Uber's Scandals Just Never End
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Uber's Scandals Just Never End

Catching heat while people catch rides.

Man, Uber just really can't a handle scandal well. After former engineer Susan Fowler came forward with allegations of the human resource team ignoring her reports of sexual harassment in the workplace, spurring others to share their experiences of sexism with Uber, and CEO Travis Kalanick being rude to a driver, then saying he needs "leadership help", the company's reputation is pretty much in the toilet right now.

Granted, that hasn't really stopped anybody from using it, though people have switched over to Lyft after these allegations came out.

Anyways, Uber did just fire 20 employees as a part of their sexual harassment investigation... but also have been reported to have obtained the medical records of a woman in India who claimed to have been raped by an Uber driver in 2014. Apparently, the company considered that the claim was made up by its rival Indian company, Ola, attempting to tarnish Uber's reputation for their own gain.

The driver was sentenced to life in prison, which Uber publicly claimed, but reportedly behind the scenes questioned the legitimacy of the entire situation. That's kinda gross, don't you think? By kinda, I mean really gross.

I think it's great and all that Uber fired those employees, because there are certainly companies that would sweep it under the rug and only fire the prominent problem people, but it shouldn't have had to take making allegations public to do so. The fact that multiple sexual harassment reports were filed and ignored is disgusting. And the company obtaining medical records in an effort to find out the validity of that woman's allegations of sexual assault? Atrocious.

There's very clearly a problem within the company, and while they promise to fix it, and have fired some of the perpetrators, I'm not so sure I believe things will change anytime soon.

You should be ashamed, Uber.



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End Of The Semester De-Stress Playlist

Deep breaths, people. Deep breaths.

You would think that with the end of the semester on the horizon and summer just close enough that you can finally start to taste it, that spirits would be high and stress low. However, I think all of us can agree that that is absolutely not the case.

In fact now more than ever our stress levels seem to be sky rocketing. Figuring out how to turn that D into an A+ within a matter of a couple weeks can be seriously overwhelming.

That's why I curated this little playlist for you. If you're looking just to wind down and chill, this mellow R&B playlist is just what you need.

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What Clinton Supporters Should Know About Benghazi

Basically, what everyone should know as the 2016 election approaches.

This past week while car shopping with my Poppop, I learned a lot about the 2016 elections, especially about "Crooked Hilary" and the Benghazi scandal. I'll be the first one to admit that I'm not overly into politics, but I do follow along so I can chime in if I feel like it.

However, my family is not as laissez faire as I am.

So, I sort of sat there in the car, nodding where I felt it was appropriate, as Poppop started to get quite LIT over Clinton and the way in which the Obama administration handled the events that occurred in Benghazi.

If you are as clueless about Benghazi as I was (what the hell happened??), or you're a Clinton supporter who feels like he's missing the facts, then this article is for you.

The events that occurred at the American embassy in Benghazi have garnered a lot of speculation and opinion. Four years later, people still wonder if Obama and his administration, in addition to Clinton, handled the events that occurred on September 11, 2012 appropriately.

What you need to know:

Islamic militants started to protest outside of the American embassy in Benghazi. Shortly afterwards, gun fire began once militants reached the inside of the compound.

U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, a State Department information management officer flee to the main building. After getting there, militants follow and set the building on fire. Stevens and Smith were later found dead, as well as two navy seals.

The last time an ambassador was killed in the line of duty was 1979.

Suspects in regard to Benghazi have since been arrested.

Clinton sent emails to her daughter from her private email account, clintonemail.com, of information that was not yet to be released to the public.

Here's how the nickname, "Crooked Clinton" came to fruition:

An hour after vaguely announcing that Americans were killed during the attack in Beghazi, Clinton sent this email to her daughter: "Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group: the ambassador, whom I handpicked, and a young communications officer on temporary duty with a wife and two young children. Very hard day and I fear more of the same tomorrow."

This email account was used during the entirety of her term as secretary of state. This, millennials, is why many are outraged with Clinton. It's not about her style choices, the fact that she is a woman, or even the stances she takes on hot button issues.

People are enraged because while holding an esteemed position in the United States government, Clinton purposely continued to send 55,000 pages worth of emails to associates, including her daughter, from a personal email server. That's a lot of "top secret" information to be shared with people who were not meant to know that information in the first place.

The other issue is whether or not Clinton's private email server was breachable because it was not a .gov account or an account at Yahoo! or Google mail. Now, if Clinton had used a Yahoo! or a google account, it could've been argued that their teams are just as good as those who monitor .gov emails.

But, that's not the case, Clinton's email was on her own domain, meaning that she only had access to her own personal resources to monitor it. In fact, her Clintonemail.com email account was able to be hacked as later revealed by celebrity hacker Guccifer in 2013.

Since those emails were discovered, Clinton has been under investigation by the FBI, who agreed that, "Some of the materials in her private inbox were classified at some level" and that there may have been, "possible mishandling of sensitive information." But, as of July 5th, the FBI recommended that Clinton not be found guilty, even in they did find that she sent emails of the highest classification while in hostile territory abroad.


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Why You Should Dump Grubhub and Postmates for UberEats

Because if you're ordering food through an app, you want it fast.

Food delivery is a booming industry and it grows and evolves all the time. There's nothing college kids love more than food delivered to the library or to their front door at 2 a.m.

