Oscar Copland

Aspiring Journalist/ Pop-Culture Aficionado

Location icon United States of America

Recent Communication Studies graduate with a passion for journalism and pop culture. Currently finishing a research fellowship centered around health in my community at a non-profit health agency. Im also a freelance writer for the city's newspaper.



Turlock riders strut their stuff at Fair horse shows

The Stanislaus County Fair kicked off the fair season last weekend with the pre-fair horse shows. The Open Gymkhana was held on Saturday and it was one of the many horse shows the fair has scheduled that allows riders of all ages to come out and show off their skills in a series of competitive classes.

Turlock athletes shine at Special Olympics

The 44th annual Regional Special Olympics held Saturday at John F. Kennedy School in Modesto was an exciting event for all of the athletes who competed, but for Ellie Brown it was an especially meaningful day. The 26-year-old Turlock resident and key athlete of the Stanislaus team celebrated a major milestone - her 10th year participating in the Special Olympics program.

The Signal
Who needs the flu virus? When you can just get the flu shot.

Is that time of the year again, time to deal with finals, holiday shopping, and who can forget, the flu virus. To fight the influenza virus, the Student Health Center at California State University, Stanislaus (Stan State), is offering free flu vaccines to Stan State students and at a discounted price of $20 for faculty and staff.

The Signal

By this point, most people have decided who they will be voting for in the upcoming Nov. 8 presidential elections. This includes celebrities who are using their social media accounts as their social activism platforms to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States.

The Signal
The CSU announces new initiatives for 2017-18

On Oct. 14 the California State University (CSU) held a live student media web conference titled "Emerging Topics for the CSU System." The exclusive webcast for student journalists covered topics regarding budgetary breakdowns and tuition increases for the 2017-2018 academic year, the emphasis on raising the rate of students graduating in a timely manner and leadership options for CSU students.

The Signal
Your mental health does matter!

Nowadays, being a college student means more than just someone who is working toward earning their degree. Modern-day college students deal with school work on top of working full-time to pay for their education and many do so while raising their families.

The Signal
The Signal team visits the Turlock Animal Services Shelter

The donated newspapers will be used as liner for the cat cages and will be shredded for feral cats to use as comfort bedding. There are volunteer opportunities for Stan State Warriors who are 18 years old and older. You can apply as a full-time volunteer through the Turlock Human Resources department or you can volunteer through a school-related temporary assignment.

The Turlock Journal
The University Student Union proposes tuition fee increase for a new Union Building

The University Student Union (USU) at California State University, Stanislaus (Stan State) has proposed a student tuition fee referendum to renovate the current Union Building on campus. If passed, student fees will increase by $209 every semester starting Fall 2019 to help cover the $52 million needed for the project.

The Signal
Students find confidence through drag

You don't need to travel back in time to enjoy a drag show; today, Vazquez and Landeros are bringing the art of drag to California State University, Stanislaus (Stan State). Vazquez is a drag queen - a female character with exaggerated feminine features and personality - who goes by Alison Jade Dove.

TV Column

The Signal
What ya' Watching? RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2

This season of "Rupaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2" on Logo, did not disappoint me, a long-time fan of the show, who has been religiously watching drag queens battle it out for the crown and title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" since the show's second season premiered.

Photo Essays

The Signal
The Signal Team Takes D.C.

On Oct. 20 three editors from the student-run newspaper, The Signal, at California State University, Stanislaus (Stan State), flew to Washington D.C. for the Associated Collegiate Press' (ACP) 2016 National College Media Convention. The Signal newspaper came in seventh place in the "Newspaper Four-year Less Than Weekly" category for the Oct.

The Signal
CFA rally in powerful numbers at CSU trustee meeting

Inside the meeting, it was discussed that if a 5 percent were given to faculty it would only lead to a $68.9 million funding gap between the university's proposals and the union. The CSU has only offered a 2 percent increase. A majority of attendees in the meeting argued that a strike would not benefit anyone.

Arts & Entertainment

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