Brown computer science graduate student charged with a felony
Computer science graduate student Shishuai Li GS was arrested for “obtaining money by false pretenses” on Thursday.
The Brown Daily Herald reports, “Under the ruse of fundraising for children in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Li tricked a woman from Florida into giving him $30,000, according to the U.S. News and World Report.”
Brown University learned of the charges against Li Wednesday.
Historic Harvard theater group allows women in after 200 years
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals group at Harvard University is letting women join their cast starting in fall 2018, breaking a 200 year tradition.
The Harvard Crimson reports, “Pudding President Amira T. Weeks ’18 debuted the group’s new policy during the annual Woman of the Year celebratory roast, this year honoring actress Mila Kunis.”
The group founded in 1844 has had an all-male cast since it was created. Read more here.
Quote of the Week:
“A lot of times we like to view the civil rights movement as something that was in place and has served its purpose and is history, when in all actuality, it’s an ongoing practice from generation to generation. The work is never done.”
– Corey Menafee, Yale dining hall worker at an MLK address
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Frats at public universities: Who do you know here?
Frats at Ivy Leagues: Whomst do you know here?
— Margarita (@1298margarita) January 21, 2018
Texas School District Will Suspend Students Who Protest
Out-of-school suspension is the punishment for any student who walks out.
On Tuesday, Needville, Texas school Superintendent Curtis Rhodes announced plans to administer disciplinary punishment for any student who participates in the rising number of protests in the wake of the Florida Parkland high school shooting.
“We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved,” Rhodes stated.
Any student who participates faces up to 3 days of out-of-school suspension.
Multiple national protests are coming up in the months ahead, including the ‘March of Our Lives’ on March 24 and ‘National School Walkout’ on April 20 on the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
This past week, students in Florida have protested in favor of stricter gun reforms and while Rhodes stated that the school district understands the sensitive issue, school policy will not tolerate any political protests.
UC San Diego Refuses to Cancel Course on Woody Allen Films
University of California, San Diego refused to cancel a course on Woody Allen films despite a petition with over 20,000 signatures.
The University of California, San Diego is refusing to cancel a course on “The Films of Woody Allen” despite a petition with more than 20,000 signatures.
The UC San Diego Academic Senate announced that they “conclude that canceling or removing this or any other course for the reason that it contains the study of controversial material, or even material widely regarded as morally problematic, would undermine both the value of free inquiry and the associated rights of faculty to engage in such inquiry by choosing their course content” in a press release.
The Senate also defined the subject of the press release as “Academic Freedom at UCSD”.
The petition, which currently has 21,895, was created by theater student Savanah Lyon, who said she “emailed all of the people in charge in an attempt to appeal to their sense of reason, humanity, and morality to stop this class and take it off the books so that no one can teach this class again.” Lyon’s emails have been met with dismissal, unprofessionalism, and dehumanizing rhetoric, according to the petition.
“They believe they have a right to teach this class due to academic freedom. They do not care about the statement it makes to survivors everywhere. They do not care that Woody Allen is on his way out of Hollywood,” Lyon also said in the petition.
“They do not care that the class is less than 1/3 full, making it an unpopular class that has no reason to be taught. They do not care that there are thousands of other directors who could teach the same film basics that they use Woody Allen to teach, directors who haven’t raped seven-year-old girls.”
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter with Mia Farrow, had accused him of molesting her when she was a seven year old. Allen is currently married to Mia Farrrow’s other adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn. He claims the affair with Previn started when she was 21 years old.
In a Facebook post Lyon said she tried as hard as she could but the odds were stacked up against her from the beginning.
I tried, I tried as hard as I could, and the people around me and across the globe tried as well. The odds were stacked…
“It’s hard to believe what would’ve been enough to get them to remove it from the books. Over 3,700 emails weren’t enough. Over 14,500 signatures weren’t enough. Various news clips and articles weren’t enough. The students weren’t enough, but the way the system works, I have a hard time believing we ever will,” she said.
“I don’t know if free speech and academic freedom will ever stop protecting oppressors. But, we can keep trying. Trying is radical and it will make them jump back every time. You get enough people pushing for change, it’ll start to happen. Don’t be discouraged by this.”
Inside the Ivy: New Presidents and Immigration
The one with Harvard, new presidents and immigration reform panels.
Harvard finally names a new president
Harvard University has hired one of its own as the 29th university president, Lawrence Bacow.
The Harvard Crimson reports, “Bacow, 66, formerly served as the president of Tufts University and the chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also held roles at the Kennedy School, the Graduate School of Education, the Law School—and, most recently, on Harvard’s own search committee.”
Bacow will be taking over at a precarious time for higher education and Harvard; he will face a presidency that goes against university ideals and has enacted tax policies that will cost the university millions, an underperforming endowment and the roll out of Harvard’s controversial policy that penalizes membership in single-gender social organizations.
Jeb Bush and Joe Biden at Penn’s Silfen Forum
The Daily Pennsylvanian reports, “Members of the Senate failed to advance any immigration laws on Feb. 15, leaving the fate of various U.S. immigrants in an ongoing state of limbo. News of the vote came in as hundreds of attendees sat in Irvine Auditorium, listening to former Vice President Joe Biden and former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush discuss immigration policy with Penn President Amy Gutmann.”
The event, “Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugee’s and Immigration Policy,” was part of an annual series of panel discussions on modern issues.
Conversation on the panel quickly shifted to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Quote of the Week:
“#MeToo is just so simple. It is really just a conversation starter. Or, [it can be] the whole conversation. This is a movement that’s about healing. [The phrase] comes from a place of trying to connect.
– Tarana Burke, #MeToo movement founder and leader at Brown University
Tweet of the Week
I filled out my ACT form and chose to send my score to 3 Ivy League schools. Watch me get a composite score of 16 and get it sent to Harvard. pic.twitter.com/aFKE4J4nYw
— EMANUEL (@blingspice) February 7, 2018
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States Fight Back Against FCC’s Orders to End Net Neutrality in April
Nearly half the states in the U.S. are fighting for net neutrality.
University of Vermont Students and Faculty Rally Against Racial Injustices
The rallies come as a response to growing racial tensions on the University of Vermont campus.