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.

Editorials

Editor’s note

May 21, 2009 0 comments

Graduation is usually a time for looking ahead.  Trying to find answers in the future is a natural response to the current economic state of the world.

‘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.

Columns

I was graduated from Brown

May 21, 2009 0 comments

Before I started writing this column, I looked up quotations about saying goodbye. They were all cheesy one-liners about not really leaving, just sort of saying goodbye before paths would cross again. I asked friends for their thoughts on graduating from Brown. But I have to give credit here to […]

University News

A troubled past

May 21, 2009 0 comments

In a campus-wide e-mail to the Brown community on Jan. 27, President Simmons announced the University stood to lose $800 million from its endowment, reducing its safety net by 30 percent to $2 billion. The e-mail marked the first mass University communication since September 2008 when the economy took an unprecedented plunge, forcing administrators to grapple with the pressing concerns.

University News

FAKE STORY

May 21, 2009 0 comments

Columns

Fortunate circumstances

May 21, 2009 0 comments

“I feel like we’re at a standstill.” That’s what a friend said to me over a mid-semester coffee break. Since freshman year we had shared our Brown lives over weekly dinners and e-mail chains, four years of new classes, semesters abroad and summer jobs up and down the East coast. […]

University News

Activists, scientists and the Queen of Soul: Honorary Degree Recipients

May 21, 2009 0 comments

This Commencement, the University will award eight honorary degrees.  Recipients include Fareed Zakaria, Aretha Franklin and Jim Young Kim ’82.

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, […]