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Westport Dems: No place here for xenophobia, misogyny, and intolerance

Since Election Day, the Westport Democratic Town Committee has heard from many people in our community who are struggling to reconcile themselves to this [presidential] result and what it means for our nation. Tuesday night, a week after Election Day, we had a record turnout at our monthly meeting. People who had never attended a DTC meeting before came to express their fear, their anger, and their worry about the future. They spoke of sleepless nights, of difficult conversations with their children, and of feeling like foreigners in their own country.
In the past week, incidents of racial intimidation and hate speech have sharply risen all around the nation. Sadly, our town has not been immune.

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What? 30,000 register to vote in Connecticut at the last minute?

Last Tuesday on the evening news there was a piece about how the voting went in the state that day. Overall, it went well with few problems. However, this was the first presidential election since Connecticut started Election Day Registration and the Secretary of the State’s office said that more than 30,000 people took advantage of that.

What – The – Heck? Thirty thousand people waited until the last minute to register to vote? Are they all brain dead or did they all happen to move into the state the day before?

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A day in the life of a UConn faculty member

As a faculty member at the University of Connecticut for more than 25 years, no two years have been the same, let alone two days!
My Ph.D. is in Immunology and I am based in the School of Pharmacy on the Storrs campus as a tenured associate professor. In this position, I have served as a teaching/research faculty member, as an associate dean and now primarily as a teaching faculty member. This semester I am teaching in three courses to pharmacy students and to new college freshmen as well as graduate education courses.