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The Presidential Pardon for Turkeys

by Sarah Berry

Considered the least favorite holiday of the year (for turkeys at least), for two turkeys the holiday is worth celebrating, thanks to a presidential pardon. Headed by the National Turkey Federation, two turkeys are selected for pardoning based on their appearance and temperament.

Afterwards, the birds reside on a farm for the remainder of the lives. Often though, the turkeys only live one to two years due to their breeding and care prior to being pardoned. For example, the diet of factory farm turkeys is designed to fatten them, which strains their organs and wears on their bone structure.

While organizations like PETA have voiced concern over these farming practices and White House ceremony, the National Turkey Federation has remained staunch in its support of the event.

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Prior to the presidential turkey pardoning, turkeys were pitched by Benjamin Franklin to be the national bird of the United States.

 

Thus, President Obama will be pardoning the final two turkeys of his presidency this week, before the turkeys are moved to Virginia Tech where they will be chaperoned by a poultry immunologist from the college’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Department.

To learn more about the presidential turkey pardon, check out the links below:

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.

The Keystone News highlights the Rohrbach Library’s zine display

by Sarah Berry

Check out the article by Gabriela Laracca at The Keystone News on the Rohrbach Library’s Zine display!

By Gabriela Laracca

On Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m., the Rohrbach Library hosted the opening of KU’s Zine Library with a zine debut by senior Shannon McCarthy. The Zine Library, which is displayed across from the library’s café on the main floor, was created by KU senior, Jesse Warner.

McCarthy’s zine was an interpretation of Wolfgang Borchert’s German play, ‘The Man Outside,’ originally known as ‘Draußen vor der Tür.’ McCarthy created her zine for German professor Lynn Kutch’s German graphic novel class.

This zine was one of many hosted at the Zine Library. By definition, a zine (pronounced zeen,) is a DIY publication that is self-published and released on a small scale with usually less than 100 copies created.

Due to the nature of a zine’s publication, authors/artists are free to explore the vast possibilities of what their zine can be about, what it could look like and the tone…

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Spring Library Newsletter

The latest edition of the Rohrbach Library Newsletter can be found online as a PDF at:

http://www.kutztown.edu/library/about/newsletters/Spring2009News.pdf

Enjoy!

American Library Association Announces Literary Award Winners

The American Library Association announced the top books, videos and audiobooks for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver last week. Check out the list to see if any of your favorite books or authors have been honored!


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