Saturday, April 30, 2016

Harpooning Harvard

"Harpoon president apologizes for remarks on Harvard club" by Michael Levenson Globe Staff  April 13, 2016

A prominent Boston beer executive found himself on the defensive Wednesday after he suggested that admitting women to one of Harvard’s exclusive final clubs could lead to more sexual assaults.

Charles M. Storey, graduate board president of the Porcellian Club and president of Harpoon Brewery, made the assertion as the secretive clubs face calls to admit women and to rein in what a university task force has called a “culture of male control and exclusivity” that encourages the marginalization of women and sexual entitlement.

But hours later, after Storey’s remarks were criticized by US Representative Katherine Clark as well as by a Harvard dean, Storey released a statement on the Harpoon Brewery website, apologizing for his comments.

“Unfortunately, I chose my words poorly and it came out all wrong,” the statement said. “This failure has led to extreme and unfortunate misinterpretations, which were not my intentions at all. I take the issue of sexual assault extremely seriously, and I am truly sorry to those I have offended.”

The flareup underscored the growing tension between Harvard’s final clubs, long regarded as bastions of privilege, and college administrators under pressure to combat sexual assaults.

The clubs — most of which are all-male — are not officially affiliated with the university and are known for fiercely guarded traditions and raucous parties.

Last month, a university task force made up of 18 faculty, staff, and students singled out the clubs as a key force in perpetuating sexual assaults among students....

That's when I shut the door.


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By clubs known for fiercely guarded traditions and raucous parties.

Is that what gave 'em the mumps?

"Former Harvard president suggests school should curb endowment payout" by Rich Miller Bloomberg News  April 18, 2016

Former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers, a former US Treasury secretary who is now a professor at Harvard, suggested that the school consider curbing annual payouts from its world-record $37.6 billion endowment to reflect the likelihood of lower investment returns.

Harvard disbursed $1.8 billion from its endowment in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. Most endowments are seeing lackluster investment gains in the most recent year and some paid out more than they earned, raising chances that schools may have to review how they operate with less income from holdings.

At the same time, the funds’ high values have drawn interest from Congress as returns aren’t taxed and the cost of college skyrockets. Two congressional committees that determine tax policy sent a letter of inquiry to the richest 56 private schools about their endowments....


Is he going curb his $peaking fees? How much is he being paid for the professor$hip?

Maybe you would be better off just dropping out and going to work for the CIA.

Harvard to welcome Air Force ROTC back to campus

That's a start.

"Harvard Law student’s remarks to Israeli decried" by Travis Andersen Globe Staff  April 21, 2016

A Harvard Law student called former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni“smelly” during a recent forum, drawing a broad condemnation of anti-Semitism from administrators, faculty, and a Jewish student group.

The student, who school officials have not identified, made the statement last Thursday during a question and answer period following a panel discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict organized by the school.

I'll bet I know why.

Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow decried the incident as offensive and said it “violated the trust and respect we expect in our community,” in an e-mail sent to faculty and students on Tuesday.

The remark was an “ad hominem attack in the form of a ‘question’ to our Israeli guest,” Minow wrote in the e-mail, which a school spokeswoman provided to the Globe on Wednesday.

She described the question in detail.

‘My question is for Tzipi Livni — how is it that you are so smelly?” The student added, “It’s regarding your odor — about the odor of Tzipi Livni, very smelly,’” the e-mail stated.

Yes, what an odd e-mail.

“Many perceive it as anti-Semitic, and no one would see it as appropriate,” Minow wrote.

“It was an embarrassment to this institution and an assault upon the values we seek to uphold. ... I urge all members of this community to treat all others as they wish to be treated themselves and to respect the dignity and feelings of all, even those with whom they disagree most strongly on any given issue. The legal profession expects nothing less of its future members.”

Poor, victimized Jews again.

The e-mail did not say if the student would be disciplined.

Livni, a prominent Israeli leader still serving in the Knesset, the country’s legislative body, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment on Wednesday night.

She has held several Israeli government positions, including minister of foreign affairs, acting prime minister, minister of justice, and head of the Israeli team in the peace process negotiations with the Palestinians in 2008 and 2013, Harvard Law said in promotional materials prepared for the event.

