Here’s what you might have missed last week:
John A. Cruz, Estefanía Muñiz, Alejandra Rodríguez, Steven Ramos, Yan Rivera, Daisy Díaz, Odaly Balasquide and Kevin Ortiz were selected to form part of the first Millennium Fellows class at the UPR. This is a student development program of the United Nations Organization dedicated to impact society through citizen empowerment and leadership projects.
The Interuniversity Athletic League (LAI, in Spanish) began with two baseball games on Tuesday, in Lajas and Mayagüez. The next sports to begin this season will be volleyball, soccer, tennis, taekwondo, short pool, cross country and Olympic wrestling.
The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, announced, on Wednesday, a state of national alert in response to the high incidence in cases of gender violence on the island recently. Vázquez announced her decision through a press release where she states that the order will force all government organizations, public and private entities to work proactively, diligently and efficiently in the face of the critical situation of violence against women on the island.
On Wednesday’s column, Alondra De Jesús, a student of Public Relations and Advertising, writes about how Communication is not only Journalism. “I hid the anger that gave me the little information they have about the field of Communication, and the little interest they had in knowing beyond”, she dictates in her column.
A 22-year-old student was sexually assaulted, on Thursday morning, near the Ramón Vila Mayo school, close to the Río Piedras Campus of the UPR. The aggression occurred after the victim left her friends and was walking back to her residency.
The former president of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Uroyoán Walker and the former rector of the Río Piedras Campus Carlos Severino will face trial in the case of the presidential scholarships. The Judge Ada López declared cause in five of the charges for which they were accused.
Walter Bruckman, professor of Economy from the UPR in Cayey, is being investigated after being accused of discrimination against his students for including homophobic and transphobic statements in the class syllabus. Bruckman stated in the document that homosexuality goes against his religious beliefs. In addition, he quoted the Bible and added video links to defend his arguments against the LGBTT+ community.
The investigation of the Senate of Puerto Rico in relation to the cases of sexual harassment in the campuses of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) revealed that university protocols fail to protect the victims. It also indicates that a large part of the students and employees are unaware of the protocol to be followed in case of being a victim of harassment.
The rehabilitation works in the abandoned Río Piedras Paradise Theater began yesterday with an artistic event organized by the Development Trust, and Community Board of Río Piedras. To mark the celebration, a mural was painted on the building to serve as a symbol of the struggle the community has surpassed to recover the space.
Edited: Zoé N. Conde Velázquez