With our own politics, concerts, and grocery store, Wesleyan may feel like a fairly complete ecosystem that leaves little cause for crossing Broad Street or Wash. It can be easy to forget not only that there’s a world beyond campus borders but also that there are exciting affairs and good people right here in Central Connecticut. Thus on behalf of MidWes (the Middletown Relations Committee), I’ll be popping that Wesleyan bubble with a bi-weekly dose of local news and events. Has it been a while since you befriended a Nutmegger, thought about city and state politics, or drank real coffee? Stay tuned for more reminders as to why you should know and maybe even love your neighbors.
- The Connecticut General Assembly is discussing a bill that addresses various felonies committed with drones, which would require the state’s Department of Transportation to develop regulations regarding unmanned aircraft. Drones will transform rescue missions and the shipping industry but lawmakers worry over the threat they pose to public safety and privacy. The future is an awesome and terrifying place.
- Connecticut House Republican Leader Larry Cafero has requested a public hearing where anyone could share thoughts and suggestions on the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative If you have strong feelings about curriculum changes and teacher evaluation standards, keep your eyes out for opportunities to address the state’s Education Committee, who has not yet raised a single bill regarding Common Core, despite widespread criticism.
- Governor Malloy believes that citizens should have greater access to raw government data and that the dissemination of unaggregated, unanalyzed data would spur new research and economic activity. Initiatives like Malloy’s Executive Order No. 39, signed last Friday, will surely be a boon to data-hungry QAC and GIS nerds.
- Exciting news for those who do not like or understand the electoral college system: The General Assembly will hold a public hearing on whether Connecticut should join the national effort to elect presidents by popular vote. Secretary of State Denise Merrill insists that this would prompt candidates to focus more on voter turnout.
- Another heated debate taking place among CT’s legislators is that of assisted suicide. Do we have a “right to die?” How, if at all, would prescriptions for lethal medication influence the quality of care given to terminally ill patients? Aid-in-dying is currently allowed in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont.
- The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown’s beloved performing arts and cultural center, hosts an Anything Goes Open Mic every Monday (including TODAY)! Check out the thriving off-campus art scene, support local musicians and writers, and showcase your own talents. Sign-up begins at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:00.
- A woman’s body was discovered in the Connecticut River in Middletown on Wednesday afternoon. Officials were alerted in the morning of a body surrounded by ice and they have not yet released further information.