This week, a bill about legacy admissions is making the rounds in Congress, Emory receives a large gift, Brown students work to address socioeconomic disparities on campus, and SMU has big plans for its athletic facilities.
Two Democrats in Congress have put forward a bill that would ban legacy admission preferences during the application review process. This bill has also made unlikely allies of the ACLU and Edward Blum, whose lawsuits against affirmative action at Harvard and UNC usually have Mr. Blum and the ACLU on opposing sides of college admissions conversations. As we’ve reported in the past, more schools are moving away from legacy admissions, including MIT, Amherst, and Johns Hopkins.
The Emory University Rollins School of Public Health has received a gift of $100 million, the largest in its history. The gift will be used toward two major initiatives — funding faculty research and providing financial assistance and hands-on experiences for students. With increased student interest in public health, no doubt spurred by the pandemic, the gift comes at an opportune time.
Students at Brown University are committed to redistributing personal wealth to help fellow students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Three students co-founded the Brown University Chapter of Resource Generation and have raised more than $17,000 to help classmates pay for housing, transportation, and medical emergencies.
SMU is the recipient of a $50 million gift for a football complex, and the University is looking to develop and expand its “championship-caliber” athletic facilities. In other football news, we can’t help but wonder…will Joe Burrow become the first quarterback to win a Heisman Trophy, a National Championship, and the Super Bowl? We’ll find out in two weeks!