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Brown University: Two rugby players, Uzo Okoro and Kiki Morgan, were among 49 players named in a list of potential United States National Team members for 2016, The Brown Daily Herald reported. Okoro and Morgan will have a chance to compete with the national team during the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017, following a series of camps and international competitions this summer. This year, Brown’s women’s rugby team held a 5-2 record in the regular season, but fell to Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship game.

Cornell University: The World Health Organization partnered with Cornell University to create and implement public health policy, The Cornell Sun reported. Cornell, one of 700 WHO collaborating centers in over 80 countries, will work on areas such as nursing, occupational health, nutrition and health technologies. The WHO Center will provide opportunities for Cornell faculty and students to help meet the needs of United Nations member states seeking policy guidance based on scientific research.

Columbia University: Over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 2015 Quality of Life Survey, a biennial University-wide survey which seeks to assess student satisfaction at Columbia, The Columbia Spectator reported. The results of the survey revealed that students are slightly more satisfied with their experience at the university than they were two years ago. However, the survey also highlighted inequitiable satisfaction levels among students with disabilities and students who self-identified as transgender or genderqueer. To combat such dissatisfaction, the University Senate Student Affairs Committee recommended that all school forms provide an option for identifying as transgender or genderqueer, and that more gender-inclusive bathrooms are added to buildings.

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Brown University: This past fall, the ALS Finding a Cure Foundation endowed a team of five faculty members at Brown University with a $1.8 million research grant, The Brown Daily Herald reported. The team plans to research the possibility of aberrant genes as a cure for ALS, suggesting that the gene mutations may potentially defend motor neurons. Depending on its success, the team could receive up to $14 million in the next few years.

Cornell University: Cornell Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced a four-percent increase in next year’s tuition rate, in addition international student admission will no longer be done on a need-blind basis, The Cornell Daily Sun reported. Students have shown concern about the change, with many expressing that their opinions have been disregarded. Cornell admissions will shift to a need-aware basis fot international applicants starting in fall 2017.

Columbia University: Kathleen Bachynski, a Columbia researcher who studies the correlation between brain injuries and youth football, suggested that youth football must eliminate tackles,the Columbia Daily Spectator reported. Even after concussion symptoms fade, the risks and long-term effects continue.  These include deficiencies in cognition and attention, sleep problems, behavioral issues and headaches. Bachynski asserts that the safety of human brains must be prioritized. Continue reading

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Brown University: The Corporation, Brown University’s highest governing body, recently approved a 4.1 percent hike in tuition, The Brown Daily Herald reported. This brings total undergraduate charges to approximately $64,566. The rise is consistent with the past two years’ tuition hikes of 4.4 and 3.8 percent, respectively. This  change coincides with a 7.1 percent increase in the undergraduate financial aid budget. 

Cornell University: In December 2014, Cornell University announced its plan to buy all electricity generated by the Enfield Black Oak Wind Farm, but some Enfield, New York, residents are now opposing the plan, The Cornell Daily Sun reported. The farm will produce 20 percent of the University’s annual energy, but local residents have expressed concerns about noise pollution and the lack of financial benefits the town will receive. More than 180 residents of Enfield have signed a petition asking that the project be delayed, and the farm’s advisory committee will meet this week to discuss the proposal.  Continue reading

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Brown:  Brown can enjoy their winter break for a couple more weeks after a long semester. But just before they bid 2015 and their friends goodbye, Brown’s a capella groups came together for the annual Holiday Midnight Organ Concert in Sayles Hall. Students took a break from studying to enjoy melodious holiday a capella performances that ranged from traditional hymns to comical renditions. However, this was no ordinary concert: students cozied up in blankets and PJs instead of sitting in chairs, while glitter and Twinkies were thrown into the audience. Continue reading

19 Thoughts I Had During the Dartmouth vs. Harvard Football Game

With both teams 3-0 in the Ivy League, the Big Green took on the Harvard Crimson Friday night in Cambridge for a match that likely determined the conference champion. Most people can agree that watching the game on TV or catching up with the highlights is not the same as being there in real-time. It’s a full experience that’s defined by the little things. To help you feel like you were there, Dartbeat has created a narration of that experience (complete with GIFs, of course).
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