Go to the football game this weekend: a simple, yet surprisingly complex demand within the context of Brunonia. Though the air is becoming a bit more crisp and the work is beginning to pick up, we need to carry on the tradition of old and support the worthy purveyors of our athletic program (yes, we have one). The upcoming Fall Celebration for the University’s 250th Anniversary provides the perfect opportunity to make the “arduous” trek up to Brown Stadium to watch your Bears compete against the most feared hue in all the land: The Crimson. Though we understand that you may not know the rules of the game or even question why that yellow line from the TV isn’t on the field, attending the game is above all a way of channeling that often diffuse sense of school spirit. Instead of providing a general reason why you should go, it seems more appropriate to issue this “call to action” on a class-by-class basis:
It’s your first year on campus. There is absolutely no excuse for not attending this game–as long as you aren’t expecting a tailgate reminiscent of a Big Ten school or the pomp and circumstance of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide). The Brown-Harvard game is a wonderful way to build relationships with your peers, make a few memories, and if you are lucky, make it into that one Brown Athletics body-paint pic from the night (you know the one). Also, the game serves as a wonderful opportunity to show your friends that you, too, are having a great time in college (5-10 Facebook tags guaranteed).
While we understand that everyone is busy with finals and the ever-annoying task of packing (who knew you brought so much to school?!), take a few minutes to read about the work of Juhee Kwon ‘14, who compiled archival material and created a website to highlight the scholarship surrounding Asian American Studies at Brown. The website launched earlier this month and provides unique insight into the dynamics of identity within the context of both Brown and the United States more broadly. Check out our exclusive interview with Juhee below:
BlogDH: How did your project come to fruition? What was your ultimate goal in creating the webpage?
Juhee Kwon: The project was the Asian American program studies website. I wasn’t initially going to do anything for my senior thesis unless it was practical and… applicable. Asian American Studies is a field that has been burgeoning recently; there was an ethnic studies movement in the 60s where a lot of West Coast schools established colleges of Ethnic Studies and programs like that, and it has moved over the East Coast since. Brown has an Ethnic Studies program, but it doesn’t have Asian American Studies or Latino Studies or Native American Studies programs… but there is a lot of scholarship that is being produced in terms of the faculty and the graduate students.
Robert Lee, who is in American Studies, requested that I compile an archive/website to showcase the amount of scholarship that has been produced, without any sort of University funding or help. Even without the University we have done this much… give us administrative support. [The website serves] as an abstract space so that scholars, graduate student and undergrads can come together and focus specifically on Asian American studies.
Though I am a bit hesitant to write this post (obviously due to the thousands of Brown students who will undoubtedly read it), there is a study space that must be taken advantage of during this stressful finals season. While the Rock and SciLi capture the traditional tension in one’s finals week hell study habits, there is a beacon of hope that is situated a mere ten-minute walk away. That my friends, is RISD’s Fleet Library. Though most of you are not affiliated or even familiar with our art-oriented sibling down the hill, your Brown ID is your ticket into the vaulted paradise that is Fleet Library.
Unlike the dreary setting of the Rock or the far too sociable environment of the Sci-Li, Fleet Library is absolutely stunning and provides the ordinary Brown student with the vision of what a Brown library could be (unfortunately you will have to keep dreaming). Located at 15 Westminster Street (or 15 West as the RISD kids call it) in downtown Providence, Fleet occupies a space that was once the Rhode Island Trust bank and boy, did the school truly do wonders in converting it. Beyond its ornately decorated ceiling, imposing chandelier clock, and grandiose Corinthian columns (shout-out to Architecture Professor Anthony Vidler and History Professor Kenneth Sacks), Fleet Library is truly modern and modular in character. The beautiful space provides students with unique study nooks and an elevated plateau chockfull-o-tables that holds an inspiring view of the entirety of the library.
Sick of the Rock food cart and its disappointing assortment of Clif Bars? Luckily for you, just outside of Fleet Library is Portfolio Café, which serves a variety of cuisine, but more importantly, has a soda fountain machine with RC Cola (a must try). The café provides a pleasant study break and allows one to refuel while chipping at that 20 pager. It also holds shelves of Pocky. Shelves.
Fleet Library adds a much-needed dynamic to your finals’ preparation plans, and is a valuable resource for all Brown students. While Fleet may not have the textbook for your upcoming Orgo exam, it does offer a pleasant environment for studying and a nice change of pace from the infamous Rock-SciLi duo. I hope you make use of Fleet in the next week and a half…just maybe not ALL of you. Ra Ra Brunonia! RISD!
The Fleet Library at RISD is open from 8:30am-11pm Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-8pm Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 12pm-11pm on Sunday.
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.
Ever wanted to know what Brown looked like in the 1960s… in grainy color film? This is your opportunity. This particular video highlights the Engineering program at this fine Ivy League institution and does include some stunning aerial views of the campus. Definitely worth watching, despite the lack of dynamism (and movement) in the interview segment. Ra Ra Brunonia!
The SciLi: In all its Brutalist glory
With finals season steadily creeping up on us—much to the chagrin of my Main Green hang-out time and Faunce Step gatherings—it is once again time to consider the age old question: Rock or SciLi? Now at this point in the year, I would truly hope that each and every Brown student knows which two buildings I speak of: the one that is sky-high and painful to the eyes, and the other, stout and equally painful to the eyes. Yes, those buildings. While each library has its traditional stereotypes, I thought it would be appropriate to update the framework and introduce a newly-minted metric for your finals period study plans.
With its inviting concrete floors, endless rows of stacks, well-stocked food cart and perpetually dysfunctional (albeit ergonomic!) desk chairs, the Rock is the spot for the student who enjoys a more low-key vibe, but likes to get shit work done. From the prison-cell, isolation chambers study rooms on the Second floor to the Penthouse with its sprawling and surprisingly impressive views of the Manhattan-esque, Providence skyline (we all have the right to dream), the Rock is for the studious, the bold, the hipsters, the prepsters and is occasionally the home of a nightclub (luckily not one associated with Coliseum or Ultra). The carrels of the Rock promote focused study, but be aware of the overly-confident thesis writers who won’t think twice about stating that it is his/her spot (and obviously something about the level of stress he/she/phe is experiencing). Though you may have the occasional run-in with a grad student (yes, we have graduate students at Brown), they will consider you an inferior species and merely walk past you without acknowledgment or consideration. If likened to a group of musical artists, the Rock would be Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver and Fleetwood Mac all rolled into one: it is classic, but it does have an edge of reflection (ßBon Iver) and collegiate vitality. If likened to a former WWE fighter, it would be the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, without a doubt (disclaimer: I have never watched a WWE fight, only the “Scorpion King.”)
Not at Brown