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MLK Distinguished Service Award Ceremony

On Feb. 26, at 3 p.m., in the Johnson Room in the library, one faculty member, one student and a graduate of Howard University, were awarded with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award. According to the Eastern website, this award, “remembers the altruistic efforts of Dr. King, whose spirit, philosophy and teachings continue to inspire countless individuals today.”

Black History Month reports in Connecticut

As February comes to a close in a week, there had been and still has been a lot going on for people who are thinking about black history and those who have been impacted by their own history. NBC Connecticut has a section on their website that addresses events or stories that have happened this month regarding black history. Here are the stories that NBC Connecticut has covered:

The CICD Hosts ‘Ready, Set, Graduate!’

On Feb. 12, at 4 p.m., The Center for Internships and Career Development hosted an event called Ready Set Graduate! This event was to help seniors prepare for the Career Fair that will be occurring on Apr. 1. This event was also hosted to help seniors learn more about how to obtain a job for the future and learn about potential career opportunities from around this area. One student, Avery Smith, said that she attended this event for that reason; to see what options there are for seniors like her.

Latest Updates on Coronavirus

More than 2,000 people have died from coronavirus across the globe, according to the latest figures released Tuesday, Feb. 18. The virus has infected more than 75,000 people around the world, mostly in mainland China. The death toll stands exactly at 2,009, including five people outside mainland China with one death in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and France.

Students Show They Are “Unafraid” at UnDocuRally

On Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., in the Betty Tipton Room, Eastern’s Freedom club hosted a rally called UnDocurally in support of immigrant rights. The rally brought awareness to the current political climate that is threatening the undocumented community. The Supreme Court case has to make a decision to continue or rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, before June. Many people believe that the decision will be made within two months due to the Presidential election. Freedom at Eastern, the activism club on campus for undocumented rights, sought to unite administration, faculty, the DACAmented community that will be affected by the Supreme Court decision, and allies together to stand in solidarity. The rally emphasized that this was an issue that affected everyone whether one has status or not, or whether one cared for immigration issues, gender issues, and/or political issues.

Downtown Willimantic to Host Annual Chocolate Festival

On Feb. 8, Willimantic will be hosting the Annual Chocolate Festival. There will be multiple events to participate in including an event called “Cupid Made Me Do It.” According to cupidmademerun.com, this event is a two-mile road race or walk, that will benefit the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. The Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, as stated by this same website is a “is a coalition of 40 churches serving over 8,000 people annually in 12 area towns with clothing, furniture, appliances and emergency financial assistance.”

Willimantic Programs Help Celebrate World Aids Day

On Dec. 3, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., Windham Aids Program, Generations, and Perception Programs, hosted an event at the Willimantic Public Library about World Aids Day. The official day is Dec. 1. This event was held to bring awareness to this day and to educate the community on what HIV/AIDS is and how it has affected people. This program also offered free testing for HIV. The test for this disease is simple. All someone has to do is get their finger pricked using a lancing device. Then, the blood is tested for HIV, which only takes 20 minutes. Stephen Feathers, one of the people who works for Perception, said that if you are sexually active, it is recommended to get tested annually.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Stay Low

On Dec. 3, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., Windham Aids Program, Generations, and Perception Programs, hosted an event at the Willimantic Public Library about World Aids Day. The official day is Dec. 1. This event was held to bring awareness to this day and to educate the community on what HIV/AIDS is and how it has affected people. This program also offered free testing for HIV. The test for this disease is simple. All someone has to do is get their finger pricked using a lancing device. Then, the blood is tested for HIV, which only takes 20 minutes. Stephen Feathers, one of the people who works for Perception, said that if you are sexually active, it is recommended to get tested annually.