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Continued from page 1 reading from Dr. Samrat Upadhyay, author and creative writing professor at Indiana University. Upadhyay has won several awards for his writing, including the Asian American Literary Award, the Society of Midland Authors Book Award and the Whiting Writer’s Award. His works have also been translated into French, Greek, Czech and German. Upadhyay read three pieces: one non-fiction essay that tells the story of the troubled monarchy in Kathmandu, one short fictional story about the influx of hippies into Kathmandu that occurred in the late 1970s and an excerpt from his upcoming
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Dr. Samrat upadhyay speaks to students and faculty at VSu about his writing.
novel, The City Son. “Dr. Upadhyay’s readings were cool to hear because
they connected with the background of Nepal, which Apa described to us when he told
SAVE Continued from page 1 industry creates better returns than the coal industry, a simple fact that was also recently pointed out by my colleague Dr. Matthew Richards,” Noll said. The refusal comes on the heels of the proposal that was sent in to the Foundation by SAVE. The proposal cited a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN-sponsored working group charged with studying the effects and causes of climate change. “We are asking that VSU immediately freeze any new investments in the fossil fuel industry and commit to a plan to divest all of its holding in fossil fuels within five years,” the SAVE request read. The request also cited a statistic presented in the IPCC report that states with “95 percent certainty that humans are the primary cause
police Briefs Oct. 30 A student recovered his laptop after it was stolen from the Fine Arts Building. The student chased the offender towards Patterson Str. before recovering his laptop.
of the issue.” Edwards responded to the statistic in the Board’s refusal by delegitimizing the credibility of the IPCC. “In the interest of intellectual honesty, I suggest you read some critiques of the UN report you cite in your letter,” Edwards wrote. “You’ll have no trouble finding them.” The statement triggered controversy between the Foundation and several professors around campus. “They made the decision very hastily, without directly interviewing the students who made this request,” Dr. Bradley Bergstrom, biology professor, said. “That, alone, suggests they did not take the request seriously, and the unfortunate decision by the Board chairman to insult the students' efforts with a sarcastic letter belies the personal bias of the letter writer and shows his contempt for their
genuine concerns, which happen to be shared by many of the faculty at VSU.” “The response by VSU’s Board of Trustees (BOT) to SAVE’s divestment campaign is mindboggling,” Noll said. “It suggests the board believes it knows more about global climate change than climatologists do, who have studied this phenomenon for decades.” Jordan said SAVE will host a panel discussion Nov. 12 about climate change and the divestment strategy. The panel will be held in the Powell Hall Auditorium. The VSU Foundation operates independently of the University. The Foundation Board of Trustees invests its endowment, which is around $23 million in mutual funds that are in turn managed by Ladenburg Thalmann, a financial services group headquartered in Miami.
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upcoming events Nov. 8 CAB will show “Iron Man 3” in the Student Union Theatre at 3 p.m. Additional showing on Nov. 9 and 10. From 1-3 p.m. come to Palms Quad for a cook out to learn more about becoming a Resident Assistant for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Nov. 11 Comedian/hypnotist Erick Kand will be in the University Center Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant will be held in the Student Union Theatre at 8:14 p.m.
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