May 2020 Jacket Journal



Black Hills State University

Vol. 127 No. 4

May 22, 2020

Emergency services continue to serve

communities amid COVID-19 outbreak

Jacob Fitzgerald

Online Editor

While communities are

sheltered in place due to

the COVID-19 pandemic,

first responder agencies,

such as the Rapid City Fire

Department, are always

on-duty to handle

emergency calls.

As of May 19, the South

Dakota Department

of Health has reported

4,085 positive cases and

25,624 negative cases of

the novel coronavirus in

South Dakota.

Lt. Jim Bussell, Public

Information Officer and

Paramedic for the Rapid

City Fire Department,

said there has been a small

decrease in call volume

for the RCFD since the

pandemic started.

However, what

if someone with a

diagnosed case of

COVID-19 has a medical

emergency that requires

immediate attention?

“Regardless of what

the complaint is, if they

believe they have a medical

emergency they should call

911,” said Bussell.

Bussell says the RCFD

is following guidelines

from the Centers for

Students reflect on unconventional end

to spring semester

Claire Scarborough


When students went on

spring break on March

6, nobody could have

anticipated that they

wouldn’t return to school.

The COVID-19 pandemic

has changed numerous

parts of society around

the world, from how we

dine and shop to how we

conduct school and work.

After extending spring

break to March 20 before

beginning a two-week

period of online classes,

the South Dakota Board of

Regents made the decision

that students would not

return to the classroom

for the remainder of the

semester. Activities were

canceled or postponed,

professors moved their

classes online and students

had to pack up their lives

and return home. With

the semester finally over,

students are looking

back on a term cut short

by coronavirus.

Many students, including

mass communication

major Logan Kurtenbach,

did not enjoy the online

format. “I personally am

just not good with online

classes,” Kurtenbach said.

“I prefer the structure of

having somewhere to be

so that way I can hold

myself accountable.”

Professors were able to

determine how online

classes would be held on an

individual basis, with some

choosing to have virtual

classes over the group

video chat app Zoom.

Others allowed students

to complete the work that

they would have done had

the semester continued

normally, without the

requirement that they

attend virtual class.

Although Molly Graesser,

who is majoring in exercise

science, found issues with

how testing was conducted

after classes were moved

online, but also found

positives in the flexibility of

an all-online curriculum.

“I got to work in healthcare

and save money for grad

school,” Graesser said. “I

was also able to watch my

sister some days since she

didn’t have school, either.

Due to these

circumstances, the

South Dakota Board of

Regents implemented a


Alternate Grading program

for the semester. A select

number of classes and

degrees were exempt from

this program, but most

graphics by Bailiee Dill

Disease Control to

protect their patients and

crew members.

“If [patients] have

complaints that they have

an active COVID infection,

we will send our mobile

medic in first,” Bussell said.

Go to

to read more

students had the option to

change their letter grade to

a simple pass/fail, if they

wished to do so.

According to the official

announcement released

by the SDBOR, students

had the option “to convert

grades of A, B, or C to

Satisfactory (S) Grades.”

Go to

to read more


Stress May 22, 2020

Mental health resources remain available

during pandemic

Claire Scarborough


While any one change can

bring about a bout of stress,

the numerous changes that

people have been dealing

with since COVID-19

started spreading in the

United States have caused

quite the strain. While

Black Hills State University

students may feel alone

in their mental health

struggles being exacerbated

due to the ongoing

pandemic, they are not.

Mallory Kloucek, Ending

the Silence Coordinator for

the South Dakota chapter

of the National Alliance

on Mental Illness, says

that stress during this

time is common. People

experiencing stress and

anxiety, however, have not

been using the resources

that NAMI provides

at the level that many

would expect.

“There is some

information out that the

majority of people are still

in that ‘survival mode’ or

just haven’t processed yet

the effect this will have,”

Kloucek said. “We are

anticipating a jump in the

number of individuals

[reaching out to NAMI

support resources] over the

course of the year.”

People also may not

realize that they are

experiencing abnormal

levels of stress. Some

signs of stress can include

“headaches, trouble

sleeping, jaw pain, changes

in appetite, frequent

mood swings, difficulty

concentrating and feeling

overwhelmed,” according

to NAMI resources. Stress

in small doses can be

healthy, but longterm stress

means these signs can have

a negative affect on your

overall health.

If you do notice increased

levels of stress are starting

to affect your life, NAMI

recommends a number of

ways to lower stress levels.

“These include:

• Accept your needs.

Recognize what your

triggers are. What

situations make you

feel physically and

mentally agitated?

Once you know this,

you can avoid them

when it’s reasonable to

and to cope when you


• Manage your time.

Prioritizing your

activities can help

you use your time

well. Making a

day-to-day schedule

helps ensure you don’t

feel overwhelmed

by everyday tasks

and deadlines.

• Practice relaxation.

Deep breathing,

meditation and

progressive muscle

relaxation are good

ways to calm yourself.

Taking a break to

refocus can have

benefits beyond the

immediate moment.

• Exercise daily.

Schedule time to walk

outside, bike or join a

dance class. Whatever

you do, make

sure it’s fun. Daily

exercise naturally

produces stressrelieving


in your body and

improves your overall

physical health.

• Set aside time for

yourself. Schedule

time to walk outside,

bike or join a dance

class. Whatever

you do, make

sure it’s fun. Daily

exercise naturally

produces stressrelieving


in your body and

improves your overall

physical health.

• Eat well. Eating

unprocessed foods,

like whole grains,

vegetables and fresh

fruit is the foundation

for a healthy body

and mind. Eating well

can also help stabilize

your mood.

• Get enough sleep.

Symptoms of some

mental health

conditions, like mania

in bipolar disorder,

can be triggered by

getting too little sleep.

• Avoid alcohol and

drugs. They don’t

actually reduce

stress: in fact, they

often worsen it. If

you’re struggling

with substance abuse,

educate yourself

and get help.

• Talk to someone.

Whether to friends,

family, a counselor

or a support group,

airing out and talking

can help.”

NAMI has a number of

programs that are free and

available online, including

graphic by Adrienne Gossard; Information from

community discussion

groups that are fully

virtual to reduce the risk

of exposure to potential

COVID-19 cases.

Kloucek said that these

resources, which can be

found at namisouthdakota.

org, are actively being

updated “to make sure all of

our programs are available

online to help anyone who

is seeking out resources.”

More information can

be found by calling the

NAMI Helpline at 800-950-

NAMI. Those experiencing

a mental health crisis can

reach crisis counselors by

texting ‘NAMI’ to 741741.


May 22, 2020


History-in-the-making, outbreak of COVID-19: As we learn to navigate these unprecidented times, our staff hopes to spread information and a little bit of humor to our

readers. During the Spring 2020 semester, Black Hills State University, as well as many universities around the nation, closed down campus and shifted to online, web-based

education in order to keep students, faculty and staff safe and help limit the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a potentionally deadly virus which has spread across South

Dakota, the United States and the world. graphics created by Cody Cline, Managing Editor

Stings N’ Gigs May 22, 2020


Contributors to this Issue of the

Jacket Journal:

• Claire Scarborough, Editor-in-Chief

• Cody Cline, Managing Editor

• Jacob Fitzgerald, Online Editor

• Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, Advisor

• Bailie Dill, Contributor

• Adrienne Gossard, Contributor

crossword graphic by Kaitlynn Kelly and Megan Kenney

graduation graphics

by Cody Cline

advertisement graphic by Alissa Jorgensen

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