“As you have learned in school and from us, this past week will never be forgotten by the people of the United States. Your mother and I thank you, Alison, for helping us get through this time. Thankfully no one in our immediate family or friends were hurt by the terrorist attack, however we were all touched. It started as a normal day but around 8:50 on Tuesday morning, America ended as I knew it.”
— From the journal of John Cross, Sept. 16, 2001
My family never talked about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks much. Aside from annual moments of silence and one detailed lesson in sixth grade, I don’t remember learning about 9/11 in school. I can’t describe the first time my parents told me about the attacks. For me, 9/11 was an ever-present fact — a part of me always knew that planes went down, buildings collapsed, and people died, but I understood it in a detached way, like someone watching a movie.
I was 10 months old when the Twin Towers fell. I am too young to remember the terrorist attack that changed our nation forever and too young to remember what America was like before. All I know is a post-9/11 world. I never knew a different New York City skyline or what it was like to get on a plane before airport security, and I don’t know a country at peace.
As Connecticut pools and shoreline beaches open up and hot summer days start to set in, you may be reaching for a bottle of SPF to protect against UVA and UVB rays, but before you slather on the lotion, do you really know what’s inside that bottle?
According to a new study, a cancer-causing chemical may be lurking in your go-to brand of sunblock.
Valisure, a New Haven pharmaceutical testing lab, found concentrations of benzene, designated a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in 27% of the nearly 300 sunscreen and after-sun products tested... READ MORE
The University of Connecticut Police Department, Residential Life and Undergraduate Student Government are discussing modifications to the university’s cannabis-enforcement policy, according to USG and UCPD representatives.
The new proposal would limit UCPD’s interaction with students suspected of possessing cannabis in residence halls, USG legislators say.
In a 16-3-2 vote last week, the USG Senate passed new legislation titled “Cannabis Enforcement by Residential Life and the UConn Police Department,” which opposed the current policy that requires Resident Assistants to call the police when they suspect cannabis use. The new legislation instead favors a reduced police presence similar to how residential life handles alcohol violations... READ MORE
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As authorities continue their investigation of last week’s suspicious fires on campus, the Busby hall director announced on Tuesday an additional fire occurred earlier this month outside the residence hall and emergency equipment was vandalized, leaving Busby residents expressing concern over the delayed communication of community safety threats.
In an email sent to Busby residents on Feb. 23, hall director Karen Lohr revealed a recycling dumpster was set on fire on Feb. 5, nearly two weeks before the garbage can fire outside the Busby bus stop was reported in the campus-wide crime alert along with two separate fires on Feb. 17. Lohr also said the following day, Busby staff found exit signs missing and an emergency light damaged. The Feb. 18 vandalism incident was never reported to the University of Connecticut Police Department, according to UCPD Deputy Chief Andrew Fournier... READ MORE
This week marks the first anniversary of UConn Health’s fight against COVID-19. After a year of fear and fortitude, isolation and strength, tragedy and triumph, the doctors, nurses and essential workers of UConn Health remain vigilant in their battle against this deadly virus.
On March 14, 2020, UConn Health began caring for its first coronavirus patient. Over the course of the year, UConn Health has treated more than 800 COVID-19 patients, documented more than 400 employee infections and distributed more than 26,000 shots... READ MORE
With a 25-3 vote in a special election Wednesday night, the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Student Government Senate elected Michael Christy as the new USG Chief Diversity Officer following former CDO-elect B Diaz’s resignation March 10.
Christy, a fourth-semester political science major and a USG associate justice, said he is ready to foster an inclusive community in USG.
“We cannot hear, learn and accept one another if we do not build a community that allows us to be vulnerable with each other about our experiences,” Christy said. “Each of us deserves an equal and just chance in achieving anything we set our minds to, today we look forward to a brighter future...” READ MORE
Deficit increases from $28 to $49 million if university closes before Nov. 1
The Fiscal New Year began with financial uncertainty for the University of Connecticut as Chief Financial Officers from UConn and UConn Health shared plans to request $104.9 million in state funds to cover looming budget deficits.
At the board of trustees meeting Wednesday, UConn Chief Financial Officer Scott Jordan said the university will ask the state for $28 million to cover COVID-19 losses and expenditures... READ MORE
University of Connecticut students expecting to move into newly remodeled apartments found unlivable units, some lacking walls, floors and toilets. Willington Oaks management said that renters must wait another month to move in.
“I feel like we were totally deceived into thinking we would have a place to live in by the time school starts..." READ MORE
MONROE, CT — High-tech met high need as local teens began an online, beginner coding camp Monday to inspire the next generation of programmers and raise money for the Monroe Food Pantry... READ MORE
MONROE, CT — A local author’s short story won an award from a statewide writing competition for published media. John-Paul Marciano’s “Torn” took home third place in the single-story category of the Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest.
The story follows Gerhard Engel, an officer in Nazi Germany, as he debates reporting a Jewish girl to the Gestapo. Speak up, and the girl goes to a concentration camp. Stay quiet, and Gerhard risks a camp sentence himself... READ MORE
MONROE, CT — The last edition of the Monroe Courier landed on doorsteps and front lawns over a year ago. What endeavors have the editors and reporters undertook since leaving the paper? Where are they now? Well, last week, one former editor self-published a book of poetry.
Kenneth Briodagh, of Orange, released “Stories and Sins” on July 25. The book is the culmination of years of writing... READ MORE