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.

Sport Events: Cancelled or Postponed Due to COVID-19.

As we continue to follow and monitor covid-19, many have noticed that it is causing all sports around the nation to continue to be delayed. Major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed due to covid-19. The most significant and well known sporting event that was set to take place this summer was the 2020 summer olympics, that was also set to take place in Tokyo. However, the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have postponed the event to next year. It will now take place from July, 23 to August 8, 2021. The MLS top-tier football league here in the US has extended postponement of all matches until June 8.

How People are Spreading Love During the Pandemic

Although the pandemic has created a lot of boundaries between people and how we are connecting with each other, there are still some that have taken the opportunity to spread a little love during these trying times. According to an article by Alisha Ebrahimji, who is a producer at CNN, some people are putting hearts on their windows to show their support for their neighbors, for essential workers, and many others who may be in need of some cheering up. In addition to hearts, there have been encouraging messages that people have put not only on their windows, but also their mailboxes as well.

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.

To The Class of 2020

I want to start off by saying how sorry I am that we were robbed of what was supposed to be the greatest last two months of our undergraduate college careers. We spent our entire lives leading up to this huge milestone that we’ve been working for nonstop. Instead of celebrating, we are grieving the time stripped away from us that can never be given back.

My Capstone Project Experience (So Far)

In late December, early January, before all this craziness happened, I had to come up with an idea for my capstone project that I would be working on during the spring semester. I knew the basic guidelines of the creative project, which is the one I chose. I had to relate it to Studio Ghibli in terms of its themes or any other visual or written aspect of it. There was also an option to write a research paper based on these films as well.