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@John Jay Newsletter Archive (All 2009 Newsletters)

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@John Jay 
News and Events of Interestto the College Community
May 13, 2009
Worth Noting 
May 15
8:00
 AM 
6:00
PM
5th Annual Forensic Psychology MA Student ResearchConference
For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/a/jjay.cuny.edu/msrg/Room 630, Haaren Hall
May 21 & 22
8:15
 AM 
5:00
PM
4th Annual NationalConference: Men & WomenComing Together to Stand Upand Speak Out to End Violence Against Women
For more information, visit www.acalltomen.org, or email JessicaGreenfield, jgreenfield@jjay.cuny.edu Various locations, Haaren Hall
May 26
5:00
PM
Commencement Awards Ceremony 
Gerald W. Lynch eater
May 27
6:00
PM
Honorary DegreeRecipients’ Dinner
Office of the President
May 27
7:00
PM 11
:00
PM
3rd Annual Night of the Stars: A Celebration to Honorthe Graduating Class of 2009
(Event limited to members of the graduating class.)
6th Floor, Haaren Hall
May 28
10:30
 AM & 3
:00
PM
2009 CommencementCeremonies
e eater at Madison Square Garden
John Jay students had their day in court onApril 9 and made the most of the opportunity,sweeping first through fourth places in theannual CUNY-wide Moot Court Competition heldat Fordham University Law School.The four medal-winning students were part ofa field of 15 — eight of them from John Jay — inthe Moot Court Competition.“How spectacular!” said President JeremyTravis. “This is a great tribute to our students,and to our nascent pre-law program. And thanksto our coaches for doing a great job.”“First place I can take no credit for,” saidProfessor Martin Wallenstein, Chair of theDepartment of Communication and Theatre Arts,who was one of the coaches. Referring to RyanWade, who won the competition for the secondconsecutive year, Wallenstein said, “He knowsmore law than most of the attorneys here.”Wallenstein was assisted in the coachingefforts by Rosemarie Maldonado, Counsel to thePresident; Sylvia Montalban, Assistant Counsel;and Michael Liddie, Deputy Labor Designee.“It was a lot of work,” Wallenstein said.“These students really had to push themselves.”The students had just a month to prepare. “Itwas fast and intense,” said Wallenstein. “Myphilosophy in coaching is to work them so hardin practice that the competition seems a breeze.”In addition to Wade, John Jay’s other award-winning moot court competitors were seniorNajah Gall, who took second place, sophomoreTricia Lewis, who finished third, and seniorBeruryah Batyehudah, who finished fourth.“Tricia Lewis really worked and really camethrough,” Wallenstein noted. “She worked herway into the medals.”The competition was done “blind,” meaningthat the judge — former Manhattan prosecutorAnne B. Rudman, who is now an attorney inprivate practice — had no idea what school thestudents represented until the competition andthe judging were completed.“I’m proud of our students,” said Wallenstein.“They won because our classes at John Jay gavethem a great background and because theyprepared very well.”
 John Jay students have plenty of reasons to smile after trouncing the competition in the annual CUNY-wide Moot Court Competition. From left, first-place finisher Ryan Wade, Najah Gall (2nd place), moot court judge Anne B. Rudman, BeruryahBatyehudah (4th place) and Tricia Lewis (3rd place).
Oyez! Oyez! Oh Yes! 
 John Jay Students Have their Day in Courtat CUNY-wide Moot Court Competition
Speaker after speaker at an April 23 awardsluncheon urged a spirited group of John Jaystudents and visitors from Roosevelt High Schoolin Yonkers to discover their purpose and tofocus on “perseverance, goals and outcomes” inmaking their mark on society.The Service Learning and Civic EngagementAwards Luncheon was co-sponsored by the JohnJay African-American Studies Department, theBlack Male Initiative and the Connecting Class-room to Community program. Before joiningJohn Jay students and faculty for lunch, the 40high school students spent the day getting afirsthand look at what John Jay had to offer,including a CSI-type demonstration courtesy ofthe forensic science faculty.“Each of you has a purpose,” said Profes-sor Kwando Kinshasa of the African-AmericanStudies Department. “It’s up to you to find it outthrough investigation and experience, and thenuse it to make a major change in this world.”Basil Smikle Jr., a political consultant and for-mer top aide to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton,offered an interactive keynote talk in which hestressed the importance of perseverance. “I wantto help you get to a place where you can walk inthe door and get whatever you want… . Peoplemay tell you it’s not your time or your place, butthere should be nothing stopping you.”In a closing “pay it forward” admonition,Smikle reminded the students, “As you go outand start demanding your place in this world,remember that there are other folks you can lenda helping hand to.”Five John Jay students were presented withExcellence in Academic Writing awards: KirillYemelyantsev, Bryant Duell, JaJa Grays, AmyDiallo and Shanelle McIntosh.New York State Assemblyman Keith L. T.Wright made a special appearance at theluncheon to present the service award that bearshis name. “There’s no greater calling than servicelearning and civic engagement,” said Wright,who has represented Harlem in the Assemblysince1992. He presented the Keith L. T. WrightService to Victoria Oyaniran, a student in theRonald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achieve-ment Program.
