Marcia Brown

Head News Editor


Elite degrees, but at what cost?

Nearly all of the female students interviewed said the culture of the department had led them to seek therapy. “We used to joke that the women in our department all went to therapy to deal with the men in our department,” said one former graduate student who was in the department in the 2000s.  Still, those in charge say the department is ultimately a positive environment for women. 

U., undergraduate, Microsoft sue Trump administration over DACA

The University has launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The U. filed the joint complaint on Nov. 3 in federal court in Washington, D.C., alongside Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez '18 and Microsoft.  

U. launches Title IX investigation into German professor amid student complaints

After two female graduate students in the tiny German department left abruptly last year — leaving men to outnumber women two to one — student pressure forced administrators to organize a town hall. A third female graduate student was gone by the end of the year.  They said the department’s treatment of women had affected their work and research and was a key factor in their departure. The University’s Title IX office opened an investigation into a German professor this summer.

Trump says he won't recertify Iran nuclear deal compliance, decision could affect U. graduate student's status

President Donald Trump said today that he will not certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama administration. He earlier had declared that Iran is not living up to the ‘spirit’ of the deal. By expressing this sentiment, Trump is effectively forcing Congress to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran — sanctions that would kill the deal. If Congress doesn’t act, Trump has threatened to end the deal entirely.  The deal may affect the fate of a history graduate student Xiyue Wang, who was detained in Iran well over a year ago. Wang, a U.S. citizen, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage. 

U. announces 12.5 percent endowment return

The University released its endowment returns on Monday afternoon, Oct. 9, and showed a 12.5 percent investment gain for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. The endowment is now valued at $23.8 billion, a growth of $1.6 billion from last year, when the University reported only a 0.8 percent return.