Over the past couple of weeks or so, the virus known as Coronavirus Disease 2019, the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has rapidly spread all over the United States and has reached the stage of a country-wide pandemic. Believed to have originated from an animal in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, the disease has since spread rapidly in the tightly populated cities and ports of the country.
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.
In most countries, the Coronavirus outbreak has impacted almost every aspect of life. Schools have closed their doors, cancelled all of their events, and are making all students take online classes from home for the rest of the semester. Many institutions and businesses have been ordered to close down until the virus is contained leaving many people unemployed for the time being. An example of a business that is in jeopardy will be movie theaters.
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.
Sequels are risky endeavors. At times they can elevate breakout success stories that outshine the original. Other times, sequels can muddle the original works image by conveying narratives that contradict the authors intent. However, sequels are made with a message and it’s up to the masses to determine if this next chapter will bring the works to new prestige or eclipse the original piece. Such is the case with the twelve issue comic book series “Doomsday Clock,” written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank.
Over the past couple of weeks, talk around campus has bustlingly with news that Housing and Residential Life will be allowing one residence hall, supposedly Nutmeg, to permit students of legal age to drink alcoholic beverages on campus next semester. Last semester, Housing and Residential Life released a survey to students to determine how many students wanted to have a residence hall on campus where students over the age of 21 can freely drink in their rooms.
For many decades now, as technology continues to advance and become increasingly accessible to the common populace, many have claimed that print media is dying if not already dead from the mainstream perspectives. The introduction of laptops, tablets, Kindles, smartphones, etc., have caused thousands of readers who relied on paper-based information to move on to arguably cheaper and space effective sources of digital journalism. Sources of physical journalism, such as magazines and newspapers, have since struggled to regain their foothold in the hands of the public with many in the field of print media losing faith that the medium can recover. upcoming journalists should still embrace and work in some aspect of paper journalism. Upcoming journalists should still embrace and work in some aspect of paper journalism, even though it’s becoming increasingly difficult to become financially successful in print media.
On Nov. 19 – 24, Eastern’s Performing Arts Department and Drama Society presented the play “Our Town.” Created by Thornton Wilder and directed by Tim Golebiewski, “Our Town” is a production that takes place during the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries focusing on the lives of the townsfolk in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Inspired by the literature that represents old civilizations such as the trade documents of Babylon or the stories of Homer from Ancient Greece, Wilder wrote this play as a relic to depict how people lived their lives in the early twentieth century so that future societies will know what values people upheld in this time period.
On Nov. 8 and 9, Eastern’s Music Program, in collaboration with the university’s Theatre and Visual Arts faculty members presented “Hopping Through History,” A Two Piano Multi- Media Concert. The concert featured Assistant Professor David Ballena and Professor of Music Okon Hwang as the two outstanding pianists that bring the audience through a multi-century journey of how music changed up to the twentieth century.
When does the line between financial stability and moral obliquity get drawn? This has been the question among many sports activists this past weekend when multiple sports athletes began to speak out in support of Chinese protestors in Hong Kong.