Michigan State President Resigns Following Larry Nassar Sentencing

Embattled Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, head of the school where Larry Nassar was on staff and sexually assaulted many of its athletes, handed in her resignation last night, just hours after an extraordinary sentencing hearing was concluded.

In a statement posted on the university's website, Simon said, "As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger."

MSU has been widely criticized for not acting on reports of abuse by Nassar and it now faces an NCAA investigation into the matter. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison by Michigan judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who told him “I just signed your death warrant.” The prosecutor called Nassar "possibly the most prolific serial child sex abuser in history.”

Trump offers a glimmer of hope for Dreamers

President Trump, in a impromptu news conference held before he left for a world economic summit in Davos, Switzerland, said he would consider granting citizenship to illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

“Tell them not to be concerned, ok? Tell them not to worry," he said. "We’re going to solve the problem. It’s up to the Democrats, but they (the Dreamers) should not be concerned."

A tough battle over funding for a border wall with Mexico and the fate of the DACA immigration program lies ahead, all tied to a funding bill that keeps the federal government running. Those same issues already sparked a three-day shutdown earlier this month.

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University of Arizona Internship Seeks to Build a Community to Resist 'Heterosexism'

A feminist internship program at the University of Arizona is accepting recruits to “to build a community that acknowledges and supports resistance to racism, classism, sexism, ableism and heterosexism.”

The internship is offered through the Women’s Resource Center at the school, an on-campus student center. CMN's Arianna Lynne looked into the program and found that it doesn't come cheap. Read her full report here.

Chinese Scientists Successfully Clone Monkeys

Scientists in Shanghai announced they have cloned two monkeys, using largely the same technique that researchers deployed to produce Dolly the Sheep nearly two decades ago. Some observers have noted this breakthrough could pave the way for human cloning.


Awwww. Cutest cloned monkeys ever! Zhong Zhong (left) and Hua Hua. (Image: Chinese Academy of Sciences)

"I think it's a very exciting landmark. It's a major advance," Dieter Egli, a reproductive biologist at Columbia University told NPR. "It should be possible to make models of human disease in those monkeys and study those and then attempt to cure it."

Or just make whole humans?

Last But Not Least: This Student Emailed Every Girl on Campus Named Claudia After Swiping the Wrong Way on Tinder

Missouri State University student, Hayden Moll, emailed over 20 women at the school with the same name after a missed connection on the popular dating app, Tinder.

Moll accidentally swiped left on the app on photo of a woman named “Claudia”, which typically means the person swiping does not wish to connect with the other. He quickly went to work finding Claudia after realizing his mistake of not swiping right.

CMN's Savannah Hoag found out what happened next.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Savannah Hoag, Arianna Lynne and College Media Network Staff. The weekend still starts on Thursday at college, right?