12 Days of Spring Weekend: FIND YOUR FRIENDS!

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We know you can’t get enough of Spring Weekend. The shift back to reality is always tough, but fear not – Blog is here to help. Want to try to piece together relive the last three days? Check out our Spring Weekend 2014 Facebook album here, and find your friends! Tag, laugh, cry, and reminisce on the weekend together.


Kelkar ’15 on interracial dating

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This is the first entry in our new column highlighting the voices and experiences of people of color on Brown’s campus. This post, by Krishnanand Kelkar ’15, focuses on interracial dating.

I wasn’t your typical kid growing up. Let’s just say it’s not very often you find a Catholic-educated, gay, half-Indian, half-Caucasian guy who speaks Japanese. On the other had, my boyfriend grew up with a more typical experience, especially in the context of Brown. He’s from an Italian and Irish family, grew up on Long Island, and went to public school. Our backgrounds are different, and at times it has caused rifts in our relationship.

The most obvious difference is our race. I remember one of the first times I held his hand, I looked down at our laced fingers and told him, “Wow, my hands are so dark in comparison to yours.” The “wow” seems unnecessary, but for me it was a bit shocking. Being half-Indian means I have always been complimented on my light skin—something India is obsessed with. And his hands are starkly lighter than mine; not to mention they are so soft, and mine are so hairy. With each new step we took physically with our relationship, I was thinking about how different my Indian features are from his white ones.

But the differences go beyond skin deep—being in an interracial relationship has had its difficulties. One time in particular, my friends, including my boyfriend, were talking with me and, out of nowhere, they made racist remarks towards me. They meant no harm by it, and they didn’t know what they were doing, but that’s exactly the point. In our society today, the idea that “race doesn’t matter” is so prevalent that, even amongst the educated at Brown, who consciously acknowledge the role race plays in life experience, there are many people who do not recognize that they’ve internalized this “beyond-racism” mentality.

I was wounded. People I have come to love and respect over the past 3 years managed to hurt me in a matter of minutes. And so there I was, hurt but paralyzed, unable to blame them even though it was their fault. For the first time, I felt I couldn’t tell my boyfriend the truth. I harbored my feelings of exclusion and kept them to myself. I hoarded my resentment.

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A new column is coming to BlogDH…

BlogDailyHerald has grown immensely since it was founded in 2009. We’ve seen writers graduate, editorial boards change, and even a redesign. We pride ourselves on being a resource to students, and we aspire to be a trusted voice in what matters to the student body. We are also cognizant of the spaces we and other student publications create, and the opportunities for different voices and conversations that these allow for. We might worry a bit too much about the chatter on food truck block, but we think much more about our readership and how students are engaging with the content we produce.

A significant gap in our content is that which pertains to the experience of being a student of color at Brown. More importantly, as an on-campus publication, we feel that there’s not an apolitical space to talk about these issues. While we at BlogDailyHerald have students of color on staff that have shared and continue to share their own narratives, we will never be able to fully encompass the experience of what it means to be a student of color, nor is that our goal. What we want to create is a resource for both students whose lived experiences might resonate with those published on our site, and for those that might not be exposed to these occurrences. Community activism, interracial relationships, hair… These are the kind of things that matter to Brown students, and these are the things we want to be publishing

We are not here to summarize, tokenize, condense, or make a listicle out of the student of color experience at Brown. We are here to share voices. And we hope that the voices we are showcasing will offer new considerations, new perspectives, new tools for our readers. We have assembled a brilliant cast of columnists with the help of the MPC Friends program and other individual recommendations. These students have agreed to share their stories in the form of a column, which will be published bimonthly. They are personal, but they speak to the larger narrative of the Brown experience.

This column is a product of months of conversation and thought, but it’s just the beginning. We wish to see this column, as well as the rest of our content on our site, evolve. We hope you enjoy reading. If you’d like to participate, or would just like to get in touch, please reach out to us at blog@blogdailyherald.com. We would love nothing more than to keep this conversation moving.

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PSA: Our tanks are here!

blogtankThe tanks are here, and they are awesome! For those of you who chose not to have them directly shipped to you, we have them and are going to be distributing them starting tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Faunce. Check this Facebook event and our page for updates on when exactly we will be giving them out.

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Welcome, Brown Class of 2018 (in full)!

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Yesterday at 5 p.m., 2,619 received the magical Hogwarts letter were admitted to the Brown University class of 2018, according to the Brown Admissions Facebook page. This year’s acceptance rate was 8.6%, so these high school seniors should give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back, and a warm welcome to Brown!

We can’t wait to meet you regular decision admits at ADOCH. But before you swarm our beautiful campus in April (hopefully it’ll actually be spring by then), we hope you’ll keep up with BlogDailyHerald to amp up your excitement, although we’re sure you don’t need it. Congrats, and go Bruno!

In Deo Speramus,

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Highdeas we got from watching 300: Rise of an Empire

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If you haven’t seen 300: Rise of an Empire, don’t. If you haven’t seen 300: Rise of an Empire in 3D after eating brownies, do. We did it. It was awesome. Here are some “highdeas” we had during this obscene spectacle. They are all direct quotes from ideas we wrote on my phone. Enjoy.

1. You can use your Brown ID for discounted movie tickets at Providence Place Mall.

2. What if we put a store in the mall right below the movie theater that sold considerably cheaper candy than the movie theater does? #freeenterprise

3. They use very strong verbs in most action movies.

4. They also furrow their brows a lot.

5. Even though there is a female lead, this movie is très misogynistic.

6. This takes place in like 300 BCE, why do they have British accents? What century does this take place in?

7. What did they do before glasses were invented? Was everyone just kind of blind or did they have really good vision because they weren’t staring at computer screens all the time?

8. Is this movie an allegory to the War on Terror???????????????????????? (Spoiler alert: the answer is definitely no.)

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