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Courtesy of Rebecca Han ’22.

Courtyard to be named for historic landscape architect Beatrix Farrand

The courtyard between Henry, Foulke, and 1901-Laughlin halls will be named the Beatrix Farrand Courtyard after famed landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, who worked at the University from 1912-1943 as its first consulting landscape architect. Farrand was one of the 11 founding members and the only female member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She designed and influenced many elements of campus, including the Graduate College, Henry and Foulke halls, McCosh Health Center, and the Dinky station.

NEWS | 02/12/2019

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The University’s McCosh Health Center houses Counseling and Psychological Services.

U. receives ‘D’ on mental health report, condemns report's findings

The study report — titled “The Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health in the Ivy League” —  gave the University a “D” and claimed that the University’s policies pertaining to leave of absence were often unclear and, at worst, discriminatory. The paper focused on the leave of absence policies for each Ivy League school and argued that the language of the policies leads to discrimination against students.

NEWS | 01/10/2019

U. townhall on punishment for sexual misconduct

The audience was tense, and seemed frustrated with the Title IX office’s numerous privacy constraints, including their inability to discuss specific cases or precedence. Many, like first year Electrical Engineering graduate student Michael Soskind, appreciated the value of holding meetings but also hoped that the town hall would generate “more tangible recommendations that can be implemented by the University.” 

NEWS | 11/27/2017

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. 

NEWS | 11/22/2017

Asian American Studies program to be created by September 2018

University faculty are working to create an Asian American Studies certificate program by September 2018. The creation of the program will be the culmination of the work of University students, alumni, and faculty who have  researched, petitioned, protested, negotiated, and advocated for the creation of an Asian American Studies program for nearly 30 years. 

NEWS | 11/20/2017

House passes tax bill, U. and other institutions object to higher ed provisions

The House tax bill contains several provisions to which colleges and universities object, including the removal of tax deductions for student loan interest. The bill would make graduate student teaching and research income taxable, and would tax endowments of private universities with at least 500 students and where the value of the school’s endowment is more than $250,000 per student, an elite group which includes the University. 

NEWS | 11/16/2017