Gratitude: A much needed reminder from Tomie Depaola

Gratitude: A much needed reminder from Tomie Depaola

On Saturday, Nov. 2, I got the chance to meet Tomie Depaola.  

During his presentation, he remembered his school days, getting in trouble with his teachers for doodling in his notebooks, and how sometimes he would choose the desk next to the window where he could just sit quietly and think. He told the audience with a tone of sarcasm, “Stop thinking, school is no place for thinking.”  

Many Disciplines, Many Factors, One Health

Many Disciplines, Many Factors, One Health

In a world speeding toward globalization and modernization, the power of connectedness across the globe unfortunately does not come without drawbacks. Improvements in transportation connect different cultures and regions but also increase the potential for infectious diseases to spread and leave a larger impact. In addition, rapid advances in the agriculture industry increase the possibility of new infectious diseases to cross species and influence both other animals and humans.

UConn Health partnership represents larger private-public struggle

UConn Health partnership represents larger private-public struggle

Of course, the University of Connecticut is a large public institution. This is actually an aspect that draws many students to the university, as with it comes lessened costs and tighter connections with entities around the state. That is why, whenever UConn talks about privatizing some of its operations or services, some tend to bristle a bit.

Immigrants Make America Great

Immigrants Make America Great

Our country should welcome immigrants and make it easier for them to earn legalization. As it currently stands, the naturalization process is inefficient, expensive and incentivizes immigrants to not apply for citizenship, as doing so means that they will be on record and thus at risk of deportation and/or detainment.

Radicalism poisons Democrats’ platform and cripples women’s march

Radicalism poisons Democrats’ platform and cripples women’s march

This past Tuesday, Democrats were wholeheartedly expecting to sweep through the midterm elections, regaining control of both houses in Congress and proving to America that the rise of President Trump was a mistake of epic proportions. Yet, Democrats came up short in the Senate with Republicans increasing their majority.

What should Democrats do next?

What should Democrats do next?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the Democrats will be taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives after gaining more than 30 seats in the 2018 midterm elections. Two years of unified government control under the Republicans will be coming to an end in January.

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.

Falling Short of Ability

Falling Short of Ability

After seeing a peer come into class one day in a wheelchair, I’ve been thinking more and more about how accessible our campus truly is for those with a physical disability or injury. I decided to investigate how more difficult my day-to-day life would be if I happened to need a wheelchair for whatever reason. After using ramps, elevators, and door-opening buttons exclusively for a week, I was surprised to find that getting around campus proved to be harder than I thought.