Hump Day Update

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March 30, 2023

NCU students, we at the Northerner know it’s hard to follow anything going on in the news. There are so many different outlets, so many different stories, and it’s hard to even know what is true. We’re here to help! Every Wednesday we’ll have a curated list of news that is relevant (some what) to college students at the local, national and international levels. Each topic will have a summary but click on the link to read the full story. News made easy by your friends at the Northerner.


Missing Package Scuffle

An Amazon delivery driver punched a St. Paul man after the two got heated about a missing package. The Amazon claims the punch was self-defense after the St. Paul man blocked his truck and made movements toward him.

Xcel Energy Leak

There has been a leakage of tritium in Monticello, Minnesota, since late November. Reports show that there has been a lack of communication between city officials of Monticello and Xcel Energy, where the leak originated from. There are plans to fix the leak sometime in April, but civilians are concerned with the lasting effects.

Walz Disney World

While the Minnesota Governor’s mansion is going through a $6.3 million renovation, Governor Walz is staying in a $17,000-a-month lakeside home. Click on the link to see more photos of this gorgeous mansion.


Nashville Shooting

On Monday of this week, there was a school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee. Six people were killed, three children and three adults. Please join us in praying for the affected families.

Organ Harvesting

A penalty for those involved in forced organ trafficking had a bill passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 413-2. This type of organ harvesting is heavily used by the Chinese Communist Party. The bill will hopefully dissuade this party and other entities from the practice.

iPhone for 63k

Looking to pay for off your college loans? Look and see if you kept any of your old iPhones because Karen Green just sold her first generation (kept in the box) iPhone for $63,356.40. It originally sold for $599.


Women’s Track & Field Decision

The international governing body of track and field banned transgender women from committing with biological women in events at the international level. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe spoke out about the decision: “…we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

No Masks for Good-Looking People?

According to a study done by the department of Psychology in Seoul, Korea, if a person sees themselves as attractive, they probably won’t wear a mask. Mask-wearing was also dependent on the situation, for example, a job interview vs. going for a run.

Puffer Pope

This picture of Pope Francis got a lot of attention and it begs the question: what is real? After this AI-generated picture blew up on the internet, most viewers didn’t spot the deep fake. Maybe it’s a good thing that this fake was a harmless picture, but think of the possibilities…


A Liberian ship was attacked by pirates in the Congo area. Apparently, the area, the Gulf of Guinea is the world’s most dangerous place concerning pirate attacks. This event causes officials to wonder if this is an isolated attack or a starting trend.

Myanmar Election

Myanmar’s military is holding an election for rulership over the country. However, with the political unrest, many of the important parties will be unable to participate in the election, meaning that the military’s party will most likely win. For a timeline of Myanmar’s political history, go here.

Lab-Grown Meatball

We don’t need a time machine anymore! Vow, an Australian synthetic meat producer, created a meatball comprised of woolly mammoth material. So, if you were ever curious about what a woolly mammoth tasted like, you can now experience the flavor.

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