the Brown Daily erald Monday, February 14, 2011
banner criticizing Corporationreoved y students
A banner reading “Corporate Criminals Rn Brown” appearedon Wayland Arch acing Wriston Qadrangle Friday evening,a day beore this weeend’s meeting o the Corporation. Lessthan 24 hors later, the banner had been taen down. The banner inclded a small “TM” or “trademar” beside theword “Brown.”Jlian Par ’12 — a Herald opinions colmnist — BenSadowsi ’14 and Alex Dean ’14, all members o Stdents ora Democratic Society, hng the banner rom the windows o adormitory room to provoe camps dialoge, they said.Dean said she and her companions disapprove o theuniversity’s investment policies and strategies. “There is anown corporate criminal” on the Corporation, she added,reerring to ellow Steven Rattner ’74 P’10 P’13. Rattnerhas settled allegations with the Secrities and ExchangeCommission and the New Yor Attorney General’s Oice thathe perormed illegal avors to garner bsiness or the privateinvestment irm Qadrangle Grop by paying mlti-milliondollar ines and accepting temporary bans rom the secritiesindstry. He has not been convicted o a crime and hasadmitted no wrongdoing.Some Wayland residents were displeased with the bannerand removed it on Satrday aternoon, Par said.Stdents or a Democratic Society pt p a similar bannerthe weeend beore the Stephen Robert ’62 Camps Centeropened at the beginning o this academic year. The grophng a banner rom Fance Hose exhorting the university to“renovate yor investments.” It was taen down within “a coplehors,” Dean said.Par said he has seen other banners hang rom Wayland Archor wees beore being taen down.“We don’t want to viliy the stdents who too it down,”Dean said. “Sometimes it’s diiclt to address the stdent bodyas a whole becase there are many commnication methods… bt, lie, almost everyone wals throgh Wayland Arch, andwe igred that was a pretty eective way to get people talingabot the isse.”
B Sheali luthra
T Crprat askd admstra-trs ths wkd t submt bth a
report on hiring and tenure practices
at peer institutions and a proposal
r hw t dtrm ad mata
“appropriate” aculty-tenure ratios.Both documents will be presented
Te hiring and tenure report will
ud suggsts r mpmt-
ing procedures already in eect at
other universities. But urther details
as to what the report and proposalwill entail have not yet been deter-mined, Provost David Kertzer ’69
P’5 P’ sad.
Kertzer also said it will be dicult
to work on the Corporation’s requests
ut th auty shs addrssgth tur prdur rss ur-rty drafd by th Fauty Eu-t Cmmtt.
Te aculty is scheduled to n-
sh tg ths rss by thApr auty mtg, ardg t
Cynthia Garcia Coll, proessor o
duat ad har th FEC.
Garcia Coll said she ound the
Crprat’s rqust “uar” b-aus t dd t mt what r, ay, auty wud pay rafgth dumts.“W ha t b part th d-
sion-making,” Garcia Coll said, “and
w ha t b kpt rmd by th
work that’s going on by their com-
mtts.” Sh sad th abs thwrd “auty” rm Prsdt Ruth
Simmons’ Saturday e-mail announc-
g th rqust was a bad datr,
adding that she hoped it did not
mpy auty wud t pay a r drafg th rprt ad prpsa.
Garcia Coll added that she was
“disappointed” that the Corporation
did not acknowledge the changesapproved in the December aculty
meeting. But she said that upcoming
stps ar st up th ar.
“What’s it going to bring? We
d’t kw,” sh sad th Crp-
ration’s request. “Te next six months
— the next three months — are cru-
Kertzer said the administration
would involve aculty in crafing the
rprt ad prpsa, thugh h ddt kw hw r what r.
“I’m sure we will, or parts o this,discuss this with the FEC and poten-
tially relevant aculty committees and
auty as a wh,” Krtzr sad. “It
just happens we don’t have any clearplan in mind or how this will work.”
Kertzer noted that the report
and proposal will be completed by
hs sussr baus h s stppgdw rm hs pst Ju.
Garcia Coll said she predicted
a mixed reaction rom aculty. She
said she has already received e-mails
rom aculty members with questions
abut th ds.
Kertzer expressed hope that the
aculty would be pleased by theCorporation’s interest in tenure
procedures, adding that he thinksthe Corporation has developed anunderstanding o the “aculty per-
“Te Corporation made it very
clear they don’t want to interere
with aculty governance or aculty
prrgat,” Krtzr sad.Jams Bard, prssr hm-stry, as sad h dd t thk th
Corporation’s decision would detractrom the aculty’s role in determining
tur ps.But Bard addd a -ma t
Te Herald that the Corporation
wud ha t b aru wth ssussuh as th prpsd tur-auty rat.“It s t suh a bad da t hatur rat gas, but th ssus ar
more complex than goals,” Baird
wrote. “Blindly sticking to goals —and I am not sure how one comesup with those — would be a mis-
take. Having a reasonable age mix o
young scholars and seasoned scholars
sms gd t m. It s hw yu gtthr that mattrs.”
But Kertzer said the tenure ratemay “take care o itsel” based on
the revisions passed by the aculty or
utd th upmg prpsa.
Te revisions could increase the stan-
dards or tenure so that the tenure
rate declines enough to “mitigate the
prbm,” h sad.
