What’s been happening at Brown (and in Providence!)

Welcome to the end of your vacation!

Whether you’re already relaxing in your dorm away from home, slogging your way through the snow to make it to good ol’ Prov or trying to cram your suitcase shut, we at BlogDH want to help usher in the spring (?!) semester vibes with an update on all things Brown and beyond.

The mailroom continues to pimp its own ride:

The lobby of J Walter Wilson will now be offering shipping services to students, on top of the usual package and letter deliveries. You can also buy shipping supplies and stamps on location. They also added some ergonomic benches, to add to the illusion that you’re just chilling with your friends, bopping to some sweet tunes, and not waiting to pick up junk mail.

Appointments:

University President Christina Paxson has been named a director of the Boston Federal Reserve–which apparently is an institution that is relevant to all of New England. Because CPax doesn’t have enough on her plate…

Oberlin’s Vice President/Dean of Students Eric Estes will be joining us in July of 2016 as the new Vice President for Campus Life. If you want to hear more about Estes’ life trajectory, or the details of the VP job, check this out. Estes boasts a great deal of experience in diversity issues and LGBTQ+ advocacy.

Brunonians on TV: 

Computer Science Professor Michael L. Littman will now do your taxes for you. More accurately, Professor Littman recently starred as himself in a Turbo Tax commercial with the tagline “It doesn’t take a genius to do your taxes.


Farewells:

We are sad to report that Sno Tea Caffe on Waterman street has closed its doors. But don’t mourn too much, because DenDen is taking over and installing another bubble tea shop in its stead.

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In other real estate news, Brown wants to build a new commercial parking lot, which would entail knocking down buildings at 434, 436, 442, 444 and 450 Brook Street and 167 and 169 Cushing Street, according to the Providence Journal. Depending on what the City Plan Commission has to say, you might be saying goodbye to your old house, if you happen to live in one of those slots.

Brown has banned hoverboards from all University buildings, including dorms and auxiliary housing. Due to an unfortunate tendency to literally catch fire while charging, or in use, Brown joins a number of other universities (and airlines) that have declared the recreational device’s presence forbidden.

Ruth makes it to Sayles:

Adding some much needed diversity to the wall of ancient white men, Ruth Simmons’ portrait has been installed in Sayles Hall.Ruth1

Images via Kenji Endo ’18, Caitlin Dorman ’16, and via.

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