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by Brown Daily HeraldJul 24, 2014
“The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights launched an investigation of the University’s handling of sexual assault cases July 10, adding Brown to a list of 68 colleges and universities currently under federal investigation for Title IX violations regarding sexual assault.
The department announced the move last week and notified the University on Friday.
Brown is one of 13 schools added to the list since the OCR began publishing it publicly May 1, the Huffington Post reported .
The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed May 14 by Legal Momentum, a nonprofit advocating for women’s and girls’ legal rights, which claimed that the University violated Title IX in handling the alleged rape of Lena Sclove ’15.5. The complaint said the University had failed to impose an appropriate sanction and effectively respond to Sclove’s report when she was allegedly raped by another Brown student last summer, The Herald previously reported .
The complaint is the only one related to sexual assault that has been filed against the University since the OCR began keeping records in 2009, NPR reported .
The OCR investigation will examine whether the University has “responded promptly and effectively” to complaints and reports of sexual harassment “with particular emphasis on complaints of sexual assault,” said Christina Brandt-Young, senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum and Sclove’s legal counsel.
Under Title IX, which was created to ban gender-based discrimination in education, colleges and universities must “take immediate action” to eliminate, prevent recurrence of and address the effects of harassment, according to the Obama administration’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter issued by the OCR.
“Brown will fully cooperate with the Department of Education during the review,” wrote Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, in an email to The Herald.
The investigation follows President Christina Paxson’s May 2 campus-wide email, which stated the goal of moving Brown to the forefront of national efforts to combat campus sexual assault. Paxson also announced the creation of a sexual assault task force and a search to hire a full-time Title IX coordinator.
Senior administrators are consulting with peer institutions to study the Title IX coordinator position this summer and will continue with the hiring process in the fall, wrote Mark Nickel, acting director of news and communications, in an email to The Herald.
“The OCR will take into account what Brown thinks it could do to improve,” Brandt-Young said, adding that most Title IX investigations end in “voluntary resolution agreements,” in which the school agrees to make changes to its policy regarding harassment, including sexual violence.
The OCR’s goal is “to resolve all complaints within 180 days of their receipt,” wrote Jim Bradshaw, Education Department spokesman, in an email to The Herald. But “some resolutions take longer in light of the complexity of the issues involved.”
The investigation and negotiation processes for other Title IX complaints have taken “anywhere from months to years,” Brandt-Young said.
But in an April report, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault imposed a 90-day limit on negotiations for institutions under investigation for the handling of sexual assault complaints. “The investigation is likely to go faster in 2014 than it might have in previous years,” Brandt-Young said.
If the University is unable to reach a voluntary resolution agreement after 90 days of negotiation, enforcement efforts will begin, Brandt-Young said, adding that the primary sanction for noncompliance with Title IX is revocation of a school’s federal funding.
“That’s not what we’re seeking,” Brandt-Young said, adding that Sclove’s goal is to prompt Brown to change its policies to “keep students safe from and after sexual assault.””
by Brown Daily HeraldJul 21, 2014
“Rebecca Molholt Vanel, assistant professor of history of art and architecture, strongly believed in engaging with an object’s historical context. Lying on the floors of exalted art galleries, she would often risk a scolding from a security guard in her quest to see an ancient Roman mosaic from the perspective of its original viewers — under their feet.
Other times, when no one was looking, Molholt Vanel would splash a little water on a mosaic, illustrating how it would have looked as a wet floor in a home, said Elizabeth Marlowe, an assistant professor of art history at Colgate University and friend of Molholt Vanel’s since graduate school.
Molholt Vanel died July 12. She was 44 years old and suffered from pancreatic cancer, friends and colleagues told The Herald.
President Christina Paxson sent an email Monday notifying the Brown community of Molholt Vanel’s death, describing her as “a remarkable and promising young scholar, a dedicated and inspiring teacher and a warm and caring adviser and colleague.”
Molholt Vanel came to Brown in 2008 as an assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. She was a core faculty member of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and worked closely with the department of Italian studies and the program in medieval studies.
Beginnings of a ‘brilliant’ career
Molholt Vanel graduated cum laude from Clark University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in art history. She then received her masters in art history summa cum laude from Williams College in 1996 and earned a doctoral degree in 2008 from Columbia’s department of art history and archaeology.
