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The new normal: How students feel about residence life, updated Covid-19 policies

For the first time in weeks, students roamed residence halls at the College without masks, allowing their friends a chance to see the lower part of their faces for what might have been the first time this semester. Students relaxed on lounge couches, did their laundry and spoke to their fellow residents, finally able to remove their masks and live a more normal residential college experience. 

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Alumnus Bryan Steward battles neuromuscular disease across 500-mile hike, recounts journey in self-published book, ‘My Own Pace’

In August 2017, College alumnus Bryan Steward flew to Spain and embarked on the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage stretching from Madrid to Galicia.  Nearly five years after he set off, Steward recounted his trek in his book, “My Own Pace,” published on Feb. 19. Though he faced a number of challenges throughout his journey — including a severe case of food poisoning — Steward’s greatest obstacle is Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD): his rare, progressive neuromuscular disease. 

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Shocked by the Kremlin’s aggressive maneuvers, countries around the world responded by imposing economic sanctions on Russia. The United States, along with other European nations, are taking economic actions against Russia(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt).

While the West continues Russian sanctions, United States downplays nuclear threat

Russian troops moved into Ukraine on Feb. 24, as part of the largest ground invasion Europe has seen in decades. Shocked by the Kremlin’s aggressive maneuvers, countries around the world responded by imposing economic sanctions on Russia. The United States, along with other European nations, have decided to ban Russian banks from SWIFT, an international trading system that makes trade flow smoothly between countries. Deemed as the ‘financial nuclear bomb,’ the West maintains that the Russian economy will suffer significantly from the new measure. 

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OPINION: Putin’s ‘blood and soil’ speech revealed war was never about NATO — a breakdown

In the early morning of Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war against Ukraine, phrased as a “special military operation.” Just two days before, Putin recognized two breakaway regions in Eastern Ukraine bordering Russia: Donetsk and Luhansk. These two areas have been the sight of civil war, with portions of the two regions under Russian-backed separatist control. But instead of recognizing just the separatist controlled regions as independent republics, Putin opted to recognize the whole region, even those under Ukrainian control, as parts of the “republics.”

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