David Starr Jordan and the Students Against Him

On Tuesday, November 7, Associate Chair of the biology department Dr. Scott Michaels sent an email out about a “small, but possibly growing, movement on campus to remove the name of David Starr Jordan from Jordan Hall.” In the past weeks, members of the campus group Students against State Violence posted several notes in Jordan…

OPINION: Nikki Haley at AIPAC 2017: “the days of Israel-bashing are over”

“There’s a new sheriff in town.” Nikki Haley, one-time governor of South Carolina and now U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, received standing ovation after standing ovation at the 2017 AIPAC policy conference. Every year, the pro-Israel lobby convenes an annual gathering of supporters, boasting an astonishing number of high profile policy makers from both…

Putin Signs Law Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

A week ago, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, signed into law a contentious bill decriminalizing domestic violence between family members. No longer in the Russian criminal code, domestic violence is now treated like any other case of battery, an “administrative violation.”  Battery carries a maximum fine of 30,000 roubles ($502), community service, or a 15-day detention.…