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Monday, January 25, 2021

The world turned upside down for Hamilton Trivia Night

On Friday night, the Student Activities Club hosted a Hamilton Trivia Night event.

Casual Cadenza: Music resolutions

Almost two months have passed since my last column, and it seems 2021 has already appointed its representative track.

‘One Night in Miami’ is history worth remembering

A good biopic captures a moment in time and teaches viewers history. A great biopic feels like you are living in a moment that creates history.

UConn students help administer COVID-19 vaccines

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines making its way across the country, students from the University of Connecticut’s School of Pharmacy are volunteering their time in helping to administer vaccines to those in need.

This Week In History: Jan. 25-29

Despite the fact that we are only entering the fourth week of the new year, 2021 has already proven to be a historic and memorable year. In the past three weeks, the world has watched the United States face an insurrection, an impeachment and an inauguration.

2021 MLK Jr. Living Legacy Convocation champions conversation and action to build an anti-racist UConn

On the third Monday of every January, the United States pauses to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist, minister and hero whose work and leadership has had a lasting impact on American history.

Pop Cultured: Around the world games

The history of gaming began 7000 years ago, according to Kaloumba, a website dedicated to those who share a passion for playing games. So, whether you are curious or have some spare time on your hands, try your hand at these fun activities (which can be played virtually) from different cultures.

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.

Hollieats: Storrs’ staples

From scouring through syllabi to figuring out how to navigate yet another course load of virtual classes, the beginning of the semester can prove to be more overwhelming than you might think. In these first few days, some professors may run through the class expectations and required materials while others launch right into lecture. Whether you’re on campus and seeking a reprieve from dining hall food or cooking, or you’re at home and reminiscing about your favorite husky haunts, here are some of my recommended local eateries with my particular order if you’re looking to try something different.

Thirsty Thursdays: Become a Ramos Gin Fizz wizz

I don’t know about you guys, but the first week of every semester is one of the most stressful for me. I have never had a professor who just goes over the syllabus and assigns no homework during syllabus week. In fact, they all seem to hit the ground running. So, if your professors are anything like mine, I’m sure your life has gotten instantly more complicated this week than it was over break. Now, we could uncomplicate your life a little with some alcohol. Or, alternatively, let’s overcomplicate it with a drink that matches your week: the Ramos Gin Fizz.

COVID-19 COVERAGE

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.

Campus Events

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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.

2021 MLK Jr. Living Legacy Convocation champions conversation and action to build an anti-racist UConn

On the third Monday of every January, the United States pauses to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist, minister and hero whose work and leadership has had a lasting impact on American history.

Undergraduate Research: How and why to get involved

On Tuesday evening the Office of Undergraduate Research conducted a workshop discussing everything one must know about undergraduate research: How to get involved, where to start and why networking is so important. Assistant Director Melissa Berkey was joined by eighth-semester mechanical engineering major Oreoluwa Olowe and eighth-semester cognitive science major Pavitra Makarla.

Movies & Television

Read our reviews of what has been premiering lately

Netflix promises viewers a new movie for every week of 2021

2020 has finally come to a close and 2021 is already underway, leading many to wonder what is in store for the long-awaited new year. While the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31 did not bring about the immediate end of the pandemic and return to normalcy as many had hoped, it did begin what can only be described as Netflix’s most ambitious year to date with the promise of 70 new movies to premiere throughout 2021.

Netflix’s new action-thriller ‘Outside the Wire’ is uninspired

Set against the backdrop of futuristic, robotic warfare, Netflix’s new film “Outside the Wire” attempts to explore these topics, but ultimately fails to deliver anything fresh or thought provoking.

‘Run Hide Fight’ proves The Daily Wire can do movies

This Jan. 14 marked the premier of The Daily Wire’s first film. The inaugural movie, “Run Hide Fight,” depicts a high school senior, Zoe (Isabel May), who saves her peers and teachers from a school shooter.

Music

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

Top 5 albums of 2020

With how disastrous 2020 has been, it is refreshing to look back and think about something that is not COVID-19. This has been a solid year for music and picking only five albums was an arduous task. With that in mind, here are some of the best records from 2020.

‘Plastic Hearts’ sees Miley Cyrus rock out

Miley Cyrus is one of the most polarizing names in music. Some people love her free-spirited approach to music that started in 2013, while others long for the return of the “Party In The U.S.A” era Cyrus.

Megan Thee Stallion delivers ‘Good News’

One of the most exciting rappers to emerge in the past year is Megan Thee Stallion, a rapper from Texas whose raunchy lyrics and fast flow have garnered her two No. 1 hit songs in 2020. Those songs are “Savage Remix” featuring Beyonce and “WAP” with Cardi B.

Features

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.

UCTV: The power of videography

Staying connected, especially over a distance, is something we have all had to practice this year. Simultaneously, tapping into gifts left undiscovered is something we all strive to do throughout our lives, even without the help of a pandemic. There is one group in particular that has mastered both communicating over a distance and pursuing the art given to them: UConn Student Television (UCTV). I had the pleasure of interviewing the group to discuss who they are, how long they have shared their videography talents with UConn and what they plan to do in the future.

Weekly Columns

Hollieats

Hollie Lao

This Week in History

Gino Giansanti

Big Brain Energy

Taylor Harton

A Zero Waste Project

Alex Houdeshell

Pop Cultured

Amy Chen

The Backlog

Brandon Barzola

Get Toasted

Olivia Hickey

Thirsty Thursdays

The Daily Campus Life Section

Must Read

UConn police officer and his wife charged with stalking and harassment

University of Connecticut police officer Peter Zavickas, 54, and his wife Tammi Zavickas, 55, have been charged with stalking and harassing two UConn employees.

UConn mourns loss of 2020 graduate Chris Rogers (Orkan Olgac)

Loved ones are mourning the loss of Orkan Olgac, also known as Chris Rogers, a 2020 graduate of the University of Connecticut who passed away on Jan. 13 at the age of 21. Olgac graduated from the UConn Honors Program in December with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management and a minor in analytics.

‘Run Hide Fight’ proves The Daily Wire can do movies

This Jan. 14 marked the premier of The Daily Wire’s first film. The inaugural movie, “Run Hide Fight,” depicts a high school senior, Zoe (Isabel May), who saves her peers and teachers from a school shooter.

Mike’d Up: No one wants to see your penis, keep it to yourself

New York Mets General Manager Jared Porter admits to sending unsolicited texts to female colleagues.

This Week In History: Jan. 25-29

Despite the fact that we are only entering the fourth week of the new year, 2021 has already proven to be a historic and memorable year. In the past three weeks, the world has watched the United States face an insurrection, an impeachment and an inauguration.

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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