Like everyone else, life has shifted abruptly and dramatically for these seven photojournalists. Although The Beacon continues to work remotely amidst the coronavirus pandemic, photojournalists face new challenges as they attempt to capture images that represent the stories we continue to write. They are faced with the grief that comes from what they have lost in the transition, the frustration that comes with helplessness, and the anxiety of not knowing what will happen next.
During your next shopping spree, think about thrifting at organizations that are providing opportunities to the community, such as Goodwill, which provides career programs to more than 35 million individuals worldwide. Another excellent thrift spot is Buffalo Exchange, which offers customers a token in place of a bag, which they can donate to one of three local charities. For each token, Buffalo Exchange gives five cents to that charity, and since the creation of this campaign in 1994, they have raised over $803,000 for thousands of local nonprofits. When I thrift at Buffalo Exchange, the charities I always choose to donate to are the animal rescues and shelters non-profits.
We have all seen it before. You walk along your merry way and see countless people with their water bottles layered in copious numbers of stickers, making the actual color of the water bottle hardly visible. Behind the sound of the tip-tapping of fingers flying, typing notes and papers on keyboards, is the image of a completely sticker-covered laptop. With all the opportunities for self-expression stickers make available to us, even refrigerators can gain opinions and personalities. The Beacon decided to talk to students about their stickers, setting out to discover the reasons why students love putting them on just about any surface and the meanings behind the ones they chose.
If you plan to visit the Hawaiian islands soon, take into account that the island media has deemed to be “paradise” is currently in distress. Learn about Hawaiʻi by appreciating what it has to offer by immersing yourself into its history, culture, and people. By doing so, you will understand what my people are going through. Aloha ʻĀina!