The fall and rise of resistance 

The fall and rise of resistance 

One-hundred years ago, the top cause of death was caused by infection and diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia occurred rampantly without cures. This all changed with the introduction of penicillin, a slew of subsequently discovered antibiotics and improvements in public health. Widespread mortality caused by bacterial infections was becoming a thing of the past and science as a whole moved forward.  

We need to voice our opinions about new sexual assault guidelines

We need to voice our opinions about new sexual assault guidelines

After the controversial policy proposed by Betsy Devos, “The public has just under 60 days to tell the Department of Education what it thinks”. These changes to Title IX proposed may not have the intention of giving advantage to accused attackers, but some proposed policies would inevitably have such consequences. It is up to the public, especially students, to speak up for what they think sexual assault policy should look like. Increasing political activism will result in an increased influence of millennials in government decisions, because of an increased participation in democratic processes such as elections and public commenting.  

Denmark’s plan to deal with migrants is straight out of a teen sci-fi drama

Denmark’s plan to deal with migrants is straight out of a teen sci-fi drama

This past week, the country of Denmark announced a plan earlier this week to banish “unwanted migrants” to a small, remote island. However, this is no tropical vacation for these people. In fact, the island currently is used for housing equipment and remains of studies on contagious animal diseases.

One of only two ferries that are in use to service the island is nicknamed “the Virus.” To make matters even worse, among the people they are proposing to put on this island are criminals and people who have been rejected after seeking asylum. So, you might be starting to understand why this banishment seems a little iffy.

Poverty, not uneven funding, explains the achievement gap

Poverty, not uneven funding, explains the achievement gap

I grew up in East Rock, the affluent, predominantly white neighborhood that is home to the highest achieving middle school in New Haven. The city as a whole lags behind the rest of the state in terms of academic achievement, but middle schools like my alma mater which are located in wealthy, white neighborhoods regularly meet or exceed state average test scores. Conversely, poor black and Hispanic neighborhood schools often fall well short of academic standards. Unequal funding is usually blamed for achievement gaps across school districts, but it doesn’t explain this type of inter-district achievement gap. After all, there are no significant funding differences across New Haven middle schools. So what gives?

Ethics and E. Coli

Ethics and E. Coli

The most recent bout of E. coli-infested romaine lettuce brought on a major sense of déjà vu; this is the third time that romaine lettuce has been recalled due to E. coli poisoning in the past year. Since E. coli is a bacterium that lives in animal intestines and is typically found in contaminated meat, the bacteria’s source in produce seems puzzling. And although there have been many speculations, the method by which the contamination spreads from animals to plants is still unknown. As E. coli once again makes victims of unsuspecting salad eaters, one cannot help but wonder why the food industry has not yet found a solution to this health crisis.

Opinion: When bias is only reasonable

Opinion: When bias is only reasonable

The Mueller Investigation into Russian election interference and the possibility of collusion originating from the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump has long faced accusations of bias from Republicans in Congress as well as conservative commentators.

North Sentinel Island is a mystery that might be better left untouched

North Sentinel Island is a mystery that might be better left untouched

Over the past week, the world has become captivated by the story of an island off the coast of India and the missionary who tried to penetrate its culture. North Sentinel Island is home to an isolated tribe where outsiders have been known to visit and never return due to hostility by the tribespeople. John Allen Chau recently fell to this fate after attempting to spread his religion and beliefs to the people inhabiting these islands. Now, as government officials struggle to retrieve his body, many are wondering why these civilizations continue to exist.

Don’t be a Chicken, Vaccinate

Don’t be a Chicken, Vaccinate

Many of us have returned somewhat dejectedly from the past week-long break, feelings of thankfulness fading as we immerse ourselves in pre-finals studying. Meanwhile, elementary school students at Asheville Waldorf School in North Carolina are currently spending a whole 21 days off from school, but for an entirely different reason. 

The Singapore Declaration: Simple, optimistic, and highly Ineffective

The Singapore Declaration: Simple, optimistic, and highly Ineffective

Last June, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) met to discuss how to improve relations between the United States and North Korea. On June 12, 2018, they signed a document, known as the Singapore Declaration, that broadly mentioned that the U.S. would normalize relations with North Korea in exchange for “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”

In 2018, is the Pen still Mightier than the Sword?

In 2018, is the Pen still Mightier than the Sword?

On June 28, 2018, Gerald Fischman, a writer, probably first poured himself a cup of coffee in his favorite blue mug, heated an English muffin in the toaster, before adding butter or margarine or raspberry jam. He could have buttoned up his favorite cardigan, bearing holes in the elbows, evident of hard labor and love. His wife must have given him a kiss, as he left out the back door for The Capital Gazette. Punctual. Or five minutes late or maybe even five minutes early. Five minutes would not matter.  

Reproductive health care is a human right

Reproductive health care is a human right

Reproductive health refers to any conditions that affect how reproductive systems, across all genders, function. The definition of reproductive health is much broader than what most believe, and it is important to recognize that access to reproductive health care is a human right.

It’s time to reconsider UConn’s end-of-semester exam schedule, and that’s final!

It’s time to reconsider UConn’s end-of-semester exam schedule, and that’s final!

From December 10 through December 15, UConn professors will administer their final examinations for the Fall 2018 semester. However, some opt to schedule said tests a week early in order to lighten stressed students’ burdens. Such flexibility has created a debate surrounding the merits of conducting a designated ‘finals week’ to conclude each academic semester. Students, teachers and administrators alike would benefit greatly from UConn providing a broader range of possibilities for exam scheduling.