Zaynab Zaman


Commencement 2017 celebrates service, unsung heroes

University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 reflected on the commitment to service emphasized at his graduation, and how such a commitment remains important today. He underscored the empathy needed in today’s day and age, particularly in order to overcome the difficult politics and disagreements characteristic of the time.

10 U. students chosen as SINSI Scholars

Four seniors, five juniors and one sophomore have been chosen as members of the Wilson School’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). This program is designed to help students gain opportunities in public service and later work in the federal government.

Activist Arafat Mazhar discusses legal punishments for blasphemy in Pakistan

"Simply put, you blaspheme, you die,” said activist Arafat Mazhar in a talk on Monday.Mazhar is the founder and director of Engage Pakistan, a nonprofit organization in Pakistan that aims to reform Pakistan’s blasphemy law.Before speaking, Mazhar clarified that when he spoke of “blasphemy,” he was referring to any insult or criticism of the Prophet Muhammad.

Dunwoody discusses diversity in the Army

Many people falsely continue to believe that having token minorities is a solution to a lack of diversity, while the key really lies in diversity of thought, said General Ann Dunwoody at a lecture this past Monday.Dunwoody is the first woman in United States history to be ranked as a four-star general.Dunwoody said she initially joined the army after her junior year of college due to a paid army incentive designed to recruit more women.

David French discusses free speech on college campuses

Free speech introduces dissent and disagreement, and can introduce critical thinking on college campuses, David French, a staff writer at National Review, said in a lecture Tuesday.French began by describing college as a place where one could explore “dangerous or contentious ideas in the classroom.” He said that during his college experience at a highly conservative college, he did not see any chastisement or rebuke of diverging thoughts on controversial issues.He added that at the time, he viewed free speech as a mechanism for having difficult and infuriating conversations, and as something that improved and sharpened the mind.French explained that upon arriving at Harvard Law School, his perception of free speech changed.

NJ Gov. Christie allegedly used more than $10M in taxes to pay for bridge closure scandal

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has allegedly used more than $10 million tax dollars to pay for legal services regarding the Fort Lee George Washington Bridge lane closure case, according to the Chicago Tribune. Christie is an ex-officio member of the University Board of Trustees. The 2013 case consisted of members of the Christie administration collaborating to create intentional traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey.