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Movie Monday: The Divide

by Sarah Berry

Investigating the growing issue of wealth inequality, specifically in the U.S. and the U.K., “The Divide,” offers an in-depth look into the lives of seven individuals of varying wealth.

In addition to providing insight into the day-to-day lives of everyday people, the documentary also offers expert commentary to analyze and explain the shrinkage of the middle class and subsequent gap in wealth.

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“The Divide” is available now on Kanopy Streaming. If you are accessing Kanopy Streaming off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

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Movie Monday: “Blackfish”

by Sarah Berry

Released in 2013, “Blackfish” made waves with its findings regarding the captivity of orcas, with a specific focus on SeaWorld and one of its killer whales, Tilikum, who has killed three individuals during his captivity.

Chronicling Tilikum’s journey, the documentary sheds light on the health effects of captivity on orcas, such as the collapsed dorsal fin, which is seen almost exclusively in captive orcas and the gnawing of concrete, which wears down their teeth.

As well, the film educates viewers about the methods used to train orcas, such as by withholding food; this method resulted in Tilikum being abused at Sealand by two other orcas, who were also denied food.

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Since the film’s release, SeaWorld has denied many of the claims by filmmakers. Audiences, however, appear to have sided with the filmmakers as represented by SeaWorld’s continued drop in profits, most notably in 2015, when it reported a 84% drop in profits.

“Blackfish” is available now on Swank Digital Campus. If you are accessing Swank Digital Campus off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Starving the Beast:The defunding of America’s public universities

by Sarah Berry

Earning its title from the political strategy of limiting government spending by cutting taxes (and therefore revenue), the documentary “Starving the Beast,” provides an in-depth examination of the ongoing power struggle between public universities and political representatives, in regards to funding, which has led to budget cuts and higher tuition rates for students.

Public universities like the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and the University of Virginia are featured throughout the documentary, which examines two opposing views of public education: one, that it is a public good to be supported by society and the other, that the cost of public education should be met by individual degree-earners and private entities.

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To begin watching “Starving the Beast,” click here. If you are accessing Kanopy Streaming off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Celebrate Louisa May Alcott’s 184th Birthday!

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by Sarah Berry

Today marks acclaimed novelist Louisa May Alcott’s 184th birthday. Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Alcott was best known for “Little Women,” which  was loosely based on Alcott’s own life. Since the books release, it has been adapted for film several times, in 1933, 1949, and most recently in 1994; the novel has also been adapted for television and stage.

Through the Rohrbach Library, students can access several resources relating to Alcott’s work. For example, via Britannica Original Sources, students can read three of Alcott’s works: “Little Women,” “Little Men,” and “Flower Fables, while Films OnDemand offers the 1949 film, “Little Women.” Alternatively, students can search EBSCOhost for Alcott’s works and as well as analyses of Alcott and her contribution to literature.

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For information on accessing databases and library resources off campus, check out our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Movie Monday: The Fidel Castro Tapes

by Sarah Berry

Released in 2014 by PBS, “The Fidel Castro Tapes,” chronicles the life of Cuba’s controversial leader, Fidel Castro, who passed away in 2016.

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Through rare images and recordings, audiences gain insight into Castro’s life and career as a revolutionary and a politician, as well as the strained relationship between the United States and Cuba. Events such as the Bay of Pigs, the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and the custody battle of Elian Gonzalez are also documented.

“The Fidel Castro Tapes” is available now on Kanopy Streaming. If you are accessing Kanopy Streaming off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

The end of Daylight Savings Time leads to a rise in pedestrian deaths

by Sarah Berry

The beloved (albeit temporary) end of Daylight Savings Time will take place this Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2 a.m. With an additional hour seemingly in the day, there’s a variety of things to do, such as taking a walk around the neighborhood.

However, according to The Huffington Post, you may want to rethink going for a walk after November 6. In a study published on Science Direct (a database available through the Rohrbach Library), scientists discovered that the transition from Daylight Savings Time to Daylight Standard Time correlates to the highest percentage of pedestrian deaths by cars.

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In New York alone, 40 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred between October and December. Scientists believe the higher death rate is due to the nights becoming darker earlier, while the roads are still filled with drivers commuting to and from work.

Additionally, scientists found that the shift to Daylight Standard Time leads to people staying up later (with the idea of “gaining” an hour back) and can lead to drivers being less aware of their surroundings due to sleep deprivation.

Specifically, the study found on Sunday, the day immediately after the shift to Daylight Standard Time, that fatal accidents increased from an average of 126 to 139. Fortunately, the study did find that instead of increasing over the years, the amount of fatal accidents has decreased for the Sunday following the conclusion of Daylight Savings Time.

To be safe though, maybe opt for a Sunday morning of Netflix this year.

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Conducted by Stanford University, the study analyzed 21 years of fatal automobile accidents in the U.S. For more information, click here. Select the full-text link in the upper-right corner to be taken to Science Direct to view the full study and article.

If you are accessing the database off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Discovery Education provides a series of spooky lesson plans for Halloween

by Sarah Berry

Discovery Education, a database of the Rohrbach Library aimed towards education majors, has compiled a list of available resources for lessons on Halloween.

“Scare Up Some Learning This Halloween,” includes a variety of secondary and elementary resources, from audiobooks and videos to entire content collections. Content collections include lesson starters and complementary resources for teaching elementary, middle, and high school students.

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Users can easily add a resource collection to a personal content list, a classroom, a student, or to their personal builder for lesson plans, quizzes, and more.

Note, accessing these collections through Discovery Education’s blog will require login information. To utilize Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. KU students, faculty, and staff should select “Login” and then “Passcode/Create New User” to enter KU’s eight-character passcode, 8727-6ee3.

Afterwards, you will be asked to create a personal username and password and then login with those credentials. Once logged in, you will be free to explore the site and take advantage of all of its offerings.

So head on over to Discovery Education and scare up some learning!


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