It seems like it was a long time ago when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for resolving the border dispute with Eritrea and “forging durable peace in the Horn of Africa.” He accepted the award “on behalf of Africans and citizens of the world for whom the dream of peace has often turned into a nightmare of war.” Fast-forward nearly a year that same president ordered the bombing of his own country. On Nov. 4, he ordered military operations against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regional forces in the Tigray region — home of Tigrayan ethnic group — in response to TPLF attacks on Ethiopian military bases, federal forces and camps in the regional capital of Mekelle and other areas of Tigray. Since the announcement, hundreds of civilians have died and more than 40,000 have become refugees.
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on everyday lives for what seems like an eternity. The virus has especially devastated universities and their student bodies, many of which rely on sports for various reasons — the largest being money. For most schools, the most celebrated sport is football, an industry that rakes in billions of dollars annually. Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the novel coronavirus, the typical college football we are used to watching (and sometimes screaming at) has changed dramatically over the past year.
As we head into winter, a second lockdown seems to be imminent. COVID-19 daily cases are rising, and although a vaccine is on the way, it will be a while before the general public can access it. Since all of us experienced some of the worst of quarantine back in the spring, it is hard to stay positive when thinking about another similar situation. And, given the fact that online classes are ending, there will be limited activities to keep busy or entertained. Luckily, I have come up with a list of shows and movies I recommend watching while cooped up at home staying safe.
One summer evening in the washout period before the fall term, I took my time rewatching Peter Morgan’s “The Crown.” I had lost interest after season two, months back when the actors had been replaced to ‘keep up’ with the aging royals. Though I found it ultimately quite entertaining as the story combined both historical fact and dramatic elements, whether or not said dramatic elements are entirely accurate.