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NEW: Brown Committee Releases Initial Report on Ray Kelly Lecture

Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

The Brown Committee charged by President Christina Paxson to investigate the circumstances leading to the disruption of a lecture by former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on campus last fall released its initial report this week. 

Read the committee's full report here

The committee, composed of five faculty members, two administrators, two undergraduates and one graduate student, met with participants on all sides of the controversy. 

The report finds that the lecture was cancelled by administrators because of concerns that Department of Public Safety officers would not be able to address conflict with protestors from outside of the Brown community. Kelly himself, according to the report, said at the time, "“I want to make this clear that you’re cancelling this event...I’m willing to speak."

The report indicates that those who planned the talk did not initially expect the maelstrom that would surround Kelly's speech. The committee found that the event title and description provided by Kelly and his staff aroused neither "any reaction or discussion…before adoption." In the week before the lecture, students delivered a petition with signatures from about 300 students, as well as alumni and community members." The report also found that student's feelings were inflamed by the University's decision the week previous to refuse to divest from its stake in coal.

The committee will release the second part of its findings and recommendations before the end of the semester, said its head, Professor of Africana Studies Anthony Bogues


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New England Colleges With the Best Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report released a survey conducted in 2013 of college administrators on the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Several New England made their lists for best National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and Regional Universities. See which schools made the lists in the slides below: 

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National Universities

9. Brown University

Providence, RI 
 
Students: 6,435
2013-14 Tuition: $45,612
Admissions: 9.6% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

5. Yale University 

New Haven, CT
 
Students: 5,405
2013-14 Tuition: $44,000
Admissions: 7.0% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

1. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
 
Students: 4,193
2013-14 Tuition: $46,752
Admissions: 9.8% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

18. Mount Holyoke College

 
South Hadley, MA 
 
Students: 2,322
2013-14 Tuition: $41,456
Admissions: 42.1% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

9. Amherst College

Amherst, MA
 
Students: 1,817 
2013-14 Tuition: $46,574
Admissions: 13.0% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

5. Williams College

Williamstown, MA
 
Students: 2,052
2013-14 Tuition: $46,600
Admissions: 17.0% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

4. Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
 
Students: 3,879
2013-14 Tuition: $42,920
Admissions: 71.2% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

2. Providence College

Providence, RI
 
Students: 3,810
2013-14 Tuition: $42,206
Admissions: 61.0%
 
 

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Comments:

Jimmy LaRouche

Ah, yes--the open-minded,tolerant and peaceful left.....these people are ignorance personified.

Sammy Arizona

Its called the Tea Party Town Hall Meeting Strategy "RATTLE THEM ! STAND UP AND SHOUT"" ....LOL

Members of Congress being shouted down at town hall events by tea party protestors. . one tea-party group has disseminated a memo for anti-government groups, outlining what they consider best-practices for protesters who plan to enter and disrupt town hall events hosted by members of Congress .... tea partiers should "pack the hall... spread out" to make their numbers seem more significant, and to "rock-the-boat early in the Rep's presentation...to yell out and challenge the Rep's statements early.... to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda...stand up and shout and sit right back down."
Sammy in Arizona
The "TOLERANT" right

bill bentley

I don't think its so much "ignorance personified" as it is self-righteous intolerance.

paul zecchino

Brown is nothing but a day care center for the children of aging hippies and their money laundry as well.

As our family can well attest, Brown grabbed a pile of dough through Paul Ehrlich from an elderly relative whose judgement was long clouded, and then lied about it when asked to come clean.

No surprise they'd violate Ray Kelly's right to speak freely. That's what they do to anyone who doesn't burp the communist party line.

Brown has become a gluttonous, obesatron, money-courtesan. Glutted with suet, sprawled over the hills, grabing dough from anyone dumb enough to get around its charity-sharks.

It's a pleasure to live far, far from the reek of this sanctimonious cash pig.

G Godot

The reputation of Camp Bruno falls daily. Turning loose dumb as a tree stump "legacy students" with Bruno degrees doesn't help matters. Just keep shouting people down and blame it on the Tea Party or somesuch. We're right impressed.




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