Overheard at ADOCH 2014


Sexy ADOCH logo

Oh, ADOCH. On Tuesday we awaited the dewy-eyed admitted students you would bring, and now we sadly wave goodbye as you as your cheery participants leave us on trains and Peter Pan buses. It all went by so fast; one second we were offering prospies directions and our rendition of why Brown is hot shit amazing, and the next we were seeing our prefrosh and their sleeping bags out the door. Now that ADOCH is over, we can reflect on the good, the bad, and the brilliant that came out of the mouths of prefrosh and student, alike. We here at Blog made sure to keep our ears sharp, and here is what we heard:

Some were observational…

“I mean, libraries here are, like, not actual libraries…”

“Everyone here is soooo attractive oh my god”
“She’s actually studying piles of things.”
Some had legitimate questions…
“So when are we going to run into Emma Watson?”
“Aren’t like most of the classes here pass/fail or something?”
“What’s Sex Power God…?”

BlogDailyHerald Presents: Brunonia’s first episode, “Orientation”

Remember Freshmen Orientation? Remember being confused 99.99% of the time? So do we.

BlogDH Presents: Brunonia. The first episode of our spin-off of Carrie Brownstein’s and Fred Armisen’s Portlandia.

Vigil to commemorate the Armenian Genocide tonight


Members of the Brown community are invited to attend a vigil at 7:00 p.m. this evening to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. During World War I, an estimated 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were killed at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. This date marks a moment of reflection and prayer for the lives that were lost. Though many scholars have studied the Genocide, it often does not receive the same popular attention that other crimes against humanity have, so we hope there will be a great turnout.

The event will take place in front of Salomon and is sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office.

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Bryant ’15 on hair


This is the second post from our new column highlighting the voices and experiences of students of color on Brown’s campus. In this entry, Raquel Bryant ’15 discusses her mixed hair. 

“I am not my hair.”

As a woman of mixed race—a “blendiva,” if you will—my life has been filled with the “What are you?” question, being called “exotic” and, of course, filling in the “Other” bubble when asked about my race/ethnicity. Full disclosure: I identify as mixed race: my dad is black and my mom is Peruvian,  and apparently when you mix those up you get me and my siblings. But, you know what else you get? A spectrum of hair textures that neither parent quite knows how to deal with: not as kinky as my dad thought it should be and nowhere near as straight as my mom dreamed it would be. I spent mornings before elementary school with a spray bottle, a wide tooth comb, tears in my eyes and a very frustrated parent. But I am not alone in my quest to understand my hair. Curly girls of all skin colors and many women of color, especially black women, have been experimenting, inventing and innovating in the realm of hair products for decades.

My friends love to ask me, “How do you know so much about hair?” and I think back to the hours I have spent reading reviews, watching YouTube videos, and listening to my older sister rant about hair. My knowledge of hair didn’t stem from general interest, it grew out of necessity. I can’t just walk into CVS and buy a shampoo or conditioner that is good for my hair. The same way that “nude” tights are made for a certain type of nude, most mainstream hair products are made for a certain type of hair. (Ever notice the “ethnic” hair care section? #problematic.) I had to do research and experiment and talk to other women of color with similar hair types to find out what would work best for me. In other words, I most definitely did not “wake up like dis.”

Most mornings before elementary school, the battle with my hair ended with a giant puff on my head. And right there, in elementary school, is where I first became aware of my “different” hair. What really stuck out to me was that my hair seemed to defy gravity while all the other little girls had straight hair that laid down flat.  My hair wasn’t controlled by headbands, I couldn’t run my fingers through it, and it was definitely not blonde. I found myself lusting after the silky, shiny, flat hair I was surrounded by.

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We’re live-blogging the Chomsky/Ross debate


Check here starting at 4:00 p.m. for our coverage of Dennis Ross and Noam Chomsky’s discussion of whether or not the United States should support Israel. Feel free to chime in!

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Brown University Community Council meeting on April 23rd


In the fall, the student code of conduct will be up for revision once again. Understandably, the student population has been very interested in observing and influencing these changes in conduct, with mental health and sexual assault policies being prominent topics in the recent UCS election debates. On April 22nd, Lena Sclove held a press conference outside of the Rockefeller Library, detailing her experience of being sexually assaulted at Brown. For a detailed outline of the events, refer to the Brown Daily Herald coverage here, and Bluestocking Magazine’s take here. The case is now being covered by outside sources such as Jezebel and the Huffington Post.

On the same day, Klawunn sent out an email regarding a Brown University Community Council meeting from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., which all interested students were welcome to attend. Many people did not know about this meeting until they received the email. For those of you who were unable to attend, here are some take-aways from the 30 minute conversation between the audience and the BUCC:

All of the seats in the audience were filled, with a majority of students present holding cardboard signs in solidarity with Lena Sclove and pressing for change in Brown’s approach to sexual assault. The protestors remained quiet during the technical presentation on code revisions, and it was not until Paxson invited audience members to the microphone did they vocally engage, one by one. Every time someone from the protest got up to speak, everyone holding a sign stood up behind them.

The Lena Sclove Case and the Petition

Emma Hall ’16 came to the microphone to speak about Lena Sclove and the current petition. Hall prefaced her statement by saying that last year she was raped by another Brown student, went through a hearing similar to Sclove’s, and her perpetrator was suspended for two years. She gave a brief overview of the press conference on April 22nd, and then went on to read the petition that has been circulating around campus. The petition was released at 11 a.m. that day. In her hand, Hall held over 300 physically signed petitions, and stated that the online petition before the meeting (at 4 p.m.) was approaching 2,600 signatures. A copy of the petition is available here.

Particular emphasis was put on this request at the end:

“We ask that Brown requires that anyone found responsible for sexual misconduct be suspended until the person they have assaulted graduates, or until two years have passed (whichever is longer). Schools have the responsibility, under Title IX, to eliminate a hostile environment and provide for the needs of the complainant. This cannot happen while a perpetrator is on campus.”

The Details

At one point, a protestor walked up the mic and firmly asked “I want to know how many students that have committed rape or sexual assault are on this campus right now, how many will be returning in the fall, the spring, and I don’t want to wait for five committees to hold hearings on it. I want this information on Friday – I think that’s reasonable.” After applause from the audience, Paxson tried to glean from the committee where this information could be found. Klawunn referred to the website for Student Life, but it was unclear whether or not the University intends to condense and distribute this information to the student body on their own accord.

A follow up question was: “If not strangulation and rape, what does it take to be expelled from this school?” Paxson asked the committee if there were clear guidelines for expulsion, to which Klawunn did not have a concise answer and instead referred to the future option of having a baseline sanction. A student shouted from the audience “so to answer your question, strangulation and rape do not get you expelled.” Continue Reading