Wesleyan University has had quite an eventful year in the way of security issues: physical assault, theft, voyeurism, and racial discrimination have all appeared in campus-wide e-mails. Below is a …
In April, the faculty of Amherst College voted 70-36 (5 abstentions) against joining edX, a non-profit enterprise co-founded by Harvard and MIT, which bills itself as âthe Future of Online Educatio…
Today marks the two week anniversary of the Boston bombings. As a runner and lifelong New England resident, the horrific events hit close to home - the fact that I had two senior teammates cheering…
As you’ve probably heard by now, MACKLEMORE IS COMING TO HAMILTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (In case you can’t tell, I am BEYOND PUMPED.) Class and Charter Concert, May 10, 6 p.m. Turf Field. Everyone is welcome.
In this vein of inclusivity, last week Hamilton CAB Concert Coordinator Lily Reszi Rothman reached out to Colgate SGA in an attempt to establish a form of mutual publicity that would benefit both colleges. She wanted to allow more Colgate students to be aware of the Walk the Moon concert (where Macklemore was announced) this past Saturday, and Hamilton’s annual Class and Charter concert.
Yesterday, graffiti (including swastikas and white supremacist slogans) was discovered on and around the Tufts football field. This incident comes one the heels of graffiti (reading “CUNT”) discovered on the opposite end of the Tufts campus: on signs, cars parked in outdoor campus parking lots, and cars parked immediately off-campus.
This past Wednesday, the National Association of Scholars released a 359-page report criticizing the academia, policies, and practices at Bowdoin College. The report was generously funded by Thomas Klingenstein, a Williams graduate.
Why, one might ask, would a wealthy suit expend money towards digging into Bowdoin’s curriculum and social dynamics? The story goes that Bowdoin President Barry Mills found himself playing a game of golf against Klingenstein. As Barry swung his iron, Klingenstein purportedly said, “I would never support Bowdoin—you are a ridiculous liberal school that brings all the wrong students to campus for all the wrong reasons.”
The only way we know this story is because it was retold in Mills’ convocation address in 2010. Klingenstein caught wind of the uncomplimentary portrait and herewith published an extensive correction piece in the “Claremont Review of Books” in which he denied all of Mills’ accusations.
Earlier today, Colby College announced in a press release that it has achieved carbon neutrality, the equivalent of emitting no net carbon dioxide. This came two years before the deadline it set for itself, after more than a decade of actively greening its campus.
In its press release, Colby explained that much of the reduction of emissions came from switching to purchasing only renewable energy, in 2003, and replacing oil with sustainably harvested wood biomass for heating and hot water starting last year. Another benefit beyond reducing carbon emissions, said Vice President Douglas Terp, is that they’re “saving a lot of money burning biomass instead of oil [and] helping the Maine economy by buying locally produced fuel.”
As we covered in Coal Divestment In The ‘Cac, the movement to remove colleges’ endowment investments from coal companies and the fossil fuel industry is surging across the conference. The campaign is directed by Middlebury’s Scholar in Residence Bill McKibben and 350.org, his international environmental protection organization.
Tufts Divest for Our Future has been one of the most active, successful, and–to some Jumbos–invasive campus divestment groups. Last week, a video showing Tufts Divest members interrupting a prospective students’ info session was leaked to Facebook and YouTube. (The video was meant to be shared internally amongst Tufts Divest members.) The below footage shows student activists pressing an admissions officer about specifics of the University’s $70 million investment in the fossil fuel industry (the questions begin about 1:40 in). When the speaker would not give a clear answer, the students pushed her further in an info session that was apparently already going to be cut short, drawing an aggressive response from those in attendance. One man, presumably the father of a pre-frosh, stands up near the end of the video and tells a Tufts Divest member he is going to “get security if you don’t shut the hell up.”
The Onion pokes fun at Hamilton this week, with a brief reference to Amherst. I personally was distracted by the brief shot of a scheduled performance by Mindy Kaling, but that is neither here nor there. (You don’t need Mindy, Hamilton, you already have Bon Jovi–kind of).
If you were offended by The Onion’s erroneous assumption that ‘Cac students would pay $5 to see a comedy hypnotist, just remember that our week in satire could be a whole lot worse.
Your move, IvyGate.
This week, Trinity announced the appointment of a new Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Thomas Mitzel.
In the past, we talked about how important this appointment would be for a school at a proverbial ‘crossroads’:
“There’s an elephant in the room, and it’s the size of 20 additional students in every intro-level course. It’s the attrition rate, the impersonal relationships between students and professors, the change in faculty incentives, and, yes, the social climate.”
Okay ‘Caclets (‘Cacklers? ‘Cacklings?), time to check out the new ‘In the Cac website. Very fancy and friendly. GO!
At approximately 3pm today, a hawk ate his lunch, causing some of the passing Amherst students to lose theirs. Right outside Mo Pratt dorm, this hawk sat pretty and tore apart his squirrel while sophomores, horrified, watched the spectacle outside their windows.