Uloop Morning Scoop: Democrats, LGBT advocates win big in elections

By Uloop Staff on November 8, 2017

Uloop Morning Scoop for November 8, 2017 was compiled by Uloop Staff and Natalia Kolenko.

 

THE LEAD: WINS FOR DEMOCRATS, EQUALITY IN 2017 ELECTIONS

Danica Roem, a former journalist, is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature. (Image: Danica Roem/CNN)

New governors have been elected for both Virginia and New Jersey. While only a few states had elections yesterday, the results have deeply impacted where the Democratic and Republican parties currently stand in US politics, and issued an early indicator of how voters feel about President Trump.

The Washington Post reports, “Election Day 2017 is just about in the books, with Democrats Phil Murphy and Ralph Northam winning the governor’s mansions in New Jersey and Virginia, respectively. The latter won the biggest and most closely watched race of the night, giving Democrats a shot in the arm after a tough electoral year. And plenty of signs Tuesday pointed to a very good night for Democrats.”

The Post adds that the winners of the night are Democrats’ morale, the transgender community — in Virginia, Danica Roem will be the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislative body –  overcoming tragedy and Democrats’ redistricting hopes, while the losers are Trump-style Nationalism, Gillespie and GOP candidates who don’t bear-hug Trump, Steve Bannon and Chris Christie.

 

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL GETS MORE BAD NEWS – 3 PLAYERS ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING IN CHINA

Photo of the three UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting. (Image: UCLA Basketball/Yahoo News)

With a reputation already damaged by a coaching and recruiting scandal, there is more bad news for college basketball, as three players — including high-profile UCLA star LiAngelo Ball, brother of L.A. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — were arrested for shoplifting.

The Huff Post picks up the story: “The UCLA basketball team came to China as hoops ambassadors, but now some of the players may have been swept up in an international incident.

Chinese authorities arrested three UCLA team members, including celebrated freshman LiAngelo Ball, on charges of shoplifting on Tuesday in Hangzhou, according to ESPN. They were released on bail Wednesday, the sports network said, citing an unnamed source.

Freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill also were reportedly charged in the incident at a Louis Vuitton store next to the team hotel.”

Sigh.

 


TODAY IN A TWEET

West Virginia University has an annual day of giving (which is today). Does your school do anything similar?

 


HERE ARE 8,000 UNIVERSITY COURSES YOU CAN TAKE FOR FREE

Hey, you got time to squeeze in a few more classes, right? (Image: Uloop News file photo)

OK, OK, we know you don’t want to hear about a) more classes and b) how college can be free when you’re facing a mountain of student loans, but, check out this report from Fortune:

“In recent years several universities and colleges around the world have started offering some of their courses for free. Over the past six years over 8,000 different courses have been made available for free to anyone who wants to take them. In a story on Quartz, Class Central founder Dhawal Shah notes that he’s been tracking them all since they rose to prominence.”

That’s kinda awesome. Classes are available from schools like Stanford, Johns Hopkins, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Colorado.

Quartz has a  rundown of some of the courses available and details on how to sign up. There’s a bigger list on Class Central’s website. Something for you to do on winter break, right?


LAST BUT NOT LEAST: 9 THINGS TO FACTOR INTO YOUR STUDY ABROAD BUDGET

Studying abroad can be one of the best things about college. Once you get your budget figured out, that is. (Image: Pexels)

University of Tennessee student Lorena Roberts has been thinking about study abroad lately — and that’s a good thing for you. Why? Because we know many of you will be heading abroad during your second semester and we also know college students always wait until the last minute to plan.

Lorena has you covered with 9 things you have figure into your budget for your semester abroad — before you leave. Read them all right here.

 


OK, let’s see. You’ve got your dose of daily knowledge, check. It’s Wednesday, check. Looks like you’re ready for the weekend, haha. Let’s do this!

And remember, you can use Uloop to find a part time job on your campus, connect with a tutor or get a head start on housing for next year. 

 


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