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Articles by Michael Bechek (69)


Michael Bechek ’10: Principles and the professor

May 30, 2010 0 comments

Professor Ivory Franklin Frisbee seems like a know-it-all. He is.

Obama’s night: Long road ends in landslide

November 5, 2008 0 comments

In a historic victory, Barack Obama was elected the 44th president Tuesday, demonstrating the broad base of support from Americans excited by his message of change and worried about the economy.

Corp. addresses U.’s finances, but no major moves

October 20, 2008 0 comments

Members of the Corporation convened on campus Friday and Saturday for their first meeting since the economy took a sharp turn for the worse last month, discussing academic programs and addressing financial concerns but announcing no major decisions.

Corporation to meet this weekend

October 16, 2008 0 comments

With the ominous economic events of recent months as a backdrop, the Corporation will meet Friday and Saturday with a plan to discuss academic programs, including the state of the undergraduate College, the graduate and medical schools and the faculty.

Endowment gains slow amid turmoil

September 26, 2008 0 comments

Outperforming the market and many peer institutions, the University earned a 6.3 percent return on its endowment in the fiscal year ending in June, Brown’s top financial officer said Wednesday. While the gain represents a definite step back from the greater returns seen in recent years, it reflects a relatively strong performance in a difficult economic year.

In debate over Obama’s past, U. history revisited

September 24, 2008 0 comments

In the early part of 1995, Vartan Gregorian, the president of Brown, flew to Chicago to meet with the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school reform initiative to which he had just awarded $49 million of a large gift he had helped arrange.

Health grant to send students abroad

September 3, 2008 0 comments

About $400,000 in new grant money will fund travel awards and a revamped educational program for Brown students interested in global public health, the University announced Tuesday. The grant, from the John E. Fogarty International Center – the global health arm of the National Institutes of Health – will provide $126,000 a year for each of the next three years.

Simmons’ assistant to head public affairs

July 21, 2008 0 comments

Marisa Quinn, the longtime assistant to President Ruth Simmons who was a ubiquitous presence by her boss’s side for five years, will become the new head of Brown’s public relations office, the University announced July 1.

Burying the Brown Brothers

May 22, 2008 0 comments

There were murmurs that Brown, one of the nation’s wealthiest universities, owed much to the slave-trading dealings of its early founders. But for 200 years, Brown had kept quiet. In her first years at the University, President Ruth Simmons had heard a lot of this sort of talk, and decided it was time to set the record straight.

Kennedy ’76 to lead Watson for now

April 8, 2008 0 comments

Vice President for International Affairs David Kennedy ’76, who joined the University administration three months ago with the task of raising Brown’s global profile, will serve as the interim director of the Watson Institute for International Studies for two years starting this summer.