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  With the global spread of COVID-19, many forms of entertainment have had to be either postponed or cancelled outright. This unfortunate reality has spread through the world, and college sports have not been spared by its advance. The Roadrunners have proven themselves to be committed, dedicated and passionate about their games. This sudden loss of their ability to compete...

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  With the global spread of COVID-19, many forms of entertainment have had to be either postponed or cancelled outright. This unfortunate reality has spread through the world, and college sports have not been spared by its advance. The Roadrunners have proven themselves to be committed, dedicated and passionate about their games. This sudden loss of their ability to compete and perform is sure to affect them in various ways. Speaking with some of the athletes, this impression is confirmed. 

  CSU Bakersfield baseball senior infielder Tyler Jorgensen was one of the more outspoken athletes when this shutdown began. While Jorgensen expressed his deep disappointment in the loss of the 2020 season, he still understands that the shutdown was necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 in highly populated areas.  

  Track and field senior runner Curt Threlkeld expressed his initial reactions, saying that when he was hearing about what was happening, he believed that it wouldn’t reach CSUB. He is, however, understanding of the situation, saying, “There’s always going to be an 800m run later.”  

  The COVID-19 situation has not stopped Threlkeld from perfecting his craft. He says the cancellation of sporting events has seemed to regress many runners into training, and confirmed that he himself is still training and running. “If you don’t treat this like a season and you take this much time off, it’s going to catch up with you.” 

  Senior shortstop for the Roadrunners softball team Cydney Curran had similar disappointments about the abrupt end to their season, mentioning that this was going to be the team’s last season together. “It just breaks my heart because all of our hard work and sacrifices that we have made got stripped away in a snap of a finger.”  

  Seniors on the CSUB baseball and softball teams were looking forward to this final season of playing with their teammates, as well as making one final push in the school’s last season in the Western Athletic Conference 

  The pandemic has devastated the normalcy of many people’s lives and thrust them into uncertainty, athletes included. Curran stated she was confused at first about why the sporting events were being shut down before campuses had transitioned into their new alternate delivery. In her opinion, being on campus was more dangerous than congregating for sporting events 

  “Initially, I found it confusing that sporting events were being cancelled because school hasn’t even been shut down, and more people gather on campus in comparison to our sports team, which was less than 30 people,” she said. 

  A final thought Jorgensen had was regarding the NCAA eligibility relief plan, which seeks to extend the eligibility for college athletes who have been affected by COVID-19, and the necessary shut down of sporting events. “They have said they’re going to do it (extend eligibility) for spring sports, so that’s a big step, but how they will do it is the big part,” Jorgensen said. 

  “I do feel for the winter sports that got their post-season cut short too. In my opinion, I feel that there should be a way that they can get another year too,” Curran said about the eligibility relief plan. 

  Reactions to this situation are varied and complicated. Many understand but aren’t exactly happy about the developments. Thankfully, CSUB’s student athletes are looking forward to what the eligibility relief plan may bring for them, and hopeful that it could restore the time they’ve lost due to the global pandemic. The NCAA Council will meet to vote on the pending eligibility plan on Monday, March 30. 

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Surviving the quarantine: 15 must-see thrillers available now for streaming https://therunneronline.com/26387/opinion/surviving-the-quarantine-15-must-see-thrillers-available-now-for-streaming/ https://therunneronline.com/26387/opinion/surviving-the-quarantine-15-must-see-thrillers-available-now-for-streaming/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:36:56 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26387

While it can be hard to stay in isolation during the quarantine period, it is vital for the health of our loved ones. For thriller fans, that may mean passing the time by watching a few of their favorite films. Here’s a list of thrillers that I recommend to help pass the time a bit...

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While it can be hard to stay in isolation during the quarantine period, it is vital for the health of our loved ones. For thriller fans, that may mean passing the time by watching a few of their favorite films. Here’s a list of thrillers that I recommend to help pass the time a bit easier.

