We need diversity among teachers

We need diversity among teachers

Teachers play a major role in child development. They serve as leaders, educators and role models. They are given the power to be either a positive and motivating presence on a student, or a negative, discouraging one. Students whose teachers had a positive presence in their education tend to have more confidence and are more willing to take on academic challenges, because they were encouraged to do so by teachers. As a teacher, it is important to be able to connect with as many students as possible to be able to provide them with this empowering presence, and sharing a cultural or racial background with a student increases approachability and enhances student-teacher connections.

Editorial: UConn should consider adjusting how breaks are scheduled

Editorial: UConn should consider adjusting how breaks are scheduled

Let’s be honest, working constantly for weeks on end does no good for anyone’s mental health. And there are many students who would benefit from a smaller break in the middle of the fall rather than a long one with a couple of weeks to go.

Editorial: Uninspiring student-led drives may force UConn football to punt away its future

Editorial: Uninspiring student-led drives may force UConn football to punt away its future

The team’s abysmal play as of late, having attained a 28-67 overall win-loss record and one bowl game appearance since 2011, has dampened fans’ morale and called into question the merits of UConn even partaking in the popular sport.

Editorial: Veteran’s Day should encourage year-round respect

Editorial: Veteran’s Day should encourage year-round respect

This past Sunday was Veteran’s Day, and as always we should use this time to remember and be grateful for those who have served our country and continue to do so to this day. Each year, the University of Connecticut observes this holiday with a ceremony on the Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial lawn in order to continue to honor the veterans in our lives, especially those affiliated with the university.

UConn knows that standardized assessments don’t completely attest to incoming students’ true abilities

UConn knows that standardized assessments don’t completely attest to incoming students’ true abilities

Standardized assessments have been a critical staple of pre-college students’ academic repertoires. As with any typical office occupation, test-takers must complete paperwork, weighing multiple options and making tough decisions under a strict time limit. Despite the decreased emphasis upon standardized testing performance nationally, UConn opts to maintain its importance throughout the undergraduate admissions process, weighing it equally to other application components. UConn’s high consideration of standardized assessment scores, which remain somewhat indicative of students’ likelihood to succeed in the real world, alongside other, arguably more vital factors when admitting students is commendable.

Editorial: UConn: The great value proposition

Editorial: UConn: The great value proposition

It sometimes feels like the students and administration just don’t quite see eye to eye. Our perspectives are just too different. This can obviously lead to clash, but it also leads to some funny quirks. For example, the recent board of trustees meeting featured a point on some positive news for UConn: Prospective students are choosing it over other universities more than ever!

Editorial: What is holding USG back?

Editorial: What is holding USG back?

Given this pivotal role with undergraduates, the news last week of USG’s special elections come as a bit of a surprise. The students in USG wield a large amount of power and responsibility, and gaining a position among them is not only relevant for many professionally but also goes a long way to making your voice heard on campus.

Editorial: Give a Meal program gains success this year

Editorial: Give a Meal program gains success this year

It’s not very often that you hear of college students donating their own money to charities. Sure, we volunteer and fundraise for different organizations, and we certainly do our share in trying to help improve our planet through these activities.

Editorial: UConn is an asset to Mansfield

Editorial: UConn is an asset to Mansfield

Living near a big sports school like UConn comes with perks. The state-wide excitement over UConn sports revolves around the Storrs campus so nearby non-student residents, especially UConn fans, have a unique experience during college basketball season.

Editorial: Get Ready to (Ballot) Party with UConnPIRG!

Editorial: Get Ready to (Ballot) Party with UConnPIRG!

Primarily, this party will allow students to become registered voters and learn about their local candidates’ viewpoints on critical issues. Trained NVP members will walk students through the completion of a physical voter registration form and later submit each form to Mansfield’s town registrar.