“Metro shifts budget, recommends deferring new initiatives to cover pandemic’s impact”

With the uncertainty of the pandemic, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) management has needed to reevaluate their future plans and expenses in order to balance their budget. Prior to the pandemic, WMATA’s budget for the next year proposed increases in metro fares, weekend service, and late-night rail service. They postponed these plans to cover […]

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Higher Education: Budget Cuts Analysis

Universities across the United States have cut costs in the wake of the pandemic. In order to manage budget shortfalls, Johns Hopkins is pausing employee retirement contributions, reducing top leader compensation, furloughing, and laying off employees. With an increase in expenses and the massive decrease in revenue, the university must bridge a “budget gap of […]

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Commonplace Entry 10: The Power Of Simple Lyrics

“Sunday, by the blue purple yellow red water On the green purple yellow red grass Let us pass through our perfect park Pausing on a Sunday By the cool blue triangular water On the soft green elliptical grass As we pass through arrangements of shadow Toward the verticals of trees Forever By the blue purple […]

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Commonplace Entry 9: Yahoo Hacked

“Yahoo, which learned about the August 2013 hack last month, said it was separate from the massive breach announced in September. Yahoo attributed that attack, which compromised 500 million accounts, to a “state-sponsored actor,” but it has yet to identify the party responsible for the breach announced this week.” (Larson) The sentence above discusses that Yahoo […]

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Commonplace Entry 8: Racist Robots

“A chatbot developed by Microsoft has gone rogue on Twitter, swearing and making racist remarks and inflammatory political statements.” The sentence above is two- fold because of the issues that the robots are having but also the deeper issues that people are having. The above sentence, read from a BBC article, discusses these newly developed […]

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Built Environment Introduction: A Deeper Look at the Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel located just four blocks from the nation’s capitol, has been known as “Washington’s Second Best Address.” The hotel has hosted several prominent social events and important people such as President Calvin Coolidge’s inaugural ball. While the Mayflower Hotel is tied to the history of Washington DC in several ways, the hotel has […]

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Scandals Behind the Elegant Mayflower Hotel

In Ruben Castaneda’s S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C., the Mayflower Hotel is only mentioned in one scene of the book. Castaneda states that a jury found Mayor Marion Barry “guilty of using cocaine at the Mayflower Hotel, in downtown Washington, with another woman, two months before the Vista episode”(83). This event […]

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Annotated Bibliography 1-10

Bhattarai, Abha. “Mayflower Hotel to Undergo $20M Guest Room Renovation (Posted 2014-08-24 20:27:43).” The Washington Post, Aug 24 2014,ProQuest Central, http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1555605274?accountid=8285. This article discusses the modern-day interior of the hotel and reasons for the types of renovations that have taken place inside the hotel. The article also serves the purpose of informing the audience about […]

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Commonplace Book #7: Fleming Quote

“[A]n education [. . .] that was designed to support a truly direct, deliberative democracy [. . .] would be an education oriented to the ‘strong publics’ of decision-making rather than the ‘weak publics’ of opinion formation.” (205)   In this quote, Fleming argues about education and how he thinks education should encourage students to […]

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