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this baby is doing a better job studying than i am

Bwoglines: Children are returning to school this week in Anchorage, Alaska following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the city on November 3oth. Parents worry about aftershocks as their children return to school, especially considering much of the initial damage still needs repairing. State support for Anchorage schools has decreased in recent years, and the opioid crisis brought families struggling with drug and alcohol abuse to the city and school district. This recent earthquake traumatized already-vulnerable students.

Study Tip: Finish things that actually need to be turned in first. Studying can feel so ~nebulous~ and tedious, so finishing your written assignments first can help you feel a sense of accomplishment and newfound motivation.

Music: If you haven’t heard of Jamie xx or The xx, then you’re missing out. Their music is the perfect blend of mellow and whatever the opposite of mellow is (upbeat?). “Loud Places” by Jamie xx is one of my favorites, but you should just listen to all of their albums.

Procrastination Tip: Walk around every library looking for a seat until you realize you’re hungry from all that walking, at which point you walk to the dining hall and enjoy a social meal for two or so hours. After eating, it’s only natural to take a nap. Before you sleep, though, make sure to catch up on some Netflix to put you in the napping mood.

Overheard: “I’m going to start bringing my own chair to Butler.”

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Happening in the World: Israel Defense Forces announced it will begin destroying tunnels allegedly dug by Hezbollah under Israel’s northern border. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims the Lebanese militant group dug the tunnels “to attack and murder innocent Israeli men, women and children” (Washington Post). He also stated the digging of the tunnels was funded by Iran.

Happening in the US: The US Army announced it will build its new unit, the Army Futures Command, in Austin, Texas, a city known for its liberalism and creativity. The unit is designed to prepare soldiers for “the next generation of warfare” in an increasingly technological world (US News). People in the city are worried about preserving Austin’s innovative and progressive environment in the wake of the new addition.

Happening in NYC: PS 25, a school for children with special needs on Staten Island, received criticism recently for severe sanitary issues that left students and staff ill. Classrooms are reportedly filled with mold, insects, and rodents. The Department of Education conducted an investigation and reported there was no mold present, but Congressman Max Rose visited the school and stated he was “absolutely stick to [his] stomach” (NBC New York).

Happening on Campus: Well-Woman is hosting another craft night from 7-8pm in Reid 119 on the first floor of the Barnard Quad. Stop by to make your own buttons!

Quote of the Day: “Sarcasm is the refuge of losers” – Little Miss Sunshine

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i feel less stressed just looking at this

Happening in the World: Maj Gen Alenka Ermenc was appointed to head of the armed forces in Slovenia. Maj Ermenec has served in the army since 1991, holding roles such as army commander and deputy chief of staff. Slovenia is the first Nato state to have a woman serve as head of the army (BBC).

Happening in the US: Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won Mississippi’s U.S. Senate runoff election, defeating Democrat Mike Epsy. Hyde-Smith made news for her inappropriate comment on “public hangings”, which served as a painful reminder of Mississippi’s history of lynchings. Trump visited Mississippi earlier this week to express his support for Hyde-Smith (CNN).

Happening in NYC: New York City shoppers this holiday season should be on the lookout for thieves. A woman had her $1,100 Canada Goose jacket stolen in SoHo moments after her purchase. Her friend managed to hold on tight to his luxury coat, winning the tug-of-war with the crook. Several other shoppers were targeted in Times Square, some at knifepoint (New York Post).

Happening on Campus: Barnard Well-Woman will be hosting a crocheting event tonight from 7-9pm. All levels are welcome!

Movie of the Day: Good Will Hunting

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Helicopters fighting wildfires from above

Happening in the World: Amazon announced it will be building HQ2 in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia. Amazon’s arrival will transform the neighborhood in Queens, taking up 4-8 million square feet of office space and bringing in at least 25,000 new employees (CNN).

