Michigan State administration under increasing pressure over handling of Larry Nassar

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Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon speaks to reporters this week. (Image: Twitter)

The administration of Michigan State University — chiefly President Lou Anna Simon — are under increasing pressure over their handling of their former sports physician and U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who is being sentenced this week for years of unchecked abuse of athletes.

Nassar, whose victims include Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, was reported to MSU officials at least 12 times going as far back as the mid-90s, yet no action was ever taken by the university.

State lawmakers, officials running for election, and the MSU student newspaper have joined a chorus of voices calling for Simon's resignation. Read more in CMN's report.

Government shutdown getting closer to reality

The House passed a short term spending measure late last night with a mostly party-line vote of 230-197, but the bill's prospects don't look promising in the Senate.

Several Republican senators have come out against the measure, which Democrats have threatened to block over immigration policies. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has proposed a very short term stop-gap measure (five days) that would force lawmakers to make a final decision on spending levels and the DACA immigration issue.

The New York Times has outlined the sticking points between to the two parties.

Today in a Tweet

Twitter is in a frenzy about National Popcorn Day. Oh, and that other thing, too.
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Nintendo is turning to... cardboard?

Nintendo released a teaser video this week for its latest product, the Labo, and plenty of people are buzzing over the fact that it features cardboard punch outs that can be controlled by another Nintendo device, the Switch.

CMN's Arianna Lynne investigated the buzz and calls the Labo an "innovative fusion between tech and DIY."

ICYMI: University of Alabama expels student over racist videos posted on MLK Day

A student who posted videos containing blatantly racist language has been expelled from the University of Alabama, according to multiple reports.

University President Stuart R. Bell called the videos “highly offensive and deeply hurtful,” and told the Associated Press that the student, Harley Barber, is “no longer enrolled here.”

Read CMN's report here.

Last But Not Least: North Dakota student's mile-high marriage proposal

Gavin Becker proposed to his longtime girlfriend in a most amazing way recently. The University of North Dakota aviation student took his (now finance) for a flight over a frozen lake where — with the help of his family and a snow blower — a marriage proposal was etched in the snow. (Get more details here.)

Could you say no to this?
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Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by CMN Staff. It's finally the weekend. Was that the longest first week back on campus or what?