As Jack and his posse of friends walked up to the entrance of the bar, ready to get their fake IDs checked, all they could do was pray. Standing in close proximity to other prospective underage drinkers, everyone had the same idea in mind: A wish that the bouncer and bar would be somewhat lenient tonight.
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Tuesday, Sept. 6 should have been a great day to be a Badger. All students should have been able to leave their homes with backpacks strapped, fresh notebooks ready and computers charged to learn from a university they were proud to be admitted to. Instead, the 2022-23 academic year started off on a rather negative note, especially for over 13% of the student population.
The fact that the drinking age is 21 years old in the United States has always bothered me. The reasoning for this arbitrary number of birthdays has never made logical sense, as many underage University of Wisconsin-Madison students, Wisconsin residents and other college students indulge early in their non-sober lives.
As the University of Wisconsin-Madison nears a 93% rate of fully vaccinated students, there have yet to be substantial changes to its policies surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. On the contrary, many have even called for greater restrictions. Though, one must ask: why?
Why, America? More and more I have asked this question to myself as I read through the hideous headlines about COVID-19, almost all pertaining to the problem the unvaccinated have caused. It has never made sense to me, even before the pandemic, why some folks legitimately do not trust vaccines. Even with experts and statistical data affirming the vaccine's success, anti-vaxxers consistently have an endless list of excuses to sharply defend their reservations.
The pandemic, as we know it, has not been easy for anyone. It would be easy to ask anyone on the street about their experience with COVID-19, especially about the effects the pandemic has had on them. Whether it were events cancelled, the loss of a job or even a loss of a family member, the list goes on about the vast repercussions the global killer has caused. Yet there is a key question in everyone’s mind: When does it end?
Delayed stimulus payments finally pass the Senate, yet many Americans are still waiting on their benefits.
As the litigation-filled Trump administration has come to an end, newly elected President Biden has followed through with some of his economic campaign promises. The American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic relief bill, passed the Senate narrowly with a vote of 50-49. The bill includes the long-awaited stimulus payments of $1,400.