This Day in Sports History: May 2

On May 2, 1999 NFL legend John Elway announced his retirement from football.  Elway impressed fans in the NFL with his throwing precision, cool leadership, and rushing ability. In his rookie year he led the Broncos to the franchise’s fourth play-off appearance in its 24-year history. While Elway rarely led the league in individual statistical categories, he was noted for his consistent production and his ability to rally his team to victory in the late stages of games. The most famous of his comebacks came in the 1986 American Football Conference (AFC) championship game against the Cleveland Browns when he led the Broncos on a 98-yard drive to score the tying touchdown in the game’s final seconds. The Broncos won the game in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl, and Elway’s feat became known as “the Drive.”

NBA Regular Season Awards: Giannis Takes the MVP

With the NBA playoffs already in full swing, this is the perfect time to look back at what was an amazing regular season.  We saw records fall, streaks end, and more drama then we anticipated.  The most memorable thing about this season were the performances. It seemed like the NBA’s elite were putting together masterful performances every week.  While a large number of players were amazing this year, let us shine a spotlight on the best of the best and predict who will win the regular season awards:

“Town Wide, Town Pride” Is Not Enough

“Town Wide, Town Pride” is an annual community clean-up event sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement that occurs every April. This year was the 11th time Eastern has hosted a community beautification event like this. I have been part of “Town Wide, Town Pride” for the past three years at Eastern, and this year I was able to help clean-up a local Willimantic resident’s yard by raking leaves. I was also able to help clean-up efforts at a local Walmart, where trash had been building up in the parking lot.

The Last Straw: Eastern’s Straw Ban and its Ableist Stance

Almost everyone who uses Hurley Hall, the Student Center Café, or the Library Café has likely seen the new roll out that the University is putting into effect. They are marketing that Eastern is going straw-less: “We are saying SO LONG to straws. SKIP the straw, save the planet,” and are using coffee-cup-type lids for their iced drinks, which are the new “in.” While I respect where Eastern and the state of Connecticut are coming from, there is a huge issue that stands out to me that has nothing to do with the environment.

Avengers: Endgame Recap (SPOILERS)

The conclusion so many of us have been yearning for has finally arrived and it does not disappoint. For a francise to last as long as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and to do as well as it has, is a feat in itself, but “ Avengers: Endgame” shatters most if not all expectations. It is a satisfying end to almost all of the original Avenger’s storylines. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do, it’s worth all three hours it lasts. Also, once you see it, you can read the rest of this article which will now CONTAIN MINOR TO MAJOR SPOILERS. Please, if you read on, do not blame me for anything you find out.

The Far-Right Won’t Prevail in Spain

Spain’s governing Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) have won the country’s third election in four years on April 27, 2019, but are short of a majority. Voter turnout was 75.8%, the highest for several years and 9% more than the previous election in 2016. This election reflected the familiar European model: the new surge of a far-right party (in Spain’s case it is called Vox), no party with enough seats in Parliament to form a government on its own, and increasing polarization that is ripping the country apart. However, this came with a distinctly Spanish twist.

Club Spotlight: People Helping People

People Helping People, or PHP, is a volunteer-based club whose mission is to involve students by directly engaging social issues that affect the local and global community, while also providing the opportunity to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. PHP gives students valuable connections to volunteer opportunities in Willimantic and the surrounding towns.

DC Comics is Back With “Shazam”

Shout one word and everything has changed in a strike of lightning. DC Comics is back at it again with yet another film to compete against the monopoly that has become the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the hype for “Avengers: Endgame” grows, “Shazam” is here following in Aquaman’s footsteps and securing a foothold for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Taylor Swift is Back with “Me!”

On April 26, Taylor Swift released her lead single, “Me!” from her upcoming seventh studio album featuring Brendon Urie.

The song was highly anticipated by fans due to Swift’s promotion. Her website featured a countdown to April 26, on April 13, leaving fans speculating new music was on the horizon. A mural of a butterfly was painted by Kelsey Montague, a street artist, which various news outlets reported had connections to new music from Swift. On April 25, crowds of her adoring fans gathered as Montague emblazoned the word, “Me!” atop, where Swift appeared and revealed that the butterfly was a part of the countdown. In an interview with Robin Roberts, she confirmed the name of the single, as well as the fact Urie, lead singer of Panic! At the Disco, is featured on it.

Exploring the Greener Side of New York City

I recently went to the United Nations trip to New York City (NYC) on Sunday, April 14, 2019, and I realized that there is more to NYC than the city attractions. NYC has beautiful tucked away green scenery in its various corners that really come to life in the spring and into the summer. The United Nations is in the Tudor City area of New York; it is just to the right of Manhattan, the heart of the city.

