New writer profiles: Welcome to the internet, Blog babies

A new semester brings new beginnings and, of course, new Blog writers. We’ve got a rambunctious crew this time around and we can’t wait to see what the new Blog Babies will bring to the proverbial table. They’re already writing up a storm, so be sure to keep an eye out for their new content! BlogDailyHerald presents to you our latest additions to the staff:

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Jack Parker: Jack Parker (great name, right? such a “first-y last-y”) is the coolest Dad to be joining BlogDH this semester. Mr. Parker, as his kids’ friends call him, is currently a floating freshman, not having decided what to study. A lifelong New Yorker, he loves all New York sports teams, especially the Yankees (as a Boston native, it was painful for me to write that). A true “cool dad,” he has his finger on the pulse: he loves Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, in addition to every Will Ferrell movie ever made. He plans on attending “Brown Only Karaoke” every week for the rest of the year.

-Lana del Foreplay

sashalandLana del Foreplay: To quote Shakespeare: “What’s in a name?” For Lana del Foreplay, the answer is everything. Dedicated to the study of all things sex-related throughout her time in college, Lana felt truly awakened after her semester in FemSex. When the opportunity to write Sextion came about, she could not resist the opportunity to embrace her inner Samantha Jones (not Carrie Bradshaw, she sucks). As a second semester senior, she may not know what she’s doing next year, but she does have plenty of jobs lined up (get it?). Despite her love of casual hook-ups and sex, she is still looking for someone to kiss under Soldiers Arch at midnight.

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La, La, La Brunonia: March in music, at a glance

With March brings a new month of music, hopefully with less snow. Here are the album releases and local live shows to look forward to tide us until spring break.

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3/2: For all the ‘Drag Race’ fans, RuPaul will be releasing Realness. This is the drag queen/model/actor/author/recording artist’s 8th studio album. Checkout Billboard’s interview and coverage here.

3/3: Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring, are releasing their sophomore album. If you can’t wait the two days, Another Eternity can be streamed early on NPR’s First Listen.

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3/10: Madonna’s latest album, Rebel Heart, will be for sale on the tenth. Unfortunately for Madge, the albums already been leaked, without all the flash and benefit of a surprise release.

Will Butler, frontman of Arcade Fire, is also debuting his first solo album. Here’s Policy‘s homemade promo video.

3/16: The single of Modest Mouse’s new album, Strangers To Ourselves, has already hit number 1 on Alt Nation. I’m convinced it belongs on the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, but maybe that’s just me. Listen for yourself and see how much of a Tim Burton vibe you get.

3/24: New York hip-hop artist, Action Bronson, will be releasing Mr. WonderfulBritish-folk singer, Laura Marling, has Short MovieFinally, Smallpools are releasing indie-pop album, LOVETAP!

3/31: Some of the best albums this month have been saved for last. Death Cab for Cutie’s much anticipated Kintsugi will be premiering. Chris Walla, lead guitarist and producer for the band, left Death Cab while they were making this album. To cope, the band hired an outside producer for the first time. They snagged Rich Costley, of Muse, Foster the People, and Sanitgold fame. Aptly named for the situation, the album takes its title from, “Kintsugi,” an art form of repairing what’s broken.

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Sans Meal Plan: Spiced red lentil, tomato, and kale soup

You may be thinking to yourself, “A soup recipe? But that’s so wintery and it’s already March 2nd!” And to that I say, “Same.” But the fact of that matter is, the weather is still heinous, and soup – especially this yummy, filling one – can make us feel at least a bit better about the cold temps and mountains of snow.

This spiced red lentil, tomato, and kale soup, adapted from Oh She Glows, can be made in under 40 minutes and yields about 5-6 cups. It’s satisfying as a standalone dish, but would also pair nicely with salad or roasted veggies.

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Shakespeare’s First Folio is coming to Brown

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Fans of Shakespeare on the Green, rejoice! According to the Washington Post, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s copy of the First Folio will be staying at Brown at some point next year. Its visit to Brown is part of a national tour meant to coincide with with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, and yes, it already has a hashtag: #SHX400. It’s sure to be included in the nerdiest tweets ever known to the Internet.

The First Folio, “one of the most valuable printed books in the world,” will spend time in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C, and includes classic plays like Much Ado About NothingThe TempestHenry VRomeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. 36 of The Bard’s plays are in its pages.

There’s no word yet on where exactly the First Folio will be housed during its time at Brown or when exactly in 2016 it will be on College Hill. A big display case in the middle of Faunce would be a great sell for prospective students, though its age makes the Hay seem like a logical fit. Besides, I could totally see Shakespeare being a Beyoncé fan.

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What to do this week: March 2 – 8

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Monday, March 2:

Event: IFF Presents: Screening of THE HUNTING GROUND
Time: 7:00 p.m
Location: Granoff, Martinos Auditorium

Bound to be one of the most important screenings on campus this year, The Hunting Ground is a “a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.”

Thursday, March 5:

Event: Women Presidents and the Changing University
Time: 5:30 p.m
Location: Granoff, Martinos Auditorium

President Christina Paxson will host a public roundtable, Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Women Presidents and the Changing University, with Drew Gilpin Faust (President of Harvard University), Shirley Tilghman (former President of Princeton University), and Nan Keohane (former President of Wellesley College and Duke University) to discuss the obstacles women have overcome in order to finally lead American universities while recognizing the challenges women continue to face in these leadership roles.

Event: Physical Graffiti: An Evening of DIY Tie-Dye and Led Zeppelin with Artbeat
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: List 225

“This project is called “Rock Band.” I’m talking about bands that rock; Led Zeppelin!” Blow off midterm steam with the help of Led Zeppelin and tie dye. B.Y.O. white article of clothing.

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Last Call: Katharine (Kappi) Patterson

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. 

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Then + Now

 

People might know me as… The once-off substitute captain of the runners-up in the 2013 Intramural Inner Tube Water Polo league.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Only getting called out in junior year for shamelessly making up my own nickname and successfully getting it used ubiquitously.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Meticulously cutting holes in F’real loyalty cards so as to gain free F’reals after only buying one from Campus Market.

The best class/professor at Brown is… Design and Analysis of Algorithms, taught by Paul Valiant. 

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… 1) The Blue Room didn’t invent the breakfast bagel. They are actually a pretty common food. 2) It’s called an eraser in America. Don’t loudly ask for a rubber in VISA 100. 3) Be on the lookout for a new startup called Snapchat around September 2011. Don’t ask questions – just invest in it immediately.

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