BruNews Round-up: WTF Washington?, crackdowns, and ch-ch-ch-changes

Are you sick of reading dry news articles? Do you cringe at the notion of logging onto a mainstream news source? Fear not, for Blog is now officially fulfilling that role. We know, bold move. We’ll be hitting you up every Monday with BruNews Round-up, a collection of all the latest news and musings of the world. Read it and weep, New York Times – your reign is over. currenteventslogo

WTF Washington?: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that our government is currently shut down. The shutdown began last Tuesday, which marked the beginning of a new fiscal year. As a result of the shutdown, 1.8 million people were either furloughed or asked to work for no pay. Since Tuesday, the House has passed a bill that will give retroactive pay to these 1.8 million people, but there doesn’t seem to be a clear end to the shutdown in the works. Also in Washington: On Thursday, a woman ran her car into a White House gate in an attempt to break through. After a 12-block chase past the Capitol building, the woman was critically wounded and ended up being captured. Her 18-month-old daughter in the car with her during the chase and was ultimately was safe. Adding to this list of incidents taking place in Washington, a man lit himself on fire on the National Mall on Friday. The man was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries. Self-immolation sends one hell of a message (New York Times). Continue Reading

WTF is happening on the Main Green? A “reintroduction” to Korea

On their “Ivy League Tour,” high school students from Korea are at Brown today to “reintroduce Korea” to Brown students. Activities include a Korean “guessing game” (with such questions as “Does South Korea possess nuclear weapons?” among others); a game called “Quiz and Gift,” in which Korean students ask Brown students questions about various aspects of Korean culture; instructions on how to use chopsticks; traditional Korean games, including variations of jump rope and hackeysack; an awesome singing and dancing performance to”Gangnam Style” (video to follow); and lots of really tasty Korean candy. Czech it out.