IFF presents: A (Skype) conversation with Jason Schwartzman

“I don’t like this whole Skype-speaker thing,” a friend told me, when I asked if they wanted to accompany me to see the IFF Q&A with Jason Schwartzman. “Like, it’d be better if they just got someone less famous, but in person, you know?”

I’m not personally a huge fan of Skype, so it surprises me that I actually strongly disagree. The quirky nature of these Skype presentations has worked almost perfectly for the speakers IFF has brought us via video chat. Last year’s Wes Anderson Skype Q&A, which was broadcast to two auditoriums because ticketing for the first sold out so quickly, was among the more memorable events I’ve been to on campus. Friday night’s chat with Schwartzman, who wore Beats by Dr Dre headphones and a scruffy black beard, followed suit.

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Projected onto the screen in Granoff Auditorium.

Listening to Schwartzman felt very familiar because his manner of speaking is so distinctive, and so similar to that of the characters he has portrayed (think: HBO’s Bored to Death). He integrates self-effacing humor, or just bizarrely specific details, into articulate and intellectual sentences. When asked for his favorite works, or those he draws the greatest inspiration from, he replied “Hmm, that’s a great question, like one I’d maybe liked to have in an email an hour ago…” and then proceeded to rattle off Paul Shrader’s Mishima, Francois Truffaut’s work (in particular Stolen Kisses), and Al Pacino as favorites. “I’m trying to think of books, but I’m so embarrassed to even talk about books because you guys have read so many more books,” said Schwartzman, with stacks and stacks of books piled around his office in the background.

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Ticketing information for Spring Weekend

Ah, ticket release morning. AHHHH SPRING WEEKEND TICKETS WHERE IS THE LINK!?! WHERE IS MY CREDIT CARD?!? Can’t wait for that feeling, amirite?

3200 tickets for this year’s Spring Weekend concerts will go on sale at 8 a.m. next Monday, April 13th. Each day will cost $18, a decrease of two dollars from last year’s price. These tickets amount to the indoor capacity for the concerts.  Brown community members may purchase only one ticket at this point.

Pending whether the concert can be held outdoors, 2300 more tickets may be released at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, April 15th.  Again, community members can only purchase one ticket at this point — so if you got one on Monday, you can’t buy another at this point.

On Thursday, April 16th, at 8 a.m., Brown students will start being able to purchase leftover tickets for visitors. RISD students need to hit up Brown friends if they don’t want to wait till day-of to buy at the door.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend starts now

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As hard as it is to believe, spring has supposedly finally begun, and it’s time for our favorite Blog series: our 12 day countdown to Spring Weekend. For the next 12 days, we’ll be dishing out all our best Spring Week advice. We’ll post anything you need to know in preparation for SW15 — artist profiles, ticketing information, weather forecasts, life advice; all the relevant knowledge to make Spring Weekend the best three days of your school year. (Oh, and Furby might make an appearance).

It’s time to start getting ahead on your on your reading, stocking up on sleep, and listening to our Spring Weekend Blogify playlist on repeat. Get excited, Brown. The wait is almost over.

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Congratulations, Class of 2019!


At 5 p.m. today, Brown sent acceptance letters to 1,970 potential Brunonians, making a total of 2,580 offers of admission alongside this fall’s early-accepted students. These lucky individuals were selected from the third largest pool of applicants in university history; Brown received 30,397 applications, and had the lowest recorded acceptance rate of  8.5 percent.

Our admitted students hail from all 50 states and 85 different countries, with 45 percent of applicants identifying as African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American. The top ten intended concentrations for our potential future classmates are Engineering, Biology, Computer Science, Biochemistry, International Relations, Economics, Political Science, English, and History; only the latter two are new additions from the Class of 2018.  You can find more gossip stats on the very impressive acceptees here.

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Student falls from SciLi, vigil to be held tonight at 6:30 p.m.

A graduate student fell from an upper floor of the SciLi just before noon today.

A cluster of Brown and Providence police officers were seen huddled around the space between the SciLi and the CIT, the site of the fall. In an email from the Vice Chair of the Computer Science department, Thomas Doeppner, to CS students, Doeppner stated that the student was “presumably killed.”

UPDATE: A graduate student fell from the 12th floor of the SciLi to the area between the library and the CIT….

Posted by The Brown Daily Herald on Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Students seeking support can find a list of resources here.

UPDATE: An email to the Brown community from President Christina Paxson has confirmed that the student has passed away. A vigil will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the steps of Faunce to mourn this death. Previously arranged in response to other difficult events on campus, the vigil is open to anyone seeking an opportunity to heal with other community members.

UPDATE: A second email from Paxson has named the student as Hyoun Ju Sohn, a first year grad student from South Korea in the Physics program.

What to do this week: March 30 – April 5


Monday, March 30:

Event: Sarah Koenig: Women in Radio
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Upper Salomon

As one of the final events in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Sarah Doyle Center brings you Sarah Koenig, of recent Serial fame. If you haven’t heard of/binge listened to/had an obsessive phase with Koenig’s podcast Serial yet, you need to re-prioritize your life.  Koenig’s lecture will focus not only on the hit podcast, but her overall career in journalism, including her work at This American Life and The New York Times. No tickets needed, but you should probably get there a little early.

Tuesday, March 31:

Event: GCB Challenge Senior Night
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Location: Grad Center Bar

The Senior Class Board is awarding any senior who manages to stick out the full nine hours in the GCB. If you want to participate but don’t want to subsist on popcorn the whole night, don’t worry: there’ll be free food.

Wednesday, April 1:

Event: Fashion, Art and Activism: A Conversation with Cameron Russell
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hillel

Cameron Russell is a model, writer, and activist, who gave this pretty great TED talk on how looks aren’t everything. All are welcome to this informal conversation and Q&A.

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