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Thursday, September 17, 2009


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“I get to see presidents.” — Maria Suarez ’13, on why she chose Brown

Lagos outlines future of Latin American economic policy continued from page 1 “When we were in the middle of this discussion, the (economic) crisis arrived,” he said. Now, he said, one of the big questions in Latin America is, “What is the area to be defined by the market, and what is the area to be defined by those in the government?” In addition to the crisis, there have been long-term changes in Latin America. Lagos pointed out that many countries in the region, including Chile, Brazil and Mexico, are described as “middle-income,” meaning they don’t qualify for foreign aid. These middle-income countries look at the crisis differently than more industrialized G8 nations would, he said. Lagos discussed the importance of creating “contra-cyclical” economic policies in national budgets that would plan for and help “smooth” the natural ups and downs of the economy. He said countries will need to regulate the private and public sectors to establish a partnership, utilize new technology to improve productivity and add value to their exports. The intersection of public and private sectors will be especially im-

portant in Latin America’s response to climate change, Lagos said. Countries are currently classified by their income, Lagos said, but in the future they will also be classified by their carbon emissions. By reining in deforestation, Latin American nations can significantly reduce their emissions and put themselves on top of this list. Lagos also questioned who would establish the rules in the new “financial architecture” of a globalized world. Though he said he recognized it will not be easy, he emphasized the need for Latin America to “speak with one voice” during this time. Among those in attendance were 15 Bryant University students in an international finance class there, who traveled to the lecture as a group. One of the group, sophomore Andres Orobitg , said he liked that “more people are going to have a say on what goes on in the world,” as Lagos mentioned during his discussion of the G20. Maria Suarez ’13 took advantage of the question-and-answer portion after the presentation. “It’s what made me so happy about coming (to Brown),” she said. “I get to see presidents.”

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have done no major advertising,” he said, “but if ever yone starts using (the site), it will definitely happen.” The Web site is also available for students on other Ivy League campuses. It can, in the future, be “expanded to any other university pretty easily,” Smith said. There is also a “venue” section on the Web site where businesses can sign up and post their own events. With basic knowledge of

computer programming that he learned in CSCI 0040: “Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving,” Smith created the site on his own this past summer. Some students said they think the new tool is a good idea. “I’d totally use it,” said Yvette Gutierrez ’13. “It sounds like a good way for me to find out what’s going on on campus. From what I’ve heard, there’s so much going on and it’s hard — at least for me — to know (about the events).” But others expressed doubt it

would become a regular reference for the community. “It’s an interesting concept,” said Anne Fuller ’11. “But people have so many ways of getting information already. I wouldn’t necessarily check it.” Another student, Joey Burnett ’12 said, “It would be a good idea if it is connected to something already in place like Morning Mail or other sources which people regularly check. For example, Mocha is widely used because it has links to actual Brown Web sites.”

Thursday, September 17, 2009  
Thursday, September 17, 2009  

The September 17, 2009 issue of the Brown Daily Herald