Contextualizing the United States Government’s Legacy of Combating Infectious Diseases: Examining the Marginalization of Formerly Enslaved Africans Amid the Smallpox Epidemic

In modern society, each individual possesses a presumed desire to achieve longevity. Unfortunately, however, such an aspiration may prove infeasible due to the existence of infectious diseases. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that respiratory illnesses such as influenza and pneumonia were among the ten leading sources of mortality in the United[…]

The Concealed Reality of Incarceration

Updated November 19, 2020 According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term prison is defined as the following: a state of confinement or captivity, or an institution for the confinement of those convicted of serious crimes. This definition evokes an expectation that prisons promote stability and security. Inevitably, the vast majority of individuals would prefer for criminals[…]

The Conflicted Reality of African Americans at the Epicenter of UVA

Updated: November 19, 2020 The University of Virginia is considered to be one of the more prestigious academic institutions within the United States. The prestige is solidified by the University’s reputable undergraduate and graduate programs, its renowned professional schools (medical, law, and business), as well as its unique method of engaging student leaders (i.e., Honor System, University Judiciary System, and Student Council). However,[…]

Raising the Bar Helps New Students Transition into the University

Joseph Bonjawo- 1st-year Student Updated 11/19/2020 The first Raising the Bar meeting occurred on Monday the 2nd of September, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. I was informed that the meeting would take place in a conference room within the Newcomb Hall. However, I unwittingly wandered within several segments of the Hall only to realize that the[…]