Student prepares to release debut EP

Jacob Holcomb, sophomore applied theology major at California Baptist University, has been writing music since high school. He used his love for music and strong emotions create his debut EP “Noyeaforsure,” set to be released on March 12.

Growing up in Portland, Oregon on ‘70s folk and rock such as The Eagles and James Taylor, Holcomb now takes inspiration from names like Frank Ocean, The 1975 and John Mayer to create his own unique style of indie/alternative singer songwriter with themes of vulnerability and processing emotions.

Holcomb played orchestra violin through middle and high school but started playing ukulele and writing music with friends. 

This caused him to see music as an outlet for processing different feelings and emotions, teaching himself guitar. He fell in love with it and hasn’t stopped since.

Starting each song with just him and his guitar, Holcomb always wanted to release his own music but did not have that final push until he showed his good friend Jacob Gallegos, who produces and releases his own music some of his work.

“We were working on some worship stuff because we go to the same church back home,” Holcomb said. “He was showing me some of his stuff and asked if I had anything so I showed him some of my songs and he was like, ‘Is this for a project?’ and asked if I wanted to bust it out while I was home over winter break, so we went to work.”

Holcomb and Gallegos recorded the whole EP in Gallegos’ bedroom. Holcomb doing all the guitar and main vocal layers and Gallegos doing drums, piano and some harmonies.

Gallegos shared about his relationship with Holcomb and their creative process.

“Our relationship grew with a passion for writing some sick tunes,” Gallegos said. “I remember one Tuesday afternoon listening to some of the ideas that Jacob had put together and thinking, ‘wow, this guy’s got a talent.’ So, naturally, I had been pestering him to record his stuff from then on. It wasn’t until Jacob came back from school for a month on winter break when we finally started laying some tracks down.”

“The recording process was very casual,” Gallegos said. “Generally, Jacob was in charge of the creative aspects of the project, while I attempted to make the creativity come to life.Ultimately, we came to an indie-acoustic type feel with electric guitar and piano sentiments. I’m very stoked at how it’s turning out and think it sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to bump the tunes on a hot summer day with the windows down, possibly crying.”

“There are four songs on the EP, and they were all written within the past four months and the emotions that came with that time,” Holcomb said. “These songs are all about the same time in my life and go together very well and speak into one another.”

These songs on this EP expands a range of emotions that Holcomb was feeling and processing through last semester and winter break. Feelings of loneliness and reacting to parts of life and plans not working out, partly because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a feeling a lot of people can relate to and understand. They were feelings of rejection and responses that left him saying “Noyeaforsure.” This was the inspiration for the title of this EP and the songs behind it.

“It was a season of waiting and not knowing what I have or what I am gonna have and just sitting there feeling that way with everything,” Holcomb said. “I felt like that with all realms of my life.”

Holcomb said he hopes people will be able to hear and latch onto this project and has plans for more projects in the future.

“I’m stroked for this,” Holcomb said. “I think it will jump start me to be more motivated to keep releasing music. Especially if this project is received well, but even if it isn’t, this is my nudge to start doing it. I also have some plans for this summer. Even if no one listens to it — I want them to, obviously — but it is just fun for me. I will continue to write and continue to record when I can and I know what I want to start working on when this is done but I’m playing by ear and just figuring it out right now.”

Mike Contreras, sophomore applied theology major and Holcomb’s roommate, shared his thoughts about Holcomb and his music.

“Jacob is a super creative dude and he’s been writing for a long time,” Contreras said. “I am so excited that he is releasing his first EP. It’s super special getting to listen to him play the guitar and write in our room, and now I get to hear it come to life in this EP. I personally love the songs on this EP and I hope everyone can take a listen.”

“Noyeaforsure” will be available on all streaming platforms in March. 

This EP is close to Holcomb’s heart and he said he has loved making it and hopes listeners will love it too.

“Give it a shot — you might like it,” Holcomb said. “It might add some songs to your playlist. And if you don’t like it, that’s OK. More than anything, however it’s received, I’m just stoked to do it. It was a great process and I just love making music so much.”

CBU hosts business competition for students after cancellation in 2020

The Annual Business Plan Competition at California Baptist University has returned in 2021 in full force after being canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Students from every major are invited to join by March 8 for a chance to present their plan in Innovators Auditorium come April 8.

