The Third Annual State of Brown with President Simmons

Want to hear the t(Ruth) about the current state of Brown? The Undergraduate Council of Students presents the 3rd annual State of Brown address with President Ruth Simmons. Simmons will discuss the current state of Brown and her vision of Brown’s future.

Come out to support your beloved president one last time as she gives her final scheduled address to the entire student body TODAY (3/15) in the Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium at 4 p.m. 

See a ‘Joyful Tribute’ tomorrow

Music — the art form has entranced humanity throughout the ages. Whether asserting religious fervor or expressing the fiendish tendencies of a demon barber, musical compositions have found their way into nearly all aspects of culture. Now, (arguably) the greatest work of a great dead German will help honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our beloved President Ruth J. Simmons. If posters featuring Beethoven’s beautiful face haven’t already informed you, the Brown Student Orchestra and Chorus (and PC’s Festival Choir) will be performing a bit of the old Ludwig Van as a tribute to Simmons at Veterans Memorial Auditorium tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. (Maybe the timing should have clued us in to today’s big news…)

In addition to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the concert will also feature shorter pieces by Verdi, Bruckner and Brahms. Tickets for the show are available ($10 for students) online or at the Vets box office today and tomorrow.

So today’s the day?

In a semi-cryptic email that went out to the entire University this morning, Chancellor Tisch stated that he would make an important announcement regarding the University’s “future leadership.”

“Dear Members of the Brown Community,

Please join me today at noon in Sayles Hall for an important announcement regarding the University’s future leadership. I invite those unable to attend the event to view a live webcast of this historic moment.

Members of the community are also invited to a reception in Leung Gallery in the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center immediately following the announcement.


Thomas J. Tisch

Come noon today, we just may have a new president-elect, Brunonia.

Send Ruth Simmons your gratitude — and maybe a few bucks, too

If you’re feeling particularly gratuitous and/or generous today between 12 and 2 pm, stop by the Chancellor’s Dining Room in the Ratty and leave Ruth Simmons a video message at the “Ruth Booth”…. and maybe donate some money to the Annual Fund, too. This is a great opportunity to show Ruth your appreciation, wear your T(ruth) t-shirt and let her know how much of a boss you think she is. Representatives from the Brown Annual Fund will be standing by to provide information and answer questions about the Million Dollar Milestone: A Record for Ruth. If the fund gets a record-setting 34,317 donors to make gifts this year, the Corporation has promised to contribute an additional $1 million.  

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Ruth interviewed for NYTimes leadership series, claims she was “impossible”

Our very own Ruth J. Simmons was interviewed for an article published today in a New York Times series called “Corner Office,” a weekly conversation feature “about leadership and management” by Adam Bryant. You can read the whole interview here, or in today’s New York Times.

The conversation included some great insights into how Ruth leads our school. Among the quotations that are surely about to be memorized as if they were sayings of the Dalai Lama: “I have always thought that in leadership that it’s much easier to convey to people what they should do in different situations if you convey the underlying principles… I would not have any tolerance at all for people who did not, in fact, strive hard to be a part of [the] team.” She definitely isn’t a micromanager.

Definitely the most interesting part of the interview, however, was Ruth’s reflection on her younger years. Although she was the youngest of 12 children, Ruth wanted to be the boss from a very young age: “I intervened in school… to tell teachers what they were doing wrong, or at least to tell them what I didn’t like about what they were doing.” If you’re ever in one of her Africana Studies or Comp Lit classes, try that and let me know how that goes.

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(Dis)appointment 2012: “I am honored to accept your nomination…”

Ted Turner ’60 — just look at that ‘stache.

The search for Brown University’s next president is bound to be an arduous, painful process, as the committee figures out which candidate will be able to make the University the most money while simultaneously carpet-bombing the collective soul of all humanities concentrators.  But why must they choose from people with experience in managing institutions of higher ed?  After all, that hasn’t really proved to be an ironclad route to success.  Here are five candidates who undoubtedly know nothing about running a University, but who would allow us to get more excited when we see “Letter to the Community from President ______” in our inboxes.  Plus, they’re all alums.  Hooray for institutional nepotism!

1.  Lois Lowry ’58.  Yeah yeah, she dropped out her sophomore year to get married, whatever.  More important is the fact that she wrote that book we all read in fourth grade.  The one with Gandalf on the cover?  It won the Corndog Medal or something?  Point is, if we hand Lowry the helm, perhaps we can finally get some goddamn closure regarding the ending of The Giver.  I for one really want to know what happens after the protagonist and his mysterious baby friend go on that hypothermia-induced sled ride, and whether he eventually hooks up with that girl (the one who he hoped would start stripping down in an old folks’ home).  So much good thesis material there.  Continue Reading