The coronavirus (COVID-19) runs rampant across the globe, cancelling, postponing or altering most aspects of civilian life. Amidst toilet paper missing from grocery store shelves and the transition to online school, verbal, auditory and visual providers of entertainment attempt to engage with the public through media platforms. Due to the social distancing and shelter in place mandates, film making, sports events and concerts have been delayed or called off to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Digital and radio news increase in value as updates spread through screens rather than word of mouth, especially during the quarantine.
Through rain, hail or shine, the annual Kids Day event across the Central Valley has prevailed for the past 33 years, incorporating thousands of volunteers and raising over $600,000 in 2019 for Valley Children’s Hospital. Despite the growth of community support, the recent global outbreak of COVID-19 presents an obstacle which has caused the cancellation of Kids Day and thrown millions into a panic: coronavirus. Kids Day 2020 was planned for March 10, however, as the event revolves around students and community members exchanging money and newspapers, spokeswoman for Valley Children’s Healthcare Zara Arboleda announced the cancellation of the event to avoid potential spread of the virus.
The City of Fresno suffers as one of the worst cities for poverty concentration in the nation. Of the 500,000 residents from around the globe that inhabit Fresno, 28.2 percent live under the national poverty line. Moved by the city’s statistics, organizations gather together to mobilize the community for action. The Well Community Church hosted Discover Fresno, a one-day event used to inform citizens about the needs of the city and volunteer opportunities for Fresno residents, Feb. 8. Over 250 guests attended the event which included ten breakout sessions and opportunities to engage with the session speakers.
The topic of climate change creates a topic of discussion that has divided the globe over the last 30 years. Colliding with politics, social issues and religious beliefs, climate issues continue to aggravate an age of apathetics and activists who struggle to find a common ground amidst the controversy. According to NASA, scientists ascribe the climate shifting issues (including global warming) to the human expansion of the “greenhouse effect”. Scientists study this phenomenon in relation to rising oceans and planet temperatures.
The world has high hopes for the new decade as millions anticipate the Summer Olympic Games, the Mars 2020 Mission and the rise of the high speed rail. As the US braces itself for a plethora of new films, music and sports events, it also makes way for the 59th annual US election year. True to the common saying, actions often speak louder than words. Although voting is part of an American’s freedoms, when a vote is not backed up by action, it amounts to nothing but weight in the ballot box. Voters’ goals are transformed into reality when they initiate change, rather than waiting for a politician to act on their behalf.
A red sun glows over New South Wales (NSW), Australia as the most catastrophic fires in the country’s history ravage the soot-stained earth. Millions of animals flee the forests and plains to escape the bushfires singing over 24 million acres of Australian landscape (larger than Long Island and Manhattan combined). An estimated one billion animals have already perished and as Australia is just beginning their summer season, the flames show no signs of stopping.
The Tubbs fire in Sonoma County blazed for 123 days, killing 22 civilians and singeing over 36,000 acres of land in northern California, 2017. Two years later, residents of the Santa Rosa area faced a similar threat: the Kincade fire. Sonoma County civilians like Josephine Wiegel faced evacuations and emotional damage after the flames consumed their community. Wiegel, a programmer analyst for the County of Sonoma information system department, lived in the Santa Rosa area for one year before the Tubbs fire swallowed up much of the surrounding community. Moving to Sebastopol after the fire endangered her and her family, Wiegel faced some of the same trauma when the Kincade fire began to spread and threaten the safety of Sebastopol residents in 2019.
With stars still shining in the night sky, thousands of visitors flocked to the Clovis Rodeo grounds before sunrise for the Noble Credit Union Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly, Oct. 26-27. The sound of hot air filling the 90,000 cu/ft balloons produced ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from visitors as they participated in the 45th annual Table Mountain Casino ClovisFest. Feather editor-in-chief Addison Schultz, ‘21, and photo editor Avery Jones, ‘20, covered the event from the sky as they took a trip in a Starlite Balloon Flights balloon. As they hovered over the Valley, the journalists took photos, videos and interviewed their pilot Peggy Watson-Meinke.
College representatives, students and staff members gather in the PC gym to engage in the annual college fair at lunchtime, Oct. 15. 24 private, state, community and military colleges from California to Colorado arrived on campus to connect with students and inform them of college opportunities. The campus fair is the first part of a day of college immersion. Christian colleges from the FC fair and others from around the country visit Hope Lutheran Church for the North American Coalition for Christian Admissons Professionals (NACCAP) fair, 6 p.m. Over 2,000 students attend the fair annually, refining their college searches and engaging with Christian college representatives.
Casts, scripts, auditions, oh my! Casting for the campus production company's first show began Oct. 7. With 50 students attending initial auditions, the performance will recreate the Broadway Musical, Newsies. Entitled Spotlight Productions, the production company's shows differ from previous campus performances where only students in drama class participated, as opposed to opening casting to all students.