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BROWN UNIVERSITY: International students comprise 17 percent of Brown’s applicant pool for the Class of 2018, the highest in the university’s history, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Domestically, the university also noted a jump in applicants from the West and Southwest. The Northeast, however, remains overrepresented. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Despite student concerns regarding a rape crisis and anti-violence support center at Columbia, administrators currently do not plan to change the center’s policies, the Columbia Spectator reported. Students have critiqued the center’s requirement that students present identification to a desk attendant and explain where they are going, which hinders confidentiality. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell Police issued three crime alerts to the community in the past week, including an alleged rape, a knife threat and a drug-induced assault, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. Police Chief Kathy Zoner said that the police force does not have a reason for the increased number of recent violent crimes. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Michael Bloomberg will deliver Harvard’s Commencement address this spring, the Harvard Crimson reported. Bloomberg graduated from Harvard Business School in 1966 after earning an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Approximately 20 students were found responsible for plagiarism in a computer science course during… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: Brown University’s New Scientist Program is launching its Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Initiative this semester, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The initiative pairs junior and senior undergraduate science majors with graduate students, who will serve as peer advisors and help them prepare for graduate school. The program is currently training 25 graduate students to serve as mentors. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: A student is launching a smartphone application with Columbia University dining hall information, according to the Columbia Spectator. The app, called Dine@CU, will allow students to look up location hours, menus and nutritional facts. Currently in its pilot phase, the application will soon be available through iTunes. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell University will begin offering a cross-college minor in demography this semester, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The minor will encompass population-related courses across 24 departments and programs. Students from each of Cornell’s undergraduate schools will be able to select the minor. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Harvard University received 34,295 applications for the Class of 2018, a 2 percent decrease from last year, according to the Harvard Crimson. This year, more applicants requested fee waivers, a potential sign that more students need financial aid. The percentage of non-white applications also increased. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: On Monday, Princeton… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: Provost Mark Schlissel was named the next president of the University of Michigan on Friday, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Since taking office in 2011, Schlissel has led a year-long strategic planning process and currently chairs a search committee for a new dean. He will remain at Brown for the remainder of the academic year and assume his role at Michigan on July 1. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Sheila Coronel was named dean of academic affairs of Columbia’s journalism school, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported on Tuesday. Coronel formerly worked as a stringer for the Guardian and New York Times, reporting on politics and government in the Philippines, and she co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Coronel will replace Bill Grueskin, who said he is stepping down from the administrative post to focus on his journalism career but plans to continue teaching. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: In honor of its 150th anniversary in 2015, Cornell will construct a grove commemorating its history, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The grove will include stone benches, walkways and a timeline that highlights important events in Cornell’s history. It will be completed this summer and dedicated in October. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: A committee on academic integrity has… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: The body of a Brown junior, Dana Dourdeville, was found on the shore of Falmouth, Mass., ending a two-week search for the missing engineering student, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Dourdeville had been missing since New Year’s Eve, when he left home on a duck hunting trip, alone in a kayak. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Professors Jeffrey Sachs and Vincent Racaniello will teach massive open online courses this semester using Coursera, a hub for free courses open to the public, according to the Columbia Daily Spectator. Sach’s course, which focuses on sustainable development, and Racaniello’s, which explores how viruses cause diseases, join eight other online classes offered by the University. Columbia launched its first online course offerings in fall 2012. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: This year, employees received a paid holiday on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, for the first time, the Cornell Sun reported. Faculty and staff were given the day off to join in on the University’s programming, which included films, concerts, workshops and meals. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: The Hasty Pudding Theatricals named British actress Helen Mirren as its woman of the year, according to the Harvard Crimson. Following a roast and parade through Cambridge, Mass., the Theatricals will present Mirren… Read more »

Watching the Ivies: 10/22

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BROWN: Brown University has introduced an initiative called “I’m With the Band” granting Brown students free admission to certain performing arts events in downtown Providence, according to the Brown Daily Herald. The initiative, which went into effect Oct. 1., has allowed students to attend film screenings, dance performances, and other local performing arts events free of charge.  The program represents an effort by Brown to collaborate with and affirm its connection to the local art community.   COLUMBIA: Columbia’s College Student Council and Engineering Student Council passed a resolution requesting that undergraduates be permitted to enter the Business School’s Watson Library after 5 p.m. during midterms and finals, according to the Columbia Spectator. A new policy introduced last semester banned all undergraduates except economics majors from the library during midterms and finals. Columbia Senate committees will discuss the issue throughout the remainder of the month.   CORNELL: Cornell will partner with Chobani, Inc. to promote innovation in dairy and food science research, according to the Cornell Sun. The partnership, announced by Cornell last Friday, was enabled by a $1.5-million donation from Chobani to Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Chobani’s partnership with Cornell aims to generate knowledge and solutions… Read more »

Watching the Ivies: 10/15

  BROWN: Brown University has been hiding a talented musician and actor among its student population. Michael Weisman ’17 has been featured on the Disney Channel show “Ant Farm,” the TV Land series “Hot in Cleveland” as well as, most recently “The Glee Project,” the Brown Daily Herald reported. Weisman recalls his participation on “The Glee Project” as fun but competitive. Weisman’s love for the arts has not stopped at college, as he continues to perform at Brown as a member of the Jabberwocks. COLUMBIA: Sexual assault debate swung into Columbia University’s campus on Oct. 11 as a panel discussed assault in the Muslim and South Asian communities. The Columbia Daily Spectator reported that students provided personal, touching stories through Tumblr. Their stories were presented to the community in an anonymous fashion. The event successfully allowed many to open up about their past in hopes of transcending over the difficulties of sexual assault recollections. CORNELL: A Cornell University officer reported being choked by an aggressive youth on Oct. 12. The Cornell Daily Sun reported that the police officer holds little injuries, but investigations continue to uncover the attacker behind this hostile event. HARVARD: In our Dartmouth surroundings, it may (or may… Read more »