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Lawsuit: Harvard ranks Asian-Americans lower on personality traits


By Joan Biskupic CNN legal analyst & Supreme Court biographer

(CNN) — A group that claims Harvard puts quotas on Asian-American applicants contends the university scores them higher than students of other races on academics and extracurricular activities but ranks them lowest in a “personal” category covering such traits as likability and “attractive to be with.”

In a federal court filing Friday in Boston, lawyers for the student group also asserted that while Harvard has a bias against Asian-Americans, it shows a disproportionate preference for black and Hispanic applicants.

“What Harvard will not admit,” Students for Fair Admissions said, “is that race is not only an important factor, it is the dominant consideration in admitting Hispanics and African-Americans. An Asian-American applicant…

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Personality: Dr. Jacqueline Johnson-Curl | Richmond Free Press


Dr. Jacqueline Johnson-Curl, a Richmond dentist, believes in helping children achieve their dreams.
She is the honorary chair of the 7th Annual Jazz InsideOut, a night of jazz, comedy and good food to benefit scholarships and emergency student aid provided by the Virginia Higher Education Fund.
The nonprofit organization was founded in 2010 by Rose Giles, a former public school speech and language pathologist, and has awarded nearly $100,000 to students since its inception. It expects to help more than a dozen students this year.

The organization is dedicated to helping “at risk” students from Richmond, Petersburg, Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield, as well as students from low- and middle-income families. That includes first-generation college…

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Personality: Jenny M. High | Richmond Free Press


Jenny M. High, founder and president of Go High Center for the Arts, is a visionary and mentor to Richmond area youths.

She dreamed of providing a permanent organization located in the city for youths to participate in the urban arts that would be managed by the young people themselves.

The idea for the organization had a unique beginning sparked by her son, William. He asked her to help one of his buddies going to a prom who didn’t have the proper clothes for the formal event.

Ms. High recalls how she researched everything and “couldn’t find an organization to help. So I approached the PTSA and asked them to help me put something together for the young man at Hermitage High.”

But the Parent-Teacher-Student Association was not receptive to the idea, she said.

Seeing the…

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Personality: Joseph P. Costello | Richmond Free Press


Joseph P. Costello first discovered the Pump House in Byrd Park in the summer of 2013.
He was with friends when he visited the Gothic Revival structure situated just north of the James River and Kanawha Canal off Pump House Drive. It was constructed of local granite in 1883, with annex buildings added in 1905.
“I was blown away by the beauty of the building,” Mr. Costello says.

The 27-year-old now is dedicated to having the public enjoy the beauty and history of the building.
Last year, after conducting research and putting together a plan through his master’s program at Virginia Commonwealth University, he founded Friends of Pump House, a nonprofit working toward revitalizing the building for public use once again.

The Pump House “is standing there empty, decaying and…

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Personality: Christopher J. Woody Sr. | Richmond Free Press


Christopher J. Woody Sr. is a very happy man with an enormous giving heart.

He is the founder of The Woody Foundation, a nonprofit organization started in 2008 to improve the quality of life for inner city youths through partnerships with other organizations.

The foundation provides resources to children and families living in low-income environments and assisting them as they strive to reach their fullest potential.

Mr. Woody, 33, started the foundation after a co-worker at his former job at the South Side Richmond Boys & Girls Club on Bainbridge Street told him,“Why don’t you incorporate your dancing and start a nonprofit to help other children in the community?”

Mr. Woody’s journey of giving started when he was growing up in South Side at 30th and Decatur streets.

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Personality: Adolph White | Richmond Free Press


Every spring, there is a great migration that one Bryan Park volunteer anticipates and anxiously looks forward to.

Adolph White is Bryan Park’s top caretaker for the purple martin nesting site. The birds, with a wing span of up to 12 inches, are the largest members of the swallow family.

According to the Purple Martin Conservation Association, these birds spend their non-breeding season in Brazil and then, starting in January, migrate through Central America and Mexico to the United States, island hop across the Caribbean, or follow Central America then cross the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana, Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard as far as Canada, to nest.

Typically, they arrive in Richmond by March 15. But with the weather being so cold this year, they arrived later, Mr. White says.

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