In UW mathNEWS, the term is ending. Everybody's really very happy. Students, TAs and profs alike are excited about the fact that lectures are pretty much over, and they have a little free time until exams. Since it's the spring term there are lots of end-of-term parties going on and stuff. I have not been invited to any.
In serious UW news, on Thursday of last week two people were arrested after an argument at the SLC escalated to the point where one of them drew out a BB air pistol. Seriously. The police intervened before anyone was injured. Anyone want to bet that these guys were engineers?
In regional news, last Sunday was car-free Sunday at KW, held at the same time as the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival and Ribfest. It's not clear whether the idea was to reinforce the message of don't drink/eat ribs/listen to jazz and drive. Either way, with the situation of construction in the area, a pedestrian-only King Street seems like total overkill.
In national news, ridiculously high temperatures have caused Northern Ontario forests to fall victim to over 85 fires last weekend. Many people were forced to evacuate their homes. Al Gore and experts from the UW Environmental Studies faculty commented "Didn't we warn you? Global warming's a bitch."
In international news, earlier this month, following some sort of phone hacking scandal that's still ongoing (like the head of Scotland Yard resigned and somebody's body was found and that sort of mess), the British tabloid News of the World has ceased publication. The tabloid was well-known for publishing such sensational news as pieces about Prince Harry getting drunk. The collapse of the famous tabloid leads many to lament that print is dead. But hey, In Other News is still going strong, so you know, whatever.
In entertainment news, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows breaks all sorts of records at the box office. It also happens to be an awesome movie. Muggles the world over are mourning the end of the series, and are checking their mailboxes even more frequently for that admission letter from Hogwarts. I know I am, anyway.
In sports news, Japan wins the Women's Football (aka soccer) World Cup after beating the United States 3-1 in penalty shots following a 2-2 tie. There, I reported on a women's sports title without any insinuations. Now will you women stop calling me a chauvinistic pig because of last column's tennis porn joke?
In technology news, Google+ has launched. Now, I know this happened a while ago so technically it's not news, but I only found about it recently- ironically enough, because I don't have Facebook, so I never got an invite (also I have no friends, so I got no invite). Which kind of calls to question the whole concept of launching a Facebook competitor that relies on FB to actually launch. Maybe Google should've asked RIM for advice on launching new products. Ha ha ha.
In other news, I somehow managed to catch a cold. After it's been 30 degrees out for the past week. I feel like total crap. Also, I'm sick. The Orange News Editorial Team would like to advise readers to drink their orange juice, take their vitamins, and not get sick during the last week of the term when all your assignments and projects are due.
And that's all for the final Other News of the term. We'll be back next term with other news. Until then, feel free to read Imprint or News of the World or something. Just not the Star. Anyway, the Orange News Team wishes everyone good luck on exams, have a safe summer vacation, good night, and good news.