Five things to make you sound smarter this week – Oct. 6, 2015

By Beth Coyle

The Tower (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)

Ralph Lauren names new CEO

75 year old Ralph Lauren passed down the CEO position of his 48 year old company to Stefan Larsson. Larsson was a former H&M and Old Navy executive and will start his new position in November of this year. This decision hopes to bring new life to the company whose revenue dipped 5.5 percent on a year to year basis.

South Carolina floods

14 people were found dead in the South Carolina flash floods. The floods started Sunday and continued to wreak the major cities of South Carolina. The state has set curfews for the citizens and has closed the highways. The city of Charleston, South Carolina received 14.25 inches of rain and the University of South Carolina closed their campus on Monday and Tuesday as well as The College of Charleston closed their campus on Monday to ensure the safety of their students.

Bernie Sanders raised millions of dollars

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has raised $26 million in the 3rd quarter of his campaign. He is only $2 million behind the leading candidate Hillary Clinton. With the rate that Sanders is gaining support for his campaign, he is becoming a strong competitor for Clinton in the Presidential race.

The Daily Show

South African comedian Trevor Noah has officially started his run as the host of The Daily Show. After Jon Stewart, the host for over 16 years announced his retirement in April, Stewart then reported that 31 year old Noah would take over. Noah is the only third host in Daily show history. Stewart was the host for 17 seasons.

Umpqua Community College

Nine died at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. 26-year old gunman, Christopher Harper Mercer armed with five pistols and one rifle and initially opened fire in an English class at the college. Harper Mercer was enrolled in English and Theater classes. “I know words cannot bring families back. I know there’s nothing that I can say that can change what happened, but please believe me, my thoughts are with all of those families and I hope they can get through this,” Harper Mercer’s father said.


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About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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