One of the awesome things about going to school in a small state like Lil’ Rhody is the unbelievable access we have to our politicians. Tonight, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be on campus to speak about his work in Washington, D.C. and the current state of various pieces of national legislation. According to the Brown Dems’ Facebook event, the Senator will also talk about how young people can get involved in politics. The event is hosted by the Brown Dems and will take place at 8 p.m. in Wilson 101. It’s not every day that a Senator comes to our hill to talk about his work on The Hill, so if you’re around, consider checking it out.
This past Wednesday, the Political Theory Project, in collaboration with Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), brought “Freeway” Rick Ross to speak on campus (don’t you dare confuse him with the rapper). In a lecture entitled “Drug Kingpin Turned Reformer,” Ross spoke of his belief that he, and other former drug dealers, must play vital roles in ending the War on Drugs and enacting sensible policies that would target the massive rates of hyper-incarceration and drug recidivism in our country. Ross eloquently echoed messages of education over incarceration, highlighting the importance of giving every individual a chance to grow and develop his or her innermost talents. While these are all messages that seem to fit under the title of this lecture, those in attendance also had the pleasure of learning some interesting facts about the former leader of a massive drug empire:
1. Rick Ross is helping Nick Cassavetes create a movie based on his life. If you don’t know Nick Cassavetes as the director of The Notebook or Alpha Dog, you probably know him as Dietrich Hassler in Face/Off, Tattoo Joe in The Hangover Part II, or the most notable Adonis Papadapadopounopoulopoulos in Farticus. Apparently Nick Cannon will be playing Ross in the film and, according to this YouTube video, Ross had wanted Cannon to play him “since ’96.” Needless to say, we’re not quite sure what to expect here.
2. He has a t-shirt line. At his lecture, Ross wore a shirt which said, “The Real Rick Ross is not a Rapper.” He told us that he first started selling his t-shirts out of the trunk of his car and by going from door-to-door trying to sell his product. Check out his shirts here.
Now that we know our killer Spring Weekend lineup, it is time for BlogDH to give you a crash-course in all things Ms. Lauryn Hill. While you may have not heard her name since your finer elementary school days, you can be sure that this Saturday night headliner will not disappoint. Prepare yourself for a confident and passionate performer who will elicit a sea of snaps from an inebriated empowered crowd. This creative artist has helped mold the world of hip-hop and we could not be more excited that she is coming to Spring Weekend. (Mis)Educate yourself on the rap, R&B, and hip-hop goddess that is Lauryn Hill:
Singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and all around badass, Lauryn Noelle Hill was born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1975. According to Hill’s MTV bio, she grew up listening to her parents’ “multi-genre, multi-generational record collection,” which fueled her passion for music. Even from a young age, Hill was apparently a natural performer and occupied the stage of Harlem’s noteworthy Apollo Theater at the age of 13. Some other famous artists who got their start at the Apollo theater include Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Supremes, ,Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey. Hill also made an appearance in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and gave her some greater recognition for her musical talents.
In high school, Hill met Wyclef Jean’s cousin Prakazrel (Pras) Michel. Pras asked her to join his band called The Tranzlator Crew, which later became The Refugee Camp, which developed into the Fugees, playing on a derogatory name often given to Haitian-Americans. The Fugees got a record deal with Ruffhouse Records and recorded two albums. Their album The Score, released in February 1996, contained their hit-single, “Killing Me Softly” and went multi-platinum.To this day, The Score is one of the best selling hip-hop albums of all time.
I picked a bad weekend to go out of town. This past weekend was chock-full of once-in-a-lifetime events that I will tell my grandchildren that I missed. What I didn’t miss, however, were the massive amounts of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts telling me exactly how much I missed. I spent a substantial portion of the weekend trying to weave together many statuses, tweets, and photos posted by fellow friends, acquaintances, and classmates. After some serious cyber-sleuthing (read: Google), here is what I was able to deduce:
No one seems to be sure if Brown is married or celebrating a birthday. Anniversary and birthday are not interchangeable words. Which one are we celebrating here?! The University labelled Brown’s semiquincentenary an anniversary…but there was birthday cake. Or was it an anniversary cake? Either way, this place is 250 (+?) years young and apparently we must celebrate accordingly. And when I say accordingly, I mean from March 2014- May 2015. I guess we really are the fun Ivy.
Friday night was a tame mixture of Spring Weekend and Sochi. The Main Green was said to be so loud that no one could even hear President Paxson’s speech. The muddiness may have also contributed to a Spring Weekend foam party-like feel, but instead of getting pink eye, students’ shoes just got a little dirty. In addition, the 250+ flames/lights/blazing balls of fire were said to be extremely inconsistent and constantly changing colors and intensity; however, many were unsure if this was intentional or a #SochiProblem. We at BlogDH want to know whose idea it was for this fire-lit “250+” on University Hall and can we have whichever Blue Room muffin they were eating at the time?
The highlight of my Middle School career was perfecting the art of prank calling. I probably could pursue a second concentration in the field with the amount of time that I spent on Free 411 pretending that my cow was in labor or that I wanted to be connected with 1-800-Flowers. While I like to think I’ve put those days behind me, I recently heard about some of the prank calls you can do through Prankowl.com and it’s pretty amazing terrifying.
On top of being able to use the typical prank calling soundboards, you can do what Prank Owl calls the “Operator Prank.” This allows you to enter two of your friends’ phone numbers online, and then the site has these two phones dial each other. To make this even less legal acceptable, you can choose how long you want the phone call to last, and you can even listen to the conversation for as long as two and a half minutes. Let me reiterate that this can’t be legal, but it currently exists.
I began to imagine the best (imaginary) pairs to subject to this prank. Here are some (questionable) ideas for Operator Prank pairs:
1. Gail and Abraham Lincoln. One can only hope it would play like this:
Abe: Four score and seven…
A: Conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that…
This year, as a part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary opening weekend, His Highness the Aga Khan and World Bank Leader Jim Yong Kim ’82 will deliver the Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lectures on International Affairs.
Jim Yong Kim will be the first to speak as a part of the Ogden Memorial Lectures on Friday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Salomon. You can claim your free ticket here while spaces last. In addition to being the 12th president of the World Bank, Kim has served as both the president of Dartmouth College and the director of the HIV/AIDS Department at WHO, and is a co-founder of Partners in Health.
His Highness the Aga Khan will be speaking on Monday, March 10 at 5 p.m. in Salomon. You can also get a ticket here. As the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan has spent a great deal of his life’s work focusing on the development of Asia and Africa. He also holds many degrees, one being an honorary Doctor of Law from Brown.
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