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This is the Ivy League school’s second notable discrimination lawsuit this year. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story…

Harvard Fraternities and Sororities Sue School for Discrimination

The fraternities and sororities at Harvard University have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the school over pressures to go co-ed. Harvard’s new policy on single-sex groups, such as sororities, fraternities, and other non-affiliated clubs called “final clubs,” comes in an attempt to curb sexual assault on campus, as it was found that these environments foster a sense of “sexual entitlement.” Students who do not abide by the policy will not be eligible for leadership positions or school endorsement for national scholarships.

Greek organizations, specifically sororities, are countering with the claim that single-sex groups allow for a safe space on campus. The dissidents at Harvard have filed suits in state and federal court asking that the policy be blocked and damages be awarded. (Yes, this is a different lawsuit than the one we were talking about in October.)


In France…

PM Delays Raising Fuel Tax

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a six-month suspension on rising fuel taxes in the wake of destructive protests by the “yellow vests” that took place over the weekend.


In the federal government…

USPS Deliveries To Be Suspended on Wednesday in Honor of George H.W. Bush

The U.S. Postal Service announced it would be suspending regular mail deliveries, retail services, and administrative office activity Wednesday in honor of the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, as friends and family of the late president will gather for a memorial that morning. Trump, former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend the service.


In Denmark…

Denmark to Send Immigrants to Island

Denmark has found a new place to house immigrants that are rejected from asylum: an island. The Danish government just announced a plan to build a structure that could hold up to 100 migrants on Lindholm Island, where there is currently a facility for the research of infectious animal diseases. Barring any delays, such as human rights complaints, the plan could go forward as soon as 2021.


In cryptocurrency…

The SEC Charges DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather with Crypto Fraud

The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission has charged DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd Mayweather with crypto fraud for failing to disclose when they were paid to promote cryptocurrency. Khaled and Mayweather, known for their activity on Snapchat and Instagram respectively, both had to hand their earnings over to the SEC, setting an example for other influencers paid to promote.


On Tumblr…

Tumblr Cracks Down on ‘Adult Content’

Starting on December 2017 Tumblr will be permanently banning all adult content on the site. This includes posts that are explicitly sexual or include nudity. The policy has been a long time coming as Tumblr has struggled to crack down on childhood pornography — the most recent case of this resulted in the app being temporarily removed from the Apple iOS App Store. Existing posts that fit Tumblr’s criteria for “adult content” will be set to private mode.


On Spotify…

Drake Is Most-Streamed Artist of the Year

Drake is officially the most-streamed artist of the year on Spotify. The rapper has the most-streamed album and track with his songs being played a total of 8.2 billion times.


Trending today…

‘Friends’ Will Be There for You

The Internet went a little crazy yesterday when news broke that the hit TV series “Friends” would be leaving Netflix in 2019. However, the Holiday Armadillo heard your wishes and the show will live to see another year — or at least another Netflix binge.


Last but not least…

Viewpoint: Miley Sounds Like a True Artist on Latest Single

“Sure enough, I had the same reaction I do every time I come across a new song by miss Miley. It wasn’t what I expected. It was in a completely different direction then everything else I’ve been hearing on the radio. Also, I couldn’t help kinda like it.” Read more in Rachel Cross’s report for CMN.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia Kolenko, Rachel Cross, and the CMN Staff. GQ says bootcut jeans are making a comeback. Thanks, but no thanks.

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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