What to do this (short) week: January 27 – 31

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Wednesday, January 27 

Event: First Day of Classes!!!!
Location: PW/New Dorm Campus
Time: Thursday, January 28–Saturday, January 30 All day

Wooohooo!!!!

Thursday, January 28

Event: Get Bernie on the Ballot!
Location: Blue Room
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Bernie needs signatures to get on the ballot in RI! If you’re a registered RI voter (of either party), stop by the Blue Room on Thursday from 11-1 and sign your name to help democracy work. We will give you free campaign gear!!! Buttons, stickers, posters – all these can be yours!”

Event: 2 x 4 8th Annual Brown/RISD Dual-Degree Exhibition!!
Location: Granoff Center
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

“This year’s exhibition focuses on themes of multiplicity, calculation, and construction. We were inspired by what is elementary, use of materials, process work, manmade versus natural, and collaboration.”

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What to do this week: fake Facebook event edition

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Monday, December 7 

Event: become a human burrito because life is hard and winter is cold
Location: Your bed
Time: 3:00 p.m.

“Life eats away your soul eventually so you might as well taste good”

Wednesday, December 9

Event: eat a whole package of Oreos by yourself in one sitting
Location: yes
Time: 11:00 a.m.

See you there!!!!

Thursday, December 10

Event: Not bothering to put on pants every morning because you’re not that important
Location: Your bedroom
Time: 2:00 a.m.

“Sometimes I put my pants on one leg at a time just like you…other times I don’t even get out of bed.”

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Study spaces: what’s hot and what’s not

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Although it feels somewhat unclear if winter is actually coming (see: 70-degree highs a week and a half ago), it is already November. Midterms are sort of starting to wrap up, but the f-word (f*nals) is starting to work its way into on-campus dialogue, and seminar papers are no longer the stuff of myths. Ugh.

In other words, whether we like it or not, it’s that time of the semester where work becomes a thing that’s real. So, in honor of the impending misery that is actually being productive, here’s a quick guide to which study spots on and around campus are hot and which ones are not. Literally.

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HOT: J. Walter Wilson. For some odd reason, JWW is consistently just slightly warmer than one would expect. I really don’t know how I feel about it.

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NOT: The Rock, Main Reading Room. I wouldn’t necessarily call it cold, but the main area of the Rock is definitely not hot. Actually, it’s quite pleasant.

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New Yorker writer Rachel Aviv ’04 speaks at Brown

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Last night, journalist Rachel Aviv ’04 returned to Brown to deliver a lecture about her approach to nonfiction writing and the challenges she faces throughout her work. Her talk, which took place at Brown/RISD Hillel, was sponsored by the English Department as part of this year’s Great Brown Nonfiction Writers’ Lecture Series. Aviv, who became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 2013 (you can check out some of her work here), focuses primarily on investigating marginalized and often-stigmatized people. Her work has received an immense amount of praise, evidenced by a long list of awards and accolades. And, according to the lecture’s host, her phenomenal work was equally present on College Hill; Aviv was described as “a star in the [nonfiction writing] program” and one of the first students within the program to write a thesis and earn departmental honors.

Aviv opened her speech by sharing that what she finds to be the most difficult aspect of her writing process is actually figuring out what to investigate. The hours of seemingly-wasted time that she spends aimlessly browsing the web can become incredibly frustrating for a journalist — especially, in Aviv’s case, in the face of a 33,000-word annual writing quota from The New Yorker.

From there, she continued describing the manner in which she writes, describing “two intersecting strands” she deemed essential to the success of her stories. According to Aviv, a successful story would combine an issue of particular relevance or significance with a character that would serve as a guide, allowing for readers to become emotionally invested in the chosen issue. Especially within the context of the highly marginalized and stigmatized topics that Aviv explores, a compelling character is integral to her ability to create protagonists within the antagonistic parameters of her subject matter. Continue Reading


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Life lessons from Dr. Jane Goodall: An overview and interview

On Monday, October 19, the Brown Lecture Board hosted Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist and activist. Goodall, who began her work in Gombe Valley in Tanzania 50 years ago, has contributed immensely to the study of chimpanzees and the scientific understanding of animal behavior. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 with the aim of inciting individual action to create global change.

Goodall imparted her wisdom and stories to a packed Salomon auditorium; we also had the opportunity to interview her, which appears below.

Goodall began the lecture by walking on stage with two companions—a stuffed cow and gorilla—and greeted the crowd in a language foreign to most: chimpanzee speak. After uttering her guttural sounds, she translated it for the audience: “This is me. This is Jane.”

She took the audience through her life, one story at a time. Throughout the talk, Goodall radiated with the same exuberance and fascination with the world that she described in many of her childhood stories. From hiding in a hen coup for four hours to find out where hen eggs came from, to leaving her family, friends, and country at the age of 23 to venture to a distant, then-less-known land, Goodall always followed her curiosity. She stressed the importance of her mother in her life, who always supported her endeavors and even traveled with Goodall to Tanzania so that she could pursue her dream.

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Blogify: In the Groove (Part II)

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Now that Shopping Period’s (finally) officially over, things are starting to fall into place. As one fellow Blogify-er once said, you’re probably starting to feel “in the groove.” So, in that spirit, here’s a playlist in honor of getting back into the swing of things, featuring plenty of classic throwbacks, new jams, and–of course–Beyoncé.

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