Despite the forces working against engaged young people, UConn students made their voices heard this year.
As a UConn alumna whose graduate research concerns mass trauma, I was stunned and disappointed to read a Daily Campus Opinion article defending Rep. Ihlan Omar’s inexcusable rhetoric around 9/11. Cameron Cantelmo’s recent article was extraordinarily dismissive of the collective pain of victims, survivors, and witnesses of 9/11.
In 2019, we are experiencing a shift in the way that we have conversations about our sexual orientations. As public conversations about sexual orientation, gender identity, and consent become more frequent in our day to day life, the societal expectations of younger generations are beginning to change. With the uptick in public figures coming out, improved sexual and gender education and dialogue focused on the importance of identity formation, it is not a surprise that more and more people are beginning to identify as bisexual than ever before.
Navigating being a victim of a crime, especially sexual assault, can be difficult and confusing. It’s not always clear to people what their rights are as victims, how to access services, or if they have any guarantee that they’ll be treated with respect during the criminal justice process. As a result, many survivors of crimes don’t get access to the rights and supports they are entitled to, and may be unable to continue with criminal justice proceedings at all.
Former vice president Joe Biden finds himself in a truly unique situation as he embarks on a third run for the presidency. Due to his record of moderacy over a lifetime of senatorial service, Biden will appeal to independent voters and unsatisfied Republicans alike. He reeks sweetly of blue-collar appeal in such a manner that endears him to the common American while sufficiently distancing him from the out-of-touch radicalism poisoning the Democratic Party. Biden is a legitimate threat to steal the presidency. The problem, of course, is that his party will never let him have a shot at it.
Cities are one of the most basic units of governance. Because of this, their democratic institutions are flexible and responsive to their residents’ specific needs. Their city planners can paint with a small brush, designing policies that cater to specific problems endemic to certain communities. Obtaining community consent for projects is a real, achievable goal.
Our seven-minute performance included monologues about the three provinces of Tibet. Each monologue was followed by dance from that province. The final dance was a popular Tibetan gorshey (circle dance), meant to symbolize unity. You can watch the entire performance recorded by UCTV for free. Several students, primarily international Chinese students, were disturbed by our performance and began booing.
Earlier this month, the American right decided to attack one of their new go-to scapegoats, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN). After she made a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Rep. Ilhan Omar was targeted for stating that “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties;” while 9/11 was in fact an event where some people did something, many proponents on the right claimed this statement minimizes 9/11.
While undergraduates are vital to the University of Connecticut, it feels like we don’t matter at times. It can be frustrating to see so much disrespect given to the largest population on campus. This is why the Undergraduate Student Government adding paid positions next year is so important.
Over the past few weeks, in a story that sounds like something out of a Mary Shelley novel, scientists were able to restore signs of life in postmortem brains. These, of course, were pig brains and not human brains, and there was no sign of consciousness within them, but nonetheless this is a pretty wild story. Even more crazy are the implications that this kind of scientific advancement could have for the future of medical research, and how it fundamentally changes what we thought we knew about neuroscience.
These buses will have outlived their absolute maximum life span by 2020 and UConn will presumably be purchasing replacement buses — which should be electric buses, paid for by the grant. The grant also covers electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Accepting the $1.4 million is seemingly a no-brainer.
An important means of avoiding repetition of errors is realizing them. For example, the Haymarket Affair, which spurred the creation of International Workers Day on May 4, 1986 and weakened Chicago unions, can be a reminder of how groups can become associated with more radical elements of the movement.
A few weeks ago, I was running late to class after a long traffic jam on my way to campus. I parked in the garage across the street from Gampel Pavilion and slow-jogged my way past the Student Union on my way. As I walked down Fairfield Way, I noticed a pink and blue van advertising free ultrasounds and STD screenings.