- California: Lemony Snicket, also known as author Daniel Handler, will judge a Cogswell College literary contest supporting the launch of a new literary magazine, COG. Writers may submit short stories and creative nonfiction pieces up to 7,000 words, and the winner's work will be turned into a 2D animation, animated film, interpretive illustration series, or a short animated film by Digital Art & Animation students. "A literary contest is like a full moon. It casts a striking and comforting glow across the bleak sky, and turns a small number of people into werewolves," Handler says (Cogswell College release, 11/12; Associated Press, 11/16).
- California: The University of Southern California, which has the second-highest rate of international students in the nation, will direct additional funds and efforts to address discrimination on campus. The announcement follows demands by graduate and undergraduate student leaders, who created a campus-wide plan to tackle bias at the institution. However, the promised action does not address all of the demands students made (Watanabe, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/16; Song, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/16).
- Maryland: Loyola University Maryland's president, Rev. Brian Linnane, traveled from London where he is on sabbatical to Paris and met with his institution's study abroad students in the wake of last week's terror attacks. During his time, he also met with the president of the American University of Paris where Loyola students study. "I was impressed by the evident steps the University has taken to enhance security while at the same time maintaining an open and welcoming atmosphere that I believe is essential to university life," he notes (Linnane, Loyola magazine, 11/16).
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