Don’t Sound Dumb at Dinner: January 20, 2012

Don’t Sound Dumb at Dinner is our new weekly column where we will give the quick rundown of what’s going on in the world, all in one place, so even on a busy Barnard schedule you can stay informed.

Columbia University
Everyone is tittering about undergraduate applications to Columbia decreasing. While some people are trying to use it to make a statement about Columbia, others are pointing out that Princeton and Harvard brought back early action.

New York
An NYPD police officer committed suicide while on duty in Queens early this morning.
The City is being heavily criticized for a proposed plan to create more space in homeless shelters. Under the proposal, single adults would be sent back to their last address (even if they had been evicted or had been staying with a friend).

US Politics
So it turns out Mitt Romney didn’t actually win the Iowa Caucuses, Rick Santorum did.
Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race (which considering Steven Colbert was polling better than he was, was inevitable).
Newt Gingrich is the candidate that just won’t go away, particularly after a strong performance in the CNN debate this week.
The South Carolina primary is tomorrow and the Florida primary is January 31st.

The Golden Globes were this past weekend.
Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24th (the Awards themselves will be in February).
Singer Etta James has died at the age of 73.


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