand, you are able to actually save money and recover more quickly.

Doctors’ appointments also serve a purpose beyond sickness. We should have regular doctors’ appointments even when we feel healthy. Preventative healthcare is the easiest way to catch health problems before they become problems that are much more difficult to solve. A primary care physician can tell you which disorders you may be at risk for and provide practical, preventative solutions.

Health professionals have a wealth of knowledge on diet, exercise, managing stress and other healthy habits that are sometimes ignored by college students. The role of a primary care provider is also designed so you can have someone to talk to about your health concerns. There may be certain disorders that run in your family or perhaps you just have questions or concerns based on your lifestyle. Whatever the situation, primary care physicians can come alongside you and help you live the healthiest life you can.

When we turn 18 and enter adulthood, we stop seeing a pediatrician. We are also moving to college and figuring out our lives on our own for the first time. Finding a primary care provider is often lost in the shuffle. However, we should never neglect our physical health. Everyone should have a primary care physician they can turn to with questions or concerns. Scheduling yearly doctors’ appointments are an easy way to stay healthy. This way, when a health concern does arise, we will have someone to turn to who knows us rather than desperately searching for a nearby urgent care.

Food Not Bombs serves healthy food to homeless

In Riverside, there are more than 2,800 homeless individuals as of 2020. Food Not Bombs (FNB) is a movement dedicated to providing vegan and vegetarian ready-to-eat meals to those in the community who are in need. The Food Not Bombs movement defines itself as a mutual aid group composed entirely of volunteers. They recover food that would be otherwise discarded in more than 1,000 cities and 65 countries. The movement works as a protest against war, poverty, the destruction of the environment and the police. 

The name Riverside Food Not Bombs stems from the concept that the government is more willing to fund war and violence (bombs) instead of devoting those funds to feeding those in need. FNB works as a call to action to encourage the community to allocate donations to aid their community instead of lying idly by as the government fails to provide for the homeless community.

Riverside FNB is a specific chapter of the overall FNB movement. They specialize in serving the community and providing meals as well as supplies. The Riverside FNB chapter began in the summer of 2020. The movement itself has been around since the late 1970s but was revived in Riverside by current and former graduate students Manda Riggle and Christina Mansano. Both of them have experience working in activism and mutual-aid groups. 

“Rolling in those circles, you realize the need for this type of work, like community support, because the government is not going to help you,” Manzano said.

Over the last six months alone, Riverside FNB has been able to hand out over 3,000 meals. FNB prides itself on being consistent. The group meets every second Saturday of the month, always at Fairmount Park in Riverside, always 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and it is always free.

For a mutual-aid volunteer group to be functional, it requires immense support from the community. The Riverside FNB chapter relies on community support more than anything. They get most of their funding from donations, whether monetary or in the form of supplies. Over the years, members of the volunteer group have also contributed from their own pockets.

The group itself is more than one dozen members strong and still growing. Riverside FNB also works in partnership with many other local organizations, including; Community(IE), CUUR, Punks in the Park, Riverside Cat911 and Riverside Mutual Aid. Groups like these depend on community support.

Sarah Mandzok, freshman pre-nursing student, emphasized the importance of mutual aid in the local community.

“Mutual-aid groups like Riverside FNB are so important for the community,” Mandzok said. “Without groups like these, our community would be lost and struggling harder than it is now.”

In the future, Riverside FNB plans to continue its normal operations but hopes to increase the scale of its operations and provide more meals and supplies. 

“Training more people to kind of do what we do because being an organizer isn’t as intrinsic as people may think,” Riggle said.

Ukraine crisis affects upcoming ISP Team trips

The Ukraine crisis has affected individuals worldwide. California Baptist University students are not exempt from these concerns, and CBU’s International Service Project (ISP) teams are experiencing the effects of the constant danger posed by the Russian invasion in a more personal way than a majority of the student body.

The Mobilization Office, a division within the Spiritual Life Office, annually sends teams of students overseas to serve communities worldwide. Each team member goes through extensive training throughout the spring semester. Throughout the training period, ISP team members learn skills and information regarding the country they will travel to in order to best serve and communicate with  the community.

