Daily Debriefing

by Katie Paxton and Ann Baum | 10/6/09 10:00pm

Student Assembly passed two pieces of legislation in its first General Assembly meeting of the Fall term Tuesday evening, including a proposal allocating $2,000 for laptop vouchers to provide students who have broken their computers with temporary replacements. The second piece of legislation will fund Peer Academic Link, a program that provides contacts for students looking for advice in selecting a major. Student Body President Frances Vernon '10 also presented the Assembly's new mission statement, which describes the Assembly's goal to "implement policy changes and services" based on the opinions and concerns of the undergraduate student body. At the meeting, members elected Reba Gillis '12 as secretary, Samantha Gutierrez '11 as treasurer, Eric Tanner '11 as historian a new position created by Vernon and Elise Smith '13 as a member of the Membership and Internal Affairs Committee.

In coordination with the National Cyber Security Alliance, Dartmouth will work to promote cyber security during National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, according to a College press release. Andy Cutts, the director of cyber security policy at the Department of Homeland Security, will speak on Oct. 13 in Haldeman 41. The College will also post flyers promoting computer safety on campus, some featuring a cartoon of Sam N. Security, a character commissioned from the Center of Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt., according to the press release.

The size of Brown University's faculty has declined over the last year, dropping from 689 to 686, for the first time since the implementation of a hiring campaign in 2002, The Brown Daily Herald reported on Tuesday. The university's Plan for Academic Enrichment called for the creation of 100 new faculty positions, of which 82 have been filled, according to The Herald. Last year, the university added only nine new members. Brown Dean of Faculty Rajiv Vohra said that this decline is normal given the progression of the plan, according to The Herald. The decline coincides with a salary freeze this year, although professors' median salaries increased during the previous two years, The Herald reported.