Monday classes are cancelled!

Russell Carey, every Brown student’s favorite man, has come through yet again. Due to “severe winter weather,” Monday’s classes have been cancelled.

Only the Ratty will be open for dining and will be operating under normal hours, from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. A citywide parking ban goes into effect at 10:00 am Monday morning.

Considering that the forecast only calls for between 3 and 6 inches, this could indicate that the University is getting soft on snow days after last year’s snowpocalype(s).

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Blogify: Kanye Samples

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With the release of Swish Waves next week, Blog decided to take a look back at some of our favorite Kanye samples. Drawing on almost every genre imaginable, Kanye’s samples—which serve all sorts of purposes, like providing a song’s backbone or providing a single lyric—may be even more diverse than his own discography. The subsequent playlist is as wacky and whimsical as the man himself.

If you want to follow along, check out The Verge‘s guide.


Fall Weekend changed to Indigenous People’s Day

On the afternoon of February 2, the faculty voted to change the name of the Monday of Fall Weekend to Indigenous People’s Day.

This vote came after months of controversy surrounding op-ed publications by the Brown Daily Herald. Resistance to these publications culminated in a die-in protest on the Main Green organized by Native Americans at Brown (NAB) in October of last semester. However, Floripa Olguin ’16, one of the coordinators of the die-in protest and a member of NAB was quick to point out that this vote was about far more than the Herald publications.

“The significance of a name speaks to the historical legacy of Brown,” she said. “Centering the dialogue on Indigenous People’s Day speaks to Brown’s ability to learn from the past and move into the future. A lot of people have criticized us by saying that we are trying to erase history, but I think we are trying to broaden [the campus’] view of that time in history.”

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What we’re reading

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February is Black History Month. The New York Times is commemorating lesser known aspects of American Black history through their column “Unpublished Black History.” It is to be updated daily until March and will feature never before seen photos from the Times archives.

It’s a busy week in politics as the Iowa caucus takes place tonight, followed by the New Hampshire primary a week from today. Politico looked at the political consequences of America’s electoral process placing so much emphasis on early primary states in “How Iowa Hijacked Our Democracy,” while the New York Times editorial board outlined the importance of Iowa’s results in “The Cornfield Crucible.”

Meanwhile, Slate tried to uncover why math whiz Nate Silver, who started the statistics-driven FiveThirtyEight, was so wrong when he predicted Trump didn’t have a shot in the GOP primary. On a lighter note, check out Bernie Sanders singing “This Land Is Your Land” with Vampire Weekend at an Iowa rally.

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What we’re reading

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In the wake of a cluster of teen suicides in Palo Alto–home to one of America’s most prestigious public high schools–the city, and The New York Times, ask just how much a “culture of hyperachievement” is to blame in “Push, Don’t Crush, the Students.”

The Independent Women of Sweet Briar,” from the Times and complete with gorgeous vintage photographs, is a complicated look into the intersection (and sometimes lack thereof) of housewife and career for graduates during the college’s heyday–the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.

The internet is abuzz about the Bruce Jenner interview, and for good reason. However, Time‘s “Bruce Jenner Has a Privilege in Telling His Truth” points out that while the interview may be a watershed moment for trans visibility, visibility itself is a privilege. (Note: Jenner has not yet expressed that he would prefer female pronouns. We would not link to a story misgendering him.) 

In other, and far less visible, trans news, Vice featured a horrifying, thought-provoking, uncomfortable and brilliant performance art piece entitled American Reflexxx.

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IFF Presents: “The End of the Tour,” a surprisingly successful David Foster Wallace dramedy

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The prospect of Jason Segel playing David Foster Wallace was, to put it nicely, daunting. Male college students and literary buffs—the two most vocal cohorts of Wallace fans—did not hesitate to express their chagrin that the stoner comedy fan favorite would be playing the enigmatic and genius Infinite Jest writer. Wallace’s family objected to the movie being made.

Fast forward two years: The End of the Tour premiered at Sundance on January 23 and is yet to be screened elsewhere, making the film an impressive grab on IFF’s part. The first of this week’s IFF screenings showed in the Martinos Auditorium in Granoff last night. The film is slated for a limited release in July. Boasting direction by James Ponsoldt, coming off of his critically acclaimed The Spectacular Now, and with its fair share of controversy, The End of the Tour was, if nothing else, tantalizing.

The good news is that Segel soars above expectations, delivering a surprisingly nuanced performance that brings Wallace’s words to life. And what words they are. The End of the Tour is an adaptation of David Lipsky’s 2010 book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, the true account of Lipsky’s time shadowing Wallace during the last four days of the Infinite Jest book tour.

Playwright Donald Margulies’ screenplay maintains much of the book’s insight. Part hyper-intellectual buddy comedy chock-full of snappy dialogue and witty retorts with its fair share of laughs, part genuinely moving rumination on how writers grasp for meaning through their work, the screenplay is truly driven forward by Wallace’s words.

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