Coronavirus Updates in the US

As of Apr. 21, there are more than 2.4 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and 787,960 people in the United States. Of the reported cases in the U.S., at least 42,364 people have died as a result of the virus, with 18,653 of those deaths reported in New York, 4,520 in New Jersey, 2,468 in Michigan, 1,328 in Louisiana, 1,349 in Illinois and 1,229 related deaths reported in California. Worldwide, about 2.5 million cases have been reported and 171,652 related deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins virus dashboard.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

“Earth Day can-and it must-lend a new urgency and a new support to solving the problems that still threaten to tear the fabric of this society […] the problems of race, of war, of poverty, of modem-day institutions […] Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.” – Senator Gaylord Nelson, 1970.

Immigration is Affected Amid the Pandemic

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic crisis, Trump announced during a conference Tuesday, Apr. 21, that he would sign into place an executive order aimed at temporarily barring those seeking permanent residency. This, however, would not affect temporary workers such as technology workers, farm laborers, and others with visas. The bar would only place a 60-day pause on the issuance of green cards.

The Alien Aviator: Mars’ First Helicopter

NASA finished testing the Mars helicopter destined to be the first aircraft to fly on an alien planet. This alien aviator is set to launch alongside it’s robotic sibling, the recently named Mars rover Perseverance, later this year in July of 2020, despite growing difficulties in society due to the Coronavirus.

Smith Library to Host Human Library Event

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.

Predicting the Future of Coronavirus

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.

Celebration of Reading Across America Day

On Mar. 2, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Eastern Aspiring Educators Club hosted an event that in the library, that celebrated Reading Across America Day. According to, this day was “launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.”

Super Tuesday Expectations

Super Tuesday is the election day in the presidential primaries when the greatest number of states hold caucuses and primary elections. In the 2020 Presidential Election, Super Tuesday fell on Mar. 3. The date was one of the most consequential days in the Democratic Party, and yielded about one third of the total delegate allocation. These delegates come from the 14 participating states.

Governor Lamont Hosts Panel about Workforce Education

On Wednesday Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.., Governor Ned Lamont visited Eastern along with some of his cabinet members to host a town hall meeting to discuss workforce education. Roughly 100 people including students, teachers, state activities and journalists from all over the state gathered in the Student Center Theatre to ask the governor dire questions about the state’s future in education, alongside other concerns.