Sans Meal Plan: Pumpkin chocolate chip quinoa pancakes

I know what you’re thinking: There is no way on earth that quinoa can make its way into a pancake. When I saw the recipe for quinoa pancakes, I was genuinely confused — don’t get me wrong, I’m always down to try some weird substitute, but this seemed too weird.

After finding a recipe that looked sufficiently easy for quinoa pancakes, courtesy of The Fitnessista (same), I got to work.

Recipe for four quinoa pancakes: 

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of sea salt

To make the pancakes pumpkin chocolate chip flavored, add pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips to the recipe.

First, you’ll have to measure out the 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa. I used a blend of red and white that I had leftover in the fridge, but anything should work.

Continue Reading

Student Group Spotlight: emPOWER, the Brown Concert for Climate Action, and RYSE


This Friday, emPower, Brown’s umbrella environmental organization, will be hosting the Brown Concert for Climate Action to raise awareness about climate change and its consequences. emPOWER has teamed up with Know Tomorrow, a national campaign partnering with over 50 colleges across the country and started by Brown alum Wendy Abrams ’87. The concert will feature activist Kerry Kennedy ’81 P’17, the beloved What Cheer? Brigade, Voces Verdes- Latino Leadership, Young Hummus, Sons of ProvidenceSebastián ()tero ’18, a video message from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and more!

On Saturday, emPOWER will be hosting the Rhode Island Youth Summit on the Environment (RYSE) which will bring high school and college students from across Rhode Island together to foster debate around the current state of the environmental movement and according to the RYSE Facebook event description “challenge our common perceptions of environmental issues.” The RYSE keynote speech will be delivered by Voces Verdes- Latino Leadership in Action. You can also check out a comprehensive list of Saturday’s RYSE events and register here.

Blog connected with emPOWER’s Executive Director Camila Bustos ’16 to learn more about these two events.

Continue Reading

AAU sexual assault student survey results released


Last year, under the guidance of the Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF), Brown agreed to participate in a sexual assault student survey organized by the Association of American Universities (AAU). Across the country, 27 Universities participated in this survey. Today, the results of the AAU survey were released.  President Christina Paxson P’19 sent out a campus-wide email this morning to announce the release of both the general and Brown specific survey results. In her email, Paxson writes that these results will be used to assess the current climate of sexual assault at Brown and create data-driven initiatives that seek to make Brown a “safe and inclusive campus.”

The survey’s results show high rates of assault among survey participants. The survey found that 25% of Brown undergraduate women and 6.8% of undergraduate men who participated in the survey experienced “either unwanted sexual touching or attempted or completed penetration due to physical force or incapacitation.” Among senior participants, these numbers jump to 33% of Brown women and 8% of Brown men.

In Paxson’s email, she notes that rates of sexual assault reported by those who identify as TGQN (trans, genderqueer, questioning, or nonconforming) “were similar to those for undergraduate women.”

Perhaps most noteworthy is that 60.5% of students who had reported sexual assault by force on their survey, did not approach the University about the incident. Further, “an estimated 70.5% of those who did not report they had been victimized thought the incident was not serious enough to report, and 47.9% thought that a report would not be taken seriously.”

Paxson’s email mentions two opportunities to continue these important discussions:

  • This Wednesday, September 23rd, UCS will be holding an Open Forum on Title IX at Brown from  7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Metcalf Auditorium.
  • The survey results will be presented at the next Brown University Community Council (BUCC) meeting on Tuesday, September 29, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Kasper Multipurpose Room in Faunce.

Paxson closes her email by encouraging all students to be actively aware of the high prevalence of sexual assault on our campus and to be committed to “cultivat[ing] a culture at Brown in which sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence and stalking are not tolerated.”

Image via.


Why YOU should apply to write for BlogDH

Do you find yourself wanting to join a club every semester and then letting shopping period anxiety get in your way? We get it. But we’re also here to convince you that now is the time to send in those applications! And while we’ve got you reading, we’re going to give you our best pitch for why you should join Blog.

