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Dine with Faculty continues through Nov. 27
Students and faculty can currently dine together every Monday and Tuesday. The Office of the Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion and Campus Living launched the pilot “Dine Together” program, which allows students and faculty to eat together in a small setting. On Mondays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. students can eat with faculty in The Tiffin Room. On Tuesdays, faculty can go to dinner at the Crossroads Culinary Center (C3) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Dine Together program does not require prior registration, but has seven first-come, first-served seats for students, with one invited faculty guest per meal.
UB English professor to teach mystery and suspense for The Great Courses
UB professor David Schmid will be hosting an online chat on Nov. 9 regarding The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, a new course he will be presenting on mystery and suspense fiction for The Great Courses according to a UB news release.
The course is comprised of a collection of 36 half-hour lectures in which Schmid recorded this past summer. The Great Courses are a “recorded library of non-credit, college-level lectures designed for lifelong learners,” according to the news release.
Schmid will speak with students live about the course online from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Boulevard Mall owner to default on $92 million loan
The owner of the Boulevard Mall is expected to default on a $92.4 million loan, according to The Buffalo News. The default should not directly affect the mall or its patrons, but may lead to a foreclosure. A new owner may take over the mall if a foreclosure follows the default.
The mall has recently lost a few of its stores and got rid of its food court. Cleveland-based company Forest City is supposed to pay off the 10-year commercial mortgage for the mall by Feb. 6, 2017, according to The Buffalo News.
Buffalo woman sues to end presidential election
Louise K. Nolley, a Buffalo resident has filed a lawsuit stop the presidential election from occurring on Tuesday.
Nolley filed a lawsuit in federal court in Buffalo last week where she said that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton is fit to be president. In Nolley’s lawsuit, she requested that she election be postponed until more qualified candidates emerge.
Nolley said the character of both candidates falls far below the standards needed for presidency, according to The Buffalo News. She hopes President Obama will stay in office for a third term.
Chicago Cubs win first World Series in 108 years
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 to take home their first World Series championship since 1908 on Nov. 2. Dexter Fowler, former Cubs centerfielder performed a lead off home run at the top of the first inning, according to ABC News. Fowler made history, becoming the first player in to lead off a World Series Game 7 with a home run.
Heavy rainfall caused a 17-minute delay before the 10th inning during the game. The big win made the cubs the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals, according to ABC News.
Google buys portion of Snapchat
Google Capital quietly invested in Snapchat as part of a rebranding effort on Friday, according to CNN.
Little is currently known regarding the details or amount of the Snapchat investment. Winnie King, Google spokeswoman confirmed that Snapchat has now been added to Google Capital's portfolio. Noah Edwardsen, spokesman for Snapchat, said the company does not wish to comment on its financing. The goal of the rebranding effort is "to make returns-driven investments in leading companies around the world," according to its website.
Canadians for Clinton
A Global News poll found an overwhelming majority of Canadians support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over Republican candidate Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. 76 percent found Clinton to be the better choice for the U.S., and 82 percent thought Clinton would be better for Canada. If Candians voted, they would do so most similarly to Massachusetts, according to Darrell Bricker, CEO of Isops Public Affairs. Trump has some support on certain policy issues, like the war on terror and the economy. Certain groups of Canadians, particularly men from rural “prairie” areas, tend to support Trump.
Nicaraguan president to run for reelection with wife as running mate
Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega is expected to be reelected next Sunday, this time with his wife, Rosario Murillo as his vice-president, according to CNN. Critics say the couple are violating constitutional laws which prohibit relatives to the president from running, but the Supreme Court ruled in Ortega’s favor, stating nothing barred the two from running together. Analysts say Murillo has been heavily involved in Ortega’s rule regardless her title as First Lady. Murillo is running for his fourth term as president, his third consecutive, after pressuring lawmakers to get rid of term limits in 2014.
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