News Bites – Week of April 1

U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin De León Comes To Pitzer College

Pitzer College alumnus, U.S. Senate candidate, and current California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León PZ ’03 held a rally at Pitzer Wednesday.

The rally began with words from de León’s former professors about his time at Pitzer, and he was introduced by Pitzer Student Senate President Hajar Hammado PZ ’18.

During the rally, attended by about 100 people, he spoke about raising the minimum wage, health care reform, sanctuary state legislation, and other issues.

De León said he was grateful for his time at Pitzer. After the rally, he took photos with students who attended the rally and ate lunch at McConnell.

— Laney Pope

CMC Visiting Professor Earns Arts and Letters Award

Claremont McKenna College visiting professor Mary Gaitskill was awarded the Arts and Letters Award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

She was one of eight writers to receive the $10,000 award; some of its previous recipients include Ray Bradbury, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Flannery O’Connor.

Gaitskill is a novelist, essayist, and short story writer, whose works include “Bad Behavior,” “Two Girls,” “Fat and Thin,” and “The Mare.”

According to a CMC press release, Gaitskill will teach literature again at CMC in the spring of 2019 and 2020.

— Laney Pope

Distinguished Diplomat Offers Foreign Policy Solutions At Athenaeum

Veteran American diplomat William Burns visited the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum Tuesday night, discussing a variety of contentious foreign policy issues in regions around the globe.

The former deputy secretary of state and ambassador to Russia proffered views mostly in line with the civil service establishment, defending Obama-era initiatives such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and expressing concern about the Trump administration leaving many high-ranking positions in the state department vacant.

— Samuel Breslow

SAS Elects New Representatives

Scripps Associated Students announced election results and the new SAS board March 30. The incoming board will “serve for the remainder of the year and for the 2018-2019 academic year,” outgoing SAS President Kelly Peng said in an email to Scripps students.

The newly elected board includes President Irene Yi SC ’19, Vice President of Student Activities Casey Harris SC ’19, Executive Vice President Julia Kelly SC ’21, Co-Treasurers Romanshi Gupta SC ’19 & Grace Wang SC ’19, Secretary Lilly Hahn SC ’21, Faculty Staff Relations Chair Amelia Hahn SC ’21, Diversity and Inclusivity Chair Safia Hassan SC ’21, Student Organizations Commissioner Shelby Devolder SC ’21, Judicial and Academic Review Chair Lillian Perlmutter SC ’21, Sustainability Chair Sondra Abruzzo SC ’19, 5C Events Chair Mabel Lui SC ’21, Senior Class Co-Presidents Jahnavi Kothari SC ’19 & Clarissa Ylagan SC ’19, Junior Class Co-Presidents Niyati Narang SC ’20 & Maddie Warman SC ’20, and Sophomore Class President Alexa Sanchez SC ’21.

The election for the diversity and inclusivity chair concluded after a run-off vote — neither candidate received a majority vote in the initial round of voting.

Students will vote for the recent graduate trustee in the coming weeks and for the trustee student representative next fall.

Kelly, Gupta and Wang, Hahn, Devolder, Perlmutter, Abruzzo, Lui, Ylagan, and Kothari all ran uncontested.

— Laney Pope

Candidates For New SHS Director Coming To Campus Next Week

Two candidates vying to become the new Student Health Services director will be visiting campus next week, consortium spokesperson Mary Hall wrote in an email to 7C students Thursday.

The first candidate will eat dinner with students at Hoch Shanahan Dining Hall at 5:15 p.m. April 9 and present in Honnold Library Founders’ Room at 12 p.m. April 10 over lunch.

The second candidate will have dinner with students at Collins Dining Hall at 5:15 p.m. April 11 and will present at the Honnold Library Founders’ Room at 12 p.m. April 12.

— Laney Pope

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