Special Feature

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Contrary to the components of the word, the definition of mindfulness does not mean “the quality of having a full mind” - it actually means the opposite. Mindfulness is the practice of being fully engaged in the present moment, aware of your thoughts and emotions and free of judgements or distractions.

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Got some bad habits you've been meaning to get rid of? Want to pick up some good ones, like daily jogging? Here's how.

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In this week's edition of "Ask an Assistant," a student asks about must-have nutrients for vegans and vegetarians. Beach Balance Lead Madison Robello provides her expertise on the subject.

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Food insecurity is a challenge many college students face. Learn how you can balance a tight budget with good nutrition.


Trying to stay happy in the current climate can be hard. Many of us are longing for authentic joy and happiness, but how exactly do we “find” it?


Learn about this fast-growing, worldwide sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis.

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During these times, it is no surprise that most of us are not getting outdoors enough. This might not seem like a big deal, but it may be preventing us from receiving the necessary physical and mental health benefits that getting in the outdoors provides.

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When starting a fire, there are three things to consider: oxygen, heat and fuel. Without all of these factors working together, it's impossible to make fire. However, you need to use the proper amount of each for a fire to start.

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As society entered quarantine, the world of sports abruptly came to a halt, leaving many people desperate to find means of entertainment and social engagement. Physical sports were left scrambling while the gaming industry kept thriving and planned to continue business as usual.

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With having won 55 medals (41 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze) and broken 8 world records at the Paralympics in swimming, Trischa Zorn raised the bar for Paralympic athletes.

Hiking for Fitness

Written by Riley Weeks-Wynne

Illustration by Maximiliano Mauricio

Ever since Mid-March of this year, the concept of exercising within indoor fitness facilities has been very hit-or-miss, triggering a disruption to the normal fitness schedules of active individuals. This begs the question: what is there to do? How can we exercise? Well, there’s a wonderful solution for Southern California residents: hiking trails.

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Backpacking in the outdoors is one of the best ways to experience nature. However, you might have found out a little too late that your pack is leaning to one side, or that you are unable to reach water or snacks. To avoid this, we have listed a few basic guidelines for how to optimize your packing skills, known as the ABC’s of backpacking.

Coping With Covid

Written by Mike Freeman

Illustration by Bianca Austria

As the semester begins, many students are faced with changes in the way we do things. From how we learn, to how we play and how we socialize, these variations can be met with an overabundance of emotions. These changes may consciously or subconsciously affect our decisions. For the above reasons, we need to double-check ourselves and the ones around us to make sure that we remain at our best.

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