Despite popular conceptions of wintertime slumps, the past two weeks have proven surprising, refreshing and relatable in the world of Twitter news. The #DUreporters have seen furious snowstorms, the Iowa Caucasus and corporate convolution in the 13 days between January 24th and February 5th. For those who haven’t refreshed their Twitter feed recently, this is what you missed:
News: What You Need to Know
Turbulence in Twitter’s Executive Suite
January 25, 2016 brought the Los Angeles Times report on the exit of 5 of Twitter’s upper-level executives, further worrying the world that the social network is in serious trouble. These executives’ choice to leave closely follows founder Jack Dorsey’s return as permanent Chief Executive Officer as of September, 2015.
The continuously falling stock of Twitter has worried investors and those now previously occupying the San Francisco-based executive suite. Some analysts view the collective departure of Alex Roetter, Brian Schipper, Katie Stanton, Kevin Weil and Jason Toff as encouraging:
“Jack Dorsey is a smart enough guy to know he had to make a change,” – David Giannetto, author of “Big Social Mobile: How Digital Initiatives can Reshape the Enterprise and Create Business Results”
Twitter users, staff and investors are awaiting the arrival of new executive officers and board members that are expected to more closely emulate the CEO’s plans for the company. However, a 50% fall in Twitter’s shares, the lay-off of 8% of the workforce and the constant irregularity in executive occupation continues to worry the public. Certainly though, the future of Twitter affects millions worldwide and will be closely anticipated.
Sanders Spooks Voters with the Ghost of Clinton’s Past
Senator Bernie Sanders surprised Hillary Clinton with a detrimental reminder to voters only five days before the Iowa Caucus. Clinton voted in approval for the invasion of Iraq in 2002, much to the disapproval of fellow Democrats and unbeknownst to many of her young supporters. Her pro-war vote haunted the 2008 election and sealed President Barack Obama’s seat as the Democratic nominee.
Eight years later, Vanity Fair shows how Sanders has proven a strategic rival by confirming his anti-war position and reminding voters of her now-perceived mistake: “I think that war is a dumb idea,” citing his own 2002 speech to the House, “there’s going to be a political vacuum, there will be instability”. Inciting doubt in Clinton’s foreign policy decision-making reaffirmed the skepticism that 81% of Democrats that disapproved of the invasion of Iraq felt in 2008.
The rise of ISIS makes the foreign policy of the future US President crucial in deciding which candidate to vote for come November.
Pre-Vote: Potential Presidents’ Positions in Iowa
February 2nd kicked off the Presidential election, positioning candidates for the remainder of their campaigns. The New York Times revealed the polls pre-vote, indicating important political divides: Clinton is ahead of Sanders while Trump trumps Cruz.
Outcomes in Iowa’s voting are indicative of demographies the candidates have appealed to, as well as those they came short of persuading. The limited diversity of the state has surprising voting records, from the Democrat-strong rural, white voters’ support to the Republican-voting evangelical popularity.
Diversity in voter support could be calculated as imperative to victory in Presidential elections. While polling always has the possibility of imperfection, the outcome of these first votes has the potential to define a campaign strategy for months to come.
DU’s Snow Day: To Study or To Sleep?
For the first time since 2012, the University of Denver called for a snow day on February 2nd, relieving students, faculty and staff of their obligation to come to campus for the day.
In the midst of midterms, the University cited severe weather after eleven inches fell overnight. Cars were buried, shovels were needed and a day to study or sleep decided some students’ fate in their upcoming tests and assignments. Popularly, the week five one-day-break brought students and their professors out of a slump that falls over campus halfway through nearly every quarter.
Pushback on homework, papers and other due dates will certainly have its consequences come finals week, but the class-free day was appreciated anyway.
Engagements: DU Reporters & Their Interactions
Despite constant clamor over news sites and breaking news, DU Reporters rely on one another to catch overlooked articles, interacting over Twitter in the process.
Another DU Reporter, Hillary Conciatori shared a Buzzfeed recipe for easy, at-home lava cake. I started to pre-heat my oven in excitement immediately after getting the notification. Gaby Penvenne liked the tweet too, indicating a class-wide love for chocolate.
Not unexpectedly, fellow Pioneer, Adam Yunis and fellow DU Reporters, Hillary Conciatori and Paige Lawlor liked the #SNOWDAY tweet. In excitement for our day off, we finished homework, threw snow at each other and watched friends get dragged by cars on skis.
Julia Dacy reported on the announcement that finding a cure for cancer is supported worth $1 billion by the Obama Administration. Having volunteered with various cancer-centered organizations, this news came as a happy surprise.
Continually in awe of Trump’s mid-election actions, my interest was piqued by Gusto Kubiak’s post about Trump’s intentions to sue over Iowa Caucus turnout. The caption, however, seems more indicative of how Trump’s constant surprises should be seen: as a “Standard Trump response”.
After a busy two weeks, news geeks have had a lot to talk about and share with followers. Entering the second-half of winter quarter, more updates on the latest buzz around the world can be expected from #DUreporters. Stay tuned.