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Friday, September 18, 2020

This Week In History: Sept. 14-18

This week in history we’ll take a look at some of the pivotal events in American history, that for better or worse, have had a long standing effect on our nation’s society and culture.

Helpful test taking strategies to ace your next exam

The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) will be hosting virtual workshops through this fall semester.

Pop Cultured: A message to the future in a Spanish film

This week we explore a new Netflix thriller.

African American Cultural Center: Continued excellence despite troubling times

The African American Cultural Center (AACC) at UConn is closed this fall semester, but the organization is still keep busy during these troubling times.

Hollieats: An ode to Trader Joe’s

I’ve been a fan of Trader Joe’s since I was younger, and slowly but surely, I’ve grown perhaps a bit obsessed with the quaint grocery chain in the past few years. I apologize in advance if this turns into a mushy love letter of sorts – you’ve been warned.

Life, eggs and Antoni

The Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) did something amazing Wednesday: They brought in Antoni Porowski to teach UConn students how to cook. Avid “Queer Eye” fans from across campus, and as far away as Moscow, Russia, tuned in to a livestream of Antoni talking to moderator Christine Jorquera — a fifth-semester psychology and human rights major and member of SUBOG Major Weekends — about life, eggs and our favorite show.

Nutmeg Publishing: A tight-knit organization dedicated to creating portraits of student life

Now is a proper time to advocate for connection within the UConn community. Through their efforts to produce works that celebrate student life, Nutmeg Publishing is striving to do just that.

The Power of Time & Prioritizing: A virtual time management workshop for students

The University of Connecticut has started a brand-new initiative designed to teach students leadership and organizational skills. Let’s Talk Leadership is a new series of virtual workshops, each designed to give UConn students an introduction to a different skill set. Their latest event, The Power of Time & Prioritizing, took place last night.

Practicing mindfulness can help improve your quality of life

The University of Connecticut Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) center is prioritizing the mental and physical health of students by offering additional events that can help to cope with the stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic. One of these events is an Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop that supports stress reduction and overall well-being.

Thirsty Thursdays: Nick Miller’s beverage of choice

So, this week we decided to make old fashions, based only on our mutual love for Nick Miller from “New Girl.” We wanted to be that handsome bartender/writer, getting drunk as he works on his next segment of the “Pepperwood Chronicles.” But apparently, we are not Nick Miller. We’re not even Reagan.

COVID-19 COVERAGE

Students get involved at this year’s virtual Involvement Fair

Students at the University of Connecticut joined in virtually this year to partake in the semi-annual Involvement Fair this week.

Greek Life And COVID-19: How have chapters adapted?

The past six months have been a rollercoaster to say the least. Times are changing, and now more than ever it’s important for students to create a support network. Over 2,700 students have found their home at the University of Connecticut through Greek Life. While things look very different for the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development, each chapter has adapted to ensure that all members feel safe and informed.

The uKindness Initiative: Building connection within a time of disconnection

Most people are aware that going to college during a pandemic is an incredibly stressful time for a multitude of reasons. The constant fear of being infected, online classes that make it difficult to retain information and the removal of in-person social settings probably make up the top three of that list.

Driving during a pandemic

Since I hate being a homebody, I figured driving would keep my mind off of the pandemic. Little did I know that I was in for a ride.

Traveling in the time of COVID-19: the Connecticut shoreline

The pandemic has made international travel impossible, so many people have been forced to come up wit alternatives a little closer to home.

Campus Events

Stay up-to-date with what's happening on campus

The Ballard hosts discussion on Henson Festivals

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at UConn hosted a Facebook Live conversation with Leslee Asch, former puppeteer for The Henson Company.

Life, eggs and Antoni

The Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) did something amazing Wednesday: They brought in Antoni Porowski to teach UConn students how to cook. Avid “Queer Eye” fans from across campus, and as far away as Moscow, Russia, tuned in to a livestream of Antoni talking to moderator Christine Jorquera — a fifth-semester psychology and human rights major and member of SUBOG Major Weekends — about life, eggs and our favorite show.

