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  • June 29, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Ted Widmer, director of the John Carter Brown Library and a member in good standing of the Phoenix' friends and family program, is a polymath and one of the great Rhode Islanders. Who else could offer such superlative quote in discussing the cultural ethos of Narragansett Beer in the old days?

    "It was really a whole way of life, and it involved loving the Red Sox .

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  • June 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Via blogging upstart Scott MacKay:

    Marion Orr, a political science professor and expert in urban politics, has been chosen as the new director of Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy, the university announced today.

    Orr succeeds longtime director and pollster Darrell West, who is leaving Brown on July 1 to become vice president of the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.

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  • June 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    As discussion continues on budget cuts, another piece of Rhode Island's economic future is the quality of the Providence schools. With more than 25,000 students, the district accounts for about one-sixth of the state's students, and if they're not well-prepared for the job market, it will have a very adverse effect.

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  • June 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Phoenix contributor Greg Cook sends word of this news:

    On Tuesday, the University of Rhode Island informed Judith Tolnick Champa, who runs the URI Fine Arts Center Galleries, and Roxana Tourigny, who runs the school's "Great Performances" program, that they would be laid off, effective July 4, and that the galleries and performance program would close, according to the two women.

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  • May 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline also stopped by the Newsmakers' set for a taping of this week's broadcast. The show is broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12 and at 10 am on Fox Providence.

    He denied that his budget revenue projections are overly rosy, asserting that Worcester has enjoyed success in tapping a multi-million dollar cash stream related to trash and recycling.

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  • May 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Local peace activist Mark Stahl is apparently experiencing a little pushback for some critical remarks he made about the Brown pie-tossers. He relayed these comments to me via e-mail this past week, and I thought it was important to include his gist in the related story by Ariel Werner:

    “I totally reject this action as an absurd and unwelcome attack on freedom of speech.

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  • May 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In a story about how one person can make a big difference, the Phoenix reported last year on how Caitie Whelan, a senior at Brown, has been aiding the Merasi, a community of lower-caste musicians in India.

    Under the Hindu caste system, the 15,000 Merasi in Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan, are members of the lowest strata within the untouchable caste, “the lowest of the low,” according to Whelan.

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  • April 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of green stuff and Brown . . .

    Students at Brown University have organized a two-day conference to promote environmental sustainability. The conference brings together a wide range of environmental leaders, including Ira Magaziner, chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative; U.

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  • April 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Perhaps she should be sentenced to a solitary section of a vegan collaborative household.

    BeloBlog reports:

    PROVIDENCE -- New York Times columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman says he'll leave it for Brown to decide what to do with a student who threw a green whipped cream pie at him during a speech earlier this week.

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  • April 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Darrell West, who came to Rhode Island in 1982 and is departing in June for a job at the Brookings Institution, also stopped by the Newsmakers' set today. Like journalists, West has had a rich vein of fodder here, and he says the Ocean State will stay with him after he moves to DC.

    Among the highlights of his exit interview:

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  • April 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    This about nails it.

    From the BDH:

    To the Editor:

    I was disappointed, but not surprised, when a law school classmate forwarded me the Providence Journal blurb about the silly pie-throwing stunt at the Thomas Friedman lecture the other night. People should not be too quick to dismiss the antics as the work of a couple overzealous individuals.

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  • April 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The quote of the day comes from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who was targeted with two mostly errant green-colored pies during his address yesterday at Brown University (h/t RI's Future):

    Mr. Friedman quipped, "Ten years in Beruit and Jerusalem, who thought I'd meet my end in Providence, Rhode Island."

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  • April 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Lots of activity at Bruno Uno tomorrow:

    -- Global Climate Change

    Brown's Political Theory Project presents the Janus Forum Lecture “Global Climate Change: The End of the World as We Know It?” at 3 p.m in Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting St. The speakers are Bjorn Lomborg of Copenhagen Business School, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist; Robert Mendelsohn of Yale University, author of The Impact of Climate Change on the United States Economy; and Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute.

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  • April 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Another coup for the Bristol-based law program:

    BRISTOL, R.I., April 4, 2008 – On Monday, April 7, Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court will spend a day at the Roger Williams University School of Law, meeting with student leaders, faculty and alumni, as well as members of the state bar and judiciary, participating in a question-and-answer session with students—even teaching a full Constitutional Law class.

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  • April 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Kudos and congrats to the longtime observer of Rhode Island politics:

    Darrell West, currently director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University, is joining the Brookings Institution as vice president and director of Governance Studies, Brookings President Strobe Talbott announced today.

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