Even before arriving at Columbia, she had accumulated considerable knowledge through her curatorial work in the Worcester Art Museum’s extensive collection of Greek and Roman art, which impressed and excited her peers, said Marlowe, also a historian of Roman art. As a student, Molholt Vanel had already “cut her teeth in the field,” offering “brilliant insights” while remaining “unpretentious” and considerate of her classmates, Marlowe added.
Molholt Vanel also traveled extensively throughout her career to view the ancient Roman art that inspired her scholarship.
Through the friends she made throughout her studies, Molholt Vanel helped form a network of Romanist students and professors at schools in the Pioneer Valley area of Massachusetts. The group of historians expanded over the years and became known colloquially as “the Pioneer Valley Roman Forum,” said Marlowe, a member of the forum.
By the time Molholt Vanel arrived at Brown, she was already seen as a rising star in her field and more “seasoned” than other scholars her age, said Professor of History of Art and Architecture Douglas Nickel, who helped hire Moholt Vanel and mentored her as a new professor.
She received several awards before coming to Brown, including the esteemed Arthur Ross Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2004-2005 and the David E. Finley Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts from the National Gallery of Art.
Molholt Vanel’s scholarship earned her growing recognition in the ancient Roman art history field after she started teaching. She authored a 2011 article in Art Bulletin, a premier journal of art historians.
‘A gifted teacher’ and scholar
Professors and students praised Molholt Vanel for her enthusiasm for teaching and passion for art history.
Her command of a wide range of historical knowledge and her growing reputation as a creative and eager instructor led many students to enroll in classes like HIAA 0010: “Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture” — a survey course that she volunteered to teach as a way to serve the department and engage with students, Nickel said.
Molholt Vanel’s intellectual curiosity and thoughtfulness made her lectures on contemporary art as captivating as those on the objects of antiquity in which she specialized, said Monica Bravo GS, a former teaching assistant to Molholt Vanel.
Molholt Vanel was open about the challenges archaeologists and historians face in determining the ownership and context of ancient objects. After being invited to attend a January 2012 symposium at Bowling Green State University on the university’s recently purchased ancient Roman mosaics, Molholt Vanel notified the school that she had uncovered evidence that the pieces had been looted from an archaeological site along the Euphrates River in Turkey. Her expertise helped the university determine the origins of the mosaics and consider repatriation of the materials to Turkey, according to a 2013 Journal for Roman Archaeology article.
She “was as original and inspiring in her teaching as she was in her research, reinvigorating the study of ancient art in our department after a long period in which it seemed to have fallen out of fashion,” wrote Professor of History of Art and Architecture Evelyn Lincoln in an email to The Herald.
Molholt Vanel was invited to lecture numerous times on Romanist art, including at RISD, John Hopkins University and Mount Holyoke College.
Molholt Vanel could bring students “to the edge of their seats,” said Julia Telzak ’15, an art history concentrator who took Molholt Vanel’s intro course as a first-year. Molholt Vanel “instilled in me a curious attitude” about art history, Telzak added.
“Sometimes students would clap after lectures and she would push it aside, but that is a testament to what they saw in her,” Bravo said.
Molholt Vanel was “a gifted teacher,” said Emilia Mickevicius GS, adding that she had “a beautiful way with words when she was talking about art.”
An intellectual and ‘brilliant friend’
Even after receiving her diagnosis, Molholt Vanel continued to engage with scholars in the field and came back to Brown to teach in the fall of 2012 after undergoing chemotherapy.
Colleagues and friends noted that though she was serious about her scholarship, Molholt Vanel was warm and optimistic about life.
Despite her humble and gentle nature, Molholt Vanel also had a “wicked sense of humor,” said Georgina Borromeo, curator of ancient art at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
Students commented on her wit, which was at times unexpected in the middle of a lecture on ancient art, but always “fresh and interesting,” Mickevicius said.
Molholt Vanel remained engaged in Romanist art and history throughout her treatment. She attended a seminar in Paris last year with other leading experts in the mosaics field, said Mary Hollinshead, associate professor of art history at the University of Rhode Island. Molholt Vanel brought her characteristic sense of humor to the experience, describing the conference as a chance to meet the entire bibliography of her dissertation, Hollinshead added.