Prime Video

  • “Madtown” (2016): Drama/thriller. The protagonist, Brigs, tries to stay afloat while dealing with PTSD from the murder of his parents, as well as dealing with his sister’s release from prison. The film explores what defines family. “Madtown” features an unexpected ending that will leave fans reeling.
  • “Bloodline” (2018). Thriller/crime. This is another slow yet suspenseful film which begs the question: are doctors able to get away with murder?
  • “Becoming” (2020). Thriller. This is a must-see for horror fans, but unfortunately, this movie must be rented. However, you will not be disappointed as you see the protagonist attempting battle a truly evil yet enticing antagonist.
  • “Midsommar” (2019). Drama/ Thriller. This is a great film for anyone interested in anthropology. The film centers on anthropologists who visit a foreign exchange students’ village in an attempt to research for their master thesis. The characters soon realize they have been staying with a dangerous cult. Be aware, “Midsommar” is not for the squeamish.
  • “Brightburn” (2019). Action/horror/thriller. If you ever wondered what the comics would have been like if Superman was born evil, this epic origin story will not disappoint.

HBO

  • “Anna” (2019). Crime/thriller. This action-packed thriller surrounds the extreme choices of a model turned KGB officer, who will do anything to gain her freedom. If you are a fan of films like “Red Sparrow,” then “Anna” will not disappoint.
  • “Unsane” (2018). Thriller/Horror. This film takes place in a mental hospital. What makes this thriller so terrifying is that, other than the killer antagonist, “Unsane” represents a true portrayal of many mental institutions across America.
  • “Arizona” (2018). Comedy/thriller. This is perfect for someone hoping to remanence about the 2009 housing crisis. The film is both funny and scary, and a true telling of the times.
  • “Us” (2019). Horror/thriller. Often leaving viewers confused, it is important to think about the “American dream” before watching this film. Jordan Peel’s “Us” features a gruesome slasher film plot while exploring contemporary American societal issue

Netflix

  • “Eli” (2019). Horror. The young protagonist is a violently sick boy. His parents just want to help him get better, but their journey is filled with twists and turns. By the end of the film, you will not believe the lengths his mother will go to keep her child happy. Although this film received mixed reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • “The App” (2019). Horror/thriller. Despite having a smaller budget, this film is an oddity; the film is still enjoyable for its quirks. The film explores what it would be like if Siri could make evil suggestions to mentally ill iPhone users.
  • “Every Time I Die” (2019). Thriller. This movie has an extremely interesting concept. For the protagonist, being murdered does not kill him. Instead, he simply reawakens in another body, making for a chilling horror film with a successful, and explosive plot.
  • “Freaks” (2018). Drama/thriller. This is one of my favorite films on Netflix. It explores a family of superhumans doing everything they can to stay hidden… until they can hide no longer.
  • “The Earthquake Bird” (2019). Thriller/mystery. Set in Japan, the movie flashes back to memories of the protagonist’s boyfriend. He is an enigma; how quickly can you see him for what he really is? This film is spectacularly morbid.

There are ways to still watch your favorite films with your loved ones while maintaining a healthy social distance. Friends can all watch a film together through Skype or your preferred method of video chat. This allows for pauses during the movie to discuss what is happening. A FaceTime call after the movie is another great way to see what everyone thought of the film.

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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The Runner on Air: Spring 2020 ASI Election Special https://therunneronline.com/26380/runner-radio/the-runner-on-air-spring-2020-asi-election-special/ https://therunneronline.com/26380/runner-radio/the-runner-on-air-spring-2020-asi-election-special/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:00:21 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26380

https://soundcloud.com/csu-runner/the-runner-on-air-spring-2020-asi-election-special   President  Vanessa Chicaiza  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunflower.chi.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/.   Dubrea Sanders  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/desmoke4/.  Twitter: https://twitter.com/D_Brezzzy.   Executive Vice President  Stephanie Magana  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sustainable_stxph/.   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/.   Vice President Campus Life  Nadia Mendoza-Mendez  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nm.nadiaa/.   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/.   Vice President Finance  Frankie De La Pena  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.javier.3.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankster626/.   Vice President Legislative Affairs  Erick Meja  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erickforvpla/.  Krystal Raynes ...

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President 

Vanessa Chicaiza 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunflower.chi. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/ 

Dubrea Sanders 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/desmoke4/. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/D_Brezzzy 

Executive Vice President 

Stephanie Magana 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sustainable_stxph/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/ 

Vice President Campus Life 

Nadia Mendoza-Mendez 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nm.nadiaa/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/ 

Vice President Finance 

Frankie De La Pena 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.javier.3. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankster626/ 

Vice President Legislative Affairs 

Erick Meja 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erickforvpla/. 

Krystal Raynes 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystalraynes/. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/. 

Vice President University Affairs 

Maria Espinoza 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/20s.maria_esme/. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_rising/. 

