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

Photo of fire pit burning

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.

Photo of paralympic legend Trischa Zorn in a swimming competition.

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.

Students on backpacking trip

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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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.


Written by Anthony Almeida and Isabella Jimenez

Illustration by Devin Macam

When thinking of sports, naturally the first things that come to mind are baseball, basketball, football or soccer. What if I told you there is a sport with just as much excitement that requires the use of blindfolds to play? That sport is goalball.


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?

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Written by Presley Dalman

Illustration by Bianca Austria

When sheltering in place and practicing social distancing, going outdoors to spend time in nature can seem like an impossible task. Many of us are itching to get out of our stuffy homes for some fresh air. Fortunately, one way to solve these quarantine quandaries is by investing in indoor house plants!

Photo of forest with the Sun shining through the trees

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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Written by Ian McDonnell

Illustration by Mansi Shah

COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc on California residents this year and staying home has proven to be the most effective precaution to avoid contracting the virus. Due to instruction being conducted virtually this semester, many students who would typically be moved into the dorms or an apartment near campus are saving money and learning from the comfort of their parents’ or family homes. With more time spent around family members, students may find themselves irritated and resort to excessive screen time getaways. However, a shift in one’s mindset from ‘I wish I was somewhere else’ to ‘I have everything I need right here’ will encourage positive relationships within your family.

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