Molholt Vanel also stayed dedicated to her students, encouraging them to pursue their scholarship. Even when she was on medical leave and living in Paris, she responded to emails with career advice and encouragement, Bravo said.
“Rebecca’s colleagues and students loved her. She will be missed for her grace, intelligence, courage and warmth,” wrote Professor of History of Art and Architecture Jeffrey Muller in an email sent to The Herald.
Molholt Vanel’s “total engagement with art, music and literature from antiquity to the present, and the meticulous care with which she wrote about and taught it, changed the people who were fortunate enough to engage with her in this life,” Lincoln wrote, adding that Molholt Vanel was “an intellectual in a truer sense of the word than we usually use it.”
In her memory, there will be a Rebecca Molholt Vanel Memorial Fund established “to support student programs” in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown, according to an email from the Molholt family sent to friends and colleagues.
Molholt Vanel is survived by her husband, Herve Vanel, a former assistant professor of history of art and architecture at Brown and now a professor of art history at the American University of Paris. The couple met as colleagues in the art history department at Brown.
A funeral was held on Friday in France, friends of Molholt Vanel told The Herald.
As a scholar, Molholt Vanel was “perfectly positioned to write,” Lincoln wrote. “It is a tragedy for our field that we will never have those books, and it is hard for those of us who knew and worked with her to now forever be deprived of our glamorous and brilliant friend and colleague.”
- With additional reporting from Sabrina Imbler”
by Brown Daily HeraldJul 21, 2014
“Mark St. Louis ’15 has died, President Christina Paxson announced in a community-wide email Sunday morning.
St. Louis was a neuroscience concentrator from Atlanta. He graduated from the United World College of the Adriatic before coming to Brown, and intended to obtain a combined MD/PhD after college, Paxson wrote.
At Brown, St. Louis was a member of the ultimate frisbee team. He was also involved with BrainGate, a research project focused on assisting people with neurological disorders by creating new technologies, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Brown Summer Scholars Research Program, Paxson wrote.
The offices of Counseling and Psychological Services, which can be reached at 401-863-3476, and Chaplains and Religious Life, which can be reached at 401-863-2344, are open to all members of the Brown community for support.
This is a developing story. Please check back for more information. An obituary is forthcoming later this week.”
by Brown Daily HeraldJul 20, 2014
“More than 40 students, staff members and community members gathered on the Faunce House steps Thursday to protest the University’s decision to outsource mailroom operations to office technology company Ricoh USA, a change set to take effect Aug. 1.
Through Facebook posts and flyers, the protest’s student organizers also encouraged others to call Beppie Huidekoper, executive vice president for finance and administration, and Beth Gentry, assistant vice president of business and financial services, to urge the University to reverse the decision.
“We are here to deliver justice to mailroom workers,” said Justice Gaines ’16, who kicked off the protest.
The demonstration aimed to call on administrators to allow current mailroom workers to keep their jobs with the same pay and benefits, said Karen McAninch ’74, union representative for Brown University workers. Barring that, she said she hopes the administration addresses the workers’ needs by helping them find other employment.
Last week, students met with Huidekoper and Gentry to learn more about the University’s decision, according to a Facebook post by the Undergraduate Council of Students. Huidekoper subsequently sent a letter to UCS, which the Council posted online.
In her letter, Huidekoper reaffirmed the University’s decision to outsource mail operations, noting that assessments by Ricoh and the United Parcel Service as well as survey responses from over 700 students highlighted “the need to address the array and quality of services.”
She added that the University is working “to ensure a smooth and respectful transition” for current mailroom workers, including helping them find other employment.
Ariana Steele told The Herald that her husband, who works at the mailroom, is not yet sure whether he will be able to continue to work at the University. “I’m resentful that he’s expected to apply to a third party for a lower salary,” she said, noting that their family depends on his health insurance and paycheck.
Jesus Sanchez, one of two unionized mailroom workers who will not lose their jobs, spoke at the protest, sharing stories about the unfavorable conditions against which current workers have fought — including dealing with the overcrowded Power Street garage and working with outdated technology. “I feel bad for all the other workers in the mailroom,” he said. “These guys put in their hard time. It’s just unfair what they’re doing to us.”
