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Posted by student CHAD WILLIAMSON – We had another victorious day after beating the Bad News Beers 9-3 on Sunday. As in the games past, everyone made their special contribution, including fence-jumping grace by Dimas Espanola. Ali Turro and Sarah Clark made outstanding catches in left field, and Jonathan Dunkley was a last-minute addition to the lineup after putting together a bassinete for his new baby girl (4-day-old Isabella Marie). It was also the day to contribute backpacks for CASA (http://www.arkansascasa.org/), an advocacy group that supports abused and neglected children in juvenile dependency proceedings. There are 93 total teams in the league and each team was responsible to bring two backpacks full of school supplies…great cause! For free entertainment, come out and support the SOB’s as we play next Sunday, 28 Sept. at 7 p.m. on field 1.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Clinton School student Beatrice Biira of Uganda, the famed subject of the bestselling children’s book “Beatrice’s Goat,” appeared on NPR’s “Here on Earth” program last week. CLICK HERE for the interview.
For those unfamiliar with this story, Beatrice’s family received a goat when she was 9-years-old through Heifer International’s livestock giving program. They used the money earned from the sale of goat’s milk to send Beatrice to school. She went on to get her undergraduate degree at Connecticut College and is now attending the Clinton School. She will be speaker at the Clinton School’s 2nd annual Scholarhsip Luncheon this Tuesday.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – We wanted to yell “here, here!” after reading Richard Cohen’s column in the New York Times this morning. He says the crisis on Wall Street signifies the “end of a culture” when it comes to America’s top college students heading straight for big pay checks and fancy suites in the world of investment banking. “It’s time for the best and the brightest to step forward and rediscover the public sphere,” Cohen says. CLICK HERE to read the column.
This is a call that we echo here at the Clinton School, where the “best and brightest” can obtain the nation’s first master’s degree in public service.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – L.A. Times reporter and bestselling author Bob Drogin spoke Tuesday at the Clinton School about his book, “Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Con Man Who Caused a War.” Drogin told the fascinating story of “Curveball,” the name given to Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who fled the Iraq in 1999 claiming to be a former chemical engineer in Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons program. Information provided by Curveball, later proven false, was used by the Bush Administration to make the case for the Iraq War. Drogin’s speech will soon be up for viewing at www.clintonschoolspeakers.com.
Posted by Clinton School Student VIVIANNE ROSSI – E. Wayne Merry visited the Clinton School students this morning to talk about, among other things, the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia. Merry, a specialist in Soviet and Russian politics with a 26-year career in the United States Foreign Service, said that the recent developments in Georgia were not a surprise to those that follow the politics of that part of the world.
He gave us an interesting and comprehensive overview of the history of the conflict, discussing its consequences, not only for the two countries but for the whole region and how US actions have affected and may affect the geopolitical map of that region. From his point of view the conflicts between Russia and its neighbors are a “natural and common result of the breakup of an empire and the consequent redrawing of borders that follows.”
He finished his remarks saying that “it is very depressive to see how easily people in Washington are falling back to Cold War patterns of behavior”, to him those patterns won’t be very helpful in facing current and future crises.
In the Q and A session he further developed some of his arguments and answered questions related not only to Russia and Georgia but also to European Union, Ukraine, Moldova, Bielorussia and other ex Soviet Union members.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell’s visit to the Clinton School makes the online edition of U.S.News and World Report’s Washington Whispers. CLICK HERE to see.
Posted by guest writer TARA MANTHEY – Clinton School students Chad Williamson, Alejandro Aviles and Kohl Fallin introduced their story bank project to members of the Arkansas Finish Line Coalition on Monday at the Cress Boardroom at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The students are collecting stories from Arkansas families of experiences with and without health insurance. The goal is to help the coalition raise awareness of the need for health insurance coverage for all children. The Finish Line Coalition is working to enroll eligible children in ARKids First, the state health insurance program for children, and expand ARKids First to more working families.
Chad, Alejandro and Kohl asked the coalition members to help spread the word about their project to people who work with families. They hope to gather as many stories as possible before the holidays.
“We believe that stories are very powerful,” Chad said, adding that they want stories from around the state. “Whether that means we have to drive three hours and interview a single mom in Mena – we can do that.”
CLICK HERE for more on the project. To suggest a story for the students, call 501-371-9678, Ext. 107 or email email@example.com. For more information about the Arkansas Finish Line Coalition, visit http://www.arfinishline.org/.
Williamson, Aviles and Fallin present their project.
Posted by ERIC WILSON – The Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations will be hosting Russian expert E. Wayne Merry for a lunch program tomorrow at 11:30am at the Capriccio Grill. For his bio and more information on the event, CLICK HERE. Merry is also planning to stop by the Clinton School tomorrow morning to talk with our students on the Russia-Georgia conflict. This issue is going to continue to be discussed as we approach November 4.
Posted by ERIC WILSON – While attending the ServiceNation Summit in New York City, I asked several of the participants what they want to see happen in the next president’s administration. I want to share two of those responses with you:
Jessie Leinwand from Chelsea, NY is a member of the Health Corps, a non-profit organization that teaches youth and families to eat smart and exercise. Jessie wants to see “service learning playing a role in all school systems.” In particular she would like to see garden programs at schools from elementary on up. She hopes one day “gardens will be as prevalent as auditoriums.”
I sat next to Joshua Randle during the Presidential Forum on Thursday night. From Buffalo, NY, Joshua is a member of the National Leadership Council for AmeriCorps Alumni. He desperately wants president #44 to elevate service making it a cabinet position. Lucky for him, both Senators McCain and Obama agreed to do so that night. As you might imagine the crowd went crazy.