Commencement 2009

A look back at 50 years of sports at Brown

May 25, 2009 0 comments

When the Brown and Pembroke classes of 1959 graduated, we left having experienced the beginnings of a half century of profound transformation for Brown athletics.

Even the best laid plans

May 21, 2009 0 comments

Eight years ago, the University began a plan to increase the size of its faculty, build new facilities and strengthen the endowment, all funded by the largest capital campaign in Brown’s history. But as the $1.4 billion Campaign for Academic Enrichment nears its end, new economic challenges have forced administrators to adapt in ways not many would have anticipated just a few years ago.

Columns

Will fortune favor the brave?

May 21, 2009 0 comments

While I do not normally hobnob with famous journalists, last summer I had the special opportunity to meet Bob Herbert — the New York Times columnist — when I was an intern on the “Morning Joe” Show at MSNBC news.  After I discussed his commentary on the show that day, […]

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‘Internationalization’ slowly gets defined

May 21, 2009 0 comments

With three years down, one to go in her Brown education, Samira Thomas ’10 has a specific goal set for next year: a thesis on the redevelopment of post-conflict cities with an emphasis on Kabul, Afghanistan. But until this year, Thomas said she had few opportunities to pursue her concentration, Urban Studies, in any perspective other than a Western one.

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Year after year, helping New Orleans

May 21, 2009 0 comments

Four Januarys ago, Josh Morrison ’09 flew from Seattle, Wash. to Louisiana. He had never been to New Orleans before, and the city was still reeling from Hurricane Katrina that devastated the city six months earlier, while Morrison and his classmates were heading to College Hill for freshmen orientation.

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Alison Cohen

May 21, 2009 0 comments

Education, environmental justice, women’s health, chemistry — at first glance, the different passions that Alison Cohen ’09 pursues seem loosely connected. But in her academic work and outside activities, the San Francisco native has brought together her diverse array of interests, earning recognition for the path she has charted in […]

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Jonathan Warren, Matthew Reichel and Nicholas Young

May 21, 2009 0 comments

Jonathan Warren ’09, Matthew Reichel ’09 and Nicholas Young ’09 sit on a sofa in their yellow living room discussing everything from North Korean propaganda to Loui’s corn beef hash. On their right hangs a dry erase “inkling board” full of a year’s worth of scribbled ideas for entrepreneurial schemes. […]

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Rakim Brooks

May 21, 2009 0 comments

After learning in November that he had won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, Rakim Brooks ’09 decided to go back to his home in the Bronx to avoid the cascade of congratulations he faced on campus. “Looking back, I probably should have stayed to enjoy the moment a bit more,” he […]

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TWTP turns 40

May 21, 2009 0 comments

The Third World Transition Program, approaching its 40th anniversary this summer, is the product of years of changes from its inception as the Transitional Summer Program. The summer of 1969 saw Brown’s first Transitional Summer Program, a result of the attention brought to minority issues by the 1968 Walkout, Associate Dean and Director of the Third World Center Dean McLaurin-Chesson ’74 said, crafted by University administrators, staff and students.

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Corporation Controversy

May 21, 2009 0 comments

You would have been forgiven last semester for thinking you had wandered into a never-aired, college-specific episode of Law and Order. Grainy surveillance footage, confrontations with police officers and a 19-hour trial — these were just a few of the scandalous details surrounding a year-long focus on the doings of Brown’s most powerful body, the Corporation.