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The Magic of a Carnival

Lauren Christie Contributing Writer

To some, the fall season signifies the changing color of the leaves or the weather slowly shifting. To others, fall represents the time to start the countdown for the best event of the year. The annual celebration where crisp October air feels warmer surrounded by the people you love. The sound of genuine laughter, excitement, and amusement fill the area. Not to mention the aroma of fried delicious food. The Cove Side Carnival is a family-friendly event that takes place every year, in Old Wethersfield.

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Western United States Wildfires and Wildfire Suppression

Samantha Kushel Contributing Writer

It came to a huge shock to thousands of people this summer when we awoke to cloudy skies in New England, I remember going to social media to see what was happening and was stunned to found out this smoke that we were seeing came from the West coast fires! I immediately thought it was a joke because how could smoke from 3,000 miles away be here? This smoke was able to not only travel here but affect our air quality in so many places making it dangerous for a variety of different groups of people to walk outside.  The reason why these fires have gotten so out of hand is due to wildfire suppression acts that were put into place over a century ago, but we are still following them today and if we do not change them soon, it may be too late. 

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“One Pill Can Kill”: The Dangers of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs

Sydney Gidman News Editor

Jake Beddoe was a 25-year old former peace-corps member and worked as a travel consultant. In 2020 Jake moved home to Trumbull, CT from Boston to spend time with his family during quarantine. The night of May 26th, 2020, Jake took what he thought was a small dose of Xanax to ease his insomnia, but he never woke up. Jake was poisoned with fentanyl, a lethal drug that’s 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Since the Beddoe family has dedicated their time to raising awareness about counterfeit prescription drugs, and most recently partnered with The Connecticut Prevention Network’s public awareness campaign called “You Think You Know”.  

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“Devious Licks” TikTok Trend Creates Trouble for CT School Districts and State Leaders

Sydney Gidman News Editor

A controversial TikTok trend that entails students stealing school property and posting the footage on TikTok, has made its way to Connecticut schools. Some videos depict small items being taken, but others show things like hand soap dispensers, projector screens, paper towel holders, fire extinguishers, and even entire toilets.

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Mother of Missing Grad Student, Jelani Day, Speaks Out Against Authority’s Handling of Case

Sydney Gidman News Editor

The mother of Jelani Day, Carmen Bordon Day, has spoken out against the way law enforcement handled the search for her missing son, who has now been identified as deceased. Jelani Day was a 25-year-old Graduate Student at Illinois State University where he was studying to become a Speech Pathologist. According to the Bloomington Police missing person report, Day was last seen on the morning of August 24th and was reported missing after not showing up to class for multiple days.

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“Vile” Anti-Black Messages Sent to Black Student Coalition Group at UMass Amherst

Sydney Gidman News Editor

Throughout September, Black student groups at UMass Amherst have received racist anti-black emails and messages. The first email was sent on September 7th to the National Society of Black Engineers and was signed by The UMass Coalition for a better society. The group is not recognized as an official organization at the university.

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Rape Survivors Speak Out Against Eastern’s Mis-handling of Title IX Cases

Johana Vazquez News Editor

Prior to her sexual assault, she was a first generation college student who was highly involved on campus, participating in student organizations and teaching assistantship opportunities. After she was raped, she expected the institution she trusted and paid to validate her experiences and trauma, but was instead met with victim-blaming and a mis-handled case.

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