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WEdNESdAY, FEBRuARY 24, 2010THE BROWN dAILY HERALdPAGE 2
“It bils caaraerie… lie eff or lives together.”
— Anna Hs ’10 on BrownFmL
Dick Spies, executive vice president
or planning and senior adviser to the
president; Beppie Huidekoper, ex-
ecutive vice president or fnance andadministration; and Lindsay Graham,eecutive dean or administration or
the Division o Medicine and BiologicalSciences — and fve student represen-
tatives, consisting o two undergradu-
ate students, two graduate students
and one medical student.Starting in April o each year and
continuing through January, the URC
holds two-hour meetings during which
University department heads present
their priorities and requests or the
ollowing year’s budget, Kertzer said.
The committee then holds private ses-
sions in which members discuss the
suggestions and requests o Univer-sity administrators and department
“We look at how the things they are
asking or match up with the unding we have available,” said Chaney Har-
rison ’11, whose term as URC student representative ended last month. “It’s
like a puzzle. We just try to put the
pieces together in a way that is most benefcial to the institution.”
In late January, the committee givesits recommendations to President Ruth
Simmons. She then examines themand makes any changes she sees ft beore presenting the budget to the
Corporation at its February meeting.
“Usually she sticks pretty closely to our recommendations,” Kertzer
Undergraduates apply to serve onthe committee at the beginning o the
spring semester and are appointed
by the Undergraduate Council o Stu-
dents, according to UCS Appointments
Chair Kening Tan ’12. The councilinterviews applicants, and decisionsare approved by both the council’s
eecutive board and its general body,
Tan said. The URC plays no role in the
appointment o its members.
Committee members said appli-
cants must be thoughtul, outspoken
and able to analyze the University’s
budget as a whole.
“You want someone who is con-scientious, because there’s a lot o
work and it’s a big time commitment,”
“We want someone who is not
araid to speak up despite the act that
they are surrounded by aculty, the
provost and various vice presidents,”he said. “Our members have to take
a broader view o both the student
interests and the University’s overall welare. We don’t want someone who
is interested in theater, and all they
can think about is how theater needsmore resources.” Arthur Matuszewski ’11, a ormer
Post- magazine editor-in-chie who
is currently serving two terms as anundergraduate representative on the
committee, also spoke o the unselfsh
qualities representatives must share.
“You are not just here or your inter-
est group,” he said. “You are here or the University.”
Tan agreed. “We defnitely want people who have a very good sense
o campus issues and who are willingto learn about the whole allocation o University resources,” she said. “Weneed very motivated people who will
give valuable advice to the commit-
Committee members said students’
input is valued just as much as the
input o any other URC member.
“Students’ perspectives are always
highly valued by the Committee,”
“You really have a voice,” Harrison
said. “People listen to you.”
He added that students are includ-ed in every aspect o the budget delib-
eration process, rom the presentationsby senior administrators to the private
sessions to the drating process.
Both Harrison and Matuszewskinoted the uniqueness o serving on
the URC and said it had added value to
their overall involvement at Brown.
“For me, it was an absolutely incred-ible experience in gaining a perspective
on how an institution like Brown runs
and unctions,” Harrison said.
“A lot o the questions raised by
the URC allow you to think about the
whole o Brown rather than takinga microcosmal look,” Matuszewski
“There’s a lot o ‘who are we’ and
‘who do we want to be’ type questions
that you don’t see raised elsewhere
in the University,” he said. “We have
to decide what really makes sense
or Brown.”Matuszewski and Harrison both
expressed disappointment in the lack
o interest and participation o other students and aculty in the URC andsimilar committees.
“It’s an exciting moment when
aculty are interested in what I’m do-
ing on the committee, and sometimes
it’s a little disappointing to not see a certain level o curiosity about what I’m doing,” Matuszewski said.
The URC holds two public orums
each all where students and aculty can ask committee members about
“what they are doing and what we are
in or,” Matuszewski said. He notedthat last all the frst orum had fve
people in attendance and the second
had only two.
“Seeing them unattended, seeing
a general disinterest or them, was
perhaps emblematic o a disconnect
between the impact o the work weare doing and the consciousness o the University at large,” he said.
Harrison had similar com-
“At Brown we talk about being
involved, we talk about participating
in community, but it bothers me how
ew people apply to these positions,”
he said. ”It is important that the stu-dent voice is listened to.”
But Matuszewski said his expe-rience on the URC has given himnew perspective on Brown and his
education.“You realize how complicated an
institution the University actually is,”
he said. “We see the many dierent
processes at work, the questions
about what is the University’s mainunction, not just to itsel but or so-ciety at large.”“I’ve become more conscious o the value o my education and what has been put into it by all these par-ties on campus,” he said.
