HC Wake-Up Call: Texas Church Has First Service Since Mass Shooting, NFL Players Stay Standing for Veterans Day & Starbucks Adds New Holiday Drink

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Sutherland Springs Church Congregation Holds First Service Since Shooting

A week after a gunman killed 25 people and an unborn baby in Texas's deadliest mass shooting yet, the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs held a Sunday service, CNN reports. Although there are plans to demolish the actual church building, more than 500 people gathered several blocks away from the site of the shooting to attend a service on a baseball field. Agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as sheriff's deputies, guarded the area. Other nearby churches organized the event, while Texas Sen. John Cornyn was expected to address the attendees.

No NFL Players Take a Knee on Veterans Day

Amidst the NFL celebrating Veterans Day weekend, none of the professional football players protested during the national anthem at Sunday's early games. The Chicago Tribune reports that the NFL Players Association requested that all players observe a two-minute moment of silence before their games to honor the country's veterans. Players known to consistently kneel in protest of police brutality against African-Americans remained standing.

Starbucks Debuts New Version of a Holiday Drink

You know it's time for the holidays when Starbucks has brought back its holiday drink menu. In an attempt to switch things up, the coffee chain has also announced a new addition to its holiday lineup. The Toasted White Chocolate Mocha is basically the classic White Chocolate Mocha, but with a toasted white chocolate mocha sauce that reportedly has more of a deeper, nuttier flavor. The drink also comes with a red candied-cranberry topping, just to remind you that the hectic holidays are approaching. 

What to look out for...

If there's any time to celebrate kindness and being good to people, it's this week. You're in luck, because today is World Kindness Day. The world is a crazy place, and we definitely need to take a step back and remember the basics of being a nice human. 

About The Author

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Currently a Nights & Weekend Editor, Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls.   

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