A University of Texas student was assaultedevening close to campus.
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- The assault occurred in West Campus aroundccording to an alert sent out to students from the University of Texas Police Department.A female student said another woman punched her in the face. The assaulter is said to have short black hair, wearing a yellow shirt and blue shorts while toting a black backpack and burnt orange rolling suitcase.The case is still under investigation, according to UTPD spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon.UTPD has asked anyone who sees a woman matching this description to call them or 911 with her whereabouts.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and John McCain advisor Carly Fiorina announced her presidential bid on Good Morning America on Monday morning.
Fiorina is most well known for her tenure at HP from 1999 to 2005, during which she merged the company with Compaq and laid off 30,000 employees. Fiorina unsuccessful run for the California Senate seat in 2010. She has never been an elected public official.
She is the first female Republican to declare candidacy. She cited her business experience as one of her strongest traits as a presidential candidate.
“I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works,” Fiorina said on Good Morning America. “I understand executive decision-making, which is making a tough call in a tough time with high stakes.”
Though her time at HP was controversial, she said she believes it is an example of crucial business experience that is necessary for a president.
Fiorina, as the only Republican woman in the race, is one of the few women who have ever sought a presidential nomination from the GOP.
Fiorina is the sixth candidate to enter the race, after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who announced his candidacy last Thursday and is running as Democratic challenger against Clinton.
UT President William Powers Jr. announced an interim replacement for Gregory Fenves, provost and executive vice president, who was named UT’s next president earlier this week.
Judith Langlois, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, will serve in the interim provost and executive vice president, while administrators conduct a search for a permanent replacement, according to an email sent by Powers to students, faculty and staff. Langlois will assume the position May 26.
Langlois has served as associate dean and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and also served as chair of the Presidential Committee on the Status of Non-Tenure Faculty.
In the email announcement, Powers said the search for a permenant replacement for Fenves will begin immediately.
Fenves will begin his term as president June 3.
After weeks of debate, the Student Government Assembly voted against a divestment resolution, which would have asked the UT System Investment Management Company to pull investments from five corporations that the resolution claimed “facilitate in the oppression of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel.” The Assembly voted against the resolution by a 11-23-1 vote Tuesday night.
The resolution asked UTIMCO to divest specifically from Alstom, Cemex, Hewlett-Packard, Procter and Gamble and United Technologies because of “human rights violations,” according to the resolution.
Katie Jensen, a graduate student representative, said the campaign to pass the resolution led to important dialogue, even though it did not ultimately pass.
“[Regardless] of the vote, it is a victory,” Jensen said.
Ethan Black, a Plan II sophomore who testified at Tuesday's meeting, said the resolution singled out Israelis.
“I truly want an end to settlement expansion as the authors of this resolution do, but divestment is not the way,” Black said.
UTIMCO CEO Bruce Zimmerman said UTIMCO makes investment decisions solely based on the financial interests of the University, and so would not have taken the resolution into consideration even if had passed.
Seventeen former Student Government leaders signed a letter addressed to the current SG executive board and Assembly, urging them to oppose a divestment resolution set to be voted on Tuesday night.
The resolution calls for the University of Texas Investment Management Company to divest from corporations that authors said “facilitate the oppression of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel.”
The former leaders, who served SG terms ranging as far back as 1983, said SG should not associate with the boycott-divestment-sanctioning – known as BDS – movement upon which the resolution is based.
"The BDS movement is rooted in a philosophy that rejects Israel’s very existence," the letter read. "While reasonable people can debate the merits and faults of Israel's specific policies, supporting BDS necessarily means supporting a philosophy that advocates the destruction of Israel and its inhabitants. We do not think the Student Government Assembly should align itself with such a philosophy."
Seven of the eight most recent SG presidents and vice presidents signed the letter, including last term's president and vice president, Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland.
The leaders also said Texas has kept close ties with Israel, regarding similarities in agricultural and policing policies.
"There is much that the state of Texas and Israel share, and the BDS movement attempts to undermine that relationship," the letter read.
The Assembly will vote on the resolution Tuesday night.
Read the letter here: