Fun Run: An oxymoron that’s taking over Columbia this fine weekend.

Happening in the World: North Korea has launched a short-range ballistic missile and a barrage of rockets inside its maritime buffer zone with South Korea. The move came soon after its war planes flew near the border with Seoul, in an evident show of force. This missile launch is the country’s 26th weapons test this year, and the sixth this month. These tests and air force maneuvers act as a signal that North Korea is intent on keeping tensions high in the Korean Peninsula. At the same time, South Korea has chosen to strengthen military cooperation with the United States, in the face of the growing nuclear threat from the North. (NYT)

Happening in the US: Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Parkland shooter pleaded guilty last October, in what is the deadliest mass shooting to ever reach a jury trial in the US. Relatives of the victims were visibly unhappy with the decision, stating afterward that that the verdict sparing him from the death penalty was “wrong” and “unreal”. This decision also comes as a blow to prosecutors, who had argued that the crimes were “cold, calculated and premeditated” and should be met with the death penalty. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Elected officials, immigration and housing activists, and tenants rallied outside of City Hall on Thursday, calling for Mayor Eric Adams to abandon his plan to house asylum seekers in tent shelters. The protesters argued that the City should use hotels to temporarily house the thousands of asylum seekers coming into New York, many of whom are relying on an already strained shelter system. This protest comes after Adams announced that his administration would move roughly 200 families into an tent complex in Midtown Manhattan. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: Join the Columbia community for President Bollinger’s Annual Fun Run, taking place from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16. This event will kick off today, with activities and food available on Low Plaza and South Lawn from 12 to 2 pm.

PrezBo Runs via Eileen Barroso/Columbia University Archives