Christina Paxson http://ripr.org en RIP George Borts, Brown U. economics professor http://ripr.org/post/rip-george-borts-brown-u-economics-professor <p>George Borts, a prominent Brown University economics professor and researcher, has died.</p><p>Borts was a teacher and mentor for generations of Brown economics students. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1950 after studying under Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago. Borts retired last year after teaching and researching economic issues for 63 years.</p><p>One of his students was Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve. She was a 1967 Brown graduate.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:27:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 33164 at http://ripr.org Paxson says Brown student sanctioned for sexual assault will not come back to campus next fall http://ripr.org/post/paxson-says-brown-student-sanctioned-sexual-assault-will-not-come-back-campus-next-fall <p>Brown University President Christina Paxson, in a statement,&nbsp; says the male student who was sanctioned for a sexual assault on a 22-year old female student will not be returning to the university.</p><p>The case became public after the woman involved, 22-year old Lena Sclove, held a press conference on the Brown campus last week to speak out about the university’s handling of an assault and rape that she said was committed on her by a fellow male student.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:30:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 32695 at http://ripr.org Brown Kicks off 250th Anniversary Celebration http://ripr.org/post/brown-kicks-250th-anniversary-celebration <p>Brown begins a series of public lectures, art exhibits and other events Friday with an open campus and a lecture from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who happens to be a Brown alumnus (class of '82).</p><p>Kim's talk is sold out, but there will be <a href="http://brown.edu/web/livestream/">live internet streaming</a> for anyone who couldn't get tickets.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:34:33 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30104 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Brown University Celebrates 250 Years http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-brown-university-celebrates-250-years <p>Beginning this week, Brown University celebrates its 250<sup>th</sup> birthday.. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our week long Brown series and ponders the college’s role in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p>Brown is perched atop the tallest of the seven hills on which Providence was built. For its first two centuries the university reflected this lofty status on its College Hill cloister. It was an all-male institution that launched the well-born, Yankee elite to the upper reaches of banking, medicine, law and the Central Intelligence Agency.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:45:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 29813 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Brown University Celebrates 250 Years Time for annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Providence http://ripr.org/post/time-annual-interfaith-thanksgiving-service-providence <p>One of the highlights of the holiday season in Providence is the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service that is held before Thanksgiving at one of the East Side’s many houses of worship. This year the service will be held at Temple Beth El on Tuesday Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. The temple is located at 70 Orchard Avenue on the East Side.</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 18:16:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 24966 at http://ripr.org Brown Considers Disciplinary Action for Student Protesters http://ripr.org/post/brown-considers-disciplinary-action-student-protesters <p>Brown University President Christina Paxson has created a task force after protesters forced New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to halt a lecture.</p><p>During his talk on October 29th, protesters repeatedly heckled Kelly, forcing university officials to clear the lecture hall and cancel Kelly's talk. In a letter to the Brown community, Paxon says she is concerned that the protest disrupted the free exchange of ideas at the university.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:57:23 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24434 at http://ripr.org Brown Forming A Committee to Review Disruption of Raymond Kelly's Talk http://ripr.org/post/brown-forming-committee-review-disruption-raymond-kellys-talk <p>Brown University is creating a committee to review how a talk by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was canceled last week after a noisy protest. Kelly’s critics object to his department’s controversial stop and frisk policy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Kelly was repeatedly interrupted by students and outside activists when he tried speaking during an October 29 appearance at Brown. The university responded by cancelling the talk and clearing the room where the event was taking place.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:16:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 24403 at http://ripr.org Brown Forming A Committee to Review Disruption of Raymond Kelly's Talk Students and Activists Shut Down Lecuture At Brown University http://ripr.org/post/students-and-activists-shut-down-lecuture-brown-university <p>More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>Mario Vega, a Brown student, says he was there to protest the way NYC police have monitored Muslim residents since 9/11.</p><p>“I think Ray Kelly’s policies are completely racist and Islamiphobic, and I completely do not support how Brown is paying him to come here and unilaterally impose his doctrine on the people of the University.&nbsp; That gives the impression that we support it and we don’t," said Vega.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:34:35 +0000 John Bender 24000 at http://ripr.org Students and Activists Shut Down Lecuture At Brown University Bryant, Smithfield should negotiate, not litigate http://ripr.org/post/bryant-smithfield-should-negotiate-not-litigate <p>Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:39:10 +0000 Scott MacKay 18702 at http://ripr.org Brown Holds 245th Commencement http://ripr.org/post/brown-holds-245th-commencement <p>A bacteriologist, a Hollywood star and a celebrated writer were among the six people receiving honorary degrees at Brown University commencement this weekend. The ceremony, during which more than 2,400 students received degrees, was the first presided over by Brown’s new president Christina Paxson.</p><p>The graduating class weathered some rain and wind during this year's festivities, forcing the university to cancel the traditional Baccalaureate procession on Saturday. Sunday's commencement exercises went forward as scheduled.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 14:03:03 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15883 at http://ripr.org