Zombies for Higher Education

By Robert Rae

by Leah Glazer   “Forget brains! We want knowledge!” That’s the tagline for the Zombie Walk, an undertaking of Western Connecticut State University’s campus radio station, 91.7 WXCI. The walk, set for Saturday, May 7 at 4pm, is meant to inform and awaken students as… Read more »

Local News

Where to Get Your First Night Danbury Buttons

Robert Rae

from CityCenter Danbury As First Night Danbury enters its 22nd year as the city’s popular family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, it’s “Looking Up & Moving Forward”. That’s this year’s theme, a nod to the fest’s venerable history and to the Danbury Main Street… Read more »

WestConn to Offer Live Streaming for Dalai Lama Talks


  Anticipation is building for the mid-October visit by the 14th Dalai Lama to Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. While the October 18 “The Art of Compassion” and October 19 “Advice for Daily Life” talks are sold out, the university plans to offer several options… Read more »

WestConn Students, Faculty to Present Live Election Night TV Coverage


  Television viewers across western Connecticut will receive real-time coverage of local and statewide results in the November 6 elections provided by a crew of more than 40  Western Connecticut State University (WestConn) students and faculty members who will present a four-hour live election-night broadcast… Read more »

WestConn Safe From Budget Cuts

Joshua L. Durkin

by Josh Durkin Students work hard to convince their legislators that to close WestConn as a potential solution to part of the budget deficit would be an economic blunder. by Josh Durkin Well-dressed, well-groomed and well-prepared, students from Western Connecticut State University entered the state… Read more »

Politics, at Home & Abroad

Women Warm to McMahon

Christine Stuart

  Women may have doomed her first campaign for U.S. Senate, but Linda McMahon has flipped the script and eliminated the gender gap according to recent polls and the women gathered at a campaign rally in Norwalk Saturday.   In her second run for the U.S. Senate… Read more »

Women Defend Murphy

Tikeyah Whittle

  Four women featured in U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy’s new campaign ad told the media Monday that Murphy was a better candidate for U.S. Senate than Republican Linda McMahon because he is more reliable when it comes to the issues they care about.   “[Murphy]… Read more »

Where Do They Stand for 2014?

Patrick Scully

  What are the governor’s chances? What about Tom Foley? John McKinney? Larry Cafero? Mark Boughton? Linda McMahon? Mike Fedele? Now that it’s all over but the national scandals for 2012, people are handicapping the 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race. Never wanting to be left out,… Read more »

Walker: Our Real National Debt Is $70 Trillion

Christine Stuart

  Government is currently not representative of, or responsive to, the public and we are dominated by special interests, big money, and career politicians, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker told the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce at Goodwin College on Thursday.   The Connecticut… Read more »

U.S. Senate Says No GMO Labeling

Hugh McQuaid

  As state lawmakers have debated the merits of requiring labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients last week, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has been involved with a similar debate on the federal level.   Early Friday morning, the state House of Representatives passed an amended bill which… Read more »


WestConn’s Two Campuses: Past, Present, and Future

Robert Rae

by Drew Mazurfrom The Echo WITHOUT TWO CAMPUSES, Western Connecticut State University (WestConn) would not be in Danbury. In his book, A People’s University, WestConn professor emeritus of history Dr. Herbert Janick discusses how WestConn evolved to a point where more living accommodations for students… Read more »

The Silver Screen in the Oval Office

Sherri Hill

  United States presidents have danced with Hollywood’s image-makers since the 1920s, a phenomenon Dr. Burton W. Peretti, professor of history at Western Connecticut State University, explores in a new book, The Leading Man.   Peretti shows that George Washington set the stage for presidents… Read more »

The Occupants of Wall Street

Joshua L. Durkin

by Joshua L. Durkin   Pungent curry stink hovered overhead in Zuccotti Park. I turned to see three men and a woman in their early twenties, I guessed, carry paper plates holding clumps of food. They looked weary, especially a grungy man of indeterminate age… Read more »

The Great Greater Danbury Project

#8: Andrea Gartner

Amanda Bloom

Andrea Gartner is the best thing to happen to Danbury since the Gas Ball. Andrea Gartner is the best thing to happen to Danbury since the Gas Ball. As manager of CityCenter Danbury, Gartner is truly committed to a downtown revitalization and unafraid of challenging… Read more »

#83: Little Pub

Amanda Bloom

  Little Pub (an advertiser on The Mercurial) is just as it sounds – it is both little and a pub.   If you’ve never been, you’ve probably heard about it.  The Pub is known for standout food, featuring items such as mini osso bucco,… Read more »

#82: The Octagon House

Mercurial Staff

from Wikipedia   The Octagon House, in Danbury, Connecticut, United States, is located on Spring Street. It is considered the best octagon house of the 12 that survive in Connecticut. In 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places to avert its demolition in urban renewal.   It is… Read more »

#81: La Zingara’s Brunch

Amanda Bloom

  La Zingara in Bethel, Connecticut is a highly regarded Italian restaurant serving up traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist.  The restaurant ranks high with Zagat, and owners Thomas Giudice and Lisa Tassone were invited as guest chefs to the James Beard House in New York City last… Read more »

#80: The Doors Played at Danbury High School

Amanda Bloom

    The Doors performed at Danbury High School before their big break on Wednesday, October 11, 1967. From YouTube user Rutazurra:   “This show is primarily attended by nearby college students from Western Connecticut State College and locals of Danbury. Prior to the show,… Read more »

#7: The Back of Cousin Larry’s

There’s a certain place hidden just off Main Street in Danbury that is truly one of its greatest secrets; the junk-filled dirt landing outside of Cousin Larry’s pub. There’s a certain place hidden just off Main Street in Danbury that is truly one of its… Read more »