Weekly Rundown


  Penrose Blood Drive took place in Worner on Feb. 6 to help combat donor shortages due to winter weather. (CC Communications)

• The Big Idea Final Pitch Competition took place on Feb. 7 in Cornerstone Art Center’s Celeste Theater. (CC Communications)



• The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is getting a $100 million makeover, with city officials floating ideas of making museums or food trucks being made from the old cars, as well as wondering where to put them. Manitou Springs has first rights, but parties all over Colorado are following the plans closely. (Gazette)

• There are 11 days left to vote on the Best of the Springs competition, with categories for arts and entertainment, dining, city life, family, shopping, and sports and recreation. Colorado College associated programs appear several times. (Best of the Springs)



• A trail runner in Fort Collins killed a mountain lion with his bare hands in self defense after the young cat attacked. (Gazette)

• The Colorado House unanimously passed a bill 63–0 allowing medical marijuana use for autism spectrum disorders. The bill is expected to have similar success in the Senate and with Gov. Jared Polis in stark contrast to a veto from previous Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Fox 31)

• Beginning in the 2019–2020 season, Epic Pass holders will have access to 67 resorts, including Idaho’s Sun Valley and Utah’s Snowbasin. The Alterra Mountain Company has been a recent challenger of Vail’s monopoly with their Ikon pass. (Gazette)



• Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is under fire for cultural appropriation after she listed her race on the bar registration card as Native American when her actual ethnic percentage is quite negligible. (Washington Post)

• More than 50 new emojis will be released in March by the Unicode Consortium, including cute creatures like sloths and otters, detailed juice boxes and waffles, in effort to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. (CNN)

• The list of high-ranking politicians who admitted to having doned blackface as costumes in their college days grows. In the spotlight now are Virginian Democrats, a turn of events which has thrown the state leadership into turmoil. (BBC)

• A measles outbreak in Washington state is anticipated to spread like wildfire, especially within communities where being an anti-vaxxer is as acceptable as being vegan or gluten free. (Washington Post)



• The Cuban Taíno people were thought to have been killed off by the Spanish conquest, but in a fortunate twist of fate, the indigenous bloodlines, identities, and customs were able to survive in pockets of the lush wilderness of the island. (BBC)

• Lawmakers in Hawaii proposed a bill that would require a $20 one-time fee for users trying to access online porn in order to establish a fund to fight against human trafficking and child exploitation. (CNN)

• 2018 was the fourth hottest year since 1880 recorded by NOAA and NASA; eighteen of the hottest 19 years have been since 2001. Last year also saw melt of some of the oldest Arctic ice. (CNN)

• U.S. Special Forces were forced surrender from the final ISIS village in Syria bringing out a stream of hungry or injured families and fighters. The speck of land was all that remained from a once controlled area the size of Great Britain. (NYT)

• French foreign minister warned Italian deputy prime minister to “back off” after he met with anti-French government leaders in charge of the Yellow Vest Protests. The Gilet Jaunes are vying for European Parliament seats in May. (BBC)

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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