Natasha Alford *24 with her family at Commencement.
Natasha Alford *24 with her family at Commencement.
Courtesy of Natasha Alford *24

Natasha S. Alford *24 received her hood from her 3-year-old son at this year’s School of Public and International Affairs graduation. On Good Morning America, she said she wants people to know that “mothers can be high achievers.” — ABC News
Jesse Marsch ’96 was named the new head coach of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and will prep the team to open this summer’s 2024 Copa America tournament with a game against Argentina on June 20. — Canada Soccer
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ’72 declined calls for him to recuse himself from decisions related to Donald Trump after reports that flags consistent with symbols used by Jan. 6 sympathizers flew at his two homes. — CNN
Actor David Duchovny ’82 is narrating a podcast for ESPN about ice hockey star Hobey Baker 1914; it’ll launch June 12. — Deadline
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo ’04 was picked to be the next general director and president of Opera Philadelphia, putting him in an unusual category: “an artist in his prime who is also working as an administrator.” — The New York Times
Oxford University linguistics graduate student Abigail Anthony ’23 dissected how and why fertility clinics search for egg donors among Ivy League women. — The New Atlantis
Steven Tepper *01 will become the new president of Hamilton College on July 1, leaving Arizona State, where he’s dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. —
Journalist James Barron ’77, who writes for a New York Times newsletter, explained how he gets his signature “quirky, classic New York” story ideas from tips and being out and about in the city. — The New York Times
Artist Frank Stella ’58, whose paintings “pointed the way to an era of cool minimalism” in the late 1950s, died at age 87. — The New York Times
Broadway producer Jordan Roth ’97 “stole the show” at this year’s Met Gala by dressing as the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. — Architectural Digest
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06 discussed his first Tony nomination, for best revival of a play, for Appropriate, his Broadway debut. — Playbill

“Those of us who remember cheerfully spirited political debates around college dining tables in the not-so-distant past may find it hard to believe that our institutions have fallen so far, so fast. How did we get here?”

— Solveig Gold ’17, a postdoctoral research associate with Princeton’s James Madison Program, commenting on the recent pro-Palestinian protests and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. — First Things

 Congressional Budget Office director Philip Swagel ’87 discussed inflation, federal spending, and the impact of tax legislation that will take effect in the next few years. — Bloomberg
Former FAA administrator Michael Huerta *80 said commercial space companies should contribute to the FAA’s fund for safety and upkeep just like commercial airlines do. — NPR
Just in time for wedding season, Laura Hankin ’10’s latest novel, One-Star Romance, brings together a maid of honor and best man who initially dislike each other. — People
Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 (R-Texas) explained his views on compensation for college athletes and why he thinks preserving competitiveness is a job for the federal government. — The New York Times

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