Note: The student panelists participating in this event asked that their names be withheld from this post. The following live blog will not include any names, but we have assigned a number to each panelist to make the discourse a little easier to follow.
As politically and socially active as Brown is, three (vastly important) words rarely enter the myriad of debates and discussions taking place on the Main Green, in classrooms, dorm room floors and, because this is Brown, at parties on Saturday nights: campaign finance reform.
Everyone sort of knows what it is (“we need to get money out of politics!”), but few talk about the specifics. How are we going to get money out of politics? Exactly why is that so vastly important? Is it an attainable goal?
The Janus Forum sought to answer this question by organizing an informal debate between Harvard Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig and UCLA Professor of Law Eugene Volokh. Both are outspoken members of the campaign finance reform debate, Lessig an advocate for overhauling our current campaign finance system (he recently started a grassroots PAC to support candidates pledging to reform campaign finance laws), Volokh, an eminent critic of reform.
What ensued was a nuanced and in-depth discussion of not only the theoretical problems and solutions (or lack thereof, according to Volokh) but also of tangible steps forward. Here are the highlights.
Recently, we interviewed Wendy Schiller, Professor of Political Science, to discuss the latest season of
Politics 101 House of Cards. Her Introduction to the American Political Process and The American Presidency courses are favorites among the student body, and she has numerous years of experience working in Washington D.C. with real Frank Underwoods, Doug Stampers, and Jackie Sharps. She first started watching the show after her students raved about it in her various classes. After some Spring Break bingeing, she was ready for the interview. Her wealth of knowledge made for an enlightening and slightly terrifying interview.
Be forewarned: SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. If you haven’t finished the second season, well, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. But also avoid the following interview if you are as emotionally invested in the show as most of its viewers. Without further ado, BlogDailyHerald presents to you an exclusive interview with the one, the only, Wendy Schiller:
One of the awesome things about going to school in a small state like Lil’ Rhody is the unbelievable access we have to our politicians. Tonight, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be on campus to speak about his work in Washington, D.C. and the current state of various pieces of national legislation. According to the Brown Dems’ Facebook event, the Senator will also talk about how young people can get involved in politics. The event is hosted by the Brown Dems and will take place at 8 p.m. in Wilson 101. It’s not every day that a Senator comes to our hill to talk about his work on The Hill, so if you’re around, consider checking it out.
Cue the camera flashes: Scandal is BACK. And in traditional Scandal fashion, we begin in the middle of things at the press conference that defines the episode, “Ride, Sally, Ride.” There are several subplots to cover and Sally is up first. Somehow in this show, and now more than ever, all roads lead to Langston.
Note: Spoilers below!
Life on College Hill can be pretty all-consuming and although we are constantly inundated with educational material, we Brown students sometimes forget what’s happening in the outside world. BruNews, a new experiment and potential daily column, is intended to give a very truncated report of what’s going on in the world and is equipped with hyper-links galore so you can read more about whatever piques your interest. Now, you’re ready to take on any dinner party ever–and impress your parents, friends and professors alike.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a proposal today to cut the U.S.armed forces to its pre-World War II size, including eliminating an entire class of Air Force attack jets. The result, according to the New York Times: a military capable of defeating any adversary, but too small for protracted foreign occupations.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed an anti-gay bill that imposes a 14-year sentence on “first time offenders” and up to life imprisonment for offenders of “aggravated homosexuality.” The White House released a statement urging Ugandan lawmakers to “repeal this abhorrent law.”
Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych for the “mass killings” of civilians. Yanukovych’s last public appearance was on Saturday, when he delivered a televised speech in which he claimed he was still the legitimate leader of Ukraine and vowed not to leave the country. Ukrainian protestors demand new officials “who can say no to the oligarchs” in parliament.