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Gov. Raimondo reexamines education funding formula
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 29, 2016
“A working group established by Gov. Gina Raimondo has released a 36-page report with policy recommendations for Rhode Island’s educational funding formula. The report suggests changes to the way aid is allocated to charter schools as well as special education and English Language Learner programs.
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, adjunct lecturer in international and public affairs and executive director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT — a nonprofit advocacy group for Rhode Island’s children — served as co-chair of the working group.
“There was strong agreement that the funding formula is working well,” Bryant said. “Our charge was not to revamp the funds but to see if there were tweaks that needed to be considered.”
The working group’s report will be a key resource for both the governor and the general assembly, she added.
The committee, assembled by Raimondo’s executive order last October, was tasked with evaluating the efficacy of the existing formula established in 2010 without accounting for increases in overall spending. Some worry the choice not to account for spending will result in financially infeasible program expansions or will benefit some districts at the expense of others.
“If you’re not going to increase state funding and you want to expand these special programs, you’re going to end up burdening the taxpayer,” said Tim Duffy, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees.
In its executive summary, the working group offered 20 funding recommendations for a variety of state educational programs, calling specifically for potential increases in funding for English Language Learners   and special needs students. The group also recommended that Raimondo reexamine the funding differences between charter and traditional public schools.
There are different arguments for increasing aid to both charter and traditional public schools, said Kenneth Wong, chair of the education department and advisor to the working group. Traditional public schools have disproportionately large populations of high-cost special education students, while charter schools often have to raise their own funds for things like facilities management, he added.
“If you look at the unique costs on balance, charter schools already out-pay those of traditional public schools,” said Timothy Groves, executive director of the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools. Still, Groves said charter schools would be willing to revisit the existing funding formula as “there’s always room for revision and modification.”
Duffy sees the situation differently. “Charter schools are impacting public schools negatively already,” he said, adding that “students are inclined to enter a charter school lottery only because they can’t get the services they need in their underfunded public schools.”
The executive order states that the responsibility of the working group is solely to research and report findings on the existing funding formula, and its policy recommendations will not necessarily be implemented.
“The overall sentiment of the report is that we hope the legislature will be able to find some new money to move into public education,” Wong said. “It’s a very important domain to serve the collective interest of the state, so I hope the legislature would take that into consideration.””

Students protest Hillel-sponsored lecture
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 29, 2016
“Conversation between Michael Douglas and Natan Sharansky during Thursday night’s “Jewish Journeys” lecture in Salomon 101 took place amid a protest led by Students for Justice in Palestine.
The lecture, organized by the Brown/RISD Hillel and sponsored by the Genesis Prize Foundation, Hillel International and the Jewish Agency for Israel, aimed to discuss the roles “faith, religious pluralism and human rights have played” in the “personal journeys” of the two speakers: Douglas, an “award-winning actor” and Sharansky, an “historic politician and activist,” according to the event’s description.
Sharansky is currently a chairman at the Jewish Agency for Israel, which connects “Jews with Israel, with one another (and) with their heritage,” according to its website. The agency is one of the largest nonprofits in Israel and played a significant role in immigration to Israel and the absorption of immigrants upon the foundation of the state.
The event was intended to focus on the personal stories of the two speakers, though the Israeli-Palestinian conflict became part of the talk, said Marshall Einhorn, executive director for Hillel, and Benjamin Gladstone ’18, vice president of Brown Students for Israel. Gladstone said his statements to The Herald are his own and are not representative of Brown Students for Israel.
A group of 30 protesters gathered outside Salomon before the talk, which drew a full audience.
When the group of demonstrators moved toward the door of Salomon, a security guard told them to “get away from the entrance.” In reply, an SJP member shouted back, “Don’t get away from the entrance!”
Because they had booked a room in Salomon, the protesters were able to enter the building’s lobby, where they remained for the bulk of the lecture. As attendees filed into the auditorium, students shouted from the lobby, “Not another nickel, not another dime! No more money for Israel’s crimes!”
The protesters proceeded up the stairs in an attempt to hang their posters and Palestinian flags from the bannisters, shouting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”
Security guards rushed ahead of the demonstrators and shut down their efforts. They returned to the lobby, where many of them taped up posters and left by 8 p.m. — more than half an hour before the lecture had finished.
