April 8th, 2011 | Uncategorized

What’s up at the Ivies: Amy Poehler, hotels and John Mayer shoes

In this regular feature we take a look at what’s going on at other schools in the Ivy League.

Harvard University

Harvard’s Senior Class Committee announced on Monday that Amy Poehler will be the Class Day Speaker for May’s Commencement exercises. Poehler is most well known for her role on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” and Saturday Night Live, where she played a Yale alum — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton LAW ’73.

Princeton University

Four juniors at Princeton University have received with Goldwater Scholarships, a prestigious honor awarded to top undergraduates in engineering, mathematics, and the natural sciences. Only 275 recipients were selected out of 1,095 applicants.

Columbia University

Columbia seniors looking for foreign experiences may be in luck. Columbia University is considering giving seniors the option of spending a fifth year of school traveling abroad among the four University’s global centers and study globalization. The University currently has centers in Paris; Beijing; Amman, Jordan; and Mumbai, India, and a fifth center in Istanbul is set to open this fall. The university is planning for three more in Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Brazil.

Dartmouth College

The Big Green is going red. Dartmouth College recently announced that it will host a Republican presidential primary debate on Oct. 11 for the upcoming elections. Sponsored by Bloomberg Television, the Washington Post and WBIN-TV, the upcoming October GOP debate will focus entirely on economic issues rather than general ones. In the past, Dartmouth has hosted presidential primary debates in 2007, 2004, 1999, 1988 and 1984.

University of Pennsylvania

It seems that the entrepreneurial spirit never ends at Penn. Penn economics major by day and shoe designer by night, sophomore En Hao designs and paints shoes as part of his line, “En Hao Kicks.” He takes ideas for shoe designs from customers and paints their orders onto pairs of Keds shoes. So far, he has painted designs ranging from portraits of Jack Johnson and John Mayer to sailing crew teams and an imitation of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting.

Brown University

Mark Schlissel, the current dean of biological sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, has been chosen as the newly appointed provost of Brown University. Selected by a 12-member committee of students, faculty and administrators, Schlissel will replace current provost David Kertzer beginning July 1.

Cornell University

Faculty members at Cornell’s Hotel School voted Monday to re-include “Hotel Administration 3305: Restaurant Management” as part of the required core curriculum, overturning their previous decision to change the class from a required course to an elective. Members also decided to uphold an earlier decision to reduce the length of “Hotel Administration 2275: Introduction to Information Systems Management,” making it a seven-week, two-credit course.