them are considering trans-ferring soon too.Mariana Teran, a freshmanmajoring in Political Science, was hoping for more of “an ac-tual campus” as opposed to thecity lifestyle with classes andbuildings spread out aroundBeacon Hill and the surround-ing area in the heart of Boston.Teran, a native of Florida, isnot entirely certain where she would apply to transfer butis considering the University of Miami, and “would like toeventually transfer to the Uni- versity of Florida.” A fellow freshman, NayaraDa Silva is majoring in AppliedLegal Studies with a minor inSociology. She is dissatisfied with Suffolk’s “policies andcan't afford it anymore. I haveto live off campus next yearand it's too expensive to livein Boston. You have to go farto get a cheap place.”Da Silva intends on going“to a school in Canada like Mc-Gill, Waterloo, UToronto, andother schools in the area.” Although she, too, is inter-ested in leaving Suffolk for adifferent school, Paige Roy hasdifferent reasoning behind thenegative feelings she has to- wards the university, “due tothe dangerous city life beinghard to adjust to. I've almostbeen jumped."Roy, a freshman from RhodeIsland majoring in biotechnol-ogy, admitted she “chose Suf-folk because they gave me themost scholarship money andI'd be paying the least amountof money out of all schools.”The city life can be danger-ous, but Suffolk does offer as-sistance with walking to andfrom buildings at night. Whenit gets dark and students needto return to their dorms on theother side of the Boston Com-mon, for example, the Suffolk University Police departmentprovides a uniformed officerupon request to assure thatthe students are as safe aspossible, though not many students actually use this forhelp.Even though it is likely thatmost students know someone who transferred from Suffolk,there are still just as many, ac-tually more, students that aretransferring to Suffolk. One of these students is Bianca Ro-man.Roman, a sophomore ma- joring in radiation biology,transferred to Suffolk from Bay State College last year. Amongother reasons, including thenumerous advantages of livingin middle of Boston, she saidthat Suffolk “is the only placethat had [her] major.”Overall, Roman is definitely glad she chose to attend Suf-folk because of “the student-
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United States Representa-tive Jim McGovern and Mas-sachusetts state Attorney Gen-eral Martha Coakley visited theSuffolk Law School for an houron Jan. 24 to discuss the begin-ning of efforts to overturn theCitizens United case decidedby the Supreme Court of theUnited States three years ago.Hosted by the RappaportCenter for Law and PublicService, Congressman McGov-ern held a press conference tospread publicity and aware-ness of his recently createdconstitutional amendments toreverse the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling onthe
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
case in2010. Also in attendance wereseveral Massachusetts electedofficials and other dignitaries.They included State SenatorJamie Eldridge (D-Acton), StateRepresentative Marty Walz (D-Boston), State RepresentativeCory Atkins (D-Concord), Har- vard University Law Profes-sor John Coates, Free Speechfor People co-founders JohnBonifaz and Jeff Clements, and American Sustainable BusinessCouncil CEO David Levine.In the Supreme Court case,Citizens United refers to aconservative non-profit orga-nization based in Washington,D.C. They claimed that sinceMichael Moore’s film
Fahr- enheit 9/11
, a controversialdocumentary that includesseveral scenes criticizing Presi-dent George W. Bush and hisadministration, was basically money being spent against onepresidential candidate over an-other. The court case ended with a 5-4 vote in favor of Citi-zens United.McGovern, who spoke first,noted “issues that should bedebated in Congress are avoid-ed” because so much corporatemoney is given to congress-men to prevent any discussionor possible vote on a matterthey wish to not be broughtup.