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Amherst College. Photo: Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Amherst College announced on Wednesday that it will no longer give admissions preferences to the children of alumni, saying that ending the practice will create "greater opportunity for more applicants."

Why it matters: Favoring children of alumni or "legacy students" is common practice in many college admissions offices. But the practice has come under fire in recent years for reinforcing inequities and tending to benefit the wealthy and well-connected.

Details: Legacy students make up around 11% of each class at Amherst according to a press release from the college.

  • In addition to ending legacy admissions, Amherst also announced they would increase their financial aid to $71 million per year, which could provide support 60% of their students.

What they're saying: "Now is the time to end this historic program that inadvertently limits educational opportunity by granting a preference to those whose parents are graduates of the College," said Biddy Martin, president of Amherst College.

  • "We want to create as much opportunity for as many academically talented young people as possible, regardless of financial background or legacy status," Martin added.

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Pfizer could have data on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy for children under five by the end of the year, CEO Albert Bourla said on Friday in an interview with NBC News.

Why it matters: Omicron has raised concerns that young children are becoming more vulnerable to the virus. Tshwane, the epicenter of South Africa's Omicron outbreak, has seen a high number of hospital admissions for children under two in the last few weeks, though scientists have not confirmed a link to the variant, Reuters reports.

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IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

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The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

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