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The New England Patriots returned to the White House for the now-traditional visit to the president and presentation of a game helmet, jersey and other team-related swag. Correction, some of the Patriots visited the White House. Several, including most famously tight end Martellus Bennett, defensive back Devin McCourty and running back LaGarrette Blount bowed out early on. (Blount was blunt: “I will NOT be going to the White House. I don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll leave it at that,” he told the Rich Eisen Show on February 9th.) A New York Times photo shows a much smaller number of players this year than last. Oddly, QB Tom Brady, a vocal Trump supporter, stayed away, citing family obligations. And we’ll leave it at that.
In happy news, a new mosque was inaugurated that is run and led by women but open to all. The women who founded it said Rosa Parks was an inspiration: “It’s like when Rosa Parks got tired of sitting in the back of the bus. Women are getting tired of sitting in the back of the Mosque.” The Qul’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque in Berkeley, CA, is open to all Muslims and to anyone who wants to know more about Islam. And it will grow and flourish, inshallah.
Princeton University’s Board of Trustees has decided to honor Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison by naming a campus building after her. Morrison, author of Beloved, Sula, Song of Solomon and several nonfiction works, including Playing In The Dark, is the university’s Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emerita. The former West College building is one of the oldest buildings on campus. The name change is effective on July 1. The Council of the Princeton University Committee on Naming (yes, it’s actually called that) also decided to name the major auditorium in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs for another black Nobel Laureate: Sir Arthur Lewis, an economist and native of…