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A Victory for Student Activists and A Victory for Democracy: University of Missouri President Quits and Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party Wins Myanmar Elections

Graduate student Jonathan Butler leads the protestors in a chant in Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Butler and other students chanted "you can't stop the revolution," followed by "join us in the revolution."

CREDIT: Mikala Compton

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University of Missouri President Resigns Amid Accusations of Inaction on Racism on Campus. Tim Wolfe resigned as president of University of Missouri on Monday in response to campus-wide protests that gained national attention after black football players said they would refrain from playing unless the president addressed concerns about campus race relations. Mizzou students and faculty staged class walk-outs leading up to Wolfe’s resignation. Student group Concerned Students 1950 drew attention to the constant acts of racism and racial slurs through social media and protests; graduate student Johnathon Butler fasted, saying he would go hungry until he died or Wolfe quit. [Time]

Democratic Party Wins Elections in Myanmar. The National League for Democracy (NLD) gained at least 60 percent of parliament seats in the recent Myanmar election. The party is led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was put under house arrest the last time NLD won an election. Suu Kyi still face hurdles: an amendment to the constitution states that presidents cannot have relatives who are foreign- born, thus barring the leader from the office. Suu Kyi’s children are British citizens. [The Washington Post]

Google Doodle Honors Actor-Inventor Hedy Lamarr. Monday’s Google Doodle celebrates the 101th birthday of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, who died in 2000. While lauded in Hollywood as a 1930s screen siren, Lamarr also moonlighted as an inventor, credited with co-creating a frequency-hopping system during World War II that helped block spies from hearing secret messages. Lamarr’s inventions set the blueprint for technology you may have heard of – think Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi. As far as her on-screen legacy, Anne Hathaway credits Lamarr as the inspiration behind her portrayal of Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ [CNN]

Elisha Brown is an intern for Generation Progress. Follow her on Twitter at @elishacbrown.

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