On Thursday, Oct. 4, Department of Anthropology chair Carolyn Rouse and politics professor Keith Whittington discussed free speech by focusing on power dynamics on college campuses. The event, which was called “How Do We Balance Free Speech with Civility?” furthered discourse around this year’s University pre-read, Whittington’s “Speak Freely,” in tandem with this year's “She Roars” conference.
The Undergraduate Student Government discussed Campus Dining, the fall semester budget, and the progress of various committees during its weekly meeting on Sept. 30.
According to a campus safety alert, released by the Department of Public Safety, the incident occurred at approximately 7:15 a.m. The reporting party said that the man had hidden behind a tree and “revealed himself as she ran past.” Apart from a surgical mask, the suspect was wearing no clothing, and his genitals were exposed.
University vice president and secretary Bob Durkee ’69 is set to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year. Hilary Parker ’01, current assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the President, has been appointed to replace him, effective July 1, 2019.
Colorful circular stickers have been carefully placed on the ground all over campus. They display QR codes inlaid with images — images of graduation hoodings, FitzRandolph Gate, freed African-American laborers, and more. When scanned with a mobile device, each code reveals a story connected to the University’s history.
Students entered the comedy show Stand-Up & Vote on Sept. 12 already expecting a star-studded lineup. The Office of Undergraduate Students-sponsored event included host Mike Birbiglia, rapper and comedian Jean Grae, author John Hodgman, and “The Daily Show” correspondents Ronny Chieng and Roy Wood Jr. Then entered Jon Stewart.
“For many of us in the Class of 2019, Ellie Kemper has been a part of our lives since childhood, when we would gather with family and friends on Thursday nights to watch ‘The Office,’” Class Day co-chair Jordan Salama said in a statement.
On Aug. 3, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates upheld his earlier ruling that the Trump administration must restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a lawsuit brought up by the University, Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez ’18, and Microsoft. DACA grants protection to undocumented immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
On July 5, the University dropped the need for applicants to submit an essay score from the SAT or ACT. Beginning this 2018-2019 application season, applicants will, instead, have to submit a graded high school writing sample, preferably a work either of English or history.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the incident occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m. Her death is still under investigation by authorities in Fort Worth.