“There’s so much talk in this country right now of accessibility and disability rights,” said Julia Kaback ’18, who is an ally of the Student Accessibility Services office, which oversaw “The Ability Exhibit” in the 1962 room last Wednesday.
When choosing a college, many students are concerned with how they can have fun in between all of their hard work. As a result, on-campus social life emerges as a defining feature in higher education. It is especially important for first-years as they are meeting many new people, making friends, and in most cases, living away from home for the first time. While some students have settled into a social life that works for them, many first-years are still navigating how the social scene works.
Between a cappella, choir, and MOBROC bands, the number of vocal performance groups at Conn seems awfully high for a campus of only 1,865 students. However, one cannot deny that vocal performances are popular at Conn, with concerts like last month’s PRISM expo drawing impressive crowds and large audition pools creating a competitive environment. As in many aspects of student life, there are widely varying opinions within the choir program about the true measures of its success.
A recent popular Twitter and Facebook campaign, #metoo, asked women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to share and promote the hashtag in order to show solidarity and raise alarm. Though a laptop or phone screen has a way of diluting crises, Conn is not exempt from the systemic discrimination against women that this campaign renounces. For women on college campuses, sexual harassment and assault are all too real a threat.
Fall Weekend spans three days and consists of various events intended to showcase students’ work and athletic abilities. It also gives families a chance to reunite after students have been at school for nearly two months. For first-year students, this is a particularly exciting weekend, as Harvest Festival and the Fall Ball both take place on Saturday.
According to Connecticut College president Katherine Bergeron, “Joshua Green ‘94 is arguably one of the most influential long-form journalists in America today.” For the 20th annual Sound Lab Foundation lecture, Green spoke and engaged in a Q&A with the audience in Evans Hall regarding his recent book, Devil’s Bargain, and his other work in journalism and politics. Devil’s Bargain has reached number one on The New York Times bestseller chart, and has provided many readers with extraordinary insight into the 2016 election season, the Steve Bannon/Donald Trump relationship, and their success in gaining the highest office in the United States of America.
Whenever I see a blue recycling bin next to a gray trash bin on this campus, I can’t help but look into the blue bin to see what people have “recycled” in it. Food, candy wrappers, used paper towels—it’s all in there—and it always has me wondering what happens to the refuse in the blue bins.
Communities across the U.S. celebrated disjointed holidays on Oct. 9. While some municipalities, businesses, and educational institutions recognized Columbus Day, others paid homage to the millions of people dispossessed by Christopher Columbus—and the conquest in which he played a part—by observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. New London public schools and Connecticut College joined the ranks of the latter.
There are some things that every college student should know, regardless of what institution they attend: stay on top of reading assignments, don’t trust drinks mixed in buckets, and know how to utilize Title IX. This last point came under the spotlight when the Obama administration enacted several changes on the federal level as to how the policy would be implemented on college campuses.
Over the summer, Connecticut College fulfilled its final obligation in a ten-year contract with the City of New London. From 2007 to 2017, the College paid the City a total of $100,000, contributing a yearly $7,500 during the first five years of the agreement and $12,500 during the second.
This month, Carolyn and Jerry Holleran made an additional gift of $2.5 million to the Holleran Center.
The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy has a new director: Heidi Freedland-Trail. She arrived at Conn already Green Dot certified, having previously worked at Lebanon Valley College in a Green Dot and Title IX Advocacy Program.