Skip to main content
About the BAM
Brown Alumni Magazine
Beyond the Gates
What Do You Think?
User account menu
May / June 2004
Farewell: Margaret Borden Lawton ’27
She Was Always Pushing for Women
Farewell: Mary F. Diaz ’82
A celestial event that no living person has seen.
Cell phones make it easier to connect anytime, from any place. Or do they?
As the weather turns warm, why not have class outdoors?
On campus, it’s down a hallway with the comforting smell of burnt popcorn.
Elmo Terry-Morgan ’74
Jayne Finst, arguably Brown’s finest gymnast ever, ends her career with strength, grace, and a touch of sadness.
The Confessions of Max Tivoli
A Weapon of Mass Destruction
From the December 1939–January 1940 BAM
Musical Monopoly: Lee Berk ’64
After twenty-five years running the family business—Berklee College of Music—he retires in June.
High Hopes: Brian Binnie ’75, ’76 ScM
He aims to be among the first commercial astronauts.
An Evangelista for Our Times: Jennifer Hofer ’94
When not writing poetry, she writes letters for others. All kinds of letters.
The Puck Stops Here
In 1999, Yann Danis was just another hockey-playing Canadian teenager. Five years and seven school records later, he is graduating from Brown and signing a contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
On the Edge
Mr. Newdow Goes to Washington
This spring, atheist Michael Newdow ’74 argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that requiring schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. The problem is two words most Americans embrace: under God.
Blocking Out the Future
The University’s ambitious plans to expand its faculty and enrich its academics raise a crucial question: does the campus have room for all this?
Brown ups the ante on its commitment to academic medicine.
Coach of the Year—at Long Last
Black coaches remember Fritz Pollard ’19 with an annual coaching award.
The Stuff of Dreams
Student musicians share the stage with a pair of veteran actors.
How might a university amend for the past? A committee considers.
Thinking Really Small
A visiting Nobel laureate paints a picture of the nanoscale.
They Can’t Go Home Again
Thomas Wolfe thought he had problems. Exiled women writers speak.
From Battlefield to Ballots
The former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan describes its road to elections
60 Seconds With
Surprise, You’re Free
Thirty six hours out of prison, another Chinese dissident arrives on College Hill.
Getting Inside Inside Baseball
A senior’s first job interview lands her a spot on reality TV.
The latest in research on campus
Eat and Run
Looking for culinary adventure in a show that’s half Food Network and half MTV.
Paradise Lost and Found
Alison Smith’s memoir of her teenage brother’s death is a story of devastating grief and surprising rebirth.
Killing ’em Slowly
Jen Chapin evokes the sultry voices of the ’70s, with smooth R&B and jazz harmonies.
Minister of Propaganda
Josh Cohen wants to free music from the media conglomerates.
Two political scientists explore the dark side of airline safety.
Coming-of-age fiction comes out kindly.