Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Dec. 12-18


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With a summer to remember, Simone Biles looks to keep on inspiring both on and off the mat.

By Sofia Ketels, Staff Reporter

  1. Military Activity in eastern Aleppo ceases as Syrian regime takes control.

On Tuesday, December 13, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin informed the United Nations that the Syrian government had taken over the eastern portion of the Aleppo.  Sources have told CNN that an evacuation and ceasefire agreement has been reached. For more information, click here.

  1.  Gold medal gymnast Simone Biles named ESPNW Impact25 Woman of the year

Simone Biles was named Woman of the Year by ESPNW’s Impact25, a list of 25 women who have had a large impact on the  world in a given year. Biles said that she is honored to be awarded alongside women such as Hillary Clinton and Leslie Jones. To learn more, click here.

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to open in theaters on Thursday

Star Wars Prequel Rogue One is to open in theatres on Thursday, December 15. Set in the time of the original Death Star, a ragtag group of heroes unite to steal the plans for the Empire’s new killing machine. For tickets and information, click here.

  1. Exxon C.E.O Rex Tillerson chosen as next Secretary of State

President-Elect Donald Trump announced on Tuesday, December 13, that Rex Tillerson is his choice for Secretary of State. Facing bipartisan concerns over his oil empire and friendliness with Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, Tillerson is one of Trump’s more controversial cabinet choices. To learn more, click here.

5.    Instagram introduces new feature for mobile users

On Monday, December 12, Instagram unveiled it’s newest feature: Instagram Live. This allows users to broadcast their activities live for their followers to see while responding with comments sent to the broadcaster. This update has made Instagram into a much greater competitor to other social medias with a “live” feature such as Facebook and Twitter. For more on this update, click here.