Throughout the demonstration, Ashley Ferranti, assistant dean of student support services, reminded students of the University’s guidelines for staging protests. She also offered to provide further support for students who had missed class to be involved in activism or who were upset by the evening’s events.
The members of SJP cited their reasons for protesting the event in a Herald opinion piece published the day of the event. They wrote that the lecture was propaganda funded by the Israeli government and called the presence of such propaganda an “affront to academic freedom” that should not be presented to Brown students.
The individual speakers were also key reasons for SJP’s protest of the lecture. In the column, SJP claimed that Sharansky has been cited for “anti-Palestinian, anti-African racism” and that Douglas is involved in the Brand Israel campaign, which SJP defined as “a campaign designed to put the spotlight upon Israel’s cultural capital, rather than on its violent, repressive policies.”
Inside the auditorium, Douglas posed questions to Sharansky. Douglas addressed the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, asking if Sharansky thinks of it as an anti-Semitic movement. Sharansky said he fears   those involved in the movement “are discouraging so many young Jews from being connected” and that he has had difficulty speaking with the members of the movement.
Sharansky said future Jewish leaders should remember their identities and where they come from, adding, “No one can humiliate you; you can only humiliate yourself,” which garnered applause from the audience.
Several students directly addressed the occupation of Palestine during the question and answer session following the lecture. Sharansky criticized the occupation of Palestine in one of his responses, agreeing that the territories should eventually become a free state.
Several other Providence community members appeared alongside the members of SJP to offer an alternative voice to those featured in the event.
“We are here as a presence inviting people to keep in mind human rights and rights for those in Palestine,” said Lee Clasper-Torch, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace.
By handing out leaflets and speaking with those entering the event, Clasper-Torch said he hoped to advocate “sustainable peace based on justice” and encourage Israeli officials to “abide by human rights international law, which they currently are not doing.”
“Brown has a history of giving microphones to people who have power,” said Martha Yager, a member of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker social justice group. “If Brown is going to let folks come and give them this space, as a responsible educator, (Brown needs) to make sure all voices are heard,” she added.
Some of the funders of the event made “a concerted effort” to shut down the BDS movement and “professors who are asking questions,” Yager said.
Gladstone, echoing Einhorn, said he was eager to hear the personal stories of the two lecturers and was disappointed that politics became the focus of the event for many students.
Einhorn told The Herald he enjoyed the lecture from Douglas and Sharansky, saying it presented students with the opportunity to hear the stories of others in the Jewish community.
Einhorn’s favorite part of the night was the question and answer period, which allowed students to speak directly with the lecturers, asking both political questions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and questions about Douglas’ career as an actor.
As for the SJP protesters, Einhorn said he was glad the students were able to speak their views freely. “We do our best to create a wide tent for students of all different perspectives to engage with one another … and hear from others in a safe way,” he said.
Several members of SJP declined to comment for this story.
Correction: A previous version of this article referred to the author of a column in Thursday’s Herald as Huriat Al-Sharq ’17. In fact, the column was written by the members of Students for Justice in Palestine. The Herald regrets the error.”

Tough schedule stymies women’s hockey over winter break
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 29, 2016
“In the midst of a 3-16-2 season, it might be harder than usual to find positives for the women’s hockey team to build on. Bruno is hoping that a 2-2 tie against Union Jan. 23 might qualify, giving the team a boost for the final stretch of what has been a tough season for the Bears.
Erin Conway ’17 scored the equalizer with just 1:18 left in the third period to send the game into overtime. The game marked a bright spot in the team’s winter break stretch, a three-week period in which the Bears went 0-7-2.
The other tie came on the road   Jan. 16 at Cornell. The draw with the Big Red was another third-period comeback for Bruno, as Cynthia Kyin ’18 scored her first career goal to knot the score at 2, 3:56 into the final frame. Brown’s only other goal was also a milestone: the first collegiate tally for Abby Niewchas ’19.
Sam Donovan ’18 touted the team’s persistence throughout challenging games during a tough season.
“Getting those two ties and coming from behind really motivated our team,” Donovan said. “It shows that we really don’t get down.”
