On April 25, former Vice President Joe Biden – to the surprise of virtually nobody who tracks American politics in the slightest - formally announced his 2020 presidential bid, becoming the frontrunner in an already – crowded Democratic field.
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.
In a move that is all-too-familiar, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is again campaigning for more student representatives on the Board of Trustees, this time hoping to double the current two students to four. USG wants to further their vision of giving a voice to University of Connecticut undergraduates, but it’s hard not to feel cynical about it.
As virtually everyone on the planet has heard, last week the famous historical landmark, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, partially burned down. The fire, which burned for hours before ultimately being extinguished by Parisian firefighters, destroyed the cathedral’s iconic spire along with some of the relics inside. Luckily, as of Tuesday, April 16, only one firefighter was reported being seriously injured by the flames. All others had only minor injuries. Miraculously, no one was killed.
Currently the Trump Administration is hoping to roll-back an Obama-era regulation aimed at specialty light bulbs (decorative globes used in bathrooms, reflectors in recessed lighting, candle-shaped lights, etc.).
This week, environmentalists in California gathered to taste a new breakfast cereal that contained Kernza, a perennial relative of wheat. These environmentalists hope that such a perennial grain will prevent the uprooting and erosion caused by wheat and other annual grains.