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Simmons, administrators visit India to foster ties

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

President Ruth Simmons, Dean of the Faculty Rajiv Vohra P’07 and other University administrators traveled to India last week for five days of meetings with alumni, representatives of Indian universities and government officials.

Metro

Hope Street pub evades students

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Chef Tom Crowshaw lets the plates drop against the counter. “One Silverburger and one Accidental Purist,” he yells down the length of the bar before grabbing two glasses and filling them to the brim. He slides the overflowing beers up next to the two burgers, one classic — loaded with chili, bacon, mushrooms, onions and cheese — and one garden — topped with grilled apples, caramelized onions, melted brie, tomato marmalade and mesclun greens. He wipes his face against his right forearm and adds, “And two Dogfish Heads,” before he retreats back to the grill.

Metro

R.I.’s wind farm dreams blown away

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Rhode Island’s attempt to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm suffered a blow last Tuesday after a group representing the University — and several other of the state’s largest consumers of energy — expressed its opposition to the project before the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

Metro

Bill would raise tobacco age to 21

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

A bill currently being considered in the Rhode Island Senate proposes to raise the purchase age for tobacco products to 21, from the current legal age of 18.

University News

Office helps sell Brown research

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Students walk past the Technology Ventures Office on George Street every day without knowing about the work going on inside. The office expanded this fall with hopes of further aiding the process of managing and commercializing the products of Brown research.

University News

Brown group opposes proposed changes at Hope

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Hope United, a group founded by Brown students and born out of a Swearer Center breaks project, is working to preserve the current schedule and curriculum at Hope High School. This work is in the face of changes proposed by the school district to return Hope to the prior system — when Hope was one of the “worst schools” in the Providence area, said Aaron Regunberg ’12, one of the group’s founders.

University News

CIS to switch all e-mail to Google Apps

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Following the switch from Microsoft Exchange to Gmail for undergraduate e-mail last semester, Computing and Information Services is moving forward to convert the e-mail system used by faculty, staff, graduate and medical students to Gmail before the next fall term begins — a change that CIS staff say will streamline communication and save money.

University News

Herald poll: Simmons’ approval rate steady

April 5, 2010 Comments are Disabled
This article is part of the series Spring 2010 Student Poll

President Ruth Simmons’ approval rating has not significantly changed since last semester, despite recent publicity about her past tenure on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs, according to a Herald poll conducted last month. Of the students polled, 77.5 percent said they approve of the way Simmons is handling her job, while only 6.2 percent said they disapprove.

University News

Committee calls for changes to tenure

April 5, 2010 Comments are Disabled

The maximum probationary period before a faculty member is either promoted with tenure or dismissed should be increased to eight years, according to recommendations in a report released March 25 by the ad hoc Committee to Review Tenure and Faculty Development Policies.

University News

Amid layoffs, salary freeze to be lifted

April 5, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Though the University announced approximately 60 staff layoffs about two weeks ago, the freeze on faculty and staff salaries will be lifted next year in order to keep Brown competitive with its peers.