My name is Victoria and I’m a recent graduate with a B.A. in Archaeology. While waiting to hear back from graduate schools, I am looking to my summer plans at the Huqoq archaeological excavation in Israel. I really need your help to make this happen! 

While pulling my funds together for this summer’s fieldwork at Huqoq, Israel I’m giving crowdfunding a try and started a GoFundMe campaign!

If you are able to donate toward my airfare, room, and board I would be eternally grateful. 

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For those interested in joining the excavation, you can find more information about the site and the application at http://huqoqexcavationproject.org/. The Huqoq Excavation Project accepts both students and non-students, and those students who wish to receive academic credit must apply through the UNC Study Abroad Program: http://studyabroad.unc.edu/programs.cfm?pk=2081.The application materials are due March 1st, and for those not attending the dig for academic credit (and thus not paying through the university’s Study Abroad Department) the dig fees are due March 30th. 

I attended this excavation last year and can answer questions for anyone who is interested in the program!

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There is also an all-or-nothing fundraiser for the airfare of several graduate students who work at the dig that expires in 10 days: https://experiment.com/projects/huqoq-archaeological-excavation-galilee-israel?s=search

For the past several years, Blum has been on a mission to dismantle affirmative action. He’s done this primarily by finding students who have been denied entrance to colleges and universities – essentially hosting casting calls – and then framing their rejections as the result of affirmative action decisions that favor “less qualified” African American and Latino students that fulfill institutional “quotas.”

And now, he’s cherry-picking data and appealing to conservative racial ideals to rope in Asian American students to be a political wedge against affirmative action – most recently by filing admissions discrimination lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Even worse, this strategy aims to divide and conquer People of Color by pitting Asian American students against other marginalized college hopefuls.

Edward Blum doesn’t have our best interests in mind – he only has his racist calculations in mind.

Expose Edward Blum’s manipulative tactics and tell him we won’t be his Model Minority minions. SUPPORT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BY SIGNING HERE!

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For those new to my blog, we have two incompetent old neighbors who think they “own” a feral cat. They occasionally feed her and sit on the stoop of the apartment with her, but she has never seen a vet and is not fixed.  She runs away from anyone but these neighbors, and there is nowhere to put a trap where the neighbors won’t notice.  Every couple months, like clockwork, she gets pregnant and has a litter of kittens, which the neighbors also believe they “own” despite not actually taking care of them at all, leaving them exposed to storms and predators and cars. They get angry if they see people “stealing” the kittens even though they have no intent of caring for them themselves. We have tried (and are continuing to try!) contacting Animal Control groups about it, but they haven’t responded.

So for now, we have to take the situation into our own hands. Every time we see this happen, Ash and I lie in wait for the opportune time to rescue the kittens while the neighbors are away, clean them, feed them, and find them loving homes. (My cat, Winkle, is actually a rescue from the same mother as these!)

This time, the litter appears to be five, but we will check back in case we missed one. There’s a super friendly and brave calico, (bottom picture) who is obsessed with cuddling.  Two tabby twins, one slightly braver, both very loud purrers who love petting.  One yellow tabby (not pictured) who loves food more than life itself, and one buff (second to last picture) who is very shy and prone to hiding, but learning to open up. (Even if this means hiding under me instead of the furniture.)

If you live (or know anyone) in the Chapel Hill, NC area who would like to adopt a kitten, please contact me or Ash.