It's (kind of) warm today! Hopefully this temperature increase will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face as you order your sixth cup of coffee from Blue Java. This is only the second full week of school of the semester, and Spectrum knows that you can rock it. Here's some news you can enjoying while tanning on the snow-covered lawns today:
On campusFemSex, a club on campus that provides space to openly discuss issues of sexuality, has been changed to AllSex . Club leaders have stated that the name change took place in order to welcome all genders and sexual identities. Yesterday PrezBo announced that Peter Pilling will be the new athletic director. Pilling has a large amount of experience with successful college sports programs. In a recent interview, Pilling said that his top priority is the Columbia football program.
Outside the bubbleSixth grade English teachers around the globe are rejoicing: Harper Lee is planning on publishing a “sequel” to “To Kill a Mockingbird” this summer. The new book will include Scout Finch as an adult, “forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.” In his State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio tackled New Yorkers ’ concerns regarding gentrification. The mayor focused on both the pros and cons regarding gentrification and spoke about his plan to allocate “$36 million to help represent tenants in rezoned neighborhoods” who are currently being mistreated by their landlords. Inspired by the events that occurred in Ferguson last year, veteran of Missouri police work Al Eickhoff invented a device called the Alternative which will make guns “less lethal.” The attachment piece is currently being tested by Ferguson police.
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Mike, an adjunct professor at the Journalism School, shares our excitement.
Is Harper Lee really writing a book or am having a fever dream?— Michael P. Ventura (@mpventura) Feb. 3, 2015
Around the IviesThe University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate admissions office is determined to interview 100 percent of its applicants. The interview doesn’t weigh heavily on the decision process, but the office feels that it’s important to get a better glimpse of all of the candidates. While some agree with the new plan, others believe that the office will begin scrambling for interviewers and each interview won’t be valuable. Back in May 2014, the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Standards of Conduct was formed at Yale to create an ethics code for all faculty members. Now, the entire faculty is being given the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the new code. The draft includes the following sections: Teaching and Training Standards, Scholarship and Professional Standards, and Standards in Respect to Colleagues and the University. In light of the event that occurred last year the geography department and the African-American studies program at Dartmouth have designed a new course called 10 Weeks, 10 Professors: #BlackLivesMatter. The course aims to discuss “race, structural inequality and violence in both a historical and modern context.”
What's happening today?There will be a Fashion Industry Showcase today from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 555 Lerner. The event will have a panel with representatives from Dior, Bloomingdale’s, and DKNY and will give students a chance to network with various participating organizations. Everyone attending must RSVP. The French film “La vie domestique” will be shown today in the East Gallery of Buell Hall at 7:30 p.m. The movie is about the societal expectations placed on women, and the screening will be followed by a discussion in French.