The summer before my first year at Conn, I performed a thorough cleaning of my childhood bedroom. As I ventured underneath my twin bed, I was confronted by the inevitable collection of childhood relics.
As Negotiations Progress, Conn Must Recognize Its Debt to New London
Every Friday at Crozier-Williams, students can get free and fresh produce at the Sprout Garden Farmers’ Market. In passing, I have seen baskets filled with tomatoes and peppers, but this past Friday I stopped by to have a closer look at what the market was offering. On this particular day, students could buy a variety of herbs, arugula, and beets, all of which were grown on campus in the Sprout Garden behind Cro. As there is no other food market on campus for students who want fresh food, the Sprout Garden Farmers’ Market offers students access to produce.
I knew the words to “Free Fallin” before I could write my own name. On multiple Maine to California family road trips as a young child, Tom Petty comprised the soundtrack to the sites through which we passed. From the Badlands to Hoover Dam to the Redwoods, Petty’s music always meshed with the landscape. The story of “American Girl” could be seen on the main streets of any small town, whether it be located in Arkansas or Idaho. Petty’s music was more than a classic-rock sound; it was a characterizing element of the American lifestyle.
While the rise of the term “opioid epidemic” certainly has something to do with the highly-publicized and competitive 2016 election rhetoric, it isn’t fake news. According to a study done by Michael’s House Treatment Center, drug overdoses now represent the leading cause of accidental death in the United States—higher than the number of people killed in car crashes. Over a quarter of those deaths were due to heroin or other opioids, and nearly a quarter of all people in the country who have a substance abuse problem are addicted to opiates—more than alcohol, cocaine, or benzodiazepines. This is a 300% increase from 2010.
Intersectional oppression exists on various scales, from campus to country. When we face intersectional violence, whether directly or indirectly, one of the ways in which we fight back is by walking out.
Conn’s award-winning Student Counseling Services (SCS) offer a plethora of therapeutic services to students, faculty, and staff alike in one convenient location, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that based on student conversations.
Apple regularly turns its annual phone releases into events of epic proportions, and this year was no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook came on the stage to announce not one, but two phones for the Apple enthusiasts out there.
he UN, it reported, had “mishandled 14 abuse cases involving peacekeepers in Central African Republic…The cases cited by the Code Blue campaign, a watchdog group, were investigated last year to determine whether the allegations could be substantiated…in eight cases the alleged victims were not interviewed, and 10 cases did not appear on the U.N. website where data is supposed to be released about sexual misconduct cases.”
I don’t think some people at this school realize how rich they really are. The New York Times did a piece about income inequality at elite colleges and named 38 schools that have more students from the top 1% of the income scale than the bottom 60%. Conn, along with almost every other NESCAC, was included on the list. The median family income of the Conn student body is just shy of $200,000 a year, and 73% of Conn’s students hail from the top 20% of the income ladder.
Upon entering Secchiaroli’s gravel driveway, the first thing that struck me was the smell. It turns out that rotting food, flies, and mud are all part of a healthy atmosphere for the 300-400 pigs that call the farm home. For the past 60 years, Connecticut College has maintained a food waste partnership with Secchiaroli Piggery on 62 Miner Lane in Waterford.