Allie Spensley


Michael Froman '85, co-creator of the TPP, discusses U.S. trade policy

World trade policy can’t be advanced in the future without a stronger focus on workers displaced in an economically uncertain world, Michael B.G. Froman ’85, retired Ambassador and former U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama, said in a lecture Thursday. The lecture responded to steps President Trump has made to change existing United States trade policy by withdrawing from the negotiation stage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Referendum Passed, Now what?

“Since the clubs are private, USG carries no authority over ICC. Information would only be released on a voluntary basis that would require the consent of each individual clubs' membership, officers, management, and graduate board,” Christopher Yu '17 wrote an email. Yu is Colonial Club and Interclub Council (ICC) President.

Q&A: Deshawn Cook, Butler College Director of Student Life

Dr. Deshawn Cook was appointed as the new director of student life for Butler College on October 25th, 2016. He came to the University from Drew University, where he served as the assistant director of residential life and the Title IX coordinator. Cook earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an M.A. in Liberal Studies at Ramapo College as well as a Doctor of Letters at Drew University.

Update: U. students react to Trump's victory

As the returns of the 2016 presidential election reveal the victory of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after a very close result, many University students expressed surprise. The night began with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading, yet it quickly turned into a very close race. Daniel Pallares ’20 noted that he was surprised on how close the results were. “I thought that Clinton would win in a landslide, with the early projections and all the things that Trump has said,” he said. Chamari White-Mink ’20, who identified as a Clinton supporter, noted that she felt “terrified [and] very anxious” upon learning how close the results were. Around 9:30 p.m., Trump starting leading in the polls and the odds shifted in his favor. Nick Sileo ’20 noted that he was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

U. students gather to watch election results

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of students gathered at Whig Hall to watch live coverage of the results of the 2016 presidential elections at the American Whig-Cliosophic Society’s Election Night Extravaganza.

U. professors discuss Kerner Report findings on race

University professors Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Imani Perry, and Julian Zelizer gathered on Wednesday to discuss the 1968 Kerner Report — a Johnson-era federal document analyzing race riots occurring across the country — and the ways in which its findings and recommendations are still relevant today.Glaude, chair of the University’s department for African American Studies and professor of Religion and African American Studies, said that of all the Kerner Commission recommendations, the ones focused on policing — more so than those pertaining to education and housing—are the ones that persist in today’s political climate.The underlying causes of the 1960s riots, such as institutional racism and police brutality, are still prevalent in America today, Glaude added.“We are constantly limiting the expression of our values, and the scope of our politics, because we are afraid of triggering racism — which is in fact an explicit acknowledgement that it exists and that we want to leave it alone, that we want to navigate it rather than uproot it,” he said.Imani Perry, University professor of African American Studies, focused on four central points of the Kerner Report: how we historicize riot rebellion, how we situate the document in the midst of a complicated history, the way we talk about the historical pivot to the Black Power movement, and the issues identified by the report that we are still facing.She discussed her transition from focusing on the intent of historical documents such as the Kerner Report to focusing on their real-world function regardless of their often idealistic purposes.“I find myself called to think about the function of these reports in American life,” Perry said.

U. students react to Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan, the famous American singer-songwriter and “rock poet,” was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.According to the Swedish academy's press release, he was honored “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”Dylan, who was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University in 1970, is the first musician to win the honor.