|60 Seconds with Robin Rose|
On July 1, Rose ended nine stormy years as dean of student life to become director of financial-aid stewardship and dean on special assignment.
BAM: What advice do you have for your successor?
Rose: In the events that have been the most important to meóthe Spats case, Adam Lack, Ebony Thompson [three particularly contentious disciplinary cases]óthe particulars have been extremely important. But cases like these also touch nerves. Sexual assault and race are issues that people have very strong feelings about. My advice would be to keep this in perspective when youíre managing a case, but also understand what the larger issues are for the campus. In terms of race, weíre living on a tinderbox. What happened last semester [the Ebony Thompson case] was one example, and it will happen again.
BAM: Why did you decide to leave the Office ofStudent Life?
Rose: It was just time. I loved what I did. I miss the people and the issues, but I donít miss the pace. Plain and simple, I wanted my life back.
BAM: And youíll supervise the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training program?
BOLT has been the love of my life for the last thirteen years.
Sophomore year can be very tough for students, and this was the best
way to get them involved in something that really made a positive
difference in their lives. Sixty to 70 percent of participants have
never been on an extended backpacking trip before. [To me] itís
like being a student all over again. And I donít need to wear my
flak jacket to the office anymore.