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While You Were Out: This Week’s Top News

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

It is incredibly hard to keep up with current events during final exams. Who has time to watch the news or read CNN when papers, projects, and tests are looming over our heads? Well, HCBC has got your back. We are bringing you some of the top stories from around the globe to get you up-to-date on the latest happenings.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Mishap

Last Sunday in Providence, nine performers were injured during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The nine performers were part of a stunt known as the “human chandelier” where women hang from the ceiling by their hair to form what looks like a chandelier. When the music kicked on, the entire “human chandelier” fell to the ground. Supposedly, a clip securing the frame to the rafters snapped, causing the performers to drop 20 feet. As of Friday, seven performers still remain in the hospital.

U.S. National Climate Assessment 2014

The latest U.S. National Climate Assessment was released on May 6, representing the most comprehensive attempt yet to assess the current effects of human-triggered climate change on America. Ordered by Congress, the report states that global warming is changing the daily lives of Americans with heat waves, wild storms, and longer allergy seasons. Unfortunately, it is estimated that those effects are likely to get worse and more expensive. There’s no better time than the present to increase those green efforts!

Beats by Apple?

Rumors were flying this week about a possible deal between Apple and Beats Electronics. On Thursday, reports surfaced that a $3.2 billion deal was in the works for Apple to buy Beats by Dre. Neither Apple nor Beats have officially confirmed the deal. However, Dr. Dre did mention in his new music video that he is, “the first billionaire in hip-hop.” We are very excited to see what new technology results from this high-tech partnership!

Let’s Go Bruins!

The next few days are incredibly important for the Boston Bruins. Currently, they are tired 2-2 in a series with Montreal Canadiens. They have two out of the next three games at home in Boston for a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins series. Game 6 is tomorrow (Monday) night and either team has the chance to close out the series. LET’S GO BRUINS!


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Kelsey Damassa is in her senior year at Boston College, majoring in Communications and English. She is a native of Connecticut and frequents New York City like it is her job. On campus, she is the Campus Correspondent for the Boston College branch of Her Campus. She also teaches group fitness classes at the campus gym (both Spinning and Pump It Up!) and is an avid runner. She has run five half-marathons as well as the Boston Marathon. In her free time, Kelsey loves to bake (cupcakes anyone?), watch Disney movies, exercise, read any kind of novel with a Starbucks latte in hand, and watch endless episodes of "Friends" or "30 Rock."