If you don’t know Armana Islam, you probably don’t go here. She’s that universal. The spunky junior is not only my friend and coworker at The Daily Campus, but a passionate representative of the club she helps run. Bangladeshi Student Association (BSA), of which Islam is president, put on their “Welcome Back Dawaat” in the Rome Ballroom, celebrating the start of the new school year and the first of many exciting events put on by the club.
Despite The Daily Campus being my one true love, there’s a couple other things I’m involved in on campus. Last spring I took a leap of faith and applied to become an FYE Mentor. First Year Experience is a program intended to help freshmen students transition into college, through a mentor-mentee system.
The weather yesterday for the Student Health and Wellness Fair couldn’t be more different than the forecast last Thursday, when the fair was supposed to take place. Due to rain, the event was delayed, but luckily the sun was in full force yesterday afternoon on Fairfield Way. The fair provided resources geared toward health and wellness for college students with information about topics like mental health, alcohol use, nutrition, body image and fitness.
Every bibliophile dreams of building their own personal library someday, but has probably been hampered by the reality of how pricey this endeavor may be. Book thrifting is a great way to work towards this goal while still staying on a budget. I usually look for books I’ve already read but want to own, classic novels or books to finish a series that I already have one or two of.
Jhene Aiko released her first meditative track using alchemy crystal singing bowls last Friday, and the internet can’t get enough of it. “For people with anxiety or you feel stressed. Listen to it,” a fan told Twitter. “I’m having a moment where I want to walk down the aisle to ‘trigger protection mantra,’” another fan tweeted.
The second part of the iconic killer clown story “It: Chapter Two” arrives just in time for spooky season. Two weeks ago, this book-turned-film hit theaters and, despite its “R” rating, brought in audiences of all ages. Even people who were not horror-movie fans were excited for this film, and the audience in my theater was buzzing with excitement.
Journalist and author Beth Macy is going to be speaking at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 26. Macy’s lecture will explore the relationship between mental health and addiction through the stories of people she has interviewed in her work. The lecture is hosted by SUBOG and the UConn Suicide Prevention Committee.
The second film of the Human Rights Film Series, “Thread,” was screened at the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center on Tuesday. The event was moderated by UConn English and Asian American Studies Professor Cathy Schlund-Vials. The film's director, Cathy Stevulak, and the film’s co-producer, Catherine Masud.
I recently just returned home from being abroad for seven months. There are definitely some “traditional” American foods that I’ve seen advertised in restaurants from New Zealand, Vietnam, Bali and more. As much as I had the occasional craving for a traditional “American” meal, it doesn’t get any more American than eating the food in the country.
“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks behind bars on Friday, Sept. 13 for her participation in a nationwide college admissions scandal. Huffman, 56, paid $15,000 to manipulate her daughter’s SAT scores, later publicly apologizing for not trusting her to get into college on her own volition. The scandal widened public perception of the lengths wealthy individuals will go to get their children into prestigious colleges and universities across the country.
Now that it’s been three weeks, most students have settled into their living situations on and around campus. For some people, this means transitioning to cooking your own food in your own apartment. It’s no doubt a big, sometimes difficult change from living on dining hall cuisine, but you’ll find out that it’s worth it.