“Te Corporation members haveshown extreme interest in this issue,”
Kertzer said. “Tere’s no more impor-
tant issue than ensuring that we have
th hghst quaty auty pssb.”
Kertzer said the Corporation’sinterest in tenure procedures and
rats tras bak t 200, wh th
New England Association o Schooland Colleges accreditation commit-tee expressed concern regarding theUniversity’s high tenure rate. Te is-
su was rgay addrssd by th
Provost’s ad hoc committee to re-
view tenure and aculty development
ps br bg trasrrd by auty t th FEC.
Corp. requests tenure updates
Initial step taen in Hunter renovations
The Corporation’s Committee on Bdget and Financeapproved the search or an architect to renovate HnterLaboratory at its meeting this weeend. The Committee onFacilities and Design, which is in charge o the search, hopesto have a recommendation or the Corporation in time or itsMay meeting, said Stephen Maiorisi, vice president or acilitiesmanagement. The renovation will create more mch-needed lab space orresearch, Associate Provost Rod Beresord said.“At the moment, there’s no lab space that’s nallocated,”he said. The new space wold allow or the growth o existingresearch programs, recritment o new aclty and theexpansion o the new School o Engineering, he added. There have been initial brainstorming sessions abot whatthe renovations will entail, Provost David kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98said. Thogh plans are still taing shape, the university hopesto renovate the irst loor to increase classroom space whileconverting the top loors into laboratories or both the School o Engineering and the Center or Environmental Stdies, kertzersaid.“Hnter is not a panacea, bt we thin it can be renovatedin sch a way that it provides abot 30,000 net sqare eet o pretty lexible research space,” Richard Spies, exective vicepresident or planning and senior adviser to the president, wrotein an e-mail to The Herald.Becase Hnter sits at the heart o camps and becase theDepartment o Cognitive, Lingistic and Psychological Sciencesplans to vacate the bilding when renovations to the Metcal Chemistry and Research Laboratory conclde this all, kertzersaid he hopes the renovations are completed soon so thebilding does not sit idle.While the Corporation has approved the search, a separatevote is needed to approve the expenditres and renovationitsel.
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continue attracting revenue sources
to the University, the Corporation
ratd a Cmmtt Dp-mt, whh w wrk t pad
undraising and development plans
th utur, Krtzr sad.
Te University will also identiy potential new investment resourc-
s, rprstg th thrd phas
a plan to cut budget decits and
spur growth ollowing the 2008
economic collapse, according toan e-mail sent to the University community Feb. 12 by President
Ruth Simmons. Te rst two phasesincluded smaller operating budgets
or the previous two scal yearsand aculty restructuring result-
ing in 60 sta layos and 140 early
rtrmts ast yar.As part ths thrd phas, thCrprat w k t d-pg a prssa mastr’s pr-
gram to raise revenue, Kertzer said.Students entering graduate school
rom the workorce can receive
mtary ad rm thr mpy-
ers, thus requiring less nancial aid
ad gratg ru, h sad.
Corporation members alsocalled or the administration to
dp rmmdats r th
May meeting pertaining to theuture o varsity athletics in thecontext o budgetary concerns.
Te University currently has thelowest athletics budget in the Ivy league, though it still supports a
high number o teams, Kertzer
said. Recommendations will alsoexamine the number o slots set
aside or varsity athletes during
th admsss prss. Smms
will be orming a committee to de- velop recommendations this week,
Te Corporation approved a
recommendation rom the Advi-
sory Committee on Corporate Re-sponsibility in Investment Policies
t stp stg hts ru by
HEI Hotels & Resorts until they
abide by higher standards or work-
ers. “It’s denitely a victory,” said
Lra Kws ’, a mmbr
the Student Labor Alliance. “We’re
the rst school to do this, so it’s
ray a bg da.”
Te Corporation broke Saturday
at r a mmra sr t
celebrate the lie o Joseph Fer-
nandez ’85, the ormer president
th Brw Aum Assat
and Corporation trustee, who died
suddy D. .
“As a amily circle, we gatherto take hands and to try to takeheart,” said University Chaplain
Janet Cooper Nelson at the service.
Te ormer city solicitor or
Providence, Fernandez also servedon the Multicultural Alumni Com-
mtt, as a trust rty Rp-
ertory Company and as a direc-tor o the Community College o
Rhd Isad Fudat.
“One could easily tell Joe was
not a prepackaged version o a
public servant,” Simmons said at
th rmy. “H drd a grat
deal o satisaction in the totality
hs Brw pr.”T Crprat apprd th
appointment o the new associa-
t prsdt Grg Bgs ’72as a trust ths wkd. Bgs
said he plans to continue the work
Fernandez started in expandingthe connection between students
and the University’s 88,000 alumni.
“It’s a little bit like losing a
brthr,” Bgs sad.
Te body also accepted $14.8million in gis and approved the
establishment o new endowed pro-
ssrshps, udg tw amd
afer Jonathan Nelson ’77 P’07 P’09,
the namesake or the Nelson Fit-
ness Center slated to open in 2012.
Te Committee on Budget and
Finance approved the beginningstages o the Hunter Laboratory renovations. Hunter Laboratory
will be empty once renovations
t th Mta Chmstry ad R-
search Laboratory conclude. “Overthe next year, there are going to be very important buildings opening,”
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Budget, tuition pass at meeting
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