From left: Basil Smikle Jr., Professor Lori Martin, director of the Connecting Classroom to Community program, VictoriaOyaniran, and Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright.
Students Learn About Service fromose Who Have Been ere, Done at 
 All Aboard at the Jay Stop
 New Student-Centered Web Presence Makes Its Debut 
The home page of the new Jay Stop, where John Jay students can find a wealthof information and interactive features geared to their needs and interests.
There’s a new place on campus for John Jay students to hang out: the Jay Stop, anew component of the College Web site that offers a broad range of features gearedspecifically to student interests and information needs.The Jay Stop was unveiled on May 11 in what developers described as a “soft launch”— the core of the new site and many of its features made their debut, with more ex-pected to roll out in the weeks ahead. Among the features are RSS feeds from the JohnJay calendar, links to TV, radio and news outlets on campus, a section on personal moneymanagement, “Learning Essentials,” and “My JJay,” a controlled-access feature allowingstudents to track their course schedules, transcripts, bursar information and more.“The goal of the Jay Stop is to build community among the students through the useof technology,” said Vice President for Student Development Berenecea Johnson Eanes.“Student Council President Shaheen Wallace, as part his election platform, made acommitment to more efficient communications with students. Through the efforts of theDepartment of Information Technology and the staff of the Office of Student Activities,such a means has been created, and we look forward to seeing how this tool can bedeveloped to service our students even more.”Ana Giron of the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), the architect anddesigner of the Jay Stop, credited students with much of the impetus for the new site,including the name itself. As the site evolved over a two-month period, various featureswere tested and modified through the use of student focus groups. “We went intothe focus groups with certain assumptions, and were surprised by some of what welearned,” said Giron. The students, she said, felt they were lacking basic informationabout their school, as well as a sense of community.The new site will include a self-managed section for the John Jay student governmentand a provision for user feedback. Developers also hope to be able to create the meansfor students to upload their own content to the video section of the Jay Stop. There willalso be a “Who’s Who” feature, an “Of Interest Around Campus” section and a pagesimply titled “Free Stuff” — a rundown of no-charge things to enjoy on campus. Poten-tial students can also visit the site to get a sense of what campus life at John Jay is like.
 
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educating for justice
PRESENTING
BENJAMIN LAPIDUS
(Music and Art)performed his recent work
Herencia Judía
onMarch 29 at the Eldridge Street Museum inManhattan. On April 4, he performed with hisLatin jazz band Sonido Isleño at the Bronx LibraryCenter.
ELLEN BELCHER
(Library) was a paneliston the Feminist Archaeologist Panel at theBrooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Centerfor Feminist Art on March 14. The panel waspresented in conjunction with the FertileGoddess in the Herstory Gallery, an exhibit thatruns through May 31, for which Belcher was aconsultant.
PETER MOSKOS
(Law, Police Science andCriminal Justice Administration) spoke on theBaltimore Ghetto at the Yale University UrbanEthnography Project Mini-Conference, “TheUrban Ghetto: Then and Now,” during theEastern Sociological Society’s annual meeting inBaltimore, MD, on March 20.
BETTINA CARBONELL
(English) presenteda paper on “Bearing Witness in Twenty-FirstCentury Museum Practice“ at the CuratingDifficult Knowledge conference held April 16-18at Concordia University in Montreal.