We are Brown student’s go-to source for campus news and happenings.

If you’ve ever wanted to be that person to break campus-wide news, then Blog is your jam. Join a team of highly motivated journalists who are committed to keeping College Hill in the loop. We spotlight students who do incredibly cool and powerful things, we keep students in the know about University news and summarize campus-wide emails, we report the Spring Weekend lineup announcement,  break College-Hill-relevant news, and give you day-to-day insight on whether you should go to the Ratty or the V-Dub. We even take down Jesse Watters so you don’t have to. Bill O’Reilly also gave us a special shout-out for this drinking game. Basically, we’re your Meiklejohn, your best friend, your professor, your guardian, and your stress-relieving golden retriever all combined in one.


We’re always looking to improve and grow so that we can give College Hill innovative, interactive, and exciting content.

We are passionate about providing an engaging media platform that covers what the College Hill community wants to read, watch, and hear. From our research on what it means to be Happy@Brown, to our forays into Drunk/Sober/High territory, we are constantly trying to push the envelope and develop cutting-edge content to keep up with your pace. In order to always be here when people need us, we need you to keep our momentum going and to take Blog to new heights!

Continue Reading

A really cool thing you shouldn’t miss: The New Jim Crow first readings panel


What are you doing today at 4 p.m.? If the answer isn’t attending Brown’s panel on The New Jim Crow, you might consider changing your plans.

Today’s panel, entitled “Following up on The New Jim Crow: The Past, Present and Future of Policing and Mass Incarceration in America,” will discuss Michelle Alexander’s book and its relevance to understanding the current state of hyper-incarceration in the United States. In The New Jim Crow, Alexander highlights the deeply-rooted structural inequalities in America’s prison system and argues that the War on Drugs established and continues to perpetuate many criminal justice policies which disproportionately impact people of color and marginalized populations. This panel will discuss Alexander’s work and (according to the Brown University event blurb) use her findings as a springboard to examine how many of her ideas play out in our society and what is happening “on and off campus” to “address the intersection of policing, prisons, and race.”

On top of its fascinating and highly pertinent content, this event will provide you with the opportunity to hear a rockstar panel of individuals who are deeply engaged in this field through academia and activism. The panel will be moderated by Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Panelists will include Flint Taylor ’68, a founding partner of the People’s Civil Law Office in Chicago; Elizabeth Hinton, an Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard; and Cherise Morris ’16, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of bluestockings magazine and a member of both Students Against the Prison-Industrial Complex and Space in Prison for the Arts and Creative Expression. The event is sponsored by the Dean of the College, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and the Departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, and History.

While Sons of Providence might have made a good doorstop in your Keeney dorm way back when, this year’s deeply important and highly relevant First Readings selection will hopefully be one that current first-years carry with them for the rest of their time at Brown and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a truly pressing conversation on campus.

Image via.

8 things you’re anticipating this Fall if you went abroad in the Spring


For many Brown students, going abroad is a defining characteristic of junior year, and the majority of these adventure-seekers do so for the fall semester. However, there are a number of us who, for whatever reason, decide to go abroad in the spring. Perhaps it’s a desire to do something after it’s considered “cool” (definitely not) or because of a concentration requirement (probably), but these students are out there. We are two of them.

While the thought of returning to Brown after a semester and a summer is unbelievably exciting, there are a bunch of things that we’ll have to anticipate upon our return. Here are a few of them:

1. Explaining to everyone that you were actually gone last semester and not simply a hermit in Providence. 

You know those people who you met during your first week at Brown or during freshman year that you don’t really know, but still feel obligated to say hi to regardless? Well, those people probably have no idea that you were gone last spring — in fact, they might even think you’ve been avoiding their eye contact around campus. This results in a burning need to tell these folks that you were abroad, followed by the clear understanding that they don’t really care. This makes the return to campus social life a little more awkward than anticipated, because after you say you were abroad and they say their semester went well, there isn’t much more to discuss. But at least they don’t think you were a hermit.

Continue Reading