Corona Extra’s marketing of their new Corona Hard Seltzer backfires in midst of coronavirus outbreak; released advertisement about the beverage ‘Coming Ashore Soon’

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When reached for comment about the ad, Constellation Brands spokesperson Maggie Bowman told Business Insider that the message in the advertising campaign has worked in the past.

“Our advertising with Corona is consistent with the campaign we have been running for the last 30 years and is based off strong consumer sentiment,” she said. “While we empathize with those who have been impacted by this virus and continue to monitor the situation, our consumers, by and large, understand there’s no linkage between the virus and our business.”

There’s no connection between Corona and the coronavirus that has infected more than 80,000 people, mostly in China. But that hasn’t stopped people from growing suspicious of the beer.

Link:
https://www.businessinsider.com/corona-new-ad-coronavirus-outbreak-2020-2

Jif settles the great debate with a GIF peanut butter jar in clever collaboration

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Jif is releasing a limited-edition jar of GIF peanut butter in a collaboration meant to be as smooth as the product itself.

The purpose is to “settle the great debate” over how to pronounce the looping image format that has overtaken in the internet, J.M. Smucker Company (SJM), the brand’s manufacturer, said in a press release.
Although Jif is obviously pronounced with a “soft G,” people often mispronounce the word “GIF,” which is short for Graphics Interchange Format. It’s said with a “soft G like the peanut butter and not a “hard G.” That’s according to creator Steve Wilhite, who made the declaration in 2013 while accepting a Webby Award.
Regardless of the official ruling, the internet has remained divided. Jif is partnering with GIPHY, a GIF search engine, to “put a lid on this decade-long debate”: Both GIF and the peanut butter are pronounced “Jif.”

Link:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/25/business/jif-gif-peanut-butter-trnd/index.html

A 3-Pack Of Supreme Oreos Is Going For $88,000 On EBay

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After hitting the market on February 18, Oreos designed by Supreme, the highly in-demand streetwear brand, were quickly gobbled up by fans⁠—not to eat, but to resell, with a three-pack of the crimson cookies going for over $88,000 on eBay as of Friday afternoon in the latest showing of Supreme’s commanding grip on “hype culture.”

Link:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/02/21/a-3-pack-of-supreme-oreos-is-now-going-for-52000-on-ebay/#5e6d4f3b41db

California State Leaders formally apologize to Japanese-Americans for internment camps during World War II

California lawmakers on Thursday voted unanimously to formally apologize for the role the state legislature played in the incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent in internment camps during the second world war.

 

The mandatory relocation, which came on the heels of the Japanese military attack on Pearl Harbor, forced hundreds of thousands – 70% of whom were American citizens – to leave behind their homes, belongings and communities.

 

This week’s vote comes 78 years after President Franklin D Roosevelt signed an executive order that gave the US army authority to remove Japanese civilians in the US from their homes following the Japanese military attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

Albert Muratsuchi, the California state assembly member who introduced the resolutionsaid he wanted to lead by example and commemorate the anniversary in a bipartisan measure at a time when “our nation’s capital is hopelessly divided along party lines and President Trump is putting immigrant families and children in cages”.

Link:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/20/california-japanese-internment-camps-apology

Boston University grad student Kristin Hugo required to pay ~$6,000 to work a summer internship

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Kristin, along with other students in her master’s program, was expected to pay her university thousands of dollars to work a summer internship at a separate institution in a different city.

At BU, I often felt like, You guys are always trying to reach into my back pocket, what is the deal? For a while I thought it was kind of sinister, but the school is technically a non-profit institution. Still, the year I was there the president made $2.48 million. It was like, C’mon, I’m eating out of trash here!

To me, the weirdest part about this whole thing is that schools charging students to intern is actually kind of common. It’s wonderful that people are starting to pay attention to the exploitation of interns as free labor, but it seems that few people have issues with universities charging people to do them.

Link:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884m3v/i-was-charged-dollar6000-to-be-an-intern

One year after revelations of admissions bribery scandal, California’s oldest private university USC offers free tuition to students from families making under $80,000; home ownership will not factor in need

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The changes will be phased in beginning with first-year students entering USC in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021, the university said.

Folt, the former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named USC’s president in 2019 as the university was addressing a series of major scandals, including the college admissions bribery case.

That scandal came in the wake of allegations that USC ignored complaints of widespread sexual misconduct by longtime campus gynecologist George Tyndall and an investigation into a medical school dean accused of smoking methamphetamine with a woman who overdosed.

Link:
https://abc7.com/5951645/