Connecticut Ranks Tenth as One of the Most Energy Efficient States

Connecticut was ranked as one of the most energy-efficient states, a study found on Oct. 15. According to, Connecticut ranked tenth, beating states such as Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina, which were ranked as the least energy efficient. This study was conducted by Wallethub in an article where they compared auto and home energy efficiency consumption in 48 States. Connecticut had a slightly lower home energy efficiency rank of 16, whereas the auto efficiency rank was higher with a ranking of 6. Wallethub concluded Connecticut’s the home energy efficiency by “calculating the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days.” Degree days, according to, is the “unit used to determine the heating requirements of buildings.” The methodology Wallehub used to conduct the auto energy efficiency was that they “divided the annual vehicle miles driven by gallons of gasoline consumed to determine vehicle-fuel efficiency and measured annual vehicle miles driven per capita to determine transportation efficiency.” 

Eastern Pride Center Celebrates National Coming Out Day

On Friday Oct. 11, the Eastern Pride Center celebrated National Coming Out Day. This event was held as a safe space for people to talk about their coming out stories and socialize with other people in the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. They also had an option to anonymously submit their coming out stories if they did not want to share them openly with the community. The celebration also included an area for students to make friendship bracelets that corresponded with the flag that they identified with, or to just make bracelets for fun.

Eastern Hosts Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan

On  Sept. 18. Eastern was proud to host guest speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Marion is a survivor of the tragic events of the holocaust that occurred during the second World War, and has come to share her experiences and fascinating life story to the students of Eastern. The accounts of her own experiences depict an inspiring story of hope and determination that needs to be recognized for years to come.

Willimantic Town Fair Brings the Community Together

On Sept. 28, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Jillson Square, there was the annual Willimantic Downtown Country Fair, which was on its 21 year anniversary. This event brought local artisans, farmers, restaurants and vendors together to showcase their talent and hard work, as well as all kinds of people including children, adults the elderly and, of course, four-legged friends. One of the youngest dogs that attended the fair was an (almost), 10-week-old pug named Hazel. She gained a lot of attention from people attending the fair. In terms of the local vendors, some of them included Russo’s Root, Delamatta Crafts, Kindred Crossings, Rachel’s Veggie’s and Berries, Shooks Apiaries, Harbor Hemp Company and Treefort Naturals. Each vendor was able to show the skills that they have or sell goods to the community. One of tables which was selling Hosmer Mountain Beverages had a vender who was giving out free soda and was encouraging people to donate. Donations from this stand would go to the No Free Shelter.

EEE Virus Epidemic in Connecticut

An East Haddam resident between the ages of 60 and 69 became the third person in Connecticut to die this year of the mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE virus), and a fourth person who came down with EEE five weeks ago remains hospitalized, state health officials said Tuesday, Oct. 1. According to the Department of public health, before this year we have had only one human case of EEE in Connecticut, and that was in 2013, making the resurgence of the virus an epidemic.

Video Games vs. Climate Change

On Sept. 23, the United Nations held the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit to hopefully persuade countries around the world to continue moving forward in combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere. While most news outlets here in the U.S. focused on what the young and inspirational climate activist, Greta Thunberg, and President Trump had to say on the matter, many did not focus on other results from this meeting. The video game industry as a whole has begun to join the fight against climate change. 

The First President’s Breakfast of Fall 2019

The first President’s Breakfast of the semester was held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in the President’s Dining Room at Hurley Hall. These breakfasts are a way for the administrative staff to connect with student led groups on campus and have a dialogue about important topics concerning the University.

What’s New About the New iPhone?

With the announcement of the new iPhone to be released Sept. 20, 2019, Apple fanatics may be wondering what this new phone has to offer.  At first glance, people can clearly see the difference in its design.

The Dangers of Juuls

What was the most common and seemenly “harmless” form of obtaining nicotine for young adults may have just turned into a very lethal product. Juuls, which are simply the “e-cigarette” of the new generation, have been very popular among young adults in the last few years. With flavors ranging from mango to strawberry, this is a convenient and enjoyable way for young adults to get a “buzz.” However, in the last couple of months, the dangers about Juuls have started to appear in its consumer population. There has been multiple cases across the country where people have been hospitalized, or even died, due to Juul products.

Students Benefit from Etiquette Lunch

On Sept. 13 at noon, in the Johnson Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library, seniors were invited to attend an etiquette lunch organized by the Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD), where they would learn the do’s and don’ts of a business lunch or a professional interview.