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January 20, 2011

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WRNI   20 January 2012
Providence and the nonprofits
Reporter Scott McKay blogs about Providence’s most recent request that the University pay more in taxes to the city. He points out the other contributions the University makes to the city, including taxes on property not used for educational purposes, and the new $60-million Alpert Medical School that was recently opened in the Jewelry District. “Instead of trying to put the squeeze on the colleges, it’s time for Providence politicians to lobby at the State House for increased state aid in Payments in Lieu of Taxes to communities that host the storied colleges and hospitals that make Providence so much more than a more populous version of New Bedford,” McKay writes.

The Guardian   17 January 2012
Op-ed: Jay-Z can do better than one word
Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies, writes about rapper Jay-Z’s decision to stop using the word bitch following the birth of his daughter. Rose says that the gesture leaves her wanting more from the rapper: “It doesn’t begin to address his role in contributing to and profiting from the global power of a hyper-sexist brand of hip-hop masculinity. I need to hear quite a bit more about how he feels about this legacy and its impact on millions of black girls and boys before getting all teary-eyed.”   18 January 2012
A Beethoven’s Ninth to honor Ruth Simmons
The Brown University Orchestra and Chorus, with the Providence College Festival Chorus, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and other works in a tribute concert for President Ruth J. Simmons on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Vets, Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The performance will include a chorus of 150 singers from both Brown and PC, all under the direction of Paul Phillips, Brown University Orchestra’s music director.

The Takeaway   19 January 2012
The “isms” surrounding Obama’s presidency
President Obama’s first term has been marred with accusations of adherence to a number of controversial ideologies, including Marxism, socialism, and fascism. James Morone, professor of political science, speaks about whether there’s any truth to the many “isms” used to describe the Obama administration.   19 January 2012
Romney hits some bumps on campaign road
With the exit of Rick Perry from the presidential race and the revelation that Rick Santorum was the actual winner in Iowa, candidate Mitt Romney has had a difficult week on the campaign trail. Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, says that while such events could give Newt Gingrich a boost, over the long term, it may be difficult for anyone to overcome Romney.

WCVB (Boston)   18 January 2012
Could video games be healthy gym alternative?
Researchers at Brown are beginning a new study to determine whether active video games, called “exergames” offer the same workout and health benefits as going to the gym. The study will involve 300 participants attending workout sessions for three consecutive months. Researchers will measure body composition, fat and muscle amounts, cholesterol, and cardiovascular fitness at the start and end of the study to determine the benefits of each activity.   16 January 2012
Analyzing Boehner’s future as House speaker
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, blogs about whether John Boehner will be able to maintain his position as speaker of the House for a second term. She cites several examples of past speakers who have been ousted by their own parties and predicts that Boehner will struggle to maintain control of the House: “... a House that is in disarray, with major cracks in the foundation, usually crumbles.”

Financial Times    17 January 2012
India’s opposition party sparks debate
Many in india blame the opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) for a political stalemate that has left Parliament unable to operate properly and slowed economic growth. Still, Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, says support for the party may be waning: “Economic reform is changing the aspirations of India. This is bad news for the BJP. It’s a structural weakness of the party. It’s no longer able to mobilize the Hindu upper castes.”   18 January 2012
Book inspires climate change curriculum
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) will begin offering support to public school teachers and schools on the contentious topic of climate change. The group’s executive director cites a textbook co-authored by Kenneth Miller, professor of biology, as being a primary motivator for starting the new initiative.

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