The gauntlet of an ECAC schedule has proved difficult for a relatively inexperienced team. The conference is currently home to four of the 10 highest-ranked teams in the nation. Brown fell at No. 10 Princeton, No. 4 Quinnipiac and No. 7 Clarkson over the break. For a team with just three seniors and seven total upperclassmen, experienced teams have posed insurmountable challenges.
Donovan said the team often falls behind because of breakdowns during a short stretch of game time.
“If you look at scores period-by-period, we keep games pretty close for the first and second period,” Donovan said. “We’ve improved, and the scores haven’t always shown that.”
Bruno trailed by just one against Colgate and Merrimack after the first period and even led Quinnipiac. Unfortunately for the Bears, they went on to lose by at least three goals in each case.
Another encouraging sign for Bruno is the recent increase in offensive production, accompanied by a change in the team’s lines. Brown has scored two goals in four of the past five games, a stretch that included both of the team’s ties. While not overwhelming, these results constitute a marked improvement over the team’s previous offensive performances: The Bears were shut out or held to one goal in nine of 12 games to start the season.
Coach Bob Kenneally switched up the top lines, moving Samantha Swanstrom ’18 up to play with Donovan and Bridget Carey ’19, who had both previously been playing with Maddie Woo ’17. Donovan said the team has been working in practice to try to get comfortable with the new combinations.
With eight games to play, Brown has an outside shot at qualifying for the ECAC tournament, in which it hasn’t participated since the 2011-12 season. Bruno will need to finish in the top eight to play in the tournament. A conference record of 1-11-2 puts Brown in 11th place, nine points behind Yale (7-13-1, 6-7-1 ECAC), which currently occupies the 8th spot.
Luckily for the Bears, they will get two chances to make up ground on the Bulldogs this weekend. The teams will square off Friday at Yale — a game that will air nationally on ESPN3 — and then return to Providence to face off again against the Elis Saturday. Any scenario that has Bruno making the conference tournament almost certainly starts with two wins this weekend.
To do so, Brown will need to stop a balanced scoring attack from Yale, led by senior Janelle Ferrara, who tops the team with seven goals this season. Three other Bulldogs have contributed six goals, including junior Phoebe Staenz, the team leader in shots with 70 on the season. The Bears will look to use evolving offensive chemistry to beat Yale junior goaltender Hanna Mandl. Mandl has 452 saves this season, good for fourth in the ECAC.”

Orkand ’99 and Cohen-Millstein ’98: BRPi should not have disaffiliated from AEPi
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 29, 2016
“Updated Jan. 29 at 12:25 p.m.
Fellow Brunonians,
As alums and founding members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter at Brown, we write to correct some of the mischaracterizations of AEPi in the Jan. 27 opinion column signed by Ben Owens ’17 and the members of the newly established Beta Rho Pi. Though the relationship between the fraternity and its alums may be of little interest to the broader Brown community, we feel a responsibility to correct the column’s misleading and false statements about AEPi.
We want to make two points at the outset. First, every Greek organization must take sexual assault very seriously, and we believe that AEPi is a leader in this regard. Second, AEPi is open to any student who identifies as male — regardless of religion — who wishes to join a Jewish fraternity.
The signatories to this letter founded the Brown chapter of AEPi in 1995. We faced several challenges, including anti-Semitic comments by a member of Residential Council. But we were steadfast in our commitment to build an organization that we hoped would provide enduring value to the membership and the Brown community long after we graduated and one that reflected the values that we shared with AEPi. And throughout its 20-year history at Brown, AEPi has been a leader among its peer fraternities in promoting inclusion of students regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation and gender identity.
AEPi is unapologetically a Jewish fraternity. As a mission-driven organization, it cares deeply about the quality of the Jewish experience at each of its chapters and the campuses and communities that it calls home. To that end, AEPi seeks out brothers who wish to join the organization because of, rather than despite, its Jewish character. But that has not prevented the organization from rushing, welcoming and electing to leadership positions, brothers of any religion.
The fraternity’s Jewish values inform its zero-tolerance policy concerning sexual assault. Let us be clear: It is indisputable that incidents of sexual assault are vastly underreported — not falsely reported — on college campuses. That one in four female undergraduates and nearly 7 percent of male undergraduates at Brown report having been victims of sexual assault during their time on campus is deplorable and must be addressed. The AEPi chapter at Brown has been a leader in preventing sexual assault on campus, as has the international fraternity within the larger Greek community.
