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UConn takes a stand against student food insecurity 

UConn takes a stand against student food insecurity 

The University of Connecticut is working with Swipe Out Hunger to limit food insecurity both on campus and in the surrounding areas. As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Swipe Out Hunger is an organization that looks to end this issue on college and university campuses, and UConn is joining its ranks. 

‘A Boys’ Club’: Former UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, administrators accused of Title IX violations at St. Joseph 

‘A Boys’ Club’: Former UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, administrators accused of Title IX violations at St. Joseph 

The former associate athletic director at the University of St. Joseph is filing a Title IX lawsuit against the university, naming former University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun and his assistant Glen Miller in the allegations, according to the Hartford Courant.

UConn’s Connecticut Commitment met with mixed student reactions 

UConn’s Connecticut Commitment met with mixed student reactions 

UConn’s announcement of the Connecticut Commitment, an institutional grant providing free tuition to qualifying UConn students of low-income families, was met with mixed reactions by undergraduate students. The institutional grant will fund the full tuition of in-state students who meet a $50,000 or lower annual household income, beginning with the class of students entering in fall 2020. 

President Katsouleas announces CT Commitment at Inauguration

President Katsouleas announces CT Commitment at Inauguration

University of Connecticut President Thomas Katsouleas announced during his inauguration the introduction of the Connecticut Commitment, which will allow Connecticut residents who come from families that have an annual household income of less than $50,000 to attend UConn tuition-free.  

Ridership statistics, lot closures discussed in transportation forum 

Ridership statistics, lot closures discussed in transportation forum 

Katharine Otto, Windham Regional Transit District transportation planner, and Dwight Atherton, UConn Parking Services Associate Director, spoke on the 2015 Campus Master Plan, noting that parking Lot L and the upper portion of Lot X were closed, and Lot N and the remainder of Lot X will be permanently closed by January. 

Annual Fire Safety and Security Report highlights on-campus crime 

Annual Fire Safety and Security Report highlights on-campus crime 

The Fire Safety and Security Report (FSSR), which details on-campus Clery crimes, violence against women and drug and liquor law violations, and the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) report, which details sexual assaults, stalkings and intimate partner violence cases, were released to the UConn community earlier this week. 

Research Spotlight: Mobile health researchers fight an epidemic with smartphones 

Research Spotlight: Mobile health researchers fight an epidemic with smartphones 

The University of Connecticut Center for Mobile Health (mHealth) and Social Media is trying to solve the obesity epidemic with a combination of health psychology and behavioral technology. Obesity affects 39.8% of adults and causes $147 billion in medical costs each year, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Mansfield Mayor talks municipal elections 

Mansfield Mayor talks municipal elections 

The town of Mansfield will hold elections for town office positions on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Mansfield Mayor Paul Shapiro is among those not seeking re-election, as well as Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Joanne Goodwin, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bonnie Ryan and Board of Assessment Appeals members Carol Thomas and Anne Greineder, according to Patch Media.  

USG hopes to connect more with students, faculty 

USG hopes to connect more with students, faculty 

The University of Connecticut’s Undergraduate Student Government’s (USG) goals for the semester include connecting more with students and faculty and promoting diversity. USG Vice President Emmanuel Chinyumba, a seventh-semester political science major minoring in real estate, said he hopes USG’s governing board creates diversity on campus and hopes it is more successful than last year. 

Search for new provost will differ from past tradition  

Search for new provost will differ from past tradition  

The University of Connecticut launched the search for the next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs last week, according to an email from President Thomas Katsouleas.  A search committee, put together by Katsouleas, will review applicants by the end of this calendar year and interviews will take place in early 2020.  

A look into voting at the University of Connecticut  

A look into voting at the University of Connecticut  

University of Connecticut students voted in the 2018 midterm elections at a 44% turnout, slightly higher than the national average for college students. According to recent studies from Rutgers University and the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), over 7.5 million or 40 %, of college-aged students voted in the midterms, four percentage points below where NSLVE showed UConn voter turnout. 

Mansfield businesses no longer offer plastic bags to customers 

Mansfield businesses no longer offer plastic bags to customers 

As of Thursday, Mansfield businesses no longer offer plastic bags after a town ordinance banning them went into effect. The Mansfield Town Council’s “Bring Your Own Bag” ordinance began March 13. Its six-month phase-in process concluded Thursday, when the ban began. 

UConnPIRG campaigns to reduce textbook spending 

UConnPIRG campaigns to reduce textbook spending 

Amid skyrocketing textbook prices, members of UConnPIRG, University of Connecticut’s chapter of the Public Interest Research Group, are working to convince the university to take measures to reduce student spending on essential course materials.  In search of up-to-date data on student textbook spending, several UConnPIRG members set up a tent and canopy outside of the Homer Babbidge Library on Tuesday to encourage students to take their textbook affordability survey.