In light of the Ukraine crisis, the Mobilization Office has expressed its commitment to the safety of CBU students and team leaders. Due to the ever-changing state of the situation, the office has yet to make any final decisions for affected teams.

John King, director of Mobilization, recently announced that most ISP teams’ plane tickets have been purchased and are set to depart as planned. However, teams whose places of travel are in close proximity to Russia and Ukraine face the possibility of having to change locations. A location change is likely to cause disappointment among the ISP teams and their leaders, but some ISP members may have a more positive outlook.

Jeannette Russell, CBU staff member and ISP team leader, is optimistic about the possibility of changing locations.

“I have been on the ISP team previously where our destination was changed,” Russell said. “At first I was concerned, but then I realized God had this plan all along. In the end, our trip was amazing. I wouldn’t have it any other way. God is in control and we just need to remember that.”

With only three weeks left of training sessions, ISP members who have yet to find their confirmed location are eager and restless for an answer. ISP members have anticipated a change in location for quite some time, but the Mobilization office only recently shared that some teams will likely not be able to travel to their original locations.

Chloe Montgomery, Christian behavioral sciences and anthropology double major and ISP student leader, shared her initial disappointment upon learning she will not travel to the country her team has been training to serve in.

“It’s disappointing when you train to go to a specific country and find out you won’t be going there after all, but I think we all expected it,” Montgomery said. “I know that the Lord is in every decision that Spiritual Life has to make regarding ISP and I’m excited for my team and me to see what the Lord is doing in a different location.”

This experience has undoubtedly served as a teaching moment for students, team leaders and Spiritual Life staff.

“I have learned to pay attention and be ready for anything, but also to trust in the Lord because you often will not feel ready for whatever is before you,” Montgomery said. “But the Lord is always at work in those moments.”

The first wave of ISP teams is set to depart the first week of May. 

International Justice Mission fights human trafficking

There are many different clubs and organizations at California Baptist University, to offer students with a wide variety of interests different forums for connecting with people with similar interests or common pursuits. 

For those students who are concerned about human trafficking and want to make a real difference in the local and global community, they can join the CBU chapter of International Justice Mission.

“IJM stands for international justice mission and it’s an organization whose mission is to protect the poor from violence,” said Sami Timblin, senior applied theology major and CBU’s IJM chapter President. “One of the biggest violences the poor faces is human trafficking primarily through forced labor and sexual exploitation. 

“As a campus chapter or club at CBU our aim is to support IJM through fundraising events, advocating, prayer and mobilizing students to do that same (thing).”

The larger IJM organization was founded by Gary Haugen, a well-known international human rights lawyer and author. 

Students who join the CBU IJM chapter get to be a part of this explicitly Christian organization’s fight against violence towards the poor and vulnerable of society, whether locally or overseas.

“The organization has field offices in different impoverished nations around the world where it seeks to: rescue victims; restore them through therapy, education, and community; bring criminals to justice; and work with local law enforcement to create lasting systemic change,” said Shelby Kelso, Christian behavioral sciences, communication studies and intercultural studies triple major and member of the IJM leadership team here at CBU. 

“So, what does CBU IJM do? We raise awareness about the horrible injustices of human trafficking and slavery, and partner with different IJM field offices around the world to raise money that funds the incredible work they’re doing.”

CBU students who are a part of IJM get to become involved in helping bring about real change in their community, as well as helping IJM workers internationally. 

Right from the comfort of their campus community, members of the CBU IJM chapter help support the incredible worldwide IJM organization and bring people out of violence and into safety.

“As a club we have a field office ally with IJM’s Ghana office. We raise money for that office directly and we get updated and pray for them directly,” added Timblin. “Locally, as a club we support other organizations that are also doing anti human trafficking work. Specifically Rebirth Homes. We’ve been able to also partner with Million Kids and hear from Exodus Cry.”

The CBU IJM chapter hosts several different on-campus events that students can easily become a part of, ranging from lectures and meetings with guest speakers to fundraisers and more.

