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Women's studies sufferage walk

On October 17th, Assumption College’s Women’s Studies Club hosted a Silent March to commemorate the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Starting from the Testa Atrium, students and faculty walked around campus as a tribute to the suffragists who fought for the right to vote in the 1910s. Each participant held a yellow rose, a symbol of the movement.
The purpose of the Silent March was to emulate the peaceful protests that took place during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Participants did not shout in protest, but rather walked quietly from start to finish. Participants were encouraged to sing along to the song “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” which was featured in the 2004 movie Iron Jawed Angels. The movie is a historical drama that showcases the nonviolent protest methods suffragists used during the 1910s, and it provided the foundation upon which this event was built.

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Wells Fargo Bank Scandal

As you may have heard, the company Wells Fargo Bank recently had a scandal in relations to customer accounts. The scandal came to light when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined the bank 185 million dollars in regards to more than 2 million dollars bank accounts or credit cards were opened or applied for without customers’ knowledge or permission between May 2011 and July 2015.
According to the Los Angeles City Attorney, employees were opening and funding accounts without customers' permission or knowledge in order to "satisfy sales goals and earn financial rewards under the bank's incentive-compensation program." This program has now affected many customers negatively as well as the company as a whole.

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Trump video scandal

One of the most debated and discussed topics in this Presidential Campaign is Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s treatment towards and comments about women.
Around the time of the second Presidential debate, an Access Hollywood video was made public, during which Trump was having an off-the-record conversation with Billy Bush. His words described kissing and groping a woman. Many interpret the conversation to be describing sexual assault.
He issued a public apology shortly after the release of the video.
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” said Trump. “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than decade old video are one of them…I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”
He concluded his statement by citing other issues, such as Bill Clinton’s assault of women and Hillary Clinton’s attempts to cover up the scandal.

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Claims that the 2016 Presidential election is rigged

In an already heated election season, Mr. Donald Trump has added more fuel to the fire by questioning the integrity of the voting process in the United States. At the third and final presidential debate, Secretary Hillary Clinton observed that Trump tends to excuse his losses by claiming the system was rigged against him. In the early 2000’s, his show, The Apprentice, missed an Emmy Award over three consecutive award cycles.
In a series of tweets posted in the interim between the initial incident and today’s election, Trump has continually questioned the credibility and honesty of the Emmy Awards institution. As recently as 2014, he has returned to this already belabored award topic and today, has begun to hurl accusations that the election and the media are rigged against him.
“The press has created a rigged system and poisoned the minds of the voters.” Trump stated.

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Lip Sync battle a fun night for all

After a small power outage and a lot of panic, the Lip Sync Battle happened, and it was a great success. Food was provided in the form of BBQ and buffalo wings, pretzels, and buffalo and spinach dip form British Beer Company, and snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookies and whoopie pies from Bean Counter.
The categories for the battle were Rock and Country, Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B, Duets, 80s and 90s, and Today’s Hits and Pop, all with fabulous prizes including a waterproof bluetooth speaker, Coldstone and bookstore gift cards, and much more. Judges were chosen from the audience and were different for every category to keep things fresh.

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KABOOM event showcases talent

“I have done something very different than I usually do…the new thing for me is this kind of sort of prettier… I have always been afraid to make pretty things. Cus’ you know it’s not often taken seriously,” Professor Scott Glushin said in reflection on how his pictures got him out of his artistic comfort zone. The faculty of the Arts department met several months ago to discuss the theme of their Fall semester art exhibit. Lynn Simmons introduced the exhibit stating that the objective was for the professors to “Do some kind of practice we haven’t done before for each of us. That has manifested its self as 2D, 3D and Asian brush painting.” The name of the exhibit originated when Professor Lynn Simmons was recommended to use KABOOMtm a copper tub cleaner; “It just stuck in my head” said Simmons.

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Third and final presidential debate

On October 19 at 9 p.m., millions of Americans tuned in to the third and final debate of the Presidential election. The event was held at the University of Nevada: Las Vegas and was sponsored by the Commission of Presidential Debates. Chris Wallace of Fox News was the debate’s moderator, and started the event by asking the audience for complete silence. Donald Trump, sporting a red tie, and Senator Hillary Clinton, wearing a white pantsuit, entered on stage took their places in front of podiums and the debate began.
As with all other Presidential debates, neither campaign received information regarding the topics ahead of time, forcing each candidate to prepare for anything from foreign affairs to immigration. After Wallace introduced a new topic with a question, each candidate had two minutes to respond before the candidates were given a chance to debate openly.

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New Coffee Tasting Event

It was a brisk morning in October as students lined up by the three coffee servers in Hagan Campus Center for a warm drink. The scent of fresh coffee filled the air while the room was chatty with students contending on their favorite brew and placing their votes in one of the three ballots next to the samples. Dean Cycon, the founder of Dean’s Beans, stood proudly as he chatted with students and faculty, gazing upon the success of his business. “It’s about personal taste,” he explained to two students debating on their samples, “One person may say that one blend is weak while another says ‘oh, it’s strong to me.’”

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Simone Biles

If you watched this summer’s Olympic Games, went on any form of social media or pretty much looked at a TV screen, I’m sure you already know who Simone Biles is. At 19 years old, Biles took home five medals from the 2016 Olympic Games, including four gold and one bronze. Most notable is her gold for women’s individual all around.
However, her impressive dominance in the sport did not start at this year’s Olympic Games. Biles’ is the only woman to win the all-around world championship three years in a row and has 14 total world championship medals.
Born in Ohio, Biles and her sister Adria moved to Texas to live with their grandparents. The girls’ biological mother struggled with substance abuse problems and was unable to care for them herself. Eventually, their grandparents adopted them both.

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CAB presents roller rink in Plourde

Saturday, September 10, Campus Activities Board sponsored a new on-campus event for all students. The Roller Rink was held at the Plourde Gymnasium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The idea for the roller rink was a new and inventive idea brought up by event coordinator, Maia Campbell.
“The roller rink is something I really want to do,” Maia, a sophomore, told me she said back in April when CAB was brainstorming ideas for new on-campus events. She wanted a new and exciting way to welcome students of interest to CAB events starting this semester.
Maia and her team worked hard to set up the event. The gym was blacked out. A candy bar and raffle were provided. A makeshift roller rink was set up in the middle of the gym accompanied by flashing disco lights. Thanks to Neon Entertainment, the roller rink had an amazing flair and ambiance.

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