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DACA student experiences include working on the frontlines, worries about finances, school, safety

Abby Pavon, DACA recipent and frontline healthcare worker, is the sole financial provider for her family of four.

Annalise Freimarck, News/Features Editor

June 1, 2020

After coming home from working on the frontlines as a medical assistant in a psychiatric clinic, Abby Pavon, 21, psychology/sociology major, HEFAS intern and a DACA recipient, sanitizes her work clothes and hops into the shower, anxious about how she is going to provide for her family of four. Pavon...

My experience navigating De Anza’s free mental health care

My experience navigating De Anza’s free mental health care

Annalise Freimarck, News/Features Editor

May 29, 2020

Some of my first memories of anxiety as a kid were trying to fall asleep at night and worrying that my aging grandparents were going to die that night and I could do nothing about it. I would lay in my full size bed surrounded by Disney princess stickers and pastel pink walls, wide awake, worried...

Mental health panel bonds students through shared experiences

Mental health panel bonds students through shared experiences

Leticia Samame, Reporter

May 24, 2020

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, Foothill Psychiatric Services and De Anza Student Health Services held a mental health panel on May 18 discussing students’ personal experiences with mental health, co-hosted by two of Foothill’s counselors, Clifton Der Bing and Lisa Slede. The panel...

Local companies looking to hire De Anza College students as job market takes a hit due to pandemic

Student checking out booth at De Anza Job Fair.

Keegan West, Reporter

May 21, 2020

Even while operating under the shelter-in-place mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local companies and institutions are continuing to hire students as employees and interns. With business and campus closures as a result of the shelter-in-place ordinances, around 40% of students are unemployed,...

Ramadan hits home during COVID-19 shelter-in-place

Professor Dada and her loved ones eating together for eftar.

Roselle Lagmay, Reporter

May 8, 2020

When the ninth month of the Islamic calendar began in April, Muslims who observe Ramadan knew their observance would be different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ramadan, which began April 23 and extends through May 23, is a sacred month for observant Muslims who spend 30 days of fasting from...

Music students find alternative ways to perform during the pandemic

Members of the Chamber Orchestra meets every Thursday through the Zoom video meeting site.

Vanessa Nazareno, Reporter

May 3, 2020

De Anza College music students are now meeting and practicing together through virtual band sessions as a result of sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anna Somber, 56, music major, said that she and other music students were unsure of how online classes will work for them. “At first,...

International students face uncertainty and hardship due to COVID-19 concerns

Infographicc of the world and a plane

Caden Zhao, Reporter

May 2, 2020

Faced with the decision of returning home or remaining in the U.S., international students at De Anza College are experiencing both economic and mental pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 116 international students did not re-enroll for spring, according to an email sent Marisa Spatafore,...

New DASB President plans to increase financial aid, inspired by own financial hardships

New DASB President plans to increase financial aid, inspired by own financial hardships

Gloria Delgado, Reporter

April 30, 2020

When Katelyn Pan’s father had surgery, medical bills began to pile up, she was forced to sacrifice her high school extracurriculars, now she is the incoming DASB Senate President. “That made me realize how precious those are and how much I have to be grateful for,” Pan said. Pan, 18, business...

DASB Flea Market helps support vendors through online flea market

DASB Flea Market helps support vendors through online flea market

Andrea Infante, Reporter

April 29, 2020

As the 50th anniversary of the DASB Senate Flea Market approached this spring, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the flea market to transition online. The DASB Flea Market that normally takes place the first Saturday of every month, is now made up of a list of 16 vendors on the De Anza College website, who are selling their products throug...

Vertical garden makes new life from the discarded

New growth in vertical garden.

Stephanie Lam, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2019

Tucked away in the back garden of the De Anza College Kirsch Center stands a wooden box holding soil-filled plastic water bottles. These bottles compose a vertical garden, although only a few native wildflowers grow out of them. “We don't use any pesticides or chemicals or anything,” said ...