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Flood Of Criticism That Led University Of Pennsylvania`s President Liz Magill To Step Down; Rembrandt Painting That Was Seen For The First Time In Seven Decades; Team Of Fashion Designers Turning Food Waste Into Accessories. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired December 11, 2023 - 04:00   ET


COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: What`s up, sunshine? Welcome to CNN 10. I`m your boy Coy. Happy motivation Monday. Our energy is influenced by that upon

which we focus. So let`s get up to speed on the news of the day, then focus on good vibes only the rest of the way.

We`re going to start today with news of the resignation of the University of Pennsylvania`s President Liz Magill, stepping down over the weekend as

officials at UPenn and other colleges have scrambled to address issues related to freedom of speech and hate speech in regard to the war between

Israel and Hamas. There has been increased criticism of leadership at institutions where there`s a perception that they are not doing enough to

combat antisemitism or prejudice and discrimination against Jews on their campuses.

On December 5, Magill, along with Harvard President Claudine Gay and MIT President Sally Kornbluth, testified for 5 hours before a congressional

hearing about antisemitism on college campuses. Magill faced particular criticism over this exchange, with Representative Elise Stefanik.


ELISE STEFANIK, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE: Specifically calling for the genocide of Jews, does that constitute bullying or harassment?

LIZ MAGILL, PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: If it is directed, and severe, pervasive, it is harassment.

STEFANIK: So the answer is yes.

MAGILL: It is a context dependent decision, Congresswoman. If the speech becomes conduct. It can be harassment, yes.


WIRE: For months, Magill has been under fire over her response to multiple incidents of antisemitism on the University of Pennsylvania`s campus.

Several board members have stepped down and prominent donors have stopped giving money, saying Magill did not go far enough to condemn the incidents.

Fears over antisemitism have reached new heights over the past few months following the October 7 terror attacks by Hamas in Israel and the

subsequent attacks on Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF.

Soon after Magill announced her resignation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Scott Bok also resigned. Here`s CNN`s Polo Sandoval with more.


POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In back-to-back resignations, the president of the University of Pennsylvania announcing that she would step

down just moments before the university official who made her announcement announced that he too would be resigning.

Liz Magill announced on Saturday that she would be stepping down from her position as UPenn President. Her university statement, she will remain

tenured faculty at the university`s law school and also agreed to stay on board while they find an interim replacement. As we`ve reported before,

students, faculty, even donors say that they`ve lost confidence in Magill after Tuesday`s pretty disastrous hearing in which she, along with the

Presidents at Harvard and MIT, failed to explicitly say that calls for genocide of Jews would immediately violate the respective university`s

codes of conduct.

Now, moments after Magill`s Saturday evening announcement, Scott Bok said that he too would be stepping down as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the

university. In his statement, Bok writing, quote, "Former President Liz Magill last week made a very unfortunate misstep."

Bok eventually writes, "following that, it became clear that her position was no longer tenable and she and I concurrently decided that it was time

for her to exit." Bok also defending Magill, calling her a good person, a talented leader, and in his words, not the slightest bit anti-Semitic.

Bok also sharing some perspective about what may have been Magill`s state of mind the day of this disastrous hearing on the Hill, saying that Magill

was not herself at the time, that she was over-lawyered, that she was over- prepared, and that she provided a legalistic answer to what was a moral question, and that, Bok says, was wrong.


WIRE: Ten second trivia.

What artistic style is renowned Dutch painter Rembrandt known for us?

Surrealism, Baroque, Impressionism, Renaissance?

If you answered Baroque, you are "baright." Baroque paintings are known for their dynamic, realistic portrayals of people, everyday life and religious


A painting valued at $15,000 just a couple of years ago has now been sold at auction in London for nearly $14 million. You ask how? Well, it`s

because that artwork has been identified as the work of the Dutch master Rembrandt. Adoration of the Kings, which depicts the encounter between the

three wise men and the baby Jesus, has been virtually unseen since the 1950s.

Originally, this painting was believed to be the work by a student or an artist close to the famous Dutch painter. But after further examination,

the auction house says it`s actually the work of Rembrandt painted around the year 1628.

All right, I want you to think of all the food scraps you and your family may have tossed into the trash this week. What if you could take all that

waste and turn it into something useful? While sisters Amna and Hesa from the United Arab Emirates are doing just that, creating accessories from

leftovers you might find in your kitchen waste bin. The fashion industry creates roughly 92 million tons of waste annually.

Amna and Hesa`s eco business is part of a growing trend of designers using creative materials like industrial waste and coffee to chip away at the

industry`s impact on the planet. But is it cost effective? Are these products durable? Let`s find out.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From this, we created this. And from this, we made this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Emirati sisters Amna and Hesa are creating leather goods from waste.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People did not believe us when we told them. These wallets are made from mangoes. If it ends up in the landfill, you know,

it`s going to produce carbon emissions because it`s not a very suitable environment for it to compose naturally.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Creating a full-on sheet from Mango that was just about to get destroyed somewhere, that was the main reason that we went on

and we picked that mango leather.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When it comes to the cactus leather, it`s a desert plant, so it essentially needs less water. What we want with basically

leather made out of biomaterial is to be as sustainable as possible. Not only looking at the environmental aspect of it, we`re also looking at the

human part of it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This led them to coffee beans.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The coffee waste is taken from local farmers in Indonesia and local coffee shops. Cafes no longer need to just throw their

waste into the landfill. They can actually give it to the factory and they can produce something new.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Living in the UAE, the government is talking about sustainability, but people are not there yet. There`s nothing stopping us

from creating our own factory. You have the power to create a new drive and to change how fashion is consumed in the emergence.


WIRE: Today`s story, getting a 10 out of 10, is about a dog that was barking up the wrong tree. And not just barking, a 10-month-old German

shepherd puppy named Luna pawed her way up about 30 feet and got stuck. Jeanne Moos tells the tale.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Capped in a tree, no big deal. But --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who let the dogs out?

MOOS: Who let the dog up in a tree?

LUKA BOGDANOVICH, FOUND DOG IN TREE: I can`t believe we found her.

MOOS: Luna, the ten-month-old German shepherd, was missing from her lotus, California home all day. And overnight, her owners and their friends

searched the woods. Luka Bogdanovich was driving an ATV.

BOGDANOVICH: Look left, I`ll be darned. I see something in a tree and I went, holy cow, that`s the dog.

BRIAN SPIES, LUNA`S OWNER: He said, I got good news and bad news. I found your dog, but she`s 30 feet up in a tree.

MOOS: Owner Brian Spies, a painter, got his extension ladder.

(On camera): Was she happy to see you?

SPIES: No, she was just frozen in the tree.

MOOS: Though, her wagging tail wasn`t frozen. Brian carried her down the ladder. He figures Luna was chasing a squirrel right up the leaning tree,

then got her leg pinned under a branch.

(On camera): This is going to sound like a tree pun, but Luna didn`t bark?

Nope. Not even when Brian was calling her name and whistling. Right by the pine she was stuck in. Maybe next time Brian will be barking up the right


BOGDANOVICH: If she ever gets lost again, we look up because she can climb trees.


WIRE: Poor Luna, had a rough day. All right, lovely people, it`s about that time. Before I go on to show some love to you, I`ve got a shout out going

to Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. We see you. Thanks for reaching out on our CNN 10 YouTube channel. And I`ve got a shout out

going to McKinley Steam Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I want to wish you an awesome day, going out and let your light shine, everybody. I`ll see you

tomorrow right here on CNN 10.