In case you were wondering, the alligator has been nicknamed Godzilla. Editor’s Note: Mentions of death.
Happening in the World: On Monday parts of Turkey and Syria were hit by another earthquake only two weeks after the initial quake that killed approximately 45,000 people. The most recent disaster was centered around the Turkish town of Defne. Several buildings have fallen as a result of the second earthquake. According to Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, there are currently three confirmed dead and over 200 injured. On Monday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the Turkish government would begin constructing 200,000 houses in the area that was most affected by the recent earthquakes. (Global News)
Happening in the US: More than 300,000 Starbucks vanilla frappucino drinks with expiration dates of March 8, May 29, June 4 and June 10 have been voluntarily recalled by Pepsico Inc. The FDA released a notice saying that the mass recall had been prompted by glass being found in some of the Starbucks bottles. No injuries have been reported so far. (NBC)
Happening in NYC: On Sunday morning an alligator was found in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The alligator was then captured by park authorities and has since been taken to the Bronx Zoo. Alligators are native to southern areas of the country and it is exceedingly rare for one to be seen that far north. This distance from the alligator’s natural climate likely influenced the reported “lethargic” condition of the animal. (BBC)
Happening in Our Community: University Life has partnered with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement to host an event called “Black and Latinx Roundtable with Columbia Faculty”. All students are welcome in the Dodge Room of Earl Hall from 6 to 7:30 pm. Registration is encouraged but not required. If you decide to attend make sure to bring your CUID! On top of what will likely be a fascinating talk, this event is also giving out food and University Life swag! Register here if you’re interested.
Alligator via Wikimedia Commons