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Books of The Month:
Looking for some endearing romance books this month? Look no further than these two to keep you company.
What If It’s Us by by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Do you believe in coincidences? Love at first sight? Perfect rom-com moments? Maybe not. These two can’t decide either. Arthur is only in New York City for the summer, but when he keeps running into Ben, things seem too perfect to be mere chance. But they could be. But are they? Curl up with this book to watch these two awkward and lovable teens dance around love in the Big Apple.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Modern retellings of Shakespeare plays can be hits and misses - but this one is a big hit without question. Anne Tyler paints a beautiful picture of The Taming Of The Shrew, with compelling characters and hilarious moments that reflect the comedic greatness of the original play. The main character and her family are truly unique in the best way, and the book perfectly captures the spirit of the play while also portraying a sweet story of getting to know someone for who they are, and not who you think they might be.
Jokes of the Month:
Don’t use ‘beef_stew’ as a password! It’s not stroganoff.
What kind of doctor is Dr. Pepper? A fizzician!
Quotes of the Month:
“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you.” — The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
— The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
“There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.”
— The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
As we enter a new year and a new decade, it is tradition most everywhere to reign in luck and ward off evil. But why? Whether it's setting off firecrackers during the Chinese New Year, gobbling 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight in Spain, or eating apples and honey for the Jewish New Year, these traditions seem to have no correlation to one another. However, all of these actions are taken in order to bring in as much luck and ward off as much evil as possible. In this piece, we will discover how New Year cultures resemble one another in their importance of luck.
In Japan, slurping ‘longevity noodles’ is customary on New Years. In Germany, an entire carp is eaten to ensure one’s luck for the New Year. On Chinese New Year, garbage is often not thrown out for days leading up to the arrival of the new year, in order to be sure of keeping all good luck within the house, and to ward off the evil. These are deep set traditions based on the desire to reign in happiness and luck for the new year, and to get rid of monsters and evil spirits.
Is it simple coincidence that almost all cultures turn to ancient tradition based on luck and slight superstition as we begin a new year? I believe coincidence is not an explanation for this pattern of performing and believing in ‘lucky’ actions, or possessing ‘lucky’ objects to welcome in the New Year. It is human psychology that to believe in said luck we might feel as if we have an increasing amount of control over our futures. It also helps improve optimism towards our future, which in reality is very much out of our control. This explanation also answers the question as to why we are so interested in luck around the time of the New Year. We perform these actions with hope to gain a better sense of control over the upcoming year, and to hope the year will be full of health and happiness.
As we enter into this new year, this new decade, keep in mind the similarities in customs from one culture to the next; the similarities between one person and another. We are not so different from each other - not only in the ways in which we celebrate the new year, but in psychology and mindset. With this, we wish you a happy new year, and good luck to all in this upcoming semester!
Mallenbaum, Carly. “Eating for Luck on New Year's: Why Foods from Grapes to Peas Promise Prosperity.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 31 Dec. 2019, https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019/12/30/new-years-foods-good-luck-black-eyed-peas-grapes-pork-whole-fish-pomegranate-green-peas-noodles/2677764001/.
Ossola, Alexandra. “The Science Of Luck.” Popular Science, Popular Science, 18 Mar. 2019, https://www.popsci.com/luck-real/.
- Maya Schwartz
,Last month, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald J. Trump. This does not mean he has been or necessarily will be removed from office, contrary to common belief: impeachment is simply “a charge of misconduct made against the holder of a public office”, as defined by Oxford Dictionary. This process all started in September when a whistle-blower (someone who informs others of another person or group of people engaged in illegal practices) wrote a letter concerning President Trump’s July 25th call with Ukraine’s president.
What are the charges?
The President has been charged with abuse of power and contempt of congress. He is believed to have strong armed Ukraine into investigating the Bidens—one of his biggest political rivals in the upcoming election—by withholding $400 million worth of desperately needed military aid and a meeting for the President of Ukraine in the White House. The first charge against him, abuse of power, is based off of the above situation. A transcript of a phone call with Ukraine’s President reveals that Trump had pushed for Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. During the public hearings, Bill Taylor, a US diplomat to Ukraine, testified that President Trump made it clear that the release of military aid to Ukraine was contingent on Ukraine investigating the Bidens. The second charge, contempt of Congress, is based off of his refusal to cooperate during the investigation by refusing to provide documents or live testimony.
How are Trump and those on his side defending the president?
Thus far, the impeachment has been sharply divided along party lines, with the Republicans against Trump’s impeachment and the Democrats for it. During the public hearings Republicans have largely attacked the process, suggested the call for impeachment was really due to a strong dislike of Trump’s policies and not over what the charges presented were, and many other arguments. Three key ones that had more to due with the issues presented than the idea of impeachment or the process of impeachment were as such: Ukraine's President made a statement saying he felt no pressure, the Ukrainians never knew the aid was being withheld, and in the end, the aid was released. Trump has denied any misconduct in his call with Ukraine’s President and appears unconcerned with the process, making fun of the hearings and assuring supporters that the Senate will make the right choice.
Right now it seems unlikely that Trump will be removed from office. Both the House and the Senate are split along party lines, and with a Republican majority in the Senate it is unlikely the senate will confirm any articles of impeachment. If he is removed from office, then his Vice President, Mike Pence, will be made President. Either way, this is a historical event. Over the course of our country's history, only three Presidents have ever been impeached. First was Andrew Johnson, due to his dismissal of his secretary of war even though Congress was against it (The Tenure of Office Act states that a president may not dismiss an official without Congress’ consent). Then, in 1999, Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Last but not least, we have President Trump, impeached on two charges: abuse of power and contempt of congress.
- Kristen Scarborough