Back in 2014, ztevenz, a blogger before my time, started a series of posts entitled “The College Bubble: A Higher Ed Roundup” which gave digests of recent news events that happening at college campuses nationwide. Several events in the past two years, most notably the anti-racist demonstrations begun by Concerned Student 1950 at Mizzou and the nationwide sanctuary campus movement orchestrated by Movimiento Cosecha, have generated talks of rebooting the feature. And now it’s finally happening! So here’s a roundup of things that have been going on recently at various colleges and universities:
Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.
Meet Lawrence Dai. Lawrence is a student at Northwestern. Lawrence is in the process of completing a leviathan task: Lawrence has vowed to watch the 2009 comedy-drama Julie & Julia every day for year (which I have never seen, but which my mother assures me is a delightful film that has something to do with Meryl Streep and cooking something every day for a year). Lawrence began his journey on November 30. That puts him at—gulp—Viewing #42. He is blogging the ordeal here, which he has creatively titled “The Lawrence/Julie & Julia Project,” and where he provides little if any fathomable insight as to why any self-respecting human being would resign himself to such a miserable fate. But maybe that’s all for the best—who needs existential justification when the blog’s brilliant? (See: PrettyColors.tumblr.com.) (Okay, Lawrence does offer a sorta coherent genesis for the project in this interview with the AV Club, which describes his blog as beyond meta: “a blog about a movie about a book about a blog about a book about a life.” But, you know, still—who would follow through with this?)