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Vibrant Voices Vibrant Voices

Friday, May 24, 2024 | Kiiyahno Edgewater

Vibrant Voices

The past, present and future of representing diversity on campus.
The Hidden Cost The Hidden Cost

Friday, May 24, 2024 | Story by: Matthew Claeson and Zara Tucker

The Hidden Cost

Investigating Meal Swipes and the New Food Provider at Fort Lewis College

The Coming Storm
The Coming Storm

Friday, May 24, 2024
Scout Edmondson

The Coming Storm

Lessons learned from the ‘22/‘23 winter and what could come with the looming El Niño.
Crying Wolf
Crying Wolf

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Scout Edmondson

Crying Wolf

Colorado's wolf reintroduction has become so emotional, so political, that it's no longer even about the wolves. 

Bones from the Bisti Badlands
Bones from the Bisti Badlands

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Anja Tabor

Bones from the Bisti Badlands

What it takes to get a dinosaur to Fort Lewis College


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ASFLC Meeting 1/24

AJ Repinski

During the first ASFLC meeting of the spring semester, several important agenda items were viewed. 

During the first meeting of the 2024 spring semester, the Associated Students of Fort Lewis College viewed several key agenda items. During the meeting, two resolutions successfully passed.  First, the proposed Financial Allocation Board Bylaw Amendments were approved. The new bylaws state RSO II’s wishing to become RSO III’s no longer need to apply solely in the fall semester, but can now apply year round.  Matthew Miller, the Financial Allocation Board...

Measuring CO2 with Machine Learning

AJ Repinski

How artificial intelligence could replace expensive measuring instruments.

Artificial intelligence seems almost inescapable in today's increasingly technology driven world. Deep learning models, such as OpenAI’s Chat GPT, have been at the forefront of public amazement and controversy since their mainstream introduction in late 2022. Today, Fort Lewis College students are discovering new ways that artificial intelligence can be used to reduce the costs of studying the environment.  Lincoln Scheer, a third-year computer engineering student,...

Durango's Beloved Beaters

Morgan Smith and Sienna Reese

Fort Lewis College students will drive anything with four wheels! 

Whether cars are used to get to the slopes, back home or simply the grocery store, some Fort Lewis College students see their vehicle as the connection they have to the world outside of campus.  Take a look into the tales of five FLC students and their beloved beaters, to see the trust, love and tears that are put into owning an old car.    1999 JEEP WRANGLER   Molly Quinn-Clynes, a third-year history and education major at Fort Lewis College leans on her...

The Old Fort Report

Kiiyahno Edgewater (Diné), Scout Edmondson, AJ Repinski, Derek Tippeconnie (Lenape)

Recognizing the past and reaching for the future of Fort Lewis College

On Tuesday Oct. 3, a group of Fort Lewis College students and faculty came together for the FLC Opportunities for Healing through Reconciliation Efforts event, held in the Center for Indigenous Research of Culture and Language to discuss a very troubling yet important topic: the release of History Colorado and FLC’s “Federal Indian Boarding Schools in Colorado, 1880-1920” report. The report brought to light evidence of rampant physical abuse and cultural violence against...

Winter Wellbeing

Lisia Lucero

Losing light and losing time but not losing yourself

What is your definition of self care? Alita Lynch Alita Lynch, 18, first-year student: Lynch defines self care as time with herself that is free of worries and free of figuring out if she needs to do work. Kaneesha Bitsinnie Kaneesha Bitsinnie, 19, first-year student: Bitsinnie said she sees self care as taking care of your well-being and doing more than you can. Lilly Githara Lilly Githara, 19, first-year student: “Taking time and taking a step back...

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