Last year, the unexpected arrival of a global pandemic threw universities across the country into disarray and the Jabs School of Business canceled all plans to hold the competition that year.

Yet Nolan Gouveia, department lead for Entrepreneurship, said the coronavirus will not majorly affect the event this year. Initial submissions will be gathered online, and final presentations will follow governmental social distancing guidelines.

“I don’t think it’s going to change the competition too much,” Gouveia said. “It will take a little more initiative. It will push the students that are serious about possibly starting a business.”

Students will not have to brave this project alone. They can enter the competition as a team, working together to create their business. Teams are paired with faculty that act as counselors throughout the planning process. Participants will be judged by a rubric, and Gouveia said there is no one aspect of the plan that is more important than another.

“It is hard to pick any once piece of a business plan — it’s more to make sure that whatever is in the student’s mind can be fleshed out and explained to somebody else,” Gouveia said. “It must have enough detail, but also enough simplicity that it doesn’t get too crazy.”

Corban Murray, sophomore international business major, said he is considering joining the competition. His dream is to run a gym overseas as a missionary outreach.

“It gives me the perfect opportunity to combine my two passions of fitness and my faith,” Murray said. “Regardless (of) if a reward is received, students should still submit their business ideas so they can receive advice to get closer to their dreams.”

Aaron Kooistra, sophomore engineering major, said he would love to join the competition if he can find the time. He wants to create a GPS hair clip for women’s safety.

“Young women everywhere are targeted for sexual slavery and kidnapping — and criminals are smart enough to get rid of their phones,” Kooistra said. “A hair clip could easily go undetected and give
especially young girls a
chance to be found if they go missing.”

Students who dream of one day running their own business should consider entering this competition. It is an invaluable way of practicing real-world business skills. 

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CBU clubs continue amid pandemic

Clubs at California Baptist University play a key role in the student culture of the community on campus. Ever since the beginning of virtual learning, campus clubs have had to follow suit and meet virtually, not in person. This has presented a unique experience for all clubs as they do their part in keeping students safe.

Taylor Altizer, assistant director of Campus Activities, explained that clubs are staying safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At this point, clubs are still operating virtually, so they are remaining COVID safe by hosting virtual events,” Altizer said.

Campus clubs have become creative in how they approach a virtual format. Mary Shanks, senior liberal studies major and president of the Disney Club, elaborated on how the club has adapted to a COVID-safe arrangement.

“We went from weekly movie nights to meeting once a month,” Shanks said. “This spring we are incorporating more interactive virtual events and trying to add some movie nights in to bring together our fellow CBU Disney fanatics.”

Shania Martin, senior sociology major and president of United Club, said that they have had their own experience with creating a pandemic-conscious space in United club.

“United has adapted to the pandemic by putting all our meetings online,” said Martin. “We have had scavenger hunts, movie nights, and are planning a collaboration with the black student union later this month – all have been over Zoom.”

According to Altizer, resilience is key when it comes to running a club on campus. Club presidents have done an outstanding job at staying flexible during a turbulent time for the CBU community.

“The club presidents at CBU are some of the more creative and resilient leaders that I have seen in my professional career,” Altizer said. “It is easy to be discouraged when you can’t meet in person and are having to virtually engage with people who might already be experiencing virtual fatigue. The club presidents have risen to the occasion and have put on creative and engaging events.”

Hosting club meetings and events is a new challenge that has never been dealt with before by CBU club presidents. Shanks explained what challenges the Disney club is facing during the pandemic.

“It is really important that our meetings be a time of relaxation and friendship between Disney fans,” Shanks said. “With CBU being mostly virtual we have to work hard to find ways to make our meetings and events not ‘just another Zoom,’ instead we still want members to enjoy their time with our Disney Club community.”

Martin stressed that a larger challenge for clubs is to also find the motivation to engage with extracurricular activities.

“I think the biggest challenge is keeping people excited and engaged,” Martin said. “If you think about it, our whole lives have moved to be online. The boring things are online and so are the fun things, which makes it hard to find the motivation to stay on a screen any longer than we have to.”

