Less than a month until her departure from the University, President Simmons sent an email Friday at 2:38 a.m. to all students and faculty requesting their invaluable perspectives on what they were up to.
“Dear Members of the Brown Community,” Simmons began, “As we embark together on a new phase in our lives, I hope that you will take advantage of an opportunity to come over to University Hall and watch an episode of “Community” or “House” or whatever if you’re still up.”
The Brown University letterhead was pasted in at an angle halfway through the email.
“Tomorrow, in your Brown email account, you will receive an apology from me, suggesting that my actions tonight extend beyond the purview of the position of the president of Brown University; however, before my final address to the Brown community this month, I think it is imperative that we all ask ourselves: are you at Dtau?? Come say hi!”
Sources say Simmons wrote the email after she spent the evening at a Corporation mixer speaking almost solely to vice chancellor Gary Rutherford, who left at midnight, citing an early morning meeting and explaining that it would be best if he just went home alone.
“Provost Mark Schlissel highlighted plans to increase support of interdisciplinary research in an array of departments to complement existing strengths and build up strategic areas, but he and I aren’t a thing anymore. You’re cool. The board of fellows thinks you’re cute haha.”
By 2:45 a.m. Simmons had received over 4,000 responses from interested students and faculty.