The international fraternity, along with many of the chapter’s alums, has taken quite seriously the chapter’s concerns and has taken steps to address them. Immediately upon learning of their vote to disaffiliate — which came as a surprise to alums, who were deliberately excluded from the conversation — a group of chapter alums attempted to facilitate conversation between the members at Brown and the international organization. We understand that the international fraternity made several significant commitments to the chapter, including to solicit the chapter’s input to improve AEPi’s sexual assault prevention training and to investigate the unacceptable comments allegedly made by some AEPi staff members that do not reflect the fraternity’s policies or culture. It is unfortunate that the chapter has chosen to disengage rather than be an agent of change to ensure that the international fraternity addresses the important, substantive issues facing college students across the country.
The current undergraduates claim that any attempt at dialogue would have been futile since AEPi “takes stances so contrary to (the Brown chapter’s) values.” They further imply that AEPi is too morally compromised to engage with on these important issues. Based on our 20-year history of working with the international fraternity, we disagree. As one concrete example, immediately upon learning that the chapter had suggestions on how to improve the fraternity’s sexual assault prevention education, the international fraternity offered to work with the chapter to implement changes. The chapter at Brown never responded.
To say that we are disappointed by the chapter’s decision would be a vast understatement. We are especially saddened that this organization has gone dormant because of misguided and ill-conceived reasons. Given the positive impact that AEPi has had on campus for over 20 years, we urge the University and student body to welcome and support any student who wishes to join AEPi in the future so that the fraternity may continue its positive contributions to the Brown community. We express our full support for any student who wishes to do so.
The founding members of Alpha Epsilon Pi at Brown
Seth Orkand ’99 and Peter Cohen-Millstein ’98 are two of the founding members of the Brown chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Orkand is a regional governor for AEPi for Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Cohen-Millstein sits on the AEPi board of directors. 
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O’Shea ’19: Snowzilla versus the people
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 29, 2016
“On a foggy day in Providence, I am running in a cloud along the East Bay Bike Path. The wind turbines to the west and Veterans Parkway to the east are obscured by the veil draped over the Providence River. Facing north, our downtown skyline has vaporized. A subtle combination of low temperature and high humidity has erased these monuments of humanity. Over the past semester, these runs have inspired me to think about the relationship between humans and the natural world.
I find myself now under the thumb of a far more potent natural phenomenon ­— Snowzilla, the blizzard of 2016. Twenty-nine inches of snow fell on my family’s house in Maryland, an all-time record. The actions of my community before, during and after Snowzilla’s attack reflect the complexities of our contemporary relationship with nature in profound and unsettling ways.
Leading up to the storm, the public was well aware that this would be a big one. Hoarding ensued as the masses descended upon supermarkets, clearing shelves and queuing restlessly at checkouts. Despite the hysteria, at least citizens were still willing to pay for the food; a reassuring sliver of civility remained. Thus I was presented with a scary sight: isles and fridges devoid of food like a Soviet-era supermarket. It is easy to forget how dependent our comfortable existence is upon a surplus of easily accessible foods. In a possible future emergency, during which supply chains may break down for a prolonged period, will this chaos devolve into anarchy? Could we grow our own wheat or hunt our own meat?
As the first flurries fell, I wandered past a Chick-fil-A, where my neighbors formed endless lines of pedestrians and cars. Were they thinking about the scarcity of the Earth’s resources with respect to their limitless desires? Despite the imminent threat of impassable roads, they wanted their chicken sandwich right now. Our society has become conditioned to easy fulfillment of its wants. Most of us never consider the fragile balance between the modern systems that allow for immediate gratification and the constant threat that our familiar ecosystems might collapse. Our glittering world could be rendered acutely impractical.
A trail of logistical miracles provides us with mindlessly convenient access to such decadent luxuries as the Original Chicken Sandwich. This system relies on the viability of diverse agricultural environments and the availability of cheap petroleum to fuel the transportation of ingredients to an outlet near you. Trucks from Nebraska weave their way through Appalachia. Paprika and palm oil from a farm cross the Atlantic on a behemoth barge. Brazilian lumberjacks fell ancient trees to make flimsy paper bags. And I walk to the counter and order a number one with fries.