“Our most well known and successful campus event is called ‘Threads,’” said Kelso. “It’s the pop-up thrift store in the Stamps Courtyard at the beginning of every semester. For this event, we collect clothing donations for one week, sell the clothes at CBU, then send 100% of our proceeds to the IJM office we’re partnered with that year. 

“This year, we raised almost $5,000 for IJM Ghana, where there are many young boys being forced to work in the fishing industry. It’s so cool to see the money we raise make an impact and save lives.”

In addition to helping local organizations combat human trafficking, CBU students get involved in actual activism on behalf of human trafficking victims. 

They have worked on the local, state, and national levels to petition government leaders and advocate for the vulnerable and exploited victims of human trafficking.

“Something that our club does every year to make a greater impact in our country is sign petitions and write letters to our Congress officials to promote policies that help protect victims of injustice,” added Kelso.

Students join IJM for a variety of reasons, but a lot of students join so that they can make a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world. 

“I joined IJM because there are real people behind the statistic that 40.2 million people in modern day slavery,” said Timblin. “And by being a part of IJM I get to be a part of the solution to bringing freedom. God is in the business of bringing freedom and as his ambassadors on earth we are in the same business.

“The best part is the community of people who are also involved and care about fighting for justice for the oppressed and bringing freedom to those who don’t have it.”  

Through their seemingly small contributions, IJM members can make a big difference in the lives of those who are suffering from some of the most traumatic circumstances. 

“I think something that makes our club so unique is how wide our range of impact is,” said Kelso. “At CBU, we promote education about injustice, prayer for victims of suffering, and events that have a direct impact on the global issue. 

“We also partner with different organizations like Rebirth Homes, A21 and Dressember to participate in their fundraisers and protests.”

Any CBU student can join IJM and help in the local and global fight against human trafficking and other violence against the most vulnerable and exploited in our society. 

“Anyone can get involved in CBU IJM by coming to meetings,” added Kelso. “If you’re interested in learning more you can connect with us through email ( or by following us on Instagram (@cbuijm) for updates.”

Dueling Reviews: Morbius

I have a confession to make: before going to see “Morbius” in theaters, I did what I never do before seeing a film I need to review. I looked at what other reviewers were saying about the film, and, from my understanding, I was walking into the worst movie of the year.

I spent about half of the film with the back of my mind working hard nit-picking for details that would qualify for such harsh reviews. Finally, I had an epiphany. The answer swooped toward me like a bat to blood: Nothing. There is nothing horribly wrong with this film. 

In fact, I would even venture to call it good and thoroughly enjoyable, and I am willing to risk the torches and pitchforks of the entire film review community to make that claim.

Of course, this begged the question: why did people hate it so much? I suppose I could understand how some people might have disliked the effects – for example, it took me a while to get used to the way they portrayed Morbius’s echo-location abilities, using what looked like colored campfire smoke that wafted off most of the objects in the film during action sequences. But nothing in the effects category made it an unwatchable mess.

So, perhaps the plot? If you accept that Marvel-affiliated films always stretch the science a bit (after the nightmarish plot holes initiated by time travel in “Avengers: Endgame,” I don’t think we can complain about anything in the realm of scientific believability), it is not difficult to get behind the general idea of a brilliant doctor tortured by a terminal disease coping with a recombinant DNA experiment gone wrong. 

The backstory gave us just enough perspective into his past to understand his life mission as well as his deep friendship with Milo.

Overall, the action sequences were enjoyable, and the fact that the antagonist focused mostly on targeting those close to Morbius offered a twist that I think Marvel badly needed. It was refreshing to see a smaller-scale conflict rather than the I-need-to-save-the-entire-world-from-certain-destruction trope that Marvel has favored in many of its mainstream films. Sometimes smaller is bigger.

So, it must be the cast. But, overall, the performances were done well. Matt Smith injected a much-needed playful dance-alone-in-his-house personality into the character of Milo that served the flow of the movie well and nuanced the villain character. I also have few complaints about Jared Leto’s performance as Morbius, which offered us a sarcastic, slightly bitter, slightly brooding controversial hero that the Marvel side of superhero-ism desperately needs. He killed people, he isn’t a saint, but we are still on his side.

