The 2018 Winter Olympics officially began Friday night in Pyeongchang, South Korea with the opening ceremony. This year’s Winter Olympics is the biggest in history, with 92 countries and over 2,900 athletes competing. Last night’s opening ceremonies caused a buzz on social media, with some interesting occurrences happening during the ceremonies. So here are some of the events that sparked the greatest interest.
Vice President Mike Pence Sat Near Kim Jong Un’s Sister
Pence and Kim Yo Jong were seated in close proximity to each other during the opening ceremonies. Pence was aware of his seating placement, and his aide said that he didn’t have any concerns regarding the seating arrangements. Kim Yo Jong’s appearance at the event is historical in itself, as she is the first member of the ruling dynasty of North Korea to visit South Korea since 1953. In other Pence headlines, he also didn’t stand for the Korean Olympic delegation during the ceremony.
Vice President Mike Pence is sitting only a few feet away from Kim Yo Jong, who is the very powerful sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during the winter Olympics #OpeningCeremony in South Korea. The two don’t appear to have spoken to each other. pic.twitter.com/ZyZwFYou1W
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) February 9, 2018
Tongan Flagbearer Pita Taufatofua Went Shirtless- Again
After being eliminated in the first round of taekwondo during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Taufatofua decided to pick up a new sport- cross-country skiing and ended up qualifying for this year’s Winter Olympics. He, of course, carried the flag for Tonga and became a hit on the internet once again.
Welp, Tonga just won all the medals shut it down, you can all go home. #Olympics
— katie (@katie_stp) February 10, 2018
Team USA Walked Out To “Gangnam Style”
A few Olympic Teams were lucky enough to be able to walk out to “Gangnam Style” being played in the stadium, and Team USA was one of them. Team USA had a lot of fun with it, as it’s been a popular song ever since it’s release in 2012. Team USA also has the largest contingent of athletes, with 242 competing in the Olympics.
I didn’t know I needed to see our nation’s very greatest human specimens and also mike pence set to gangnam style and yet here we are
— Claire McNear (@claire_mcnear) February 9, 2018
— Matt Williamson (@mattcwill) February 9, 2018
The Winter Olympics are going on now until February 25th and can be watched on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network and the Olympic Channel.
Penn State Football Trainer Resigns in Wake of Hazing Death
Tim Bream lived in fraternity house in which pledge Timothy Piazza sustained injuries that lead to his death.
The head football trainer for Penn State, Tim Bream, is resigning a year after his involvement in a Beta Theta Pi hazing death. Bream was living in the fraternity house at the time of the young man’s death as an advisor.
In his testimony regarding the event last August, Bream said: “I, in no way, shape, or form, would give permission to any type of alcohol abuse, gauntlet, or anything like that.” The members of the now-defunct fraternity are facing charges for the death including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.
The parents of the young man who died last year, Timothy Piazza, are reportedly happy that Bream is retiring.
In a statement regarding Bream’s involvement, the Piazzas said, “there is no way he didn’t know there was an illegal hazing event with alcohol going on and because he lived there for years, there is no way he didn’t know there was a history of illegal hazing and excessive drinking going on.”
There was no official reason given by Bream for his retirement. Penn State athletics said in a statement that Bream will be retiring at the end of the month and that they wish him luck in his future endeavors. Before working for Penn State athletics, he worked for the Chicago Bears and the athletic departments of the University of Richmond, Vanderbilt University, Syracuse University, and West Virginia University.
— Onward State (@OnwardState) February 9, 2018
Inside the Ivy: Pig Roasts and Porsche
The one with Cornell, Dartmouth, UPenn, Porsche and rolling backpacks.
Cornell frat on probation for “pig roast” sex competition
The Ivy League wins this week’s Frats Behaving Badly award, Cornell’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter has been put on two-years of probation following an investigation into an event called a “pig roast,” a reference to the weight of women the fraternity members slept with.
University officials reportedly received multiple complaints about the “game” created by established Beta Tau members, which was set so that “new members could accumulate ‘points’ by engaging in sexual intercourse with women,” according to a report from The Cornell Daily Sun.
In case of a tie, according to a CBS report, the member who had sex with the heaviest woman would come out on top.
The fraternity will be on probation for two years and must hire a live-in adviser, among other disciplinary actions. Read more in CMN’s report.
Porsche becomes the official car of the Ivy League
For many years, the Ivy League rejected corporate sponsorships that fund many other college athletic conferences, but starting next month, Porsche will become the official car of the Ivy League.
Bloomberg reports, “The terms of the agreement weren’t announced, but it’s the most comprehensive sponsorship in Ivy League history, according to commissioner Robin Harris. ‘Our messages correlate well given both of our long-standing traditions, them in automobiles and us in academics and athletics,’ Harris said.”
The Ivy League partnership with Porsche is a sign of the League’s warming to business opportunities, including partnerships with Coca-Cola, Nike, NBC and ESPN.
Quote of the Week:
“No matter how hard we get knocked down we get back up. All the losses that we have, all the doubts — it teaches us a lot about ourselves. Today’s about hope, about faith in humanity, about faith in brotherly love.”
– Tikki Truong during UPenn coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade
Tweet of the Week
Kids with the square rolling backpacks are now at Ivy League schools
— Alanna (@alannakeenan8) February 6, 2018
Norovirus Scare Among Security Guards at 2018 Winter Olympics Increases Caution
Yet another plot twist in this Korean drama. But not the one you watch on your KD channel.
A potential norovirus outbreak has led to the quarantine of over 1,200 Olympic security agents in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Each personnel member must stay in their designated rooms until they have been tested and deemed clear of any sign of the virus.
Pyeongchang is currently preparing to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. With the opening ceremony just days away, an indication of norovirus could potentially harm anyone involved with this year’s games. According to NBC, the outbreak initially sparked an investigation when forty-one security guards fell ill with diarrhea and vomiting.
As for the 1,200 people who are undergoing cautionary testing, they will remain in seclusion until it is certain that they have not contracted norovirus and will not be a hazard to anyone else’s health.
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will still be held on Friday, Feb. 9. For now, Olympic officials are going to use proper measures to ensure that their security staff is healthy enough to fulfill their roles for the next few weeks.
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