Weekly Rundown By Emily Kressley


  The Office of Residential Life and Campus Activities is hosting the annual Winter Ball tonight, Jan. 25, at the Antlers Hotel. This year’s theme is “Candy Land” with bus transportation required and provided from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event will be followed by a Midnight Breakfast at Rastall. (CC Communications)

• The External Review of Racism was presented by Roger L. Worthington on Monday, Jan. 21. (CC Communications)



• City Council unanimously approved the recommended increase in gas and electricity prices for Colorado Springs Utilities in order to pass fuel cost changes to customers. The increase is expected to add an additional cost of $7.46 per month per household, but should decrease again around May. (Gazette)

• Two C-Springs area districts are tied for the Pikes Peak region’s highest high school graduation rate of 95.5 percent with statewide graduation rates rising as well. However, overall local graduation rates are lower and dropout rates are higher than they were five years ago. (Gazette) 



• U.S. Sen. Cory Gardener of Colorado was one of six Republicans to vote for the Democrat’s bill to end the government shutdown, in addition to the Republican’s bill. Both bills failed, requiring 60 votes to pass, and the government is still shutdown. (Denver Post)

• Colorado’s state film office requests a doubling of their spending budget to $1.25 million in an attempt to have more feature films produced in state. Neighboring states differ greatly on film incentive programs, with Arizona offering nothing and New Mexico offering $50 million annually. (Fox 31)



• Camping underwater is now possible with a new tent called the Ocean Space Habitat. The tent serves as an underwater basecamp that is mobile and should increase diver safety and accessibility to more dive spots. (National Geographic) 

  Now in day 35 of the government shutdown, President Donald Trump said that he will not deliver the State of the Union Address until the government reopens. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has barred him from giving the speech in the House Chamber until the shutdown has ended. (The Guardian) 

•The 2019 Oscar nominations have been released, with the winners being announced live on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. MST. (ABC)

• A study published to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a climate friendly diet, which entails eating less red meat and more plant-based protein, is better for both individual health and lowering one’s carbon footprint. (US News and World Report)



• Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro cut diplomatic ties with the United States after the Trump administration, in addition to the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Organization of American States, backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó. (New York Times)

• Italy ordered to pay costs and damages of $16,000 to US citizen Amanda Knox, who was imprisoned for murder and later acquitted. The decision came from the European Court of Human Rights, which found a violation in the lack of proper access to a lawyer and interpreter. (BBC)

• The Doomsday Clock has been set to 11:58 p.m., meaning two minutes before the symbolic apocalyptic midnight, citing nuclear arms and climate change as the main catalysts. Before 2018 and 2019, the world hadn’t been this close to annihilation since the US Soviet Union arms race in 1953. (CNN) 

• Extreme heatwaves in the Australian Outback have led to the deaths of over 90 wild horses due to dehydration and starvation. Bats, camels, and donkeys too have also been dying of dehydration, and fish have been dying from the droughts. (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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