Minow urged the school community to reflect on the incident.

“This is a moment for each of us to pause, and perhaps ask, “Who am I?” — and, more importantly, “What kind of person do I wish to be? And what kind of community can we make together?”

Michelle Deakin, a spokeswoman for Harvard Law, would not identify the student, or any potential discipline.

The incident, first reported in the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, drew widespread criticism from Jewish authorities.

Yehuda Yaakov, consul general of Israel to New England, said in a phone interview that the incident at the Law School forum is “just another in a sea of incidents that we’ve been seeing in which our detractors show that being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic are the same.”

This is now starting to carry the stench of another false flag, folks.


"Six people who chained themselves together in the lobby of the Boston building that houses the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee to protest Israeli policies toward Palestinians were arrested by Boston police Tuesday night. The arrests on trespassing charges took place shortly after 6 p.m. when the three men and three women refused repeated requests from the building management and police to leave the building, Boston police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire said. Police cut the chains that connected the protesters before taking them into custody, she said. The protesters are members of a group called IfNotNow, which is demanding change in Israeli policies toward Palestinians. In a statement, the group described itself as a “new movement of American Jews working for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.” An AIPAC spokesman declined to comment."

It was happening the same day, and was overwhelmed by the stench of the incident at Harvard.

The Harvard Jewish Law Students Association, an organizer of the event, blasted the attack in a letter posted on the website of the Harvard Law Record, an independent newspaper affiliated with the school.

“We are writing to condemn what we view as blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric,” the association leaders wrote.

“We demand a public apology to Ms. Livni, the Jewish students of HLS, and Harvard Law School at large. Further, we demand respectful behavior from students at our events in the future.”

Nancy Gertner, retired federal judge who teaches at Harvard Law, said the student’s remark “resonated as anti-Semitic with everyone who read it and heard it.”

“There’s really no set of facts that would justify making a comment like this at all,” said Gertner, who did not attend the forum. “No set of facts.”

Robert Leikind, Boston regional director of the American Jewish Committee, issued a statement Wednesday night denouncing the attack.s

“This kind of (comment) has been a feature of anti-Semitic thinking for more than two centuries, during which the suggestion that Jews smelled was used to suggest that they are an inferior people, who are worthy of contempt,” Leikind said in a statement.

“We are witnessing a decline in civility and an incapacity of some to engage in serious discourse about difficult ideas.”


The crying of anti-Semitism has become science.


"St. George’s administrator on leave after allegations of ‘boundary issues’" by Bella English Globe Staff  April 08, 2016

A top administrator at the embattled St. George’s School has been on paid leave since January pending an investigation of allegations about “boundary issues” with students, headmaster Eric Peterson and board chair Leslie Heaney told the St. George’s community in an e-mail on Wednesday.

Robert Weston, the associate head for external affairs, served along with his wife as longtime “dorm parents” in a girls’ dormitory. “The Board of Trustees and the Administration were advised of second-hand allegations concerning Mr. Weston observing appropriate boundaries with students,” the letter said. “These allegations relate specifically to his work as a dorm parent at St. George’s in the late 1990s.”

Through his lawyer, Weston rejected the allegations and expressed frustration with what he had thought would be a brief leave. Lawyer Paul V. Kelly told the Globe that Weston “served as dorm parent at the school for 16 years — without a single student complaint or expression of concern.”

“He was a loyal and good soldier for the school and agreed to what he understood would likely be a very short period of administrative leave while the independent investigator reviewed the specious allegation against him. It has now been four months, and unfortunately he is still in limbo,” Kelly said.

Since December, more than 40 alumni of the elite Episcopal prep school in Middletown, R.I., have told lawyers that they were victims of sexual abuse there from faculty or other students, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s. In January, Martin Murphy was appointed by the board and the victims to investigate abuse allegations.

“Since the independent investigation was beginning at this same time, we asked Mr. Murphy and his team ... to include [the Weston] matter in their inquiry,” Peterson and Heaney wrote in their e-mail. “As always, our paramount concern is to ensure that St. George’s is a healthy and safe environment for all. It is important to note, however, that we also believe in due process.”