“When I see workers who are trying to stand up for their own rights, trying to stop themselves from being exploited, maltreated, outsourced, having their lives cut out from under them, I think all of us should stand with them,” said protester Evan McLaughlin, a worker at the Hilton Providence, who said he and his coworkers have vowed to fight unjust working conditions.
Many protesters expressed anger that Ricoh conducted the assessment that would ultimately prompt the University’s decision to shift mailroom operations to the company. They also voiced frustration at the timing of the decision.
Steele said the University should not have made the change “in the summer, when students aren’t around to protest.”
But Huidekoper wrote that the University did not intentionally wait until June to make its decision, and that the lower volume of mail in the summer makes it an “appropriate” time to transition.”
by Brown Daily HeraldJul 08, 2014
“Grant Achilles has been hired by the University as the next head coach of the baseball team, Director of Athletics Jack Hayes announced last month.
Achilles served as an assistant coach under former head coach Marek Drabinski for two seasons and, along with fellow assistant coaches, took up head coaching duties after Drabinski’s abrupt resignation during the 2014 season.
A former player for Wake Forest University, Achilles spent time as an assistant coach at his alma mater, as well as at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Western Carolina University and Georgetown University. He has coached multiple professional draftees, most recently J.J. Franco ’14, whom the Atlanta Braves selected in the 38th round of the MLB draft this year.
“It’s very exciting,” Achilles said of his new position. “It’s the culmination of so many years of playing and coaching and chasing a ball around at my brother’s games. … It’s an incredible gift.”
The early returns on Achilles are encouraging. The Bears began last season 0-8 in Ivy League play, but went 6-6 after Drabinski resigned. This .500 winning percentage over the entire conference season would have put the Bears just a game out of first place in their division. But due to the tumultuous start to the season, Bruno, at 6-14, ended up only a game ahead of last-place Harvard.
Despite this disappointing result, Achilles expressed high hopes for the team next season.
“We have a chance to be pretty good,” he said. “I don’t see this as being a situation where the program is in dire straits.”
Achilles also noted that the conference is rarely dominated by one team, which means the title is up for grabs during any given season.
As for the years beyond, Achilles said his sights are set high. “I really do believe Brown baseball has a chance to be something special in the Ivy League,” he said.
Achilles is diving headfirst into his responsibilities as head coach: He has begun to search for assistants, which he hopes to wrap up quickly, and has started to compile a plan for the summer recruiting tour.
“I’m really looking forward to starting a new era of Brown baseball,” he said.”
by Brown Daily HeraldJun 28, 2014
“A supporter of former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci filed Cianci’s declaration to run for the office again Wednesday, 17 minutes before the deadline, the Providence Journal reported .
Cianci served as mayor of Providence between 1975 and 1984 and again between 1991 and 2002, during which he was convicted twice — once for assault and once for public corruption. For the latter charge, he served five years in prison, finishing his sentence in 2007.
Cianci has chosen to run as an independent, which gives him “a little bit of a breather” this summer, Scott MacKay, a political analyst for Rhode Island Public Radio, told The Herald. Without the need to worry about a primary election, Cianci has time to hire staff, raise money and focus on his health.
Despite a January cancer diagnosis, the 73-year-old Cianci said his health will not deter his campaign, the Boston Globe reported.
Cianci joins two other candidates running as independents — Lorne Adrain and Jeffrey Edward Lemire. Six Democrats and one Republican have also declared their candidacy to fill the seat of current Mayor Angel Taveras, who is running for governor.
Cianci won the office as a Republican in 1974, but was forced to resign after his first criminal conviction for assault. He was elected again as an independent in 1990 and was known as “Buddy II” until his second criminal conviction in 2002, the Journal reported.
Cianci “was very skillful, winning enough influence and power to get stuff done in Providence,” said James Morone, director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and professor of political science and urban studies. “Those very skills had dark sides, and that’s what made him this vindictive person that some people really dislike.”
When it comes to Cianci, “you see, quite literally, two people,” Morone said. One Cianci is a man with “incredible entrepreneurial skill to sell Providence,” Morone said, adding that as mayor, Cianci “changed the face of the city, partially through salesmanship.” The other Cianci “is a bare-knuckle, nasty machine politician,” he added.
After Cianci’s candidacy was filed, Democratic candidate Brett Smiley released a statement saying, “Providence cannot afford to return to the corrupt politics of the past, and that is what Buddy Cianci’s candidacy represents.”
