The Hall Pass: Pops concert, Montana’s TikTok ban, and the debt ceiling

In this episode of the Hall Pass, learn more about the choir pops concert, one state’s move to ban TikTok, and the debate about paying the government’s bills

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer


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The choir Pops Concert was held on May 16 17 in the Upper Campus auditorium . The Pops Concert is a concert that lets students who usually sing formal songs sing some of their favorite songs. The Surround Sound sang songs “Ain’t No Mountain,” “Fix You,” “I Want You Back,” “Survive and Survivor,” “Party in the USA” and “In the Stars. The concert choir sang “Warriors,” “Chain,” “Wake Me Up,” “Viva la Vida” and “Bills, Bills, Bills.”

Montana is the first state to ban TikTok. On May 17, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed the bill banning TikTok, which will take effect in January 1, 2024. The Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store will get charged $10,000 a day for violations, but users will not get punished for tik tok working on their phone in Montana.

On May 17, President Joe Biden and congressional leaders  negotiated with Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy. They had a meeting with people hoping to make progress the debt ceiling, which means the government has to pay off its debt to other countries. As of Friday, no progress has been made and a deal is still on standby with a looming deadline of June 1.