Weston, who has been at the school for 26 years, has also served as a classroom teacher and associate head of school. His wife, Ann, is events coordinator in the development office. He was a dorm parent in Auchincloss Dormitory from 1990 until 2006, when he and his wife moved off campus.

Kelly said Weston is the victim of “a several-year-old issue originating from a disgruntled former faculty member.”

“My understanding of the allegation is that,while he was serving as a dorm parent, in the 1999-2000 school year, he failed to abide by appropriate privacy or boundary” guidelines, Kelly said. “That he inadvertently may have seen one of the students changing or coming out of the shower wrapped in a towel. Mr. Weston says that is ridiculous.”

Kelly said Weston told him: “For 16 years, my house was such that I came to the (dorm) doorway that immediately had a shower room on the right. I always told the girls, close the door, close the door. The notion that I was somehow intentionally lurking trying to see girls changing is ludicrous, and there was never a complaint from them along those lines.’” Peterson was told of the allegations against Weston, Kelly said, within the last couple of years.

Attorney Carmen Durso, who along with Eric MacLeish is representing some of the St. George’s victims, said they turned over complaints about Weston to the school’s attorneys in January.

A year ago, St. George’s launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by staff and students at the hilltop school after pressure from a MacLeish client who says she was raped by the athletic trainer in the late 1970s. The investigator, Will Hannum, was dismissed in early January when it emerged that he is not only the law partner of the school’s then-counsel but also her husband.

Kelly said that Weston spoke to Hannum, whose investigation resulted in a December report documenting 26 victims of sexual abuse at the school. Weston has not yet spoken to the new investigator, Murphy.


"St. George’s cancels “healing” session on sex abuse scandal during alumni weekend" by Bella English Globe Staff  April 23, 2016

After threats of boycotts and other protests from angry victims of sexual abuse, St. George’s School is altering its plans to hold a “Hope for Healing” session on its Rhode Island campus during an alumni reunion weekend next month.

On Wednesday, headmaster Eric Peterson wrote to alumni about a gathering to “address this deeply troubling and painful chapter in our school’s history.” The session was to be held in the chapel of the Episcopal prep school, during Alumni Weekend, scheduled for May 6-8.

But late Friday afternoon, board chairwoman Leslie Heaney sent out a second letter to alumni, stating that the initial letter about the proposed “Hope for Healing” session had “upset many survivors.”

St. George’s now plans to provide alumni with an update on the investigation into the sex abuse scandal and will have “a gathering to acknowledge the terrible and irreparable harm that occurred to some of our alumni,” the letter stated....

“It is premature to talk about healing.”


St. George’s board committee meets with victims’ group

I'm wide awake now.

"Worcester police arrested a 22-year-old man Thursday morning for allegedly harassing three teen girls on their way to school the day before, officials said. Fredy Cruz, 22, is scheduled to return to court May 5."


"A federal judge lashed out at a Pennsylvania man Thursday for “sextorting” a young woman from the Boston area that he met on the Internet. James F. Connor V, 20, befriended the then-teenaged girl in 2012 and convinced her to carry out sexually explicit acts on Internet video chats. He preserved those images without her consent, then threatened to release them to her parents and friends when she sought to end their relationship. He also ordered her to carry out more acts under the same threat. US District Judge William G. Young sentenced Connor to time served — he spent 27 days in prison, and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service at a shelter for battered women."

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"Milford school waited to tell police about abuse, report finds" by Jeremy C. Fox Globe Staff  April 07, 2016

An aide at a Milford residential school for children and adolescents with severe developmental disabilities struck a teenage boy in the face so hard that it ruptured his eardrum, according to a report released Thursday by the Disability Law Center.

Doctors found that the 17-year-old, while in off-campus housing provided and staffed by the Evergreen Center, had suffered a blunt force trauma and had 18 new and older bruises on his face, all four limbs, and his buttocks, according to the 13-page report.

That would be keeping me up.

Medical staff who treated the teen were “really quite aghast at how brutally he was hurt,” said Stanley J. Eichner, litigation director for the Boston-based law center. The law center did not find evidence that other students were abused. But it faulted the school for investigating the incident internally before notifying authorities.

