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After a lengthy investigation, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller report on Thursday, April 18. Led by Special Counsel and ex-FBI director Robert Mueller ’66, the 448-page document detailed the conclusions of a two-year investigation into allegations of obstruction of justice and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Filipina journalist Maria Ressa ’86, Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’66, former first lady Michelle Obama ’85, Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell ’75, and activist Ezra Levin *13 were featured in the TIME 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world. Time Magazine published its 16th list — which includes representatives from a wide variety of fields, from art to science to politics to entertainment — on Wednesday, April 17.
NJ Transit has announced that the Dinky will return to service on May 12.
I’m obsessed with spicy foods. I’ve conquered the Blazin’ Wings challenge multiple times, have devoured a raw ghost pepper, love to brag about my vast collection of hot sauces, and am an avid fan of Hot Ones, a YouTube talk show that forces celebrities to eat progressively hotter wings while answering your typical talk show questions. Whereas most bucket lists include skydiving or getaways to exotic locations, my dream is to travel to New York City’s East Village, home of the infamous “Spiciest Curry in The World” challenge.
On Wednesday, April 10, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian ’90 announced the creation of Google Cloud for Retail, an AI platform built to help retailers with tasks such as predicting sales and making product recommendations. This is part of Kurian’s plan to improve Google Cloud’s enterprises and target specific industries in the retail sector.
On Monday, April 15, Eliza Griswold ’95 and Carlos Lozada GS ’97 were named 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in general nonfiction and criticism, respectively, at a ceremony at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Griswold and Lozada join the ranks of University alumni such as Cold War diplomat George F. Kennan ’25, University journalism professor John McPhee ’53, and journalist and novelist Lorraine Adams ’81.
Diana Chao ’21 founded a global nonprofit called Letters to Strangers when she was just a sophomore in high school. Now, there are over 20 chapters of the organization in over 10 countries, with one here at the University.
The Chinese government has offered to assist in the case of University graduate student Xiyue Wang, who has been imprisoned in Iran since August 2016.
The Sackler family continues to face lawsuits over its involvement in Purdue Pharma, a producer of the opioid OxyContin, that allege they are responsible for thousands of deaths from overdose and addiction. The Sackler family is a major donor to the University and other educational institutions.
Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code (BGC) and one of Business Insider’s “25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology” has been working with young female coders, aged between 7–17 years, through her pioneering nonprofit since 2011. Aimed at combating the lack of opportunities and exposure that African-American girls face in STEM fields, BGC differentiates itself from other organizations with its model of working with students throughout the school year instead of organizing a typical summer camp. This model helps BGC provide sustained support and guidance to their students.
President Donald Trump recently announced his nomination of Michael Kratsios ’08 to serve as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the United States, filling a seat that has been vacant since the Obama administration.
On the morning of Friday, Mar. 29, the Philippine government arrested Filipina journalist and Time Person of the Year Maria Ressa ’86 as she disembarked from her flight from San Francisco over an alleged violation of the Securities Regulation Code and an anti-dummy law.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has fined Texas Senator Ted Cruz ’92 $35,000 for inaccurately reporting upwards of $1 million in loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank during his 2012 U.S. Senate race.
On Friday, March 22, Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’66 delivered his long-awaited report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The report emphasized that the Special Counsel neither alleges the president committed a crime nor fully exonerates him.
FBI agents recently uncovered an extensive college admissions scam, in which wealthy parents paid admissions counselor William “Rick” Singer hefty sums of money to cheat their children’s way into selective colleges.
President Trump announced on March 2 that he will withhold federal funding for colleges that do not support free speech. Though the Trump administration has not released any further details, University faculty and administration feel confident that the move would not affect the University.
Seeing a need to show students that the technology sector extends beyond American borders, first-year students Ron Miasnik ’22 and Daniella Cohen ’22 organized a new TigerTrek trip to Israel.
On Monday, March 11 at 5 p.m., a group of about twenty-five people in Palmer Square held up signs reading “No U.S. War on Venezuela” while passing drivers honked their support.
Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa was a magistrate of the Constitutional Court of Colombia for eight years and served as its president from 2005 to 2006. Justice Cepeda was a member of the technical-negotiation team working on transitional justice during the Colombian peace process. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the president of the International Association of Constitutional Law.
The interviewee requested to keep his name unknown but shared that he is a first-year and prospective COS major.