By Myah Doakes - Staff Writer
Like others, I started taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously when schools started to close. I've never seen day-to-day life change so drastically for so many Americans.
I know that the uncertainty of the coronavirus has created challenges among many families, including several schools and childcare facilities being shut down. Not only schools but jobs are being lost, hours being reduced at work and even separation of families.
These are some of the challenges that I too am going through. I am a single mother who works full time and a part-time student. It felt like the government ripped my routine from me and said, “here make a whole new one.” Not only my routine was changed but it was all now done at home. This is now my new norm.
Over time, I realized that this self-quarantine lifestyle is tough. Single parents are being thrown into a new normal of balancing schoolwork, homework, active kids and the boss wants you to continue to work from home. There’s a great task at hand and all I care about is surviving, getting my work done and keeping my child alive.
I often don’t credit myself, but seeing other single parents and myself surviving this quarantine, I say job well done. Even in times of uncertainty, we deserve to celebrate and be filled with hope.
I think one of the keys to survival is to have an identity outside of parenting. I found that getting a hobby and taking mini-breaks was soothing.
By Caleb Betterton - Managing Editor
Rose State College has decided to offer options when it comes to its grading system for the spring semester. The announcement was made by Rose President Dr. Jeanie Webb.
“We will allow students to choose between a standard A-F letter or take a pass/no pass option,” Webb provided through a campus-wide email.
This is only optional for students whose classes were moved online because of COVID-19 following spring break; all other classes will remain an A-F standard grade.
This new option will help students who might struggle with online classes or students who might have other problems facing them during this time that could cause them to receive a lower than desired grade. This option can help students maintain their GPA.
“I think it’s a good idea considering how chaotic some of our lives have become,” said English major Heidi Stewart.
Students will get to make this choice after their professor has posted their final grade of the semester. Professors will post grades May 18. Students will have until noon on May 22 to request a P/NP grade option. To request the P/NP option, students must email their professor through their Raider email account before the May 22 deadline.
Some things for students to think about: Some degree-required classes may not allow for a P/NP option. Also, this could affect financial aid. Students should think about their future education and how it could affect applications or scholarships.
“Students needing a program, credit towards their degree, requirement for subsequent classes or any other requirement, should not opt for the P grade,” Jeff Caldwell, Vice President of Academic Affairs, provided via email.
Rose State officials recommend that before making this decision students talk to their academic adviser, as well as the financial aid office.
By Lily Mauricio - Reporter
Have you been stuck in quarantine, going crazy with kids being home, trying to think of creative ways to keep them busy or you’re just simply bored yourself? Each of these local OKC businesses are running specials to help get their customers through quarantine. Whether it’s for yourself or your family, each of these businesses has something for everyone.
Hatch Early Mood Food – An urban brunch and bar located in OKC, Hatch is one of the most popular spots for breakfast and brunch lovers alike. They are currently offering a half off-menu when ordering curbside pick-up.
The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen – One of Oklahoma City’s most loved pizza places is getting creative and partnering up with another local business to help you fight the quarantine blues. The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen is offering Pint Night on Wednesdays, it includes a pint of Capitals Ice Cream in “CoOkies & Cream” and your choice of one Hall's wood-fired pizza for $29.
Scissortail Park & Myriad Botanical Gardens – Scissortail Park and the Myriad Botanical Gardens have partnered up to giveaway FREE garden-in-place kits. These take-home seed growing kits are perfect for all ages. They are available for pick-up on varying days, follow @scissortailpark and @myriadgardens on Instagram for more information.
KatieBug’s Sips & Sweets – Katiebug’s is running drive-thru only specials throughout the crisis with DIY dessert boxes, weekly themed boxes and varying sized boxes filled with their daily treats. Find them @katiebugsokc on Instagram for their daily menu.
1884 – A cocktail and wine lounge located in Edmond inside The Railyard Food Hall, 1884 has a special of buy any bottle of wine and get a charcuterie board or any food item for 99% off.
Simpleton Goods – Creating simple, durable and functional goods, Simpleton Goods is offering masks to help anyone going out in public to combat the germs. The masks are made of durable canvas and are double layered for maximum defense. The masks are also washable, giving you multiple uses. Each mask is selling for $25 and can be found at simpletongoods.com.
By Ahmya Williams - Lifestyle Editor
Rose State counselors have found a way to keep in touch with students during this pandemic.
Dr. Joanne Stafford, head counselor of Rose State, explains how students can arrange counseling sessions.
