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Friday, September 18, 2020

Editorials

Is UConn’s COVID-19 testing really working?

The main problem with UConn’s COVID-19 policy at the moment, aside from many lives being risked, is a lack of transparency and communication. We don’t truly understand the extent of COVID-19 on campus and we don’t truly know how long the semester will continue in-person or if we are safe.

UConn: What’s the COVID-19 plan B?

As of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 62 students on UConn Storrs campus are sick with COVID-19. These numbers alone should be cause for mild alarm. What should worry the UConn community more is UConn’s lack of a plan B if cases start rising quickly and residential students need to be sent home.

Editorial: Why you should be wearing a mask

With the start of the new semester, there are certain new rules that all students must follow that were not necessary previously to the COVID-19 pandemic. By now, everyone likely knows that it is essential to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocols.

Election 2020

Carson’s Commentary: Boat parades, botched Kenosha, and Biden takes it to Twitter

The unofficial end of summer may have passed, but nothing is cooling down in the 2020 election race. September seems poised to continue the harsh rhetoric of months past, as both COVID-19 and civil unrest are still polarizing the electorate. So what are the implications of the past week on both Donald Trump and Joe Biden?

The Democratic Convention, and the problematic narrative of overcoming disabilities

Can a disabled person be president? The general public doesn’t seem to think so. At the Democratic convention a few weeks ago, a teenager named Braydon Harrison gave a moving speech about Joe Biden. Harrison, who has a stutter, was talking about how meeting Biden had inspired him. In the past, Biden has discussed how he had a stutter as a child, talking about it in-depth in an interesting interview by The Atlantic this year. The interview also that looked at the fact that there are times Biden still does stutter.

Think beyond the presidential election

The racial and class-based antagonisms in this country are being entrenched by COVID-19 as the inhumanity of all our most basic institutions is laid bare. In such an important time, we must think beyond the approaching presidential election.

The National Nominating Conventions: facts or fiction?

Night 4 of the Republican National Convention concluded on Aug. 27 with President Donald Trump accepting the Republican nomination for re-election. Over the course of those four days, during which numerous speakers voiced their public support for Trump, a handful of misleading claims were made against former Vice President Joe Biden. During his acceptance speech, Trump claimed that, “The Biden plan would eliminate America's borders in the middle of a global pandemic. And he is even talking about taking the wall down.” This isn’t true.

Carson’s Commentary: August heats up the electoral landscape

Let’s get down to business — the most hyped election of our lifetime occurs exactly two months from today. And the battle between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden looks quite different than it did just a month ago.

Dear Liberals, Have You Lost Your Damn Minds?

The number one priority for liberals in the United States of America ought to be winning this election, but loss seems inevitable at this point. Liberals have made the Democratic Party far too unattractive to the average voter.

Working Americans need a new political party

In the current 2020 Democratic presidential primary, the party is once again demonstrating that it cannot tolerate leadership or policies which represent or advocate for American workers.

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.

Carson's Commentary

Carson's Commentary is a weekly column by weekly columnist Carson Swick. 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 political column by weekly columnist Sharon Spaulding. READ THE COLUMN HERE.

Racial Justice

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.

Let this moment radicalize you

From Minneapolis to Louisville to Kenosha, America has been in open revolt for three months. Led by Black organizers and driven by hundreds of years of state-sanctioned violence, the pain and suffering of Black Americans has once again been etched into the urban fabric.

Defund UConn Police; Invest in the community

The 1960s were a tumultuous time on college campuses across the United States. Students staged marches, sit-ins and occupations in the midst of the anti-war, black liberation, feminist and environmental movements. In response, colleges across the country lobbied legislatures to create their own police forces, which would explicitly be used as weapons of social control — not public safety, as they now claim.

Consider Your Whiteness AND Your Wealth if You Support BLM

George Floyd’s murder has ignited such outrage across the country, and the world, that it is imperative we remember this is a weekly occurrence for Black America. And while Floyd’s murder was simply the latest in a long line of gross injustices, the fact is that one, terrible, viral video can often spark a movement.

Not reform. Abolition.

On June first, thousands of residents of Worcester Massachusetts poured into the common before the town hall. Perhaps the largest of the demonstrations the city has seen thus far, this body would march to the courthouse and back, spending a few hours chanting and listening to speeches attempting to make sense of the murder of George Floyd and innumerable other black men, women and nonbinary people by police over decades.

COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccine will not be a magical cure

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world with devastating tragedies, a great deal of uncertainty with job losses, social isolation and many other unprecedented circumstances. Since the start of the virus six months ago, discussions have been raised about creating a vaccine in hopes that people will be cured and go back to their daily lives. However, I would like to point out to those who believe the vaccine is the answer to curing the virus problem and therefore aren’t taking safety precautions seriously that it is time to wake up.

New Treatments for COVID-19 Found in Steroids

When SARS-CoV-2 marched onto the international stage earlier this year, scientists around the world banded together to search tirelessly for a vaccine or treatment that could save lives being taken at alarming rates. The search for a vaccine has been very encouraging as of late and there is also good news regarding treatment for patients who have already been infected with COVID-19. In particular, three new studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of steroids for improving patient outcomes.

Carson’s Commentary: Does Trump deserve the Nobel Prize for Middle East peace deals?

You’ve read the title by now; the question I have raised speaks for itself. And as is the case in most affairs centered around Donald Trump, such a simple question has quite a complex answer. Please allow me to take a break from covering the U.S. election this week and dive into it.

Lockdown: Oaks edition

2020 is a scary time. Every single month has been something different, and yet the novel coronavirus has impacted so many people worldwide.

So…Trump bullshitted us

“I wanted to, I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down,” President Trump said about the COVID-19 pandemic in newly released recordings from mid-March, claiming that he didn’t want to “create a panic.” However, instead of creating a “panic,” Mr. Trump decided to send out tweets and hold rallies during the COVID-19 outbreak, calling it the Democrats’ “new hoax.” The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. is currently at 198,474. Thousands of people who severely suffered as a result of the on-going pandemic could have been saved if Trump had taken better measures

Letters to the Editor

Defund UConn Police; Invest in the community

The 1960s were a tumultuous time on college campuses across the United States. Students staged marches, sit-ins and occupations in the midst of the anti-war, black liberation, feminist and environmental movements. In response, colleges across the country lobbied legislatures to create their own police forces, which would explicitly be used as weapons of social control — not public safety, as they now claim.

What have you done?

Assistant Professor Tanner, I don’t know you. You certainly do not know me. I read your article on Dan Hurley’s statement of George Floyd’s death and your thoughts on the matter.

I do know Dan Hurley

I do know Dan Hurley. He is a man who loves his family and the young men he coaches, his second family.

Open Letter to UConn men’s basketball Coach Dan Hurley

Coach Hurley, I don’t know you. You certainly do not know me, even though we are technically colleagues. (We are both employed in positions of instruction and mentorship at the University of Connecticut).

Op-Eds

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.

Op-Ed: A Call for Change

I understand I do not simply speak for myself when I say that we as a people have experienced the awakening of all awakenings. As a collective we have grown numb. Translation: lack of sensation or feeling. A condition brought by trauma, automatically manifested in defense as the body’s coping mechanism. This time was different.

Op-Ed: A call for the mobilization of the UConn community

The violent, generational looting of black America, inflicted through the institution of chattel slavery, the brutal segregation of Jim Crow and the mass incarceration of poor black communities has boiled over amidst a pandemic that is disproportionately taking black lives.

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.

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 —