M. VICTORIA PÉREZ-RÍOS
(Government)presented “Back to the Future: Accountabilityfor Past Abuses in Consolidated Democracies“ atthe New York State Political Science AssociationConference, which took place at John Jay onApril 24-25. She also chaired the panel onCurrent Issues of International Relations
MARTIN WALLENSTEIN
(Communicationand Theatre Arts) presented two papersat the centennial meeting of the EasternCommunication Association (ECA) from April22-26 in Philadelphia. The first, titled “Freedomof Speech 1909-1919: The Dark Decade,” wasan invited paper. The second, “The Big Chill: FirstAmendment and the War on Terror,” was peer-reviewed and received an award as Top Paperin Communication Law and Ethics. Wallensteinwas also elected chairperson of the ECACommunication Law and Ethics Interest Group.
JOHN STAINES
(English) gave a paper on“Violence and Generic Experiment in ThomasNashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller” at themeeting of the Renaissance Society of Americain Los Angeles on March 21. He also attendedthe Shakespeare Society of America conferencein Washington, DC, where on April 11 hepresented a paper on religious controversial proseof the 1590s, “Comic Violence” and “Martin’sReforming Word in the Marprelate Tracts.”
HOWARD PFLANZER
(Communication andTheatre Arts) had a staged reading of his play
Living with History: Camus Sartre De Beauvoir 
 presented May 5 and 6 at the Medicine ShowTheatre in Manhattan.
STEPHEN HANDELMAN
(Center on Media,Crime and Justice) delivered a talk on “How doOrganized Criminals Hijack State Activities?” ata special seminar on organized crime andcorruption hosted by the RAND Corporation inArlington, VA, on May 1.
ADINA SCHWARTZ
(Law, Police Scienceand Criminal Justice Administration) madea Continuing Legal Education presentation,“Biting the Bullet: Challenging FirearmsEvidence,” as part of the Fifth Annual IndigentCriminal Defense Seminar: Advanced Skills forthe Experienced Practitioner, sponsored by theSupreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia StateBar, in Richmond, VA, on April 3.
KIMORA
(Law, Police Science and CriminalJustice Administration) recently spoke to agroup of female inmates who are enrolled in theGoing Out by Going In prisoner reentry programat the Century Regional Detention Facility inLos Angeles. In addition, she spoke to 35 at-risk youth in the Vital Intervention DirectionalAlternative program at the Lennox Stationcampus in Watts.
DELORES JONES-BROWN
(Law, Police Scienceand Criminal Justice Administration) served ona panel titled “Prosecutorial Discretion: FromMistake to Misconduct,” sponsored by theDiversity Committee of the New Jersey State BarAssociation. Other invited talks include “PoliceBrutality: In the 10 Years Since the Death ofAmadou Diallo” for the Women’s City Club ofNew York, and a presentation at the RussellSage Foundation for the Consortium for PoliceLeadership in Equity.
BETWEEN THE COVERS
DAVID KENNEDY
(Anthropology) has hadhis article “Drugs, Race and Common Ground:Reflections on the High Point Intervention“published in the March 2009 issue of
NIJ Journal 
,a publication of the National Institute of Justice.
KATHLEEN COLLINS
(Library) had her newbook,
Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows
published this monthby Continuum.
DIANA E. FRIEDLAND
(Sciences) has publisheda manuscript in the February 2009 issue of
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Genes and Regulatory Mechanisms.
The title of the paper is“Characterization of pokeweed antiviral proteinbinding to mRNA cap analogs: Competition withnucleotides and enhancement by translationinitiation factor iso4G.” Friedland presented thiswork with student researchers from John Jay andPace University.
ANDREW KARMEN
(Sociology) had theseventh edition of his book
Crime Victims: AnIntroduction To Victimology 
, published recentlyby Wadsworth/Cengage. The original edition,published in 1984, was the first and onlycomprehensive textbook in the victimology fieldat that time.
PEER REVIEW
ROBERT MCCRIE
(Protection Management)received the Eugene R. Fink Memorial Awardfrom the Associated Licensed Detectives ofthe State of New York at the group’s annualbanquet in New York.
ISABELLE CURRO
(Security) received one of theNew York State Bar Association’s President’s ProBono Service Awards on May 1, in recognition ofher work in promoting pro bono service as a pathto achieving equal access to justice.
