Around the industry: Diddy pledges $1 million to alma mater Howard

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  • New Hampshire: A titan arum, or corpse flower—nicknamed for its intense stench—began blooming Friday at Dartmouth College's Life Sciences Greenhouse. Dartmouth researchers hope to share the seeds and pollen from the plant named Morphy with other conservatories, parks, and greenhouses around the world (AP/New York Times, 9/23).
  • Virginia: The National Association for College Admission Counseling's outgoing president Phil Trout has come under fire for his speech at the group's annual gathering last week. Referring to the recent death of Tyre King, a black teenager shot by a white police officer in Columbus, Trout expressed his support for the local community by stating, "This tragedy challenges us once again to remember that all lives matter." Facing backlash, Trout apologized and says he did not realize the political use of the phrase "all lives matter." Trout says he merely intended to make a "statement of sympathy and solidarity" in the midst of the "Black Lives Matter" movement (Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/26).
  • Washington, D.C.: Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs has pledged $1 million to the School of Business at his alma mater Howard University. With the gift, undergraduate business majors with a 3.0 GPA will be eligible beginning next fall for scholarships, as well as a summer internship at Bad Boy Entertainment or Revolt Media & TV and a mentor from Combs Enterprises (Svrluga, "GradePoint," Washington Post). 

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