The aide was quickly placed on leave, then fired by the school Nov. 4. The Worcester district attorney’s office did not return calls asking whether the aide had been charged.

The investigation by the law center, an independent group empowered by the federal government to protect the disabled, showed that school workers found bruises on the boy for about two weeks leading up to the incident, which occurred on Halloween.

The worst injuries apparently occurred at bedtime that night, when the teenager refused to put on his pajamas, and were inflicted by an aide who recently had been demoted and had complained about the reassignment, as well as being required to work on his weekend off, the report says.

The school did not immediately call the state Department of Children and Families when it became apparent the teenager had been abused, instead waiting a day until it completed its internal investigation.

The law center contends that the school violated state law by waiting, and that the delay and the school’s failure to notify police constitute neglect for the safety of other students.

Evergreen denies that any students were in danger after the Oct. 31 incident and said its policy for reporting suspected abuse is reasonable because students with disabilities often injure themselves intentionally or accidentally.

The law center also says the school neglected the victim by failing to respond to bruises noticed earlier. The school acknowledges that the bruises should have raised a red flag but says its inaction does not legally constitute neglect.

The Evergreen Center said it has since introduced a new staff training on behavioral issues, added additional team meetings, and modified several job descriptions to include a six-month probation with greater supervision. It also has clarified its policy on notifying police of abuse and begun requiring demoted staff members to discuss new roles with a supervisor.

The law center called on the school to pay closer attention to workers who might be disgruntled....

So take it out on the mentally-challenged who are helpless.



"BU professor accused of sexually harassing students" by Laura Krantz Globe Staff  April 12, 2016

A current and former Boston University student have filed a lawsuit that accuses a prominent music professor of sexually harassing them and that says the college failed to rein in his behavior.

The complaint, filed Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court, says administrators knew that Eric Ruske, an internationally recognized French horn player, had a propensity to harass young women based on previous reports.

The women, Erin Shyr and Maria Currie, accuse Ruske of harassing them in person and via e-mail and text messages, including asking for photos of them. Ruske allegedly harassed Currie in 2013, then Shyr the following year, at BU’s College of Fine Arts.

Shyr, 21, is still a BU student and Currie, 22, attends the New England Conservatory. The women seek unspecified damages and attorneys’ fees.

“The problem is that this is a habit and a behavior of his,” Shyr said in a phone interview. “[Administrators] were excusing him by saying this is just his personality.”

Ruske, who is out of the country, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Ruske has played with top orchestras around the country and won international horn competitions. He has taught at BU since 1990, and was approximately 50 years old when he taught the two students, according to the complaint.

Ruske had a reputation for making “offensive, vulgar, and sexually charged statements to students,” the complaint said, which male students found funny and women found offensive.

In a meeting with Currie, according to the suit, Ruske compared her trumpet performance to sex, saying that listening to her play made him feel like the two were having intercourse.

At one point, Currie told Ruske she would have a recital the following semester. “And the last thing you need is some creepy old guy in the front row,” Ruske texted, according to the complaint. “You can always send pix. . . ”

A few weeks later, Ruske apologized for his comments. “I probably owe you an apology . . . I’m really sorry if I made you uncomfortable,” he wrote, the complaint alleges.

The following semester, Shyr experienced similar behavior from Ruske, the complaint says, when she was in a woodwind chamber group that he coached.

Ruske e-mailed Shyr during spring break and said “maybe you’ll share a cute pic with me. . . ,” including a winking emoticon, according to the complaint.

A few weeks later, Ruske began to greet Shyr with hugs and kisses on the cheek, and once his hand grazed her lower back, the complaint says.

Ultimately, both women reported the incidents to administrators in the fine arts college and in other parts of the university, according to the complaint. The university did not punish Ruske or find ways to ensure he would not interact with them, the complaint says.

Officials in the fine arts college who handle sexual assault complaints told both women that because of Ruske’s “vibrant and effusive” personality, he might have been unaware that he violated the school’s sexual harassment policies, the lawsuit says.

“It was really angering, honestly, to learn that I had reached out to them multiple times and that what I didn’t want to have happen — that Ruske harass someone else — it literally happened again” Currie said in a phone interview.