Club turnout was one of the concerns shared by club leaders. Altizer explained how club turnout has stayed steady, with some differences from when clubs were meeting in-person.

“What has been a surprising find from this season of virtual programming is that clubs are reaching a wider audience because students who are further from campus can participate in ways they were not able to before,” Altizer said. “On the flip side, there are clubs whose activities require in-person participation, so those clubs have been experiencing less participation. I would say that club turnout has been relatively similar to what it was last year when you take into account the increases for some and the decreases for others.”

Shanks said that students would enjoy joining CBU’s Disney Club because there is joy to be had after a difficult year.

“I believe that Disney Club is the happiest club on campus,” Shanks said. “It is a great place to find community with students who have a similar love for Disney. The past year has been rough for many and our goal as a club is to give CBU students a place to find joy.”

Martin said that CBU’s United club exists to be a safe space for students amid facing a heavy global climate.

“Students should join United because we are a nice, welcoming, safe space for everyone to be themselves,” Martin said. “We welcome and invite people of all grades and backgrounds to join us in having a good time because the climate in American society is really rough right now, and we want to provide solace for everyone really feeling the weight of that.”

Throughout the course of virtual learning, Community Life has been supportive of all CBU clubs and welcomes those who feel disconnected.

“Through this time, community life has been supporting club presidents by training them as well as we can, being available to troubleshoot any club struggles, and to elevate their social platform by sharing posts through our main Community Life Instagram,” Altizer said. “Clubs are student-run and staff-supported, so if you are feeling disconnected and do not know where to go, clubs are a great way to get involved. The club presidents are your peers and they get it. They know how you are feeling because they are going through it too, which makes them highly motivated to foster community. You can sign up for a club on InsideCBU, but most of our club information is going to be found through personal club Instagram pages.”

Elijah Hickman | Banner | The men's water polo team during a game against UCLA in September of 2018.

Men’s water polo succeeds

The California Baptist University men’s water polo team has started its season receiving a No. 7 ranking from the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

According to the CBU Athletics website, “California Baptist University men’s water polo built on its best-ever preseason ranking by securing the best ranking in program history.”

The CBU men’s water polo team was ecstatic about the rankings, with coaches and players excited about the rank that their team received.

“I’m very pumped to be ranked as high as we are, the team competes hard every day and we deserve it,” said Zachary Lowery, senior engineering major and captain of the CBU men’s water polo team.

“It’s exciting that we’re in there (in the top 10.) It shows the work that the guys have done to be ranked that highly,” added Kevin Rosa, head coach of the men’s water polo team.

After the news broke about the CWPA rankings, the CBU men’s water polo team went on to dominate some of its ranked opponents.

CBU split its series of games against No.6-ranked Loyola Marymount University. After losing the first game of the series, CBU came back with two consecuitve wins and lost the final game against LMU.

“LMU is a strong team and good competition. It will be a battle with them until the end of the season,” said Lowery. “I’m very excited we get this opportunity to play and represent CBU weekly.”

Rosa said he believed his team played well despite the loss.

“We played really well, it looked like a mid-season level defense out there,” said Rosa.

The CBU men’s water polo team has worked hard to maintain its top-10 ranking.

The team has picked up wins against ranked opponents such as the Air Force Academy and other Western Water Polo Association conference opponents such as Fresno Pacific University.

The team has also battled against high-ranked opponents like No. 5-ranked Pepperdine.

Due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the men’s water polo team has had to adapt to safety restrictions and schedule changes.

According to the CBU Athletics website, while the team was away at the Air Force Academy, one of their scheduled opponents pulled out of a game, causing the Lancers to play the third game against the Air Force Academy.

“It’s a day-by-day process. To look too far into the future can sometimes be daunting. We’re focusing on the here and now because we know we can’t control the future,” Rosa said.

The team will continue competing with games against Air Force and Pepperdine in the coming weeks.

Los Angeles to host Super Bowl

While the heat surrounding Super Bowl LV was still burning, it was announced that Super Bowl LVI will be held in Los Angeles.

L.A. was supposed to host the 2021 Super Bowl LV, but construction delays in Inglewood caused the need to relocate the event.