Sure, some of the dialogue was a little flat, and some of the side characters (the detectives, in particular) added absolutely nothing but faces and minor plot points to the film. But it was far from the worst film of the year (please remember that “Uncharted” came out only a month and a half ago). 

If you like superhero movies and want to see something a little different, ignore the poor reviews. They’re wrong.

3.5 out of 5 stars – Emily McGinn

“Morbius” is such a pointless movie that the endeavor of putting thought into why it is a pointless movie requires more effort than the entirety of the movie’s screenplay. 

Sitting down to write a review of “Morbius” inherently requires more focus, imagination and determination than writing the screenplay. The smart thing to do would be to write “BAD” and move on with our lives. A movie best seen on the darkest projector possible, so that way you don’t actually need to see it.

What this movie boils down to is scenes that feel like they are missing a previous scene of context, dialogue that is so bafflingly on the nose and characters with all the likability of a Thirty Seconds to Mars album. “Morbius” is a trite journey into patience, and if you come out alive you are a brave soul that can endure most forms of torture.

That being said, it is a hilarious movie – unintentionally for the most part. 

Characters investigating a crime that happened on a boat constantly reiterate to other characters that the crime happened on a boat. There are jokes in the script, but do they land? Hardly. A light chuckle or a pained face contortion that could be considered a smile is all the movie will get from this reviewer.

The cast sleepwalks their way through this tale of neck romancers— seriously, “Morbius” contains a gratuitous amount of sexual tension between everyone you would least expect.

Especially since the lead “romance” between Martine (Adria Ajona) and Morbius (Jared Leto) has all the romantic chemistry of two action figures being smashed into one another to kiss. 

More believable is the sexual tension between Morbius and Milo (Matt Smith). Better yet is a scene near the end of the film where Milo and Dr. Nicholas (Jared Harris) argue like an old married couple and whisper sweet nothings into one another’s ears before the former disembowels the latter.

It is a series of consecutively poorly written and edited scenes that amount to a pot-roast of imperfection called “Morbius.” The gravitas with which the character is handled is truly bewildering, as things just happen and occur rather than build and paramount with conflict and stakes (pun intended). 

The action is weirdly composed – if you understand what is going on in any given action sequence you should be awarded a Bachelor’s in geography. CG-blobs battle and flail, fall and sometimes fly into bigger blobs.

By the end of a movie such as “Morbius,” one may wonder if movies were a mistake. Yes, you read that right. By the time the credits roll and you are forced to sit through several nonsensical credits scenes, you will lose faith in the ability of filmmaking. 

Why are movies made if we must endure ones like “Morbius”? Is it truly that bad? Dear reader, do you really want to call my bluff if it means sitting through the movie? You may like it. Or, you may find dear reader, that I am right. The choice is yours…

In the end, the real “Morbius” was the necks we bit along the way.

No stars to give – Josiah Murphy

Illustration event ‘Iridescence’ shares students’ artistic talents

California Baptist University recently held an event called Iridescence: An Illustrated Journey. This is a new showcase to show off our talented illustration students and all the dedication they put into their work.

Candace Brabant, adjunct professor of illustration, is in charge of the digital portion of the illustration department and cares a lot about her students and getting their work seen.

“Although this particular showing is not an annual event, the illustration department does plan on having a showcase of student work annually in the coming years,” said Brabant.

So, even if you missed seeing our illustration students this time, you can look forward to seeing their work in the future. One of those hardworking students was Anne Sowers, sophomore illustration major.

“I hope to develop my artistic skill and creative eye by learning from my professors and their expertise,” Sowers said. 

“I also want to meet and build relationships with my fellow peers and continue to learn how to work collaboratively.”

The most important part of this showcase was expressed in the name. Iridescence describes the talent each student has. They shine, and their artwork is an example of that. This art show gives them the opportunity to show off their iridescent talent.

