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Week of March 11, 2013
“When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them.” – Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, in her new book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
World: The world has a new Pope, and his name is Francis.
After just two days of deliberations, cardinals have selected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, to lead the 1.2 billion member Catholic Church. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the only papal resignation in over 600 years, Bergoglio will be the first Pope from Latin America and the first of the Jesuit order. Known for his outreach to the poor, Pope Francis I inherits an immense array of challenges facing the Church. The world will be watching.
Politics: Budget crisis still in full swing, but so far nothing can bridge the divide.
The now-infamous “sequester,” a slow-burning set of automatic government budget cuts, has now largely come into effect, and a second deadline for 2013 funding looms on March 27. The President spent much of this week on Capitol Hill in an effort to bring about compromise, but Senate Democrats and Republicans have moved on to talking about the 2014 budget, and each party’s spending proposals highlight just how far each will have to come to find common ground.
Business: The stock market is up up up.
The stock market closed this Thursday on a high note, both for the day and for a ten day consecutive streak, its longest winning streak in more than 16 years. Since the year’s start, stock demand has risen in accordance with optimism that the housing market is recovering and companies are beginning to hire. But amidst this rally, the question still looms: is our economy making a comeback as well?
Science: Eureka! We’ve found the Higgs boson!
The new particle discovered last summer amidst much fanfare is being preliminarily confirmed as the Higgs boson, or the knuckleball of the subatomic world. Scientists are hoping it will help explain what give electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape. High school chemistry, anyone?
Women’s Affairs: Sheryl Sandberg is causing controversy, but hey, at least we’re talking.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, was released this week to mixed reviews. In Lean In, Sandberg encourages women to throw away any excuses and justifications that may be holding them back in the workplace, particularly any adjustments that compensate for a marriage or family that won’t come until later in life.