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Boston elects Michelle Wu as Mayor

On November 2, Michelle Wu won the Boston Mayoral Election defeating Annissa Essaibi George with 61.1% of the votes. Wu made history by being the first woman, and the first Asian American to become the Mayor of Boston. Wu was officially sworn into office on November 16. 

Senior fashion merchandising major, and She’s The First President Kelly Mooney says the history of the election is important. “I think it’s great news for Boston, especially living in the Greater Boston area during the last few years on campus. With everything that Boston has been through, I think this is a good piece of our history.” 

Many Boston residents are hoping that Michelle Wu will be able to resolve the city’s tent crisis on Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston. Sophomore psychology major Alasia Maxwell is from Cambridge and believes that this is a major issue for Boston. “I would say that the homeless community needs to be helped. There’s a lot of homeless people and once they are helped and that’s fixed I think Boston will be on track.”

Campus clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons

Habitat Humanity’s campus clothing drive for the local charity Cradles to Crayons ended on November 16. The clothing drive was a four-week campaign that started October 19, which asked community members to donate new or like-new clothing to those in need. Cradles to Crayons serves children in need throughout the greater Newton area. To donate, community members could drop items off at the receptacle near the dining hall or by going to the Amazon wishlist located on the Cradles to Crayons website.

Academic and Student Affairs announces new promotions

On November 16, Provost Eric Turner announced four new promotions within the department. Associate Dean of Curricular Integration Michelle Niestepski has stepped into a new role, Dean of Student Success. In this new role, Niestepski will be responsible for the Academic Achievement Center (AAC), Disability Services, and Brennan Library. She will continue her work in professional advising, first year writing, the first-year seminar program, writing and speaking across the curriculum, and the coordination of first year experience and information literacy across the curriculum. Niestepski will also oversee a new position, Director of Retention. Associate Dean Denny Frey has been named the Dean of Curricular Integration. Joining Frey as Associate Dean of Curricular Integration will be Niestepski. Frey will continue to oversee the Core Curriculum, Faculty Professional Development, Academic Program Assessment, Connected Learning Symposia, and the RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and Learning Center.

Also stepping up in the department is Dolores Radlo and Stephen Hawthorne. Radlo has been named Senior Director of Academic Achievement, Technology and Accessibility, and Hawthrone will be assuming the position of Assistant Director of Disability Services and AAC Learning Specialist.

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