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.
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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.
With an international pandemic sweeping across our nation, most people are focusing on getting by on a day-to-day basis. Life as we know it has come to a complete halt, a reality that seemed unfathomable a few months ago. News headlines flash across our screens reporting deaths, positive COVID-19 tests and graphs of a seemingly never-ending uptick in cases.
Amidst the most deadly and widespread pandemic in over a century, Wisconsin proceeded with an in-person election.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the fallout from COVID-19 has proved more extreme than anticipated, both with respect to mortality rates and economic decline. In the midst of all the chaos, President Trump has approved the largest stimulus plan in American history. The plan has been met with mixed reactions, with a significant proportion of the opposition rooted in one brand of populism or another.
A profound silence fills the streets — families and individuals are tucked away in their homes as they socially distance themselves in light of the coronavirus. Since Governor Tony Evers’ "Safer At Home" order has gone into effect, all but essential operations and activities continue and the state of Wisconsin has basically been frozen in time and place. In what seems like a dystopia, where children are not playing in playgrounds, students are not attending classes on campus and many employees are not working at their offices, the in-person election planned for April 7 is still being held — and that’s absurd.
As I write this, sirens are blaring outside of my warm and cozy Pacific Northwest home. Normally, I would shrug off the disturbance, but now, I shudder each time its high-pitched trill infiltrates my family’s walls.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 will always be remembered as a defining moment in the history of UW-Madison, for this was the day a pandemic resulted in an unprecedented move to online instruction and partial shutdown of residence halls. The days that followed since have seen increased closures and expanded restrictions, both by the university and the state of Wisconsin.
To help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many colleges and universities across the United States, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison, have closed their campuses and student housing. Schools have announced it would provide classes through alternative delivery, so as to avoid the heightened risk of community transmission. Like businesses and organizations, universities have canceled upcoming events and asked students, faculty, and staff to remain at home and reconsider all non-essential travel.
To the University of Wisconsin-Madison Community:
In a time where trans women are being killed at a startling rate, conversations over using one’s correct name and pronouns are considered controversial rather than necessary, and Badgers who identify as trans are feeling increasingly unsafe, these students need our support more than ever.