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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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Interacting with deer on campus

By Garrett Middleton Indy Staff Writer

Have you noticed all those deer around campus? It almost seems guaranteed that you’re going to see at least one on the way to your next class, making an otherwise boring trek brimming with life and nature. But how should we interact with them on campus?

Have you noticed all those deer around campus? It almost seems guaranteed that you’re going to see at least one on the way to your next class, making an otherwise boring trek brimming with life and nature.   According to a poll conducted by The Independent via Instagram, 96% of respondents regularly see deer on campus. Not to mention how nonchalant everyone is about them, they might as well be a part of the student body.   “It's a prime example of...

Question, Persuade, Refer

by Blaine Acheson Indy Staff Writer

Dispatch from FLC’s newly sponsored suicide prevention training.

When I walked into the QPR training, a workshop for anyone to learn about suicide prevention, I wasn’t really expecting to participate at all.  I thought I would just sit in the back, observe what was happening, take a few pictures, write my story and get out to enjoy the rest of my day. However, the leaders of the training had other plans. As I walked in, Tim Birchard, a program director for STEM3, came over and welcomed me in. I explained that I was with The Independent...

FLC goes viral? The marketing team hires on social media influencers to sell the college to prospecting students

By Jacob Monkarsh Indy Staff Writer

In an age where influencers have erupted across social media, Fort Lewis College has decided to start hiring its own FLC influencers within the campus community.

In an age where influencers have erupted across social media, Fort Lewis College has decided to start hiring its own FLC influencers within the campus community. Ashley Muckway, social media coordinator and designer at FLC, is the creator of the new FLC influencers program that the campus has seen this semester. After checking with the human resource and the admissions department at FLC to see if this new implementation of this program would be possible, Muckway and her team used the...

Pack a Mask: COVID-19 doesn’t temper tourist crowds

By Jack Boggs Indy Staff Writer

Although there still is a global pandemic, that is not stopping historic Durango from being a destination for tourists from around the country. However, the increasing tourist population does bring concerns about local guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Although there still is a global pandemic, that is not stopping historic Durango from being a destination for tourists from around the country. However, the increasing tourist population does bring concerns about local guidelines regarding COVID-19. La Plata County has been in COVID-19 level yellow since Feb. 12. This means that high risk populations are advised to stay home, capacity for indoor and outdoor activities are at 50% and masks required to enter buildings in La Plata County,...

Two’s company, Three’s a Crowd

By Travis Dalenberg Indy Staff Writer

Seniors express gratitude but harbor disappointment in this year’s commencement ceremony.

On the day of the commencement ceremony, a big moment for graduates is walking the stage to the tune of adoring loved ones and fellow classmates, shaking Fort Lewis College President Tom Stritkus’ hand and receiving the diploma, captured by the photo op.  Then, the turning of the tassel marks the ceremony complete. Unfortunately, this time-honored tradition was lost in the wake of an unprecedented pandemic. Due to public health restrictions and safety precautions, COVID-19...

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