As students sat in classes on the first day of school, there was a collective sense of both excitement and anxiousness — in no particular order. After spending almost two years cooped up in your home, only talking to your close friends and family, and (hopefully) attending limited social events, the rates of people experiencing new or intensifying social anxiety are increasing across the nation.
For the first time in nearly two years, the once empty and quiet campus is alive with freshmen and sophomores experiencing college life in person for the first time.
It was 2012. Rob Messel had just competed in the citywide air guitar competition in Boston. After months of preparation, choreography, costuming, and character development, “The Marquis” was born. Seven years later, Messel would be declared the best air guitarist in the world.
Last summer, sitting on her porch soaking in the sun just after finishing up her remote work for the day, Sydney Livingtson’s phone rang. She sat in shock as the voice on the other end of the phone mumbled on, until she heard the words, “Stage 2 Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Lymphoma.” She hung up the phone and allowed the tears to fall, for the first and last time in months.
Over the past 5 years I have watched The Office countless times. I have laughed, I have cried, and I have learned so much in the process (mostly that it’s okay to feel impulsively inclined to rewatch shows on repeat that bring you joy).
Picture this: you are a second semester freshman at UP. You traded a wild and eye opening first semester of college for four months of Zoom classes and Discord chats in your childhood bedroom. Now with the first glimmer of hope for establishing a new normal, you have taken a leap of faith — making the challenging decision to leave behind your family and brave the complexity of living on a college campus amidst a global pandemic.
Rewind a few days, before the power went out and you were freezing, before you fell behind on days of school work and were stressed out of your mind. In those days, the snow was fun.
Bursting pipes due to weather-related issues have caused minor flooding in the basement of Shipstad Hall, according to RA’s and residents.
Spending the equivalent of two months, or 1,460 hours, on the phone with your significant other over a period of just six months seems like an eternity. For CJ Charfauros and Malia Hui, both UP sophomores, this was a necessity.
This Saturday, the Campus Program Board (CPB) is hosting a virtual concert series featuring artists Kingsley, Reva Devito and Lennon Stella.