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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The curse of consumerism

The general theory of consumerism is that the more we consume, the better off we are economically. This is true, to a certain extent. An increased production of goods equals more jobs and more money to spend, which creates a demand for more goods. Having the financial resources to afford bigger houses, faster cars, trendier clothes and newer technology has long been part of the American dream, but it comes with a cost (pun intended).

Editorials

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.

In 2021, America MUST support higher education

The COVID-19 pandemic has been financially disastrous for universities across the country, and the Donald Trump administration’s antagonism toward many universities have made many university officials and faculty nervous about the place of higher education in our society. Given all this, it is critical that president-elect Joe Biden and the incoming administration uphold and support higher education.

With incoming cuts, transparency and democratic control must be emphasized

As we discussed in another editorial this week, President Thomas Katsouleas’s Connecticut Commitment program — which promised to help all Connecticut students with family incomes under $50,000 to attend UConn for free — was recently put on hold.

Election 2020

Celebrations in a Pandemic

On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 7, four days after the 2020 election, most major media outlets named Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Following an incredibly stressful four days as Biden slowly made progress in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin as mail-in ballots were counted, the election was finally over.

Carson’s Commentary: AOC raises eyebrows with a proposal to ‘archive’ pro-Trump tweets

n case you missed it in the midst of last week’s election chaos, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.-14) found herself facing widespread condemnation for her actions on Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Democrat commonly known as “AOC”, tweeted the following on Friday, Nov. 6.

You should become politically involved

On Saturday after days of suspenseful ballot counting, spectators awarded Joe Biden victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Stop trying to unify our country.

As I am writing this, it is Thursday, and we do not yet have a president. Joe Biden is still leading Donald Trump, as he has been for most of this election. But delays in counting mail-in votes in five states has severely slowed the election process and left the country frozen, waiting for the moment of defeat or vindication that will come when one candidate or another is declared victor in what has probably been the most vicious political cycle in history.

Reality Check: The United States is not a democracy

Tuesday was the United States’ 59th presidential Election Day. We witnessed masses of citizens and politically motivated, armed security guards intimidating voters outside of polling locations. Claims of widespread voter suppression have been leveraged at the acting president. Voting locations became ideological and physical battlegrounds where different kinds of voters came into conflict with one another and even the police. The president and the supreme court are embroiled in a conflict over whether or not all ballots cast by mail should be accounted for in the election.

Stay Strong, UConn: We won’t know the election results tonight.

Election day. It's finally here. Amid increasing partisan tensions, during a pandemic, after four years of a contentious presidency, today is election day.

Voting – An American right

Nov. 3, 2020 is finally here, and as soon as the polls close in America, there will be another president in office for the next four years. The 2020 presidential election is one of the most controversial, and it makes some people question if it is even worth voting.

Columns

The Good Fight

The Good Fight is a weekly column by opinion editor Harry Zehner. READ THE COLUMN HERE.

From Below

From Below is a weekly column by associate opinion editor Harrison Raskin. READ THE COLUMN HERE.

Speak Now

Speak Now is a weekly column by weekly columnist Anika Veeraraghav. READ THE COLUMN HERE.

Perceptions

Perceptions is a weekly column by weekly columnist Sharon Spaulding. READ THE COLUMN HERE.

Racial Justice

Culture Shock: To Thomas Katsouleas,

When you first arrived at the University of Connecticut, I always said you were dealt a bad deck of cards. You walked into a series of events that were unprecedented. I told others I felt bad for you and that hopefully, this would all blow over soon.

Carson’s Commentary: Previewing the first Trump-Biden debate

In the last two weeks, President Donald Trump has received both a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and a sudden opportunity to lock up a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Such events would ordinarily have the incumbent flying high, but Trump cannot overlook Democratic challenger Joe Biden when they face off on the debate stage Tuesday night in Cleveland.

The Daily Campus stands with BLM at UConn

Sunday morning it was widely spread over social media that someone had vandalized the Black Lives Matter mural on the University of Connecticut’s often painted spirit rock. The vandals painted over the word “Black” and in the same white paint wrote the word “all” above the remaining phrase.

A statement from the Undergraduate Student Government

The Undergraduate Student Government stands with the Black Community, and the Black Students who were targeted yesterday.

Black Lives Matter and hollow American pragmatism

Today the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement continues a nearly six-month-long vicious struggle against a country interwoven with white-supremacy and bent against change.

The Urgent Need for Education Reform

As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps across the nation, it draws attention to the systemic racism that Black people uniquely face. Unfortunately, this systemic oppression starts early, with the public education system. Inequity in the public education system is perpetuated by inadequate federal initiatives that blanket the nation with requirements that do not address local issues. While the goal of educational reformation movements like No Child Left Behind and the Common Core has been to close the achievement gap between white and marginalized children, they have actually increased it.

