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Articles by Christopher Baker (5)

Course cancellations up from last year

October 20, 2008 0 comments

Course cancellations are up this year, as 106 courses across 30 departments were canceled for this semester – up from 91 courses cancellations last fall, according to Registrar Michael Pesta. While cancellations have increased, 87 new courses were added after the Course Announcement Bulletin was published, bringing the net loss to only 19 courses.

Trays soon to be a memory at V-Dub

October 9, 2008 0 comments

Following a national trend, the Verney-Woolley Dining Hall plans to stop using trays in an effort to reduce energy, water and food waste. The pilot program will begin Oct. 15 and is scheduled to last until the end of the semester. “Removing the trays means that we don’t have to wash those trays,” said Facilities Management Student Recycling Coordinator Kai Morrell ’11, who is also a coordinator with EcoReps, a student group that advocates green initiatives on campus.

Iraq veteran relays the trauma, tragedy of war

October 7, 2008 0 comments

Tuesday night, Iraq War veteran Kristofer Goldsmith tried to describe what a dead human body smells like to a wide-eyed audience of more than 50 students, professors and community members.

Thida: Imprisonment a temporary death

September 26, 2008 0 comments

Thursday night, visiting writer Ma Thida called her imprisonment under the oppressive regime in her homeland of Burma, now known as Myanmar, a process of death and rebirth. The talk, entitled “Banned Books: an Insider’s Perspective on Writing and Resistance in Burma,” was co-sponsored by Amnesty International and the Brown Campaign for Burma.

Introducing invasive plant life? You’re in luck

September 22, 2008 0 comments

In a recent study, a Brown researcher and a colleague have challenged the conventional understanding of the dangers of introducing new species to existing ecosystems. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Dov Sax, assistant professor of biology, and Steven Gaines, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that invasive plant species have rarely caused the extinction of native plant species on islands.