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Shark Scoop - May 1, 2022

Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.


LIU Swims for Gabi

Participants at the “Sharks swim for Gabi” (Photo: Robert Smith)

On Friday, April 29, Caitlin Rappaport, junior on the swimming team, asked her teammates and everyone at the university who wanted to participate, to come for a very special event: “Sharks swim for Gabi.” Gabi Mclenna is Rappaport’s friend who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. The goal of the event was to help Mclenna and her family pay for the costly treatment, by swimming and donating $3 for every event. Athletes from both the women’s and men’s volleyball teams participated, as did athletes on the women’s basketball team. Even swimmers from St Francis College came to show their support. Many who could not attend the event donated money in other ways. A great afternoon where people gathered for a great cause!

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

Elon Musk during an interview. (Photo: John Raoux/AP)

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, bought Twitter this past Monday. Musk has said that he wants “to make Twitter better than ever.” What will happen next is uncertain, as Musk has not made any definitive statements on the future of the social media platform. From what he has indicated in interviews, experts worry that content that was previously banned, like posts that threaten physical harm, harassment, and misinformation, will be authorized under Musk’s rule, because of his demonstrated support of loosening up content rules in the name of free speech. Musk has also said that he wants to add a button that will permit users to edit their tweets.The purchase of Twitter might also open up for a comeback of former president Donald Trump to the social media platform, since the two men have a good relationship.

Another Saharan Sand Cloud Covers Parts of France

The sky over Lyon, France, at the end of 2021. (Photo: Stephane Guiochon)

A cloud of Saharan sand has covered parts of France this week, for the second time this year. The phenomenon, called “sirocco,” occurs when hot winds from the Sahara blows sand over the Mediterranean towards Europe. Mainly the west coast of France will see this show. In the mountains, where the sand particles mix with melting snow, passersby will be treated to a particularly magical scene. However, even though the air looks dirty, the sand does not cause long-term damage to people. However, some studies have shown that the sand cloud can cause short-term respiratory issues.

LIU Hosts Awards Banquet for Student-Athletes

Some of the student-athletes at the Awards Banquet on Thursday. (Photo: LIU Athletics)

Tuesday, April 26, was a first for all the members, coaches and student-athletes of the university: the first-ever LIU Awards Banquet took place at the Post campus. It was a memorable night where athletes from both the Brooklyn campus and the Post campus were invited. It was an occasion to honor every team for their accomplishments on the field. Two or four athletes from each team were chosen to be the Most Valuable Player or the Shark Spirit of their team. But some students were not only recognized for their athletic accomplishments, as the organization Chi Alpha Sigma gave out an award for excellence off the field.

James Corden To Leave The Late Late Show

James Corden, the long-time host of The Late Late Show. (Photo: The Mirror)

During a taping on Thursday, April 28, James Corden announced that he is leaving The Late Late Show, a show he has been hosting for the past seven years. Corden said in his statement that this was one of the hardest decisions of his life. He turned down a £15 million offer to stay at the position, stating that he never saw it as his final destination. In addition, quitting the show will allow him to spend more time with his family in the U.K. Corden will officially leave next spring. “We are going to go out with a bang,” he said.

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