(Shopping Period)LifeHacker: Mastering the mid-class exit

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Ah, Shopping Period. It’s one of those quintessential aspects of Brown, embodying the very spirit of the open curriculum: explore all of your interests, take in all of the courses Brown has to offer, and build your own schedule—even if it means that some of those interests and course offerings meet at the same time. In theory, Shopping Period gives students the green light to pack their belongings mid-lecture and leave for another class without any offense to the professor. Yet, for some reason, it always feels slightly wrong. Whether the professor throws some shade your way as you scurry out of J. Walter Wilson, or if they make a passing joke or comment about people jumping ship halfway through a fifty-minute class, no one has perfected the mid-class Shopping Period exit (not to be confused with the sexit). We’re here to deconstruct it.

The reactions of professors to the mid-class exit are varied, contingent on many different circumstances, from how long the professor has been at Brown to the size of the class. Some of the more common responses include:  Continue Reading


What not to do 24 hours before early decisions come out

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a previous post that went up two years ago, 24 hours before early decisions were released. These tips and tricks worked amazingly well for prospective students back in 2012 (and, not to mention, for all of us when we applied), and they’ll work well for you now. Take heed. Good luck!

Dear Brown 2019 Early Decision applicants,

We’ve been there. Those 24 hours before college decisions go viral are the most excruciating hours of everyone’s high school career. You’d think applying early decision to a school would make the wait a little less painful, but it’s a college admissions rite of passage everyone must go through… and it sucks. It’s also very easy to be overwhelmed by the thrill of it all— the reminder e-mails from admissions officers (as if you haven’t had the date marked on the calendar since the moment you submitted your application), the nagging calls from distant family members (just because you haven’t talked to them since last Christmas doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten how to be overly intrusive) and the thought that your future will be decided in the coming hours (I guess there’s always Harvard…).

But you can’t let it get to you. Life will go on, regardless of the decision you receive at 5:00 p.m. EST. Keep repeating that to yourself as you decide how to spend the next hours before you get the fateful e-mail. You might be compelled to do certain things, like cry your eyes out to James Blunt (is he still relevant?) or bash your head into a wall, that you will surely regret the day after. As a former ED applicant, I will impart some of my wisdom to you, the stressed-out high schooler, for what not to do on the big day. (Author’s note: Some of these tips are based on actual events. Do not judge me.)  Continue Reading


Last Call: Haruko Hashimoto

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 2014 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” chains here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… the girl who wears Pokemon t-shirts (a prospie once identified me like that). Or cat lady.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… that one time a professor said an underclassman looked up to me.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… in my room alone and ugly crying over anime about high school cycling/baseball teams because they’re working so hard. Alternatively, sitting around with friends and reading horoscopes.

The best class/professor at Brown is… I’m biased in picking these, but there aren’t enough Asian/Asian-American cultural studies type classes hyped about on this campus, so take this amazing class: “Asian Americans in Higher Education” with Professor Liza Cariaga-Lo.  She drops so much knowledge you’ve probably never known, and has the truest heart, so it’s a real learning experience for anyone, from any background.

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Last Call: Lucy Fernandez

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 2014 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” chains here.

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Then + Now

People might know me as… a rugby player, coffee lover, giggler, and Classics and Art History concentrator with an affinity for Seneca and Klimt.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… leading the women’s rugby team to obtaining varsity status.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… To be honest, I spent many Friday nights binge-watching The West Wing instead of writing my thesis #noshame.

The best class/professor at Brown is… An incredibly tough question. Rebecca Molholt is the best lecturer. Lisa Mignone is the best unofficial advisor and Joe Pucci the best official advisor (both Classics gods). Shiva Balaghi is a rock star of contemporary art of the Middle East and the best tweeter. Dietrich Neumann is the most charming and could make anyone fall in love with contemporary architecture.

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Last Call: Sahil Luthra

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 2014 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” chains here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as…
That guy who makes really corny jokes when he emcees events. Or that guy who makes really corny jokes during improv shows. Or that guy who makes really corny jokes generally.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of…
The friendships I made. I certainly learned a lot from classes, but I learned the most from friends and mentors, and I’m really hoping to cherish those friendships. I’m awful at staying in touch, but I really hope to do so after graduating.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…
Is it boring to say hanging out with friends? Well, it’s what I do, and my mama taught me not to lie, so that’s what I’m going to say. I tend to prefer low-key nights, though that doesn’t mean I won’t get crazy on a dance floor. I particularly love lip-syncing while doing interpretative dances.

The best class/professor at Brown is…
CLPS 0020: “Introduction to Cognitive Science” with Sheila Blumstein. That was the class that got me to really get excited about science in a way that I hadn’t been before. Sheila’s also a fantastic professor–full disclosure: I’m working in her lab after I graduate, so I might be a bit biased. I also loved ENGL 1190M, which is the class all writing fellows are required to take. Doug Brown is a great instructor, I loved my classmates, and everyone was actually really excited about the work. Listing two classes is kind of cheating, isn’t it? Sorry about that.

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Larry Wilmore takes over for The Colbert Report

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This past year has felt like a game of musical chairs in late night television, with hosts bouncing around different networks and time slots ever since Jay Leno announced his retirement, Jimmy Fallon inherited The Tonight Show, Seth Meyers stepped down from the Weekend Update desk at SNL to take over Fallon’s old gig… You get the idea. And that was just NBC. Then in early April, when David Letterman revealed his plans to retire in 2015, yet another late night desk became vacant. Rumors swirled, hopes for more diverse casting arose, and about a week later Stephen Colbert, of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report fame, was tapped by CBS to succeed Letterman. Reactions were positive, although there was some hesitation from some parties over a missed opportunity to introduce fresh faces to the late night circuit. Plus, one concern remained unaddressed: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE COLBERT REPORT?

In a surprising but absolutely amazing answer to our prayers, Comedy Central revealed last week their plans for the 11:30 p.m. weeknight slot: a new-ish show, produced by Jon Stewart and hosted by Larry Wilmore, titled The Minority Report. Um, yes. If you’ve ever watched The Colbert Report, you know this announcement represents quite the shift from Colbert’s faux-conservative talk show. However, in a statement from Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless, it seems diversity is the network’s top priority: “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore follows in the Comedy Central tradition – bringing new perspectives to the day’s events and breaking ground in the world of late night television.”

You might recognize Wilmore from his short segments as Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show. Because Wilmore is based in LA, his visits have been less frequent in the past couple of years, but every so often he comes on to have some “honest conversations” about race with Stewart. We’ve picked out some of our favorite clips of Wilmore from The Daily Show, for your procrastinating viewing pleasure:

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