Daniel Tapia 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniel.tapia.376 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daniel_tapia18/. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/daniel_tapia18. 

Director ASI Outreach 

Anthony Quintino 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_the____1975__/. 

Director Athletics Engagement 

Tiffani Iniguez 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiffani_iniguez/. 

Director Budget Management 

Kevin Izquierdo 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k__voyageur/ 

Director Diversity and Inclusion 

Citalli Guadarrama 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_directors_campaign/. 

Hoda Huzaibi 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/huda_alii/. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huda.ali.71697. 

Snapchat: @huda1998 

Desiree Lorelli 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dezilorelli/. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dezilorelli 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dezi.lorelli 

Alexia Zuniga 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexia.aza/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alexia_Zuniga72 

Director Social Media and Marketing 

Anaiah Alfred 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csub_directors_campaign/ 

Heidy Casillas 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heidylomeli/ 

Amaya Lawton 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_amayaaaaaaa_/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amaya.lawton.5 

Snapchat: @kfc_maya. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissAmaya 

Director Student Support 

Uriel Cruz 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoisurielc/. 

Caitlin Livingston 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caitlin_livingston98/. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cait_marie_17. 

Snapchat: @caitmarie998 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caitlin.m.livingston 

Director Arts and Humanities 

Carlos Hernandez 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xcarlos.h/. 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqQP4tPiWozctOUmMW1_iw/. 

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/carloscsub. 

Allmylinks: https://allmylinks.com/carloscsub. 

Discord: CarlosCSUB#6181 

Alexandra Page 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CentralAllie. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/centralallie/. 

Director Business and Public Administration 

Serenity Sanchez 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/be.serenity/. 

Director Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering 

Parmbir Sidhu 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parmsidhu_1647/ 

Director Social Sciences and Education 

Myles Howard 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mhoward_usmc/. 

Geena Olague 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009500382938 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geenaolague/. 

 

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The Runner on Air: Virtual Walks, Being Left on Read, and Binge Streaming https://therunneronline.com/26373/runner-radio/the-runner-on-air-virtual-walks-being-left-on-read-and-binge-streaming/ https://therunneronline.com/26373/runner-radio/the-runner-on-air-virtual-walks-being-left-on-read-and-binge-streaming/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:00:04 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26373

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Full story on student housing.

 

Walk-and-Talk update coming soon.

 

Phone number for CSUB HR: 661-654-2266

 

Immigration Legal Services for CSUB students, staff, and faculty.

 

Intro/Midroll/Outro Music

“Hustle” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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Streaming platforms: Comparing an abundance of options https://therunneronline.com/26364/opinion/streaming-platforms-comparing-an-abundance-of-options/ https://therunneronline.com/26364/opinion/streaming-platforms-comparing-an-abundance-of-options/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 22:30:14 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26364

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are following the recommended social distancing and self-isolation measures to avoid coming into contact with the virus. This has created an influx of streaming service use as more people are spending time at home and using their free time to catch up on shows and movies. With so...

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are following the recommended social distancing and self-isolation measures to avoid coming into contact with the virus. This has created an influx of streaming service use as more people are spending time at home and using their free time to catch up on shows and movies. With so many different streaming services on the market, it is easy to get overwhelmed by choosing a specific platform and difficult to finalize which one suits best.

Disney+

The newest streaming platform to hit the market and has acquired a big fanbase, primarily because most of Disney’s movie collection is on here, including the new Star Wars show “The Mandalorian.”

“Disney+ has been the best platform for me; it has content for my sister’s kids that I’m currently taking care of,” Kara Velasco, a junior psychology major, wrote.

She pointed out that they have a great bundle with Hulu and ESPN, bringing the total cost for all three services to $12.99. That’s three streaming platforms for just under $13 versus the $17.97 you would be paying if you subscribed to each platform individually.

If you’re only interested in Disney-produced movies, you can stream their service for $6.99 a month ad free, or you can check out their bundle for only $12.99. The only downside is that the Hulu shows in the bundle come with commercials, and there is no way to upgrade for their service without ads. To sign up for this bundle, go to Disneyplus.com and create an account. From there you can select the streaming plan that is best for you.

Netflix

Judith Carrillo, a senior history major, mentioned that she enjoys Netflix and Disney+ as her choice of streaming platforms because “they have the most content and no commercials.”

