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Our writer application is open to everyone, and can be found here. We’re always looking for new upperclassmen voices, as well as freshmen (to keep us ~young~). Whether you’re excited to write profiles on your fellow classmates, do some investigative journalism on the Ratty, or take a closer look at student life here, there’s a space for your voice on Blog. Applications are due next Monday, September 21st.

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What to do this week: April 27 – May 3

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The number one thing you should do this week is stop by the Blue Room to buy your very own vintage Bruno head shotglass (which will also support your favorite campus publication) —  more info here.

Monday, April 27

Event: Musical Forum Presents: The Last Five Years
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: PW

This is the last night to see this intimate musical, directed by Andrew Ganem ’16 and with music directed by Ryan Segur ’17. Tickets are available an hour before the show at the door.

Tuesday, April 28:

Event: Brown Alumni and US Diplomacy
Time: 1:10 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum

Future politicians, take note: three US officials, all Brown alums, will speak about their professional diplomatic experience as well as their time on College Hill. This event is hosted by Watson Institute, and will feature breakout discussions and be followed by a reception.

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A recap of the State of Brown address

Last night, the third annual State of Brown address was co-hosted by UCS and President Christina Paxson, P’19. The event began with UCS President Maahika Srinivasan ’15 delivering a summary of projects undertaken by UCS this year. Paxson followed with a speech on her own major concerns for the university, noting that she could not give “a comprehensive list of everything that happened this year — it’s a lot, you know that — and the issues we’ve been dealing with aren’t just at Brown, they’re everywhere.” Much of the Q&A section of the event focused on the topics that have been of great concern to the student body and administration this year, including mental health resources, changing the university’s sexual assault and harassment policies, and diversity issues. 

What does UCS do?

Srinivasan began by noting that many students might wonder the above from time to time and she appreciated having State of Brown to clarify their role.

A major goal for UCS this year was to increase support for student advocacy, allowing student activists to either voice concerns to the administration through UCS or push for conversations where they could express themselves directly. To this end, they worked with the Student Labor Alliance regarding the protests for rights of university mailroom workers earlier this year, and they worked with students from the Imagine Rape 0 protests on communicating with the administration.

This year UCS has launched several important online initiatives; wtf*brown (beloved here at Blog) allows students to post and vote on suggestions for the university, and more recently their Textbook Exchange has created an online platform to buy and sell used textbooks, tagged by the class they are for.

UCS has also worked with ResLife to abolish the suite fee for all students; while this year the fee was decreased, they hope to see it gone in the coming years.

The future of Brown academics

President Paxson noted that State of Brown allowed her to answer the question “Where is Brown going?” for the student body, half of which had not matriculated when her Strategic Plan was released two years ago. To that end, she started with a briefing on some of the points of progress on said plan. Her desire is to move Brown’s open curriculum into the 21st century, using technology to embrace the unique cross-departmental education initiatives that Brown offers. An Engaged Scholars Program piloted this year in which students to engage with five departments, and integrate off-campus work into their education. Paxson also expressed desire to “blast away” large lecture classes, envisioning a Brown which uses technology to ensure that the university only offers small, intimate courses.

Diversity in Brown faculty

Paxson stated that the lack of diversity in our faculty posed a major problem for the university. Currently, only about 8.5% of Brown faculty is of unrepresented minorities, which Paxson acknowledged “just doesn’t reflect our student population.” Paxson stated she wanted to double this number in the next ten years; although 16% still sounds low, “it’s going to take a lot of work to do it.” The university has also started a diversity post-doc program, and will be making an effort to focus more on doctoral education in the next few years.

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What to do this week: April 13 –19

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Monday, April 13:

Event: Unpacking the Takeout Box: The Americanization of Asian Food
Location: Salomon Hall 001
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Learn the history behind orange chicken, chow mein sandwiches, and California rolls, and how Asian food has become “Americanized.” The discussion will include Brown professors and representatives from local restaurants like Ken’s Ramen, Lotus Pepper, and India. The Hapa Club is hosting the event, and here’s the clincher: Mama Kim’s is catering the event.

Tuesday, April 14:

Event: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s
Location: Thayer Street

Line up around the block with 500 of your closest friends in hot pursuit of a free cone. We recommend Phish Food.

Wednesday, April 15:

Event: Hillary 101: An Open Discussion
Location: Wilson 101
Time: 6 p.m.

Hosted by Brown Students for Hillary, this discussion about HRC’s history and her 2016 campaign platform is open to students across the political spectrum. The conversation will allow students to consider why they are #ReadyForHillary or perhaps #NotQuiteReadyForHillary.

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