March 07, 2014 11:15 PM
Glenn Osmundson/The Providence Journal
Fireworks are shot off at Brown University after a cake-cutting ceremony on the main green to celebrate the university’s 250th anniversary.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Thunder ruled the sky over Brown University’s College Green Friday evening, when the university punctuated the first round of celebrations on its 250th anniversary with a vigorous fireworks display that brought roars from the crowd that jammed the hallowed area.
At one point flaming white numbers — the size of the four-story building on whose side the apparition appeared — spelled out “250+”. The blazing digits would appear again, at the climax of the display, this time in gold. From the roof, technicolor sparks hosed skyward à la antiaircraft fire. The light show illuminated not only the clouds above, but the heads below.
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Old and New: Rhode Island Hall’s classical exterior was recently renovated with a modern interior.
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.
With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction.
Brown’s vibrant, diverse community consists of 6,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 400 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting and online students, and nearly 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Anything’s possible at Brown—the university’s commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study.
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Brown students have a lot to smile about. Named by the 2010 Princeton Review as the #1 College in America for Happiest Students, Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.
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