“The issue is not just money in campaigns but corporationstoo,” McGovern, who cur-rently represents Massachu-setts’ second Congressionaldistrict, added. He said thatcorporations cannot physically breathe, go to war, or havekids, a comparison to actualhumans. This point has beenbrought up time and timeagain after political candidatesrunning last year, includingMitt Romney, former Mas-sachusetts Governor and the2012 Republican nominee forpresident, said that corpora-tions are people.On Jan. 22, McGovern’sCongressional office publisheda press release. The statementsaid that the two measuresthat the Congressman intro-duced last week would takesteps to “overturn...CitizensUnited case, which unleasheda flood of corporate and spe-cial interest money into the American political system.”The two pieces of legislationthat McGovern brought up inCongress are House Joint Res-olutions 20 and 21.The first one, HJ Resolu-tion 20, “advances the funda-mental principle of politicalequality for all by empower-ing Congress and the States toregulate political spending.” It will give Congress authority topass legislation on reformingcampaign finance without any interruption from potentialchallenges from the Constitu-tion.HJ Resolution 21 might beconsidered a little more con-troversial for several reasons.This resolution would actually overturn the Supreme Court’sdecision in the Citizens Unit-ed case. McGovern’s pressrelease dubs it the “People’sRights Amendment,” and saysit would address “corporaterights as they pertain to cam-paign finance,” but would alsoclarify that corporations arenot people that have Constitu-tional rights. The latter was akey inclusion in speeches last year from then-Senate can-didate and Harvard Profes-sor Elizabeth Warren, amongmany other Democratic poli-ticians. However, althoughit may come as a surprise tomany, the movement to over-turn Citizens United is notsolely a Democratic effort but,rather, an entirely bipartisanone.Clements, one of the co-founders for Free Speech forPeople, noted at the press con-ference that Montana, which isoften considered a swing statein elections, recently had astatewide vote on the issue. Inthe end, 75 percent of votersshowed their support for anamendment that would thor-oughly explain the phrase andclarify that ‘corporations arenot people and money is notspeech.’In respect to potential op-position in Washington, D.C.,McGovern said that the “ma- jor goal is to get a debate go-ing in Congress and across thecountry on the issue of corpo-rate personhood and whetheror not corporations should beconsidered as people...and thehuge amount of money goinginto political campaigns.” Mc-Govern hopes that this push will help legislators talk moreabout the issues that matterinstead of spending so muchtime raising money for theirre-election campaigns.To spread the word abouthis efforts to overturn Citi-zens United, McGovern had a“People’s Rights” tour wherehe visited Boston at Suffolk Law School, then went toClark University in Worcesteron Thursday, and finally, theForbes Library in Northamp-ton on Friday.
Congressman McGovern Visits Law SchoolTo Overturn Supreme Court Case
teacher communication,” as well as the factor of “not beingin a closed-in campus so shecan meet other people,” andadditionally wanting to followin her mom’s footsteps withher alma mater. Asked if she wished shecould have transferred some- where else, Roman replied“No, I’m happy here with my classes and the friends that Ihave made.” This seems to bethe same, or close, opinion of other students who transferredto Suffolk. Fortunately for Suf-folk, Roman is not alone whenit comes to students transfer-ring to the school, as opposedto transferring from it.In an email, Greg Gatlin, Vice President Marketing andCommunications for Suffolk University, provided some in-formative statistics on whatis actually happening with ad-missions and transfers at Suf-folk:“Of the new freshmen whostarted at Suffolk in Fall 2009,285 transferred to anotherschool after one year. For Fall2010, we had 234 transfer toanother school. For Fall 2011, we had 212 transfer to anotherschool. So the number droppedabout 26 percent between2009 and 2011. Conversely, InFall 2010 we had 367 studentstransfer in. In Fall 2011 we had447 students transfer in. InFall 2012, we had 467 studentstransfer in. So we experienceda 27 percent increase in thenumber of students transfer-ring in. The rate at which weretain students is also steadily rising. From Fall 2009 to Fall2010, the retention rate was 72percent. Fall 2010 to Fall 2011,the retention rate was 75 per-cent. Fall 2011 to Fall 2012, theretention rate was 76 percent.” According a
article that was publishedon the day of President Mc-Carthy’s inauguration in Dec.2012, in 2009, “the acceptancerate for undergraduate appli-cants [at Suffolk] was nearly 85 percent." Last year, “in2012, the acceptance rate was78 percent.”To add to some positiveoutlooks for Suffolk over thecoming years, they have hireda new Senior Vice Presidentof Advancement, Stephen Mo-rin. His job will be to “helpstudents, financially and aca-demically, be rewarded fortheir hard work to get throughcollege and to get where they want to be.” Hopefully this willbe as helpful to students as itsounds.
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