Woke up a little later than you meant to because you were up late studying last night? Start your day even later and read some interesting, occasionally sleep-related current events!
Happening in the World: Record setting Typhoon Hagaibis has been wreaking havoc in Japan since this weekend, leaving seventy two dead and thousands without power. Major rescue and reconstruction operations are underway, but officials say some areas could remain without power for a week. (CNN)
Happening in the US: A new law in California bans high schools from beginning classes before 8:30 am and middle schools from starting before 8 am. This change will take place by July, 2021, and the hope is this change will lead to healthier students and better academic performance. (NBC)
Happening in NYC: NYC is making an effort to diversify the statues in the city and remove “symbols of hate,” but not everyone is happy about the new selections. Mayor Bill de Blasio and actor Chazz Palminteri are fighting after Palminteri called the mayor’s wife racist for not including Mother Cabrini among the new lineup. (NYT)
Happening on Campus: This evening, the Courage Foundation, the Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, and the Open Society Justice Initiative are hosting a panel discussing freedom of expression, national security, and whistleblowing, particularly with regards to Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and more recent cases. This event will take place in Buell Hall from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Poem: I totally stole this from my Beginning Poetry course packet but go read “Jessica, From the Well” by Lucie Brock-Broido! This poem reads like something between a thesaurus for witches and a detailed illustration from a children’s book about getting lost in the woods, which is to say it’s richly detailed, colorful, surprising, and ethereal, among other things.
Me and the future students of California via Flickr