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HC Wake-Up Call: Democratic Rep. Accused of Sexual Assault Steps Down, Las Vegas Survivor Dies & Yet Another New Starbucks 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.)

House Judiciary Committee Member Steps Down Amidst Sexual Harassment Investigation

Democratic representative John Conyers has stepped down from his position as member of the House Judiciary Committee after sexual harassment allegations made against him led to a congressional investigation, CNN says. 

“After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside…during the investigation of these matters,” Conyers said in a statement. “I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger.”

Several former staffers accused Conyers of various workplace abuses. The allegations came about from a BuzzFeed News report saying that documents from right-wing blogger Mike Cernovich included claims that Conyers requested sexual favors from former aides. 

Las Vegas Survivor Dies in a Hit-and-Run

The Huffington Post reports that a survivor of the Las Vegas massacre was killed in a hit-and-run crash earlier this month. 52-year-old Roy McClellan was in southern Nevada the day he died, walking along a roadway in Pahrump. He was on Highway 160 when he was hit by a Chevrolet Camaro. 

At the Oct. 1 shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, McClellan reportedly helped transport victims to the hospital and was later in therapy to deal with what he had witnessed. “I don’t understand why he wasn’t taken at the shooting, but a month later he was taken this way,” said his wife Denise McClellan. 

This marks the fourth known death of a Las Vegas survivor. Shortly after the deadly shooting, Dennis and Lorraine Carver were killed in a car crash outside their home on Oct. 16, while Kymberley Suchomel died in her sleep a week after the shooting.

Starbucks Adds Yet Another New Drink to Its Menu

Starbucks has been killing it with its new holiday drink additions, and now it’s introducing yet another new latte. The Juniper Latte, which will also be available in iced form, introduces a blend of the flavors sweet mandarin and mulled spices. Starbucks has also released the Juniper Affogato, which includes juniper-infused Mora ice cream and a shot of espresso. The new latte choice will become available at Starbucks locations on Dec. 5.

What to look out for…

Happy Cyber Monday! If the crowds of Black Friday were just too much for you to handle, today is your day to embrace as many retail deals as possible. Keep an eye on Cyber Monday’s website to find great deals that you may not run into otherwise. 

Kristen Perrone is a Siena College Class of 2018 alumna. She studied English during her time at Siena.