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HC Wake-Up Call: A Middle School Cancels a Muslim Speaker, Sen. Al Franken Is Cooperating With Investigations Over Groping Allegations, & Shake Shack’s Holiday Drinks

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.)

A Middle School Cancels a Muslim Speaker After the Town Protests

After a social studies teacher invited a Muslim woman to speak about her religion to students at Northeast Middle School in Bristol, Conn., complaints about the visit appeared on social media and to the Bristol Public Schools superintendent. The backlash led to the cancellation of the event. The speaker, a New York native who started an organization that strives to empower Muslim women, was going to join a series of guests talking about world religions. A presentation about Judaism was also cancelled, while a panel discussion involving speakers of different religions is now being planned. 

“It is my hope that the opinions of a few Bristol residents are not seen as the opinion of the Bristol community,” said superintendent Susan Kalt Moreau in a statement. “There was an outpouring of support for bringing a speaker in to support our curriculum, which includes religions of the world.”

Sen. Al Franken Will Cooperate With Investigation Surrounding Groping Accusation

After a radio news anchor accused Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken of groping and kissing her without her consent during a 2006 overseas USO tour, Franken has apologized and agreed to cooperate with an investigation. Leeann Tweeden shared her experience with Franken on her current radio station’s website, writing, “You knew exactly what you were doing. You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later and be ashamed.”

Since the news broke, Franken has reportedly skipped all Senate votes and Democratic lunches.

Shake Shack Adds Holiday Drinks to Menu

You won’t just want to go to Shake Shack for your burger cravings. In honor of the holiday season, the fast food chain is introducing a trio of festive dessert drinks. Frozen Hot Cocoa, Christmas Cookie and Chocolate Peppermint will be in stores from Nov. 15 through Jan 2. at all regular Shake Shack locations. These custard-based treats seem perfect if you’re already a little tired of the Starbucks holiday drinks.

What to look out for…

On the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society celebrates the Great American Smokeout event. Use the day to encourage yourself or a friend to plan out how to quit smoking cigarettes. Make an effort to reduce your risk of cancer as soon as possible. 

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