Pequots seek river name change to reflect native roots in eastern Connecticut 

By Aman­da McCard | UConn Jour­nal­ism Maps, jour­nals, books–if it’s a his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ment that ref­er­ences the Thames Riv­er in New Lon­don, Con­necti­cut, chances are good that Dr. Kevin McBride has stud­ied it. He’s not just an avid riv­er enthu­si­ast or a his­to­ry buff. He’s an archae­ol­o­gist on a mis­sion, per the request of the Mashan­tuck­etCon­tin­ue read­ing “Pequots seek riv­er name change to reflect native roots in east­ern Connecticut ”

Classroom Crisis: Connecticut Public Schools Face Ongoing Teacher Shortages

By Aman­da Amer­al | UConn Jour­nal­ism “Hell on earth” is the way Leslie Blat­teau described teach­ing dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic. While Blat­teau, a 15-year teach­ing vet­er­an and Pres­i­dent of the New Haven Fed­er­a­tion of Teach­ers, has remained in the pro­fes­sion, many of her col­leagues have not. Sheena Gra­ham, 2019 Con­necti­cut Teacher of the Year, who taughtCon­tin­ue read­ing “Class­room Cri­sis: Con­necti­cut Pub­lic Schools Face Ongo­ing Teacher Shortages”

Students and Professors Embrace AI Writing Tools

By Ali­cia Gomez | UConn Jour­nal­ism Alexa Udell, a third-year psy­chol­o­gy stu­dent, was hav­ing trou­ble in her sta­tis­tics class. She was used to using tools like flash­cards and notes to study for her psy­chol­o­gy exams, but she found her­self stumped on how to study for sta­tis­tics. Try­ing to fig­ure out the prac­tice prob­lems in herCon­tin­ue read­ing “Stu­dents and Pro­fes­sors Embrace AI Writ­ing Tools”

College Students Need a Detox from TikTok

By Macken­zie Camp­bell | UConn Journalism

On a sun­ny after­noon at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut, stu­dents hun­kered down with their lap­tops and books at the Homer Bab­bidge Library. In the library’s Book­worm Cafe, many stu­dents were on their phones, ignor­ing their work. Focused intent­ly on his lap­top among them was Ohm Ghutadaria, a junior major­ing in neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gy, who recent­ly delet­ed Tik­Tok from his phone. Ghutadaria is one of many stu­dents who have noticed TikTok’s effect on their dai­ly life. 

The road to change: Why some residents of Avon refuse to take it

By Esther Ju | UConn Journalism

For years, Avon res­i­dents have trav­eled down Old Farms Road, observ­ing its bucol­ic sur­round­ings as they pass through. The route sym­bol­izes the rur­al lifestyle fos­tered by a small town, left vir­tu­al­ly unchanged since its ori­gins as a dirt road. Now, loom­ing plans to recon­struct Old Farms have sparked oppo­si­tion from some town dwellers, who fear the loss of its rus­tic charm and most of all, the era­sure of a cher­ished place.