The psychological effects of the harassment affected the academic performance and well-being of both women, the complaint says.

BU is among the 11 Massachusetts colleges under investigation by the Department of Education in relation to its compliance with Title IX, which governs how schools should respond to claims of sexual harassment....


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"BYU’s treatment of rape victims questioned" by Hallie Golden Associated Press  April 20, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Madeline MacDonald was an 18-year-old freshman at Brigham Young University when she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on an online dating site.

She reported the crime to the school’s Title IX office. That same day, she says, BYU’s honor code office received a copy of the report, triggering an investigation into whether MacDonald had violated the Mormon school’s strict code of behavior, which bans premarital sex and drinking, among other things.

Now MacDonald is among many students and others, including a Utah prosecutor, who are questioning BYU’s practice of investigating victims, saying it could discourage women from reporting sexual violence and hinder criminal cases. Tens of thousands have signed an online petition calling on the university to give victims immunity from honor code violations committed in the lead-up to a sexual assault.

This week, BYU announced that in light of such concerns, the school will reevaluate the practice and consider changes....


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"When Texas’s conservative Legislature passed a law requiring public universities to allow concealed guns on campus, it also gave the state’s private institutions of higher learning the chance to follow suit. None has so far. More than 20 private schools have said they won’t lift their gun bans when the law takes effect this August, including the state’s largest private universities that have religious affiliations and often align with the type of conservative values espoused by the politicians behind the law. The opposition reflects a widespread belief even among conservative university leaders that guns have no place in the classroom. ‘‘My own view is that it is a very unwise public policy,’’ Baylor President Ken Starr, a former prosecutor and judge best known for his work on the Whitewater investigation involving President Bill Clinton, said late last year."

"It was the kind of rhetoric that seemed out of place at an institution of higher learning, but such advice was not part of the debates about issues of race, class, and sexuality."


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‘Congrats, you’ve been admitted to Suffolk University!’

You know who runs it?


"Buried coffee can of child porn may implicate teacher" by Michael Melia Associated Press  April 15, 2016

HARTFORD — Lawyers descended on a Connecticut boarding school with shovels last fall, and may do it again when the ground thaws this spring, in a search for what a former student says is proof against a child-molesting teacher: a buried coffee can containing sexually explicit photos from more than 30 years ago.

The dig is just the latest development in a cluster of sexual abuse allegations against the 250-student Indian Mountain School that are now making their way toward trial....



"Former WPI fraternity brother charged with rape" by J.D. Capelouto Globe Correspondent  April 22, 2016

A former student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was charged with rape Thursday, nearly three months after his fraternity brothers reported the alleged sexual assault to school officials, authorities said.

Luke Brady, 19, of Ridgefield, Conn., was released after posting $2,000 bail following his arraignment in Worcester District Court, said Tim Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester District Attorney’s office.

Judge Paul L. McGill also ordered Brady to have no contact with the victim, a female student at the school. Brady must also not contact any witnesses and must stay away from all WPI property, Connolly said.

Brady, who was also brought before the school’s judicial system, no longer attends WPI, Philip Clay, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, said in a statement.

“WPI takes the issue of sexual assault very seriously,” he said.

“We are committed to the health and well-being of our students, and we do not tolerate violence of any kind.”

On the morning of Sunday, Jan. 31, Brady’s fraternity brothers reported to a school official that “one of their brothers allegedly sexually assaulted a female WPI student at some point the night before,” Clay said in the statement.

The fraternity was not identified. The report was made to a deputy coordinator of Title IX, the law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program.

Clay would not comment further, citing federal privacy laws.



"A sex-abuse scandal at Phillips Exeter Academy widened on Tuesday, as police said they are investigating “multiple allegations of misconduct and abuse” involving former faculty members at the prestigious New Hampshire boarding school."

"The revelations could affect Governor Maggie Hassan’s bid to unseat Republican US Senator Kelly Ayotte, a first-term lawmaker challenged by running during a presidential election year in a state that has voted Democratic in the past three White House contests. The censure of former principal Tom Hassan, husband of New Hampshire’s governor, is part of the growing fallout. Hassan, locked in a closely watched US Senate race in New Hampshire, sought to inoculate herself Friday from any connection to Schubert. In 2012, when she ran for governor, Hassan listed Schubart as a member of her campaign’s Rockingham County Steering Committee. He has also been a regular contributor to Hassan’s campaigns. Phillips Exeter canceled a major fund-raiser planned for next week."

