This week in NESCAC news

On Sunday, Oct. 26, Trinity College inaugurated President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. A former dean at Wellesley College, Berger-Sweeney will serve as Trinity’s 22nd president, following President Laurence S. Bacow.
The widely-attended ceremony gave Berger-Sweeney a platform on which she could address her goals for the College, similar to the speech that Colby College President David A. Greene gave during his inauguration this past September.
Parallel to Greene’s desire to align Colby more with its hometown, Waterville, Berger-Sweeney discussed her goal to help Trinity students reap benefits from going to school in the city of Hartford, CT.
“Our motto should be ‘liberal arts with an urban pulse, preparing our students for life beyond our hedges,” she said, according to a report from The Hartford Courant.
Another NESCAC school in Connecticut faced challenges from their surrounding population when, according to NBC Connecticut, “[A] teen pull[ed a] knife on Wesleyan students.”
The police report stated that “Abdullahi Abdullahi, of Waltham, Mass., took a four-inch Smith and Wesson folding knife and threatened three students around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.”
No students were injured, as the police responded quickly and charged Abdullahi “with second-degree threatening and breach of peace.”
In other news, Tufts University recently opted to raise the salaries of (and offer job security to) its part-time professors. While universities and colleges often offer tenure to full-time faculty, Tufts granted “a 22 percent pay raise over the next three years and improved job security under a new contract that could influence negotiations at other schools where adjunct faculty have recently organized or are considering doing so,” according to The Boston Globe.

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