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New Racial Profiling Law Brings Optimism

Courtney Leopold

In 1999, the Alvin W. Penn law was passed in Connecticut, the first racial profiling law in the state. The law declares that police may not stop, detain or search any motorist’s vehicle based only on race, gender or sexual orientation. Fourteen years later, after new incidents of racial profiling in Connecticut and nationally, the state is poised to become a leader in a new model to discourage racism. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bigger Budgets Don’t Always Lead To Academic Success

Aneri conducting an interview.

Conventional wisdom suggests that spending more on education leads to greater academic success, but the numbers tell a different story. Data from the Connecticut State Department of Education show that increased per pupil expenditure does not necessarily lead to higher graduation rates.  In fact, there appears to be no correlation between the two factors in an examination of four Connecticut districts. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Early Intervention Is Key To Treating Trauma

Juan, center, in class at UConn.

With reports showing that the majority of female juveniles who have committed crimes in Connecticut have experienced traumatic events, mental health advocates are pushing for early intervention to identify and treat trauma. Dr. Robert Franks, vice president of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and director of the Connecticut Center for Effective Practice, said that evidence shows that experiencing trauma can lead to involvement in the criminal system. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Padded Headgear Protects Soccer Players From Injuries

Meagan at UConn.

In the game of soccer, there is growing concern that “heading” the ball is leading to an increase in concussions and other head injuries. Soccer has been ranked as one of the top 20 sports for the highest number of head injuries, and one of the top 10 sports for the highest number of head injuries among children under 14. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Advocates Support Decrease In School Arrests After Newtown

Sarah Genn

Children’s advocates in Connecticut are concerned that an increase in police presence after the Newtown school massacre may lead to more arrests, just as the state has moved towards finding alternative punishments. “It is possible for a police officer to bring a positive presence and resources to schools. However, this kind of presence often comes with the unintended consequences of student arrests,” said Lara Herscovitch, deputy director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance. (more…) Continue Reading →

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UConn Men’s Basketball Team Back On Track Academically

Talon Cooper

Through the years the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams have dominated their respective sports by winning multiple national championships. But when it comes to academics, the women have been far superior to the men. When the UConn men’s basketball team begins play in the American Athletic Conference this season, it will once again be eligible for post-season play. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Duke, Syracuse And Michigan State Rake In Millions From Sports

Alonzo and Demain

While most college athletic departments around the country lose money, three major men’s basketball programs - Duke, Syracuse and Michigan State - made profits between $7 million and $15 million, according to the most recent statistics available at FindtheData.com. “Most sports lose the athletic department between $500,000 and $1 million,’’ Mark Hollis, Michigan State’s athletic director told USA Today. (more…) Continue Reading →

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