UCS approved the appointment o Evan Schwartz ’13 as Harrison’s
successor on the committee at their Feb. 17 general body meeting.
“It is one thing to discuss philoso-
phy but another to fgure out where
you’re going to put your money,
because that is what will ultimately
determine the University’s prioritiesand direction,” Schwartz wrote in an
e-mail to The Herald.
“I don’t have strong opinions as o
yet as to what our priorities should
be,” he wrote. “But I was and am very
much looking orward to being part o the discussion and learning more
about Brown’s history and current
Varon said he deals primarily
with the technical aspects o the
site, making sure everything runs
smoothly on all o the dierent
college FML sites. The modera-
tor or Brown’s site, who askedto remain anonymous becauseshe has received an increasing
number o threatening comments
in recent weeks, is responsible
or choosing to approve or reject
comments based on their levelo appropriateness and to edit oensive posts. The individual
moderator or each school’s siteis responsible or giving the site“the avor o the school,” Varonsaid.
Diana Ohrt ’13 said she cansee dierences between the
Brown site and the original FM- yLie.com. “I eel like it is a little
more sophisticated,” she said,adding a mock example o theregular site versus the Brown
specifc site — “ ‘I slammed my
hand because I was drunk’ versus
‘I overslept and missed my orgoeam.’ ”
The FML site plays o theidea, as the saying goes, that
“misery loves company.”
“There is some comort toknow that people are goingthrough the same thing in one way or another,” said Jeanne Tong ’10, noting that the site’suse was highest during fnals.
She said she posted a comment
on the site when she was stressed
out rom writing her thesis last
semester. People responded tell-
ing her to hang in there.
Brown FML ocuses on prob-
lems particular to Brown stu-dents, allowing shared or com-parable experiences to buildconnections between members
o the same community.
“It builds camaraderie … like
e our lives together,” said Anna
Hsu ’10. The anonymity puts the indi-
vidual at ease and makes themmore willing to share, Ohrt
The site “lets me know that
not all these perect ‘Ivy-League’
students are so perect,” she
Despite this community build-ing, the site still serves mainly as
a orm o entertainment, where
embarrassing or stressul experi-
ences are combined with a dash
o absurdity. One anonymousposter wrote on Dec. 12, “I livein Caswell, and I was awokenat 4 a.m., fve hours beore my
eam, by kids on Lincoln shoot-ing roman candles at each other
whilst shouting Harry Potter spells. This went on or hal an
The comments “are usually pretty entertaining,” Ohrt said.
“I’m not gonna lie, though, it’s a source o procrastination.”
The combination o anxiety
and humor may explain the site’s
continued success. I nothingelse, Jane Chen ’13 added, it
“makes me eel better about my own lie.”
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By BriEllE friEdMan
CytoSolv Inc., a biotech startup in
Providence, received $500,000 in
seed-stage unding rom the Slater Technology Fund, a Rhode Island
capital und committed to supporting
technology-based businesses. Cyto-Solv is in the process o testing an
acellular treatment or healing diabetic
ulcers. The product aims to improve
the appearance and potential unction-
ality o skin that would otherwise becritically scarred.
CytoSolv’s product regeneratesskin and results in hair regrowth.
“Regeneration o the multiple layers
and skin cell types means that the
tissue would have all its normal unc-
tions, including eeling and sweating,”
said Christopher Thanos ’97 PhD’01,
one o the company’s ounders. In
addition to diabetic ulcer wounds, the
product could eventually be used totreat injuries rom burns, cardiovas-
cular disease and bone degeneration,
The company, ounded in October by Thanos and Associate Proessor or Research o Molecular Pharmacology,Physiology and Biotechnology Moses
Goddard, uses the choroid pleuses
rom a herd o pigs that live on an
island o the southern coast o New Zealand or its product. The choroid pleuses o the pigs
— which were let on the island by
sailors centuries ago and discoveredin the 1980s — secrete the proteins
that CytoSolv uses to produce thetreatment. While Living Cell Tech-nologies, or which Thanos used to
serve as the director o research and
development, has eclusive rights to
the herd, it has agreed to let Cyto-
Solv use the pigs’ organs in exchange
or part o the anticipated product’s
The U.S. Food and Drug Ad-ministration has ewer regulationsor acellular products, Thanos said.
Because CytoSolv’s product does not actually contain any o the pigs’ cells,
the process o receiving approval or the drug’s clinical use will be easier,according to Thanos.