This Friday, people across the globe will be stepping out of their commitments to protest the lack of action by their governments to combat climate change in a movement aptly titled Fridays for Future. As the event was started by 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, it seems only fitting that a group of University of Connecticut students would kick start their own chapter of the movement.
Before the first football game of the year, the University of Connecticut Athletic Department released their new rules for tailgates. Among other things, the new rules banned hard liquor and standing on trucks. In a Daily Campus article published last week, students were visibly befuddled by the new rules. The general talk around campus has been similar. Students are confused about their origin.
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!
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.
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.
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.