Facemasks. Once used primarily by medical professionals, facemasks are now a modern-day accessory and necessity thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggested the use of facemasks for the general public in areas where the virus was spreading in early June 2020 and 10 months later, 28 states still have a mask mandate in place. The below map highlights those states with a mandate in blue while those without mandates are in grey. Many of the central and southern states do not currently have mask orders in place while the east and west coasts do. Each state…


Facemasks. Once used primarily by medical professionals, facemasks are now a modern-day accessory and necessity thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggested the use of facemasks for the general public in areas where the virus was spreading in early June 2020 and 10 months later, 28 states still have a mask mandate in place. The below map highlights those states with a mandate in blue while those without mandates are in grey. Many of the central and southern states do not currently have mask orders in place while the east and west coasts do. Each state…


Wisconsin: a state so synonymous with cheese that its residents are equally called cheeseheads and Wisconsinites. In fact, you’re likely to find a bunch of literal cheeseheads at any Green Bay Packers game. Given this, it’s no surprise that agriculture is one of the biggest industries in Wisconsin. Traditional farming, especially the dairy industry, makes up most of the agriculture industry in the state but Wisconsin is also the second leading US state in organic farming, falling only behind California. Interestingly enough, that’s only 2% of Wisconsin’s farms.

Despite Wisconsin’s prominence in the dairy industry, the bulk of organic farming…


Where were you on September 11th, 2001? How about when you found out Osama bin Laden was killed? For most people, a pretty clear image comes to mind when picturing their location during these events. But what about March 11th, 2020? Do you think the image of your location when COVID-19 was announced as a global pandemic will be just as clear as these other images ten years from now?

Each of these events marked the presidencies of the men serving at that time, and each president saw a spike in their approval from the American public following these occasions…


2008 proved to be a rough year for employment. On average, unemployment rates rose 2.6% from 2000 and then fell an average of 3.5% before the 2016 measures were taken. These higher than usual unemployment rates can be attributed to the Great Recession that took place between December 2007 and June 2009. Despite this recession, unemployment rates still fell over 1.7% from 2000 to 2016, indicating an overall positive trend.

In looking at these numbers on maps, one can see that 2008 truly is an outlier year. These maps use color to indicate the level of unemployment…


What do a four-star Army general, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa have in common? Besides setting up the punchline for the worst dad-joke ever… they all have a four-star rating. As a culture, we’re pretty accustomed to this rating system and generally associate more stars with a higher price tag and/or more prestige and while this is pretty true for hotels, restaurants, and generals, but can the same really be said for movies?

The above chart depicts the star ratings of movies compared to their gross dollars. If there were a…


Freedom. For most Americans, that word conjures images of bald eagles, fireworks, and the 4th of July. But what does it really mean, and could it even impact a country’s success? In the context of an individual’s freedom within a country, it’s traditionally defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint¹,” but that isn’t exactly something that is easily quantified and can be quite subjective and relative. Yet we instinctively know freedom is powerful; that’s why we celebrate it each July. …


The SEC conference had a strong showing in the 2018 football season, culminating with an all-SEC National Championship game. In general, we’ve come to believe that a good football team is anchored by a solid quarterback, but what does that really mean when it comes down to the numbers? Traditionally, we’ve found it easier to quantify a quarterback’s success with a singular number, like the number of touchdowns or passing yards, and more recently, using quarterback rankings calculated with a myriad of statistics. …


2nd -and-26. The play that will live on forever for Alabama Football fans. It’s the 2018 College Football National Championship. After being down 13–0 to Georgia at halftime, Alabama puts in Tua Tagovailoa, the 2nd string true freshman quarterback who helps to even the score and send the game into overtime. Georgia gets the ball first, manages an incredible 51-yard field-goal, then sacks Tagovailoa for a 16-yard loss after Alabama gets the ball. Things aren’t looking good for the Crimson Tide. But then, on the 2nd down, with 26 yards to gain, Tagovailoa flings an amazing 41-yard touchdown pass to…

Caroline Jenkins

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