Good morning. Here’s the latest.
Happening in the World: South African women turned up in the thousands yesterday to protest the death of 19-year-old Nene Mrwetyana, who was murdered at the hands of her rapist last August. Citizens made their way through Johannesburg, touting signs reading “I don’t want to die with my legs open” and “No Means No.” Also on display was the hashtag “#AmINext,” which has gained traction on social media among protesters and other citizens irate with the country’s perceived misogynistic power structures. In response to the outrage, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has canceled a visit to the UN and will instead preside over a rare joint sitting of Parliament and the National Council of Provinces this Wednesday. (Al Jazeera)
Happening in the U.S.: A young boy in California passed away yesterday as a result of a rare yet fatal “brain-eating” amoeba. A couple weeks after swimming in a pool near Eastern Springs, the boy began to display symptoms associated with the introduction of the amoeba Naegleria fowleri to the body. After three days of treatment, the boy underwent respiratory failure and died. N. fowleri, which resides almost exclusively in warm freshwater environments and can only be taken in nasally, multiplies by feeding on brain tissue. A young girl in Texas is currently battling the same amoeba after taking a swim in the state’s Brazos River. (Live Science)
Happening in NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to introduce a banking chip into IDNYC cards received push-back from multiple organizations on Friday, who criticized it as a security risk. The Legal Aid Society, the New York Immigration Coalition, and others said in a letter sent to the mayor yesterday that the chips’ installation would allow for rampant data collection potentially exploitable by immigration authorities that would “outweigh any purported benefits” for the card’s users. The letter’s signers have called for the initiative to be scrapped. (The City)
Happening on Campus: Three of Columbia’s venerable student-run publications – 4×4, Quarto, and The Columbia Review – are hosting an open mic night tonight from 7 to 9 PM in Dodge (not the gym – love to have the same name for two things), room 501! Per the event description, so long as you can “vibrate your vocal chords,” you’ve got the makings of a star.
(I implore you, beloved reader, to attend and do a dramatic reading of Henry’s piece from last year or any other Bwog Content™ you fancy. Also, if someone actually does this, please have it recorded and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Soundtrack of the Day: The Nintendo 3DS eShop Music. Let it soothe you.
Header image courtessy of Guillem Sartorio / AFP