Purge sirens roared from Sellery Residence Hall as UW chancellor Rebecca Blank implemented a mandatory quarantine for both the Sellery and Witte residence halls beginning Wednesday night due to the recent high rates of positive COVID-19 test results on campus.
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In order to uphold a fair, efficient and reliable presidential election, this nation is greatly in need of an invaluable resource: election poll workers. On an average election year, 56 percent of election officials are over the age of 60. However, as you already know, this demographic is significantly impacted by the pandemic. Understandably, many of those who would have typically presided over the polls are not doing so this year, in fear of jeopardizing their lives. As a result, our nation, as well as the state of Wisconsin, is collectively facing a poll worker shortage.
As we have all experienced over these six months, the COVID-19 crisis has upended normalcy. From remote working to virtual learning, the loss of healthcare to the loss of loved ones, the coronavirus has forced us all to operate under a new, frightening reality. At the same time, it has brought into crisp focus our society’s greatest inequities and our leaders’ misplaced priorities.
No matter the number of hand sanitizer stations, hybrid classes or Badger Pledges, there is no “Smart Restart” for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
TW: racism, police violence
In recent news, UW-Madison announced the decision to make college admissions tests like the SAT and the ACT optional through Summer 2023, placing an even greater emphasis on holistic admissions.
Most of the articles I have written in my time as a contributor/editor at The Daily Cardinal have been on topics that touch me deeply. Topics that I feel strongly about. However, none of my previous pieces have been so entangled in my own personal experience.
Editors' Note [July 29, 2020 at 9:26 p.m.]: This correction has been edited for clarity. Additionally, the statement provided by Madeline Pawlak has been updated. An earlier version of their statement incorrectly claimed Collin Rees said Roys has never violated the pledge. Rees clarified, "Kelda Roys did indeed violate the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge... [and] acted quickly to remedy these violations, and returned them. Because she did so, she remains a pledge signer and in good standing with the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge."
On July 16, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that federal law enforcement agents dressed in camo and with no identifying crests, badges or name tags were arresting peaceful and law-abiding protesters in Portland.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented, taking most of the world by storm in mid-March and continuing to maintain a strong grip on the world. It was at this crucial juncture in March that thousands of international students flocked back home, completely in the dark about what their semester would look like after Spring Break.
Bringing myself to write this flooded me with heavy emotions, forcing me to think about the countless Black lives lost meaninglessly over the picking and choosing of who deserves human rights. I did not want to write down — making public proof — of the racist interactions I have endured throughout my lifetime.
While the coronavirus pandemic may have shed light on the flaws of existing social constructs, it did serve one positive purpose — bringing acts of violence to a near halt. But as restrictions are lifted, human hatred rears its ugly head again. The tragic news of police brutality claiming yet another life in George Floyd sent shockwaves around the world, sparking riots in cities across the United States and discourse demanding justice for him.
Every single day, the United States faces new challenges as we are forced to adapt to life during a pandemic. With the 2020 presidential election just on the horizon, Biden and Trump supporters continue to remain confident in their selected candidate, while undoubtedly trying to navigate life on a day-to-day basis.
As the global economic toll of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic mounts, governments and businesses face stark choices choosing between the economy and public health. For example, the return of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2019 averaged 23.7 percent, but the Dow has amounted to 21,917 points at the end of March, down from 25,409 (13.7 percent) at the end of February. The American economy shrank at a 4.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the biggest contraction since the 2008 financial crisis. The rapid spread of the coronavirus has prompted governments to quarantine people locally and curtail cross-border travel. But public health and social well-being rely upon continued economic activity, especially the international provision of goods and services.
The past few weeks have felt like a really long, really twisted game of Tug O’ War. On one side of the tattered rope is a realm of untapped possibilities — that book you never quite had time to read while in-person classes were the norm, a new hobby, virtually-adapted coursework.
After the dramatic defeats of the Reagan Revolution, centrist triangulation reigned supreme in the Democratic Party, but, in recent years, the left wing has seen a renaissance in the United States.
If a silver lining is to be found in the COVID-19 pandemic, reconsidering the antiquated societal norms our country has so dearly held on to is surely a contender. Incidentally, one of the most consequential norms to be reconsidered has little to do with the spread of diseases; namely, the nature of the work.
America grows smaller and smaller everyday. Less and less for the huddled masses. Less and less the home of the brave.
Wisconsin held its primaries on Tuesday following two court decisions blocking Governor Evers’s executive orders to postpone the contest and expand mail-in options.
As our news feeds are oversaturated with DIY mask tutorials and troll-worthy conspiracy theories fill the spaces previously occupied with dog videos and food-based ASMR, we need high-quality and empathetic journalism more than ever.