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GOP’s perception of climate change

Rachel Chang | December 4, 2018

  Cartoonist Rachel Chang believes that having both our policy makers and the electorate understand factual, scientific analysis is critical to making wiser and more informed policies, even beyond climate change debates.

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Ventura Strong – Two Trees Lives On

Lillian Li | December 4, 2018

  Cartoonist Lillian Li expresses her solidarity for victims of the Thomas Fire through a watercolor piece commemorating the survival of the famous Two Trees, and by extension, the survival of the Venturan spirit through those trying times.

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Thomas Fire Stories: Cherie Eulau

Amanda Perez | December 3, 2018

  “It was absolutely surreal and sort of terrifying,” teacher Cherie Eulau said, regarding the Thomas Fire. She had been prepared and organized for a fire after seeing what happened with the fires in northern California in early 2017.“I had sort of a list together of things that I would grab if I had to,” Eulau said. She lives in a high risk area above Ventura High School...

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Thomas Fire Stories: Kelly More ’20

Amanda Perez | December 3, 2018

  As Kelly More ‘20 started to fall asleep on Dec. 4, 2017, at around 9:30 p.m., she could hear her parents walking around and moving things. She was fast asleep by 10:30 p.m. when her dad bursted into the room. Her initial thought was that one of her dogs had been eaten by a coyote since there were a lot near her house on Via Arroyo Hillway circle, but her dad started yelling, telling...

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Thomas Fire Stories: Gunner Nagel ’20

Amanda Perez | December 3, 2018

  At the beginning of the night on Dec. 4, 2017, Gunner Nagel ‘20 didn’t think the fire would get to his home on Via Ondulando. When he heard about the fire near Steckel Park—a place Nagel had gone to frequently for camping—it had just started, and he had no idea how big it might get. However, 20 minutes later, his parents told him to pack a bag just in case. Around 10:30 p.m.,...

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Thomas Fire Stories: Jay Ryan ’20

Amanda Perez | December 4, 2018

  The night of the Thomas Fire, Jay Ryan ‘20 had been at his mom’s while his father's house was burning down. When the fire had just started, he texted his dad, asking him if he was okay. His dad responded by telling Ryan that he was trying to sleep. Worried about his safety, he said to him that he should probably evacuate, but Ryan didn’t hear back from him until the next day.     Later,...

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