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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

ON BEHALF OF THE DAILY CAMPUS, PLEASE WEAR A MASK

The COVID-19 vaccine and subsequent steps

The COVID-19 death toll is still rising in the U.S. and ICUs across the country are filling up. About 24 million people in the U.S. have contracted COVID-19 and over 400,000 people have died due to the virus.

League of Legends Column; Esports faces coronavirus-related challenges in 2021

2021 has begun, and with it, many of the biggest esports in the world are beginning their 2021 schedules. Dota2’s Dota Pro Series has returned following an absence last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Split for League of Legends is starting in the various regions and CS:GO’s year is beginning with the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

Pre-arrival COVID testing required for on- and off-campus students

For the upcoming spring semester, University of Connecticut Storrs residential and commuter students will have to undergo COVID-19 testing before returning to campus.

On-campus winter break resources

For undergraduate students who will be living on the Storrs campus during winter break, there will be limited on-campus resources available.

UConn class withdrawal deadline extended

The University of Connecticut has extended the deadline for students to withdraw from classes to Dec. 11, according to an email from Provost Carl Lejuez. According to the email, both undergraduate and graduate students must seek the permission of an advisor in order to officially withdraw from a class. Students will need to seek further approval in order to withdraw from more than one course.

News

Pre-arrival COVID testing required for on- and off-campus students

For the upcoming spring semester, University of Connecticut Storrs residential and commuter students will have to undergo COVID-19 testing before returning to campus.

On-campus winter break resources

For undergraduate students who will be living on the Storrs campus during winter break, there will be limited on-campus resources available.

UConn class withdrawal deadline extended

The University of Connecticut has extended the deadline for students to withdraw from classes to Dec. 11, according to an email from Provost Carl Lejuez. According to the email, both undergraduate and graduate students must seek the permission of an advisor in order to officially withdraw from a class. Students will need to seek further approval in order to withdraw from more than one course.

UConn students reevaluate holiday plans in wake of modified quarantine

Many University of Connecticut students said they needed to change their Thanksgiving travel plans when the school announced that a modified quarantine would be implemented for all residential students on Friday, Nov. 13. UConn’s decision, which came in response to a rise in campus COVID-19 cases, has caused a stir among on-campus residents, who say they are now scrambling to go home.

UConn provides COVID-19 exit testing to residential on- and off-campus students

The University of Connecticut clarified the plans for exit testing for on and off-campus Storrs students before the upcoming fall break and winter recess.

Student petition for fall 2020 pass/fail guidelines to be lifted

A new University of Connecticut student petition wants all fall 2020 classes to be eligible for pass/fail.

Research Spotlight: Understanding mass media with David Atkin

David Atkin is a professor of communications at the University of Connecticut. His work focuses on the quickly-growing field of new media. In recent months, his work has focused on the intersection of social media and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board of Trustees approves contract extensions for student and employee COVID-19 testing

The Board of Trustees decided on Wednesday morning to extend the University of Connecticut’s contracts with The Broad Institute, Vault Medical Services and The Jackson Laboratory for spring COVID-19 testing.

‘We don’t have the COVID spread under control’: UConn puts all residence halls in quarantine

With a week left before students leave campus for Thanksgiving break to finish the semester online, the University of Connecticut has placed all residence halls under quarantine.

Get your ‘Egg-cellent’ UConn eggs

UConn Dining Services announced in a Daily Digest on Thursday, Nov. 5 that the Dairy Bar is offering three sizes of eggs from UConn poultry. Eggs can only be purchased via an online pre-order.

Life

Former UConn Women’s Basketball players agree it’s ‘bigger than basketball’

The WNBA is one of the leagues that had to completely alter the way their 2020 season was played in order to abide by COVID-19 guidelines and make sure to keep players, coaches, referees and all other personnel safe. To reflect on this unique season, SUBOG hosted a Q&A session with former UConn Women’s Basketball players and current WNBA Champions Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm.

SPENT: An exercise in empathy towards those in poverty

The University of Connecticut Public Interest Research Group did a poverty simulation last night to raise awareness about the struggles low-income families face and the difficult decisions required of them to survive.

Drawing attention to marginalized communities during the pandemic

The University of Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (UConnPIRG) held an event titled “Poverty in the Pandemic Panel” to discuss the disproportionate effect COVID-19 has had on the lives of marginalized populations.

Big Brain Energy: Living with OCD during the coronavirus pandemic

In the past, I have written extensively about obsessive-compulsive disorder, its many manifestations and the psychological underpinnings of the illness. OCD is often misrepresented in popular culture, simplified to a disorder of cleanliness or orderliness, while neglecting the anxiety and depression that often occurs simultaneously. OCD can also latch onto subjects that have nothing to do with “being neat”— ask anyone who suffers from intrusive thoughts about harming other people or becoming a pedophile (yes, these themes are real).

Roundtable: Favorite Halloween candy

While the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly change the way, we celebrate Halloween this year, our desire for candy every Oct. 31 will never change. With so many classics to choose from, it can be hard to determine which Halloween staple is the best. In preparation for this weekend, the Life Section set out to name our absolute favorites.

Balancing work and family responsibilities during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the dynamic between work and home life, blurring many of the boundaries between the two domains. As many people continue to work remotely and take online classes, the struggle between work and family responsibilities has amplified the need to set boundaries and mobilize your support networks.

The addictive quality of screens and why we’re hooked

Americans, on average, spend anywhere between 15 to 20 years of their life in front of a screen. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this statistic as many individuals now find themselves forced to spend the majority of their day online for work or social purposes.