“The NFL coming back to L.A. wasn’t just about a team or two playing some home games,” Casey Wasserman, chairman of the host committee, said to the Los Angeles Times. “It’s about all the other things that could bring to the city, the community, and the region. Maybe there’s never been a better time to talk about hope, optimism and recovery, having the Los Angeles Super Bowl come on the heels, hopefully, of the coronavirus pandemic.”

In the 2021 matchup, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady, defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 on Feb. 7.

The meeting of up-and-coming quarterback Patrick Mahomes and veteran Brady was the main attraction of this match, where Brady and Buccaneers ended up taking home a big win.

“The Buccaneers’ defense was really the key in their win,” said Hunter May, freshman undeclared major and National Football Leaugue fan. “The Chief’s penalties on defense helped the Bucs get a really good lead in the first half.”

May said that once Brady is able to get a lead and the momentum in a Super Bowl game then it is over for the other team.

Fans discussed the Buccaneer’s major win, with some even blaming the referees. However, May said the Chiefs were not playing their best.

“Patrick Mahomes did everything he could but if your wide receivers don’t do their job and catch passes in crunch time,” May said. “This was the first time I’ve seen the chiefs play so poorly and get stood up in the past three years.”

The last time L.A. hosted the event was the Rose Bowl in 1993. To California native, May, L.A. hosting the Super Bowl does not mean much to him unless the Seahawks make it to the championship.

Super Bowl LVI will be held in SoFi Stadium at Inglewood, Calif., in February 2022.

PPP changes help small businesses

President Joe Biden recently announced new policies that expand the criteria of those who can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. 

The new policies are aimed at helping small businesses and minority-owned businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first step is a 14-day window beginning Feb. 24 until March 9, where businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for the PPP loans. The administration is also making the application process easier. 

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, minority-owned businesses are more likely to struggle to get necessary loans and fear permanent closure. The new policies are intended to help those struggling businesses stay afloat.

The new policies have contributed to the discussion revolving around whether the PPP can allow race to play a factor in who gets approved for a loan. 

Dr. Chase Porter, assistant professor of political science, said these new policies are similar to ones already in existence in Oregon, which have faced some legal challenges.

“The Small Business Association currently has special assistance programs for businesses owned by economically or socially disadvantaged individuals, so it would be interesting to see if this program would face any legal challenges, or if it will be similar enough to currently existing SBA programs to pass constitutional muster,” Porter said.

The criteria will help non-citizens who are in the U.S. legally, small business owners who have committed non-fraud related felonies and business owners who became delinquent on their student loans. 

Lillian McConnell, junior political science major, said expanding the criteria to cover those who have committed felonies hurts the liberties of law-abiding citizens.

“There are consequences of committing a crime that you carry for the rest of your life. This exists so people think about the crime before they commit it,” McConnell said. “If you take away some of those consequences, it harms those who are not breaking the law.”

Biden said the intention of these changes is to help those who were unable to get relief before.

“When the Paycheck Protection Program was passed, a lot of these mom-and-pop businesses got muscled out of the way by bigger companies who jumped in front of the line,” Biden said in a press conference Feb. 22. 

The program is set to end in late March. So far an extension has not been announced. 

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Theater hosts community time

California Baptist University’s theater program hosts a weekly community time for students and faculty. The event is an hour of spiritual formation that encourages students in the theater program to integrate faith with their art.

Community time consists of a worship service and meetings in small groups every Tuesday. The event is mandatory for all theater majors, minors and any students on scholarship with the theater program. The student-run community time features an outreach team, recreation team, prayer team, audiovisual team and worship team.

Sophia Oliveri, junior theater major, is the main student lead for community time and oversees the big picture of what community time is about.

“I develop the content that we are going over each week,” Oliveri said. “During our meetings, we have a time of worship and we look at something that has to do with faith integration and discuss it in small groups after. In that time, we are really hoping people can take their identity as an artist and their faith and merge them.”

Since taking over community time 10 years ago, Frank Mihelich, associate professor of theater and community time adviser, has worked to make CBU one of the premiere faith-based university theater programs in the country.

