Last week, the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts announced that for the first time, they would be offering free student tickets to all of their Fall events. Regardless, this initiative is a positive step forward for the University. UConn students should be able to freely access the arts, especially considering the fantastic programming we have in the center of our campus.
Since 1967, the William Benton Museum of Art has amassed a large, diverse collection and created various public exhibitions. UConn President Thomas Katsouleas recently announced one such exhibition slated for the 2023 academic year, as “the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) received a $275,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
UConn prepares Connecticut’s youth to enter the workforce as doctors, engineers, politicians, journalists, historians and, most importantly, as inquisitive critical thinkers. And luckily for Connecticut, these great benefits are not confined to the quiet corner. Regional campuses provide the same excellent education and workforce training in Stamford, Hartford, Avery Point and Waterbury.
Most people at this point have their new Husky OneCard. As it says on the form you receive with it, this new iteration promises better security features, touchless access built in and a design that feels just a little juvenile. While detractors will claim that this is the University of Connecticut playing catch-up on card features, the immediate integration of this new card is honestly very exciting.
The first week of the 2019 fall semester has officially begun. Students from across the nation have successfully made the trip to the Nutmeg State’s top public university. Everyone is moved in, textbooks have arrived, classes have begun and, as per usual, parking issues have provided new acquaintances a common grievance to bond over.
The University of Connecticut is back in the Big East Conference.
In a matter of days, a new set of students will assume leadership positions across UConn’s Tier III organizations. To incoming UCTV general manager Sam Huang, UConnPIRG chair Emily O’Hara, SUBOG president Addie Lotito, WHUS general manager Alexandra Urban, USG president Priyanka Thakkar and vice president Manny Chinyumba, Daily Campus editor-in-chief Anna Zarra Aldrich and Nutmeg Publishing editor-in-chief Madison Busick: Congratulations. No, really, this is a tremendous honor. In our April 26 special feature, each of you outlined your goals for your tenure atop your organization.
By now, everyone on campus knows the fiasco that was UCONNIC this year, as Sean Kingston and Summer Walker, two of the three headliners of the music festival, did not perform. While Walker did not perform due to a last-minute weather-related cancellation, Kingston was cancelled by SUBOG due to his history with sexual assault. The cancellation came after several days of criticism and protests from students regarding the artist’s presence on campus, and the decision was announced last-minute, approximately 45 minutes before the event was slated to begin. Due to the last-minute nature of Kingston’s cancellation, SUBOG rightfully decided to refund every ticket sold to UCONNIC. However, with these costs, as well as the $44,000 owed to Sean Kingston and the $148,500 going to Lil Baby, the only UCONNIC headliner who performed, SUBOG has now lost nearly $200,000.
Financially speaking, the ESPN deal is fairly appealing for both sides. As The Hartford Courant’s Mike Anthony notes, the 12-year, $1 billion deal “represents a healthy influx of money for UConn and every other conference school, with the average payout approaching $7 million annually, nearly $5 million more than what UConn receives under the current deal.” Such a contribution would greatly aid UConn’s athletic department as it climbs out of its $41 million debt. Also, reports indicate that ESPN intends to broadcast most AAC games on its rising ESPN-plus digital streaming service. UConn’s athletic offerings may prove particularly enticing for subscribers--and consequently profitable for ESPN.
The University of Connecticut is the best public college in the state of Connecticut. This is a remarkable achievement, albeit not one likely to surprise many UConn students or faculty, given the state's incredible investment in the university.
At issue is not the content or quality of Mr. Kingston’s music, but instead the rape allegations he faced regarding a concert in 2010. A 19-year-old woman claimed she was gang-raped by Kingston, his bodyguard and a band member following a concert she attended. The woman claimed she drank and smoked marijuana before the incident and so was “obviously intoxicated” and “incapable of consent.” Kingston countered that the sex was consensual, and ended up settling the trial at the time in order to focus on his upcoming album release and tour.