Netflix costs $8.99 monthly, and $6.99 for Disney+. Unfortunately, Netflix does not have a partnership with any other streaming service, so there is no bundle option available for this platform. If you are interested in both Netflix and Hulu, your monthly total would be $15.98 for both platforms.

Hulu

“[Hulu] has a bundle for students where you don’t have to pay much for it, and you get Spotify Premium,” Monica Villa, a junior psychology major, explained.

The bundle Villa refers to is available only for students, and it is $4.99 a month. This includes Hulu with ads, Spotify Premium for music, and Showtime.

If you are primarily interested in only Hulu related shows, you can get their service for as low as $5.99 with ads. If you don’t mind ads and you’re currently a student, you might as well sign up for their student plan, which is a dollar less each month and comes with two bonus platforms. If you would like to watch Hulu commercial-free, it will be $11.99 a month. To sign up for a Hulu account, simply go to Hulu.com. On their page you will be able to select between the plan with ads, without ads, and the bundle services. To get the special student discount service plan, you will need to first make an account at Spotify.com.

Prime Video

Another streaming platform to consider is Amazon Prime. Amazon provides a service that comes with music, movies, tv shows, books and 2-day shipping for only $11.99 a month. If you are a student, this price is brought down to $6.49 monthly. You get a number of different services for a very low price with Amazon. They recently also uploaded many new movies like “Little Women” due to theatres being shut down during this pandemic. To sign up for an Amazon Prime account, go to Amazon.com.

Alternative Platforms

There are also alternative platforms like Crunchyroll and Funimation that specialize in anime shows and movies.

Crunchyroll is available for no cost at all, although the shows you can watch are limited and come with ads. You can upgrade your account for only $7.99 a month and this gives you access to their whole library completely ad free. To subscribe to their plan, you can go to crunchyroll.com.

Funimation is another popular anime-based streaming platform. They have three tiers of streaming plans including premium, premium plus, and premium plus ultra. Premium is $5.99 a month completely ad free and has a feature that allows two people to be using the account at the same time. Premium plus is $7.99 monthly with a five simultaneous stream feature, and comes with a download feature that allows you to watch shows on the go. The premium plus ultra plan is $99.99 annually, which ends up totaling about $8.33 a month, but comes with all the perks of the lower two tiers as well as additional gifts and member exclusive events. To sign up for a Funimation account, head over to Funimation.com

Each platform has its pros and cons. Ultimately, the possibilities are endless and any platform you choose to delve into will be a good choice. Happy watching!

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Runner recipes: Easy vegan roasted carrot and tomato soup with grilled cheese https://therunneronline.com/26361/opinion/runner-recipes-easy-vegan-roasted-carrot-and-tomato-soup-with-grilled-cheese/ https://therunneronline.com/26361/opinion/runner-recipes-easy-vegan-roasted-carrot-and-tomato-soup-with-grilled-cheese/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:18:45 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26361

This is perfect for those who are tired of eating the same thing old thing and would like to try something new, or are simply looking for something quick to make! This is a quick, filling, and delicious vegan recipe that requires little to no effort. Best of all, you likely already have many of...

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This is perfect for those who are tired of eating the same thing old thing and would like to try something new, or are simply looking for something quick to make! This is a quick, filling, and delicious vegan recipe that requires little to no effort. Best of all, you likely already have many of these ingredients in your fridge.

There seems to be a misconception that vegan food usually equates to expensive and/or tasteless food, but that is not the case. Vegan foods are more common than you would think; they tend to be the base of a recipe before animal-derived products are added into the mix.

Here’s a tasty recipe that you can whip up in roughly 30 minutes. You can even let your oven and blender do most of the work. Multi-tasking is key here, but don’t worry, it’s not anything you can’t handle!

Yield: 2-3 servings of soup, one sandwich.
Prep time: approximately 5 minutes
Cook time: approximately 25 minutes

Ingredients:
5 tomatoes
4 carrots
2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup of olive oil
A pinch of salt
A pinch of pepper
Bread of choice.
1 slice of cheese – I recommend Daiya’s Cheddar Cheese slices.
2 tbsp butter – I recommend Earth Balance’s Organic Butter.

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 450F degrees.

While your oven is pre-heating, wash your produce and chop your ingredients. The carrots should be in half-inch rounds, the tomatoes in halves, and the garlic cloves can be cut into slivers.

Cover all vegetables in olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Ensure that all ingredients are thoroughly seasoned and prepped.

