College Protests Over Racial Discrimination, Diwali, YouTube Red, & The Great Boston Cupcake Crawl

Weekly Roundup 11.13

Top Story: College Protests Over Racial Discrimination

Across the country, colleges and universities have begun protests in reaction to the events that went on at the University of Missouri. But what happened in Missouri that led these widespread protests? The spark was lit in September when Student Government President Payton Head went on Facebook to complain about the bigotry, anti-homosexual and anti-transgender attitudes at the university, as a result of people from the back of a truck screaming racial slurs at him (source).

This lead into an incident in early October, where a drunken white student caused a disruption at an African American student organization, then called out a racial slur when they had asked the student to leave. Later that month, the activist group Concerned Student 1950 was formed and named in homage to the year that the university admitted its first black students. Concerned Student 1950 then issued a list of demands which included an apology from the schools president Tim Wolfe, his removal from office, and also a more racially inclusive curriculum overseen by minority representatives. As a result, Tim Wolfe stepped down as President and took responsibility for what had occurred.

In response to the events that have taken place in Missouri, college students around the country have rallied together to protest racial discrimination. At Ithaca College in upstate New York, hundreds of students began demonstrations and demanded for their president, Tom Rochon, to resign because of his limited response to complaints of racial insensitivity on campus (source). Some other colleges who have begun to protest and demonstrate include Yale University, Smith College, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Under the Radar: Diwali – The Festival of Lights

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This past Wednesday began Diwali, the Hindu holiday that lasts five days long and celebrates good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and the legend of Rama and Sita. The holiday is celebrated through the decorating of houses and public spaces with thousands of lights, candles, and colorful designs. Other parts of the celebration is through families gathering together, giving gifts, and giving firework shows. 

Tool of the Week: YouTube Red

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Yesterday YouTube launched YouTube Music for iOS and Android, giving users ad-free viewing and listening, audio-only mode, and an offline play option. Once the app is launched, you are taken to a personalized homepage with genre stations that matches your personal taste. When you switch over to the audio-only mode, YouTube will keep playing your music until you unlock your screen to view the video for the current song playing. The app also offers a playlist based on your habits for you to keep offline.

YouTube Red is offering a one month free trial, but then after that it will be $9.99/month.

Around the Hub: The Great Boston Cupcake Crawl

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 9.39.12 AMThe Great Boston Cupcake Crawl starts at 11:00 AM this Saturday. This two and half hour walking tour will go to some of Boston’s most historic and famous neighborhoods. This includes the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Boston Common and the Gardens. During the tour you will learn about the history of cupcakes, their creation, and what the specialties are at each of the tour stops. Advanced tickets are required, but you can reserve your spot here!

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