New school year, new policies: HCC reopens

Photographed above are one of the many “COVID Kiosks” scattered around campus.

Yacob Reyes, Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2020

Five months after its closure in March, Hillsborough Community College welcomed students back to campuses on Aug. 17 for the 16-week fall 2020 term.  As expected, this reopening came with many changes to ensure the safety and health of those returning.  These changes include requirin...

Keeping clean during a global pandemic

Keeping clean during a global pandemic

Brandon Soto, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Right now, COVID-19 is continuing to spread from person to person, resulting in sickness and, in worse cases, death. With each passing day, the situation seems to be getting worse, and the number of people infected continues to rise.  To prevent people from contracting this virus, we will need to ...

HCC transitions to online classes

HCC transitions to online classes

Jason Turner, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

One of the most significant changes for HCC students due to COVID-19 has been the change from face-to-face classes to having everything online. A few of the students in a math class that was supposed to be in the classroom on the Plant City campus were asked about the transition. They all repres...

‘VR Free’ a new method to improve mental health among prisoners

'VR Free' a new method to improve mental health among prisoners

Liz Leyva, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

For some, one of the most enjoyable experiences at the Sundance Film Festival is watching virtual reality movies. Unlike traditional films, virtual reality (VR) offers a total immersion in the filmmaker’s world, recreating scenes from all possible angles. A headset and a rotating chair allow the audie...

New beginnings for Riverview couple

New beginnings for Riverview couple

Stephen Clarke, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

RIVERVIEW — Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Riverview, Florida, John and Cassandra Hansell officially celebrated the opening of their new party store, Partyrific. Partyrific is located in the Summerfield Square Plaza at the intersection of Big Bend and HWY 301. Partyrific officially opened on Oct. 30, to the...

New law restricts the purchase of e-cigarettes

Dalton Cezar, 20,  smoking his vape in a local gas station

Tessa Chestnut, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

As the new year approached, several new laws came with it. At the end of 2019, just before the fireworks went off, President Donald Trump signed a new law that stated the new legal age to purchase tobacco products is 21. The bill also includes e-cigarette and vapes. Trump, along with other government...

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay: a place built on positivity and kindness

Scouting volunteers read books to dogs to help them socialize.

Amaryllis Rivera, Staff

October 30, 2019

When you think of an animal shelter, you usually suspect the primary focus of this organization is to give stray animals a good home. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay greatly exceeds that role. This Humane Society is a private and independent non-profit animal shelter/hospital servi...

HCC helps spread mental health awareness for veterans

HCC staff member Molly Coufal serving in Iraq.

Jason Turner, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

The HCC campuses are hosting various events for Mental Health Awareness Month. One of the events on the Plant City campus involves veterans. Molly Coufal, who works in the office of the Dean of Student Services, is spearheading some of the events. Coufal and her husband are both combat veterans and work wit...

Animals feel pain too

Disco Joe just wants a treat

Jason Turner, Staff

September 24, 2019

More than 45 million household pets suffer from chronic or acute pain. Unlike humans, they cannot say where it hurts. To raise awareness on how to recognize and manage pain in animals, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) declared September Animal Pain Awareness month (https://ivapm.org/animal-pain-awareness-month/). The annual campaign coincides with human medicine’s Pain A...

Strike out HD Tampa

Strike out HD Tampa

June 1, 2019

WHAT Strike Out HD is a bowling fundraising event that will include games of bowling, pizza, drinks, and great prizes to win WHO Contact: Mary Horton Phone: 931-626-0421 Email Address: mah1942@yahoo.com WHEN Sunday June 9th @ 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (EST) WHERE Pin Chasers East Pasco ...

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