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WEDNESDAy, APRIL 28, 2010THE BROWN DAILy HERALDPAgE 2
“Power relations can affect how thins can pla out.”
— James green, professor of histor
o honorary degree recipients,”Marland said, “to refect their recognition that contemporary
artists and designers are working
and vital in all areas o society.”“Their ocus was on selecting
nominees who embody RISD’smost prized values and aspira-tions, regardless o the eld in which they choose to express
them,” she added.
Simmons wrote that “ulti-
mately” the ocus o her speech
is “likely to be on the importanceo bringing art and design to bear
on a wide range o elds o en-
Others who will be honored at
the ceremony include illustrator
and graphic designer Seymour
Chwast, art collector and philan-
thropist Paula Grano and comic
and graphic artist Art Spiegelman
P’13, who lectured at Brown April
Past RISD commencement speakers include Gore Vidal,
Laurie Anderson, Ken Robinson,Kurt Andersen, Dave Hickey and
Henry Louis Gates Jr., Marland
Simmons will also be awarded
an honorary degree rom Wes-
leyan University May 23.
She holds honorary degreesrom more than 25 institutions,
including Amherst College, Princ-
eton, Harvard, Dartmouth, Co-
lumbia and Spelman College.
Nick Sinnott-Armstron / Herald
President Ruth Simmons will speak at RISD’s commencement andreceive an honorar deree this June.
ISD S,G, S P’3
ballot,” Alcock said. The provost’s
role in TPAC would resemble his
role in appointing members o the
Academic Priorities Committee
and the University Resources Com-
mittee, she said.
“I don’t see the problem with
adding the chie academic ocer into the mi,” Alcock said.
“The provost’s role is not a veto role,” Krause said. “This isan individual who has a uniqueperspective on the University as
Repeating a sentiment that
had been epressed at the aculty
orum, Proessor o Comparative
Literature and French Studies Mi-
chel-Andre Bossy said, “Having a
set o proposals that gives much
more power to the administration
is something that strikes at the
heart o aculty governance.”
“Power relations can aect how
things can play out,” said James
Green, proessor o history. “There
is signicant, sincere and honest
concern rom the aculty about these measures, and we’re not
being listened to in this regard. I
have not seen this in the six years
I’ve been here.”
The proposal recommends that
candidates or TPAC meet the
threeold criteria o strong schol-
arship, citizenship and teaching
ability. Sheila Blumstein, proessor o cognitive and linguistic sciences
and a member o the committee,
said the provost could enorcethese standards. She asked, “Isit the case that consistently 100
percent o the members o TPACmeet the criteria? I think that hasnot been the case.” The committee also discussed
recommended changes to the ten-
ure review process.
Changes rom the last proposal
stipulate that the dean o the ac-
ulty can only add, and not elimi-
nate, names o external evaluators
and would reduce the minimum
number o letters rom 10 to eight.Candidates or tenure will still not
be inormed o the list o letter-
writers nor o the vote tally.“I nd it very, very disturbing
that this is being proposed,” Bossy
said. “It increases the role o se-
crecy in the process.”
One o the ew aculty mem-bers supportive o the proposal,
Proessor o Geological Sciences
Tim Herbert, said the discussion
was devolving and pitting aculty
against the administration.“It’s not a democratic process.It’s not an open election, it never
has been,” he said o tenure re-
Assistant Proessor o JudaicStudies Marcy Brink-Danan said
the aculty may seem paranoid be-
cause they were envisioning the
“worst-case scenario” o a petty and
vindictive dean. Even generally,she said, “I don’t think the dean
has the knowledge to recommend
the right eld o candidates or
writing the letters.”
Proessor o Judaic Studies Ross
Kraemer rejected the recommen-
dation that the candidate not see
the nal list, even i the department
can. Scholars encounter a number
o peers with whom they have di-
erences or even grudges, she said.
Members o the department “may know where the proessional ones
are, but not where the personal
ones are,” she said.
Proessor o Philosophy Charles
Larmore noted that candidates
would be able to list scholars rom whom they would not want recom-
mendations. “It would be dicult or me to imagine a person losing
track o all the personal enemies
they have or whose spouses they stole,” he said.
The discussion moved on to the
issue o etending the probation-
ary period or tenure candidates
rom seven years to eight years.
“What research did you consult to come up with this magical num-ber?” asked Associate Proessor o
Aricana Studies Corey Walker.
Krause said the number o years
was raised by one to accommodate
scholars in the sciences who may
need more time to establish them-
selves. A year can make a dier-
ence, she said.
Finally, Larmore spoke about
the division o TPAC into two sub-
committees o seven members,
one covering the sciences and the
other the humanities and social
Proessor o Cognitive and Lin-
guistic Sciences Jim Morgan said
that some scholars, like himsel,researched in a gray area that
could all into either discipline. “Ithink the principle behind this is
well-ounded, but the execution is
poor,” he said.
The point o the change, Lar-more said, would be to “concen-
trate epertise and knowledge in
the decision-making process.” This
would benet the candidate, he
said. Several proessors expressedconcern that dividing TPAC would
split the sciences and humanitiesacross the University.
Joan Richards, proessor o history and TPAC chair, recom-
mended that ad hoc committees be
convened or evaluating individual
candidates or that TPAC be divided
into two subcommittees that sepa-
rately evaluated promotions and
Proessor o Comparative Lit-
erature Dore Levy suggested that the tenure review process be stag-
gered and spread throughout the
year or dierent elds o candi-
Despite the many new recom-
mendations raised by aculty at the orum, the committee’s rec-
ommendations will go to a aculty vote May 4.
uture goals and include a letter
rom their potential supervisor stat-
ing that they were being strongly
considered or the internship or
had already been hired.
Winners o this year’s awards
will work in a variety o elds, in-cluding law and education.
Sarah Schuster ’11 said she
plans to utilize her passion or mu-
sic during her internship with a
nonprot music school in Harlem,
N.Y. This summer, she said, she
wants to orm a liaison among this
school and other perorming artsschools in Harlem that are strug-
gling to stay afoat. Though she
does not want to pursue a career in
music, she said she hopes her e-
perience will give her background
as a uture attorney.
“I wanted to see how I elt about
working in a nonprot organiza-
tion, and I hope to understand the
legal implications in the commu-
nity,” Schuster said. The CDC developed the BIAP
program in the late 1990s because
o the rising trend o unpaid intern-
ships, according to its Web site. The program separately waives
the summer earnings requirement
or some students who receive -nancial aid.
According to an April 2 New
York Times article, the number o
unpaid internships, and studentsparticipating in them, is increas-ing across the country. In a 2008
study, the National Association o
Colleges and Employers discov-ered that 50 percent o collegegraduates had held internships,
compared to 17 percent in 1992.
According to the article, New
York state oicials are concerned
that employers are using college
students as ree labor and havestaged investigations into their
Guidelines or unpaid intern-
ships released in April by the U.S.
Department o Labor require,
among other considerations, that
the intern must not take the place
o regular employees and that the
internship should be more or the
benet o the intern than the em-ployer.
Nozaki said CDC sta members
are reviewing the new criteria “to
see what the implications are or
Despite the beneits o un-paid internships, not all parentsare thrilled at the prospect o a summer spent working without
“My parents were not happy
that I might work the summer un-
paid,” said Kathy Do ’12, another
winner o a BIAP grant, who isinterning at the Commission or Human Rights in Rhode Island.
“But the most worthwhile law in-ternships go to law students, andI knew rom the description that I
could grow and learn a lot, even
though it’s unpaid.”