Ruth Gowitzke

She is the News Editor starting from fall 2019.

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.

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.

Latinx Sensation Hosts Latinx Out event

On Nov. 8, Latinx Sensation hosted an event, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Student Center to celebrate Latinx culture. Before entering, students had to go through a metal detector and pay $5 to get in. At the event, there was a DJ who was played Latin music the entire night and there was a backdrop with roses and blue lights hanging down, where students could take pictures. Jesus Blanco, a senior, and President of the club, said that his favorite Latin song is “Te Extrano,” which is a song about two people who are in a relationship that miss each other.

Windham County Election Results

On Nov. 6, towns all across Connecticut held local elections to determine who would be a part of the Town Council, the Board of Education and other important aspects of the town. Here are the results of that election, according to the Hartford Courant, for Windham County. These will only list the top two winners. If you would like to know who else had won, go to the Hartford Courant website.

Habitat for Humanity Hosts Shack-a-thon

Starting on Nov. 6 at noon, Habitat for Humanity hosted a 24-hour event called Shack-a-thon. This was an event made to raise awareness about substandard housing and fundraise for 24 hours to help those in need. According to The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty they estimate that, “Each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million American’s sleep in shelters, transitional housing and public places not meant for human habitation.” To simulate what people all around America are facing, students set up cardboard boxes that were taped together with a tarp underneath and slept in them for the night.