A dangerous feedback loop emerges from this global network. Fossil fuel-intensive production and transportation processes exacerbate the greenhouse effect. As we are already seeing, climate change is submerging once habitable lands and rendering once fertile areas barren. This record snowfall is yet another harbinger of more extreme, adverse weather events to come. If we continue as a people to abuse the rich earth, eventually the wild party that is modern civilization will be brought to a halt. Most of us will find ourselves ill-prepared to face the hangover that follows.
In the thick of the storm, every home prayed that electricity would remain on. Our climate-controlled houses and high-definition entertainment systems were now all that separated us from the deer huddled beneath the trees outside. Our vulnerability becomes evermore evident as we deplete our natural resources under the leadership of individuals who seem intent on driving our society forward right until the collective well runs dry. In this inconvenient future, we lose what distinguishes us from the beasts in the woods. Laws and respect for human dignity become irrelevant when all of one’s efforts must be directed toward finding food and warmth. Perhaps if the populous considered this potential path as seriously as they have the zombie apocalypse, we could be scared into moving towards attitudes and policies that provide for a more sustainable direction.    
Now that the skies have cleared, we all toil to dig out as quickly as possible. Each of us wants desperately to return to the society that has provided us with comfort for our entire lives. We are happy to participate in this system by which we are separated from the cold winds of the world beyond the control of our intelligence and reason — the world that came so much nearer once two-and-a-half feet of snow fell on our doorsteps. Fortunately, this time, when the fog lifted, the skyline remained.
Ronan O’Shea ‘19 can be reached at
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Brown Bites: Jan. 23-29, 2016
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 29, 2016
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How do you say “Bye Felicia” in Greek?
News that the frat formerly known as AEPi disaffiliated from the international organization and became the independent frat Beta Rho Pi struck newsfeeds everywhere this week. In an op-ed , the president of Beta Rho Pi, Ben Owens ’17, discussed the brothers’ reasoning for disaffiliation, citing religious bias against non-Jewish brothers and disagreement over the way AEPi National handles sexual assault prevention. By getting rid of national dues, the guys also aim to make the frat more inclusive. Jonathan Pierce, past international president of AEPi and current AEPi spokesman, voiced his disappointment over the brothers’ decision, saying that being in AEPi is special, and Brown’s chapter “didn’t value that.” Founders of the Brown AEPi chapter Seth Orkand ’99 and Peter Cohen-Millstein ’98 published an op-ed in The Herald explaining their disappointment with the disaffiliation. Sounds like that break-up went about as well as when we dumped our 7th-grade boyfriend. Sorry, Sam — we loved you, we just weren’t in love with you.
The curse of Thayer
Students mourned the loss of two more places to eat as Thayer claimed the lives of both SnoTea Caffè and Skewers over winter break. While some students felt the loss of SnoTea especially hard, Skewers spent the end of last semester fairly empty of customers. Kung Fu Tea, which will be owned and operated by the management of the nearby Den Den Café Asiana, is slated to open up later this semester in SnoTea’s place. The only silver lining of the closings: the ghost of Skewers will make a great Halloween costume.
Need for speed
Daredevils who crave the exhilarating feeling of going 10 mph were crushed by the news that hoverboards were banned from campus over break. According to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Richard Bova, hoverboards’ lithium batteries have been prone to catch fire and are therefore banished from residence halls, auxiliary housing properties and University buildings. Brown joined 25 other universities including Harvard, Yale and Columbia who have banned the board. Attention students in need of other hipster ways to get around campus: Have you tried unicycling?
Brown came in like a wrecking ball
Good news for visiting parents — Brown is planning on knocking down seven buildings on Brook and Cushing Streets to create a temporary new parking lot . According to Al Dahlberg, the director of state and community relations for Brown, the addition is being made in response to requests by Thayer Street merchants for additional parking options. Once Brown’s two-year permit expires, the University plans to use the area “to meet emerging residential or academic needs.” We have to say we’re most excited about the new potential shortcut opportunities on our way to class.”

Gleason leaves legacy of wisdom, trail of paint
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 21, 2016
“Updated Jan. 21 at 10:45 a.m. 