“He’s a polarizing figure. Very few people are lukewarm about Buddy Cianci,” MacKay said, adding that this run is the “Buddy Cianci vindication tour.”
“There’s probably 40 percent of the city not voting for him under any circumstances,” he said. But, he added, in a multi-candidate field, the vote will be split up and Cianci could win the election with as little as 34 percent of the vote.
Cianci has performed this trick before, Morone said. During the 1990 election, Cianci won by 317 votes against two opponents, the Journal reported.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science and public policy, noted that when times are bad economically, people get nostalgic and remember the past in a more positive light. “That’s what Buddy is counting on,” she said.
Schiller, MacKay and Morone all said changing demographics pose the greatest challenge to Cianci’s campaign. He must adapt to the current population, which is younger and more professional than when he previously ran, Schiller said.
Providence’s Hispanic population also grew by almost 33 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.
Cianci must convince the electorate that he is “a mayor of the 21st-century Providence” with energy and vision to improve current conditions, MacKay said.
Schiller said it is “vitally important” for the Brown community to pay attention to the upcoming election. “The future of the way Brown interacts with Providence … will depend a lot on who the next mayor is,” she added.
And the fact that the pool of candidates includes a 73-year-old two-time convict aiming for a seventh term “makes Providence politics just plain old fun to watch,” Morone said.”
by Brown Daily HeraldJun 26, 2014
“Beginning Aug. 1, the University will work with office technology company Ricoh USA to improve mail delivery operations on campus, wrote Beppie Huidekoper, executive vice president for finance and administration, in an email to The Herald. As a result of this decision, current Mail Services employees — with the exception of two unionized workers — will lose their jobs.
Nine Mail Services workers were given notice last week that their jobs would be terminated by July 31, said Alex, a Mail Services employee whose name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.
“We were stunned,” he said. “We sat there, and most of us were speechless.”
The University made the decision to switch to Ricoh in May, following an internal review of Mail Services last semester, Huidekoper wrote.
The University will provide laid-off staff members with outplacement services and “generous severance packages,” she wrote. The displaced workers are also eligible to apply for available mailroom positions under Ricoh USA, as well as other University positions, she added.
But wages and benefits may decrease under Ricoh, Alex said, adding that he thinks Ricoh is “just going to can” the office’s current workers after the fall delivery rush.
Ricoh’s University Kiosk/Inbound Mail system mimics the University’s current system structurally but incorporates a self-service kiosk where students scan in with ID cards before receiving packages from Ricoh staff, according to the company’s website.
The system aims to improve communication, increase efficiency, streamline the package delivery process for students and reduce the number of misplaced packages, according to the website.
“Many large institutions like Brown are finding that … the changing environment calls for a new approach to delivery operation,” Huidekoper wrote, adding that Ricoh emerged as “the most qualified” company for the University to work with.
Current Mail Services employees were told that Ricoh’s technology will improve efficiency, Alex said. But had the University paid for the technology, current staff would have been able to operate it, he added.
Karen McAninch, union representative for Brown University workers, including facilities and dining staff, said she represents the two unionized mailroom employees who will maintain their jobs. McAninch said she sent a petition on behalf of the non-unionized employees to the National Labor Relations Board and that a hearing with the NLRB is scheduled for July 3.
In response to the University’s decision to use Ricoh, an undergraduate student started an online petition addressed to Huidekoper entitled, “Retain the staff and organization of the mailroom.” The petition began circulating June 21 and has garnered over 900 signatures. The student responsible for the petition declined to comment on the record.
Anneke Elmhirst ’15, who first posted the petition on Facebook, said, “I felt pretty confident that most Brown students would be unhappy by this event.”
The petition highlights one mailroom employee who took three trips with a handcart to assist a disabled student move boxes into her dorm.
“That’s what we do,” Alex said. “We just do that over the course of every day. And we don’t do things and wait for applause.”
Rachel Himes ’15 wrote in an email to The Herald that she decided to sign the petition because of her positive experiences with the mailroom staff, adding that she did not want “to be complicit in actions that resulted in their termination.”
“I think Brown has to put its money where its mouth is instead of giving social justice lip service while neglecting to keep even the smaller administrative decisions in line with these principles,” Himes wrote.
