Cohen: May 16 week in review

Marshall Cohen

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Apocalypse not now

89-year-old Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that May 21, 2011 would be the date of Rapture. Simply put, Camping and his followers held that god’s chosen people would ascend into heaven on May 21, and that a five-month path of destruction would begin for those who remained. The prediction gained national media attention as well as campus-wide interest. An electronic sign along Sheridan Road was altered to read “RAPTURE AHEAD.”

Unfortunately for Camping, and oddly unfortunate for these people, we’re all still here.

Dillo Day announcements

Mayfest announced two more musical acts that will accompany B.o.B. next week at Dillo Day: indie rock band The New Pornographers and rap duo Chiddy Bang. Dillo Day is Saturday, May 28.

Obama’s Middle East speech

President Barack Obama delivered a major policy speech Thursday touching on the Arab Spring and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most media attention focused on Mr. Obama’s call for Israel and Palestine to return to pre-1967 borders with negotiated land swaps. This marked the first time a U.S. president officially declared support for pre-1967 borders, even though insiders say it has been quietly been U.S. policy for several decades.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn-a man widely considered a frontrunner for the French presidency-was arrested earlier this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel. He was indicted Wednesday and resigned as head of the IMF the same day. By Friday he was out on $1 million bail. Strauss-Kahn denies the allegations and his legal team claims that he was part of a setup.

Marshall Cohen is a Medill freshman and DAILY blogger. He can be reached at and followed at