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Amazon HQ2: A case study about the relationship between business and social justice 

Amazon HQ2: A case study about the relationship between business and social justice 

For many activists today, it may seem like the forces of business are in direct opposition to the efforts of social justice movements. The most recent and visible example of this phenomenon was the battle between activists in New York City and Amazon over the construction of its second headquarters in Long Island City.

Storrs Center is dying — and LAZ Parking is killing it, store owners say

Storrs Center is dying — and LAZ Parking is killing it, store owners say

“The elderly don’t want to go to the garage, so I’ve pretty much lost that demographic.”

Amazon leaving NYC deal shows how powerful a community can be

Amazon leaving NYC deal shows how powerful a community can be

This past Thursday, Feb. 14, Amazon announced that it would be backing out of its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City. The proposed headquarters, which was supposed to be located in Long Island City, Queens, was first announced back in November after Amazon went through an intensive search for their two new corporate locations. The proposed branch in Queens had some positives, like the thousands of jobs it would have brought to the area, but was also fraught with controversy due to the questionable methods used to lure Amazon to the company.

Amazon’s new headquarters deals expose private-public tensions

Amazon’s new headquarters deals expose private-public tensions

Of all of the issues that the United States is currently facing, none is so monolithic and far-reaching as the relationship between public institutions (read: government) and private endeavors (read: companies). From the obvious issues like healthcare, to the less clear like gun control, the relationship between the public and private sectors is becoming increasingly muddied and contentious. Across the political spectrum, there are groups that support and oppose government interference to varying extents.

Amazon and the cost of artificial intelligence

Amazon and the cost of artificial intelligence

The use of artificial intelligence is being adopted today by businesses at an astonishing rate due to its’ reliability and effectiveness. From assembly-line workers to factory workers and taxi drivers to cashiers, AI has upended the workforce of a plethora of companies in recent years.

Storefronts in the wake of Black Friday

Storefronts in the wake of Black Friday

On Black Friday this past week, more shopping than ever was done online: an estimated five billion dollars were spent. While this was still a gain for companies like Apple and Walmart that have large online presences, the biggest winner was obviously Amazon. According to the company, over 200,000 toys were sold in the first five hours alone.

Campaign seeks to bring Amazon headquarters to Connecticut

Campaign seeks to bring Amazon headquarters to Connecticut

University of Connecticut students can now support a grassroots campaign that aims to rally support around Connecticut’s bid to bring Amazon’s secondary headquarters in North America  to the state.

According to Amazon’s official press release, the company plans to spend $5 billion to construct a secondary headquarters that will bring 50,000 high-paying office jobs. Amazon announced on Sept. 7 that they will entertain proposals from states and cities for this headquarters.

The Student ID: A passport to a world of discounts

The Student ID: A passport to a world of discounts

Two weeks ago, I finally signed up for Spotify Premium and was more than happy to accept the wonderful student discount rate of $4.99 a month. Imagine how surprised I was to learn that I even got access to Hulu with that discount.

I’m sure that, like me, many of you are broke college students. With money spent on tuition, books, food and rent, most of us barely have two pennies to put together. Luckily just like with Spotify, your student email and your student ID act as a passport to a huge world full of discounts.