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George Dantzig: UMD’s Own Real-Life Will Hunting

In 1939, George Dantzig rushed off to his graduate statistics class at UC Berkeley – he was very late and very anxious not to miss out on any lectures as a first-year student. As he sat down among the other graduate students in class, his eye was caught by a set of math problems written up on the blackboard. Assuming them to be the day’s assigned homework, he copied them down and turned them in to his professor, later remarking in 1990: “A few days later I apologized to Neyman [his professor] for taking so long to do the homework – the problems seemed to be a little harder to do than usual.” Early Sunday morning about six weeks later, Dantzig and his wife were awakened by someone banging on

The Resurgence of Birtherism and the Fight for Birthright Citizenship

Ever since former Vice President Joe Biden announced that Senator Kamala Harris would be his running mate for the November election there has been a resurgence of birtherism. Essentially, birtherism is a movement that doubts or denies that one is a natural-born U.S. citizen, which implies that the candidate is ineligible to run for president. This movement has traditionally been promoted by conservatives and Republicans[i] who argue that not being a natural-born citizen goes against the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Former President Barack Obama had to address these accusations during the 2008 presidential race after Donald Trump became a prominent promoter of the c

The Forgotten First Female Vice Presidential Nominee

Presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed in March that he would pick a woman to be his vice president. In August, Biden announced that he had selected California Senator Kamala Harris for the job. Once she was selected, many looked forward to the former prosecutor’s debate against Vice President Mike Pence. The vice presidential nominees had more attention on them than usual this week thanks to the vice presidential debate. 58 million people watched the Harris and Pence debate this week, which was approximately 20 million more than the debate between Kaine and Pence four years ago. Harris is only the third woman to be selected as a vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket. In 2008, Alas

Moral Watchdogs or Dirty Expansionists

There are many important lessons to be learned from the numerous empires throughout history. The idea of an empire existing in today's geopolitical climate seems almost implausible, they are certainly relics of the past, right? While the United States has a long history of insisting on isolationist policies, there have been a number of expansionist, imperial-minded Presidents who have fed the theory of American exceptionalism and led the nation down a path of excessive intervention in countries around the world. The Roman Republic is often looked at as one of the most successful republics in all of history. The Roman people living through its historic rise could have never imagined their sac

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