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The University of Missouri situation, explained in 3 minutes

How football and a hunger strike took down the University of Missouri's top administrators.

The president and the chancellor at the University of Missouri have both resigned under pressure from student protesters who say they hadn't been responsive enough to racist incidents on campus.

The shakeup is due in part to one student's weeklong hunger strike. A good portion of the school's football team also threatened to sit out next weeks' game, and some faculty members cancelled class in solidarity.

When members of the football team lent their support to the protestors, they forced the University to consider the enormous financial burden of backing out of the game, and the players' actions show college athletes can use their considerable leverage to push for big changes.

Check out the video above to see how and why student protesters at Mizzou brought down an administration in a move rarely seen since the student activism of the 1960s.

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