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BROWN UNIVERSITY: Brown will expand its Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards program for this summer, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The program, which grants stipends for research projects, will offer 50 additional awards and increase the stipend from $3,000 to $3,500. The expansion aligns with university president Christina Paxson’s recent push to offer students research opportunities. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY:  Columbia’s celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month began Tuesday night, the Columbia Spectator reported. The events planned for April include a mock Pakistani wedding and Chinese lantern festival. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell saw low voter turnout in its Student Assembly elections this month, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. Though the elections committee hoped to see at least a 50 percent turnout, under 30 percent of the undergraduate population voted. Students speculated that the timing of Cornell’s February break and several uncontested races could have contributed to the low turnout. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: The Harvard Art Museums are establishing a student advisory board to involve students more directly, the Harvard Crimson reported. The board will consist of both graduate and undergraduate students and will work to increase student participation in museum events and exhibits. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton has set up clinics to issue the meningitis B… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: The second-largest applicant pool in the university’s history applied for the Class of 2018, the Brown Daily Herald reported. About 30,200 students applied, a 4 percent increase from last year. The Class of 2015 saw the applicant pool’s all-time high of 30,900. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Community members commemorated the death of Karen Blank, who served as Barnard College’s dean of studies for nearly two decades. Blank’s death was announced to students in an email on Jan. 2. As dean of studies, Blank administered a review of Barnard’s general education requirements, advised an honor code oversight board and worked to enhance communication between Barnard and Columbia. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Joel Malina will serve as Cornell’s new vice president for university relations, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. Malina currently works as the CEO and general manager of the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates and has past experience in political advertising, campaign fundraising and musical theater. He will take office on March 31. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: A student charged in connection with a campus bomb scare last December is currently awaiting grand jury indictment, according to The Crimson. Eldo Kim allegedly sent emails to the Harvard University Police Department and various administrators claiming to have placed bombs… Read more »

Watching the Ivies

BROWN: Brown University is currently implementing initiatives outlined in President Christina Paxson’s recently approved strategic plan, the Brown Daily Herald reported. A new sophomore seminar program focusing on “diversity and social justice” will be piloted in the spring. Other changes include a post-tenure sabbatical policy and the development of online education programs. COLUMBIA: A new global fellowship program at Columbia University will fund the overseas experiences of 15 students the summer before sophomore year, the Columbia Spectator reported. The program will fund living expenses and airfare for students studying, working or conducting research near one of Columbia’s eight global centers. The program represents an initiative to increase the accessibility of Columbia’s global centers for undergraduate students. CORNELL: Cornell University announced the dismissal of the men’s lacrosse team’s head coach Ben DeLuca, according to the Cornell Sun. The dismissal occurred two months after a hazing incident in which freshman team members were forced to chug beer, which resulted in the team’s suspension for the fall season. Team members expressed surprise and shock upon learning of DeLuca’s dismissal. HARVARD: Harvard University announced plans to construct the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, to be located on the first three floors… Read more »

Watching the Ivies

BROWN: Brown’s current $4.3 million deficit has concerned administrators as they plan the operating budget for the next fiscal year, according to the Brown Daily Herald. Though this sum is lower than the $5.5 million deficit that Brown sustained at the end of the last fiscal year, the University had hoped to bring the deficit to zero in the last few years, Provost Mark Schlissel said at an open forum last week. University officials did not indicate whether or not this would result in a tuition increase next year.   COLUMBIA: Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender formally added the clause “and Sexuality” to its name after gaining University Senate approval, according to the Columbia Spectator. The name change was implemented to raise awareness about the research institute’s commitment to sexuality and queer studies, according to Director Alondra Nelson. The change also reflects the institute’s increasing emphasis on sexuality, queer, and masculinity studies in the last few years.   CORNELL: At a Student Assembly meeting last week, Cornell’s President David Skorton highlighted the importance of working together to support campus safety and health, according to the Cornell Sun. Students have recently expressed concern about the lack of walk-in… Read more »

Watching the Ivies

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                    Courtesy of the Daily Pennsylvanian   BROWN: Brown University held its annual SexPowerGod dance on Saturday, according to the Brown Daily Herald. The annual event, which is the largest student-run dance held each year at Brown, encourages students to “feel comfortable exploring their bodies and their sexualities without fear of judgment,” the Blog Daily Herald reported. The dance is put on by Brown’s Queer Alliance, and sold about 400 tickets this year.   COLUMBIA: Researchers at Columbia University argue that New York City’s infrastructure remains insecure one year after Hurricane Sandy, according to the Columbia Spectator. The city should work to develop resiliency against long-term vulnerabilities, rather than focusing on “band-aid solutions,” according to School of International and Public Affairs Professor Klaus Jacob. This will require a plan costing over $100 billion, which will be difficult to secure given Washington’s political stagnation, Jacob said.   CORNELL: Cornell University plans to downsize its annual event Filthy/Gorgeous, which aims to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community each spring, according to the Cornell Sun. The event typically includes performers such as drag artists, rappers and go-go dancers. This year’s event will have a… 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 »