Last Tuesday, as the sun peeked through fading February clouds, dorms across campus went dark. March 1st marked the beginning of the third annual Brown Unplugged competition, a battle for energy savings between 14 dorm clusters. For three weeks, dorms will be pitted against each other to see which group can best reduce their energy consumption. Last year, students saved 23,000 kWh, knocking $3,000 off of Brown’s bill. Things are moving a little more slowly this year, but the competition is sure to fire up as more students power down. You can check on the current standings here.
EcoReps, a student group that seeks to make our campus greener, seems to be using a three-pronged strategy to mobilize dorms to reduce energy consumption: sexual innuendos, free pizza and Christina Paxson. The slogan for the contest is, “Do it in the Dark” and its advertising campaign has used the promotional slogan, “I remember to pull out.” As if that wasn’t enough to entice students to participate, the winning group gets a free pizza dinner with the President Paxson.
Brown could use a little more inter-dorm competition, and this one’s for a good cause. Register here if you’d like to commit to conserve.
“Craze.” “Trend.” “The new Harlem Shake.” These are terms that have been used to describe the practice depicted above. Some see “gallon smashing” as immature and disturbing. Others are a little more amused. We’ll let you judge for yourself.
On Wednesday, New Dorm residents received this email:
This isn’t your garden variety case of urine misplacement. Some individual, or group of individuals, has gone to extreme lengths here. In their quest to avoid the toilet, they’ve gone straight for the trash can and followed a more…indirect route. Also, the culprit has hit both New Dorm A and B. This isn’t some drunken prank; it’s a systematic attack.
From the beginning, M-Lo made clear the severity of the issue at hand. He raises two important points: this behavior is unhealthy, and it raises concerns about the student responsible for it. We feel your concern Marc, but let’s not forget about the intrigue. It’s not every day we have a serial pee-er on our hands. Good luck, New Dormers. Stay dry safe.
At BlogDH we take our sloth videos seriously. No commentary or unnecessary music tolerated–just quick slow-and-dirty sloth action. Above is a playlist of eight slothpicks we believe represent our tastes.
It’s Friday afternoon. You don’t go to the Rock to not watch sloth vids.
While the Avon continues to squeeze the life out of Quartet, The Ivy Film festival will be showcasing yet another unreleased, buzz-worthy film this week. Girl Rising is the powerful story of nine different girls from nine different countries that fight for an education in the face of adversity. Faced with arranged marriages, child slavery, and other tragic injustices, the girls see education as a way to escape and change their oppressive living conditions. Wednesday night’s 6:30 screening will consist of a segment of the film focusing on one of the girls’ story.
Girl Rising is the project of 10×10, a social action campaign aiming to communicate the importance of educating girls in developing nations. It focuses its message around the feature film, which, helmed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, promises to be well-executed and thought-provoking.
After the segment’s screening, Holly Gordon ’93 (executive producer of 10×10) will speak about the film and her work. She’ll surely share some enlightening thoughts, but if that’s not enough to entice you over to Metcalf Auditorium, watch the trailer below, complete with a Bon Iver cover and somber voice-overs. It’s not often that tears are shed at a sneak peak, but I’d bet on this one getting emotional.
Brown’s creative culture can be tough to get a grip on. With so many talented artists pursuing diverse passions, some great material goes unseen or unheard. The Brown Beat, Blog’s latest column, seeks to remedy this. Through highlighting students and groups of all artistic disciplines and promoting collaborative projects, The Brown Beat will serve as an informational hub for student art at Brown.
When Chae Lin Suh ’15 heard last semester that the Hillel Gallery had an upcoming opening, she pounced. Ten sophomore visual artists received her email. They quickly signed on, and without any notions of concept or direction, she had the makings of an exhibit.
A few months later, the pieces are finished and a thoughtful show is ready for its debut. HALFWAY, a collaborative exhibition between 11 sophomores, opens tonight at 8pm in Hillel. As the title suggests, the show explores being at a halfway point in life. As Chae puts it, it deals with the “space in between or the time in the middle.” The show features 13 original pieces and one recently-created collaborative effort. Check out the making of the latter here:
Every year, sometime in mid-April, nearly 3,000 students log on with nervous excitement and sign off in shock and horror. The Brown Admitted Student Facebook group is a right of passage for prospective College Hill-dwellers, a frightening but ultimately misleading first glimpse at your classmates. These groups are, for the first few months, home to excruciating showmanship, awkward smalltalk, and strange requests. For posterity and humor’s sake, Accepted! 2017 has collected some of the funniest and most cringe-worthy posts from admitted students groups across the country. Check out the submissions culled from Brown’s Class of 2017 group. Some of these might look familiar…
Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar
Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom
Nukhet Sandal, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies, will be leading a seminar entitled “Public Theologies of Citizenship in the Middle East: Revisiting the Turkish Model.” It’s not clear what food is being served, but luncheon can mean only good things. RSVP to CMES@brown.edu.
Pizza and Applied Math DUG
Barus and Holley 153
The Applied Math DUG is hosting this informal chat about career and class options and for students concentrating in or considering Applied Math. Free pizza will be provided.
Education DUG Presents: Classes, Chatting and Snacking 7 p.m.
If you’re interested in the Education department and want to get the scoop on classes, professors and workloads from undergrad concentrators, go to Barus Hall at 7p.m. If you’re interested in “tasty treats,” Barus Hall might also be your evening destination of choice.
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