Campus mourns passing of Mark St. Louis ’15

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Yesterday morning, President Paxson sent out an email recognizing the passing of Mark St. Louis ’15. St. Louis was involved in many facets of campus life, including BrainGate, a project that seeks to create technology to assist individuals living with neurological disorders, and Brown’s Ultimate Frisbee team. We at BlogDH send our best wishes to the St. Louis family and to all who knew Mark.

BlogDailyHerald is taking submissions from loved ones, friends, and family for a memorial to Mark. Please send photos, messages, or artwork to blog(at)browndailyherald(dot)com. We will publish the submissions on our site.

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Last Call: Nate Thomas

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… Natalio, or “that boy who doesn’t even go here.”

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… finding out what I really want. Cliché, I know, but Brown is a really distracting place, and everyone wants all of your time. So if you don’t know what you want, you’ll end up doing a lot of things not worth the missed naps.

The best class/professor at Brown is… Health, Hunger, and the Household with Prof. Foster. When you find out what economists really do, it can make you (almost) want to get out of bed at 9 a.m.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… 1. Saferide On Call will take you literally anywhere, if you know how to work it. 2. Tequilla is NOT your friend. 3. Tempted to repeat #2, but… Complaining is a lot more fun when you do it with people you like, and if you do it loudly in the SciLi Mezz.

What’s one thing you did in your time at Brown that you never saw yourself doing freshman year? When I came to Brown, I swore I would never take a math class ever again. 7 semesters later, I somehow ended up with an Applied Math degree. I also never thought I would take an Africana Studies class, but there’s something about Brown that drives you to take classes relevant to real life, and the department got me hooked after I accidentally showed up to one class.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… at home, in sweats, watching Netflix with my roomie before I suck it up and trek downtown to forget the week.

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Kelkar ’15 on names

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This is the fifth post from our new column highlighting the voices and experiences of students of color on Brown’s campus. In this entry, Krishnanand Kelkar ’15 talks about the significance of his name. He has previously written about interracial dating as a part of this series. Though this will be the last entry in this column for the semester, we plan on continuing it in Fall 2014, so feel free to email blog@browndailyherald.com if you want to be involved!

That’s not my name,” is something I say often. I always have to correct people on my name—partly because I am a twin, but mostly because very few people here have heard my name before. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to correct teachers and professors calling roll, or how burdensome I feel when someone asks me for my email address (especially over the phone). My name is Krishnanand Kelkar, and I often go by “Kris,” because in the West it’s easier. But I love my full name, all 11 letters! My name has history—it means so much more to me than just a random string of sounds by which to call me.

Just after, you know, life, the second thing my parents gave me was my name. And the name Krishnanand in particular was special. I’m named after my uncle; my dad knew he wanted to give his first-born son the name Krishnanand to honor his brother since he was married. After 12 years and 3 daughters, my dad finally got his boy(s). Born on the same date as my uncle, it was more than fate that I ended up with this name. And, not to toot my own horn, it’s a beautiful name too. It’s uncommon in India because it’s a combination of the two more popular names, Krishna and Anand. Together, my name means the “Bliss of Krishna.” But more importantly, my dad’s name is Anand. My name manages to respect the familial love of the generation that came before me, but also incorporates a special respect for my own father.

This wasn’t an easy name to love. It’s long, and really hard to write in cursive (hello, 3rd grade struggles). And more often than not, when I tell people how to spell it, I get something addressed to “Krishnand” because they assumed the second “A-N” was just me repeating myself for clarity.

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The best of #brownwearspink

Last Wednesday, we hosted a screening of Mean Girls in honor of the film’s 10th anniversary. As part of the efforts to celebrate this momentous birthday, we asked you to submit pictures of you celebrating (i.e. wearing pink) via Twitter and Instagram using the tag #brownwearspink. Although a surprising amount of the submissions we received were from people who don’t even go here, we got a fair amount of pics of Brunonia wearing pink with pride. Here are our favorites, superlative style:

The one that took the Wednesday rule very seriously:

…and the one that took it all the way to Whisco:

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Check out our latest “Find Your Friends” album

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Because we know how much you’ve loved our past Find Your Friends Facebook albums, we’ve been trying to make them more commonplace. To start, we sent our photo extraordinaire Danielle Perelman ’17 to document Brown’s celebration of Holi, a Hindu celebration of spring. It attracted Brown students of all backgrounds (including some Blog writers) and definitely confused some onlookers.

In case you weren’t one of the hundreds of people enthusiastically coloring each other on the Quiet Green yesterday, here’s what you missed.

Image via Danielle Perelman ’17.


Where to hook-up… again

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Finals period has reared its ugly head, and once again, all we can think about here at BlogDH is sex. With everyone thinking about sex, what do you do when you come back to your room with your hook-up, only to find that your roommate beat you to it? Don’t despair, because as you’ve read in some of our previous posts, there are so many other places you can go to have a good time. There are those places we walk by on campus and say “damn, I would so get it on here,” and then there are the less glorious places that have a more utilitarian appeal. Here are some of our dreams and some of our realities when it comes to fun outside of your dorm:

Bamboo Garden - Sort of the inevitable outdoors hook up at Brown. You were probably just at Jo’s after some serious rounds of beer pong, and you think bamboo sticks are pretty and Zen.  Next thing you know, your feng shui is all up in a sexy somebody and the clothes are coming off.  If you don’t mind the cold, this is a very achievable option for a fun hook up.  However, beware, people have been known to piss in the stalks.

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