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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.

Five things to know about ‘Breaking Bad’ if you don’t watch ‘Breaking Bad’


Sunday will mark the end of an era and I feel lost. Nay, aimless. After five spectacular seasons of AMC’s Emmy-winning TV series, it’s time to say goodbye to Breaking Bad‘s questionably lovable meth-cooking ex-high school teacher Walter White. There are some of you, however, who have never seen a single episode—you’ve never experienced the frustration brought on by Skyler fucking White; you’ve never watched Walt Jr. eat breakfast over and over and over again; you’ve watched Saul’s spin-off without ever seeing him save Walt’s ass; and you still think of Heisenberg as merely a theoretical physicist. To those of you who identify with the aforementioned statements: I envy you. You can still experience everything for the first time. But let’s be real, you’re not going to watch all five seasons before Sunday. To get you caught up, read the five things you should know about the legendary series after the jump.

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I think that was The Emmys…

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Most of Emmy night is a blur for me due to a mixture of wine, confusing montages of the civil rights thrown in by the Emmy Academy, and the fact that everyone I was with wanted to play games rather than watch. Of course, the show was just about the longest thing ever, probably because nothing that went on made absolutely any sense. In exploring last night’s award show absurdity, we will divide all confusions and atrocities into three categories: 1) Fashion (aka WTF are you wearing?!) 2) Upsets (aka WTF they won?!) and 3) Everything Else (aka WTF is going on?!) Continue Reading

Alums who do cool things: Julie Bowen ’91 wins Emmy

Julie Bowen ’91 has won the Best Supporting Actress Emmy award for her performance in the comedy “Modern Family.” She plays the hyper-organized, reckless driver-heckling perfectionist Claire Dunphy on the show. Her co-star Eric Stonestreet has also won the award for Best Supporting Actor in tonight’s ceremonies, which Jimmy Kimmel is hosting. Bowen, pictured above with co-star Ty Burrell, also won the award at last year’s Emmys.

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