BlogDH(Panel) Explains Orientation

Ah, orientation—that week before your freshman year when you can attend an array events all built around the copious opportunities to awkwardly introduce yourself to hundreds of people and hope a few become your best friends. But those events are not all created equal. Here’s BlogDH’s preview of the Orientation calendar’s greatest hits.

Paxson’s Welcome
It might feel like you’ve already been welcomed by the entire Brown community, but the official welcome from President Christina Paxson is a must. The class of 2018 is only the second one to be treated to the Pax’s wisdom, so consider yourselves Paxsoneers. Get to the Main Green early to save seats in the shade for yourself, your parents, and maybe even your first-day-friends if you’re feeling the welcoming spirit. Cheers of “Pax on Pax on Pax!” are encouraged as the Prez steps up to the podium. Try to contain the excitement of being surrounded by your 1500 classmates for the first time and actually listen to the president’s words. Having just completed her own “freshman” year, she’s sure to give some valuable frosh advice. After the speech, don’t miss out on a photo-op behind the podium on the Faunce steps: it makes for a great (if slightly pretentious) first Brown mupload.
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Did you really read the Ray Kelly Committee summary?

This afternoon, President Paxson sent out a brief email with a long attachment that detailed the findings of the committee created in November to examine the protest and eventual cancellation of the Ray Kelly lecture last October. The committee, formally known as the “Committee on the Events of October 29, 2013,” is led by B. Anthony Bogues, professor of Africana Studies, and consists of five faculty members, two undergraduates, and one graduate student.

Paxson had two primary goals for the committee: first, to investigate the details of the event and the discussions leading up to it, and second to come “to make recommendations that will establish Brown as a leader in supporting an inclusive environment for members of our community while upholding our deep commitment to the free exchange of ideas.” Again, today’s attachment is only the report of the committee’s findings after gathering materials relating to the event, talking to event organizers, students in attendance, administrators, and activists (the completion of goal number one).

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Brown’s big birthday


If you didn’t already know, Brown is celebrating its 250th birthday this year – and you’re all invited!  This past Tuesday, President Paxson sent a school-wide email outlining the March launch of 15 months of events and activities in honor of Brown’s semiquincentenary (say that five times fast).  The festivities will begin on March 7-8 with the Opening Celebration on College Hill, which will include “distinguished alumni speakers and panels, gallery openings and performances and a very large birthday cake.”  A VERY LARGE BIRTHDAY CAKE.

Friday’s event will give 250 middle school students from all over Rhode Island an opportunity to participate in an academic exploration and dine at our finest eating establishment, the Sharpe Refectory.  Friday’s and Saturday’s keynote speakers will be World Bank President and 1982 grad, Dr. Jim Yong Kim M.D., Ph.D., who served as president of Dartmouth from 2009-2012, and US Secretary of Labor and ’83 grad, Thomas Perez, respectively.  Registration is required for all Opening Celebration events, so do that here.

If you’re interested in more details about the Opening Celebration or Brown’s semiquincentenary in general, you can find an anniversary events calendar on this beautiful site.  You’re also encouraged to tag your Facebook, Twitter, You-Tube, or Instagram content with #brown250, so that your posts, photos, and videos may be reposted on the website.

Again, Brown’s birthday bash begins on March 7th, and I repeat: there will be a very large birthday cake.  Show your school some love and don’t miss out!

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The Fourth Annual State of Brown Address with President Paxson

199042_10151341338263870_390082502_nToday, at 4 p.m. in Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium, the Undergraduate Council of Students will present President Paxson’s first  State of Brown Address. She will discuss current issues on campus and strategic planning for Brown’s future.

The address is open only to undergraduate students and President Paxson will answer questions from the audience following her speech. In addition, UCS will draw the names of 20 students who will have breakfast with President Paxson this Friday.

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PollerBears: Administrative swag edition


We’re coming up on the 1st anniversary of President Paxson’s election. Would you buy her scarf?

If you had the chance to buy only ONE of the following, which would you pick?

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This week in The Herald: Shaping the presidency

This week, as the campus prepares for the upcoming inauguration of President Christina Paxson, The Herald is publishing a three-part series, “Shaping the Presidency,” examining the role of the presidency through almost 250 years and 18 previous presidential tenures. These stories take a look at the evolution of the University’s top leadership post and the mantle Paxson has inherited.

As leadership transitions to the Paxson administration and focus shifts to the programs she will put forth, questions regarding the role of a modern-day University president gain salience. What started as supervision of the day-to-day facets of the workings of the school has transitioned to a position of great power in fundraising, framing the direction of the University’s vision, and impacting higher education at as a whole.

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