Happening in the U.S.: The death toll in the Northern California wildfires has risen to 48, while the number of missing people is estimated to be around 200. The town of Paradise experienced the deadliest fire to date, with around 7,700 homes destroyed and more than 1,000 people in shelters (US News). Some residents of Paradise had only minutes to evacuate before flames engulfed their houses.

Happening in NYC: The city could see its first snowfall of 1-3 inches on Thursday, with temperatures dropping into the 30s. An increase in temperature overnight will turn the snow to rain, leading to slushy, slippery streets on Friday (NBC New York).

Happening on Campus: The Barnard No Aramark Boycott is happening all day today. Students will not be eating at Hewitt Dining Hall, Liz’s Place, Peet’s Coffee, or the Diana Center in protest of Aramark’s unsanitary and insufficient food to prisoners.

Obscure Indie Film of the Day: Elf

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Happening in the World: A New Zealand fisherman saved a drowning toddler after mistaking him for a porcelain doll floating in the ocean. The young boy had wandered away from his parent’s campsite while they were sleeping (The Guardian).

Happening in the U.S.: The Democrats took back the House of Representatives, gaining at least 26 seats. Republicans retain control of the Senate (NY Times).

Happening in NYC: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wins the congressional election in New York’s 14 district, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (CNN).

Happening on Campus: There will be a conversation with Liza Donnelly, a Cultural Envoy with the U.S. State Department and writer for the The New Times and The New Yorker, among other things. The event will be held in the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard from 6:30-8:00pm.

Obscure Food of the Day: Bagels

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bill nye? nope, just bill de blasio

Happening in the World: China now has the world’s largest sea-bridge, stretching 34 miles across the Pearl River Delta, connecting Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai. In total, the project cost about $20.7 billion and took 9 years to construct (NY Times).

Happening in the U.S.: The leaders of three San Francisco Bay Area dioceses were accused of covering up sexual abuse by 263 priests. While the names of these priests came from public documents, attorneys believe the bishops have hundreds of additional names of sexually abusive priests not released to the public (NBC News).

Happening in NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will provide unlimited sick leave to employees with 9/11 related health issues. This includes people who were at Ground Zero helping with rescue missions following the attack (abc7). Protestors are frustrated with de Blasio’s lack of urgency in implementing such a reform.

Happening on Campus: The SGA Food Advisory Board at Barnard is holding a focus group on food and dining from 6-8pm in the Diana Event Oval. The meeting will discuss Barnard’s controversial food service provider, Aramark, and the college’s renegotiation of its 10-year contract with the provider. Aramark is known to serve insufficient and unsanitary food to prisoners, among other prison abuses.

Word of the Day: Nefarious – wicked or criminal

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Petition to change the maple leaf to a weed leaf

Happening in the World: Canada is officially the second country in the world to legalize possession and recreational use of marijuana. The first country to do so was Uruguay, which legalized the cultivation of weed in 2014 and the sale in 2017 British Columbia will open up its first legal store this coming week (BBC News).

Happening in the US: Multiple states in the Midwest are preparing to vote on marijuana legalization in November. Michigan and North Dakota face the decision of whether or not the drug should be legal for ages 21 and over, similarly to alcohol. Missouri and Utah are taking baby steps, deciding whether or not to legalize the use of medical marijuana only (US News).

Happening in NYC: A house fire in the Bronx left a firefighter severely injured and led to a man’s arrest. Louis Roman, the 50-year-old resident of the house, was allegedly growing marijuana on his property. Reporters are referring to the scene as “a marijuana grow house” (abc7NY).

Happening on Campus: The SIPA Diversity Committee is hosting a panel regarding the influence of policy in voting and voter turnout. The event will be held in the International Affairs Building from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Panelists include former mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter,  Alex Hertel-Fernandez, assistant professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, and more.

Quote of the Day: “Look, for a lot of people, life is just one long hard kick in the urethra.” – BoJack Horseman

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Happening in the World: The Xinjiang region in China has legalized internment camps for Muslim Uighurs. Detainees are forced to renounce their faith and pronounce their loyalty to President Xi Jinping.