The name has been disgraced, and another sex scandal at an elite private school isn't helping.

Time to put her campaign to rest.


Speaking of $crewings:

"College students dig deep to donate to candidates" by Akilah Johnson Globe Staff  April 22, 2016

Some were graduate students with cash reserves. Others were surviving on student loans and summer jobs. And a few acknowledged that their donation actually came with help from mom and dad.

Naomi Bernstein, a creative writing student at the University of Pennsylvania, was vacationing with her parents on Nantucket this summer when they heard Clinton speak at a fund-raiser. She gave Clinton $2,700 — or at least her parents did.

“My parents were supporting me,” the 22-year-old said. “I was like gung-ho, 100 percent voting for Hillary Clinton.”

Laura Brindley, a senior at Wellesley College who says Clinton inspired her to attend the women’s liberal arts college, went to a fund-raiser with her mother when she was home in Seattle for the summer.

“My mom gave enough to take me,” said the 22-year-old French and political science major at Clinton’s alma mater. “I would never turn down an opportunity [to] meet Hillary.”

Although Bernstein’s and Brindley’s money is with Clinton, they say their loyalties are now with Sanders. Both said they changed their minds about whom to support after they donated.


Third-party contributions — that is, a donation given on behalf of someone else — are usually considered illegal, according to campaign finance experts. But those experts also caution the law is tricky when students give donations at an age when they remain an extension of their parents’ finances.


Former Federal Election Commission chairman Michael E. Toner said there are three basic requirements for individual political contributions: It has to be the donor’s money, the donor must be old enough to know what he or she is doing, and he or she can’t be reimbursed for the contribution.

“It gets more challenging with kids who are giving max contributions and they have no jobs and their parents are major donors who have contributed the max themselves,” Toner said. “It’s a tough scenario.”


That wasn’t the case for Andrew Bernstein, a biology major at Carleton College in Minnesota, who gave Clinton $2,700, basically emptying his savings account of the money he earned at his summer job.

“It’s hard to be a Hillary supporter,” said Bernstein, 20, noting that many of his schoolmates support Sanders.

John Dolan, a senior at Boston University, cut a check for $500 for Clinton.

“My mother — thank God — money for birthdays and stuff, she never let me spend it,” the 22-year-old said, adding that he also works as a waiter. “A lot of kids aren’t donating because they think their $5 or $10 doesn’t matter.”

Phillip Geer, a graduate student at UMass Amherst, has given Sanders a total of $310. He acknowledges it’s “a lot to me. Right now, I’m on loans.” He gives when the mood strikes: When Sanders won the New Hampshire primary, or when he’s just “thinking about it.”

GOP front-runner Donald Trump received just 16 student donations — none at the maximum amount — for a total of $2,376. US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas received nearly 800 student donations — including 18 at the maximum amount — and Ohio Governor John Kasich had about 115 donations from students, six for $2,700.

Sanders’ popularity runs deep among younger voters, especially among millennials. Polls show Sanders has overwhelming support among voters under 30 years old. Clinton has acknowledged that enthusiasm gap, saying young people “may not support me now, but I support them.”

It’s possible that both campaigns raised more from students than donation reports show. The federal government doesn’t require campaigns to itemize contributions under $200, meaning they don’t have to collect and report the name, address, occupation, and employer of donors who give small amounts.

Clinton’s campaign said it does not itemize individual contributions under $200, but plenty of them still show up on campaign fund-raising reports. Campaign fund-raising records show the smallest contribution Clinton and Sanders received was $1.

“The reality is today most contributions are made with a credit card or online or with a check, so that means the candidate gets the name of even very small donors,” said Paul S. Ryan, the deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group for campaign finance law.

Campaigns often list their small donors because it helps shape political narratives, political analysts said.

Sanders’ campaign aides did not return an e-mail seeking comment about whether they listed all of their small donors, but his campaign finance reports are filled with $3 and $27 donations — odd-numbered amounts frequently suggested in his fund-raising e-mail pleas for cash.