JANE KATZ
(Health and Physical Education)competed in the recent Albatross Open masters’swim meet held in North Bethesda, MD, by theMontgomery Ancient Swimmers. She won the50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokeevents, setting a new meet record in the 100-meter race.
RODDRICK COLVIN
(Public Management) wasrecently elected as the incoming President of theNew York State Political Science Association.For the fifth consecutive year, a delegation ofJohn Jay students captured a top honor at theNational Model U.N. (NMUN) Conference, held inNew York April 7-11.The 16-member John Jay contingent, whichthis year represented the African nation ofBurkina Faso at the NMUN, won an honorablemention for overall team performance, as wellas the team’s first-ever award for outstandingposition paper.“As you can imagine, we are all extremelypleased with this outcome,” said a proudProfessor George Andreopoulos of thegovernment department, who is director of theJohn Jay Center on International Human Rightsand an advisor to the team. “Being part of thisteam is entirely voluntary and takes hours ofhard work and determination to carefully andaccurately manage being a delegate, while beinga full-time student and, for some, a full-timeemployee as well.”The team served as delegates on sevendifferent U.N. committees and as an independentadvisory justice and clerk on the InternationalCriminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Inpreparation for the conference, the studentsconducted extensive research on the national,regional and international policies of BurkinaFaso on topics ranging from the situation inIsrael/Palestine and the rights of children inarmed conflict to climate-change economics andregional trade and integration, in addition tothe applicable law for the two cases before theRwanda tribunal.The 2009 team, chosen from a pool ofroughly 50 applicants after a rigorous screeningprocess, included Patrick Scullin, Rennae Francis,Gabriele C. Ursitti, Mark Benjamin, Eva HelenaHernik, Stephanie Valarezo, Norhan Basuni, MikeRodriguez, Beyi Polanco, Ama-Mariya Ampah,Geeta Gangadeen, Peter J. Cella, Marie-AndreeBarthelemy, David Sabatelle, Jennifer Shim andNatalia Lysetska. Matt Zommer, a lecturer inthe government department, assisted by hisdepartment colleagues Jacques Fomerand andAndreopoulos, coached them.The NMUN Conference is recognized as one ofthe largest, international collegiate competitionsin the world, attended by more than 3,000students from 29 countries.Members of the John Jay faculty were honoredat an April 23 reception for their outstandingefforts in teaching, scholarship and service tostudents — “the three legs of the proverbialthree-legged stool,” according to PresidentJeremy Travis.New to the list of faculty honors this yearwas a Distinguished Teaching Prize, establishedby the office of Provost Jane Bowers andoverseen by the advisory board of the Centerfor the Advancement of Teaching. Three facultymembers were chosen for the initial prizes.Nathan Lents of the Department of Sciences wasnominated by his colleague Anthony Carpi. JillianGrose-Fifer of the Department of Philosophy andDara Byrne of the Department of Communicationand Theatre Arts, both of whom teach in theFreshman Learning Communities program, werenominated by students.The award for Faculty Service to Students,which recognizes mentoring, advisement andinvolvement in student activities, was presentedto Carpi, one of the creators of the Program forResearch Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM).He was nominated by his department chair,Professor Lawrence Kobilinsky.Awards for faculty scholarship included theDonal E. J. MacNamara Junior Faculty Award,which is presented annually to an instructor orassistant professor. The 2009 recipient was AmyAdamczyk of the Department of Sociology, aspecialist in religious contextual influences ondelinquency and cross-national differences inattitudes about crime and deviance.Scholarly excellence awards were presented toAmy Adamczyk, Lisa Farrington (Art and Music),Bilal Khan (Mathematics and Computer Science),Margaret Bull Kovera (Psychology), SusanOpotow (Sociology), Hung-En Sung (CriminalJustice) and Philip Yanos (Psychology).
 As the World Watches, John Jay Students Shine at U.N. Event
 Kudos for Triple-reat Faculty 
CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE?
 
Playwright and actor Sean Christopher Lewis stalks the stage of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater during the New York premiere of his one-man play 
Killadelphia: Mixtape for a City
on April 29. The play, which weaves together the story of murdered teaching fellow Beau Zabel (on screen) with interviews of inmates at Graterford Prison, was preceded by a panel discussion featuring the playwright along with Professors P.J. Gibsonand Peter Moskos, and Robyn Buseman of the Restorative Justice Program run by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Project.
