Elizabeth Warren continues to be a powerful force in the campaign to fix the student loan system. Warren spoke at a recent hearing for the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee, saying that although the interest rate necessary to cover the cost of the student loan program without making a profit would be about 2.5%, the government is charging students nearly twice that amount for undergraduate loans, and even more for graduate and direct loans. But Warren has come under fire from critics who say that the figures she is using in her argument are wrong.
In the follow-up to the controversy surrounding the suspension of Northeastern‘s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine by the school,
Bring your brunch on Sunday, March 30 and hear about Jacob’s experiences as a Venture for America Fellow in Las Vegas. This is an opportunity to not only learn more about VFA but also to discuss community-catalyzing investment and his adjustment to work with startups and life in a new city.
Jacob Eichengreen ’13 is a VFA fellow working with VegasTechFund, a part of Downtown Project that seeks to build a vibrant tech community and diversify the local economy in downtown Las Vegas by investing in early-stage startups. Jacob recruits promising companies who will support the startup ecosystem and facilitates their relocation and expansion.
Date: Sunday, March 30
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Place: Usdan 110
The Career Center’s seeking a new director. In a three-part series, we’re reporting from the front lines.
Steve Koppi, the first of three applicants for the position of Wesleyan’s Career Center Director, spoke to a small group of inquisitive Wes students and faculty last night in 41 Wyllys. Koppi is the former director of both Mount Holyoke College and Gallaudet University’s Career Centers. If hired, he would replace Michael Sciola, who left Wesleyan in 2012 to become associate vice president for advancement and director of career services at Colgate University.
Koppi spoke eagerly on the benefits of the liberal arts education we’re all so happily receiving. Koppi argued that our generation’s employers are placing more and more emphasis on essential skills that the liberal arts education offers—including writing, reasoning and social/interpersonal skills. It is these skills that Koppi hopes to draw on if he were to be given the opportunity to get us some jobs (and oh, how we need them).
Stop what you’re doing and pay attention. This just in, from Jennifer Healey at the Career Resource Center:
Do you dream of making a difference in the world after you graduate? Do you want to wake up every day knowing that you’re part of a
movement working towards equity and social justice – a movement geared towards transforming lives, perspectives, and our country?
If so, then join Evan Hendon, a member of the Kansas City charter corps who taught 6th grade Social Studies and 10th grade African American History and Economics, for an information session on October 2nd at 7:00pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 112. This will be a great opportunity to learn about his impact in the classroom and find out how you can become a part of this movement to ensure that all children in this country have access to the quality education they deserve.
Rachel Berman of the Career Resquash Center writes in:
Join us at lunchtime in the Career Center for an informal conversation with Conversation with Thomas Kail ’99, Broadway Director, Musician, and Producer. Hear how Tommy followed his passion for live theater after graduating Wesleyan and wound up directing In The Heights, the 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. Check out a clip of his new show, opening in New York.
Date: Monday, April 30
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Place: Olson Commons, Career Center
Facebook: No, you’re thinking of Mark Zuckerberg, but I can see the resemblance.
Speaking of In The Heights, Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book for the play, just won a Pulitzer and Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 himself recently popped up in Middletown for a brief rendez-vous with Hudes’ playwriting workshop. Coincidence? Maybe.
From McKenzii Webster ’13:
Ujamaa and Invisible Men are co-sponsoring with the Nu Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., to bring you Dr. Marc Lamont Hill: Associate Professor at Columbia University, speaker, and activist, with a lecture on the State of the Hip Hop Nation!!
Time: Today, 7-8:30 p.m.
Place: Career Resource Center Room 112
Spend fall break at the CRC’s Management Leadership Conference:
Need to network? Want to see what life is like outside the bubble? Need something to do over fall break?
If you answered yes to any of these, look into the 2nd annual Management Leadership Conference. This 4 day program is hosted by the Wesleyan Career Center over fall break and includes site visits to ABC/Disney, WNYC, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Google, and Bloomberg!
What: Management Leadership Conference
When: October 23–26, 2009
Who: Anyone interested in management, business, forming connections with alumni, or interested in experiencing new career options
Cost: $300, with scholarships available. This includes 3 meals a day, plus a banquet dinner, and the cost of speakers and a trip to NYC.
Science Librarian Andrew Klein writes:
Think being a librarian is all about stamping books, shushing people and the Dewey Decimal System? Think again.
Come and learn about a career that is rapidly changing, technology focused and social justice oriented. We’ll be discussing the wide variety of jobs and settings for librarians and information professionals, as well as the education/background needed for each. All majors and all class standings are welcome!
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 11
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Career Resource Center (Butterfield A)