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15th University president Howard Swearer celebrated for fundraising, public service

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By Hannah Mintz Contributing Writer

Steve DeLucia / Herald

Blood-stained sheets on the floor of Alumnae Hall mark the spot where a 45-year-old man fell from an upper-story staircase Thursday evening.

Man injured in Alumnae Hall fall A 45 year-old man fell about 25 feet from a spiral staircase in Alumnae Hall Thursday evening, according to officers from the Department of Public Safety and Providence Police. The man, who is not affiliated with Brown, was participating in a Narcotics Anonymous meeting on the third floor of Alumnae Hall when he fell off the circular staircase. “He decided to show his friends how to slide down the banister,” DPS Sgt. Robert Enos told The Herald. “He was fooling around.” Two University caterers witnessed the fall and made official statements to the PPD, according to DPS Campus Police Officer Cory Patenaude. The fall was an accident, he said. The victim was “bleeding from the head” and may have had a broken leg, Enos said. Students going to the Gate in Alumnae Hall were advised by DPS officers to avoid the blood on the floor, but most students did not seem fazed by a bloody jacket and sheets at the scene. The main passageway in Alumnae Hall, where the incident occurred, was not restricted by police officers.

— Rachel Arndt

Anonymous grandparent gives $5 million to boost Brown’s theater arts A grandparent of a member of the class of 2008 donated $5 million at the beginning of the summer to theater arts at Brown. The anonymous gift was received after a long pursuit of the donor by the Office of Development. “This major gift, like all of the major gifts to the campaign, was indeed solicited by the campaign staff,” said Ronald Vanden Dorpel MA’71, senior vice president for University advancement. “In this particular case, it was solicited by the president and our associate vice president for development,” he added. Though the donation was given generally to theater arts, it will be split up in use between the different theater programs at the University. “The gift, as I understand it, is not just for this department but for theater at Brown, which includes the playwriting program and literary arts, our program here in theatre, speech and dance and Rites and Reason (Theater) and all the fabulous theater programs,” said Rebecca Schneider, associate professor of theatre, speech and dance and chair of the department. She pointed out that one of the chief needs of the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance is an upgrade of Lyman Hall, where many of its programs take place. “We have a long list of renovation needs. We have some really poor office space, and we need lighting to be completely redone. The dance studio also needs lighting,” Schneider said. With laughter she added, “In some ways this building — we like to think of it as a well-loved teddy bear. We use it, and it shows.” The different directors of theater programs at the University will work with the administration to determine the donation’s specific uses. “In terms of splitting it between other programs, all of the programs are really communicating well together. We’re in a good place at recognizing collectively what all our needs are,” Schneider said.

— Linh Nguyen

Many on campus are familiar with the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Taubman Center for Public Policy and the Swearer Center for Public Service. But few know much about the man behind them — Howard Swearer, Brown’s 15th president. An exhibit on Swearer’s life and achievements is on display through Nov. 30 at the Watson Institute. The Swearer Center created the exhibit to honor its namesake for its 20th anniversary. In the lobby of Watson, banners depicting documents and pictures chronicle Swearer’s life, focusing on his time at Brown. Roger Nozaki MAT’89, associate dean of the College and director of the Swearer Center, said he wanted to create the exhibit because Swearer made “huge contributions” to the University during a “pivotal time.” Looking into Swearer’s files in the University archives and collecting artifacts and documents from his family, Nozaki and Seth Aitken, program and communications co-

Chris Bennett / Herald

An exhibit honoring Howard Swearer’s presidency is on display in the Watson Institute.

ordinator for the Swearer Center, sought to capture “the vision and energy that (Swearer) brought to Brown,” Nozaki said. “There are still many people at the University who remember him and love him,” Aitken said.

Back in the black Swearer became president of Brown in January 1977 and led the University until 1988. Swearer, who was sometimes known as “Clark Kent on College Hill” for his youthcontinued on page 6

Rhodes Center to fund U. research projects By Max Mankin Contributing Writer

Following a $10-million donation from William Rhodes ’57 last February, the William Rhodes Center for International Economics was formally instituted in July. Though the center has kept a low profile since Rhodes’ initial gift, its director, Professor of Economics Ross Levine, has taken steps to increase its activity and profile. Levine is serving as chair of an advisory council that coordinates the center’s activities and will review applications for research project funding. The council is organizing an inaugural conference to bring international scholars to discuss finance, trade and differences in economic development. Other council members include Andrew Foster, professor of economics and department chair, Watson Institute Director Barbara Stallings and professors with related research interests. Deputy Provost Vincent Tompkins ’85 serves as the council’s bridge to the provost’s office. The council has been in close contact with members of the depart-

ments of sociology, political science and economics, along with various groups at the Watson Institute, to advertise the center, Levine said. The center’s goal is to be “less of a top down management arrangement and much more of a vehicle where innovative ideas by faculty and graduate students can be supported,” he said. The advisory council is currently considering several proposals, according to Levine. The biggest among these is a request for support for another conference similar to the center’s inaugural conference. Another proposal concerns funding for travel by a graduate student to Germany to collect data for a research project, and a third proposal seeks to invite visitors to Brown from international organizations such as the International Monetar y Fund and the World Bank. The center could connect those visitors with classes and faculty to “broaden the exposure that students have and also just form a connection for graduate students and faculty,” Levine said. Levine attributed the low num-

ber of proposals so far to the hectic nature of the beginning of the fall semester. “Given the innovativeness of faculty, when there are resources available to do research, ... there will be an intensification of proposals that come our way,” Levine said, noting that teaching responsibilities ease at the end of the semester. Levine is also chair of a search committee for a new professor of economics, which Rhodes is funding separately from his namesake center. The search committee, which includes more than one member of the center’s advisory council, has identified several strong candidates, but “moving senior people is hard,” Levine said. The candidate, once acquainted with the University, might take over Levine’s job as director of the center, he said. “Rhodes is very generous. It’s very nice of somebody to devote a huge amount of his or her money to supporting any sort of activity at Brown, so that’s great — it’s great for students, it’s great for faculty. I know it’s cliched, but in the end, an individual has to write a very big check and that makes all of our lives a lot better,” Levine said.

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