Last Call: Lily Gildor

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2013 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. To this end, we are (re)starting a series, Last Call, featuring seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain back here on Thursday!

Lily then and now

Then + Now

People might know me as…  The tall blonde girl who wears a lot of beanies and black.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Obviously my friends. But also editing three issues of Facture Arts Journal, a biannual journal that features art criticism, art historical essays as well as student art. Continue Reading

Lessons in the ‘Girls’ Lexicon: Music

“On All Fours” was a weird fucking episode.  Dunham really outdid herself in finding every possible thing that could make us uncomfortable and shoving it into 30 minutes. We would venture to say we’ve never seen a more cringe-worthy episode of TV, owing to a trio of disasters.  However, “On All Fours” had one thing going for it that the rest of this season’s episodes lacked: a kickass soundtrack. Since we still can’t really figure out what happened in this week’s chapter, no less pick a word or phrase to write about, we decided to look at the music that has accompanied Season 2 so far.

One of our favorite parts about the first season of Girls was how amazing the scoring choices were and how well they interacted with the scenes and characters. From Hannah dancing to Robyn’s “Dancing on my Own” to the guests at Jessa’s wedding raging to “Pussy be Yankin’” by Lady, Girls introduced us to lots of new music to add to the soundtrack our own lives (Ed.- “Same Mistakes” by The Echo Friendly is a fantastic song).

This season, one of the most notable song choices has to be Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”  Played during the club scene in the infamous cocaine episode, this song has become the “going out” anthem for girls everywhere.  If it sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard it blasting on repeat out of girls’ windows starting at around 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights (and Wednesday and Thursday nights).  Another solid choice was Solange Knowles’ “Losing You,”  heard in the first episode of Season 2.  If you haven’t heard it or seen the music video, we suggest checking it out – it features pretty pastel outfits, Beyonce’s not-so-famous-but-still-sick little sis, and genuine members of the South African Le Sape Society (“Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance”).  These guys have moves – watch out, Jagger. Continue Reading

Alums who do cool things: Chris Hayes ’01 moving to primetime

Chris HayesAccording to the New York Times, Brown alum and current host of Up on MSNBC Chris Hayes ’01 will be replacing the boisterous Ed Shultz as the network’s host for its 8 p.m. hour starting this April.

Chris has seen his star rise at MSNBC since he first filled in for Keith Olberman back in 2010, when the currently unemployed anchor was suspended for violating the network’s employee ethics policy restricting political contributions. The violations were first brought to light in an article written by former Brown Daily Herald editor-in-chief Simmi Aujla ’09 for Politico. For the past year and a half, Chris anchored a weekend morning panel discussion show called Up, which received strong viewership and critical acclaim. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow lauded the show as “the best news show on TV,” and BuzzFeed Politics proclaimed Up to be the “most interesting weekend political show in America.

And hey, MSNBC, if y’all are taking nominations for replacement hosts for Up, we would highly recommend Professor Wendy Schiller. Not only would she be the perfect complement Melissa Harris-Perry’s show, she’s absolutely killer on television.

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Humans of Brown University, Vol. 2

Here are a few highlights from Vol. 2 of our Humans of Brown University project!  For all of this week’s humans, check out our HOBU Facebook album.


“If you had one superpower it would be?”
“I’d like to be my parents for a while, like for a day.  You’d probably get a lot of wisdom.”


“I’m writing an article for Bluestockings on female graffiti artists.” Continue Reading

Lessons in the ‘Girls’ Lexicon: Brand of difficult / Breakup dog / Vomiting in public

girls pic1We’re gonna be honest with y’all: this week’s episode of Girls was a little strange.  Besides the always-awesome one-liners from our girl Shosh, this episode (aptly named “Boys”) aired on the side of serious, focusing primarily on Ray’s life crisis and Adam’s breakup recovery. We struggled to find one particular idea/word to write about this week, so here are some brief thoughts on three subjects covered in last Sunday’s episode:

Brands of difficult (n.)
How it’s used in the show: Adam: “I’m a difficult person, everyone’s a difficult person.  [Hannah] was accepting of my brand of difficult, she was okay with it.”

Let’s briefly address a thought that Adam (of all people, right?) proposed: the idea that we all have our own “brands of difficult.”  Maybe our goal in life shouldn’t be to find the least difficult people to surround ourselves with, but to find those who accept our personal brand of difficult, and whose brand of difficult we can also handle.  We all have our flaws—Tyra Banks would tell us these make us “flawesome” but, like, there’s nothing flawesome about the fact that we constantly leave our shoes directly in your walking path / leave dirty dishes in the sink / obsess over The Wire. The friends you make and keep are going to be the ones who will celebrate you at your best and stand by you at your worst. Continue Reading

BCA releases ticketing info for Spring Weekend 2013

tumblr_mhdjf3v4pJ1rv8logo1_r1_500Earlier today, the Brown Concert Agency posted a brief ticketing FAQ on its website outlining when Spring Weekend 2013 tickets will go on sale, as well as the number each student can purchase. From its site:

Q: When will tickets go on sale?

A: Tickets will go on sale starting at 8am on Monday, April 15. On this first day, Brown students only will be able to purchase 1 ticket each.

On Tuesday, April 16 at 8am, RISD students (and Brown faculty/staff) will be able to purchase 1 ticket, and Brown students will be able to purchase 1 additional ticket for guests.

From Wednesday, April 17 at 8am onwards, RISD and Brown students will be able to purchase a TOTAL of 3 tickets (one for themselves and up to two guests).

Its post also describes the process for a rain call (same as in past years — in case of a rainout, first-day tickets are guaranteed for Meehan, second- and third-day tickets are refunded), as well as an announcement that BSA is working on a “brand new ticketing system” as a means of preventing its website from crashing, which it has done in spectacular fashion each of the past few years. Let’s just hope we can spend April 15th kicking off a glorious Spring Week 2013, and not web-bashing the Birmingham Small Arms Company. Ya bish.