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Card denied: Marijuana advocacy group's bank account terminated
Cincinnati Enquirer, July 2017 (with video)
"Marijuana legalization advocate Cher Neufer queued up at a Cincinnati post office in mid-June expecting to mail a t-shirt to a donor.
Instead, she was met with the message every shopper dreads: card denied.
A few phone calls later, Neufer discovered that PNC had closed the account for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana's Ohio branch without notice, leaving all seven of its regional chapters without access to funds.
Over the next several weeks, Neufer - the organization's director - approached five banks, including Chase Bank, Huntington and Farmers National Bank, before finding a Wells Fargo branch over two hours from her hometown of Lodi that would accept NORML's business."
Future for DACA Students Uncertain
CT News Junkie, Nov. 2016
"We are not for Hillary Clinton. We are not for Trump. We are for the people and for the relief that people of color and immigrants need,” Cruz Lopez added.
An undocumented student himself, Cruz Lopez said he was seven years old when he came to the United States with his mother and brother. He said the best possible outcome of the election would be Clinton winning and following through on her promises to the Latino community within her first 100 days in office.
Failing that, a Trump presidency would put undocumented students in particular at risk because they are required to apply to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in order to attend the university, Mayra Reyes, who is pursuing a masters in school psychology at UConn, said.
Demolition of Faculty Row Legally on Hold for Now
Daily Campus, Nov. 2016
"The nine brown houses that constitute “Faculty Row” are slated to be demolished in favor of a new park on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus, Reitz told the Daily Campus. Originally, it was intended to serve as the location of a new honors dorm, but the reduction in state aid to the University of Connecticut has resulted in a slowdown of student enrollment, eliminating the need for additional housing in the near future, Reitz said.
Part of UConn’s agreement with SHPO, known as a Memorandum of Understanding, requires the university to document the historic properties, update its current Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse Plan and serve as a venue for a symposium on historic preservation as part of the construction process. It is still unclear, however, whether UConn will need to fulfill these mitigation requirements before construction begins, Reitz said.
The houses, built between 1900 and 1920 when UConn was still the Connecticut School of Agriculture, are listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Connecticut’s Historic Preservation Council wasn’t made aware of the planned demolition, however, until a member happened to pass the construction site on campus, said Margaret Faber, a member of the HPC speaking in an individual capacity.
“No one was informed, we just found out about it by happenstance,” Faber said. “It was absolutely in perfect condition, there’s no reason to take those buildings down.”
Sen. Flexer and Rep. Haddad win re-election despite Republican shift
Daily Campus, Nov. 2016
"State Sen. Mae Flexer, D-29, and Rep. Greg Haddad, D-54, were re-elected to their respective offices in the Connecticut General Assembly on November 8.
Flexer and Haddad both attended “Rally for the People,” a UConn student-organized protest against Trump’s presidency Wednesday afternoon. Flexer said she is excited to continue advancing issues around higher education and to work with student organizations on campus to increase safety at the University of Connecticut.
Flexer also said that she wants students to know that, despite the outcome of the presidential election, their voices matter.
“It was amazing, the turnout at the rally today, and frankly it was therapeutic. I’m incredibly grateful to have won re-election and I’m deeply sadden by the results in many other aspects today, so to be there with UConn students and hear the fear that students have really affected me,” Flexer said. “I’m going to do everything I can to try to alleviate those fears, to make sure we’re putting in policies to make those students feel safer.”