News Briefs: Sept. 25

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Hurricane Maria’s wide-spread destruction leaves Puerto Ricans without power, water and cellphone service. President Donald Trump pledged federal aid to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. According to CNN, 4,000 members of the US Army Reserves have been deployed to Puerto Rico island to help recover. Hurricane Maria continues to head north towards the East Coast.

Betsy DeVos announced the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw “Obama-era guidance on how colleges and universities should respond to sexual violence,” according to The Washington Post. The decision aims to balance the rights of victims and the accused. While the Trump administration works to formally replace the guidelines, the “interim guidance requires schools to address sexual misconduct that is ‘severe, persistent or pervasive,’ and to conduct investigations in a fair, impartial and timely manner,” but for now, the Office for Civil Rights said schools may use either the new standard or previous standards.

NFL players protested across the country Sunday following President Trump’s comments, according to The New York Times. Many players silently knelt during the national anthem, but others stood and linked arms to show solidarity. The Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans both stayed in their locker rooms. The demonstrations continue to cause mixed reactions, drawing both support and criticism from many sides.

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at K-State Sept. 25-28. Hurricanes in the southeast have canceled blood drives, causing blood shortages. Donors can visit the Union, Sept. 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Putnam Hall on Sept. 25-27 from 1-7 p.m. All donors will receive a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips. Donors can make an appointment at 1-800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org, or on the American Red Cross app.

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Stephanie Wallace
I’m Stephanie Wallace, and I am the assistant news editor of the Collegian, a contributing writer, and a copy editor. I’m a senior, majoring in English major and minoring in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. You may have seen me riding my scooter around campus as I rush to my classes and much too many clubs. Some organizations I work with include the English Department Ambassadors, K-State Libraries Student Ambassadors and The Burrow — K-State’s chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance.