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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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From half-pipe dream to paradise

By Julian Zastrocky Indy Staff Reporter

How two students pushed for a portable park and gave a growing community a place to skate.

A skatepark on campus. That was an idea that FLC Students Lleyton Hull and Joey Borer had when they came to Fort Lewis College in the fall of 2021. “It's a cool college,” Hull said. “But why is there not a skatepark when there are so many skaters?” So, Hull and Borer began to work towards building an on-campus skate park. Step one was to organize themselves as a group. They created ‘Extreme Concrete Sports,’ a club designed for skaters on campus...

Four stars for my four day quarantine

By Mia McCormick Indy Staff Writer

After testing positive for COVID-19, one reporter tells-all about her stay in FLC's COVID hotel

Isolation room 336 smelled like cleaning products and fresh linens the first time I  entered it. When I hurried out the door on my fourth and final day in the COVID hotel, the air that followed me was thick with the odor of soggy, untouched food and unhinged boredom.  I got my positive COVID-19 test results on Jan. 28. A few hours after I got the dreaded email from the health clinic, I got a call from a COVID case manager who told me to pack a bag because I would be spending the...

Thinking outside of the 9 to 5

By Julian Zastrocky Indy Staff Writer

From coffee-making to plant-care to art, here's how some students on campus pay the bills. 

What better way to make a little extra money than a side hustle. Some students at Fort Lewis College sometimes need a little extra money, so they use their interests and skills to make the extra cash they need. But other times that little extra cash can turn into more.  Devyn Valandra is a sophomore at FLC, majoring in entrepreneurship. When he was a senior in high school, he took a business class and through that, started his coffee company, he said. Valandra knew nothing about...

'A String of Prayers'

By Dorothy Elder Editor-in-chief

Behind a four-day, 232 mile prayer run that stretched all around the Four Corners region to raise awareness and pray for missing and murdered Indigenous women.

For around an hour on a cold, brisk Friday in February, the First Assembly of God’s church parking lot in rural Dove Creek saw the most action it’d probably seen in years, as cars swiftly pulled in, sandwiches were exchanged and runners eagerly drank water.  It was a small pitstop, just off U.S. Highway 491, in a rather large endeavor: a four-day, 232 mile prayer run that stretched all around the Four Corners region to raise awareness and pray for missing and murdered...

Lee Bitsóí Departs FLC

By Alx Lee Indy Staff Writer

Effective on March 1, LeManuel “Lee” Bitsóí, associate vice president for diversity affairs and Special Advisor for Indigenous Affairs has left his position at Fort Lewis College.

Effective on March 1, LeManuel “Lee” Bitsóí, associate vice president for diversity affairs and special advisor for Indigenous affairs has left his position at Fort Lewis College. The news first broke after an email sent from Bitsóí to Fort Lewis College President Tom Stritikus was shared with the FLC community.   The email included Bitsóí’s acceptance to the position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Brandeis University, a private...

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