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A Presidential Welcome

September 1, 2009
President Ruth Simmons greets a student

President Ruth Simmons greets a student

TWTP opened tonight to a packed Andrews Dining Hall. Parents and students ate with with various deans, faculty, and other Brown staff members at the Presidential Welcome Dinner. The TWTP Coodinators, Nisha Mirani ’10 and Ngoc-Tran Vu ’10, announced the theme as “I Am because We Are: Celebrating Forty Years of Solidarity,” taken from a quote by John Mbiti. When President Ruth Simmons took the stage, she urged students to learn about the people around them and shared her own personal story of attending college on full scholarship and arriving on campus with no clothes. Mindful of those anonymous donors who made her college education possible, Ruth encouraged students to think actively about the people doing things for them. She also encouraged students to seek out help if they faltered and to ask questions. She ended her address by reminding students of how much they are wanted here and walked off the stage to a standing ovation.

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