“We thought about not doing it during COVID-19, but we made the decision as staff and faculty that we have to be creative (and) we cannot just hide under a rock,” Mihelich said. “As theater majors, they have to spend a lot of time with each other, and sometimes that can be good because it creates community and sometimes that can be bad because they are with each other all the time. To actually have time to focus on community and spiritual life makes it lean towards the good. For staff and faculty, we want to take faith integration seriously and sometimes that is hard to do in class, so we have created a special time to celebrate Christianity that is represented in this school and this student body.”

Brianne Jackson, sophomore theater major, is one of the student leads for community time. This is Jackson’s first semester as a student leader, and she has already seen the benefits of community time in her art.

“Faith integration is a new concept for me,” Jackson said. “At community time we learn things about how God is working in the theater realm and how we can take that into our schoolwork and our shows. Community time helps shape your worldview towards Christ. At the end of the day, we are all just Christian artists coming together to learn more about Christ and theater.”

Since the onset of COVID-19, 40-50 students and faculty have been meeting over Zoom for community time. Mihelich credits community time with being the reason the members of the theater program are so close.

“Community time reminds us of our identity and relationship with God and, as a result, our relationships with one another,” Oliveri said. “The theater community is already so close and to be able to have a theater community that is not only doing art together but also rooted in Christ means a lot. It is an opportunity to be a witness and testimony to people in our program who do not have faith in God. There is a lot of openness about faith and conversations that would not have happened apart from community time.”

Courtesy of Rachel Bolinger | Rachel Bolinger, sophomore international marketing major, hand makes clay earrings and sews masks that she sells as part of her small business @mariejocale on Instagram.

DIY clay earring trend rises during summer 2020

Polymer clay earrings have been around for years, but it was not until recently that the pieces began to trend across social media. As people around the world sought out quarantine hobbies, clay earrings just so happened to be a top contender.

Rachel Bolinger, sophomore international marketing major, was inspired to start creating homemade jewelry when she visited her grandparents this summer. As she watched them both find joy in creating homemade items she wanted to find that same sense of enjoyment in a creative outlet. As she began researching trends she quickly happened upon polymer clay earrings.

“I found lots of people starting to use clay as a creative outlet to process everything going on,” Bolinger said. “There were lots of videos about how to start, the process, and different styles that we’re trending. Some of my favorite styles were 3D designs and the stained-glass effects.”

After watching a substantial number of YouTube videos Bolinger took the plunge and hasn’t looked back. Now months later, her creative outlet has turned into “Marie Jocale,” her own small business she runs from her bedroom in Japan.

“While the trend hasn’t quite caught on in Japan yet, I can see that is slowly shifting,” Bolinger said. “I hope to still be here when polymer clay makes its way into the markets and hopefully be on top of it.”

Ally Creed, California Baptist University alumna, has a similar story behind her small shop “Clayed by Al.” About a month into quarantine Creed began making clay earrings with the intention of keeping them for herself and giving some to friends.

“Before I knew it, my friends and family were complimenting them and telling me I should sell them,” Creed said. “I had so much fun making them that I thought why not? I’m going to be making them anyway so if there is anyone who would want to buy them, great. I didn’t expect anyone to actually buy them, though, but before I knew it, it became something, and that was a ton of fun.”

As the polymer clay jewelry industry continues to grow so does Creed’s small business. When asked if she felt compelled to keep up with the particular trends within the clay  making community, Creed said she finds one of the best parts of being one of many people who make clay earrings is the individuality behind it.

“Every shop has different styles that stay true to the maker,” Creed said. “I never strive to make earrings that are ‘trendy’ because, for the most part, every style can pass as trendy. Each different piece can add so much personality and help bring something fun to the mundane quarantine life. A huge mood booster.”

While many people have taken this quarantine hobby and converted it into a small business, other individuals have strictly found a passion for creating on their own time.

Faith Hyden, senior psychology major, said she found that creating clay jewelry was not only a fun skill to learn but is something that is able to challenge her in a healthy way.

“There are always new styles and designs to try and experiement with, which keeps the hobby interesting and makes sure that there is something for everyone’s unique taste,” Hyden said. “People are drawn to the look of clay jewlry and how simple and minimalistic it is. They are really good statement pieces without being too distracting.”

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The Oscars do not always show the best films

For years, one of the ways of defining cinematic achievement has been through awards and their ceremonies, most iconically, The Oscars. The first Oscars awards show was held in 1929, in the early beginnings of the film industry’s Hollywood boom.