Abbott “Tom” Gleason, professor emeritus of history and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs faculty member, is remembered by friends and colleagues as a man of many talents who touched the lives of countless colleagues and students. The definition of well-rounded, Gleason took interest in an eclectic mix of subjects, studying the Cold War as well as baseball, music and art.
Gleason spent nearly four decades at the University from 1968 to 2005, promoting Slavic studies and teaching about the Cold War, Russian national identity and American affairs. He also served as chair of the Department of History and director of the Watson Institute.
From 1980 to 1982, Gleason doubled as Brown professor and director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Between 1995 and 1996, he also served as the President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, wrote Cynthia Brokaw, professor and chair of the Department of History, in an email to The Herald.
After retiring from Brown in 2005 for health-related reasons, Gleason pursued other ambitions in earnest, painting prolifically and holding numerous art exhibitions, Omer Bartov, professor of history and German studies, wrote in an email to The Herald.
A legacy in Russian studies
Many historians of modern Russia agree that Gleason’s scholarship has made an indelible mark on the field.
“He had remarkable range, writing with equal ability and skill about the 19th century and the 20th century, intellectual trends and culture, high politics and art,” wrote Ethan Pollock, director of undergraduate studies for the history department and associate professor of Slavic studies. Pollock called Gleason’s work “insightful, caring, convincing and witty.”
Though Gleason’s research originally centered on 19th-century history, his experience at the Wilson Center increased his interest in the Soviet period and foreign policy during the Cold War, wrote Gordon Wood, professor emeritus of history, in an email to The Herald.
Gleason published and edited many works. Some of his most groundbreaking Soviet books are “Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell and Our Future,” “Nikita Khrushchev,” and “Totalitarianism: The Inner History of the Cold War.” In his book on totalitarianism he examines the similarities among 20th-century dictatorships fueled by seemingly disparate ideologies.
In 2010, he published “A Liberal Education,” a memoir touching on his generation, work, passions and experience with Parkinson’s disease.
“A true Renaissance scholar”
“Gleason was one of the great faculty members of Brown of the last half century,” wrote Kenneth Sacks, professor of history, in an email to The Herald.
Gleason could not only boast deep expertise in Russian history, but also “talk with authority on most sports,” especially any trivia involving the Boston Red Sox, Sacks wrote. Gleason also loved music, particularly classical music and jazz, even naming his dog for Louis Armstrong, Sacks wrote, deeming Gleason “a true Renaissance scholar.”
Gleason’s broad interests made him an interesting lecturer and engaging conversationalist. “He was one of the most articulate and learned individuals I had ever met,” Wood wrote.
Gleason was also known for his “unique kind of wry humor,” Bartov wrote. “What I admired most about him was that he consistently displayed utter sincerity without a hint of naivete.”
“He was a connoisseur of East European and Russian jokes, and few people could present these jokes with more effect than Tom,” wrote Mary Gluck, professor of history and Judaic studies, in an email to The Herald.
A conversation Gleason and Wood had at the University Club in 1969 convinced Wood to move from Michigan to teach at Brown. “I said to myself, if he was typical of the Brown faculty, there is where I want to be.”
Passion for paint
After Gleason retired, he picked up painting, a hobby in which he had dabbled as a graduate school student, Wood wrote. Gleason painted everything from European landscapes to bright abstract shapes.
Gleason told The Herald in 2014 that he wasn’t ready to retire in 2005. “I sometimes miss it — the classroom and the students — but I try to keep it out of mind. Painting is all I try to concern myself with now,” he said. “Everything else has deteriorated, but my painting is the best it has been.”
Gleason had his own art studio and continued to paint “ever more abstractly, even while increasingly debilitated by Parkinson’s disease,” Sacks wrote.
In 2013, the Watson Institute exhibited Gleason’s paintings spanning through his whole career. The Department of History has purchased two of Gleason’s paintings to hang in Peter Green House, Brokaw wrote.  
Gleason died at 77 years old Dec. 25, President Christina Paxson P’19 announced in a campus-wide email. He died from complications with Parkinson’s disease, the Washington Post reported .  A University memorial service will be held Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Providence.”

C.D. Wright remembered for thoughtful, innovative work
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 21, 2016
“Carolyn “C.D.” Wright, professor of literary arts and award-winning poet, passed away in her home on Jan. 12. Wright was 67 years old, but her life was full of accomplishments and experiences that inspired students and colleagues to share in her passion of writing on the truth and the beauty of the world.
