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Study finds neck gaiters ineffective as COVID-19 face masks

Neck gaiters or buffs like those pictured on Geoff Livingston and his wife were found to be largely ineffective according to a Duke University study published on September 2, 2020.  Gaiters were rated as worse than wearing no mask.  (Geoff Livingston/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Talon Smith, Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2020

A Duke University study found neck gaiters to be ineffective at blocking the spread of COVID-19

Pride Month moves online in virtual event due to pandemic

Pictured is the Stonewall Inn during Pride Week in 2017.  The Stonewall Riot was a pivotal moment in LGBT+ history.  (Victoria Pickering/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Anna Callahan and Talon Smith

June 1, 2020

Annually, the month of June is marked by LGBT+ pride parades and events in honor of the community’s past and present struggles. This year, however, COVID-19 casts an ominous shadow over this historic tradition. According to the Washington Post, “more than 475 Pride events have been canceled or p...

Meeting outdoors safer than indoors during pandemic say experts

Women in masks take a walk with their dogs. If in the same household, being near each other is okay, but stay away from others. (Gustavo Fring)

Maeve Reiter, Reporter

May 30, 2020

The risk of outdoor transmission of COVID-19 is lower than indoor, according to experts. When meeting outside, even if someone is infected, dilution will occur. Dilution happens when the wind scatters the virus. While it may expose nearby people, it will be in much smaller quantities. The small...

Navajo Nation Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19

Pictured is the Navajo Nation, a Native American territory within the United States that occupies over 27,000 square miles, spanning across parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. It is the largest Native American reservation and is bigger than the state of West Virginia. (Google Maps)

Anna Callahan and Talon Smith

May 30, 2020

According to CNN, “The Navajo Nation has surpassed New York and New Jersey for the highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate in the US.” A total of 24,549 negative tests, 4,689 positive cases, and 159 confirmed deaths are reported by the Navajo Nation as of May 29, 2020. The Navajo Natio...

Broadway closed until fall, goes virtual

Broadway and Times Square stand nearly empty on April 7, 2020.  Broadway has struggled with the pandemic as New York City became a hotspot for infections of COVID-19.  (Brecht Bug/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Alina Zang, Layout

May 30, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down large groups of people, Broadway has been greatly affected. The theatres and their lights have been dark for a while now, which means things now look very different for everyone involved in the shows. Here’s an overview of the news so far on Broadway and...

Editorial: Work and home life must find a balance during quarantine

Brooke Lehrman, Editor

May 22, 2020

Day after day, students are rolling to the other side of the bed, logging on to the computer, and going straight into a zoom call. Afterwards, they go back to bed and the cycle starts again when it is time for their next Zoom session. Later in the day while sitting in bed, they turn on Netflix and t...

Will There Be A Second Wave of COVID-19?

Mia Bertoldi and Madeline Smith

May 21, 2020

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the possibility of a second wave hitting the US has been a heavily discussed topic even as we “bend the curve.” But is a second wave actually a possibility? In an NPR interview with Dr. Ali Khan, former director of the Office of Public Health Prepa...

Obama and other celebrities host virtual graduation ceremonies for class of 2020

Alina Zang, Layout

May 21, 2020

Barack Obama will be joined by LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, Ben Platt, and more celebrities on a televised special dedicated to high school students graduating this year. This event will be aired on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and other broadcast and digital streaming partners on May 16th at 8 p.m. Eastern....

PA Counties Decide to Reopen Against Governor Wolf’s Restrictions

Lauren Cribbs and Caroline Glus

May 21, 2020

Officials from several counties that are still in the “red” phase of Wolf’s reopening plan have said they will open against restrictions. Counties include Beaver, Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon. Governor Wolf called politicians who wanted to reopen against his wishes “cowardly” and “selfish,...

Ways To Get Fit During Quarantine


Mallory Gillespie and Claire Strucko

May 21, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to grow exponentially, people across the globe are suffering social, economical, and health impacts. Different types of stay-at-home orders have been implemented all across the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, meaning no gyms, trainers, or any workout tools away from ...

Jostens launches Digital Yearbook Signing

Alexis Moodie, Brand Manager

May 21, 2020

COVID 19 has changed our education system permintantly, but Josten is trying to lessen the emotional blow for the current graduating class. Jostens is a company that focuses their products to be marketed to graduating seniors and their families. They sell class rings, yearbooks, and other graduation...

AP Exams to Be Taken Online

Claire Sheppard, Editor

May 12, 2020

With the inability for many students around the world to attend schools in person, the College Board has moved all 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Tests to an online format.  The tests will take place from Monday, May 11, 2020 to Friday, May 22, 2020 with each test occurring on a certain date and ti...

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