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img October 04, 20179:56 amimg 0 Comments

This face will end homophobia.

Happening Around The World: An ad in New Zealand challenges casual homophobia through “the medium of a dropped pie”. Rainbow Youth, a New Zealand-based LGBT+ charitable organisation, released the ad earlier this week on their Facebook page. Within its first three days, the video racked up 430k views and an overwhelming positive response! Watch the ad to find out how a dropped pie can move a nation to end their casual homophobia. (BBC)

Happening In The US: Animal rescue groups, like Wings of Rescue and The Sato Project, are sending volunteer pilots to fly into Puerto Rico to rescue cats and dogs. As we know, Puerto Rico has been absolutely devastated by an onslaught of hurricanes, these animal rescue groups have taken it upon themselves to evacuate the many stray animals on the island from a heavily pregnant dog to a badly injured puppy. If only Americans cared this much about the Puerto Rican people! (Today)

Happening In NYC: The 55th New York Film Festival (NYFF) is happening right now! From September 28th to October 15th, the NYFF will screen some exciting new features, documentaries, short films, and host a series of panels with filmmakers like Richard Linklater, Sean Baker, Hong sang-soo, and many more. Today, ‘Thunder Road’, ‘Til The End of Time’, and ‘Call Me By Your Name’, are slated to be screened! (NYFF)

Happening On Campus: Our very own, Joachim Frank, PhD, professor of biochemistry, molecular biophysics, and of biological sciences, has been awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for chemistry! Alongside Richard Henderson and Jacques Dubochet, Frank has been awarded in recognition “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”. What does that mean? No clue, but it sounds pretty cool. Well done, Joachim! (CUMC)

Overheard: I refuse to club to a slowed down remix of Sweater Weather.

My Happy Pie Technique by Orin Zebest via Flickr



img September 27, 201712:30 pmimg 0 Comments

Honour this beautiful bisexual man

LGBTQ @ Columbia honours the 20th anniversary of the Stephen Donaldson Lounge tonight with their Fall Open House at the grand opening of the new Stephen Donaldson Lounge. The open house and grand opening is from 6-8pm on the ground floor of Schapiro Hall.

In 1967, Stephen Donaldson (CC’70) founded the Student Homophile League (SHL), now the Columbia Queer Alliance. It was the world’s first LGBTQ student group. Following Donaldson’s death from AIDs-related complications in 1996, the Student Gay Lounge in Furnald Hall was renamed the Stephen Donaldson Lounge in his memory.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all encouraged to attend tonight’s open house and grand opening. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Register to the event and show support for Columbia’s LGBTQ community by coming along!

Donny boy via Tom Cahill via Ellen Spertus



img September 27, 20179:49 amimg 0 Comments

At first I thought politricks was a typo

Happening Around The World: Women will soon be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia once the royal order is implemented in June of next year. Some strict conservatives believed that if a woman were to drive, she would damage her ovaries or be led to live a promiscuous lifestyle. Saudi leaders hope that the royal decree will help improve the reputation of Saudi Arabia overseas and also help boost their economy. (NYT)

Happening In The US: Some NFL players have recently been taking the knee during the national anthem to protest against racism and police brutality, most notably beginning with Colin Kaepernick last year. Naturally, President Trump tweeted his response. Trump criticised the NFL players by tweeting a video of Usain Bolt stopping an interview to listen to the American anthem. Twitter account, Team Jamaica, responded to Trump by rebuking him to “Please leave The Boss out of your politricks.” (Huffington Post)

Happening In NYC: This morning, a fire on the rooftop of a Bronx apartment had more than 200 firefighters. The fire was on the sixth-floor of the apartment building with smoke pouring out into the sky. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. (Patch)

Happening At Columbia: The Great Columbia College Giveaway is happening today from 2-5pm at Lerner Ramps! There will be CC merch, sweet treats from Momofuku Milk Bar, Insomnia Cookies, and more.

Q of the Day: If Pinocchio says his nose will grow, will it grow?

Overheard: As much as I bop to Travis Scott, I wouldn’t bop out a baby with him.

Politricks via Team Jamaica

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