Wright was a wordsmith and with her intelligence, she quickly became an uncategorizable poet. Her innovative writing and thoughtful truth constantly renewed a reader’s sense of purpose. She was always adding something new to her craft.
Her husband, Forrest Gander, also a professor of literary arts and comparative literature, wrote in an email to The Herald that Wright’s words enchanted others. “She spoke her mind with a quirky, funny particularity, with an ever fascinating language, from an original angle.” He added that her intelligence was so uncommon, everyone she met was instantly drawn to her.
In addition to her ability to captivate others, Wright “was an enthusiast — for people, for ideas, for landscapes,” wrote Gale Nelson, assistant director of the literary arts department, in an email to The Herald. “She never stopped savoring that which caught her eye, her heart, her mind. She lived in the moment, but each moment was processed through deep and constant reflection.”
Wright’s poems are distinct in their breathtaking lyricism and fluid nature. In her piece “Op Ed,” Wright captured the essence of poetry, writing, “I believe the word was made good from the start; it remains so to this second. I believe words are golden as goodness is golden.” It was her love of words that gave her light and cemented her decision to become a poet.
Melissa Rabb, associate professor of English, teaches a class called “The Practice of Poetry Today,” and students often do not believe that poets make deliberate decisions to create patterns of sounds within each body of work. Rabb wrote in an email to The Herald that when Wright visited the class one year, a skeptical student asked her if she consciously thinks about making patterns with particular sounds. “Without missing a beat, (Wright) said, ‘Oh, yes. I’m really into low open vowel sounds right now.’” Rabb wrote “I could have thrown my arms around her in gratitude.”
Wright loved to experiment with new sounds and new patterns.
“C.D. never let language get boring, even in a meeting or in class,” wrote Thalia Field, professor of literary arts, in an email to The Herald. “Her verbal antics upped everyone’s game and created space for creative thinking.”
Cole Swensen, department chair of the literary arts program, wrote in an email to The Herald that the power of Wright’s words made her a revolutionary teacher. “She was such a model of frankness — she knew instantly how to get to the heart of an issue in a piece of writing — it was a kind of intuition, and it was always spot on.”
Through her insight and constant innovation, Wright produced several collections of poems, including “Just Whistle” in 1993, “Deepstep Come Shining” in 1998, “Cooling Time” in 2005, “One Big Self” in 2007, among many others.“Rising, Falling, Hovering” — published in 2009 — won the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Her collection titled “One with Others,” published in 2010, is one of her most successful collections. It was named a finalist for the National Book Award along with winning the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the National Critics Circle Award.
Rabb wrote of Wright’s accomplishments, “All of the adjectives that critics use to describe her work are true: brilliant, honest, poignant, funny, experimental, deeply moral and respectful of human life and its struggles.”
Gander wrote that Wright’s work sparked interest in readers of all ages. “There are other famous contemporary poets writing now, but none of them have had the influence on the younger generation of writers that C.D.’s work has.”
Carole Maso, professor of literary arts, said in an email to The Herald that the influence of Wright’s numerous works will persist. “She was a ballast here: true, driven, irreverent and brave. Her astonishing work will survive for a long, long time.”
Swensen also wrote that Wright’s reach to the younger generation is a testament to her natural, raw talent. “She didn’t just write poems or poetic books or essays, she simply wrote in an email to The Herald — and that’s the attitude that allows a writer to go beyond the restrictions of genre and to use language beyond the limits of convention.”
Wright’s language was unparalleled. She had a unique relationship with words.
Her originality and wit did not go unnoticed in the literary community. Over the span of seventeen years, she continued to receive accolades for her work. She won the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987,was named the poet laureate of the state of Rhode Island in 1994 and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. Her writing only grew stronger with maturation and experience. In 2013, Wright was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Wright’s work stems in part from her experience living in the deep South, the West and New England. Wright was born in Mountain Home, Ark. to a judge and a court reporter. From an early age, she understood the importance and the influence of words. Wright attended the University of Memphis in Tennessee, earning her Bachelor of Arts in French studies.
