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10 Things You Need to Know for Monday, May 2

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Two pyres of ivory burn in Kenya on Saturday.

Two pyres of ivory burn in Kenya on Saturday.

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AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Two pyres of ivory burn in Kenya on Saturday.

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1. STUDENTS TO RUN FOR FIRST CLASS COUNCILS

Each class will have council meetings next year to organize events and have their voices heard. Potential candidates will have next week to campaign for a handful of spots in each class council. For more information on councils, contact Emma Craig or Megan Webster before Monday’s nomination meetings.

2. KENYA BURNS 100 TONS OF IVORY IN PROTEST

The Kenyan government burned $172 million of elephant and rhinoceros tusks last Saturday in a defiant stand against poaching. Kenya has lost 70 percent of their elephant population in the past decade to poaching. The burn sends a message to poachers, who use illegal trading to fuel their multi-million dollar industry.

3. NFL DRAFT FULL OF SURPRISES

The biggest story of this year’s draft was Laremy Tunsil, a former tackle for the University of Mississippi. Tunsil’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked on draft night. Tunsil, who may have gone as high as number four overall, fell to pick thirteen. The slide cost him $7 million.

4. DRAKE STEALS SPOTLIGHT FROM BEYONCE

Beyonce’s new album “Lemonade” was quickly overtaken by Drake’s “Views” late last week. Tentative reports suggest Beyonce’s album sold 500,000 units in its first week, while “Views” sold over 630,000 copies in its first day. Chance the Rapper ended the week with a surprise of his own; the Chicago rapper teased the album art of his next album, suggesting an upcoming release.

5. IN NBA PLAYOFFS, INJURIES TAKE CENTER STAGE

The Los Angeles Clippers looked poised to move onto the second round until stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were lost for the season with injuries. The Clippers lost their series with the Portland Trail Blazers in six games. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry suffered multiple leg injuries in the first round, and is expected to return next week.

6. AP TESTING BEGINS

Hundreds of Sequoits will join students across the country this week taking Advanced Placement tests. Most tests will take place in the auxiliary gym. For a full schedule, students should check their emails or the College Board’s website.

7. OBAMAS ENJOYING LAST MONTHS IN OFFICE

President Barack Obama gave his final White House Correspondent’s Dinner speech last night. The president’s one-liners poked fun at a wide range of people, yet he also made sure to recognize great American journalists for their dedication and hard work. His daughter Malia Obama will be taking a year off from school before attending Harvard University in 2017.

8. CRUZ SELECTS RUNNING MATE DESPITE POOR POLLS

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz selected former opponent Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate last week. Cruz is losing to Donald Trump by almost 450 delegates  as Trump approaches the required number of delegates to clinch the nomination.

9. IPHONE MAY HELP UNCOVER BOAT MYSTERY

An iPhone 6 may be the key to finding the two boys who disappeared off the Atlantic coast of Florida in 2014. Their boat was found 100 days ago with the iPhone, which has been shipped to Apple to extract information. The two families have been locked in legal battles since the phone was found.

10. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS FBI TO HACK MORE COMPUTERS

The decision comes amidst years of fears over government surveillance sparked by leaker Edward Snowden. The FBI can now legally access many more computers outside of their previous jurisdiction.

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