“It is so vital in the beginning stages of an illustrative journey to feel the support of others,” Brabant said. “They can become confident in the work they produce and reach higher for their goals.”

There are a lot of different ways to create an illustration project. You could draw it by hand, digitally draw it or paint it. It is the dedication and time that is put into each piece that makes each one unique. Alexandra Lobato, sophomore illustration major, is another one of the students who got to showcase their incredible artwork.

“I do a lot of digital art with a focus on fantasy themes,” Lobato said. “I love to build new worlds through my art and to fill it with lore and creatures of my own design. I also like to create works inspired by some of my favorite shows, games and books.”

With the rise of digital art, technology has grown and adapted to life and allows people to now draw and design on tablets and computers. 

Before, illustration consisted of a paper and a pencil, and now designers have an unlimited amount of tools at the touch of a finger. 

Evelyn Olmos, sophomore illustration major, is one of the students who utilizes the technology and designs digitally.

“The type of art that I make is on the digital aspect of art, so I’m often sitting down at my desk and working on a Wacom tablet, or on the go through iPad,” Olmos said.

There are so many incredible work opportunities that come from illustration. A few of these jobs are as follows: children’s and young adult illustration, comic book art, character and prop design and illustrated fabric design. 

This is only a small number of the job possibilities that you can obtain by majoring in illustration.

“It is widely misunderstood that illustration does not provide a financially stable future, which is false,” Brabant said. “In fact, there are so many options that, if one path doesn’t interest the artist, there are always a plethora of related jobs that can utilize their talents in similar ways.”

The illustration students at CBU will hopefully have great success in any illustration field they hope to pursue. Their talent and dedication are iridescent.

Review: ‘The Adam Project’ offers us with nothing new

Take all those 1980s movies that you know about – you know the ones (“Back to the Future,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Return of the Jedi”), and imbue them with charm, lifelessness and an unbearable Ryan Reynolds performance, and you have “The Adam Project.” It is a trite, hokey, smarmy movie that takes all of your dad’s favorite FM hits and crams them into a movie. It doesn’t matter if they fit or not, they are getting played.

“The Adam Project” is the latest lifeless big-budget release that Netflix has under its belt. With stars like Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Salanda, Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo headlining, it is a sure-fire hit to get viewers to tune in. The beautiful people are going to fight, make jokes, tug at your heartstrings — and you are going to watch them do it.

Journey-man filmmaker Shawn Levy (“Real Steal,” “Night at the Museum,” “Date Night” and several episodes of “Stranger Things”) is Reynolds’s latest pet in helping deliver movies where he gets to play himself. Levy is a very functional director. The pacing will be tight, geography of action will be clear and the comedic beats will always land.

You have to admire Reynolds for it. With his last string of movies (“Free Guy,” “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” and now this), he has been able to just show up and be Ryan Reynolds. That’s a pretty sweet gig. The trouble is when a movie wants to be Spielbergian-lite in its illusions of grandeur schmaltz, having Ryan Reynolds play himself will not allow the moments to land. Particularly a scene towards the end of the movie that gets to borrow from “Field of Dreams” with its imagery and be heartfelt and sincere. But as the audience we can only go, “That’s Ryan Reynolds! Nice try movie!”

And dear reader, for this reviewer, that moment landed with all the grace of a slip-n-slide at fat camp.

There is nothing inherently bad about “The Adam Project.” It is a tried-and-true formula being utilized here, not dissimilar for the superhero movie formula that Marvel has down pat by this point. What is admirable is that “The Adam Project” is original material. Sure, it borrows from other things, sometimes blatantly. For example, a mid-movie chase was ripped straight from “Return of the Jedi.” It isn’t a sequel or remake, though, so that immediately gives it some positive points.

However, it loses all of those points when it does nothing with that originality. Instead, it is full to the brim with plot and very little resonance beyond the broad strokes of “be nice to mom” and “enjoy the good before it is gone,” and other Nickelodeon messaging that you’ve seen and heard time and again. It strives to be like all those classic blockbusters but forgets to imbue itself with the very thing that made those iconic: life. 

All of its “moments” try so hard, to be something instead of letting the audience let it become something based on the resonance it will have. The movie shoves the puppy into your face – never mind the fact that you are trying to calmly tell it you are allergic, you will get a face full of puppy.

It’s not the worst thing ever. There are certainly worse out there, but I was impervious to the charms of the movie and found its attempts grating and eye-roll inducing, resulting in a nothing-burger of a motion picture.

1 out of 5 stars.

Lofi hiphop chill: the power behind the infamous study aid

Lofi music has swept college campuses everywhere and is reported as a helpful study aid by many. But what is so special about this type of music? Why do some people swear by it? Why do people purport drastic results? 

With playlist titles such as “Lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax and study to,” “3:30 a.m. coding session – Lofi hip hop mix” and “Cozy winter Lofi hip-hop study beats,” it is clear that the Lofi creators and community find it to have a certain mood-setting atmosphere.

To understand why this might be, it helps to first understand what lofi music is. Lofi stands for low fidelity and is essentially intentionally low-quality (in an audio sense) music with lots of white noise, random sounds and repetition. But that does not tell us why it helps.

“What the research shows is that if we are studying something (and) want to listen to music, your best music is something without words because processing of words from texts that your reading and the music your listening to come from the same pool of cognitive resources,” said Dr. Erin Smith, associate professor of psychology. “So even when people say ‘I have to have music to study. It helps me increase my focus,’ if the music has words they will be, whether they mean to or not, be using some of their cognitive resource to process the words in the music, which actually detracts from their ability to direct those same resources to whatever they are reading.”

Smith said that because of the lack of words, lofi music can help those who like to have noise in the background while studying become more effective in their studying. 

“It works as good background music because it is not telling a story with its words,” said Trennon Williamson, junior Christian studies and philosophy double major.

But what about lofi music specifically helps an individual? 

“Not all music without words is equal,” Smith said. “You can listen to some classical music and it is like the 17th-century head-banging music. Music without words is going to exist on a continuum in terms of its complexity.”

Smith said that it would be believable if research showed there to be a connection between lofi music and entrance into a flow state, a psychological principle coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian positive psychologist.  

“Going into flow is when you get so immersed in your task, it’s like you lose your sense of everything else,” Smith said.

Williamson notices a similar phenomena when studying with lofi music. 

“If I have to write a six-page paper in one night, I put  on lofi music and I can actually sit down and do the paper,” Williamson said. 

However, Smith speculated that depending on one’s extroversion, they could be more or less likely to find positive effects from lofi.

This seems to be consistent with the experiences of Ambar Arellanez, junior nutrition and food science major, who seems to only be able to use the benefits of Lofi under certain conditions.

“If I’m not in a distracted mode, it helps me zone in on my work,” Arellanez said.

Whether you are an introvert and need quiet or an extrovert who needs the white noise, this type of music is worth giving a try. 

It is easily accessible on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms.

Apple releases update to iOS 15.4 after some bugs

Last month, Apple released its latest update to iOS for iPhones and other iOS-enabled devices, iOS 15.4. Some updates to the operating system include the ability to use facial recognition to open a device while users are wearing face masks, a COVID-19-inspired update, and an update to seamlessly use multiple devices as multiple screens, to share information between two iOS 15.4-enabled devices.

Upon downloading the update, many users reported issues with the update, including an increased power drain on their batteries and some accessibility devices not working properly with the new update.

On March 31, Apple released a fix to many issues brought to their attention by their users, including fixing the battery drain and the accessibility issues on Braille devices and MFi hearing devices, a type of hearing aid that connects to phones wirelessly.

Grace Coelho, master’s student in forensic psychology, expressed concerns over the facial recognition software being based on a smaller percentage of the user’s face.

“I guess it’s interesting because then it’s only going based off your forehead and your eyes, so it’s maybe less reliable,” Coelho said. “It would make it more susceptible to other people being able to get in.”

Kristine Johnson, sophomore nursing major, however, said she thinks the mask update is a good idea, because people all over the world are still wearing masks, and it makes it easier to unlock your phone without having to remove it.

