(The Best of) Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words

Did you see Gloria Steinem hanging out in the Blue Room? Monday’s event “An Evening with Gloria Steinem” featured a screening of the new HBO documentary “Gloria: In Her Own Words” followed by a conversation between President Simmons and Steinem. The documentary acts as a biography of Steinem’s life, successes and trials, as well as an account of the history of women’s liberation and feminist movements in America.

In her talk, Steinem spoke about some of her first real experiences with gender inequality, such as when she moved to New York and was told she couldn’t rent an apartment on her own because the only women able to support themselves financially were probably hookers. As Steinem says in the film, women at the time didn’t feel they had a right to be equal or angry. But that slowly began to change, and Steinem was a key player in the still-ongoing fight for women’s equality.

For those of you unable to attend, Blog rounded up the top ten best Steinem quotes and moments of the night. Some warrant laughs, some sighs and others snaps (of which the audience gave many): Continue Reading

So… who is she exactly?

With much excitement and mystery surrounding the presidential search, the University announced today the selection of Christina H. Paxson as the 19th president of Brown. Paxson currently serves as the dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics. According to Princeton’s website, Paxson established the Center for Health and Wellbeing at the school in 2000, a program that grants certificates in both health and health policy. In addition, Paxson serves as a senior editor of The Future of Children, a publication that derives from a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson School and the Brookings Institution. Besides her work at Princeton, she is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and primarily focuses her research on health, economic development and public policy. Paxson graduated from Swarthmore in 1982 and received her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1987. And she’s a woman!

Ra Ra Brunonia!

Newsku: September 16, 2011

Sad to announce the
End of an era with Ruth,
It’s football season.

A Thousand Words: A Ruth Retrospective

A look back at 10 years of enrichment, change and an iconic presence that many have come to associate with the quintessential qualities of Brown University:

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The new Faunce and Blue Room are everything we dreamed of and more

The new and improved Faunce is kind of obsess-worthy. The building looks really beautiful and there’s a great amount of comfortable space to do anything from studying to hanging out. The best part of the new Faunce though probably has to be the new Blue Room and all of it’s features.

The Blue Room now stays open until 9 pm, and you can use meal credits after 4 pm. For dinner, there’s sushi from Shanghai and dishes from Kabob and Curry. Let’s repeat that: you can use meal credits to get restaurant sushi and Indian food. In the morning, there are fresh bagels from Bagel Gourmet, which you can buy as always with points and declining balance. The focaccia sandwiches are delicious, and there’s a yogurt parfait station. The couches are comfortable, as are the booths. Also, it’s air conditioned, which is enough to make the Blue Room a sanctuary in this heat.

Plus, even President Simmons loves it: she was just spotted talking with people and enjoying lunch.

Prez Spotting: Valentine’s Day Edition

President Ruth Simmons has certainly been out and about on campus a lot this week.

To start off, her face has been plastered around campus on Brown Women’s Rugby Football Club flyers, advertising $2 raffle tickets through Friday to win a one-hour lunch with the president. For those without even $2 to spare, attendance at an entire team practice will suffice.

But even that price might be too steep for those residents of Barbour Hall that got to hang out with President Simmons for free, when she showed up as a surprise guest to the 2nd Barbour Family Style Potluck Feb. 8. Barbour’s Community Assistants invited the president to the first potluck last semester, but she was unable to come, Victoria Chen ’11, one of the CAs, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. President Simmons stayed at the potluck for about half an hour, chatting with students about — what else? — the upcoming Super Bowl.

But while she has appeared on posters around campus and in residence halls, there is one place where President Simmons doesn’t seem to be on students’ minds. Despite rumors that students were listing the president as a crush, not a single e-mail from Prospect & Meeting, Brown’s new dating site, has been sent to either of President Simmons’ two Brown e-mail addresses, Assistant to the President Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar ’87 MA’90 PhD’09 wrote in an e-mail to The Herald (though she added that they may have been caught by a spam filter).

“Maybe everyone is just TALKING about putting her down as a prospect!” Rodriguez-Farrar wrote.

— Nicole Friedman