HC Wake-Up Call: Gov. John Kasich Thinks We’re Witnessing the 'End of a Two-Party System,' Admissions Leaders Promise High Schoolers That Protesting Guns Won't Hurt Their Admissions & Team Canada Deserves a Gold Medal for Their Bus Sing-Along

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.)

Gov. John Kasich Think We’re Witnessing the “End of a Two-Party System”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich believes we are seeing the “end of a two-party system,” ABC News reports.

“I don't think either party is answering people's deepest concerns and needs,” Kasich told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview on “This Week” on Sunday. “I mean I don't think it's going to happen tomorrow but I think over time do not be surprised if these millennials and these Gen Xers begin to say, ‘Neither party works, we want something new.’”

The former presidential candidate in the 2016 election, said in a recent book that he could not “set aside everything I believed for the good of the party.”

When asked during the interview whether Kasich thought that Republicans were setting aside their beliefs to support President Trump, Kasich criticized the Democratic Party instead, ABC News reports.

“You know, people want me to criticize my party. Let me tell you about the Democrats. I have no clue what they stand for,” Kasich said. “And we are heading into a midterm election where they are counting on the Republicans bouncing the basketball off of their foot and out of bounds ... But how can you have a national political party that has no agenda? Just no agenda.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was also a part of the interview, said that both parties didn’t seem “capable of having a coherent agenda.”

Both governors are close to ending their terms, and are believed to be potential presidential candidates for 2020.

Admissions Leaders at Universities Promise High Schoolers Protesting Guns That it Won’t Affect Their Applications

One thing that future college students worry about is what’s on their record, and whether it’ll affect their chance of getting into a college. And with students protesting the current gun laws after the Parkland shooting, some schools have threatened to suspend students who take part in these protests. However, admissions leaders have assured students that are applying for college that if they are suspended for practicing their First Amendment right, it won’t affect their application, Inside Higher Ed reports.

A number of colleges told applicants that these suspensions would not be counted if they are already admitted or are in the future.

The admissions leaders statements made it very clear that these suspensions would be treated as highly unusual or inappropriate, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Stu Schmill, Dean of Admissions and Financial Services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a statement, “Some students who have been admitted to MIT’s Class of 2022 have asked us if their acceptance will be rescinded if they are disciplined for joining the protests, while other applicants still under consideration are wondering if they have to choose between speaking out and getting in.”

“We have already informed those who asked that, in this case, a disciplinary action associated with meaningful, peaceful participation in a protest will not negatively impact their admissions decision, because we would not view it as inappropriate or lacking integrity on its face. The purpose of this blog post is to communicate that fact more broadly and explain our reasoning as to why,” Schmill wrote.

Schmill added, “We have long held that students should not make decisions based on what they think will get them into college, but instead based on values and interests that are important to them. We believe students should follow compasses over maps, pursuing points of direction rather than specific destinations and trusting they will end up where they belong. As such, we always encourage students to undertake whatever course of action in life is most meaningful to, and consistent with, their own principles, and not prioritize how it might impact their college applications.”

Along with Schmill, admissions leaders from the California Institute of Technology, DePaul University, Smith College, Trinity College in Connecticut, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Worcester Polytechnic Institute all posted assurances to students online, Inside Higher Ed reports. Tulane University also published a statement on its admissions blog.

Team Canada Deserves a Gold Medal for Their Bus Sing-Along

The Canadian athletes were on the bus when they broke out in song: Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” to be specific.

Skier Mikael Kingsbury, who got the gold medal in the men’s moguls event, shared the clip of his teammates singing on Twitter, The Huffington Post reports.

Honestly, Team Canada deserves a gold medal for this awesome sing-along.

The video has captured a lot of attention online, and the responses are hilarious.

What to look out for…

You can make your very own color-changing unicorn coffee mug, and I’m making like 5 and giving them to all of my friends.