“I think that’s pretty cool, because so many of us have to wear masks now,” Johnson said. “Not as much on campus but locally, nationally, that’s still a pretty big thing. Very useful.”

Another update iOS 15.4 and iOS 15.4.1 offer is the ability to use multiple devices as multiple screens, and having your information spread through both screens.

Johnson said she thinks the ability to share information between devices is efficient.

“Apple has so many different products, and I think a lot of people like stick to Apple and buy everything Apple products,” Johnson said.

Apple’s website urges people to update their devices and tells them how, since it does not always happen automatically.

“You can update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS wirelessly,” Apple’s website reads. “If you’re using iOS or iPadOS 14.5 or later, you might see the option to choose between two software update versions. 

“You can update to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS 15 as soon as it’s released, or continue to use iOS or iPadOS 14 while still getting important security updates for a period of time. If you can’t see the update on your device, use your computer to update your device manually.”

In the past, Apple has not been very responsive when people complain about the battery life of its products, but this time they heard the complaints about this bug in the software causing battery drain and they fixed it quickly. They also responded to the accessibility issues brought to their attention.

Coelho said she is glad Apple responded to these issues quickly.

“I think that’s a good upgrade to have to become more inclusive,” Coelho said.

Johnson said she would not have thought to complain about these issues, but she is glad other people did and they responded to it.

This new update is available for iPhone 6S and later, all models of iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad fifth generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch generation 7.

Smart rings enter market for wearable fitness tech

Oura smart rings are one of the newest advancements in wearable health-tracking technology.

Similar to smartwatches, Oura smart rings are able to track heart rates, workouts and sleep cycles.

The ring is compatible with Apple Health and Google Fit. It is water-resistant and only weighs about four grams, according to the Oura Ring website.

The latest version of the Oura Ring was released in November and prices range from $300 to $1,0000.

In comparison, Apple Watches range from $150–$400, Galaxy Watches range from $100-$300 and FitBits range from $50-$200.

Though it may be more convenient to just wear a small ring over a chunky bracelet while wanting to track health statistics, is it worth the price?

Dr. William Boyer, assistant professor of kinesiology, said he thinks they are a good idea, although the technology is still new.

“These rings could absolutely be a good investment to improve someone’s health,” Boyer said. “It’s important that people know what their personal health goals are, to see if the variables that the Oura smart (rings) measure are in sync with those. 

“Since Oura is a relatively new technology, it would be good to continue to look at and investigate the validity and precision in what Oura claims its smart rings measure.”

Oura Ring’s website claims the ring is built with research-grade sensors to monitor temperature, stress, heart rate, activity and temperature.

The website ad also boasts that the ring has an award-winning design, 4–7 days of battery life and incredibly accurate data as “the finger is the most reliable source of heart rate data across all skin tones.”

However, Elizabeth Roe, freshman criminal justice major, said she thinks she will stick to smartwatches.

“I think watches are more useful because there are more features like texting and music on top of the features the ring has, and they are cheaper,” Roe said. “It doesn’t make that much sense to pay more for something that does less in comparison.”

Masha Sowell, sophomore psychology major, has a similar opinion.

“The price point is just too high for a ring,” Sowell said. “It’s a neat idea that a ring has the ability to track your information like your heart rate, but smartwatches are more useful. Also, smartwatches are trendy right now and most people looking for a health tracker most likely already have a watch, so they would be downgrading if they switched. 

“I think maybe though if the price was lowered that more people might try it out. If it is able to cost less than a watch that could be a great reason people could reach for it instead.”

While looking for a health-tracking device fit for you, Boyer gives some tips.

“My first recommendation would be to buy something that is within your price budget that also provides you with data measures that are important to you and your health,” Boyer said. “My second recommendation would be to read studies and review papers on the precision and validity of these devices and what they claim to be able to measure.”

As Apple and Samsung have yet to release their own version of smart rings, Oura could appear to be competition.

“If the smart ring can position itself to compete with the smartwatch, then absolutely there is a strong chance the smart ring will rise in popularity,” Boyer said. “Only time can tell.”