Despite an unusual route to the position, Undergraduate Student Government Comptroller Fabio Saccomanno is looking to make the most of his time at his new desk by working to improve Tier II funding policies and increase transparency between students and the organization.
Avoiding studying for midterms by watching Netflix reached a whole new level at Gampel Pavilion Thursday, where students got a sampling of over 10 shows, represented by student groups on campus participating in this year’s Homecoming events. The teams “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “The Amanda Show” and “Scooby-Doo” were all big winners in their respective categories at the Lip Sync, hosted by SUBOG’s Major Weekends committee.
“We Banjo 3” had everyone’s foot tapping and hands clapping at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Thursday with a highly energetic show. Hosted by WHUS, UConn’s radio station, and Chion Wolf Productions, the Storrs debut of “We Banjo 3” was a spectacle. The band encouraged audience members to dance like no one was watching and to have fun.
USG and Student Health and Wellness held a panel about college mental health Thursday in honor of World Mental Health Day. The four panelists — mental health professionals Dr. Sarah Ketchen Lipson and Dr. Clewiston Challenger and UConn students Kanu Caplash and Jovanni Vicenty — came together to give different perspectives and levels of expertise to discuss the topic, with Dr. Amanda Waters, UConn’s resident multi-cultural specialist and staff psychologist, presiding over the discussion.
Visiting author Justin Torres spoke in the Storrs Center UConn bookstore Tuesday night about his unique style of writing by blending personal experience with fiction. Torres was invited as the first recipient of the Mark Twain Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program, which allows the University of Connecticut’s creative writing department to invite a well-known prose author to campus every other year for readings, meals and one-on-one workshops with students.
This month’s First Thursday at the Benton was practically a party, with great music, snacks and fun activities to take part in. As always, First Thursday featured a live WHUS DJ who played a selection of rap and hip hop songs which helped make the museum resemble a high-end club. This worked to get rid of the usual quiet art museum vibe that tends to make people a little less comfortable and more likely to whisper in the Benton.
How much would you pay to see your favorite artist live? If you live around New York City and the answer is $100, then you would be paying the average ticket price for a concert according to a 2017 study from Wanderau.com. That same study also concluded that, for major acts like The Weeknd and Katy Perry, the average ticket price in Boston was around $98.71, while in Uncasville, Connecticut the average was around $104.35.
Third album’s the charm with Bastille’s “Doom Days,” performed in all its escapist glory at Mohegan Sun arena this past Friday, with American alternative band Joywave opening. That’s not to say the indie pop British band’s first two releases weren’t masterful in their own right, recorded and live, but the culmination of their thematic music was out in full force at their show last week.
The opioid crisis of America has been overlooked for too long; journalist and author Beth Macy discussed her research on drug addiction and its relationship with suicide at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday. This lecture was just one of many events that took place during Suicide Prevention Week.
When you’ve walked by the Student Union this week, you might have noticed the small yellow flags peppering the front lawn. You might have just glanced at them, and then continued walking by, unbeknownst to their significance and meaning. However, this particular week calls all of us to not only notice all of these flags, but also what they symbolize. With 1,100 flags, each one represents a college student’s death by suicide.
“I had doubts about it,” said director Miki Dezaki of the documentary “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue.” The “it” being the issue of comfort women, whom Dezaki had only heard about from his foreign teachers, he told the audience following a discussion of the film in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut yesterday evening.
If you don’t know Armana Islam, you probably don’t go here. She’s that universal. The spunky junior is not only my friend and coworker at The Daily Campus, but a passionate representative of the club she helps run. Bangladeshi Student Association (BSA), of which Islam is president, put on their “Welcome Back Dawaat” in the Rome Ballroom, celebrating the start of the new school year and the first of many exciting events put on by the club.
The weather yesterday for the Student Health and Wellness Fair couldn’t be more different than the forecast last Thursday, when the fair was supposed to take place. Due to rain, the event was delayed, but luckily the sun was in full force yesterday afternoon on Fairfield Way. The fair provided resources geared toward health and wellness for college students with information about topics like mental health, alcohol use, nutrition, body image and fitness.
The second film of the Human Rights Film Series, “Thread,” was screened at the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center on Tuesday. The event was moderated by UConn English and Asian American Studies Professor Cathy Schlund-Vials. The film's director, Cathy Stevulak, and the film’s co-producer, Catherine Masud.
September is an important month for a plethora of reasons. It marks the beginning of a new school year, the changing of the leaves and a fresh start, but most importantly it’s National Suicide Prevention Month. The University of Connecticut dedicates an entire week to events and activities that raise mental health awareness.