Opinion: Why we should return to paper ballots         

Opinion: Why we should return to paper ballots         

Election officials have decided to increase election security in the wake of the 2016 election. One of the ways to do so is to return to paper ballots. Returning to paper is a good idea as paper is unhackable, unlike voting machines. Also, it is easier to audit paper ballots than voting machines.

Science Friday: Escaping Vaping: Why it’s time to put down the JUUL 

Science Friday: Escaping Vaping: Why it’s time to put down the JUUL 

Vaping is not as innocent a practice as people like to believe. In the last month, the incidence of lung illness in people who use nicotine or cannabis vaping products has increased over twofold. Just the past week, a woman in Kansas became the sixth person to die of vaping-related respiratory issues in the United States.  

Opinion: Ninety-six years of not passing the ERA 

Opinion: Ninety-six years of not passing the ERA 

In history class, we learn about how the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times in order to incorporate more laws and protections. However, despite the fact that there are 27 amendments that help ensure our freedom, there is one amendment that we have not been able to pass: the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Science Friday: The classic view of emotions is wrong

Science Friday: The classic view of emotions is wrong

Emotions are simple, right? Humans are wired with emotions; they’re a part of us; they’re uncontrollable, they just happen, right? Well, this has almost universally been the perception of emotions for thousands of years. Since the time of Greek philosophers like Plato, we have been telling ourselves that emotions are unmanipulable facets of our humanity present since birth. 

Editorial: Every student should study abroad 

Editorial: Every student should study abroad 

It is no surprise that the University of Connecticut can get a bit dull. As vibrant as campus life can get, we are still on a land grant university in the middle of nowhere. It gets more than a bit cold. And you can only see the same set of 20-something-year-olds so many times before you lose it. The perfect solution to all of this? Try studying abroad! 

Science Friday: Picture Perfect: Social media platforms and the body positivity movement 

Science Friday: Picture Perfect: Social media platforms and the body positivity movement 

Thanks to social media, the white picket fence has gone viral, morphing into superficial smiles and depictions of the American ideal, hiding the reality that people prefer not to document. While this can have a conformist impact on society, platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat also hold the powerful ability to amplify voices that have previously been underrepresented and stereotyped.

Editorial: The good and bad of UConn sports away from Storrs  

Editorial: The good and bad of UConn sports away from Storrs  

This year, UConn soccer is slated to compete at Dillon Stadium in downtown Hartford while the university completes construction of Joseph J. Morrone Stadium at the Rizza Family Soccer Complex in Storrs. If the goal is to increase student attendance, then it’s helpful to remove obstacles. Losing teams aside, a long drive can be a moat between busy students and games.  

Opinion: Development in Stamford will not lead to gentrification or ghettos 

Opinion: Development in Stamford will not lead to gentrification or ghettos 

Development en masse is not new to Stamford; however, this time there is widespread concern and skepticism regarding the scope of development and the effects it will have on the city. The belief that development in Stamford will lead to gentrification is based on a more general belief that development leads to gentrification, rather than on what is really happening in Stamford.

Opinion: The benefits of expansive political candidate pools are debatable at best 

Opinion: The benefits of expansive political candidate pools are debatable at best 

I’m always hearing that large candidate pools are such a great thing for the electorate, that we’ll be so well-informed on the issues and hear several compelling perspectives that ignite quality discussion. Within other contexts, I might concur with this take, but as applied to American politics, I vehemently disagree with it.  

Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Last week, despite forceful opposition from his advisors, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, President Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders on U.S. soil at Camp David. Negotiating peace with the Taliban is a far cry from the hard-nosed candidate Trump who promised to “get-tough” with suspected terrorists, openly advocating a resumption of waterboarding and “much worse.”

Opinion: Autistic students deserve better than Autism Speaks 

Opinion: Autistic students deserve better than Autism Speaks 

Autism Speaks has consistently perpetuated harmful stereotypes about autistic people. If this club is really committed to helping autistic people and their families, they should listen to Autistic advocates and realize that Autism Speaks is harmful. Advocating for autistic people is an important issue, but doing it wrong is so much more harmful than not doing it at all.

Opinion: The unhealthy relationship we have with social media 

Opinion: The unhealthy relationship we have with social media 

Our future is written in the minds of our children. Unfortunately, it’s looking like that future will be full of would-be YouTubers and influencers. Recently, Google was fined $170 million over YouTube’s inappropriate data collection from children.

Opinion: Ranked choice voting could save American politics  

Opinion: Ranked choice voting could save American politics  

Ranked choice voting (RCV) is possibly my favorite policy position. The concept is simple: A voter is allowed to pick their first choice, second choice, third choice, etc. Out of the list of candidates in an election, if no candidate has a majority of first choice votes, the candidate with the fewest first place votes is eliminated and their votes are transferred to each of their voters second choice. This process is repeated until one candidate has a majority.

Modern day McCarthyism

Modern day McCarthyism

The results of the 2016 election were received with mixed emotions: enthusiasm and hope from Trump voters, fear and anger from the rest. While the reality is long-accepted and many Americans have moved past their disdain, there’s one aspect of the election that many are still hung up on: Trump, Russia and possible collusion. 

Opinion: Politics without labels 

Opinion: Politics without labels 

With the constant battle between the Left and the Right, it seems almost imperative to identify with one side of the political spectrum, to choose a label for your political beliefs and to attach yourself to a political party based off that label. But even within these parties, individuals do not always share the same political views.  

Solar power and the means of production

Solar power and the means of production

Solar energy has the potential to reverse course and place power back in the hands of the people — where it belongs. The executives and the autocrats won’t let you know it, but they’re terrified.  And although the executives and autocrats would surely like to keep the status quo, they’re not scared because solar itself threatens their profits. When the investment make sense for their bottom line, they’ll gladly transition to solar energy.  What they’re really scared of is solar’s potential to bring about energy democracy

Opinion: Fighting fire with… nothing? 

Opinion: Fighting fire with… nothing? 

As most people know, fires are raging on in the Amazon, with little to no end in sight. This is a major environmental crisis and must be addressed immediately. However, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro does not seem to recognize the nature of this pressing problem. 

A war fought, a lesson unheeded 

A war fought, a lesson unheeded 

On Sept. 1, it will have been 80 years since Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. The war would claim roughly 70 million lives and feature some of humanity’s lowest and most shameful episodes. When people look at the contemporary political situation in the United States and choose to label the current administration as similar to 1930s Europe, inevitably most on the political right, and even certain moderates, will call this an exaggeration.

The coral reefs are dying, and we need to save them 

The coral reefs are dying, and we need to save them 

Our actions have consequences, not just for us, but for the rest of the world. This is evident in the destruction caused by climate change. If this summer’s heat waves left you sweating and longing for a beach day, maybe it is time to think about the effect our habits are having on the ocean’s creatures, not to mention the rest of the planet.