Briefly Speaking – week of 5/8

Divya Jagadeesh, News/feature editor


On May 7, 82 of the near 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram three years ago were released in exchange for suspects of the militant group. The return of the girls is considered the biggest victory in the eight-year war against Boko Haram. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari thanked the Swiss government and the Red Cross for helping with the exchange.

President-elect Emmanuel Macron will be inaugurated May 14, making him the youngest French president since Napoleon. Macron won the French election May 7 with a centrist, pro-European Union and pro-business platform against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.


President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey May 9, citing Comey’s handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server as the reason for his firing. Comey was the top official in the criminal investigation of whether Trump’s advisers worked with the Russian government to manipulate the results of the 2016 election, and his firing caused calls for the investigation to be handled independently.

Construction workers took down a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, early May 11. Critics of the city’s decision protested during the statue’s removal, and because of threats of violence, the city will not release timelines for the removal of the statues of Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard—two Confederate generals.


Beginning May 22, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications kept in the clinics can be picked up by students; controlled medications must be picked up by a parent or guardian. All medications not picked up by May 26 will be destroyed.

The deadline to register and pay for Dual Credit classes for the Fall 2017 semester is 12:30 p.m. June 1. Instructions are in the Dual Credit folder on Naviance, and students are advised to start their application as soon as possible.