murder hornet margaritas, anyone?

Bill Maurer
Tuesday May 5 17:10:21 PDT 2020
    Dear social sciences lecturers, grad students, staff and faculty,

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! Now, I can't be the only person in our social
    sciences community (looking at you, Gustavo and Li) who read this piece
    in the New York Times today, and started thinking about the possibilities
    for mixing up some murder hornet margaritas tonight! [Disclosure: Profs
    Oliveira and Zhang were the ones to introduce me to the culinary delights
    of insect larvae].
    Not much to report--although it still feels like I've been running all
    over the place while standing or sitting in the exact same spot, day
    after day. Discussions continue on reopening research facilities; UCOP
    is weighing whether and how to reopen dorms; and the Fresh Basic Needs
    Hub on campus has provided updated information for helping students
    access CalFresh federal food assistance, which I'll paste below so
    you can share it. We also had a great all-staff meeting this morning,
    with several of our computing services team sporting dizzying new Zoom
    backgrounds. Clearly I have to up my game.
    Until tomorrow!

Dear Faculty & Staff,

As an essential service, the FRESH Basic Needs Hub is still offering our
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