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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

All SBS students acquire and exhibit leadership qualities through their participation in a variety of campus activities; however there is one group in particular that is focused on empowering leaders within the SBS community.

The Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) supports SBS undergraduate students to develop their academic and leadership potential to their fullest extent. The program gives students an academic community in which to grow and flourish.

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Cornell University Press: In response to a growing human trafficking problem and domestic and international pressure, human trafficking and the use of slave labor were first criminalized in Russia in 2003. In Trafficking Justice, Lauren A. McCarthy explains why Russian police, prosecutors, and judges have largely ignored this new weapon in their legal arsenal, despite the fact that the law was intended to make it easier to pursue trafficking cases.

At the 2015 Faculty Convocation on Friday, Ocober 2, Peter Haas (political science) was presented with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy provided this statement following the death of Amherst Town Manager John Musante:

Professor Ray La Raja, political science, comments in a New York Times column about the intended and unintended outcomes of efforts to limit money in politics. La Raja says laws should be changed to allow political parties to raise money because they are institutions that can impose order and predictability to the political system. He also says giving money to parties will make the finance system more transparent.

Howard J. Wiarda, Professor Emeritus and formerly the Leonard J. Horowitz Professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies at U-Mass died on September 12, 2015, just 2 months shy of his 76th birthday.  He joined the U-Mass Political Science Department in the Fall of 1965 and retired in 2003 to become the founding Head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia and the Dean Rusk  Professor of International Relations. 

An illuminating perspective on the polarizing effects of campaign finance reform

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Efforts to reform the U.S. campaign finance system typically focus on the corrupting influence of large contributions. Yet, as Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner argue, reforms aimed at cutting the flow of money into politics have unintentionally favored candidates with extreme ideological agendas and, consequently, fostered political polarization.

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