Happening in the U.S.: On her way out of office, Nikki Haley claims international respect for the United States has grown, despite a Pew Research poll showing “10 percent or less of respondents in Germany, France, and Spain believe Trump is trying to do the right thing in world affairs” (US News).

Happening in NYC: In the wake of Toys R Us’s liquidation, FAO Schwartz announced it will be opening a flagship store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on November 16 in preparation for the holiday season. The company also said it plans to open permanent stores in Canada and China and pop-up shops in Spain, Australia, and London (CNBC).

Happening on Campus: HeForShe is hosting a discussion on women in STEM today from 10:00 am-11:30 am in Low Library.

Book of the Day: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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isn’t she beautiful

The Milstein Center will be holding its ribbon cutting ceremony today at 2:30pm. After the ceremony, there will be tours and demonstrations throughout the building until 5:30pm. Stop by to see all of the exciting new resources for Barnard and Columbia students!

You can read more about the event here.


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Happening in the World: Rédoine Faïd has been recaptured after escaping from jail through a hijacked helicopter in July. The French gangster was detained north of Paris, and officials worry he will escape again.

Happening in the U.S.: A Times investigation revealed that Trump received about $413 million from his father’s business, discrediting his claim of being a “self-made billionaire”. The money was mostly acquired through tax schemes and evasions.

Happening in NYC: On October 4, 2011, an unidentified body was dug up in Elmhurst, Queens. While police officials believed it to be a homicide, they now know it was the preserved body of a woman from before the Civil War. A new PBS documentary titled “The Woman in the Iron Coffin” airs on Wednesday and will reveal the woman’s identity.

Happening on Campus: From 11:30am-12:30pm, the STEM Education Journal Club will hold a meeting in room 520 of Mudd Hall. The club will be discussing “Lockhart’s Laments”.

Movie of the Day: Little Miss Sunshine

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bland and boring

Happening in the World: Trump delivered a speech to the United Nations on Tuesday filled with inaccuracies, including him signing the “biggest tax cut in American history” (NY Times).

Happening in the US: Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in a Pennsylvania prison for sexually assaulting and drugging Andrea Constand in 2004. Bill Cosby did not have any friends or family present during the sentencing and showed no remorse.

Happening in NYC: Kevin Hart is bringing one of the tiny homes from Elizabethtown’s Tiny Estates to Madison Square Garden for his concert on Thursday night. The inside has been redecorated by Hart’s team and will be used to promote his upcoming tour.

Happening on Campus: Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez will be reading from and discussing his latest novel, The Shape of the Ruins, tonight in Sulzburger Parlor on the third floor of Barnard Hall. The event is hosted by The Barnard International Artists Series and will begin at 6:30pm.

Chip Flavor of the Day: Cheddar and Sour Cream

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Imagine this but with sequins.

Happening in the World: Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, reported she would not testify in a public hearing unless the FBI first investigates her allegations. The GOP will most likely continue to move forward with Kavanaugh’s confirmation, claiming Ford had the chance to testify and failed to do so (CNN).

Happening in the US: After Hurricane Florence ripped through North Carolina last week, many residents are left stranded and homeless. While past hurricanes have caused significant damage, the situation in North Carolina is different in that many of the homes and buildings damaged were owned locally and in small towns. Such areas include Wilmington and Fayetteville, where there are less than 1,500 available apartment units (Wall Street Journal).

Happening in NYC: Are you tired of seeing drab construction and menacing scaffolding on your walk throughout the city? Well, you’re in luck! The City’s Department of Cultural Affairs announced a new initiative to beautify city construction sites with art from local artists and support from non-profits (Vox Media).

Happening on CampusFilm Screening and discussion of the film Love Me is happening in Deutsches Haus, 420 W. 116 St, hosted by the Ukrainian Film Club. The film is about a Turkish man, a Ukrainian woman, love, and sex tourism. What could be better?

Restaurant of the Day: The Salty Splatoon

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