Random thoughts roundup

Plenty of Boston folks have gotten up in arms over the BUCR offering a caucasian scholarship. (For those non BU students out there, the BUCR is the Boston University College Republicans.) To summarize, the BUCR is protesting the University’s half-ride scholarship for Hispanic students (I’m using their language; I can’t figure out why they wouldn’t say Latino) by offering a privately funded, $250 scholarship for students who are at least 25% caucasian, full-time undergraduates, and currently pulling a 3.2 GPA or better. They believe that race-based scholarships constitute bigotry, and believe that scholarships should be based solely on merit and/or financial need. (I’m being generous here; the Metro article I read this morning mentioned financial need, but the above link only mentions merit.)

Personally, I’d like to talk to the guy who ends up applying. Cause you know someone will leak names.

From the AP and CNN.com, starting January 23rd, the US will require everyone entering the country to show a passport. This includes US citizens, who were previously able to enter using other forms of ID, like driver’s licenses. (Licenses, I might add, being considerably easier to change than passports when it comes to matters of trans* name changes and the like.)

And, finally, the Israeli Supreme Court requires the government to register the marriages of same-sex couples who wed abroad. This comes from a Boston Globe news in brief article online, so it’s a little unclear what this really means–the Globe calls the decsion “limited in scope”–but as a 6-1 decision, it looks like a step in the right direction.

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