At a union meeting Tuesday evening, McAninch said other Brown union members expressed support for the mailroom workers.
McAninch said she thought the online petition was an “impressive” effort and demonstrated students’ loyalty to the staff.
Students have historically organized in response to University outsourcing decisions. In 2006, the Save the Bookstore Coalition was created after the University proposed outsourcing the Brown University Bookstore to Barnes & Noble, The Herald previously reported. The bookstore switch did not occur in part because of students’ protests. McAninch said the University’s announcement about the mailroom came with less time before the switch than the bookstore proposal.
Mail Services workers said they cannot believe how fast a petition was created, Alex said. “I didn’t expect this outpouring of support.”
Students plan to forward the petition to “necessary administrators” once 1,000 people have signed it, Elmhirst said. But Huidekoper told The Herald that a student petition will not change the University’s decision.
“The employees who work in the mailroom are valued members of the community, and I understand that many people who have participated in the petition drive commented on the friendly service they have received,” Huidekoper wrote. “The University has extraordinary people who work here, and we will ensure a fair and respectful process as we work with staff during this transition.”
But the “enhanced services and administrative expertise that can be provided are simply too compelling,” Huidekoper wrote of the University’s agreement with Ricoh.”
by Brown Daily HeraldJun 25, 2014
“Charged with the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend last September , Yongfei Ci — at the time of the crime a visiting graduate student at Brown’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics — was sentenced to 46 years behind bars last week, the News-Gazette in Champaign, Illinois, reported.
The sentence is four years fewer than the length recommended by Assistant State’s Attorney Steven Ziegler. But Ci will serve the full 46 years per the terms of his plea bargain, according to the Illinois Circuit Court’s website.
Ci, a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, drove from Providence to Urbana, Illinois, in late September bearing knives and a pellet gun he had purchased over the course of several days . He could not come to terms with the fact that his ex-girlfriend, Mengchen Huang, had ended their relationship and found a new boyfriend, according to testimony reported by the News-Gazette.
Ci admitted he forced his way into Huang’s Urbana apartment and stabbed her to death while leaving her roommate tied up and locked in a bathroom.
Ci addressed the judge during his sentencing hearing, asking her to contextualize his offense and “to see me not through this single act but my life prior to this offense,” the News-Gazette reported.
Ziegler countered Ci’s argument, calling the defendant “dangerous” and describing how Ci had planned at least one week in advance to torture and murder Huang, the News-Gazette reported.
After Ci serves his time in prison, he will face deportation to China, his home country, the News-Gazette reported.”
by Brown Daily HeraldJun 18, 2014
“Two Brown undergraduates were asked to leave campus in late April amidst a criminal investigation by the Providence Police Department into an allegation that the students sexually assaulted a female Providence College student in November, the Providence Journal reported Friday .
Both Brown students were first-year students at the time, the Journal reported.
Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, told The Herald the two students remain enrolled as undergraduates but said the University’s policy is not to discuss “individual student matters.”
The University learned of the criminal investigation in February when the PC student, also then a first-year, filed an official complaint with the Providence Police against the two Brown students, Quinn wrote in an email to The Herald.
“Brown has cooperated fully with law enforcement,” Quinn wrote. “The University considers first and foremost the safety and security of campus and makes decisions in a timely way based on the best information available.”
Quinn declined to comment on what might have changed between the time the University was first notified of the investigation in February and its directive for the students to leave campus in late April.
The Providence Police Department and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office are currently considering whether to convene a grand jury — a move that could lead to an indictment of the two students — according to the Journal.
In her complaint, the PC student said she met the two Brown students, both members of the football team, at Louie’s Tavern, a bar near PC that closed earlier this year after its liquor license was revoked for serving alcohol to minors, the Journal reported.
The PC student reported to the police that she had known one of the Brown students since third grade.
She recalled feeling “drugged,” despite having had only one shot of alcohol.
She told police that after being brought to a taxi, she awoke in a bed in a Brown dorm room next to one of the Brown students. The other Brown student then asked her to perform oral sex on him, according to a police report describing the incident.
The PC student told the police she left the dorm room early the next morning before going to the hospital later that night.
Shortly after the complaint was filed, PC barred the two Brown students from its campus via a No Trespass order, according to the Journal. The female student also won a restraining order against them around the same time, NBC 10 reported.