“We have a new online platform which allows us to hold free confidential counseling sessions; call 733-7373 to arrange your first session with a Rose State counselor,” she said. “If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message with your phone number and we will call back as soon as we can. You may also email@example.com to arrange a counseling session.”
Many people are going through a rough time right now due to COVID-19. Do not hesitate to contact a counselor or talk to someone you trust. It is important to take care of yourself mentally during this time.
Stafford recommended the following ways to increase self-care and reduce anxiety:
By Lily Mauricio - Reporter
With social distancing becoming the new normal, many people all around the world are left staying inside instead of going out to their usual favorite restaurants or other local businesses.
The local businesses have been among the hardest hit during this worldwide pandemic.
Unlike corporations like large food-chains or retail shops, these local businesses strongly rely on their regulars.
The owners of Capitals Ice Cream in Downtown Oklahoma City have created a new way for Oklahomans to enjoy the local experience in the comfort of their own home.
CITYBOX was created to give citizens a chance to shop locally while their favorite stores are closed during the pandemic.
There are currently four types of boxes offered by the creators of CITYBOX.
Each box is curated with a selection of goods from different stores around Downtown Oklahoma City.
The different boxes offered are the CITYBOX, the Date Night Inside Box, the Brew Box and the Stuck-At-Home Box.
Local businesses that have contributed to the CITYBOX include Capital’s Ice Cream, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Commonplace Books, Plant, Stonecloud Brewing and many more.
Items included in the different boxes range from local beer from Stonecloud Brewery, take-and- bake pizza from The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen and ice cream from Capital’s Ice Cream.
Prices of the different types of boxes range from $60 to $115.
Another local business that contributed to CITYBOX is Café Disco.
Café Disco is Oklahoma’s first French macaron shop. The shop, a small 500-square-foot storefront located in Downtown Oklahoma City, was started a little over a year ago by Amanda Sakurai and her husband Spenser.
“We bake all our French macarons and have 12 flavors in the shop, daily,” Sakurai said.
Along with macarons, Café Disco also has a full coffee and tea menu.
“Spenser, my husband, is the coffee nerd and I am the self-taught baker obsessed with perfecting the French macaron,” said Sakurai.
Café Disco is included in the Stuck at Home Box and it includes a six-pack macaron box that includes a variety of the flavors offered daily in the shop.
Now is the time to help support your favorite local businesses and CITYBOX is a great way to do just that.
For now, the boxes are sold out, but with such high demand they are expected to continue on with CITYBOX, even after the pandemic.
These boxes can be found through their website cityboxokc.com or their Instagram @citybox_okc.
By Laura Huskey - Reporter
As precautions are taken across the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19, college and university students are affected most significantly in their education. Students continue to be affected by changing classes and deadlines.
The clubs and organizations at Rose State are not exempt from these adjustments either. The Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Rose State is moving to meet online in an effort to stay connected.
“We don’t want to go completely silent,” BCM adviser Terry Thomas said.
He hopes that replacing their usual meetings with a temporary online connection will continue to be beneficial and encouraging to the students in BCM.
“Any organization that is made up of people is going to be social in nature,” Thomas said. “Even if we don’t interact the way we’d like to, being together builds personal accountability.”
Thomas hopes that continuing to stay in touch will drive the BCM to be together more meaningfully. Thomas thinks it’s important to realize that even in this period of time, people can make the most of it.
While classes and everything else move online in response to COVID-19, students have to be significantly more disciplined in their coursework and in their connection with their friends.
The group plans to meet for 30 minutes once a week over Zoom. The challenge is seeing how well students can adapt to this new normal.
“I don’t want people to think this interaction is mistaken for real community,” Thomas said.
Music major Nicola Lunow agrees.
“It will lessen the face-to-face time, so I think that will lead to less openness just because we won’t get to know each other as well as we would if we had spent the rest of the semester meeting,” Lunow said.
Thomas knows this short amount of time will not be enough to fill the holes, but plans to utilize the group’s social media to reach out to students both in the BCM and out of it. He said there is a difference between face-to-face communication and online communication. Both can be valuable, but it is hard to replace the usual.
Thomas said this can be a great time for other Christian communities on campus to draw together and encourage each other and those outside the community.
“I hope that people will see our love for Christ and each other through these meetings,” Lunow said.
With international students being stuck on campus, Thomas and the BCM want to reach out to them to see if there are needs that need to be met. The BCM will be checking in to see where they are able to provide some assistance.
