‘Mario Kart Tour’: Fun but Flawed

On Sept. 25, 2019, “Mario Kart Tour” was released on mobile. Fans of the Mario games were excited to see what this game had in store. After playing the game for a few days, it is a quality game but some improvements can be made. Here are some of the strengths and weaknesses about this new racing game:

Banned Book Spotlight: ‘Saga’

Sept. 22-28 is known as Banned Books Week, an annual event wherein people and organizations around the country celebrate their freedom to read books and highlight the books that shouldn’t be banned from the public. Books are powerful things. They inspire people to do great and terrible things. Within their pages is the possibility to conceive infinite worlds and infinite possibilities. The stories they host have the power to change the world so it’s unfortunate at times when institutions ban books from the public for arguably poor reasons.

You Are Beautiful

It’ s so easy to compare yourself to someone. You start to criticize yourself for not looking the same way, which builds up insecurities. As you scroll through Instagram, you might begin to notice everything that you don’t have. Maybe you should lose or gain weight, cut your hair or grow your hair, start wearing makeup more often, etc. I get it. We have all been there. It doesn’t help when society yells at you for not looking the way it wants you to look like. The longer we pay attention to society, the longer we deprive ourselves of our uniqueness.

Give Thrifting a Chance

Thrifting, or buying second-hand clothing, is a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to buying newly made retail clothes. Sustainability is the new fashion. As more and more people are becoming eco-conscious, thrifting has become a new trend. I remember a time when there was a stigma around thrifting as if it was only for the lower class. No one wanted to wear hand-me-downs. I admit I was even against it until a couple of years ago. My mindset changed when there were so many reasons to NOT hate thrifting. It’s good for the earth and your pocket! Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. CO2 emissions, the tons of water use, and textile waste all play a role in the fast-paced industry’s effect on the environment. You’re giving clothes a second-chance from being thrown in a landfill. The average person can save hundreds a year by buying second-hand and consignment stores rather than retail. As a college student, looking cute on a budget is the move.

Audiences Deserve Another “French New Wave”

It’s no secret that franchise films have dominated the box office for years. The top 10 highest grossing movies of all time are coming from the biggest franchises in the world, except for “Titanic.” However, while I was extraordinarily entertained by franchise films when I was younger, I felt more inspired by events such as the “French New Wave.” This event took place in the 1950s-60s and helped revolutionize how movies are made. It all started when certain French directors including Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and many others felt like they were seeing the same kinds of movies over and over again’ this enabled them to decide to change that. Director Francois Truffaut stated the following during the “New Wave”: “The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure.” This meant his intention, along with the list of other directors, was to make filming more complex and create absorbing adventures that had legitimate artistic integrity.”

An Elephant Dies At The Big E

The Big E is an event that many look forward to all year long, but for animals this means being chained up and forced to provide entertainment against their will. The Commerford Zoo, located in Goshen, CT, has brought their elephants to The Big E for years to provide entertainment. They owned three elephants named Beulah, Karen and Minnie. It was only last year when a photo of Minnie being forced to provide rides while looking exhausted and depressed went viral. The only change that has been made is the ban of elephant rides, despite a petition that went in high-demand last year to ban elephants at The Big E.

The Importance of Finding a Community

I hid my relationship with the Lord for 1 year and a half when I came to college. Before coming to Eastern, one of the things I feared the most was  having to find a church and a community here on campus. I heard stories about people slipping away from their faith when they got to college, and eventually found a home in places they shouldn’t have.  I remembered my first church family back home praying that I would find a community here. At that time, I didn’t realize the importance of a community; all I really knew was that I needed a community, so I could grow my relationship with Christ.

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.