COURT IS NOW IN SESSION:
 
History’s most notorious betrayer, Judas Iscariot (kneel-ing), is in the spotlight during a tense courtroom scene in
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
 , which was staged at John Jay April  21-25 under the direction of Professor Dana Tarantino. As an accompaniment to the play, the Department of Communicationand Theatre Arts presented a guest lecture “Judas on Trial: Theatre and Theology,” by the Rev. James Martin, S.J.
 
@John Jay 
News and Events of Interestto the College Community
April 1, 2009
Worth Noting 
April 1
3:15
PM
Indoor Triathlon
10 minutes each of swimming,cycling and runningPool & Cardiovascular Fitness Center,Haaren Hall
April 6
2:00
PM
 Judas on Trial:eatre and eology 
Guest lecture by the Rev. James Martin, SJ,advisor to the off-Broadway production of 
e Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Presented by the Department of Communication and eatre ArtsRoom 330, Haaren Hall
April 21
3:30
PM
Changüí and thePan-Caribbean Rootsof Cuban Popular Musicin Guantánamo
Presentation, Performance andBook Signing by Benjamin LapidusRoom 630, Haaren Hall
April 21-25
8:00
PM
e Last Days of Judas Iscariot 
Presented by the Department of Communication and eatre ArtsGerald W. Lynch eater(Call 212-695-6908 for ticket reservations.)
April 23
5:00
PM
Conversations inLiterature & Law 
Conspiracy, Inc.: Zoot Suits,Cockroach People and Chicano Culture’s Rethinking of Legal Discourse
Carl Gutierrez-JonesUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraRoom 630, Haaren Hall
The Rev. Al Sharpton paid a call on John Jayon March 17, where he challenged studentsand others to help close the gap in treatment ofpeople based on race.“Institutional inequality in the United Stateshasn’t changed just because we’ve elected ablack president,” said Sharpton, who ran forpresident himself in 2004.At some point, you must have the courageto get in the game, to get involved,” he said,calling on students to “help formulate an agendathat will make this all work in your time, in yourgeneration.”Taking note of his surroundings — the nation’spremier college of criminal justice — Sharptontook issue with those who suggest that he andhis civil rights organization, the National ActionNetwork, are anti-police. “There’s a misnomerthat we are anti-police because we are againstpolice brutality,” Sharpton said. “We are no moreanti-police than every cop who arrests a criminalin a minority neighborhood is anti-minority.”President Jeremy Travis traveled to Washing-ton, DC, on March 12 to participate in a week-long series of hearings by a House Appropriationssubcommittee on prisoner reentry and othercriminal justice challenges.“Our nation has never before witnessed thephenomenon of prisoner reentry at the scalewe see today,” Travis told members of the Sub-committee on Commerce, Justice, Science andRelated Agencies. “There is a simple explanation:More people are coming home because we areputting more people in prison.”The people coming home from prison — 90percent of them male — face significant barriersto their reintegration, Travis said, and in manycases their return places huge burdens on urbanlocalities already struggling with poor schools,poor health care and weak labor markets.Travis said the historic Second Chance Act,passed with broad bipartisan support last year,has made an enormous difference in the nation’s“If you have a hostility or disconnect betweenpolice and the community, it makes the police job that much more difficult,” noted Sharpton,who has been an invited speaker at recent policerecruitment rallies.Citing a number of cases of police brutalityor excessive use of force, including the shootingof Sean Bell outside a Queens nightclub andthe sodomizing of Abner Louima at a Brooklyn
The Rev. Al Sharpton greets Charly Feliz, a sophomore criminal justice major, outside the Gerald W. Lynch Theater followinghis March 17 talk on the new civil rights movement.
approach to the reentry issue, but federal fund-ing for reentry initiatives remains woefully inad-equate. “The point is obvious,” said Travis. “Ifthe federal government wishes to make a signifi-cant change in the experience of people leavingprison, much more money will be needed.”Noting that recent and ongoing research hasprovided volumes of information on which inter-vention approaches work to promote prisonerreintegration, Travis told the subcommittee: “Weshould now marshal our resources to fund thoseinterventions and to insist that all reentry pro-grams meet a standard of proven effectiveness.”Travis urged Congress to provide support forseveral promising innovations, including offendernotification forums, comprehensive interagencyinitiatives, reentry courts and community-basedinterventions. Such efforts, he said, “represent anew frontier in reentry innovation.”