Whenever all is settled, the group plans to throw a bash to rekindle the loss of face-to-face community and have a reason to celebrate.
By Jaden Dunn - Reporter
#10 Get Dressed
Getting dressed every day, even if it is leggings or sweatpants, can leave you feeling clean (even if you haven’t showered). Putting on clean clothes gives you a chance to start your day fresh.
#9 Do Your Hair/Makeup
Doing your hair or makeup can be calming. This can be a nice change to simply brushing your hair, and being fresh-faced every day.
#8 Go Outside
Take a walk down the street. Sit in the sun. Getting outside allows you to get fresh air and vitamin D. Spending a few minutes outside can boost your mood.
#7 Pick Up an Old Hobby
Restart an old hobby that you’ve been too busy to work on recently. You may reignite your passion, or at the very least it’ll be some time not in front of the television.
#6 Try Something New
Whether it is a new recipe, a new book or new show to watch, trying something new could help you find a new interest. Trying a new hobby could give you a new skill, such as cooking, sewing or drawing.
#5 Make Your Bed
Let’s be real. You haven’t made your bed the whole quarantine. Take your sheets off, wash them and make your bed. You may feel accomplished and sleep well snuggled in clean sheets.
#4 Clean Your House
Not all at once, that can get overwhelming. Clean one room a day. At the end of the week, you will be living in a clean house or apartment. Not breathing in dust will help you feel better, so will living in a clean environment.
#3 Play With Your Pet
Take your dog for a walk or play fetch or tug. Brush your cat. Take out your snake to hold and love. Give your bearded dragon some of their favorite snacks. Clean your fish tank. Your pets are excited you are home. Give them extra attention while you can.
#2 Pamper Yourself
This doesn’t have to mean a full-on spa experience. Paint your nails if you want. Take a bath or a shower. Put on a face mask and take some funny pictures. Use some lotion you think smells nice. You’ll be more relaxed and ready for whatever comes next.
Do something that will make you smile. Watch a funny movie or television show. Tell jokes. Play a board game with people you a quarantined with. Enjoy time with your family or roommates. Leave notes for siblings, parents or roommates that will make them smile. You will feel better in making others feel good.
Make sure to wash your hand. For the love of all that is good, wash your hands.
By Donovan Straw - Sports Editor
Every news media outlet has been covering the coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses, restaurants and shopping centers are restricting their hours or just having delivery or drive-thru, while government officials across the U.S. have asked citizens to practice social distancing from others.
Apps and streaming services are taking a different approach to the pandemic. The NBA League Pass app is $28.99 a month, but from now until April 24, they’re giving their users a free pass to watch all of the exclusive games from this season and older NBA classics.
Movie production companies are allowing people to pay $20 to see movies that were scheduled to be released in theaters during the time of the pandemic.
Netflix has just launched its new feature called “Netflix Party.” It allows users to watch movies in sync with friends and families stuck in their own homes, while texting back and forth in a chat window.
Other streaming services have started to offer customers a free 30-day free trial. Hulu, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, Showtime and HBO have all offered free content during this time.
Streaming services allow everyone to practice social distancing.
By Danica Brackett - Staff Writer
1. You Shouldn’t Go To Parties
If going to parties is something you normally do on the weekends, maybe you should try to find a less crowded hobby during a global pandemic. Being around a lot of people can put you at a high risk of contracting the disease the entire world is trying to avoid.
2. You Shouldn’t Go On Tinder Dates
When attending a Tinder date, you never really know who you’re meeting up with. Although this doesn’t seem like the safest way of dating in general, this can also put you at risk of contracting the pandemic illness. You have no idea where this person has been or who they have been around.
3. You Shouldn’t Text Your Ex
I know you’re probably bored out of your mind and texting your ex probably seems like a good idea. Let me tell you, it’s not. You’ll regret it as soon as you hit send. Just don’t do it. Maybe they’ll end up texting you. You probably would rather that happen anyway.
4. You Shouldn’t Suffer From FOMO
Honestly, FOMO is a real thing. During a global pandemic, you shouldn’t experience this. If you see your friends or anyone else in a large group, there is no need to be jealous. If anything, you should call them stupid. They’re putting themselves and others at risk. At least you’re staying safe.
5. You Shouldn’t Hoard Toilet Paper
Hoarding toilet paper? Really? There is no way toilet paper is going to protect you from any pandemic. Unless you plan on building toilet paper forts in your room, there is no reason for you to buy an unnecessary amount of toilet paper. Leave some for the people who are going to use it for the right reasons.