Place ingredients on a baking sheet and allow them to roast for 15-20 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready once they’ve started browning on top.

While your vegetables are roasting, you can begin to make your grilled cheese.

Spread a bit of butter on both sides of your bread and grab a skillet.

Place your skillet over medium-high heat. Add about a tablespoon of butter; the butter will begin to melt as the skillet heats up, indicating that it’s time to add your other ingredients.

Add your bread, butter side down, and cook until both slices are nice and toasted. Flip one slice over the other, adding cheese in between, and cook for another minute or so. Place the finished sandwich on a plate. Feel free to place It in the microwave to retain warmth.

Now that you’ve made your grilled cheese, you can finish making your soup.

Add all your roasted vegetables to a blender along with a cup of room temperature water and blend until the mixture is smooth. Once the soup has reached your desired consistency, you can safely add it to a bowl. The soup will be warm from being blended so proceed cautiously.

All that’s left to do now is enjoy your warm bowl of soup and a savory grilled cheese to go along with it! This is sure to satisfy the appetite of both vegans and non-vegans alike.

Have a recipe that you would like to share that would be perfect for college students? Send it to The Runner at runner@csub.edu!

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Packing up and heading West https://therunneronline.com/26350/sports/packing-up-and-heading-west-csub-surrenders-hopes-for-promising-season/ https://therunneronline.com/26350/sports/packing-up-and-heading-west-csub-surrenders-hopes-for-promising-season/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:24:45 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26350

  The Western Athletic Conference had come to a decision that all spring sports this year are cancelled indefinitely. The decision put an abrupt end to CSUB baseball, softball, beach volleyball, women’s golf, and track and field for the remainder of the spring season. While some CSUB athletes were at least able to start their...

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  The Western Athletic Conference had come to a decision that all spring sports this year are cancelled indefinitely. The decision put an abrupt end to CSUB baseball, softball, beach volleyball, women’s golf, and track and field for the remainder of the spring season. While some CSUB athletes were at least able to start their seasons, others were not so fortunate. 

  CSUB track and field had just gotten started with their outdoor 2020 season in the Beach Opener on March 6 before the season was suspended during the WAC basketball championships in Las Vegas a week later. 

  Track and field Director Marcia Mansur-Wentworth said the team was very disappointed with the shutdown of the 2020 season, but she was not surprised in the decision to suspend the season. “I saw this coming from the NCAA because it was the right thing to do.” 

  With the looming threat of the new coronavirus, large groupings of people are now suspended because of the possibility of contamination. Sporting events, like track and field competitions, or even individual training sessions, are currently unavailable in order to protect the health of the fans, the coaches, and the athletes competing.   

  Mansur realizes that coaches are “programmed like athletes,” and would want to see how this situation progresses before ending an early season, but she says the staff agrees with the decision to cancel the spring season. 

  Although it is not the easiest decision to deal with, Mansur says the coaching staff realizes that they “need to be good role models for our student athletes,” and to end any individual training sessions because that is what is best for the health of their athletes. 

  The team plans to take this off year as a “training year” to help their athletes recover from injuries and prepare for training to start back up again once the NCAA conference decides to lift this suspension of activities. 

  Beach volleyball was another spring sport affected by the shutdown, as the team was on the brink of their best start in their last four years under head coach Cesar Benatti. With an overall record of 6-3 and a 4-0 record at home before the shut down on March 12, the team was building solid momentum that will now inevitably be halted. 

  Benatti said that the team was disappointed with the season’s abrupt end, but understood the gravity of the situation. He says that the team has put a hold on training on the sand, but he will still contact them to make sure they are staying in shape on their own and working on their “mindset.” 

  The mindset that the volleyball team has been implementing all year during both their indoor and beach seasons is, in a sense, a “no complaining rule.” Benatti stated that it is an idea adopted by the coaching staff after they found the rule during some offseason reading. The rule is all about keeping a positive mindset in any kind of situation.  

  “Even in struggling situations, see the positive side, build some mental strength on that. Communication, relationships, all of those things that are intangible that we were training and talked to them a lot about it, and they are doing a great job about that.” 

  Like Mansur, Benatti agrees that the WAC’s move to cancel the 2020 spring season was the right move to make in order to protect the health of the athletes. Both said that just because their seasons will not continue and some athletes may have returned home, that does not mean they are not in contact with them. 

  The coaches and athletic department staff are in constant contact with the student athletes, and some and are constantly offering their full support to each of the student athletes during these difficult times. 

