Weekly Roundup: 12 October 2020

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For many, week 7 of the 15-week semester means midterms. As if midterms weren’t enough, the cacophony that is 2020 only adds to our agitation.

Last week was a little lighter on news from our end, but it certainly wasn’t around the nation.

Here’s what happened this week –

From The Sting

Sierra Ferrare writes about the SGA’s recent resolutions to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Juneteenth on the academic calendar. SGA members say that the resolutions help recognize a more accurate version of history. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is being celebrated today in place of Christopher Columbus Day in many cities around the country as well.

Honeycomb Hideout gave advice this week on what to do when you find yourself unable to grieve after the loss of someone you weren’t really close with. HH recommends that in this situation, while you may be unable to grieve for the lost loved one, you can still be there for others who are grieving.

On Wednesday, The Sting editor-in-chief Leonard Robinson will be participating in a panel titled, “College Newsrooms Serving Local Communities,” which will feature student journalists and recent graduates from Auburn University, Boston University, and University of California at Berkeley. If you’re interested in hearing from Leonard and the other panelists, feel free to join in.


President Donald Trump was released from the hospital last week after being admitted the week prior with Covid-19 symptoms. When Trump returned to the White House, he took to Twitter again to downplay the severity of the virus. To add to the ridiculousness, Trump removed his mask when he walked back into the White House with people around. Later in the week, Trump proclaimed he was “immune” from the virus.

On October 7, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met for the one and only vice-presidential debate of the 2020 general election. Like most Americans, I think the only thing I can remember from the debate was the fly that was on Mike Pence’s head for over two minutes.

It’s worth noting that over the years, artists would include flies in portraits to signify corruption or neglect of duties. The practice began in the renaissance when artists would paint flies on corrupt church officials. Just a fun fact.

Tony Sheaffer is managing editor for The Sting.

Author: Tony Sheaffer

Tony Sheaffer is a history major at the University of Baltimore and editor-in-chief of The Sting.

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