All members of Tennessee's congressional delegation on Saturday urged in a letter for President Donald Trump to approve Gov. Bill Lee's request for a major disaster declaration to help 58 counties impacted by flooding and severe weather in February and March. "We thank you for your Administration's ongoing response, specifically the Federal Highway Administration making $10 million immediately available to help repair roads damaged by flood and landslides," the letter reads. "However, the severe storms that swept across the State of Tennessee beginning on February 6th brought severe storms and flooding that cost the state over $151 million. Federal Emergency Management Agency and State joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in affected counties for both Public and Individual Assistance occurred between March 7, 2019 and March 21, 2019." The letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, as well as Reps. Tim Burchett, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck … [Read more...] about Tennessee delegates urge president to declare major disaster over flooding, severe weather
CNU’s Dr. Fogarty competes on famous gameshow “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Dr. Neville Fogarty went from math to “Millionaire” this past week when he was featured on the trivia show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” A math professor at CNU, Fogarty is also known to some as a trivia and crossword master who is no stranger to game shows. Fogarty has previously appeared on kid’s “Jeopardy,” where his reign ended on the final question. When he was nineteen, his stint on “Merv Griffin’s Crosswords” proved more successful. But getting on to “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” is more than just showing up at their studio. The process for Fogarty started over the summer with a series of Skype interviews that lasted for around an hour. The “Millionaire” team asked him sample questions, looking not only for his ability to answer the questions correctly, but also his personality and fit … [Read more...] about The Captain’s Log Who wants to be a millionaire? Fogarty.
Recaps of the top news stories that happened last week from across the globe U.S. withdraws all Diplomatic staff from Venezuela According to the US State Department, the United States decided to withdraw all diplomatic staff from their embassy in Caracas, Venezuela late Monday night. This decision was explained by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in a tweet where he cited the “deteriorating situation” in Venezuela and said that having staff in Caracas had “become a constraint to US policy.” The move comes after extensive power outages and widespread protests across the country due to the growing humanitarian crisis under the country’s socialist president, Nicolás Maduro. Relations between the US and Venezuela have become more tense in the last few months, following President Trump’s decision to back opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, after Guaidó declared himself interim leader back in Jan. Source: BBC News at … [Read more...] about The Captain’s Log World in Brief
Dr. Freund appointed to new position, tasked with developing Jewish Studies program at CNU On Monday, March 18, members of the press gathered in the Alumni House to cover the appointment of an important new faculty member to Christopher Newport. At the event, Dr. Richard Freund was named the first holder of the Bertram and Gladys Aaron Endowed Professorship in Jewish Studies at Christopher Newport. He will assume his new position at Christopher Newport in the Fall semester of 2019. Dr. Freund is a distinguished archaeologist, historian and explorer. He is currently the Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Greenberg Professor of Jewish History at the University of Hartford. A press release from CNU stated Dr. Freund has been appointed this new position at Christopher Newport where he will lead Judaic Studies in addition to building strong ties with the Jewish community throughout the country. “This is a landmark day in the history of … [Read more...] about The Captain’s Log New hire seeks to inspire
Why CNU third-years should be allowed to live off- campus When you poll CNU students about what the worst things about attending CNU are, in some form or another, they usually mention registration, parking and housing. While registration is built on a “first come, first serve” basis and the university is attempting to create more parking, housing is one aspect that CNU has no idea what they are doing. Thus, welcome to my TED Talk on how the housing dilemma was born. One of the biggest issues is and always has been the housing lottery. Everyone has their own horror stories of not getting where they wanted or becoming “homeless.” This year’s upperclassmen lottery, however, was one of the worst. By 10 a.m. of the first day, all two and three person rooms were gone. By 12 p.m., all upperclassmen four person housing was gone. To make matters worse, the housing system crashed, and people got locked out of their time slots. The people who … [Read more...] about The Captain’s Log A series of unfortunate events