Everything You Need To Know In The News This Week

His name is in every headline, on every front page, and in our liberal friends’ nightmares. But I won’t say it yet, because like all of us, your head is probably spinning. From Super Tuesday to the Leo Awards – I mean Oscars – here’s everything you need to know in this week’s gist.


The most unromantic film ever did the trick for Leo and #OscarsSoWhite:

  • The Oscars aired live this past Sunday, while a world full of Leo fans waited with streamers in-hand to see him break his nomination-only streak.
  • The ceremony was surrounded by controversy, however, due to the fact that there were no black nominees. There was a black host– Chris Rock– who made sure the Academy Awards knew they had fudged up. His jokes never strayed too far from the issue of diversity, but he did sneak in a little Jada Pinkett Smith pun or two. Rock closed the show with a touching quote:

What I’m trying to say is it’s not about boycotting everything, we want opportunity. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. Not just once.

  • The #OscarsSoWhite began when a beauty company attempted to Tweet about Oprah, but it was actually Whoopi Goldberg. Classic mistake?

This is Whoopi Goldberg, but Total Beauty called her Oprah Winfrey.

  • Something we all needed answers to: the Stacey Dash joke.

  • She made an appearance on stage to take a crack at a joke…that was more of an inside joke…then she wrote a blog post to clear it up but no one probably read it because who is Stacey Dash?
  • Sam Smith won the gold little man for Best Original Song, but in his acceptance speech the poor bloke mentioned he thought he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. Cue Smith staying off Twitter for a month due to so much backlash. Needless to say, he was not the first, but we still love him!

Here's how all the other openly gay men who've won Oscars reacted to Sam Smith's speech

  • Joe Biden also made an appearance on stage. He addressed college campus sexual assaults and introduced Lady Gaga’s song for the film The Hunting Ground. Not a dry eye in the place.
  • This also happened:



Okay, take a breath. This is Super Tuesday:

  • Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton dominated. Here are the tallies:
  • Clinton–Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my mom and paw (had to), Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
  • Sanders– Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
  • Trump–Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
  • Cruz– Alaska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • Rubio– Minnesota.
  • Trump’s highlights: he cares about women and is still raving about that wall.
  • The main showstopper floating around the Internet was Chris Christie’s endorsement of Trump.

  • Cruz says he’s the only hope for Republicans to beat Trump.
  • Ben Carson didn’t attend the Republican debate Thursday night because he didn’t see his political career moving forward. Neither did America.


So Trump is kind of like Voldemort now:

  • John Oliver finally addressed the elephant in the elephant party: Trump.
  • Oliver begrudgingly utters Trump’s name, knowing that all publicity is good publicity, but the time had come.
  • He refuted each key reason voters say they support him. And he did it very well:

  • Then on Thursday, two past Republican presidential candidates, John McCain and Mitt Romney, denounced Trump, urging his supporters to see past his “tiny hands” and lies.
  • Things got a little awkward when Romney’s “Thanks for endorsing me, Donald” speech went viral. But like an ex trying to rekindle the flame, Romney said, “that was 4 years ago, things have changed.”


Look! Other stuff happened this week, too! Concussions. Brains. Soccer.:

  • This week, U.S. soccer legend Brandi Chastain pledged her brain to Boston University for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (A lot of concussions) research.
  • Chastain is best known for her 1999 Sports Illustrated Cover after scoring the winning goal in the Women’s World Cup.

  • When asked why her brain, she responded that she wanted soccer be in a better place for players all over.
  • CTE is linked to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, rage, and mood swings.
  • The significant connection to soccer is the frequent action of heading the ball. Players who head the ball often have the same brain abnormalities that exist in concussed brains.
  • Chastain is deeply involved in the Safer Soccer Campaign, urging officials to make heading the ball under the age of 14 illegal. She teaches body awareness and recognition of harmful collisions.


The husband of San Bernardino shooting victim doesn’t want Apple to comply:

  • He wrote a court letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in support of Apple’s decision.
  • “I believe privacy is important, and Apple should stay firm in their decision.”
  • In his letter, he addresses his initial frustration towards Apple because they weren’t complying, but he now feels that neither he nor his wife would want to live in a world where privacy is compromised by security.
  • Critics around the matter are insisting that this ability to unlock iPhones would be used against innocent people.


The Flint, Michigan water crisis is finally making progress:

  • This year, an investigation was launched in to city officials to see if they’re guilty of negligence regarding the lead poisoning in Flint’s water.
  • This week, a plan has been made to fix the problem and prevent other cities from being poisoned by their own water supply as well.
  • A $100 million loan is to be given to Flint so they can replace the lead pipes that have been making their water undrinkable.
  • An additional $70 million will be set aside as seed money in case this happens again to another city.
  • There is already a WIFIA program (Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) in play from 2014, however Congress has yet to substantially finance it until now.
  • However, throughout debates, GOP candidates have dismissed Flint’s water crisis. The city is saying things are still bad, and they won’t get better unless the whole nation pulls for them.


Is cultural appropriation killing college debates?:

  • On Saturday, two student government members from Bowdoin College will face impeachment hearings.
  • However, there is no accompanying information about alleged sexual assaults, alleged stealing from the school, or alleged anything. Instead, there are pictures.
  • The students were invited to a “Tequila” themed party by a Columbian classmate with instructions to “do with that [Tequila theme] what you will.”
  • In the pictures from the party, attendees of the party were wearing mini sombreros. Yup. That’s all.

  • An ethnic stereotyping investigation commenced, and now the students are facing impeachment.
  • This whole issue has people begging the question, “What’s going to happen to college discourse?”
  • If Bowdoin College is this sensitive about a common party theme, how sensitive are they about other issues that are normally debated and openly discussed in college classrooms?


Erin Andrews is suing the Marriott:

  • In a $75 million lawsuit, Erin Andrews is suing Marriott managers, employees, and a peeping Tom for a viral video of her alone in her hotel naked from 2008.
  • Marriott attorneys suggested in a cross examination that the nude video skyrocketed her career, and it did not hinder her emotionally.


Tune in next Friday for the next installment of The Gist.