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HC Wake-Up Call: Trump Was Laughed at During UN Speech, Cruz Spotted Looking at Opponent’s Photo During Flight & Six Flags ‘Coffin Challenge’

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.)

President Trump “Didn’t Expect” to Get Laughed During UN Speech

President Donald Trump, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, was met with laughter after he touted his administration’s accomplishments in his address.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished almost more than any other administration in the history of our country,” Trump said in the beginning of his speech, prompting laughter from the crowd.

“Didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK,” Trump responded.

Trump had said that the United States is “stronger, safer and richer country than when [he] took office.”

“We are standing up for America and the American people and we are also standing up for the world. This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people everywhere,” Trump continued.

Trump continued to list of his administration’s accomplishments, including his administration’s progress with North Korea, and defended his decisions that some in the international community have criticized. The president pushed back at criticism of some of his other foreign policies, including moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, imposing tariffs on China and withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council, as well as threatening the International Criminal Court.

According to ABC News, the theme of Trump’s speech was that every nation had a “sovereign” right to make decisions for itself.

“We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism,” Trump added, calling on other countries to fend for themselves as well.  

“America will never apologize for protecting its citizens,” Trump said.

Ted Cruz Spotted Looking At Photo of Political Opponent During Flight

Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted looking at a webpage that appears to be for Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat running against him for his Senate seat in the midterm election, during his flight from Texas to Washington D.C.

According to Politico Playbook, Cruz was photographed during his flight early Monday checking out the photo of O’Rourke on his phone. Cruz, who was once predicted to be an easy shoo-in for the seat, is now facing quite a battle against his opponent.

The photos made their way around the internet, with individuals adding snarky comments to them.

The pictures add to an already bad week for Cruz. The senator is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that is currently considering the Supreme Court nomination for Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. On Monday, Cruz was heckled out of a Washington restaurant by activists who were chanting, “We believe survivors!”

One protestor asked Cruz if he believes the accuser’s accusations against Kavanaugh, and what his stance on Kavanaugh’s nomination was.

“God bless you, ma’am,” Cruz replied.

Six Flags is Hosting a 30-Hour “Coffin Challenge”

It’s undeniable that Six Flags is fun. But is it laying-in-a-coffin-for-30-hours-straight fun? Well that’s the question that the amusement park is asking its roller coaster enthusiasts. For a prize of two season passes, a $300 cash prize and the “slightly used” coffin itself, Six Flags in St. Louis, Missouri is presenting a “30-Hour Coffin Challenge” this Halloween season.

According to Hello Giggles, to make the solitary confinement a little less lonely, Six Flags is allowing those partaking in the challenge to bring a friend to keep them company during operating hours. Talk about squad “ghouls.” At night, however, the participant is on their own, with potential visits from “Fright Fest Freaks” who “will be lurking about in the darkness.”

This sounds absolutely frightening.

Of course Six Flags is making the whole thing a little more bearable by allowing six-minute bathroom breaks every hour and they are even providing meals. The question remain, though — does the lid of the coffin stay closed during all of this?

If being stuck in a coffin for 30-hours appeals to you, you can apply online for the challenge, which will take place October 13th to October 14th. While the coffin is provided, you do have to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow to for your new “coffin sweet coffin.”

There is a catch, however. Only one person will win the $300 cash prize after competing for 30-hours; everyone that completes the 30-hour challenge will get season passes, though. If you don’t make it through the entire 30-hours, however, you don’t get anything at all.

So if this sounds like the challenge for you, apply for the challenge and live out your Dracula dreams.

What to look out for…

Lush Cosmetics gave us a sneak peek at their holiday collection, and it’ll make you want to make sure you’re on someone’s “nice” list this year.

Emily has also authored political articles for Restless Magazine and numerous inspirational and empowering pieces for Project Wednesday. When she isn't writing, she can be found flying off to her next adventure, attempting new recipes, listening to one of her infinite playlists on Spotify, or cuddling with her dogs. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @emilycveith.