Ruth Gowitzke

She is the News Editor starting from fall 2019.

How People are Spreading Love During the Pandemic

Although the pandemic has created a lot of boundaries between people and how we are connecting with each other, there are still some that have taken the opportunity to spread a little love during these trying times. According to an article by Alisha Ebrahimji, who is a producer at CNN, some people are putting hearts on their windows to show their support for their neighbors, for essential workers, and many others who may be in need of some cheering up. In addition to hearts, there have been encouraging messages that people have put not only on their windows, but also their mailboxes as well.

My Capstone Project Experience (So Far)

In late December, early January, before all this craziness happened, I had to come up with an idea for my capstone project that I would be working on during the spring semester. I knew the basic guidelines of the creative project, which is the one I chose. I had to relate it to Studio Ghibli in terms of its themes or any other visual or written aspect of it. There was also an option to write a research paper based on these films as well.

How I Felt After Hearing the Cancellation of the Commencement Ceremony

When the President of Eastern announced that classes would resume online for the rest of the semester, my immediate reaction was, “What would happen with graduation?” As it turned out, in that same email, the President announced that the May commencement was also cancelled. Immediately I was met with a mixture of feelings of anger and sadness. Anger, because I spent all this time and money at Eastern, and I did not get to do the one thing I had been waiting for since January.

How to Handle Midterm Stress

It’s that time of the semester again, midterms! That joyous time of the semester where everyone seems to drag themselves to class or to not even bother going. Whether or not you have had any midterms yet, it is important to know ways that you can handle the inevitable stress that comes with them. Here is a list of five ways to handle midterm stress:

Celebration of Reading Across America Day

On Mar. 2, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Eastern Aspiring Educators Club hosted an event that in the library, that celebrated Reading Across America Day. According to, this day was “launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.”

MLK Distinguished Service Award Ceremony

On Feb. 26, at 3 p.m., in the Johnson Room in the library, one faculty member, one student and a graduate of Howard University, were awarded with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award. According to the Eastern website, this award, “remembers the altruistic efforts of Dr. King, whose spirit, philosophy and teachings continue to inspire countless individuals today.”

Having An Opinion Matters

When I was growing up, I sometimes felt that I didn’t get to voice my opinion on things. That was mainly because of having two sisters the same age as me. They would sometimes want to do the same things as each other, as opposed to me who wanted to do something different.

Black History Month reports in Connecticut

As February comes to a close in a week, there had been and still has been a lot going on for people who are thinking about black history and those who have been impacted by their own history. NBC Connecticut has a section on their website that addresses events or stories that have happened this month regarding black history. Here are the stories that NBC Connecticut has covered: