In January 2007, Professor James L. Sherley went on a hunger strike. An African-American professor and stem-cell researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for years he had been denied tenure. He blames racism.
In California, approximately 358,531 students in the California State University identified themselves as being of Asian/Filipino/Pacific Island descent in 2008. This total represents 18 percent of all matriculates, yet not one of the California State University’s 23 schools has an Asian president. Or even an Asian academic vice president.
Nestled beside the shores of scenic Cayuga Lake, minutes from the manicured vineyards of Upstate New York’s tourist-filled wineries, is Ithaca, a city whose small size does not dwarf its complexity. Dubbed the “the urban capital of the Finger Lakes” by The New York Times, this small rural community has fought hard to preserve its peaceful environment amidst tackling grave issues of racism that have targeted its youth population in recent years.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The high security fortress known as Hofstra University was brimming with energy yesterday in preparation for the third and final presidential debate. Barricaded off by the Secret Service, orange parking cones, police cars and officers patrolling the crowds on horses, the outwardly militant environment conveyed a strong message: no messing around on debate day.
[img_assist|nid=32677|title=In the Spotlight|desc=MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell broadcasts live from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.|link=node|align=right|width=|height=0]Today’s stock slippage was a key talking point on this afternoon’s MSNBC political talk show filmed at Hofstra University. Under an elaborate tent and atop an embroidered rug, host Andrea Mitchell focused on key topics like the economic crisis and recent pole results forecasting the results of the upcoming election.
[img_assist|nid=32659|title=Ready to Go|desc=Student supporters of candidate John McCain gather behind a Fox 5 News reporter during a live broadcast.|link=node|align=right|width=|height=0]Greetings from Hofstra University, the site of the third and final presidential debate. Photo Editor Jenn Vargas and I arrived early this morning, eager to get a look at the campus preparing to host one of the most heated discussions in history. In the aftermath of the McCain campaign’s controversial accusations of Obama, and against the backdrop of an increasingly fragile economy, students and mainstream media outlets are gearing up for a talk that can influence the crucial November 4th vote.
For K.C. Martin ’10, all it takes is some San Diego sunshine. “I get a different reaction when I’ve been in Ithaca than when I first return to school from San Diego,” he said. “Maybe [people] can’t tell what I am, or they think I’m white, but I definitely get looks from people because of [my skin color].”
Martin, who is half African-American and half Italian, is one of Cornell’s 1,066 minority students who matriculated in Fall 2006. Formerly a resident of the Latino Living Center, and currently a member of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., Martin regularly experiences what he considers to be a racial bias prevalent throughout campus.
In a dramatic text message sent in June, China’s financial insiders likened the trends marring the Shanghai Stock Exchange to an earth-shattering natural disaster. “More than 100 million investors have been buried in the ruins of the stock market by the earthquake in China’s capital markets,” the text message read. “Most of them are dying.”
In a country exuding yuan — or so it seems — from the banks of the Yangtze River, such a debacle might seem surprising, even out of character. Especially in the wake of this summer’s Olympics for which China spent a whopping $42 billion, making history as the biggest Olympics budget to-date. Greece’s $16 billion expenditure on the 2004 games, in comparison, left the country ridden in dept.
Far from the fluorescent lights of Shanghai and the history-laden streets of Beijing lies a starkly different China — a China where bicycles are more prevalent than cars and where private family homes with adjoining small farms are more common than sky-high apartment buildings.
Like a waving silk ribbon, the crowd flowed up and down, up and down with a rhythm of passion and consistency. There were infants, parents, students, grandparents, workers, vagabonds, sports teams, security guards, corporate sponsors, ambassadors and too many other attendees to count or describe.
“Adversities only make our country stronger,” the leadership of the All-China Students Federation told the Ivy League Student Delegation in a heartfelt recap of the devastation caused by the Wenchuan Earthquake – a natural disaster that has since left over 65,000 Chinese residents of the Sichuan Province dead, over 4.8 million homeless and over 23,000 missing.