The University, along with 30 other colleges, filed a friend of the court brief on Friday supporting the legal challenge to the newest travel ban issued by the Trump administration. The new executive order, which was signed on March 6, is a revised attempt by the administration to prevent individuals from several Muslim majority countries from entering the United States.
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.
In July, the University commissioned a renovation of the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding to create a more welcoming space for all University students, according to director of the Fields Center, Tennille Haynes.Haynes explained that this renovation comes as part of the recommendations from a special, student-led task force commissioned by University President Christopher Eisgruber '83.