  A big question for some senior athletes going forward is what happens to their final year of eligibility. CSUB Athletics Director Dr. Kenneth ‘Ziggy’ Siegfried assures eligibly relief is coming in some way for those athletes in spring sports who are affected by this.  

  “What we don’t know at this point is how they will handle the number of scholarships allowed for each team and any type of funding assistance,” Siegfried said. 

  The NCAA Division I Coordination Committee has already released a news statement which confirms Siegfried’s comments. Committee members stated in the release that members “agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports.” The NCAA council is scheduled to meet on March 30, where they will discuss this relief plan further and take a final vote. 

  “The advice we’ve given is; things are changing consistently, but we want them to put their focus on academics and make sure they finish the semester strong,” Siegfried stated. “Our message has been let’s continue to adjust to these changes but let’s make sure we prioritize academics and their health and safety.” 

  Although there are plenty of things to be disappointed about with the loss of spring sports this season, the entire CSUB athletics staff believes there is always room to make a positive in any situation. Ultimately, CSUB sports will have to cut their final chapter in the WAC shorter than expected, and are preparing to move on to their new home in the Big West Conference. 

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CSUB student residents say goodbye to campus https://therunneronline.com/26343/news/coronavirus/csub-student-residents-say-goodbye-to-campus/ https://therunneronline.com/26343/news/coronavirus/csub-student-residents-say-goodbye-to-campus/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 22:02:28 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26343

  CSU Bakersfield’s President Lynnette Zelezny sent out an email to all students and faculty on March 12 stating that CSUB, along with the rest of the CSU system, was transitioning to online courses until the end of the spring semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. CSUB students who live in student housing are concerned about whether...

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  CSU Bakersfield’s President Lynnette Zelezny sent out an email to all students and faculty on March 12 stating that CSUB, along with the rest of the CSU system, was transitioning to online courses until the end of the spring semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. CSUB students who live in student housing are concerned about whether they will be able to stay on campus. 

 CSUB students had been allowed to stay on campus if they had no other options for housing. This allowance seems to be uncertain now that Gavin Newsom, California’s current governor, placed the entire state of California on a shelter-in-place order late Thursday night, March 19.  

  CSUB students are now being asked to vacate their dorms at this time and return to their primary residence. It is unknown if this mandatory evacuation includes the students who consider CSUB dormitories their primary residence. 

 Transfer student Janet Rodriguez says she thinks the situation is not ideal, but understands that the school is closing for the students’ benefit.  

“For my first semester, it was going great, I was making friends, but I am kinda annoyed,” Rodriguez said. 

  This is Rodriguez’s first semester at CSUB, and she feels that her dorm and college life experience were cut short because of the pandemic currently wreaking havoc through the country and around the world.  

  Due to the rapid closure of some CSUB amenities, like the residence halls, some students had to leave some of their items in their dorm room. 

  “I just feel the whole shutdown is really an inconvenience, because I don’t live here nor have family that stay out here, so I had to up and leave. And I didn’t even get to take all my stuff at that because my car wasn’t big enough,” Chaniya Dunn, a CSUB student resident, said. 

  Dunn was told that she would have to come back to campus another day to gather all her items, but is unsure when that day will be.  

  In an email sent out to CSUB student residents, CSUB administrators are encouraging students to stay away from campus if they can do so.   

   Rodriguez, like many other dorm residents, has decided to head back to her permanent home. A handful of residents have already vacated their rooms, with many more planning to by the end of the week.  

 Many residents have gone on shopping sprees around campus in hopes of spending their meal plan before they leave. Residents start out with $2,033 dining dollars per semester that can be used anywhere on campus and receive a 10% discount for every purchase.  

   Student housing sent out an email on Thursday, March 19 indicating the process of refunding on housing and dining services for the residents of CSUB.  

  “Students who transition away from campus will receive housing and dining refunds consistent with the time on and the time away from campus,” CSUB Housing announced in an email. 

 Newsom’s statewide shelter-in-place order is in place until further notice.   

   “We need to bend the curve in the state of California, and in order to do that, we need to recognize the reality,” Newsom said in a press conference.  

  Currently, Newsom is relying on a social contract with the citizens of California for enforcement of this order and has no intention of using law enforcement officers to make sure citizens are abiding by this order.  