‘Totally Under Control’ offers frank look at handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

With an upcoming second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to presumably hit this winter, documentary “Totally Under Control” was released on Hulu yesterday and gives a detailed look at what went on during the start of the pandemic through a scientific, political and economic lens.

Creating Art in COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for all departments, the arts have been particularly affected by the outbreak with faculty and students having to abandon their traditional methods of instruction to accommodate the new virtual environment.

World Mental Health Day reminds us ‘It’s ok to not be ok’

This year, the day came at a time when many people’s lives have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the mental health of millions of people has endured negative effects.

Sports

League of Legends Column; Esports faces coronavirus-related challenges in 2021

2021 has begun, and with it, many of the biggest esports in the world are beginning their 2021 schedules. Dota2’s Dota Pro Series has returned following an absence last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Split for League of Legends is starting in the various regions and CS:GO’s year is beginning with the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

Playing college basketball during a pandemic is stupid

There is no safe way to play college basketball right now, plain and simple. The NCAA is sending a message that they value monetizing the student-athletes over their health and well-being, and the colleges and universities following suit are doing the same. Can’t lose out on that advertising revenue, right?

MBB: Updates on COVID-19 shutdown and new recruits

UConn Men's Basketball head coach Dan Hurley held a virtual press conference, where he gave updates about the status of the team's season.

How the Big East will operate during COVID-19

Without a doubt, the biggest topic of conversation during Big East Media Day was the COVID-19 pandemic and how the conference will operate.

Men’s Basketball: First official practice in the books

After weeks of anticipating and building up with team workouts, the long-awaited first official practice of the 2020-21 season for the UConn men’s basketball team took place on Friday.

A season without fans could mean no season for many ECHL teams

The ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack, the Maine Mariners, have released a 62-game schedule for the 2021 season. Most of New England and Eastern Canada still face heavy restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the decision was made to push back the start in the hope that restrictions may be lifted.

UConn cancels 2020 football season

In a statement from the UConn athletic department on Wednesday, the university announced its 2020 football season would be canceled due to COVID-19 safety risks.

The Ivy League has canceled fall sports. What does that mean for college football?

On Wednesday, news broke that the Ivy League will cancel the 2020 fall sports season and will not even consider playing athletic contests until after the new year begins.

Opinion

The COVID-19 vaccine and subsequent steps

The COVID-19 death toll is still rising in the U.S. and ICUs across the country are filling up. About 24 million people in the U.S. have contracted COVID-19 and over 400,000 people have died due to the virus.

Atrocious healthcare costs, big companies, and the COVID-19 vaccine

Unless you live under a rock, you most likely are aware that healthcare is incredibly expensive in America, often to the extent that it becomes impossible for people to afford the care they severely need. This topic is endlessly debated on every political stage with numbers thrown around, but sometimes it just takes one simple, personal experience to show someone just how bad the situation is.

Mo’ Literacy, Mo’ Money: The importance of financial education

My dad took it upon himself to teach me the ins and outs of credit, taxes and budgeting. And it was at that moment that I realized 18 did not transform me into an adult and that I had very little education regarding financial literacy. This research led to an alarming fact: many students are not prepared for the financial obstacles ahead.

Thanksgiving can still be safe

Thanksgiving occurs next week on Nov. 26. It’s usually a time for lots of food and quality time spent with family. And that fundamental idea doesn’t need to change during this pandemic.

Exercise caution before going home, UConn!

It is finally time for Thanksgiving break. Despite the pandemic, the University of Connecticut managed to stay functioning with in-person classes until now. We did it.

Creating the COVID-19 vaccine is only step 1

Earlier this week, companies Pfizer and BioNTech announced that the preliminary results of their COVID-19 vaccine trials suggest the vaccine was about 90% effective. Although these are only preliminary tests and nothing is official yet, these results are groundbreaking. So far, there have been no known negative effects of the vaccine, which is a very good sign.

Half-baked pass/fail policies aren’t good enough

From a distance, the idea of learning online, from the comfort of your bed or couch, seems relatively pleasant and easygoing, but we all know it is actually quite difficult.

You can’t even escape COVID-19 in your dreams

When we were all sent home last March because of COVID-19, there was suddenly not much to do. However, with classes online, extracurriculars cancelled and friends trapped in their own homes, there was one activity that pretty much everyone could still do: sleep. And with that sleep came weird dreams. At first, I thought I was the only person experiencing so many strangely vivid and memorable dreams, but then I started hearing the same from friends and family. Now, preliminary data collected from the start of the pandemic is revealing that COVID-19 has indeed had a global effect on dreaming.

Our Strongest Defense: Why we should continue to wear masks

Since the pandemic's onset, the web has been flooded with videos of arguments between 'mask wearers' and 'non-mask wearers.' Though aggression does not lead to a solution, the anger of some can be justified. Knowing the dangers of COVID-19, it can be frustrating when individuals refuse to wear a mask. Even more so, since not wearing a mask puts more than the individual in harm's way. As COVID-19 cases rise again and we approach 'flu season,' it is important to remember why we need masks and how much they genuinely help.

College during a global pandemic

Our college lives are only a small percentage of what they used to be. With the advent of a global pandemic, people were asked to stay inside in hopes of decreasing the spread of the virus and limiting the number of people admitted to the hospital. With the growing number of positive results came a growing number of people suffering with anxiety.