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Will Kubzansky is a senior staff writer for University News covering admission, financial aid and the athletics department. He is a sophomore concentrating in either history or political science, from Washington, D.C. In his free time, he likes to talk politics, TikTok, and the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals.

Articles by Will Kubzansky (37)

Sean Park (pictured above) said that the day he got into Brown last week was one of the “happiest of (his) life.”

News, University News

Newly-admitted students describe joy, difficult choices following Brown acceptances

April 15, 2021 0 comments

As Da-Young Kim opened her status update in the University’s applicant portal April 6, she prepared for the hallmark of Ivy Day disappointment: a message on white letterhead that read “we regret to inform you.”

Students for Educational Equity looks forward after students pass referendum on permanent test-optional admission policy

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Students for Educational Equity looks forward after students pass referendum on permanent test-optional admission policy

April 8, 2021 5 comments

As the University finishes its first admission cycle with a test-optional policy, implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of student voters advocated for the University to make the policy permanent on a recent referendum on the Undergraduate Council of Students’ spring election ballot. 

Brown admits record-low 5.4 percent of applicants to the class of 2025

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Brown admits record-low 5.4 percent of applicants to the class of 2025

April 6, 2021 5 comments

The University extended offers of admission to 1,652 students tonight, bringing this year’s overall acceptance rate to a record-low of 5.4 percent, according to Dean of Admissions Logan Powell.

Spontaneous Facetimes, Zoom silences and broken records: Admission officers describe creating next year’s class from home

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Spontaneous Facetimes, Zoom silences and broken records: Admission officers describe creating next year’s class from home

April 1, 2021 0 comments

Admission officers make the case to high schoolers as to why they should apply to the University. The grueling work all serves a larger goal: attracting, admitting and yielding an incoming first-year class.

The judge wrote that the plaintiffs did not cite evidence showing contractual agreement for the University to provide in-person instruction.

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Court rules University students will not get tuition refund for spring 2020

March 18, 2021 2 comments

University students do not have the right to a tuition refund from the spring semester of 2020, a federal court in Rhode Island ruled earlier this month.

The University’s faculty meeting on Tuesday discussed operations for the summer semester, herd immunity and an open access policy to research.

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Paxson and Locke look ahead to University “going back to normal” at faculty meeting

March 2, 2021 0 comments

President Christina Paxson P’19 and Provost Richard Locke P’18 further detailed the University’s plans for campus operations in the following months at Tuesday’s faculty meeting.

As of January 29, 2021, Jack Hayes has decided to step down as director of Brown Athletics. Colin Sullivan, deputy director of athletics, has taken the reins as the interim athletic director.

News, Sports, University News

Jack Hayes departs Brown, leaving behind a changed athletics department and complicated legacy

March 1, 2021 10 comments

It had been a “trying year,” a student-athlete explained to The Herald. That spring, a committee proposed cutting varsity sports teams to improve the athletics program’s competitiveness.

Creation of new historic district on East Side faces University objections

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Creation of new historic district on East Side faces University objections

February 11, 2021 1 comment

A public hearing for an addition to the College Hill historic district will go on as planned later this month after a failed attempt by the University to slow the process in late January. 

Brown goes test-optional for second year in a row, citing COVID-19 pandemic

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Brown goes test-optional for second year in a row, citing COVID-19 pandemic

February 4, 2021 0 comments

First-year applicants to the class of 2026 will not have to submit a standardized test score with their applications, the Admissions Office announced Tuesday. The University initially announced its test-optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 cycle last June.

The College Board eliminates SAT Subject Tests and optional essay

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The College Board eliminates SAT Subject Tests and optional essay

January 31, 2021 1 comment

The College Board announced Jan. 19 that it will discontinue SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay section on the SAT, marking a significant change to the status quo of standardized testing in college admissions. 

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