16-year-old Receives Humanitarian of the Year Award
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 00:10
Harvard University: 16-year-old Receives Humanitarian of the Year Award
Harvard University awarded Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who survived an attempted murder by the Taliban, with their Humanitarian of the Year award in a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 27. Yousafzai, 16, was an advocate mainly for education for girls in Pakistan, where the Taliban had banned them from attending school. She did this by bringing attention to the issue of girls’ education in Pakistan through her blog for BBC and a New York Times documentary made about her. Yousafzai also worked for human rights and equal rights for women. On Oct. 9, 2012, at the age of 15, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck while on her way to school on a school bus in an assassination attempt made by the Taliban because of her advocacy of the education of women. The Taliban hoped to silence her voice that spoke up against inequality in education, but they were unsuccessful. Yousafzai has since made a full recovery and was recognized by Harvard as the recipient of the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. In receiving the award, Yousafzai joins the likes of Lionel Richie, Sharon Stone, and the most recent winner, Hans Rosling—all were recognized for their humanitarian acts. In her address to the crowd at the Sanders Theater on Friday, she spoke about her experience and the change that all people can make in the world.
“Let us remember—one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world,” Yousafzai said. “Let us stand up for our rights, and let us fight.”
Boston University has filed a lawsuit against Apple and other tech companies, saying that the companies have infringed on a 1997 technology patented by a BU professor. The patent protects a type of nitride that produces blue LED light. The lawsuit was originally filed in July against only Apple, but in July the university filed more lawsuits against other tech companies, including Microsoft, Dell, and Blackberry. According to a statement from a spokesman at BU, professors at the school “developed and patented technology that is now widely used in products that include blue LEDs. As exclusive owner of that patented technology, only Boston University and those who have licensed our patent can make, use or sell products containing that technology.” Some of the products that the university claims use this patented technology include the iPhone 5, the iPad, the MacBook Air, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, and the HP Chromebook, among others.
Emerson College has switched its provider of food services from ARAMARK to Sodexo due to the lack of composting done by ARAMARK in its final months of service to the college. The institution is committed to having a campus that is sustainable and green, and ARAMARK neglected to follow this ideal of environmentalism by not composting trash from food production and the dining halls. Although composting in general was not listed in the school’s contract with ARAMARK, the company and the college agreed that food services would take an active role in creating a sustainable campus, but allegedly did not inform the university when it stopped composting. As a result, ARAMARK was replaced by Sodexo in the end of July 2012. Students at Emerson and the administration hope that Sodexo will work to compost more than the previous company and will help make the campus more environmentally friendly.
Suffolk University has just named Nicole Price as its first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. The position, which is within the University’s administration, will be the head of a new office of diversity and inclusion. The purpose of this new office and position is to improve diversity throughout the student body, as well as to help build a more diverse administration. Although Suffolk already has a reasonably diverse student population, the university’s size and downtown location necessitate Price to further develop diversity through the office of diversity and inclusion. She will also work to increase diversity among the student body and the faculty. “Nicole Price will provide solid leadership in advancing the University’s core value of building a culture of cooperation among diverse groups,” said University President James McCarthy in a university press release.