This Day in Sports History: May 2

On May 2, 1999 NFL legend John Elway announced his retirement from football.  Elway impressed fans in the NFL with his throwing precision, cool leadership, and rushing ability. In his rookie year he led the Broncos to the franchise’s fourth play-off appearance in its 24-year history. While Elway rarely led the league in individual statistical categories, he was noted for his consistent production and his ability to rally his team to victory in the late stages of games. The most famous of his comebacks came in the 1986 American Football Conference (AFC) championship game against the Cleveland Browns when he led the Broncos on a 98-yard drive to score the tying touchdown in the game’s final seconds. The Broncos won the game in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl, and Elway’s feat became known as “the Drive.”

NBA Regular Season Awards: Giannis Takes the MVP

With the NBA playoffs already in full swing, this is the perfect time to look back at what was an amazing regular season.  We saw records fall, streaks end, and more drama then we anticipated.  The most memorable thing about this season were the performances. It seemed like the NBA’s elite were putting together masterful performances every week.  While a large number of players were amazing this year, let us shine a spotlight on the best of the best and predict who will win the regular season awards:

“Town Wide, Town Pride” Is Not Enough

“Town Wide, Town Pride” is an annual community clean-up event sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement that occurs every April. This year was the 11th time Eastern has hosted a community beautification event like this. I have been part of “Town Wide, Town Pride” for the past three years at Eastern, and this year I was able to help clean-up a local Willimantic resident’s yard by raking leaves. I was also able to help clean-up efforts at a local Walmart, where trash had been building up in the parking lot.

The Last Straw: Eastern’s Straw Ban and its Ableist Stance

Almost everyone who uses Hurley Hall, the Student Center Café, or the Library Café has likely seen the new roll out that the University is putting into effect. They are marketing that Eastern is going straw-less: “We are saying SO LONG to straws. SKIP the straw, save the planet,” and are using coffee-cup-type lids for their iced drinks, which are the new “in.” While I respect where Eastern and the state of Connecticut are coming from, there is a huge issue that stands out to me that has nothing to do with the environment.

Avengers: Endgame Recap (SPOILERS)

The conclusion so many of us have been yearning for has finally arrived and it does not disappoint. For a francise to last as long as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and to do as well as it has, is a feat in itself, but “ Avengers: Endgame” shatters most if not all expectations. It is a satisfying end to almost all of the original Avenger’s storylines. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do, it’s worth all three hours it lasts. Also, once you see it, you can read the rest of this article which will now CONTAIN MINOR TO MAJOR SPOILERS. Please, if you read on, do not blame me for anything you find out.

The Far-Right Won’t Prevail in Spain

Spain’s governing Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) have won the country’s third election in four years on April 27, 2019, but are short of a majority. Voter turnout was 75.8%, the highest for several years and 9% more than the previous election in 2016. This election reflected the familiar European model: the new surge of a far-right party (in Spain’s case it is called Vox), no party with enough seats in Parliament to form a government on its own, and increasing polarization that is ripping the country apart. However, this came with a distinctly Spanish twist.

Club Spotlight: People Helping People

People Helping People, or PHP, is a volunteer-based club whose mission is to involve students by directly engaging social issues that affect the local and global community, while also providing the opportunity to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. PHP gives students valuable connections to volunteer opportunities in Willimantic and the surrounding towns.

DC Comics is Back With “Shazam”

Shout one word and everything has changed in a strike of lightning. DC Comics is back at it again with yet another film to compete against the monopoly that has become the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the hype for “Avengers: Endgame” grows, “Shazam” is here following in Aquaman’s footsteps and securing a foothold for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Taylor Swift is Back with “Me!”

On April 26, Taylor Swift released her lead single, “Me!” from her upcoming seventh studio album featuring Brendon Urie.

The song was highly anticipated by fans due to Swift’s promotion. Her website featured a countdown to April 26, on April 13, leaving fans speculating new music was on the horizon. A mural of a butterfly was painted by Kelsey Montague, a street artist, which various news outlets reported had connections to new music from Swift. On April 25, crowds of her adoring fans gathered as Montague emblazoned the word, “Me!” atop, where Swift appeared and revealed that the butterfly was a part of the countdown. In an interview with Robin Roberts, she confirmed the name of the single, as well as the fact Urie, lead singer of Panic! At the Disco, is featured on it.

Exploring the Greener Side of New York City

I recently went to the United Nations trip to New York City (NYC) on Sunday, April 14, 2019, and I realized that there is more to NYC than the city attractions. NYC has beautiful tucked away green scenery in its various corners that really come to life in the spring and into the summer. The United Nations is in the Tudor City area of New York; it is just to the right of Manhattan, the heart of the city.