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Articles by Matthew Varley (24)

Genocide allegations lead to visiting prof’s suspension at Goucher College

February 4, 2009 0 comments

Goucher College has suspended, without pay, a visiting professor accused of participating in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Leopold Munyakazi, 59, was hired to teach in the Modern Languages and Literatures department at the Baltimore liberal arts college for two semesters beginning September of last year.

Virginia Tech issues alerts as killing rocks campus

January 28, 2009 0 comments

In the wake of a brutal on-campus murder at Virginia Tech University last Wednesday, an emergency alert system put in place after the April 2007 shootings there was called into use, sending emergency messages to approximately 30,000 mobile devices. The death of graduate student Xin Yang marked the first killing at the Blacksburg, Va.

U. reflects on the end of one era and the start of another

January 21, 2009 0 comments

“Welcome to spring semester and American history,” Ted Widmer, director of the John Carter Brown library, told a full Salomon 101 Tuesday morning. “History is moving very much in the right direction today.”

Universities need new mission statements, Fish says

November 4, 2008 0 comments

Halfway through his lecture Monday afternoon, Stanley Fish, author of the New York Times blog “Think Again,” told a mostly filled Salomon 101 that universities have their stated goals all wrong. University mission statements are “all unbearable,” Fish said, and “they should all be burned.

Wednesday at Fish Co. still a first-year tradition

October 24, 2008 0 comments

At five minutes before 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, four vivacious Fish Co. bartenders poured red drinks for four eager Fish Co. bouncers.

Scoblic ’97 dissects U.S. foreign policy failures

October 24, 2008 0 comments

Before beginning his lecture Thursday evening, J. Peter Scoblic ’97, executive editor of The New Republic, took a quick political poll of his audience. Of the approximately 30 students and others in attendance, not one supported John McCain for president. “Wow,” said a surprised Scoblic, whose appearance in Smith-Buonanno 106 was co-sponsored by the College Republicans, the Brown Democrats and the Brown Journal of World Affairs.

Sexual health at Brown rises in Trojan ranks

September 30, 2008 0 comments

Grade point averages may be taboo on Brown’s campus, but this year the University has a 3.31 according to a decidedly non-academic source – the makers of Trojan condoms.

Music teacher wins Trinity Rep. award

April 21, 2008 0 comments

Consuelo Sherba, a teaching associate in music, has won a 2008 Rhode Island Pell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts from Trinity Repertory Company, a Providence theater organization.

Students, faculty anxious about enforcing prereqs

April 10, 2008 0 comments

As they peruse the Course Announcement Bulletins stuffed into university mailboxes this week, students are paying more attention to one detail – prerequisite classes.

Seniors less happy than first-years with advising

April 3, 2008 0 comments

Brown students split evenly over their assessment of academic advising, a recent Herald poll shows, with 49.2 percent of respondents saying they are satisfied and 48.8 percent saying they are dissatisfied with the University’s academic guidance.