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News Briefs – 5/8/03

Romney’s Actions Investigated

According to The Boston Globe, Governor Mitt Romney’s decision to utilize Bain & Co., the consulting firm he once ran, to do policy research and strategize on policies such as his reorganization of higher education plan is being investigated. The Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee is investigating Romney’s actions to determine whether or not Romney’s administration violated ethics or campaign finance laws. Key among the actions Romney is being scrutinized for is his decision to block a $386 million dollar UMass bond.

Taunton Democrat Marc R. Pacheco initiated the investigation. According to Pacheco, the delay in the UMass bonds being attained at the low interest rate that was initially offered has the potential to cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Fellowship Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2004-2005 Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program has been extended to May 23, 2003. The purpose of the program, named after William C. Foster, is to allow recipients to spend a year doing scholarly investigations for the U.S. Department of State, which support negotiation and implementation of arms control, among other things.

Interested candidates in the fields of political science, biology, engineering, history, military operations analysis, and physical science are encouraged to apply for one of seven available positions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and be a faculty member of an accredited institution of higher learning. Those interested should visit http://www.state.gov/t/ or contact Annette Day by phone 202-647-4153 or vie e-mail [email protected]

Free Conference Hosted by Harvard

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) is hosting a conference on the evening of May 8 and the morning of May 9 entitled “Spirit of Change: Direct Service to Politics.” The conference is free and open to undergraduate students from around the country, as well as politicians, and direct service providers.

The purpose of the conference is to enlighten students about the connection between public service and politics. Those interested in attending the conference should contact Christian Flynn at either 617-496-7124 or http://www.iop.Harvard.edu.

Casa Latina Hosts Carnival

Casa Latina will be hosting a Carnival from 1-6pm on May 8 in the Wheatley Plaza. There will be food and music. Anyone with questions should call 617-287-7945 or e-mail www.casalatina.umb.edu.