The weather outside is frightful. The news kinda is too.
Happening in the World: Armed forces have taken control of Myanmar in a coup and declared a one year state of emergency. The country, which was ruled by armed forces until 2011, had just elected Aung San Suu Kyi in a landslide election that the military deemed fraudulent (BBC).
Happening in the US: The first commercial biofuel rocket, Stardust 1.0, took off on a successful trip in Maine on Sunday. The rocket, which is only 20 feet long, is cheaper than most rockets and will increase accessibility to experiments and other testing (BBC).
Happening in NYC: During a press briefing on Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that there has been a vast difference in which demographics are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Almost 150,000 white adults have received at least one dose, which is equivalent to the number of adults in all other races combined (Gothamist).
Happening in our Community: In person classes are canceled today following a Winter Weather Emergency Declaration from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The winter storm is expected to accumulate up to 20 inches, with wind gusts as high as 35 mph. For more information about how this affects campus access, click here.
Film of the Week: The Watermelon Woman (dir. by Cheryl Dunye)