Team USA Will Call You, Maybe, and More! [Current Events Cheat Sheet]

Hey, guys! It’s the Olympics! Since we know you’ve been glued to your TV all weekend, here’s what you missed.

At Home

The U.S. Senate has released a report on the findings from its investigation of for-profit colleges. The report condemns the industry, and reveals that taxpayers spent $32 billion in the last year supporting organizations that operate for-profit colleges, even though most students leave without a degree.

The country’s oldest continuously run general store closed up shop after 224 years.

Two people were arrested in Anaheim, CA, after hundreds took to the streets to protest police shootings in the area.

The World

A blackout left over 300 million people without power in New Delhi and Northern India. Blackouts are frequent in New Delhi, but this one was the worst in more than a decade.

Citizens of Romania voted on whether or not to impeach their president, but voter turnout was so low that the vote became invalid. President Traian Basescu is under fire for ordering wage and benefit cuts for public workers.

Sporty

Seeing as the Olympics are happening right now, there’s a bit too much sports news to fit here. But a few highlights for Team USA: Dana Vollmer won gold and set a world record in the 100 butterfly; Ryan Lochte won gold in the 400 Individual Medley, while defending champ Michael Phelps finished fourth; beach volleyball duo Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor beat the Australians in a preliminary round; gymnast Jordyn Weiber barely missed a qualifying score for the all-around competition, but Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas will advance.

Hot on the Web

To keep things in the Olympic spirit, here’s the USA swim team serenading you with “Call Me Maybe.” Team USA, we would call you anytime. Seriously.


Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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