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Another school year begins and Latinos across the country are entering college in record numbers. Your first days in college will certainly produce anxiety, excitement and lots of questions. Below are some thoughts and practical advice for college students from Latino professors who have "been there, done that" when it comes to education.

In a column in The New York Times, a study Professor Schaffner did showing that voters who backed Bernie Sanders in the presidential primaries and switched to Donald Trump in the final election were a key to Trump’s victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin is highlighted. 
Professor Schaffner and doctoral candidate Mia I. Costa, have done a survey of voter attitudes about their member of Congress and have found that women view female representatives as being more competent, having more integrity and representing their district well.

“These are areas where experts disagree, and there’s a big difference in the potential impact based on how much the North Korean regime relies upon outside sources based on those estimates,” (Washington Post)

"The most straightforward research in this area looks at how views on race influenced support for Trump. One paper, published in January by political scientists Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, and Tatishe Nteta, found that voters’ measures of sexism and racism correlated much more closely with support for Trump than economic dissatisfaction after controlling for factors like partisanship and political ideology." (Vox)

"The North Korean state has adapted through three strategies: increased reliance on hydropower, greater exploitation of its coal reserves, and simply doing without." (The Diplomat)

The Board of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs has named Marie MacCune this year’s recipient of its Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies. Ms. MacCune’s thesis, written under the advising of Professor Lauren McCarthy and Senior Lecturer Diane Curtis, is titled “Studying the Fathers’ Rights Movement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Jerome “Jerry” Mileur, 83, died September 5, 2017. Born in 1934 in Murphysboro, Illinois, Jerry taught political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1967 to 2004 during which he mentored generations of graduate students. For 37 years he served...

The American Political Science Association Section on Class and Inequality named "Understanding Inequality and Representation in Local Politics," 2017 Best Paper.

Professor Brian Schaffner’s recent study shows why some Sanders supporters voted for Trump. Several media outlets have recently carried his analyses based on data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. The NPR report is here and an interview with Vox is here.

Paul Musgrave, political science, says the recent heightening of tension and sharp rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea is different from past episodes. He says President Donald J. Trump spends much less time with his foreign policy advisors than previous presidents and those advisors have less experience dealing with crises. "For 25 years, we've been in a relatively dangerous situation, but now these two things have happened. Both of them happening simultaneously raises the possibility of miscommunication, of miscalculation," he says. Still, Musgrave says he thinks diplomacy will be needed to lower tensions. (Gazette, 8/10/17)