The House Labor Committee holds a hearing today on repealing what’s known as the Caruolo Act. The law, now infamous in Rhode Island education circles, allows school committees to sue their city or town for more funding.
There have been several attempts to do away with the Caruolo Act, but so far none have succeeded. Critics say it is nonsensical for an arm of local government to essentially sue itself, and local officials complain the lawsuits rack up expensive legal bills and sour relations between city and school leaders.
Rhode Island School of Design graduate Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscar Awards last night, prompting some RISD faculty to tune in. The creator of animated television shows like “Family Guy” showcased his off-color sense of humor and singing and dancing abilities.
During his opening monologue, MacFarlane joked about how critics would perceive his Oscar turn. He chatted with actor William Shatner, who reprised the role of Captain James T. Kirk, and sang an ode to actresses who have appeared topless in the movies.
Brown University once again led the pack in Rhode Island in fundraising last year, bringing in a little more than $178 million. The University of Rhode Island was a distant second at $12.7 million, a drop of $6 million compared with 2011.
Donations were also down at Rhode Island College, which raised $1.36 million, and at the Rhode Island School of Design, which still came in second overall. RISD raised a total of nearly $6.8 million.
This summer, Brown University plans to launch a School of Public Health. After ten years of planning and building, the School will pull together existing institutes, departments, and programs. The establishment of the School of Public Health should draw more funding and student talent, according to the University. Dr. Terrie “Fox” Wetle, associate dean of medicine for public health, will draw on her thirteen years of experience at Brown in her role as the dean of the new school.
Harvard University is partnering with the National Football League on a $100 million research project looking into serious health problems among NFL players. The initiative announced in today's BostonGlobe will focus on 1,000 retired NFL players to better understand and potentially treat a wide range of physical ailments.
The new budget proposal from Governor Lincoln Chafee is a complex document, so here are a few highlights for schools and colleges.
There's a slight increase in this budget proposal for public colleges and universities. Oddly, officials disagree about the exact amount of the increase. The governor’s office first reported $8 million, but higher education officials say it’s closer to $6 million. The Office of Higher Education says it is grateful for any increase, after years of decreases under former Governor Don Carcieri.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design is listed on "The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World." The list was compiled based on unique, beautiful or intriguing architecture as judged by BestMastersPrograms.org.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Ten Rhode Island colleges and universities are teaming up to help the state out of its economic doldrums.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has announced the formation of the “Rhode Island Higher Education Research Collaborative.” Its mission: to provide nonpartisan data that will help state leaders develop sustainable economic policies.
A new exhibit of work by the artist Christopher Ho entitled “Privileged White People” is now on view at New York’s Forever & Today, Inc. gallery. The show features large photographs of people like President Bill Clinton and the actor James Van Der Beek, of Dawson’s Creek fame.