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  • November 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    At a time of diminished public confidence in the White House, Congress, and the media, Brown University president Ruth Simmons has been selected by US News & World Report and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a top leader. She is due to be recognized tonight in New York City.

    The libraries at Brown University contain some 6 million items—not just books but also Babylonian clay tablets and locks of Abraham Lincoln's hair.

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  • October 04, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Writing in this week's Phoenix, Mary Ann Sorrentino takes the president of Columbia University to task:

    Tenure protects job security when free expression may be challenged in academia. An unspoken code of courtesy between campus rivals also prevails; professors with opposing views argue over lunch or spar over coffee.

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  • September 25, 2007
    By webteam

    The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU has announced a settlement with Rhode Island College:

    The ACLU of Rhode Island today announced a favorable settlement in its lawsuit against Rhode Island College for censoring a sign display supporting reproductive freedom that was sponsored by a student women’s rights group on campus.

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  • September 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Mary Ann Sorrentino says the White House is gouging the reproductive interests of young women in college:

    Who would ever finger our federal government as the force responsible for thousands of unintended pregnancies on US campuses?

    The federal Deficit Reduction Act — which went into effect in January — may do just that.

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  • September 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    PR maven Andy Cutler sends word of some forward-movement on the economic development front.

    The URI Commission for Innovation and Research, an effort to strengthen the University of Rhode Island's place as a nationally competitive public research university and a key in the state's effort to foster an innovation economy, was initially conceived as a recommendaton by the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC)

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  • September 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Massachusetts adopted a "foundation-based" school-funding formula about 14 years ago. Despite widespread agreement about the flaws of property tax-based school funding here in Rhode Island, the outlook for a new approach remains ambiguous.

    And with the state continuning to face projected budget deficits, the labor activity seen this week with teachers might just be a harbinger of more of the same.

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  • September 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    NOTE: Gio did not, as Tom suggests below, suggest that teachers be prosecuted.

    I should have gone further yesterday than calling Gio Cicione's call for a RICO probe of the NEA RI "a non-starter." Dan Yorke took the opportunity to do so, correctly, IMHO, labeling the pitch as a sadly misplaced effort when the sclerotic RI GOP needs to be sharply focused on finding legislative candidates and raising money.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: Some additional details, from the ProJo [disclosure: Matt Jerzyk is a Phoenix contributor]:

    Nirschel said the board has not discussed whether to reinstate the three members ousted by Papitto — Dr. Barbara Roberts, Joseph A. Caramadre and Sally E. Lapides — despite calls from the faculty and student leaders to do so.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Gio Cicione, chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, wants US Attorney Robert Clark Corrente to consider a RICO probe of the National Education Association. He might have a measure of public sympathy, but this idea seems like a non-starter.

    Cicione says the teachers unions that have authorized strikes in several Rhode Island towns this week are "breaking the law, disrupting the start of the school year for tens of thousands of students, and creating chaos for families scrambling for child care arrangements at the last minute."

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  • August 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Steven Stark has a provocative take on why John Edward's presidential campaign is bound to fail: because he didn't go to Yale or Harvard.

    In the Democratic landscape of 2007, that doesn’t seem as if it should be a problem. But you’d have to go back to 1984 to find a Democratic nominee (Walter Mondale) who didn’t attend one of those elite universities for either college or graduate school.

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  • July 26, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Mike Doyle of the RDW Group tells N4N that word about changes to the board of trustees at Roger Williams University may be forthcoming within the month, and that there could be as many as 16 new potential board members. Meanwhile, I take a look in this week's Phoenix at the lessons of Ralph R. Papitto's fall:

    After mounting an unsuccessful defense during two July 16 appearances on talk-radio, Papitto effectively deflated the controversy when he requested that his name be removed from RWU’s law school.

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  • July 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As Matt Jerzyk notes on his site, the law student-led push to remove Ralph Papitto's name from the law school at Roger Williams University gets some attention today from the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ also sheds some light on the activist credentials of Jerzyk, who is an occasional contributor to the Phoenix:

    Leading the charge for the law students was Matthew Jerzyk, a third-year student with a penchant for protest.

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  • July 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    What do you get when you combine anti-semioticism and Andre the Giant? Kidding aside, this effort -- which was announced yesterday -- sounds very cool:

    Providence, RI — The governing boards and trustees from both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) today announce the establishment of a dual degree program, creating a new partnership between the two institutions.

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  • July 20, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    In the aftermath of the Papitto controversy, law students at Roger Williams University hope to help organize a fall semester symposium on race and education.

    Law student Matt Jerzyk, one of the leaders in the effort to remove Papitto's name (and a Phoenix contributor) tells me, "We want to create a forum where law students and interested faculty can discuss what happened in a larger context."

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  • July 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The Beloblog has the story of this development and Papitto's apology:

    Ralph R. Papitto, the former Roger Williams University Board of Trustees chairman who used a racial slur at a board meeting, issued a statement today apologizing and saying he has asked the Board of Trustees to remove his name from the university's law school.

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