A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: A Better World by Design

better worldA Better World by Design, or the only conference clever enough to advertise in the middle of a crosswalk, is back for its seventh year and is cooler than ever. Founded by Brown’s Engineers Without Borders in 2008, A Better World by Design seeks to “bring a global community of innovators to Providence” to create a powerful exchange across fields to “build a better world.”

The three-day conference is packed with lectures, panels, and workshops intended to get you thinking about how passionate individuals and teams can change the way we look at the world through innovative design. Events will take place this weekend, September 19-21, mostly on College Hill and spread across Brown and RISD’s campuses. This year’s theme is “wayfinding” or “a collective design process used to solve social changes,” so expect programs drawing from the fields of “mapping, interactive art, design policy, and DIY biology.”

You’ll have the opportunity to hear a ton of influential speakers and attend programs that cater to nearly every interest. Seriously. This year’s program offers lectures ranging from “hearing colors” to effectively redesigning public policies to lessen social disparities. Needless to say, this conference offers programs that go way beyond our normative definition of design.

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Chow Down Brown: Ch-ch-ch-changes in campus eateries

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Can’t you smell them already…?

Let’s be honest – the thoughts that run through a college student’s mind often fall into a pretty specific set of categories. They may vary in content and percentage depending on the person, of course, but you can almost guarantee that they include the following: homework, romance, various forms of inebriation, and of course, food.

Brown University Dining Services therefore has ambitious tasks to accomplish in feeding Brown’s hungry students. Aaron Fitzsenry, culinary manager of retail dining and one of our favorite food authorities on campus, sat down with me to discuss some of the exciting culinary ch-ch-ch-changes taking place across campus this year.

The Blue Room will soon be introducing a Mediterranean Bar a few nights a week. Fitzsenry dreamed up this idea this summer while he was strolling down Thayer Street looking for inspiration in the existing business models. Featuring fresh and local ingredients such as hummus, tabbouleh, chickpea salad, fresh Narragansett feta, and Sam’s Bakery Syrian wraps, the Mediterranean Bar will be joining the ranks of student favorites Kabob and Curry and the Naked Burrito Bar. As the Herald reported, the Blue Room will also be serving savory pastries of the leek-and-parmesan and cherry-Greek-yogurt varieties. And don’t worry – those muffins and cookies you dream about will continue to be baked fresh daily. Rotating soup and meal specials can be found on the Blue Room’s website, in addition to any and all ingredient information about which you may be curious.

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Marjorie Thompson, Associate Dean of Biological Sciences, passes away

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As reported by the Brown Daily Herald, Associate Dean of Biological Sciences Marjorie Thompson passed away Monday afternoon while on leave from the University. Thompson ’74 Ph.D’79 P’02 P’07 P’09 P’12 P’14 P’16 was highly regarded among students and faculty and will be missed dearly.

BlogDailyHerald is taking submissions from friends, family, and other loved ones for a memorial to Marjorie Thompson. We will publish the submissions on our site. Please send messages, photos, music or artwork to blog@browndailyherald.com.

Support for students is available from Counseling and Psychological Services (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) located in J. Walter Wilson, 863-3476, and from deans in the Office of Student Life (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), 20 Benevolent Street, 863-3145.


Our little Aaron Samuels is out of high school and onto the dance floor

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In case anyone is not still watching ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (why not, I can’t imagine), this season’s cast of B/C-list celebrities kicked off the 19th season premiere last night. Among the contestants included our beloved Jonathan Bennet, who we will always remember as the boy whose hair looks sexy pushed back and who asked us what day it was on October 3rd.

After a recent stint hosting MTV’s Copycat, Bennett is dancing alongside professional partner Allison Holker, fresh from So You Think You Can Dance?. Last night, Bennett performed the jive, looking very much aged and grown, and instantly reminding me again that Mean Girls has been around for over 10 years. Perhaps the exercise of dancing and rehearsing will get him back to his lanky and toned body in which Cady Heron once saw him playing soccer. Though the decade is definitely showing on him, he hasn’t lost the twinkle in his eye that once made us swoon, and he has the most expressive face when he’s on the dance floor.

Bennett appropriately wore pink for the promotional photos, and I expect the season to be filled with incessant Mean Girls references. Some ABC intern will no doubt be supplying the show’s writers with constant references to Tina Fey’s cultural touchstone. I mean, Julianne Hough called his performance “grool.”

After the performance, Bennet said that he had the most fun he’s ever had in his whole life. But, I hope he remembers how much fun he had teaching us that the limit does not exist.

Watch the clip below and realize how old we’ve gotten! Ah, to relive the glory days of Plastics and Mathletes.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Providence Improv Fest

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Attention comedy nerds! The 11th Annual Providence Improv Fest is happening this weekend, September 18-20. The three days of improv comedy will be held at 95 Empire, right next to AS220, in both the black box theater and the third floor performance space.

Among the groups performing are the Magnet Theatre Touring Company from New York City, ImprovBoston All Stars, and New York’s “North Coast” group, who perform an improvised set they call a “Hip H’Opera.” Improv groups from the Providence area will round off the line-up that begins on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Each individual show ranges from $5-$10, or a $40 Festival Pass that grants you admittance to every show all weekend.

The festival is also offering improv workshops throughout the weekend that are taught by the visiting performers and range from $15-$30, but a background in improv is required.

So, say “Yes, and,” this weekend, and prepare to laugh! Check out the complete line-up and schedule at www.providenceimprovfest.com.

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Hey, you – Apply to be a writer for BlogDailyHerald!

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Want your voice to be heard? Passionate about Brown, Ratty chicken, writing, emoji, spicy withs, hyperlinks, or anything else in the world? Apply to become a part of BlogDailyHerald! We are seeking new writers from all areas of student life to join our team. Writing for Blog is one of the best ways to get your writing read by your fellow students and to join a fun, supportive community of other writers from all walks of campus. We are also offering the opportunity to apply for our creative team, for which you can take photos, make videos, create graphics, write interactive programs, and more. Both applications are due this Friday, September 19, at noon.

If you’d like to learn more, the final information session will also be held Tonight, September 16th from 7-8p.m. at the Brown Daily Herald offices, 195 Angell St.

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