Alexandra Macfarlane

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After 25 years, center ties education, activism

September 26, 2012 0 comments

Twenty-five years ago, about 30 first-years ventured from their newfound home on College Hill to build a house.

Science & Research

Prof adjusts to life on Mars time

September 5, 2012 0 comments

While most professors and students are adjusting to the schedule of the new year, one professor is adjusting to Mars time, a day 40 minutes longer than our own. Ralph Milliken, assistant professor of geological sciences, is spending most of fall semester as a member of the science team on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Rover mission.

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President Simmons delivers baccalaureate address during U.’s 244th Commencement Weekend

May 28, 2012 0 comments

With leaps, cheers, cartwheels and tears, the class of 2012 celebrated the University’s 244th Commencement Weekend, recognizing the accomplishments of graduates and honoring President Ruth Simmons as her 11-year tenure as leader of the University comes to an end.

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Web update: Faculty vote to up URC undergrad representation

May 2, 2012 0 comments

Four undergraduates will serve on the University Resources Committee next year – an increase from the current two students – following the passage of a proposal at Tuesday’s faculty meeting. The change passed with 38 faculty members in favor and 25 members opposed. 

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Poll: Students approve of grad school expansions

April 26, 2012 0 comments
This article is part of the series Spring 2012 Student Poll

Roughly 70 percent of students approve of the University’s expansion of the medical and graduate schools, the development of executive master’s programs and the creation of a school of public health, according to a Herald poll conducted last month.

In the Verney-Woolley Dining Hall, varsity athletes often sit apart from others.


Athletes struggle against ‘dumb jock’ stereotype

April 24, 2012 9 comments

From a Verney-Woolley Dining Hall segregated between athletes and non-athletes to rumors of athletes gaining a leg up over their non-athlete peers in admissions – certain attitudes and stereotypes persist surrounding student-athletes on campus. Some athletes report that these claims have elements of truth, while others maintain that they are unfounded. While individual varsity athletes have different college experiences, all athletes face unique challenges that help define their time at Brown. 

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Gender gap persists among tenured faculty

April 19, 2012 0 comments

Though male and female professors who apply for tenure are approved at similar rates across divisions, far fewer women are currently tenured in the life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences, according to data from the office of the dean of the faculty.

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U. selects senior orators for commencement

April 17, 2012 0 comments

The University selects two graduating students each year to serve as senior orators, a tradition unique to Brown among Ivy League institutions. Leor Shtull-Leber ’12 and Tara Kane Prendergast ‘12.5 will represent their class at the May commencement ceremony.

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Petition calls for financial aid reform

April 6, 2012 0 comments

A petition circulating campus is calling for a renewed commitment by President-elect Christina Paxson to improving the University’s financial aid policies. Brown for Financial Aid, a student group advocating financial aid reform, has already received about 500 signatures on the petition, said Amit Jain ’12, the group’s co-founder.

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Faculty approves health care master’s program

April 4, 2012 0 comments

Faculty members voted unanimously at Tuesday’s faculty meeting to establish an executive master’s degree program in health care leadership. The proposal, which passed with little debate, will be voted on by the Corporation in May, The Herald reported last month.