This year, UberEats was introduced to major cities across the country, including Philadelphia. I was skeptical at first because I had read some pretty disappointing reviews, but so far I've had nothing but success with the app.

Grubhub and Postmates are great, and I still use them occasionally for certain restaurants, but there are some awesome benefits of UberEats that put it at the top of my list:

No minimum for ordering food.
This is something that kills me and it always halts me from purchasing from certain places on Grubhub and Postmates. Nothing is more annoying than when a restaurant places a price minimum on your order but you only want one or two small things that don't reach the minimum. It drives me crazy.

I just want a milkshake and fries but end up ordering a fountain soda or appetizers and end up spending more than I had hoped. With UberEats (so far) I've never been restricted by a minimum.

The tracking system is magical.
With Grubhub you can't really track your order well, and if you can it's always a little off. I have received texts from Grubhub an hour after I've gotten my food saying that it's on the way to my house.

On UberEats, the tracking system mirrors the Uber system, so you see what your delivery person looks like and what their rating is. The estimates they give you are accurate and you can follow your driver's journey on your phone and know when to head down to the lobby of the library or get out of bed.

It's fast.
I've been so shocked at how fast my food has come. It usually takes my driver less than 30 minutes to deliver my food. I expected a lot worse from UberEats and this was a pleasant surprise that made me favor this app over others. I highly recommend using UberEats to have a study snack delivered to the library or a meal delivered to your house.

Hey Uber, can you deliver clothes to my house next?

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What To Do If You Get A Speeding Ticket

Don't speed up.

Let's be honest, most of us drive faster than the speed limit when we're on the road. We realize there's a slight chance we may get pulled over, but we usually choose to disregard that risk-- but what ends up happening if you actually get pulled over?

Well, it obviously depends on the individual police officer you're dealing with, and what kind of mood he's in that day. But for the most part, if you were speeding, you're probably going to get a ticket. The officer definitely has a little leeway in what kind of ticket he can give you though. One way leads to you getting points on your driver's license, and the other way doesn't. Here's why that decision becomes important for you to understand.

If an officer cuts you a break and gives you a ticket for only going five MPH over the limit, you won't incur any points on your driver's license, at least in Pennsylvania. It's obviously a good idea to be cooperative, respectful, etc., and then maybe the officer helps you out, particularly if you don't have a bad driving record.

However, if you're going more than five MPH over the limit (which is usually the case), and you get a ticket for the actual speed you were driving, then you're definitely at risk for incurring some points on your license, which could affect your insurance rates/premiums, and eventually could lead to a license suspension if you accrue enough points over time.

If you find yourself in a situation where you're getting a ticket for anything more than five MPH over the limit, you wanna take the right steps to try to avoid those points. The way it plays out is that when you get pulled over, the officer hands you a physical ticket (or sometimes it could be mailed to you afterwards). It's very important that you actually read over that paperwork, which will probably give you a couple of options. First, you can send back the ticket with some associated fines and costs and just plead guilty. Definitely don't do that, but obviously don't just disregard the ticket either.

You can plead not guilty, and ask that a hearing be scheduled in court, in which case you'll still probably need to send in a portion of the court costs. This is generally the best option. It may be a pain in the ass to have to go to court one day, and to hire a lawyer (which you should probably do), but it may be the best way for you to limit the consequences.

When you eventually attend the court hearing, your lawyer will likely talk to the police officer, and see if there's a way to work something out where maybe the officer knocks down the points a little, or even all the way down to five MPH over the limit, in which case there are no points at all. Certainly, if you get an offer from the police officer for going five over the limit with no points, that's as good as a win.

As with many other situations where you might find yourself in court, it's usually best to contact a lawyer. Most lawyers don't charge a crazy amount to handle traffic-related offenses/speeding tickets, so it's generally worth your while to talk to someone. Either way, just make sure you deal with the situation, and hopefully you'll be able to get a decent result.

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Unfit To Lead: Uber Founder Resigns As CEO

This company is having a terrible time.

Yep, that's right, Uber founder Travis Kalanick is finally resigning as CEO. The company's been involved in numerous scandals recently, and it seemed like little was going to change despite their promises.

However, a shareholder revolt has reportedly made it untenable for Kalanick to remain as CEO, with investors calling for a change in leadership. Kalanick will remain on the board of directors, but his resignation as CEO is effective immediately.

After the scandals involving Kalanick in particular, like screaming at an Uber employee, it's definitely a good thing that he is stepping down. The man is clearly unfit to lead the company as CEO, something he himself admitted he needed help with, when more and more people are deleting the app in protest of the toxic culture that permeates Uber.

I'm glad that the shareholders are recognizing that there's a problem and are pushing for change, because something needs to be done.

The company itself is also currently unsustainable, with rider fares paid through the app only covering about 40 percent of a ride, with the rest covered by venture capitalists. The business model is clearly failing, and until Uber can capitalize on driverless cars, the business itself could be in danger.

Meanwhile, Lyft is soaring. The company has agreed to honor the Paris Climate Agreement, and is currently working on reducing its carbon footprint, looking to grow towards electric-only cars in self-driven vehicles.

They also haven't had any high-profile scandals or allegations of a toxic company culture, so points for them. Somebody is clearly winning here.