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Week in Review

I was just thinking to myself that I had not done anything on Storify for the team in a while (eight months, actually). In comes Teresa with a Twitter quiz…and now I proudly present: A Butter-Free Life Is Not Worth Living: Lessons in Secret Service Code Names.
Once you’ve figured out your own Secret Service code name, scroll on down to get the latest in higher ed news.
What’s new this week:
Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on just how much mentorship and meaningful relationships matter to college students.
The Democratic debate generated a lot of buzz this week, and experts from Grinnell College and Longwood University weighed in on who won for U.S. News & World Report’s Debate Club.
Keith Miller, professor at Drake University, offered expert insight in the Boston Globe after Nevada ruled fantasy sports sites as gambling and ordered them to be shut down.
What we’ve been talking about:
Kyle Gunnels shared some recent social media fails, along with some good advice for those looking to avoid public humiliation.
What we’ve been reading:
Erin Hennessy
My colleagues will tell you that I’m not the sappy member of the team, but this week I bring you the sweetest, most moving thing I’ve read in a long, long time. Kate Hoit is an Iraq War veteran and director of communications for Got Your 6. She’s also a daughter who has written movingly about her father’s long battle with Alzheimer’s. And now, she’s the mastermind behind #dateDiane—her effort to help her mom find the companionship and joy she’s been missing since moving her husband into a nursing home. In less than a week, the hashtag has taken off and spawned stories from the Albany Times Union, Cosmopolitan, Mashable, and ABC News. Get a tissue and read them all. 
Ali Lincoln
One of the things I’m most looking forward to post-baby is enjoying an adult beverage, and in perusing to see if any excellent new breweries or wineries have popped up in the last nine months, I came across this concerning article about drought affecting microbreweries. I’ve been very nervously following the California drought saga even though I’m not from the state; the ramifications of this climate crisis are enormous, and I’m doing my best to limit my own personal impact on worsening it. Luckily, my favorite breweries haven’t yet been affected, but I still worry about the potential impact this could have—not just on beer, but on food supplies in general.
And on the lighter side, I enjoyed this slideshow on some provocative Halloween costumes for moms.
Kyle Gunnels
With the Presidential and midterm elections in the U.S., it often seems that we are in a constant campaign season—especially as candidates start campaigning (read: fundraising) earlier and earlier each cycle. The overwhelming majority of Americans don’t even realize when other countries have elections or resultant leadership changes. Lost amid the incessant coverage of the Hillary Clinton’s email preferences and Donald Trump (are there other Republicans?) is that our neighbor to the north heads to the polls next Monday in their first-past-the-poll electoral system. The race so far has been close, long and hard-fought, featuring some deplorable and fear-mongering ads from the floundering Conservative party—some even promising that there will be “brothels in the streets” if their opponents win. The Economist provided a great primer on Canada’s election in case you want to read up.
Teresa Valerio Parrot
I have been so impressed with James Corden’s humor on the Late Late Show and if you have some time I highly encourage you to peruse the CBS site for some of his clips. Not to be missed are the car rides when he has famous artists sing along to their own music with him. And just this week he had Kirsten Dunst reprise an infamous Bring It On cheer. Now THAT’S must see TV!
Kristine Maloney
All eyes were on the Democratic candidates for president this week. And, despite the fact that many pundits thought Hillary had a strong debate performance, media discussions about her chances of winning the nomination, and eventually presidency, frequently turned to her likability (or lack thereof). That’s why I was drawn to this article. No matter your politics, it’s a commentary on the way the media functions and a reminder that just because you think you’re done with a topic (or want to be done) doesn’t mean journalists are done asking—a lesson Hillary teaches us over and over.
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