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Quiz Bowl team proves they have all the answers

Which town was successfully defended for 217 days by Robert Baden Powell and his British forces? If you answered Mafeking — or have any idea where Mafeking is — the Quiz Bowl team could use your help. Last weekend this group of intrepid competitors traveled to the 2010 National Academic ...


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From the archives

May 1964: A 17-day workers' strike delayed construction on University buildings, including the new Rockefeller Library. The striking workers — laborers and plasterers' helpers — sought a wage increase of $0.50 per hour from the Associated General Contractors of Rhode Island.


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University libraries face staff cuts

While many students feel like they've spent their entire undergraduate careers in a library, for Brown librarians such as Gayle Lynch, a senior library specialist at the John Hay Library, the libraries have been home for half their lives.


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Group advocates for worker respect

Many Brown students have limited relationships with University staff. They know Gail and Jose at the Ratty, or are vaguely aware of who cleans up the trashed lounges in their dorms after a weekend night, or have made friends with the woman at the Blue Room who toasts their onion bagels. While relationships ...


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Zooming in on staff at Brown

Monday, March 22 was a difficult day for some Brown staff members. That morning, the University sent an e-mail notifying staff that approximately 60 employees would be laid off by the end of June. Coupled with 139 staff members who have accepted early retirement packages from the University, last month's ...


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From abroad to Andrews, table tennis shows off skills

As students filter into the Rockefeller Library on a Sunday night and prepare to start the work they've put off all weekend, a group of dedicated team members convene on the other side of campus. The team sets up equipment, transforming the dimly lit Andrews Dining Hall into a suitable table tennis ...


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Hockey's Kellar '97, mom and gold-medal Olympian

When Becky Kellar '97 was on the women's ice hockey team in the mid-1990s, she was "extremely superstitious," according to Head Coach Digit Murphy. Kellar wore the same pair of "bright green neon socks" during all of her games and most likely did not wash them for "the entire four years," Murphy said. ...


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Resolving conflicts, one student at a time

Whether it's a freshman who can't stand her roommate, a group that has trouble working together or a romantic relationship hitting the rocks, the trained mediators of the Brown University Mediation Project want to help. While BUMP's services — conflict resolution through mediation sessions with ...


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Students whip up tastes of the world

While most Brown students have to rely on the Sharpe Refectory for some Tastes of the World, the participants in the Office of International Programs' Top Chef competition last Thursday displayed some of the foods that these students enjoyed when they studied abroad.


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From afar, profs make the commute

Every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., Shankar Prasad, visiting lecturer in political science, boards his train at Pennsylvania Station in New York City. He works for three and a half hours as the train makes its way to Providence. Once he arrives, Prasad walks up College Hill in time to teach ...


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'Bats with frikkin' lasers'

Chains hang from the ceiling and not a drop of sunlight can enter the bat lair hidden in the restricted-access basement of Hunter Laboratory."They are masters of flying," said Assistant Research Professor of Neuroscience Seth Horowitz MSc '93 PhD '97 of the big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) he sends ...


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RISD alums hit 'Runway'

Two Rhode Island School of Design alums have taken their artistic prowess from College Hill in Providence to fashion avenue in New York City. Mila Hermanovski and Anna Lynett are both part of the cast of season seven of the popular Lifetime television show Project Runway.


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A fresh face in the Corporation

Sitting at a table in the College Hill Cafe Thursday evening, catching up with an old friend, Lauren Kolodny's '08 businesslike attire was the only thing that made her seem the least bit out of place. Anyone who saw Kolodny around campus last week might be forgiven for assuming she was a current student, ...


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Brown students in the blogosphere

Last November, Christopher Unseth '11.5 made a decision that many Brown students reach at some point — he decided to go off meal plan. Unlike most of his Ratty-weary peers, Unseth decided to document his food forays beyond meal plan. He said his blog was partially inspired by "Ratty Gourmet," ...


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Students join the apps gold rush

iPhone users have hundreds of thousands of choices at their fingertips, and now some Brown developers are getting in on the game. Through the App Store, iPhone and iPod touch owners can download apps — extra features that users can download to their Apple phones — that pertain to every aspect ...


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High hopes in West End

Trinity United Methodist Church sits on Broad Street, across from the Salvation Army, a jewelry store declaring, "WE BUY GOLD, MONEY TO LOAN" and a corner store alerting patrons they can pay with cash and food stamps, but not credit cards.





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