Weekly Rundown

ON CAMPUS

  Black History Month kicks off today, Feb. 1, with the Butler Center. (CC Communications)

• Dance Workshop auditions took place yesterday, Jan. 31, and Relations Auditions occur this weekend! (CC Communications)

 

C-SPRINGS

• A homeless man died in the Springs during the first blizzard of 2019. The Colorado Springs Homeless Outreach Team urges people to take advantage of the shelters as others remember the man with flowers and signs by the bench he slept on. (KRDO)

• El Paso County law enforcement jump started the “Bigs with Badges” mentorship program. First responders are paired with children aged 8 to 14, primarily from single parent households, in an attempt to show the human side of law enforcement and alleviate the deep distrust between minorities and police noticed on a national level. (The Gazette)

 

COLORADO

• A bill was presented to the state capitol that would prohibit abstinence-only sex education in public schools. Most schools have chosen to teach more comprehensive programs, however some rural and charter schools do not. The bill faces opposition from some religious and conservative groups, but is supported by others in order to teach safe sex, consent, healthy relationships, self acceptance, and respect for others. (Denver Post)

• Loveland fire rescue and dive team saved a horse who wandered out onto a frozen pond and couldn’t keep her traction. Rarely do such large animals wander onto the ice, but the mare was rescued with no injuries and then comforted with blankets and her friend, another horse from the same pasture. (Reporter Herald)

 

USA

• US slipped from No. 16 to No. 22 least corrupt nation as determined by watchdog group Transparency International. (NPR)

• Record breaking cold blasting through the Midwest will make Chicago colder than some parts of Antarctica with a low of -27 degrees Fahrenheit, causing Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to declare a state of emergency. About 25% of the American population is suffering sub zero temperatures and windchills in some places may drop to as low as – 60 degrees Fahrenheit. (CNN)

• The US Department of Energy has begun work on a new nuclear weapon to counter Russia. Russia has crossed into foreign airspace recently and some fear for a World War III while others believe nuclear weapon production is more likely to plunge the country into war. (NPR)

• An Arizona mechanic saved a woman’s life with a CPR technique learned from a 2009 episode of The Office. Cross Scott, who coincidentally has the same name as Steve Carrel’s character, Michael Scott, pumped to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” and had the woman breathing again after a minute. (Fox News)

 

WORLD

• Former mall Santa and friendly gardener was apprehended as one of the worst serial killers of gay men after decades of targeting racial minorities in the gay community of Toronto, Canada. After a complicated and dark history of neglect and violence with the police, the gay community weighs how to go forward, namely the question of allowing police presence at Sunday’s Pride Parade. (The Guardian)

• Several European countries reduced road speeds in attempts to lower death rates on rural roads and be cognizant of carbon dioxide emissions. While some EU countries are on board, exceptions include France, who’s speed reductions were met by the Yellow Vest protests, and Germany, who’s famous motorway, the Autobahnen, has no speed limit. (BBC)

• Where you fall on the bell curve of being a early bird versus a night owl is actually genetic. Lifestyle factors do influence this preference, or chronotype, but new research shows that hundreds of genes are in play, not simply the 24 identified in the past. (CNN)

Emily Kressley

Emily Kressley

Emily, class of 2020, is an environmental policy major originally from Essex, Conn. While she is drawn to Colorado for its mountains and skiing, she has found strong communities within the CC Cutthroat rugby team, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and, of course, The Catalyst staff.

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