[President Travis’s testimony can be read onlineat http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2308.php.] 
Travis Talks Reentry with House Committee
Sharpton: “It’s Time to Get Involved”
It’s no secret that John Jay is acollege filled with high-achievingstudents. LaKisha Hoffman, a28-year-old undergraduate,is looking to add her nameto the list, but in a ratherunconventional way: She andher sister are contestants on thepopular TV reality show “TheAmazing Race.”LaKisha, a youth programcoordinator and basketballcoach, recently transferred toJohn Jay from Western IllinoisUniversity. Both she and her24-year-old sister, Jennifer, areformer Division I college athletes,and they are hoping to becomethe first all-female team to win the around-the-world race.“The same strengths that make me a goodcoach — patience and a strong competitivenature — will ultimately make me the best racerthe game has seen,” LaKisha said.The race was completed as this issue went topress, but the competitors are strictly prohibitedfrom divulging any details as to the contest’soutcome. In one recent episode, the Hoffmansisters and other racers found themselves inNovosibirsk, Russia — 400 miles inside theSiberian heartland. There, they faced a series ofchallenges that included driving a balky, four-speed Lada sedan over snowy streets to take aRussian bride to her wedding.In another challenge, Jennifer was requiredto pair up with two local runners for a 1.4-mile jog to the local ballet and opera theater. Therewas just one hitch: she had to complete the runSiberian-style — in her underwear. Fortunatelythe weather was a balmy 27 degrees Fahrenheit,and Jennifer stripped down without hesitating,asking those around her, “Don’t I look hot?”Prior to “The Amazing Race,” neither LaKishanor her sister had traveled extensively outside ofthe United States. To them, the race is a “journeyof a lifetime.”
 John Jay Student and SisterTackle “e Amazing Race”
 Jennifer Hoffman jogs through a Siberian city in her underwear, accompanied by her sister LaKisha (left) and a more sensibly clad Russian runner during an episodeof “The Amazing Race.” 
Steamboat Is In, and Wallace Is Aboard
Student Council President Wins Prestigious Summer Scholarship
Congratulations are in order to Shaheen Wal-lace, president of the John Jay Student Council,for winning the prestigious Steamboat Founda-tion Summer Scholarship. He topped a field ofmore than 300 eligible students to become thethird John Jay student to win the coveted honor.Like the two winners who preceded him —Abdoulaye Diallo in 2007, and Amanda Ingle in2008 — Wallace, a junior government major, willbe partnered with the Center for Court Innova-tion (CCI) for the three-month paid internship.The scholarship provided by the Greenwich,CT-based Steamboat Foundation allows out-standing students to connect with acknowledgedleaders in public, private and nonprofit organiza-tions. John Jay’s Office of Honors, Awards andSpecial Opportunities identified 315 eligiblestudents — those expected to graduate in 2010and carrying a current GPA of at least 3.5 — andinvited them to apply. Litna McNickle, the office’sdirector, said the process of paring down the fieldwas “very rigorous.”The office held workshops on résumé writing,crafting personal statements, how to dress forsuccess, and more. The goal was to find candi-dates who were self-motivated and possessedfirst-rate writing skills, among other traits, ac-cording to McNickle.“It’s a good way to insure that we have vettedvery strong, capable students who are going toperform well as Steamboat Scholars,” she said.Wallace underwent a series of nine interviews,including sessions with John Jay President JeremyTravis and Adam Mansky, the director of CCI.“I’ve never done anything that draining in mylife,” he said. “It’s not for the faint-hearted, andit’s definitely a test of character. But after I wasdone, it was really a great feeling.”Wallace has his sights set on attending lawschool and becoming a federal prosecutor.
Shaheen Wallace
stationhouse, Sharpton said the basis of protestshe has led is that “you cannot let this kind ofbehavior go unchecked.”The civil rights leader called for the creation ofa special section within the U.S. Department ofJustice to deal specifically with police misconduct.“It is only when you break out of local andcounty politics that you can get a measure of justice,” he observed.

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