Upon graduation, she returned home and attended the University of Arkansas for the MFA program. After her schooling, Wright made the decision to head west to San Francisco, where she met Gander. They married in 1983, and that same year, the two journeyed to Providence to teach at Brown. Together, they had a son named Brecht and ran the publishing company Lost Roads Press.
Gander said in an email to The Herald that Wright had not slowed in the months leading up to her passing. Rather, her writing had strengthened. “She was at the peak of her career as a writer: Her last books, the new book of essays just out are among the most magnificent books of literature in the century.” Gander added that the books express diverse themes such as empathy and politics.
Maso wrote, “I can’t imagine just now how we’ll go on.”
Wright will continue to be remembered for her sharp mind and keen eye. These attributes allowed Wright to write piece after piece. She never lost her passion or insight. Her poem from “The Obscure Lives of Poets” will be published by the Poetry Foundation next month as a special fold-out bind-in to accommodate the length of its lines.
Wright wrote of her everlasting love for poetry, “I poetry. I write it, study it, read it, edit it, publish it, teach it … Sometimes I grow weary of it. I could not live without it. Not in this world. Not in my lifetime.”
—  With additional reporting by Taneil Ruffin”

Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73 to retire this year
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 20, 2016
“After more than 10 years at Brown, Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73 will retire later this year, Provost Richard Locke wrote in a community-wide email Tuesday.
Miller has worked in financial aid and admissions for the last four decades across several universities, including Harvard and Bowdoin College. He stepped into his current role at the University in 2005.
During his tenure, Miller has admitted over 28,000 students and has played a crucial role in shaping Brown’s campus culture and community. Since the start of his service, the University’s applicant pool has doubled in size, peaking at a record 32,000 applicants for the Class of 2020.
Brown has become a more selective school under Miller’s leadership. While the acceptance rate for the Class of 2010 was 13.8 percent, last year’s rate for the Class of 2019 came in at 8.5 percent.
Miller has also overseen an increase in student body diversity, as the number of students of color matriculating has jumped by 40 percent during his decade-long tenure.
Throughout his time at the University, Miller has spearheaded substantial changes to the way prospective students apply. He led Brown to adopt the Common Application in 2007 and helped forge its partnership with the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success this year. He has moved Brown’s application and evaluation processes online and played a major role in reshaping the alumni interviewing program, Locke wrote.
A search committee will be formed within the next few weeks to find Miller’s successor.”

Eric Estes named VP for campus life, student services
by Brown Daily Herald
Jan 17, 2016
“Updated Jan. 16 at 9:25 a.m.
Eric Estes will take on the role of vice president for campus life and student services beginning July 1, wrote President Christina Paxson P’19 in a community-wide email Thursday. Estes currently serves as Oberlin College’s vice president and dean of students, Paxson wrote.
As vice president for campus life and student services, Estes will oversee more than a dozen offices and centers, including the Brown Center for Students of Color, Counseling and Psychological Services and Residential Life, according to the University’s website .
Former Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn vacated the position when she stepped down in August to become vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The search for a new vice president has been active since June and was conducted by a 10-member selection committee comprised of administrators, faculty members and undergraduate and graduate students.
“The process of identifying candidates was very thorough,” wrote Nancy Barnett, chair of the committee and professor of behavioral and social sciences in an email to The Herald. “We recognize how important this position is for the campus as a whole and were very focused on serving the community well by identifying the candidates who we thought would bring thoughtful leadership.
Paxson thanked MaryLou McMillan, senior director for planning and student engagement, and Mary Grace Almandrez, associate dean of the College, for their ongoing service as interim assistant vice presidents for campus life and student services during the vice presidential vacancy this academic year.  
Estes holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and a PhD in history from Syracuse University. Before moving to Oberlin, Estes lectured at Duke University, where he chaired the President’s University Task Force on LGBT Matters and served on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, according to Oberlin’s website .
“Eric has the experience, vision and drive that will serve the division very well,” Barnett wrote. “As a faculty member who works closely with Campus Life on issues of behavioral health, I am delighted that he will be coming to Brown and look forward to having him as a close colleague.”
Estes joined Oberlin in 2004 as associate dean of students and director of the Multicultural Resource Center, Paxson wrote. At Oberlin, Estes was an “effective advocate for diversity and inclusion,” Paxson wrote. He has earned professional certification in affirmative action and social justice mediation.”

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