Lucas Benjamin, a 20-year-old at Brown University, has given Sanders $5 here and there, occasionally giving a $50 or $20 donation, according to campaign finance reports. The Pittsfield native said his small donation feels like a tangible connection to something larger and important.

“As a student, normally I never donate,” said Benjamin, a sophomore with a work-study job. “A dollar I give to Bernie goes a lot further than a dollar I would give to anyone else because I know that he needs it.”

Then there are those students like Christopher Eaton, whose periodic giving to Sanders adds up to a lump sum of $986, federal campaign fund-raising reports show. The 21-year-old political science major at Clark University has given 60 times to Sanders between November and February.

“Sanders’ message of moving America more to a socialist democracy is really appealing to me,” Eaton said. “If Bernie were to become president, it would, in a certain kind of weird way, feel like I would also be part of the White House.”


The state is also going to help them kick a contribution their way!

Millennials can’t afford down payments for homes

Must be the campaign contributions.

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Must be the position.

"The term ‘‘millennial’’ comes with many different connotations. They like socialism. They don’t eat much breakfast cereal. They save more money than previous generations. They enjoy a work-life balance, and they often don’t think they’re millennials. Now, they’re the largest living generation in the United States. The number of millennials is rising partly due to an influx of young immigrants. A 2014 White House report on millennials stated, ‘‘Millennials are immigrants or the children of immigrants who arrived in the United States as part of an upsurge in immigration that began in the 1940s.”


The White House is trying to blame immigration in the 1940s for today's problem? 

Have they no shame? 

Yeah, everything is great if you are a millennial!

"Millennials don’t like socialism or capitalism, poll says" by James Pindell Globe Staff  April 25, 2016

I was just told.... never mind.

A national poll of millennials found a majority of those surveyed don’t support capitalism or socialism, and they generally have a negative view about the future of the United States.

The Harvard Institute of Politics survey, released Monday, showed that the 18- to 29-year old generation, struggling with student debt and an uneven economy, had a dire outlook on the country.

“Young Americans are sending a strong message. They care deeply about the future, but are concerned that the current state of our institutions and our politics is not sufficient to meet our nation’s challenges,” said institute polling director John Della Volpe. “We hope that in the remaining months of the campaign, candidates from both parties work to rebuild the trust that’s been eroded and inspire millennials to not only vote, but engage in civic life.”

The kids aren't as dumb as you thought.

In the presidential race, the Democratic Party appeared to be the better option among the more than 3,000 surveyed over three weeks in late March and early April.

In a hypothetical match-up between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, Clinton has a 36-percentage point advantage. Clinton leads Trump, 61 percent to 25 percent, with 14 percent of respondents saying they were unsure about the race.

Trump is hurt by his lack of support from young Republicans in the poll. His score is lower than a generic Republican candidate.

The poll showed US Senator Bernie Sanders was the only candidate who was more liked than disliked by survey respondents.

The survey showed that millennials were also distrustful of institutions in general. They expressed distrust for Wall Street, Congress, the president, and most of the media.

The one institution that more than 50 percent of respondents said they trusted was the military.

The millennial age group also largely rejected labels in the poll. Less than half identified themselves as feminists or patriots, though 57 percent said they backed the concept of patriotism.

What’s more, fewer than half of the millennial respondents expressed confidence that the criminal justice system was fair and without bias....



"A Massachusetts college student who was arrested for drunkenly entering a home in Santa Fe simply made an unfortunate mistake, his attorney said Sunday. Stephen Aarons is disputing allegations that 22-year-old Garrett Curran started a physical fight when confronted by the homeowner. Police say Curran wandered into a home around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. He then fell asleep at the foot of a bed occupied by a 7-year-old girl. The child woke up and got her father. Authorities said Curran initiated a fight with the father, who held him down until police arrived. But he was not in a condition to fight, Aarons said. Curran was booked on suspicion of breaking and entering, criminal trespass and child abuse for fighting in front of the girl. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute student was scheduled to be in Santa Fe for the next two months to work on a school project."


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He left out Yale.

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I think I just laid one.