Last Call: Alexx Temeña

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. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here
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Then + Now

People might know you as… The hella extra Mandé TA foon* who studies how to live a fulfilled life and asks big questions, often turnt without turnt juice and dansing in public or private, physical or metaphysical or spiritual or digital or liminal spaces with or without music. // Alternatively, the girl with the long hair and impeccable swag
*As defined by the F∞ncabulary – The Essential Guide to Phoonery, foons are obnoxious, overbearing tricksters, but their behavior is always driven by authenticity and love for their friends. Foons are rarely basic, but often mistaken as such. Also see: fooning, foonworks, foonwear.

 

In your time at Brown, you are most proud of… My community of loving, kind, and generous friends and foons who support and validate me every day. All of my friends are beautiful and talented and remind me to self-care, to play, and to do me and not apologize.

 

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Fall 2011: Devising new movement/contact improv-ing to the Lion King soundtrack in the Cave (Lyman Hall) with my best friends, and then exchanging massages using all-natural vanilla-scented IcyHot. Spring 2015 – Hosting a Filipino Heritage dinner, a cooking class, a potluck, etc. for the squad/birthday circle/faves, and then pillow-talking with housemates.

 

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
1. Yr brown education is for you.
2. Choose self-care; it is indeed possible to have a regular gym routine and be in bed by 11 p.m.
3. Brace yourself – the snow in Providence is about to get turnt (don’t let it break you).

 

Ratty vs. V-Dub? Nah. My house, my kitchen, my cooking.

The best random thing you did in your time at Brown is… this.

 

One thing you wish you had done… (there is still time)
1a) Revive TPOC (theatre people of color) in the Upspace and direct a show entitled “Confessions, by Usher: The Musical.”
1b) Go on a date to the Ladd observatory. (Call me!)

 

After graduation, you plan to… I’m still at Brown until next spring since I’m in the five-year combined ScB/AB program, but afterward I will embark on a “How to Live a Fulfilled Life tour” and visit communities and cultures worldwide whose people are living the healthiest and happiest lives. My life plan is to be well, to teach and to help others be well.

 

What’s the hardest class you’ve taken at Brown? If you could do it over, would you still take it? Chem 33. (Yes, but only because it helped me decide to switch out of Neuro and concentrate in Cog Neuro & Contemplative Psychology instead.)

 

What’s been the most rewarding extracurricular that you’ve been a part of during your four years? Why? The mandé danse community and new works/world traditions danse company with Prof. Michelle Bach-Coulibaly. Dansing with Prof. Bach-Coulibaly has made me a more generous mover, a more generous friend, sister, daughter, lover. New works connected me with lifelong foon friends and provided me a space to be as extra as I want. Every mandé class is a ritual of praising the beauty of our bodies moving together and honoring how capable we are.

 

Sum up your thesis in one sentence, lolmythesis style. Can we stop acting like mindfulness is only for white people?

 

One piece of advice for underclassmen?
Sleep when you’re sleepy,
Eat ginger, garlic and kale,

 

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Lauren’s Question: Favorite dance move? Right now it’s every step in a new piece we’ve been working on for the spring festival of dance — it was choreographed by Lacina Coulibaly, a stunning contemporary West African dancer from Burkina Faso. It’s one of my favorite pieces that I’ve been a part of, second only to choreographing a duet with Jarrett Key ’13 for his Commencement dance show. Come watch the show on April 30 — May 3rd at the Stuart Theatre.
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Who are you tagging next? Nicha Ratana.

 

Question for Nicha: Describe your ideal power-couple soulmate bae.
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