The Power of Time & Prioritizing: A virtual time management workshop for students

The University of Connecticut has started a brand-new initiative designed to teach students leadership and organizational skills. Let’s Talk Leadership is a new series of virtual workshops, each designed to give UConn students an introduction to a different skill set. Their latest event, The Power of Time & Prioritizing, took place last night.

Movies & Television

Read our reviews of what has been premiering lately

Pop Cultured: A message to the future in a Spanish film

This week we explore a new Netflix thriller.

Lucifer Season 5 was worth the wait

More than a year after Season 4 arrived on Netflix, Season 5 of Lucifer was released on Aug. 23. The devilish crime show we all know and love was originally canceled by Fox after three seasons due to low viewings in 2018. Thankfully, Netflix picked it up and has since released 18 hour-long episodes that do not disappoint, especially the last eight episodes for Season 5.

“The Boys” Season 2 Review

Amazon Prime released the highly anticipated second season of their smash hit original series “The Boys” on Friday, Sept. 4. The first three episodes of Season 2 were released on Prime Video. If you were a fan of Season 1, these first few episodes will not disappoint. Season 2 returns with all the great character moments, violent action sequences and genuine laughs that made the first season work so well. 

Music

Coverage and reviews of your favorite albums, musicians, concerts and more

Pop Cultured

Although this summer was different for many, music around the world hasn’t stopped. In this week’s column, we will explore some summer bops.

‘Hit Different’ is the return of SZA

Hearing a new SZA song in 2020 was the last thing I expected to hear. Since her debut album “CTRL” was released in 2017, SZA has only been periodically releasing new songs for soundtracks such as “Black Panther” and “Trolls World Tour.” She has also been nominated for nine Grammy awards since the release of “CTRL.” On her newest single,“Hit Different (feat. Ty Dolla Sign),” SZA goes over a relationship that is falling apart but is still alive because of the love she has for her man. After listening to this song, I was surprised by how good it was.

Jaden does sunny 1970s pop his way on ‘CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3’

Who knew heartbreak could sound so … happy? This is certainly the case for Jaden Smith’s newest album, “CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3.”

Features

Anonymous accounts bring attention to racism and sexual assault at UConn

Over the past couple months, University of Connecticut students have been anonymously sharing their experiences of racism and sexual assault through newly-created...

Meet Dorren Pierre: Massachusetts’ most promising upcoming artist

Dorren Pierre, an artist from Massachusetts who’s making a unique mark in the industry, is anticipating the impact of his new album “Therapy” dropping on May 15, which he calls a birthday present to himself and to his fans.

Weekly Columns

Hollieats

Hollie Lao

Thirsty Thursdays

The Daily Campus Life Section

Must Read

Big Brain Energy: Mastering cliteracy, and other lessons in female masturbation

Welcome. To all the pearl clutchers and righteous folk reading the headline of this column and gasping, I am not sorry. “But that’s inappropriate!” “You shouldn’t be talking about that!” “How disrespectful of her!” Ladies specifically, listen up.

‘The Social Dilemma’: 2020’s most frightening horror movie

“The Social Dilemma,” which warns viewers about social media and technology’s dangerous impact on humanity. This film is one nightmare you will not be able to wake up from.

USG holds two town halls to address racism within their organization

Last week, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) of UConn Storrs hosted two town halls in response to the backlash from the “Different Perspectives” survey promoted on their Instagram account, as well as to address the testimonial submitted to the Instagram account “Black at UConn” about the organization’s unwelcoming environment toward BIPOC members.

Anonymous accounts bring attention to racism and sexual assault at UConn

Over the past couple months, University of Connecticut students have been anonymously sharing their experiences of racism...

Daddy’s Home: Comforting classics are worth the wait

Among the many other unexpected and bizarre events that have occurred this year, the opening of the elusive Daddy’s Noodle Bar in Storrs Center was a pleasant surprise for the UConn community to wake up to last Friday.

Cultural Centers

The African American Cultural Center’s (AACC) virtual town hall creates honest and open dialogue on racism both on our campus and in our country

On Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m., the AACC presented the virtual town hall meeting “Racism and the COVID-19 Pandemic in the African American Community.”

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