Husky Happenings

Aoun convenes committee to combat discrimination President Joseph Aoun charged the Student Government Association and Faculty Senate with creating a new university-wide committee” to look into ways of building on our commitment to enrich diversity and combat discrimination,” Aoun said in a letter posted on the myNEU portal last night. The committee will be provided with $20,000 to “support activities that can indeed provide teaching moments for the members of the Northeastern community,” according to the letter. Aoun applauded the recent efforts of the community to confront racism in light of a racist message left on the voicemail of African-American studies and music professor Leonard Brown and said this is the next step in that dialogue.

– Jessica Torrez-Riley, News Staff

Faculty Senate declines to vote on class scheduling The Faculty Senate discussed changing Northeastern’s sequencing model, which would shorten student activities period, but did not reach a conclusion at its biweekly meeting last Wednesday. Instead, the senate voted to let the Senate Agenda Committee recommit the topic. In other news, the Senate unanimously approved a resolution to discontinue the bachelor of science program in English. Tim Donovan, the interim chair of the English department, told the Senate the program is an “odd duckling,” as few other schools offer it. He also said the course curriculum is narrow and few students graduate with the degree. The Senate also unanimously approved proposed degrees combining the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Northeastern’s College of Arts and Sciences. One resolution considered a bachelor of fine arts and another considered a master of fine arts in studio arts.

– Jordan Novet, News Staff

‘Camel Toes’ victorious in Amazing Husky Hunt A buzz of nervous anticipation burst into shouts and tears of jubilation last night as the Resident Student Association (RSA) announced the winners of the Amazing Husky Hunt. With 11,918 points, Team Camel Toe Explosion won the scavenger hunt, which was run for 24 hours from Nov. 10-11. “It was really exciting. I’m still shaking now,” said Liz Bentley, a junior biology major and captain of the winning team, just after learning of her victory. “We were just in it to have fun.” For their victory, the team of 12 will receive an assortment of prizes, including a dinner and 12 round-trip tickets on JetBlue Airlines. Bentley’s team narrowly beat teams College: No Parents (11,085 points) and Back Bay Bombers (10,841 points). “In this game there are winners and there are losers, but everyone in this room is a winner,” said RSA vice president for programming Smith Anderson to the top 11 teams gathered at last night’s award presentation. Each of the top 11 teams received prizes, which included movie tickets, gift certificates, Red Bull drinks and team pictures, among other things.

– Brian Benson, News Staff

Kappa Phi Lambda seeking clothes for needy Kappa Phi Lambda sorority is seeking new or slightly used winter clothing for donations to families in need. The drive, which began Monday and will continue through Friday, will benefit the Salvation Army. Collection boxes are located at the Curry Student Center information desk, in the lobby of Behrakis and in the Asian American Center. Contact [email protected] for more information.

– Hailey Heinz, News Staff

U.S. education dept. fails to protect student identity According to the Bloomberg News, a series of internal audits has found that the personal information of millions of student loan borrowers is not sufficiently protected in the Federal Department of Education Department’s computer system. The department’s audits found computer systems that were not adequately guarded against outside attacks through the Internet or inside misuses by employees, the department’s inspector general said in a report to Congress. All this is revealed as the Bush administration is attempting to convince colleges and their students to trust the department with a database containing their academic and financial records.

– Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, News Correspondent

Former pole vaulter donates $500k to track team James Carisella, a pole vaulter who graduated from Northeastern in 1973, has donated $500,000 to the track and field team, according to The Northeastern Voice. He was a mechanical engineering student while attending Northeastern. President Joseph Aoun celebrated Carisella’s gift Saturday in a brief ceremony at the Reggie Lewis Track ‘ Athletic Center. At the ceremony the men’s and women’s track teams competed in the Husky Winter Carnival where there were five wins for the men and seven for the women. Carisella’s son Jay, now a freshman, was among the medium distance runners. Track coach Sherman Hart and former Northeastern Athletics Director Irwin Cohen, who coached Carisella, were both present at the ceremony.

– Mary Ann Georgantopolous, News Correspondent

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