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Articles by Ellen Cushing (58)

New Stanford institute to address energy issues

January 28, 2009 0 comments

Last week, Stanford University announced a $100 million research institute that will be dedicated to exploring energy issues. The Precourt Institute for Energy will adopt a multidisciplinary approach to solving the world’s energy problems. “The Precourt Institute for Energy … will be a broad-based effort to attack the problem of providing energy in a sustainable fashion for the growing world,” said Stanford President John Hennessy at a press conference Jan.

Schools re-evaluate after Madoff losses

January 21, 2009 0 comments

Several colleges and universities are sustaining large financial losses in the aftermath of Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion hedge fund scam. Madoff defrauded investors by using money collected from new investors to pay off existing ones – an illegal strategy known as a Ponzi scheme after the man who developed it.

Economists debate free trade at forum

November 21, 2008 0 comments

Economists Douglas Irwin and Dani Rodrik wrangled with issues of globalization and free trade last night at the Janus Forum-sponsored discussion “A Race to the Bottom? Globalization and the Economic Future.”

Library director looking to share old Haiti documents

November 18, 2008 0 comments

The John Carter Brown Library may soon embark on an initiative to digitize hundreds of early Haitian documents and make them available to the country’s residents, according to Edward Widmer, director of the JCB.

Chinese enrollment up significantly over last year

October 17, 2008 0 comments

The University has seen a significant rise in its number of Chinese undergraduates. According to Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73, there are 26 Chinese students in the class of 2012, up from just six for the class of 2011 and four for the class of 2010. This number includes only those who are Chinese nationals and covers students from Hong Kong but not from Taiwan.

Fallen on hard times, colleges wary of spending

October 15, 2008 0 comments

With turbulent financial markets and a global credit crisis, many investors are expecting decreased returns – including colleges and universities. As the nation faces an economic downturn, many are taking measures to protect themselves.

Wealthy U.’s defend endowment payouts

October 1, 2008 0 comments

As the cost of higher education continues to rise dramatically, some wealthy colleges and universities are facing increased scrutiny over the percentage of their endowments being invested in student aid. Earlier this month, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the fiercest critics of these payout rates, held a roundtable forum to discuss the issue.

Saturday Morning Project offers weekday delight

September 22, 2008 0 comments

Saturday Morning Project, a band composed of six Brown students, is just happy to be here. The band played a short-and-sweet, 35-minute set opening for Stars at downtown venue Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel on Thursday.