As part of the Presidential Lecture series presented by Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and visiting professor Carl Bernstein offered his insight in a lecture called “Why Isn’t Our Government Working—And Can It?”
President Obama signed a deal this Wednesday to end the government shutdown and allow it to continue borrowing money until Feb. 7, 2014. The deal ended a standoff that could have affected the global economy, including Stony Brook University.
The glass ceiling for women in economics has been cracked a little more in recent days. Last Wednesday, Janet Yellen was nominated by President Obama to become the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Many of us would think “Why should I care? What does it matter to me?” Or say, “I have midterms and papers to write, this does not affect me.” But the truth of the matter is that it does.
The year was 1971 and the United States had been at war in Vietnam for the duration of the past decade. The draft was in full effect and able bodied young men over the age of 18 were enlisted into the U.S. military to serve in the war effort. Overseas, our soldiers, sailors and Marines were fighting a drawn out counter insurgency war against guerrilla fighters in the jungles of Vietnam.
Stony Brook students have dodged a huge financial bullet with the passage of the Bipartisan Student Loans Certainty Act. The bill was signed into law Aug. 9, 2013 for the purpose of reforming a part of the 1965 Higher Education Act.