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Megan Freeman

A recent Cal Poly Pomona graduate with a thirst and excitement for all things journalism and news. 

Love gone wrong: ‘The Girl From Plainville’

Suicide is always a touchy subject and is a stressful and tragic time for those left behind. Sadly, on July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy committed suicide and this is all documented in the eight-episode Hulu original series, “The Girl From Plainville.” The show is a true story that was dramatized for TV and takes place in Plainville, Massachusetts. It highlights the text exchanges between Conrad Roy and his girlfriend Michelle Carter, who would text every day for hours on end. Roy was extremely depress

State senator names Coley Woman of the Year

On April 16, Cal Poly Pomona’s President, Soraya M. Coley, received the Woman of the Year award for 2022 at the “Women’s Leadership Luncheon” hosted by the Women’s Caucus and Leyva. This event was organized by California State Sen. Connie Leyva’s office. Leyva, D-Chino, honored Coley this award for her advocacy of Cal Poly Pomona students and the greater Inland Empire. Leyva and Coley have been working together for many years and have great respect and admiration for one another. “Since Presi

AGRIscapes hatches Easter egg hunt

Spring has begun at Cal Poly Pomona and to celebrate, AGRIscapes hosted its event “Egg Hunt and Spring Fun on the Farm” on April 9. The event let children of all ages hunt for Easter eggs and celebrate the lamb Oreo’s birthday. Ever since Oreo, named for his distinct black and white coloring, was born in March 2020, he has drummed up plenty of publicity. With plenty of fresh produce and activities, his birthday was a celebration for the whole family. “I like this event because I like all the a

Indigenous scholar-activist shares her story of being a Queer Latina

The Womxn’s Resource Center hosted its event titled “From Pandillas to Perreo” on March 24, featuring a queer, Peruvian woman named Maria Saldana. The event focused on Saldana’s story as an indigenous woman and promoted wellness within ethnic minorities, queer, trans and/or gender-expansive people and communities. Saldana, also known as “María pero no santa” online, meaning “Mary but not a saint,” is a bisexual Indigenous Charapa Peruana scholar-activist and healer-facilitator. Saldana is part

Trivia And Tribulations at Innovation Brew Works

With ice-cold beers in one hand and pens in the other, patrons of Cal Poly Pomona’s Innovation Brew Works were ready for the trivia nights held every Thursday at 6 p.m. The trivia night is full of pop culture references including ones from sitcoms like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” Despite the event starting late, it kicked off with questions about “The Office” as its first round. Each trivia question was worth one to five points, with the difficulty of the question increasing with t

The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch reopens for the first time in two years

On March 8, the beloved restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, or Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch reopened after two years of no operation due to the everchanging COVID-19 pandemic. The Restaurant comprises of mainly student workers from the Collins College of Hospitality Management. Student employees shared that they were ready to fulfill CPP’s learn by doing attitude. “(The pandemic) has affected us a lot here at the restaurant just because not only with the restaurant but just us at Collins in general,”

CPP alumnus unleashes her inner artist at SoFi Stadium

Following the opening of the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, there have already been some meaningful events in the city’s backyard. Some events were the 2022 Super Bowl and one of CPP’s very own tackling creative jobs within the stadium. Emma Wahlstrom, a 2021 graduate of CPP and a Yorba Linda native, is a creative designer at SoFi Stadium where she did various creative jobs which consists of creating new employee uniforms and taking photos. She has found great success within her career

Battle of the campus restaurants: Fitbites or The Den?

As Fitbites’ grand opening was last fall, many students wonder, “Where did The Den go?” The Den was an eatery on campus that served hungry students everything from pancakes to milkshakes. It was a branch of the beloved Denny’s restaurant, and many students have varying viewpoints in what they say is the best. “Honestly, I like Fitbites; they still have the mozzarella sticks that I liked from The Den, and they have protein shakes now, so I think Fitbites is pretty cool; I like it more.” “I pref

The Department of Theatre and New Dance grieves the passing of a beloved employee

After decades of service as the facilities manager to the Department of Theatre and New Dance at Cal Poly Pomona, Dennis Logan passed away on Jan. 3. Logan worked at CPP from 1963 to 2007, revamping the campus theater and mentoring many members of the CPP community. With his signature cowboy boots and plaid shirts, Logan was always ready to start the day. Logan’s duty was to design and maintain the university theater on campus. Before coming to Cal Poly Pomona, he worked at Disneyland as a mai

Review: Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ puts the ‘super’ in superhero

I have never been one to watch superhero movies but “Eternals,” directed by Chloé Zhao, released Nov. 5, was exceptional due to its diversity in casting and innovative take on a Marvel crusader movie. On top of being diverse, the storyline of “Eternals” is compelling, funny, sad and action-filled. With a running time of nearly three hours every minute was worth the watch. With the film featuring blockbuster actors and actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harringt

Online mechanical engineering lectures surpasses 10M views

Established in 2013, the channel allows students to have lectures and other videos on a variety of topics readily available and at just a click. However, the videos’ popularity grew during the pandemic as students adapted to online learning. “When we started it (the channel), we were lucky to get like 10 views a day, and we were never looking to reach this milestone,” said Paul Nissenson, a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. “It was more of that we just wanted to create a resou

Cat Reiki: What Is It?

Throughout these past couple of months, we have looked at the many ways cats exercise their spiritual abilities to us humans. We have looked at how they care, heal, and love us. I hope you, my dearest reader, have gotten some insight, and I hope I converted you into a crazy cat lady/person just like myself. Today, we will look at how cats can be lucky charms and ways to do reiki on your favorite feline. You may be asking yourself—what is reiki exactly? And frankly, I’m glad you asked! In layman’

Cattitudes Around Religion and Spirituality

We can learn a lot about cats and how they reveal their spiritual tendencies to us. By reading my blog, I hope I opened up your mind to how cats and spirituality align closely. Today, we will look at characteristics of cats that can be spiritual. One article talks about cats’ things that keep them in touch with their spiritual side and what they teach us. Cats can teach us many different things like how to be patient, attentive, and how to be silent. Cats are so in touch with themselves that the

How Cats Absorb Negative Energy

If you haven’t picked up on this already, I love cats. I think cats are the most versatile animals in the world. They can be loving, mean, thoughtful, independent. They are practically little bundles of joy who happen to have fur with a built-in motor. Today, we will look at some instances in which cat parents have seen their cats exhibit some spiritual tendencies. In this article, the author takes several quotes from cat owners who have said that their cat tries to communicate with them somehow

Review: ‘Wine’ not ‘sip’ back and relax with Horsehill Vineyards

Since I turned 21 this past June, I have wanted to bask in the newfound freedom of enjoying alcohol. Cal Poly Pomona has a vineyard, and the school-produced wines are easily accessible at the Farm Store, giving every ordinary Tuesday the potential to sparkle. The university’s vineyard, Horsehill Vineyards, has released two wines in the last four years. They have released a zinfandel and a zinfandel rose. Three colleges collaborated in the making of these splendid wines: the Huntley College of A

Cats Have “Felines,” Too

A beautiful, chunky, orange cat looks very confused as they stare into the distance. Relationships take work, some give, and some take, especially a relationship with a cat. Cats don’t blindly trust as most dogs do; it takes a lot of time and patience to gain a cat’s trust. That is why today, we will look at some ways we “crush” our cat’s spirit, crystal therapy for cats, and ways in which cats can spiritually communicate with us humans. Contrary to popular belief, animals have feelings, too. T

Spiritual Cat Names For Your Next Cat!

Now that we have the groundwork of what makes cats such spiritual beings, why don’t we explore some spiritual names to match the theme? Today, we will explore some of the spiritual names you can give to your future kitten or cat! According to this article, the author provides 110 options; let’s go through a few and see what they mean. The first name that caught my eye was “Aura,” which is Greek and is used for a female cat; it means “a luminous field that envelops all beings.” Another one that c

Student residents petition against meal swipe limitation

Cal Poly Pomona’s Foundation Dining Services began to enforce limits on previously unlimited meal swipes on Sept. 18. The sudden policy reversal was met with outrage by student residents who are now limited to one meal swipe in dining locations like the Vista Market and Fitbites at Vista. Guillermo Washington, an industrial engineering student; Christian Enkerlin, a business management student; and Jacklyn Nee, a communications major, launched a Change.org petition late last month to reverse th

The Symbolism of Cat Fur and the Loving Nature of The Cat

A brown cat and its owner touching hand and paw in daylight. Did you know that by the color of cats, we can figure out the spiritual meaning behind them? There are about five different colors of cats that all hold a specific purpose. For instance, black cats have a not-so-good connotation with our society, as superstitious people believe they have bad luck attached to them. According to an article titled “What It Means When You Dream About Cats (Or See One),” black cats are seen as healers. Whi

Cats: Spirituality’s Best Friend

Cats and humans have always had a unique relationship. They only meow to us humans; they purr when they’re happy, they demand food, they can be mean and independent. Cats aren’t typically seen as man’s best friend but spirituality’s best friend. They can repel negative energy, wake us up from bad dreams, and can even dispel curses. An article called “Blessed Be The Home That Welcomes A Cat – Spiritual Benefits” talks about the evidence that cats are tied to the spiritual realm. For instance, cat
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