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HC Wake-Up Call: Kim Jong Un Met the Chinese President, Larry Nassar’s Longtime Boss Was Arrested on Sexual Misconduct Charges & This Dog Rescued a Drowning Man

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.)

Kim Jong Un Met the Chinese President in a Surprise Visit to Beijing

CNN reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a surprise visit to Beijing this week. The two-day visit marks Kim Jong Un’s first trip abroad since he entered his position in 2011. While Kim traveled to China on March 25, the White House wasn’t informed of the leader’s meeting with Chinga until Tuesday. 

According to CNN, Kim went to China because he wanted to personally Xo Jinping of recent “diplomatic developments” in Korea. In a letter addressed to Xi that was published on North Korean state media, Kim asked for a “new era” between the two countries and invited Xi to visit North Korea in the future. 

The meeting with China comes soon after Kim Jong Un scheduled a meeting with President Donald Trump, marking the first visit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Larry Nassar’s Longtime Boss at Michigan State University Was Arrested on Sexual Misconduct Charges

William Strampel, former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and former USA Gymnastics coach Larry Nassar’s boss, was arrested on sexual misconduct charges on Monday. The Huffington Post reports that an affidavit accused 70-year-old Strampel of using his office to “harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition and sexually assault female students.” Four female MSU medical students have accused Strampel of this sexual misconduct.

Also included in the criminal complaint and warrant against Strampel were four criminal charges, including that of misconduct of a public official and fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct. Charges against Strampel also included two counts of willful neglect of duty, relating to how Strampel allowed Nassar to keep working through the investigation of sexual abuse accusations against the disgraced doctor. Nassar, who sexually abused more than 160 athletes, worked under Strampel’s supervision for almost 15 years. Strampel resigned from his position last year citing medical reasons, but mainly left his position due to negative responses to how he handled complaints about Nassar. 

This Dog Rescued a Drowning Man​ & I’m Crying

24-year-old Mason Ringer was riding in a boat with friends on South Carolina’s Okatie River when the boat suddenly capsized, forcing the group to swim against the current to dry land. The Good News Network reports that Ringer’s legs began to cramp up from spending so much time in the water, and his friends had already reached shore. A yellow Labrador, who belonged to the owner of the property on which Ringer works, spotted Ringer from a dock and jumped into the water to save him. 

“While I saw that the dog was coming in, I was skeptical thinking, ‘I am going to drown this dog while he is trying to save me,’ Ringer told Inside Edition. “It was almost effortless for him to pull me in.”

BRB, training my dog to save strangers from now on. 

What to look out for…

Please tell me that children still enjoy the simplicity of being dragged around in a red wagon in the park or their backyards. National Little Red Wagon Day is today, celebrating the impact the wagon brand Radio Flyer has had on children’s lives. My old red wagon may not be around anymore, but I’d love to see a little kid enjoying a wagon ride as the weather gets warmer. 

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