Live Blog: Brown Community Forum

In light of recent events at Brown University, including NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s visit to campus yesterday and the University’s decision not to divest from coal, the University has decided to hold a community forum through which it seeks “to bring our community together.” We’re covering it live.


Did you really read those mass emails from President Paxson?

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This weekend, the Brown Corporation (which functions as the board of directors for the University) met for one of its tri-annual meetings to discuss policy and the state of Brown, including capital projects, acceptance of gifts, Paxson’s strategic plan, and the decision to divest endowment funds from companies that either use or mine coal.

Brown students are wont to skim these sorts of emails—especially when two lengthy ones enter their inboxes simultaneously. Didn’t catch all the details in President Paxson’s emails? We’re here to break down the news from the Corporation meeting.

Brown will not divest from coal. The issue of divestiture from coal has been promoted by Brown Divest Coal for several semesters and considered by an ad hoc committee of the University’s Corporation, appointed by Paxson, since May. In a separate email to the University community entitled “On the Matter of Divestment from Coal,” Paxson explains that the Corporation made the decision not to divest from coal in its weekend meeting. In this email, Paxson explains that the Corporation approached the topic through “serious, thoughtful and robust discussion” that “covered the full range of perspectives.” Read more about the specific perspectives covered in the email here. Continue Reading


This week is Earth Week

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Today marked the beginning of a week-long effort to raise awareness about the environment in honor of Earth Day. There will be events all week long that will focus on such topics as water access, food sustainability, and carbon emissions. You might have noticed a 32-foot-tall balloon on the Main Green today. This balloon represented one ton of carbon dioxide. Through the Divest Coal and Do It In The Dark campaigns, Brown actually reduced its CO2 emissions by 5 tons, enough balloons to fill up a substantial part of the Main Green. Read after the jump to embrace your inner tree-hugger and see what events are lined up for the week.

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