A lawyer for one of the Brown students filed a countersuit in Rhode Island Superior Court against the female student in May, asserting that the she had made “false and defamatory statements” that damaged his client’s reputation, the Journal reported. The court later dismissed the countersuit.”
by Brown Daily HeraldJun 04, 2014
“Maud Mandel, associate professor of history and Judaic studies and director of the Program in Judaic Studies, will become Brown’s next dean of the College July 1, the University announced Tuesday.
Mandel’s selection as the University’s top academic officer for undergraduates concludes a national search that began last October , shortly after the announcement that then-Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron would leave Jan. 1 to serve as the president of Connecticut College.
Mandel will replace Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn, who served as interim dean of the College last semester.
“Professor Mandel has a deep appreciation for the value of the Brown curriculum to cultivate intellectually independent, creative and analytic minds,” President Christina Paxson said in a University press release. Mandel has served in several different advising roles at Brown, Paxson wrote in a community-wide email Tuesday afternoon.
In an interview with The Herald, Mandel cited her work on Team Enhanced Advising and Mentoring, a group that advises students of underrepresented backgrounds and first-generation college students, as the “most direct” preparation she has had for the role of dean of the College, noting that the work has introduced her to issues like financial aid and career advising at Brown.
Mandel graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor of arts in English in 1989 and received her masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Michigan.
She began teaching at Brown as a visiting assistant professor of modern Jewish history in 1997.
Unlike incoming Provost Vicki Colvin , Mandel is an internal hire, which some students called for this spring as searches for both positions were underway. But the two selections also leave the racial diversity of the senior administration — among the lowest in the Ivy League and another point of emphasis for some students — unchanged.
Mandel named her long-term experience at and consequent personal connection to Brown as one of three factors that drove her interest in the dean of the College position since it first became available. The vision of the current administration and the proliferation of massive open online courses, which has challenged traditional ideas about what universities can offer students, also drew her in, Mandel said.
As a veteran faculty member, Mandel witnessed changes to the advising program under Bergeron, and said she hopes to expand on those reforms. While Bergeron built up first-year and sophomore advising, Mandel hopes to strengthen concentration advising, she told The Herald.
Advising, which Paxson called “a personal priority” of Mandel’s in her email, must address all the opportunities available to Brown students, Mandel said — a goal she describes as “advising the whole student.”
“We want students who come to Brown to feel like they got an experience here that’s unique and important that would not be available to them at other places,” Mandel said, with advising a vehicle to achieve that goal.
Mandel’s scholarship and teaching focus on an array of topics within Jewish and French history, including immigration, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and nationalism. Her most recent publications have explored the relationships between Jews and Muslims in France.
As a scholar of European history, Mandel said, she is particularly interested in the international impact students can make. She said she is also especially intrigued by engaged learning and sophomore seminars, and was one of a few professors to teach a sophomore seminar last semester, HIST 0980B: “Becoming French: Minorities and the Challenges of Integration in the French Republic.”
Outside of Paxson’s strategic plan, Mandel is concerned about the decreasing number of undergraduates concentrating in the humanities, a trend she has personally witnessed at Brown, she told The Herald. As dean of the College, Mandel will be poised to make clear to students and parents that the humanities teach valuable skills, she said, adding that tackling the problem also “has to do with admissions and the type of students we want to bring to Brown.”
Mandel will also confront the issue of grade inflation, which was discussed during the selection process, she told The Herald. “President Paxson has made clear that one of the initiatives of the dean of the College will be to address grade inflation.”
At Brown, Mandel has been appointed as a faculty fellow at the Pembroke Center and the Cogut Center for the Humanities, according to the press release. Her teaching has also been acclaimed by students: On the Critical Review, several of her most recent ratings are close to the highest possible score of 1.
Mandel will have a leading role in implementing the components of the University’s strategic plan that focus on strengthening undergraduate education, according to the press release.
She will not teach next year, but hopes to get back in the classroom shortly after that, she told The Herald, adding that she would not have taken a position that would isolate her from students.
Mandel recently started work on a book project and will continue doing research in some capacity as she moves forward with administrative work, she said.
The search committee that selected Mandel was chaired by outgoing Provost Mark Schlissel P’15 and staffed by several professors, staff members and undergraduates.”
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