Speak Now: The devastating consequences of White privilege

All around the country, people have been protesting against systemic racism. Systemic racism and White privilege must be acknowledged, and society must be radically changed so that everyone, regardless of skin color, is treated equally.

COVID-19

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.

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Fund the CT Commitment! Stop layoffs! No austerity at UConn!

Across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated university budgets. Starved of housing and dining fees, administrators are turning to austerity cuts to fix their gaping deficits.

Letter to the Editor: Why UConn students should vote this November

As part of the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Election Assistance Task Force, political scientists all over the country are writing publicly about the core elements of smooth elections and healthy democracy. This is important because people need clear information about how they can vote freely and fairly. It can also be confusing especially because each state has slightly different voting procedures and deadlines.

Letter to the Editor: Achievements of the Interfraternity Council

The UConn Interfraternity Council consists of 13 amazing fraternities who all strive for achievement in different areas of life. We are proud to announce that in the past year, we have achieved remarkable success in all areas of involvement. Below are the following accomplishments.

Letter to the Editor: We must promote renewable energy

Wildfires ravage the western coast of the United States, while devastating storms wrack the east.

Op-Eds

Don’t expect Kamala Harris to keep her promises

Maybe you’ve seen them on TikTok or maybe you’ve seen them on Instagram, but the Kamala Harris aesthetic edits need to stop. Let’s not forget that Democrats settled for the Biden-Harris administration for a reason: because anything was better than Donald Trump. Kamala Harris has had an extensive record of being inconsistent and just because she’s the first woman Vice President-elect does not mean that Americans should be turning a blind eye to her questionable past.

Op-Ed: A statement about pass/fail in the context of concerns about university senate

I come to you today first and foremost as a concerned student, and second as the Academic Affairs Advocacy Director for the Undergraduate Student Government. From the end of September to the present, my committee has pushed for more lenient Pass/Fail requirements for students. That journey involved two different phases.

Op-Ed: Data performativity and UConn’s COVID-19 dashboard

We write here because we, like so many others, have been ignored at best and dismissed at worst. We assume that UConn’s priority has never been to full transparency of the public health data it was collecting. Rather, their COVID-19 dashboard has been a performance of transparency, one aimed at preserving image and reducing skepticism regarding the safety of reopening. We urge UConn to seriously engage with the concerns in our community and to allow the dashboard to serve as an accurate, informative place for communication about campus health and safety.

Op-Ed: Dear UConn community

Most op-eds from members of the Student Government or other major groups on campus begin with the words “I am not writing on behalf of my organization.” Today, that is not true. Instead, I write to you as the President of the Student Body of the University of Connecticut.

CULTURE SHOCK

Culture Shock

Culture Shock is a column for underrepresented and marginalized UConn students to anonymously discuss their stories and experiences as members of those groups at UConn.

Culture Shock: To Thomas Katsouleas,

When you first arrived at the University of Connecticut, I always said you were dealt a bad deck of cards. You walked into a series of events that were unprecedented. I told others I felt bad for you and that hopefully, this would all blow over soon.

The Jewish Experience

My heart is torn as I write this. As a Jewish person I’m struggling between having white privilege and also belonging to a group of marginalized and oppressed people.

Culture Shock: ‘Happy Easter!’

I’ve been wishing all my friends a happy Easter through text. I don’t celebrate, but I’ll take any excuse to wish happiness on anyone for any reason right now. Well, almost everyone.

Culture Shock: It couldn’t possibly get worse…

It was Tuesday before spring break. I was in line for Dunkin like the dozens of other UConn students every morning, supposedly just another normal day. "It's not racist if it's true. It's a Chinese virus. It’s their fault for eating bats. Why don't we seal off all the Chinatowns? That would stop the spread."

Culture Shock: Anxiety 1

Sometimes I refer to myself as just a ball of anxiety, because honestly sometimes I feel like no matter what is going on that is just what my entire being is, just a ton of nervous energy. Even when I’m happy that does not mean the anxiety goes away, it just makes it seem more exciting rather than completely overwhelming.

Culture Shock: Untitled

Whore. That’s what he called me. He didn’t speak the word Out loud But he didn’t have to

Culture Shock: Empower yourself through self-definition

I grew up in a mainly white school fifteen minutes from the Connecticut shoreline, in sleepy towns whose grocery stores only recently started selling “ethnic food” (meaning only plantains). I was mainly defined by the people around me, and the labels I used were their best guess at identifying me-not my own way of identifying myself. However, I just don’t fit those labels.

I Promise I’m Grateful, But —

I Promise I’m Grateful, But —