Lydia DeFusto is a Senior Staff Writer who covers Academics and Advising. Lydia is a first year from New York, and she is considering concentrating in History or English. She has been interested in writing ever since she dressed up as a journalist for Career Day in second grade (an outfit which consisted of her normal clothes plus a pencil and clipboard.) In her free time, Lydia enjoys reading and playing the flute (but not at the same time.)

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Community mourns death of undergraduate student

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Community mourns death of undergraduate student

January 28, 2019 0 comments

William Povell ’20, a computer science concentrator from Baltimore, passed away, wrote Vice President for Campus Life Eric Estes and Dean of the College Rashid Zia in an email  to the University community Monday. Povell was “deeply immersed in activities across the (computer science) department,” they wrote.

Students and faculty at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs are engaged in conversation about the prospect of combining the concentrations of  International Relations, Development Studies and Public Policy into one concentration.

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Report suggests combining Watson concentrations

October 29, 2018 0 comments

Last April, the Office of the Dean of the College led a review of the three undergraduate concentrations affiliated with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

A University committee began a review of the current evaluation forms in September 2017. The committee hopes to implement forms that are more specific to accurately measure teaching effectiveness.

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University to implement new course evaluation forms

October 11, 2018 0 comments

New course evaluation forms are set to launch in the 2019 spring semester, according Dean of the College Rashid Zia ’01, after a University committee began a review of the current forms last September.

Janet Peters, assistant director of academic tutoring, said the Vertex program invited students to participate and paired them with peers.

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Math tutoring program Vertex helps students angle for success

October 2, 2018 0 comments

It had been 11 years since Noah Hoffman ’22 had taken a math class when he arrived on campus this fall.

An oral history of student activism since the 1980s


An oral history of student activism since the 1980s

June 1, 2018 0 comments
This article is part of the series Commencement Magazine 2018

This article is part of the series Commencement Magazine 2018 Herald Archives Students begin fasting to protest apartheid. RONALD REAGAN (1981-1989) Having grown up in the midst of the Vietnam War and the peak of distrust in government, students during the 80s were highly skeptical of the government, protesting CIA […]

The resistance repeats

The resistance repeats

May 25, 2018 0 comments

The votes were in, and the result was outrage. The newly elected Republican administration left many students fearing the nation’s future.

Though Beverly Ledbetter has played an intergral role in several high profile legal cases involving the University, she considers her greatest successes to be the ones in which issues are resolved and conflicts are avoided.

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University’s chief legal officer retires after forty years

April 25, 2018 0 comments

“I am able to weather storms without letting them weather me,” Vice President and General Counsel Beverly Ledbetter said when she described qualities that have helped her to navigate her time as the University’s chief legal officer.

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University launches search for new dean of the college

April 24, 2018 0 comments

The University has launched a search for the next dean of the college following the announcement of current Dean of the College Maud Mandel’s departure to serve as the president of Williams College, The Herald previously reported.

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Leadership Alliance earns Mellon Foundation grant

April 3, 2018 0 comments

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Leadership Alliance a $1.25 million grant that will fund summer research opportunities in the humanities and social sciences “for underrepresented students,” according to a University press release.

Dean of the College Maud Mandel has been a part of the University since 1997. She will step down to become the 18th President of Williams College.

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Dean of College to serve as president of Williams

March 23, 2018 0 comments

Dean of the College Maud Mandel will step down as dean and serve as the 18th president of Williams College starting July 1, according to a March 13 University press release.

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