This year, the 2021 Oscars will undoubtedly look different due to the ongoing pandemic and the halt in much of the film production world. However, it will mark the 93rd year of the award show’s run.

Although the tradition of awards shows is a long-standing one, many have questioned the relevance today. The Academy Awards have found themselves in the middle of debates and social movements, including the #OscarsSoWhite and #MeToo movements, particularly as corruption within the industry was brought to light in recent years.

The process of nominating a film, actor, filmmaker or aspect of production (such as sound, editing, etc.) involves collecting ballots from members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who are all filmmakers or other film professionals who cast votes based on films from that year.

If a candidate or film that is eligible for an award receives a number of votes above the predetermined “magic number” of votes needed to qualify, that candidate or film receives a spot as a nominee.

One major difficulty that presents itself with any awards show, but particularly is prevalent in The Oscars is the fact that film — like all other forms of art — is largely subjective. 

Placing labels on works of art and saying one is “the best” when compared with others is limiting and can foster close-mindedness within any industry.

The debates sparked among film viewers and critics surrounding nominations and awards from The Academy demonstrate that everyone has a different idea of what qualifies a work of art — in this case, — film, as better than other works of art.

In the case of The Oscars, a consuming and high-profile awards show and process, oftentimes, the films chosen do not necessarily reflect an accurate representation of what many may feel are the best films of the year.

According to an article by Alissa Wilkinson from Vox, “The awards are an expensive (an Oscar campaign can cost upward of $10 million) and grueling exercise; they suck up all the conversation around movies for a good six months of the year; and they tend to reflect not the best movies of the year but the movie-est movies.”

As spectacle and “larger-than-life” cinema begin to infiltrate the world of film, smaller but just as thought-provoking and impactful films, filmmakers and actors/actresses might get pushed to the side.

In a 2018 article from the LA Times, writer Jeffrey Fleishman acknowledged the blindspots The Academy often has when choosing what films qualify for the awards. 

“The Oscars live in a tricky no-man’s land between the real and the imagined. They aspire to be topical but are careful — some would say timid — in what they choose as a cause and how they offend, especially amid our nation’s acrimony and divisions.”

Taking all these factors into consideration, it is important for people to recognize that while The Oscars remains a prominent and distinguished awards program, they should not be the end-all-be-all for what constitutes a good film or what qualifies someone as the best actor or actress.

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Riverside opens vaccine site

To help speed up the vaccination process for Riverside residents, the city of Riverside opened its first major vaccination clinic Jan. 30.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been on a downward trend nationwide in recent weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This trend is also present in Riverside county and the state of California.

In a partnership with Curative, a biotechnology company, the city of Riverside has injected approximately 450 shots a day since the opening of the clinic, according to Phil Pitchford, city of Riverside’s public information officer.

“It has been a great cooperative effort between the city, which set up the site; Curative, Inc., who administers the shots; and the County of Riverside, which supplies the vaccine. We have been very encouraged by the way that Riversiders have embraced this approach,” Pitchford said. “Curative has been extremely professional and a great partner. They have dramatically increased the amount of testing we have been able to do, and are still providing testing at many sites around the City of Riverside.”

The city is currently administering the virus to those who fall within the Phase 1A and Phase 1B tiers, and people aged 65 and older.

Those who fall into these tiers include healthcare workers, long-term care residents, agriculture and food workers, education, childcare and emergency service workers.

James Martin, a Riverside resident over the age of 65 who received the Moderna vaccine, said the process was smooth and efficient.

“I had no problems, the staff was friendly and, from the time I checked in for my appointment until I was injected with the vaccine, it was smooth sailing,” Martin said. “I had to wait a couple of minutes once it was administered, but everything went well.”

Rebecca Tucker, senior creative writing major, said she thinks it’s important that everyone be vaccinated.

“COVID-19 is a very real and serious threat, and in taking the vaccinations, people are ensuring not only their own safety, but also the safety of others they come into contact with.” 

Because of the vaccination schedule, college students are not allowed to receive the vaccine unless cleared by a medical professional due to an underlying or dangerous condition.

Students who do meet the criteria for the vaccine can receive it starting March 15.