The construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea has been a key topic of 2019. Since the announcement of the planned construction of TMT on July 15, it has brought many people together whether it was in support or opposition.
The students and faculty at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have been conducting a sit-in protest in Bachman Hall opposing the construction of TMT. A nonviolent protest, students and faculty have occupied the lobby of the administrative building 24/7 since the beginning of the semester.
Events were also held to spread awareness and inform the community about TMT. To engage with the community, UH is holding Maunakea seminars for all to attend to foster a dialogue on TMT. The next seminar will be held in January 2020.
No Mānoa chancellor, say hello to the provost
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provost position was approved by the Board of Regents in March. Michael Bruno, who was the vice chancellor for research and interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, has since then served as the provost since the position was approved by the board.
Under the new leadership structure, there is no longer a UH Mānoa chancellor. The UH system president now leads the flagship campus. The UH Mānoa provost will serve as a full chief academic officer for the campus and as deputy to the president in leading the campus. The provost was also named by the BOR as an officer of the UH System alongside the UH vice presidents and four-year university chancellors.
KTUH hits its 50th Anniversary
KTUH started FM broadcasting on July 7, 1969, running on scheduled air times until they began live broadcasting as a 24-hour station in 1972. As a college radio station, many DJs have come and gone as students at UH Mānoa over the years.
Past DJs like Richard Lenox and co-founder Fred Barbaria, KTUH’s first alumni, have said it was a stepping stone and a family to them.
“There’s a lot to be said about curated music that’s by the taste and whim of the person who’s putting the show together,” Barbaria, who was the station’s first general manager, said.
Staying on trend, KTUH is developing more opportunities for students and the community. This year, they launched KTUH Online, a new podcast to engage with the community and grow their online listenership.
“We try to create a warm learning environment of broadcasting and communications. Possibilities are infinite, and we will have an open mind to accommodate new members’ creativity,” Smee Wong, former KTUH general manager, said.
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UH wins West Division Title
The University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warrior football team won the West Division championship on Nov. 23 against San Diego State, 14-11. The Rainbow Warriors will be going to Boise, Idaho to play against Mountain Division champion Boise State, at the title game on Dec. 7. This is the first time the ‘Bows will appear in the Mountain West Conference’s championship game since joining the league in 2012.
Freeze! Everybody clap your hands!
The Board of Regents voted 13-2 in favor of freezing University of Hawai‘i undergraduate tuition at all rates for a three-year period starting in Fall 2020.
The board passed the proposal during its May 16 meeting at Windward Community College, with the amendment that UH will report annually on any adjustments made to the tuition schedule. This is to “prevent significant negative economic or enrollment impact to the university.”
UH will maintain the 2019-2020 tuition rates for the next three years, except graduate tuition at UH Mānoa. Resident graduate student tuition will decrease by 2%, and nonresident by 10%.
President Trump’s impeachment inquiry
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Sept. 24 following reports of him abusing his presidential powers by pressuring Ukraine's president into releasing information that could harm Trump’s opponents in the 2020 election.
The United States federal government was shutdown from Dec. 22, 2018 until Jan. 25, 2019. This was the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, and second federal government shutdown involving furloughs during Donald Trump's time as president.
Protesters fill the streets of HK
Hong Kong citizens are facing protests daily as protesters rally for freedom and democracy. Protests started in June in opposition to the extradition law, which people feared would interfere with their independence. The bill was withdrawn in September but people are demanding more.
Hong Kong used to be ruled by Britain as a colony until 1997 before returning to China. However, Hong Kong citizens feel that going back to China has resulted in less freedom, and protesters have been expressing this by vandalizing all things related to Mainland China. Stores and the Mass Transit Railway have been damaged and set on fire by protesters in the past months. Violence still continues between police and the protesters.
Too young to die
Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce died on July 7. The 20-year-old was known for his roles in "Descendants" and the TV show "Jessie." He also had roles in "Mirrors," "Eagle Eye" with Shia LeBeouf and "Grown Ups" with Adam Sandler.
The cause of death was an epileptic seizure.
Thousands of people across the world protested about climate change on September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit. The event was part of the school strike for climate movement, spearheaded by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.