  “I don’t believe that the people of California need to be told through law enforcement that it’s appropriate just to home isolate, protect themselves, go about the essential patterns of life, but do so by socially distancing themselves from others, and do so using your common sense,” Newsom said in a press conference.  

During the press conference, Newsom announced that there is a possibility of using University of California and CSU residence halls as extra hospital beds if necessary.

 Though Zelezny previously commented that students who have no permanent residence or students that are homeless may stay in the CSUB dorms, it is unclear whether that will remain in light of Newsom’s new order.   

  This is a rapidly developing story.   

 

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End the coronavirus mania: What you need to know https://therunneronline.com/26340/news/coronavirus/end-the-coronavirus-mania-what-you-need-to-know/ https://therunneronline.com/26340/news/coronavirus/end-the-coronavirus-mania-what-you-need-to-know/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 19:28:34 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26340

The information included here has come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov), the World Health Organization (WHO.int), the National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov), the Kern County Department of Public Health (KernPublicHealth.com), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH.ca.gov) and Johns Hopkins University Medicine (HopkinsMedicine.org). It is current as of March 23, 2020.    As U.S. hospitals begin to see...

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The information included here has come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov), the World Health Organization (WHO.int), the National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov), the Kern County Department of Public Health (KernPublicHealth.com), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH.ca.gov) and Johns Hopkins University Medicine (HopkinsMedicine.org). It is current as of March 23, 2020. 

  As U.S. hospitals begin to see the surge of COVID-19 patients and the number of infected skyrockets worldwide, the need for the public to be informed about SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is more important than ever. Given the nature of the situation, information is moving fast, often literally at the speed of light, as hospitals, doctors, and researchers share their real-time findings online around the world. 

  Globally, the number of confirmed infected is 332,935 with over 14,000 deaths. In the United States, there are 33,453 confirmed cases with 400 deaths. The virus has been confirmed in 190 of Earth’s 195 countries, all 50 of the United States and in all her territories and commonwealths. 

  In the state of California, there are 1,733 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 837 of which occurred in people between the ages of 18 and 49, with 27 deaths. On March 23, the Kern County Department of Public Health confirmed 11 cases of COVID-19 in Kern County. So far, all of those patients are being treated. 

  Coronaviruses are nothing new to the human species. Some of what we brush off as common colds are the result of coronavirus infection. Medical scientists first discovered the orthocoronavirinae family of viruses in the 1960s. The virus’ size, the largest of the known RNA viruses, makes it easy to see with proper magnification, and the virus’ name, corona, comes from the crown or halo-like appearance of the protein spikes that cover its surface. 

  As many as 80% of the people who will contract COVID-19 will have the symptoms of a mild cold, if they have any symptoms at all. This is not uncommon with coronaviruses, as humans have historically weathered them well. The difference with this new coronavirus is its aggressive transmission rate. A few minutes in close contact with an infected person, whether they are symptomatic or not, is often all it takes to spread the virus. 

  This is what makes the virus so lethal. Any virus or bacteria that causes respiratory distress carries the risk of becoming deadly for those with weak or compromised respiratory systems. With COVID-19 spreading so quickly from people who may have no symptoms at all, and with no available vaccine or cure, the sheer number of people who will have severe symptoms within such a short time frame will overload the health care system. In the next few weeks, the U.S. could be seeing the kind of situation hospitals in Italy and Iran are experiencing, where doctors are being forced to ration resources, choosing who gets treatment and who must wait. Often, that wait is simply too long. 

  As schools, businesses, states, and countries close borders, minimize operations to the bare essentials, and convert from in-person to online and remote work, we seek as a whole to prevent a system overload. Health care and health information providers all offer the same general rules for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

  Wash your hands often, especially when returning to your home after being out. Avoid touching things in public, such as door handles and ATM keypads, with your bare hands. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands. Clean the things in your environment that you touch regularly, such as your phone, your remote control, and your doorknobs. Avoid large gatherings and places that might attract a crowd, and maintain a six-foot buffer zone around yourself in public. 

  The washing of hands and the maintaining of social distance is critical to stopping the spread of the virus. The virus’ size prevents it from remaining airborne for more than 30 minutes, and its spiky shape means it interacts with different surfaces differently, affecting how long it can remain alive on various surfaces.  

