The Monday Catchup

PHOTO: Militant group al-Shabab threatened the Mall of America in a video posted online.


Good morning! Here’s what you missed while the snow fell and the first all-campus parties of the semester raged.

The lead story: Somali terrorist group, and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab released a video that made mention of attacks on shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The Department of Homeland Security denies any known plots to attack malls in America.

The 87th Academy Awards were last night, with Birdman picking up distinctions for Best Picture and Best Director, though The Grand Budapest Hotel went home with the same number of awards (four).

Coming up after the jump: Fighting terror in Australia, a ferry disaster in Bangladesh, bad MDMA at Wesleyan, and more. Continue reading

Musical Stocking Stuffer


If I could give everyone a holiday present, it would be this album–Tawk Tomahawk – Hiatus Kaiyote. Unfortunately, this article is the closest I’ll come to that.

As students at Kenyon, we’re somewhat expected to have our fingers on the pulse of what is up and coming in the music world. On prospective student tours, we emphasize that, while the Horn Gallery doesn’t have a huge budget, they dedicate their time and attention towards artists who are about to break out (The Lumineers, Macklemore). As you go home for the winter, perhaps this can be the album you show your big university friends when they pester you for music.

More on the album after the break. Continue reading