Gig economy grows, but not gig worker salaries

By John Leahy | UConn Jour­nal­ism Dec. 9, 2022  In May of 2020, Thomas Taber real­ized he was run­ning out of mon­ey.  The 20-year-old Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut stu­dent was liv­ing at home due to the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, and was order­ing food con­sis­tent­ly through online plat­forms like Door­Dash and Uber Eats. Though the coun­try was essen­tial­ly shut down, heCon­tin­ue read­ing “Gig econ­o­my grows, but not gig work­er salaries”

UConn vets exposed to burn pits welcome expanded health care benefits

Mem­bers of the Iraq and Afghanistan Vet­er­ans of Amer­i­ca (IAVA) who say they were impact­ed by expo­sure to burn pits while serv­ing, stand to be acknowl­edged at a House Vet­er­ans’ Affairs Health Sub­com­mit­tee hear­ing in June 2018. (AP Photo/FILE/Jacquelyn Mar­tin) By Mikhael Thomp­son | UConn Jour­nal­ismDecem­ber 8, 2022 Bran­don Soto, a fresh­man biol­o­gy major at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut who joined theCon­tin­ue read­ing “UConn vets exposed to burn pits wel­come expand­ed health care benefits”

SCOTUS action could impact college admission process

By Car­son Swick | UConn Jour­nal­ism | Dec. 2, 2022 STORRS, Conn. — Forty-sev­en per­cent stu­dents of col­or; 26.5% of stu­dents from eth­nic back­grounds “tra­di­tion­al­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed” in high­er edu­ca­tion — Black, His­pan­ic, Hawiian/Pacific Islander, Amer­i­can Indi­an and Alaskan native stu­dents. These fig­ures rep­re­sent the stu­dents admit­ted into the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut Class of 2026, the mostCon­tin­ue read­ing SCOTUS action could impact col­lege admis­sion process”

Connecticut not likely to embrace ranked choice voting anytime soon

By Hud­son Kam­phausen | UConn Jour­nal­ism Nov. 5, 2022  Pro­po­nents say it encour­ages more civ­il cam­paigns and oppo­nents con­tend it’s too com­pli­cat­ed — but regard­less of indi­vid­ual opin­ions about ranked choice vot­ing, one advo­cate for the sys­tem says it’s not like­ly to hap­pen in Con­necti­cut any time soon.  State Rep. Josh Elliott, a Demo­c­rat who rep­re­sents Ham­den andCon­tin­ue read­ing “Con­necti­cut not like­ly to embrace ranked choice vot­ing any­time soon”

More voters shunning political parties

By Lau­ra Mason | UConn Jour­nal­ism Nov. 5, 2022  It was 2020 and UConn stu­dent Gar­rett McGlinchey had just turned 18 when he offi­cial­ly declared him­self polit­i­cal­ly unaf­fil­i­at­ed. With an increas­ing­ly polar­ized polit­i­cal atmos­phere and an influ­en­tial par­ent in each major par­ty, McGlinchey had been cer­tain for a while that he didn’t want to align withCon­tin­ue read­ing “More vot­ers shun­ning polit­i­cal parties”

Making roads safer: it’s complicated

By Lau­ra Mason | UConn Jour­nal­ism Oct. 30, 2022  STORRS, Conn. — It was the end of August 2022 and cars were whip­ping by Lisa’s Choco­lates and Gifts on Route 195 in Mans­field again.  Fol­low­ing ren­o­va­tions at Mans­field Ele­men­tary School and the sub­se­quent removal of a traf­fic island, the widened road now allowed cars to accel­er­ate into theCon­tin­ue read­ing “Mak­ing roads safer: it’s complicated”

What’s a winning strategy? GOP, Dems use different approaches

By Car­son Swick | UConn Jour­nal­ismOct. 22, 2022  Abor­tion. Infla­tion. The econ­o­my. Threats to democ­ra­cy.  In many ways, these sim­ple yet charged terms char­ac­ter­ize both Democ­rats’ and Repub­li­cans’ approach­es to mes­sag­ing ahead of the 2022 midterm elec­tions: Hone in on spe­cif­ic “win­ning” issues while for­get­ting the incon­ve­nient ones. In what is shap­ing up to be anCon­tin­ue read­ing “What’s a win­ning strat­e­gy? GOP, Dems use dif­fer­ent approaches”

Climate change bringing more mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases

By LAURA AUGENBRAUN | UConn Jour­nal­ism  Jan­u­ary 18, 2022 Evan White was in his sec­ond to last lacrosse sea­son at Foran High School in Mil­ford, Con­necti­cut in spring of 2019, when sud­den­ly his team start­ed hear­ing rumors of their games being resched­uled and even can­celed. “It was actu­al­ly real­ly scary because we weren’t sure what wasCon­tin­ue read­ing “Cli­mate change bring­ing more mos­qui­toes and mos­qui­to-borne diseases”

Amid pandemic, many college students dropped out to travel, save money, pursue other career options

Some have no plans to return to the class­room post-COVID By JOHN LEAHY | UConn Jour­nal­ism Jan­u­ary 18, 2022 GLASTONBURY — Col­in O’Doherty woke up one morn­ing and had an idea. It was June 2020, and the 19-year-old col­lege stu­dent had been con­flict­ed for months. His school, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ver­mont, had announced that it would con­ductCon­tin­ue read­ing “Amid pan­dem­ic, many col­lege stu­dents dropped out to trav­el, save mon­ey, pur­sue oth­er career options”

As storms worsen and sea level rises, “living shorelines” might protect Connecticut beaches

By Ben Crnic | UConn Jour­nal­ism July 2021 Vis­i­tors to East Shore Park in New Haven aren’t able to eas­i­ly stroll along the beach there. It’s not closed. It’s being phys­i­cal­ly cut off from the rest of the park by ero­sion. Get­ting to the beach requires get­ting down a steep slope, and there’s a good chanceCon­tin­ue read­ing “As storms wors­en and sea lev­el ris­es, “liv­ing shore­lines” might pro­tect Con­necti­cut beaches”