Big news coming from the Congo yesterday as the final result of the presidential election was announced! President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been re-elected with 67 percent of the vote. What does this mean for the Congo, and more importantly for our students? During the election, the president has faced allegations of participating in corruption and nepotism throughout his 32 years of power. These sentiments were further cemented, as publications such as Aljazeera have reported that the government has “extended an order to shut down mobile phones and the internet to prevent unrest”. As the Congo moves ahead with these disappointing election results, the global community can only hope that President Denis Sassou Nguesso embraces and exercises democratic practices, values and norms for the sake of the Congolese people and for our students.
On March 4, we put together a charity acoustic concert at Clark Hall featuring Adam Eisen, Archie, James Patrick, and of course, Jesse Gold. The evening exceeded our expectations as we profited approximately $1400. We received many compliments about the event, and would like to thank the performers, the staff at Clark Hall, and everyone who came out to support us!
On a logistical note, the charity is currently undergoing a restructuring process featuring several new positions and lots of new faces! Right now, we are looking for a photographer, a graphics designer and a webmaster to enhance the foundation’s creative output and brand identity both online and on campus. If you are interested in getting involved please apply through our Facebook hiring event by Monday, March 28 at 5 pm.