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Last night, Viola Davis became the first African American to win the best actress in a drama category in the history of the Emmy Awards. She won for her role in How to Get Away with Murder. Her speech has garnered praise from many in the industry. A full list last night’s winners can be found here.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the United States in the coming weeks amidst increasing tension between China and the U.S. The New Yorker explores factors adding to the tension in bi-lateral relations in a recent piece, including increased nationalism in both countries and wavering economic stability.

Responding to recent claims that college students are being unduly shielded from uncomfortable opinions — most notably The Atlantic‘s “The Coddling of the American Mind” — Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell College, defends her use of trigger warnings in the New York Times. Her main point: what’s the harm? If it helps some people out, then why not do it?

Our Wesleyan counterpart, Wesleying (cleverer name than Blog?), published a very cool piece on the responsibilities of campus publications to represent all students’ lives, and the problems of having a homogeneous staff. The piece is a response to a highly controversial opinion article on the Black Lives Matter movement that was published in another Wesleyan campus publication.

Looking to change things up culinarily? Check out these quick weeknight recipes that can help make your life a little easier if you’re off meal plan and a little less monotonous if you still are.

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This week, we have two pieces from the New York Times analyzing the current nature of higher education. In “Are College Lectures Unfair?“, Annie Murphy Paul discusses factors that affect students of various backgrounds differently. Why is it that lecture courses tend to disadvantage minority students? Do more engaging courses actually affect participation rates and performance? In “Teaching Slavery to Reluctant Listeners,”Edward Baptist, professor of history at Cornell, writes about his experience teaching American history with a changing student demographic. These two articles provide some interesting thoughts to ponder as we start the new semester.

Last Friday, federal health officials announced that they would be stopping a study focusing on the appropriate target level for blood pressure more than a year before its intended end date. Why? Because the evidence was already conclusive. The study tested the effect of reducing systolic blood pressure to below 120–levels significantly lower than federal guidelines currently advise. The results? Lowering blood pressure to such levels reduced the risks of individuals having heart attacks, heart failure, strokes, and dying.

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unnamed4This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta–perhaps simultaneously one of the most cited and most often forgotten documents in legal history. The New Yorker‘s “The Rule of History” examines the document’s relevance throughout history and its lasting legacy in Western society, particularly the United States.

As China continues to urbanize and works towards its goal of having 60 percent of the country’s population living in urban centers by 2020, many citizens have been fighting to maintain their old way of life. The Atlantic‘s photo essay, “And Then There Was One,” documents several cases of “nail houses,” buildings whose owners have resisted selling their land to the government. The pictures show lone houses standing in the middle of construction sites, a phenomenon that can be seen all across the country.

Netflix has had one hell of a year so far, having just launched Daredevil, its 17th original series of 2015 (!). The company plans to air over 320 hours of original material in 2015–a threefold increase from last year. The New York Times explored the future of the company and the changing nature of television programming with Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive.

With the recent leak of the first four episodes of the latest season of Game of Thrones, many fans are wondering what the show would be like if it were released all at once a la Netflix. Though this doesn’t seem likely anytime soon, we can read about one phe’s quest to watch seasons one through four in one sitting. Vice News’ Allie Conti goes through all of the ups and downs, one episode at a time.  Continue Reading

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On Sunday, after months of speculation, Hillary Clinton announced that she will be running as a candidate for the 2016 presidential election. The Atlantic’s “The 2016 Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet” breaks down the candidates who have announced and people likely to do so in the near future. Things keep heating up as the time left until election day winds down.

The New York Times‘ Michael Sokolove followed around the Philadelphia 76ers this season trying to get to the bottom of one of their worst seasons in recent history. In “How Long Can the Philadelphia 76ers Go?“, Sokolove explores the team’s history starting four years ago in 2011. He traces their successes and failures, including this season’s opening 17-game consecutive losing streak, to explain the 76ers’ 2014-2015 season.

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PSA: Pre-registration begins tomorrow at 8 a.m.!

Screen-Shot-2015-03-18-at-3.41.36-AMWith all of the excitement surround Spring Weekend, it’s easy to forget that pre-registration starts tomorrow! Rising seniors get first dibs on classes next semester starting at 8 a.m. Rising juniors will be able to sign up for classes starting 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15. All other students will have access to registration starting on Thursday at 8 a.m. Registrations will be open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.

Students in their first, second, or third semester will have to get an Advising Pin in order to smoothly register for classes. Rising junior will also need to declare their concentrations before being able to register.

If a student fails to pre-register, phe will be automatically charged a $15 fee to their student account. So get your carts in order–it’s go time.

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PSA: Remaining SW ’15 tickets go on sale at 8 p.m. tonight

399834_10151296040670834_1933240393_nThis morning, as everyone was rushing to snag tickets for Spring Weekend, many experienced yet another failed purchasing experience. The BSA’s server did not send out confirmation emails with ticket links to everyone who purchased tickets. Others were barred from buying tickets because their browser was timed out of the purchasing page prematurely. A more detailed explanation of the technological malfunctions can be found on BCA’s blog. But bottom line, these things happen–a lot.

Don’t worry, though. You’ll get another chance to try your luck at the ticket game. BCA will be selling tickets for this weekend’s shows starting at 8 p.m. at this link. There are around 500 tickets left for each day.

The rest of the ticket release schedule is the same as before.

Image via Emily Gilbert ’14.