Brown Bans Campus Parties for 2 WeeksBy Dan McGuire
Brown University's Student Activities Office issued a moratorium on Wednesday that will ban parties on campus for two weeks.
Brown's Dean of Student Life Robin Rose said a combination of violations of the fire safety code, illegal service and provision of alcohol, inappropriate advertising of social events, failure by party hosts to check for college identifications and to maintain appropriate guest lists, and numerous fights all brought on the ban.
"All of these things signify that there should be concerns with the level of compliance with University policy," Rose said. "The fact is that we have had social events that are unhealthy and unsafe. Students and University personnel have been injured."
Brown's Greek Council Chair Chris Hogg said the moratorium caught the group by surprise but that the council supports the decision.
"We've only been here for 30 days, and already there have been some pretty major incidents," Hogg said. "It will give us a chance to evaluate our party policies and make sure we are doing everything possible to ensure people's safety."
"They are doing good and bad with this decision," said, Brown sophomore Seth Goldberger, the social chair of one dormitory.
"On the one, hand there have obviously been a lot of problems within the past month that they are going to work out. On the other hand, there is already not much to do in Providence, and if you take away parties at which alcohol is served - which are basically the only kind - there is not going to be much left to do."
[Brown Daily Herald, Oct. 9]
Yale graduate union meets
Yale University's Graduate Employees and Students Organization, the school's self-styled graduate union, held its first meeting of the new academic year on Wednesday. The event was a referendum and rally measuring student support of a proposed graduate school assembly.
The proposed assembly will have the power to veto proposals on student-relevant policy changes made by Yale's Graduate School Dean Thomas Appelquist. The dean has proposed a modified version granting the assembly the right to "discuss and comment" on policy changes.
A total of 508 of the 1,100 non-science graduate students - the people the organization aims to represent - voted at the rally. Only 35 voted against the proposed council.
"We want to make sure the dean knows we're not going to settle for an impotent assembly," said GESO member Antony Dugdale.
While the results of the vote surprised few, the event's warmer, more cooperative style caught many students' attention. In stark contrast to the militant reputation the group has acquired- especially from the January strike which generated little but campus ire - GESO leaders put on a noticeably softer face yesterday.
"We don't mean to shift back to rigid dogmatism," Dugdale said at the rally. "We're looking at many ways to achieve our bottom line. It could be an assembly, it could be a union, it could even be another creative alternative we haven't thought of yet."
Conscious of the need for consensus, GESO leaders designed the day's events to prove their claims of support. The referendum "is really just a visible expression" of graduate student support of the GESO-approved assembly, GESO Chairwoman Robin Brown said. The overwhelming majority of voters who selected the GESO's version of the assembly provides the proof of support.
"It's a time of optimism and possibility here," said GESO member Anita Gallers at the 100-person rally in front of the Hall of Graduate Studies. "We're reaching decisions by talking to people and making sure we find a solution everybody's comfortable and confident with."
[Yale Daily Herald, Oct. 10]
Harvard pharmacy fined $775,000
Harvard University has agreed to pay a $775,000 fine to settle a federal civil drug case involving its pharmacy, federal prosecutors said last month.
Harvard was accused of lax security and improper pharmacy practices that resulted in significant thefts of controlled drugs by a pharmacy technician.
Harvard's practices resulted in the "thefts of drugs, inaccurate inventories, sloppy storage, and improper distribution of drugs to unregistered sites,'' said U.S. attorney Donald K. Stern.
The federal government began an investigation of Harvard's pharmacy, located in Harvard Square, almost a year ago after reports that drugs had been stolen.
The government said that in 1995, a pharmacy technician stole more than 7,500 dosage units of cough syrup with codeine, a controlled substance.
According to federal drug experts, the drugs stolen are a type preferred by heroin addicts when heroin is not available.
The government said that as early as 1990, Harvard had reasons to know of significant problems in its pharmacy operations but failed adequately to address them.
[United Press International, Sept. 30]
UMass funding linked to study
Massachusetts Representative Harold Lane (D-Holden) told University of Massachusetts at Amherst's faculty at a faculty senate meeting last week that the only way the state legislature will continue to award a financially-sound budget to the school is if the school's faculty holds itself accountable to the public.
Lane's plea for accountability raised anew a contentious subject for the faculty and the president's office. The president's office has been trying for over a year to get faculty to participate in a workload study. Although faculty have been reluctant to cooperate, claiming they should not have to justify themselves to anyone, rumors of faculty workload legislation have put a new spin on the issue. The president's office is expected to produce and distribute a faculty workload survey in upcoming months.
"With the escalating costs of education, the public is demanding to know where its money is going," Lane said. "The faculty has to be more proactive in translating to constituents what they do and how they do it."
If faculty insists on ignoring attempts to document workloads, the legislature will have to fill in the blanks, and faculty will not be happy with the end product, Lane said. "There are solutions we can come up with, but I guarantee you, they won't fit," he said.
[Campus Chronicle Oct. 10]