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Monday, June 14, 2021

UConn Class of 2021: Four years in review

Students who graduated from UConn in 2020 had to adjust to about two months of online learning. For the graduating class of 2021, most classes remained online for another year. According to several graduating students in the class of 2021, the pandemic caused an incomplete college experience and missed opportunities; whether it was seeing friends, going to clubs/classes or just the overall sense of community. Nonetheless, this year’s graduating class of 2021 enjoyed reminiscing about their past years at UConn.

COVID-19 COVERAGE

What’s it like to start and run a club during a pandemic

Theoretically, clubs are a great way to explore passions outside your major, meet new people and go to a space surrounded by those who share the same interests. However, nowadays club meetings often take place online.

Alumni Relations hosts panel focused on COVID-19’s impact on mothers

The pandemic has presented a variety of different challenges, many of which are exhausting to cope with.

‘How COVID-19 Will Change the World’ educates about COVID-19

UKindness hosted a discussion titled “How COVID-19 Will Change the World” moderated by Alexis Roach over Webex on Wednesday, March 31. The main speaker of the night was Mike Osterholm, an epidemiologist from the University of Minnesota and a member of President Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board.

Women in Science: Solving the quarantine brain

Yesterday afternoon, the Women in Science organization hosted the event “COVID-19 & the Female Academic: Solving Quarantine Brain,” exploring the transition from virtual events to in-person interaction.

‘Covid Diaries NYC’ explores the horrors of the pandemic

It has been nearly a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we know it forever. In the new HBO documentary “Covid Diaries NYC” a few teenagers film themselves experiencing life in New York City during the worst pandemic in a century.

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Rubyfruit A Cappella: A sisterhood over 20 years in the making

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for clubs and student organizations at the University of Connecticut as they transition all operations onto virtual platforms. Rubyfruit is one of 10 organizations that make up the A Cappella Association at UConn and the virtual arena poses many additional problems for these types of student organizations since it is hard to sing collectively over Zoom due to lag time and other technical issues.

There’s nothing to mock about Mock Trial

The Mock Trial Society is one of hundreds of amazing clubs at the University of Connecticut. However, there is something to be said about a society that has real life judges, lawyers and law professors who score a group of students’ ability to try a case, that makes Mock Trial Society stand apart.

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CT Attorney General discusses environmental policy and climate change

On Wednesday afternoon, UConn Reads and the Center for Energy and Environmental Law hosted a webcast discussion with Connecticut Attorney General William Tong about environmental law under the Biden administration and the importance of states being involved in the national climate dialogue.

Please stop accidentally fundraising for torture

Last week, Mark Rober posted a video on YouTube. Rober, who has just over 18 million subscribers and is best known for his videos where he glitter bombed people who stole packages off porches, posted a 10-minute video, titled “The Truth About My Son,” about his autistic son.

Can we actually live the Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle?

HBO has given us some great shows including Chernobyl, The Sopranos, Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones and, of course, the newly renewed romantic comedy, Sex and the City. The show aired from 1998 to 2004 with 6 seasons, 94 episodes, and a 7.1/10 rating on IMDb. With a cast starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie, Kim Cattrall as Samantha, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda and Kristin Davis as Charlotte, these four friends explore Manhattan’s dating scene as single New Yorkers. Carrie Bradshaw is the main character, writing a sex column called Sex and the City. She is single, fabulous and open to finding love. But on only a columnist’s salary, Carrie manages to afford her own New York City apartment, buy countless Cosmopolitans, have frequent brunches and purchase the newest Manolo Blahnik’s to add to her fashion-forward closet. So the question is … would Carrie Bradshaw actually be able to afford the glamorous lifestyle she lives on TV?

Decolonizing the dark academia aesthetic

Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed a growth in popularity of the “dark academia aesthetic” in fashion and decor across social media. If you haven’t yet seen the many dark academia Pinterest boards, YouTube and TikTik lookbooks or Spotify playlists, the dark academia aesthetic is inspired by classic literature and ancient Greek and Roman figures, revering images of reading and learning. To be clear, I have no problem with someone wearing blazers or plaid pants and decorating their rooms with Roman-style head busts. I do, however, find issue with the non-critical consumption and reproduction of the dark academia aesthetic.

UConn is complicit in Israel’s crimes

In recent weeks, as the world looks on, Israel has violently evicted Palestinian residents in Jerusalem, arrested political dissidents and mercilessly bombed the “open air prison” that is Gaza.

Cultural Centers

Honoring lives lost to transphobic violence with Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Rainbow Center held a somber ceremony in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, via Zoom, to recognize victims of transphobic violence and work toward a future free from tragedies brought on by hate.

Black Lives Matter and Asian solidarity

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute partnered with the Nazrul Fund for Decolonial Art in a virtual discussion with scholars titled, “Black Lives Matter and Asian Pacific Decolonization” from 12 to 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Indigenous Peoples’ Week: A discussion on embracing Indigenous identity

During the past week, the University of Connecticut’s Native American Cultural Programs (NACP) held an event each weekday to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Week. Their last event took place on Friday, where Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) members shared their experiences being Indigenous at UConn. The end of Indigenous Peoples’ Week is by no means a presumption to discontinue the recognition of those who identify within Native or Indigenous populations. As part of the movement to educate others on the importance of this idea and to promote the continuation of these conversations, Friday’s discussion made a lasting impression on what it truly means to be Indigenous.

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