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Thursday, May 3
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What a day off

These Wednesdays get crazier every week. We hope you all enjoyed watching our Cubbies even though we didn't get to fly the W this time. Great weather and great company with your classmates is always a reason to celebrate. Not to mention on Tuesday the Class of 2019 found out their destination for Ski Trip 2018: Aspen Snowmass! We wish you much snow and great theme parties.

Also, last night marked the first Special K! performance. Our incredibly talented classmates never cease to amaze us. The rest of us can't wait to see it for the first (or second or third) time this week. 

Rain rain go away

After some truly beautiful days, we have a bit of rain this morning. Grab your favorite branded umbrella and a rain jacket to make that early walk to the Hub more bearable. Once the rain clears we can expect a high of 63°F (17°C)! 

Thirsty this Thursday 

  • Trikonasana Thursday. Get centered this morning with some Yoga served up from the Wellness Club (10:30 a.m., Fitness Studio; waitlist only).
  • Auto-matic cred. Hear from Kim Pittel, VP of Sustainability at the Ford Motor Company, who is shaping global strategy and Ford's "Blueprint for Sustainability." (12:15 p.m., 1420).
  • Everything you always wanted to know about interning but were afraid to ask. Join the BMA for a panel to answer all of those burning questions you may have before departing on your summer internship. Bonus: there will be food! (5:15 p.m., L110).

Calendar Coordination

We have a number of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks and we at Daybreak wanted to remind you to register early and often to avoid the famous Kellogg FOMO. 

  • First up: Groupwerk Spotlight, the dance group's annual showcase, will begin selling tickets today at 12:15 p.m. Register here for a ticket that includes open bar and some fierce moves.
  • Next week is Africa Week. While there is a ton of awesome programming that you would be bummed to miss, one of the events that caught our eye is a discussion with Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, one of the writers behind the relaunched comic Black Panther (5/10, 5:15 p.m., White Auditorium). Be the cool person who can say, "Sure I saw the movie, but have you read the comic?" Join this conversation which will discuss the roots of Afrofuturism, her inspiration for telling stories that re-imagine the future of Africa, and how we can learn to tell stories that change narratives in our communities.
  • If you have somehow been living under a rock and missed ski trip chit chat, register yourself quickly: SkiSync Link. You don't want to miss out on an epic trip to Aspen with your classmates.

Cinco de Oh-my-o 

If the crux of your cultural celebration on Cinco de Mayo consists of seeing how much queso you can consume, you are not alone. But we wanted to see if we could attempt to dig a little deeper into this holiday to remember what it signifies and honor our classmates, friends, and colleagues whose ancestors we celebrate.

 

A few common misconceptions...
Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, right? No, little grasshopper. In fact, Mexican Independence is celebrated with big parties throughout the country in the evening of September 15 and different parades during the day on September 16. It is the most important holiday in Mexico.

It's still a big, official holiday though? Still no. It is an annual commemoration of a single Mexican victory over the French during a battle in Puebla as part of the 1862 French invasion. The invasion culminated with Napoleon appointing Maximilian I as Emperor of Mexico (Mexico’s second and last Empire). In Mexico, May 5th is a regular business day with a couple of commemorative parades in Mexico City and Puebla, but not much more than that.

Wow. How did Cinco de Mayo get to be such a big deal here then? The history behind the US festivities comes from Mexicans in California strongly resisting French invasion and celebrating the victory. The holiday gained popularity in U.S. regions with strong Mexican representation. Years later, beer companies saw it as a big marketing opportunity. Currently, L.A. hosts the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world. So now you know that if you want to celebrate a real Mexican holiday do so by drinking some Tequila in September!

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