When the President of Eastern announced that classes would resume online for the rest of the semester, my immediate reaction was, “What would happen with graduation?” As it turned out, in that same email, the President announced that the May commencement was also cancelled. Immediately I was met with a mixture of feelings of anger and sadness. Anger, because I spent all this time and money at Eastern, and I did not get to do the one thing I had been waiting for since January.
Over the past couple of weeks or so, the virus known as Coronavirus Disease 2019, the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has rapidly spread all over the United States and has reached the stage of a country-wide pandemic. Believed to have originated from an animal in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, the disease has since spread rapidly in the tightly populated cities and ports of the country.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a disease that causes respiratory illness, that spreads through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, many major music events have been cancelled or postponed. Here is a tentative list of some of the biggest.
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic posed a dilemma for the 2020 Summer Olympics, forcing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the games until 2021. The major sporting competitions were scheduled to take place this year in Tokyo, Japan.
In collaboration with the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Unity Wing, the J. Eugene Smith Library is currently organizing a Human Library event for students during the fall semester. Before the rapid outbreak of the Coronavirus in Connecticut and the subsequent cancellation of all campus events by the university, this event was slated to occur on Tuesday, Apr. 7, but is now being prepared for a fall occurrence at a currently unknown specific date and time.
Covid-19 has struck thousands of US citizens locally and nationally. As of Monday, March 24th, Covid-19-19 has expanded and continued to work its way through our nation. This brings the total case number to 875 positive tested cases in the state of CT. There have been 19 deaths and 54 hospitalizations according to Governor Lamont.
In most countries, the Coronavirus outbreak has impacted almost every aspect of life. Schools have closed their doors, cancelled all of their events, and are making all students take online classes from home for the rest of the semester. Many institutions and businesses have been ordered to close down until the virus is contained leaving many people unemployed for the time being. An example of a business that is in jeopardy will be movie theaters.
As many of us know, the illness known as COVID-19, (more commonly referred to as the “Coronavirus”), has made a lasting impact on societies all around the globe. The virus that originated in Wuhan, China has been a major concern for many over the past few weeks, and has continued to spread to 144 countries worldwide, according to President Trump.
The Indoor Track and Field Season has finally come to a close when Eastern participated in the New England Division III Championships meet. This meet took place over the course of two days. It started on Friday, February 28th, and continued into Saturday, February 29th. The Men’s team and Women’s team also participated in two separate locations, with the men performing at the Springfield College Field House, in Springfield, MA; and the Women competing at Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont. Not everybody participated in this particular meet, only because the highest ranking individuals in each event were able to compete.
Monday night’s matchup between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden featured a battle between two of the NBA’s biggest personalities. However, the showdown didn’t take place on the ninety-four feet of hardwood which has been the center stage for New York basketball over the past fifty-two years. Rather, the conflict ensued at the employee entrance to the arena between Knicks super fan Spike Lee and the infamous owner of the franchise James Dolan.