Old photographs adorn the mantelpiece in Lee John Mynhardt’s living room. In one, he’s standing beside his parents and sister. In another, he’s all smiles as he wraps his arms around some college buddies.
California’s recent announcement that it had balanced its budget for the first time since the 2007-08 fiscal year received broad coverage. Yet next to nothing has been said about the change in the state’s spending priorities over that six-year period.
California took in less revenue than needed to stay within its budget last month, leaving the most- populous U.S. state at risk of triggering automatic cuts to universities and caregivers for the elderly and disabled.
Stanford University students won five Rhodes Scholarships, the most in the school’s history, while Harvard, Brown and Princeton each were awarded four as the 32 U.S. recipients of one of the world’s most prestigious academic awards were named today.