  The National Institutes of Health conducted research into how long SARS-CoV-2 in particular can live on different surfaces. The shortest duration, two hours, was recorded on contact with copper. The longest, three days, were on contact with plastic and stainless steel. On paper and cardboard, materials often found in food and product packaging, the virus can live about 24 hours. Generally, the more porous a surface is, with the exception of copper metal, the more rapidly it debilitates the virus. Researchers do not yet know what effect, if any, changes in environmental temperature might have on the virus. 

  What researchers do know, however, is that your best weapon against COVID-19 is soap. This virus, as are all coronaviruses, is encased in a waxy coating, making it more than able to stand up against plain water. Just as soap breaks up the grease on your dishes and the oils on your skin, it breaks up the coating of the coronavirus, dissolving it away and rendering the virus inert.  

  This process is not immediate, however. It takes between 20 and 30 seconds of contact for the soap to get in there and rip the virus apart. Sing the alphabet song as you lather to help make sure you’re using the soap for an effective amount of time, and make sure you cover all the surfaces of your hands, front and back, down to the wrist. 

  Lastly, remember that we are all in this together. The more we learn, the better equipped we become not only to defeat this virus, but to face those which will come in the future. Sign up for the COVID-19 newsletter issued by the CDC for the latest information. Follow the social distancing guidelines put forth by the authorities. Do not listen to or repeat the various rumors and conspiracy theories circulating about the virus. Wash your hands. 

  If we as individuals act purposefully and mindfully now, we will see the other side of this together. 

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The Runner Spotlight: Curt Threlkeld https://therunneronline.com/26334/local/bakersfield/the-runner-spotlight-curt-threlkeld/ https://therunneronline.com/26334/local/bakersfield/the-runner-spotlight-curt-threlkeld/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:44:39 +0000 https://therunneronline.com/?p=26334

  This edition of the Runner Spotlight is on redshirt senior Curt Threlkeld, who competes in the 400 and 800 meters for the CSU Bakersfield track team.    Threlkeld grew up in Bakersfield and his start in track began back in first grade, where he took place in the Franklin Elementary School’s open competition between...

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  This edition of the Runner Spotlight is on redshirt senior Curt Threlkeld, who competes in the 400 and 800 meters for the CSU Bakersfield track team. 

  Threlkeld grew up in Bakersfield and his start in track began back in first grade, where he took place in the Franklin Elementary School’s open competition between grade levels. His ambition was to become one of the fastest kids and that’s exactly what he was. After that moment, his interest in track ignited. He moved school districts so he could compete locally. He went on to win medals and compete in the Junior Olympics, traveling out of state for the first time to New Orleans, Louisiana. With each competition Threlkeld took part in, he fell in love with the sport more and more. 

  While attending North High School, Threlkeld dipped his toes into other sports. He played both basketball and football, and was able to utilize the skills he developed from his track competitions. He preferred football over basketball, and enjoyed his time on the football field as a running back and slot receiver. The sport grew on him so much, he came to the point where he had to make a decision to continue playing in college. Ultimately, his decision rested in track, not only because he started with the sport, but injuries from football deterred him. 

  “I put the football thing aside, but I miss it so much. But I know track is where my heart is,” Threlkeld said, looking back on his decision. 

  After his start with CSUB track, Threlkeld was faced with the realization that everyone in college was just as good as he was. Growing up, Threlkeld finished on top the majority of the time, while here at the collegiate level, that is not always the case. This last season, however, he had a breakthrough year where he knew he could do it. 

  “I went from being ranked 180 in the nation to ranked, like, number 18 in the nation. So now I know my big jump to get to number one is just 18 spots,” Threlkeld said. 

  Threlkeld’s goal before the season started was to go out with a bang and do something no one has done before, which was to win and be number one. In order to do thishe made changes by being himself, focusing on his recovery, and taking extra time for himself in the mornings to run and at night to unwind and recover. With the season being suspended as of March 18, Threlkeld has not let go of his positive mindset. He still goes out for his runs and continues his training, knowing and believing that there’s still races for him to do out there, and Olympic trials to train for. 

  While training is not over for him, Threlkeld looks forward to what the future holds. He still has one more year left at CSUB, and then plans on putting his degree in liberal studies toward teaching math at Standard Middle School, where he attended. Threlkeld states that his biggest goal after college is to help others. He chose to teach math because, for him, solving problems is just like life and track. 

  “How you face challenges in sports is how you face them in life. It sets you up for life.” 

  Threlkeld hopes to not only become a math teacher, but he is planning on bringing back his desire for football by becoming a football coach as soon as next year. 

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