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Celebrities Pay Tribute to Robin Williams (Video)

Celebrities from across the globe have paid tribute to Robin Williams after the 63 year-old was found dead in his home in California.
President Barack Obama led the tributes by describing the Good Will Hunting actor as “one of a kind”.
Miley Cyrus also took to Twitter to say that she can’t stop crying over the sad news, despite having never met the Mrs. Doubtfire star.

Obama promotes online search tool with college-specific data

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday debuted a redesigned online tool with college-specific information about student costs, loans and potential earning power, scaling back a planned ratings system that critics derided as too subjective and unworkable.
The College Scorecard — at — provides a snapshot of what former students of each school might earn, how much debt they leave with, and what percentage can repay their loans.
"Everyone should be able to find clear, reliable, open data on college affordability and value," President Barack Obama said in his weekly radio address.Read more on

Check Out Smart and Imaginative White House Photography of Charles Dharapak

Calling Charles Dharapak a White House photographer wouldn’t really do him justice. Over his 20 years with the Associated Press he worked in Southeast Asia and later he covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2002. But the truth is that since 2003 he’s been settled in Washington covering the busy political hive.
Photographing politics can be dreary. The presser starts, the official is 20–200 minutes late, they arrive, stand behind a podium and some microphones, talk, and leave. Rinse and repeat.
It is all the more impressive then that Charles Dharapak managed to spice up his career with so many interesting shots that transformed occasions that might otherwise be commonplace into eye-catching images, even playful at times.
Dharapak was born in New York and studied print journalism and economics at New York University. In 2012 he was designated Still Photographer of the year by the White House News Photographer’s Association. He also won 1st place in the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism General News Single Category.
Here we bring you a selection of photos mostly portraying President Barack Obama, his administration, and other scenes from Washington’s abundant political life, yet from a perspective that often eludes newspaper pages. Mixed in are some scenes of daily life in Nation’s capital, with the notion of the government presence sometimes subtly suggested in the background.
Of course, photographing the president may bring some little perks like accompanying him on a trip or two to some exotic destinations like Malaysia, or just around Europe, or perhaps Hawaii. But that’s just a part of the job–and there’s not enough time for sightseeing anyway.

New president takes the helm at Faculty Senate


President and Chancellor Renu Khator addressed the Faculty Senate, touching on the subsidized community college that President Barack Obama has proposed. | Cara Smith/The Cougar

When Wynne Chin was appointed as president of the Faculty Senate on Wednesday, it was a familiar feeling — seven years ago, Chin was in the middle of his first term as Faculty Senate president. It’s not common for presidents to return for another term, but Chin spoke to the senate with goals for enhanced communication and student success.

He began his second presidential tenure during the Faculty Senate meeting held Jan. 21 in the Rockwell Pavilion at the M.D. Anderson Library. Chin replaced Maria Elena Soliño as president; Soliño is a professor of spanish literature and film at the University.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paula Short touched on the senate’s priorities of student success. | Cara Smith/The Cougar

“I have a good understanding of how the University works, and I’m just looking forward to more continued success,” Chin said. Among other things, Chin hopes to integrate technology into the senate’s communication to better connect the senators to the faculty.

President and Chancellor Renu Khator and Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paula Short addressed the senate. Short updated the senate on the search for a new College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences dean, following the resignation of Dean John W. Roberts. According to Short, there are no prospective candidates being publicly considered for the position.

Khator also touched on President Barack Obama’s proposal for free community college, encouraging the senate to remember that “nothing is free.” She said that regarding rising national tuition rates, the President focused less on assigning blame to universities and more on the broader goal of giving institutional access to all, a topic she also spoke on during her time in at the Texas Tribune Festival last October.

-Additional reporting by Christopher Shelton

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