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Weekly Roundup – October 5

Per the usual for 2020, this past week was not a slow week in terms of the news cycle. 

No matter how crazy the news cycle, I am always reminding our talented team of writers to take care of themselves and those around them that they love. What does that mean? Working to find balance, embracing the good moments, resting (as I write this at 12:30 in the morning, it’s a struggle that I have), and as my friend, Rabbi Dan Epstein, the chief rabbi of George Washington University Hillel said, “We all must learn that the world is no longer running on schedule and maybe it never did and we’re now just realizing that.” 

This doesn’t just apply to those who eagerly labor behind the “walls” of the newsroom of The Sting, but to our readers, who we think of throughout the entire process. 

Now, onto the news – 

Campus 

Staff writer Tatiana Huang dispels the myth that an earlier hiring freeze impacted student workers. “Federal Work Study funds were allocated for a variety of positions including those at the media lab, library, and campus store,” writes Huang. “However, one of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic has been decreased federal funding to the university, and consequently, fewer jobs.” 

Between the Merrick School of Business and the Liberal Arts and Policy Building, there is something new: a rainbow alley. A campaign promise of SGA President Daniel Khoshkepazi, the alley was completed late last week after a few failed attempts in the rain. More in-depth coverage from The Sting can be expected later this week. 

Lastly, I will be speaking at the Online News Association annual conference via Zoom on Wednesday, October 14. . The panel titled, “College Newsrooms Serving Local Communities”, will feature student journalists and recent graduates from Auburn University, Boston University, and University of California at Berkeley. The panel will focus on diversity, college newsrooms filling the gaps in community reporting, and insights into how to improve more student journalists staying as journalist post-college. It’s a very exciting discussion that can be viewed here. My thoughts after the panel will be published here at The Sting. 

Lifestyle 

Hoodie (or sweater, if you prefer) season has arrived, writes Jeff Dominguez in The Color Theory, his biweekly fashion column. “We are closing in on a pretty shitty year,” writes Dominguez. “So wear your sweatshirts and stay comfy in your favorite fits for the season.” 

Tony Sheaffer reviews Tickets to My Downfall in his weekly column, Friday Groove. “ I enjoyed most of the songs, but felt that most of the songs with a collaboration could’ve done without the collaboration part,” writes Sheaffer. “Halsey’s appearance on “forget me too” made me press skip, but I could live with other guest appearances.” 

Opinion 

Tony Sheaffer, The Sting managing editor, takes his beloved Baltimore Orioles to bat in “The Bums of Baltimore?”, a column published last week. 

Sheaffer argues that if he were to bestow the title of “dem bums”, which was once how a New York City cabbie described the Brooklyn Dodgers to a World Telegram writer, upon any team, it’s “Easily, the Baltimore Orioles.” 

Baltimore 

NPR published a compelling review of “Charm City Kings” highlighting bike culture in Baltimore. Angel Manuel Soto, the filmmaker, tells NPR that Baltimore bike culture is, “one of the most exhilarating and emotional spectacles of talent that I have ever seen, streetwise.”

Maryland’s coronavirus positivity rate has jumped back to 3%, as of Sunday. Community-based testing has also fallen, reports Jayne Miller of WBAL-TV.

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Washington Football Team on Sunday. 

National 

President Donald Trump along with First Lady Melania Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday. Their diagnosis came after White House advisor Hope Hicks tested positive on Thursday. Numerous people within the orbit of the President have tested positive, such as Trump’s former counselor Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Governor and advisor Chris Christie (R ), Utah Senator Mike Lee, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, and North Carolina Senator Thom Thillis, all of whom are Republicans. Attorney General Bill Barr will self-quarantine for a few days out of precaution. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative

It has been speculated that the Rose Garden announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the replacement for the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the major spreading event. Barrett has tested negative. 

President Trump is being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 
Both former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife have tested negative after being exposed to President Trump last week for the debate in Cleveland.

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