The New York Times, Dec. 13, 2018
California Today: Life as a First-Generation U.C. Irvine Student
The academic quarter at the University of California, Irvine lasts 10 weeks. But one group of freshmen was given a head start this year. As part of the campus Student Success Initiative, nearly 100 first-generation students were welcomed into dorms this summer, months before the fall quarter began. The program is one of several in the University of California system that aim to give them access to the same kind of help many students get from parents with more resources. … Last week, we checked in with 10 of those students, who are now preparing for their first set of finals. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
Associated Press, Dec. 12, 2018
As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer
“You now have a second defendant or group of defendants saying that these payments were made for the primary purpose of influencing the election, and that it was done in coordination with Trump and his campaign,” said Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine.
The New Yorker, Dec. 12, 2018 (Commentary)
Trump’s Ongoing Disinformation Campaign Against Latino Immigrants
Hector Tobar, associate professor Chicano/Latino studies writes, “Today, the forty-fifth President of the United States is making common cause with professional and amateur deceivers as he governs and leads his party via his Twitter feed. Each false tweet and retweet deepens the menacing image of Latino immigrants and their progeny in the minds of his followers. As the tweets tell it, we are at once a slothful and conniving people, producing more children than we can feed while draining the public treasury and spreading disease and poisoning good Americans with illicit drugs. I read this hate and I think of the millions of people being slandered by the lies. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
The Conversation, Dec. 13, 2018
With a limited on-screen presence, autistic characters have emerged in another medium: fan fiction
Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor and Rebecca Black, Associate Professor at UC Irvine write, “As scholars of fan fiction and young adult literature, we started noticing how some fan fiction authors were incorporating autism into their stories – sometimes through new characters and other times by rewriting existing ones. Since then we’ve been collecting and analyzing fan fictions in which young writers have created characters with autism.”
Business Insider, Dec. 12, 2018
Congress just quietly passed a law that could spark a boom for the $1 billion marijuana-based CBD industry
CBD from marijuana, just like marijuana as a whole, remains illegal. But now that hemp is legal, CBD from hemp may be legal too. “The devil is in the details, and we don’t know yet how the DEA will act to implement the law,” Daniele Piomelli, the director of the University of California at Irvine Center for the Study of Cannabis and a professor of neuroscience and pharmacology, told Business Insider.
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