Not quite viral: President Paxson’s online office hours

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Yesterday, The Brown Undergraduate Council of Students set up their own version of a Reddit-style AMA for President Christina Paxson. From 2:30-3:30pm they opened up a comment thread on their Facebook page and invited students to ask the president questions which she could respond to in real time.

There were 33 questions asked. Here are some things we learned:

Classes of ’16 and ’17 will not see a renovated Ratty.

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 4.14.11 PMStill, the new Ratty may not feel all that new.

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Paxson will go anywhere with Margeurite.

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…though she never has actually been to Grad Center.

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Speaking of dorms… Brown needs a new dorm.

New Dorm

300 additional beds crammed into residence halls = “breathing space.”

Paxson was open to difficult and controversial questions and did her best to follow up on requests for information.

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Only a few questions were left unanswered.

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She has a four-point plan.

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Everything goes back to money.

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Paxson’s into coding.

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Everybody makes mistakes…

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…and tries to discretely cover them up.

Overall, President Paxson was courteous and thoughtful in her responses to student questions. She showed a desire to listen to student input and opened herself up to meet in person with people who had more difficult questions. Although participation was relatively low, the Q&A was a moderately successful attempt at expanding student-administration discussion.

By the way, Paxson is team #WhiteAndGold.

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