Free yogurt (and lots of it) on Thayer street

Grab your reusable grocery bags; the European yogurt company Müller and Quaker are  handing out cartons of free yogurt on Olive and Thayer right now. You can choose from chocolate or strawberry, and each carton has 10 individual sized cups of yogurt. Yeah, you read that right. 10. Free. We overhead them saying they’d be back, so if you miss out today because of that afternoon seminar you’re shopping, you’ll be able to save some of your Flex Points next week and indulge in creamy, yogurt-y goodness.

(The Best of) Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words

Did you see Gloria Steinem hanging out in the Blue Room? Monday’s event “An Evening with Gloria Steinem” featured a screening of the new HBO documentary “Gloria: In Her Own Words” followed by a conversation between President Simmons and Steinem. The documentary acts as a biography of Steinem’s life, successes and trials, as well as an account of the history of women’s liberation and feminist movements in America.

In her talk, Steinem spoke about some of her first real experiences with gender inequality, such as when she moved to New York and was told she couldn’t rent an apartment on her own because the only women able to support themselves financially were probably hookers. As Steinem says in the film, women at the time didn’t feel they had a right to be equal or angry. But that slowly began to change, and Steinem was a key player in the still-ongoing fight for women’s equality.

For those of you unable to attend, Blog rounded up the top ten best Steinem quotes and moments of the night. Some warrant laughs, some sighs and others snaps (of which the audience gave many): Continue Reading

You hear that? No, it’s not the Brown Band, it’s the Rhythm of Change!

Not to get mushy or preachy, but this is the kind of story that makes us smile. We willfully admit that all three of us are currently in the Mande class, but note that we’d be happy to have written this article sans names attached. We’re not vying for credit (it’s mandétory S/NC anyway) or anything like that. This is a really great story about Brown students using their voices to do something for a greater good, the artists, the festival, the students and for the love of Mande (yes!).

“The Malians say that one bird is silent; a flock of birds make a lot of noise,” says Sophie Shackleton ’09, organizer of this weekend’s Rhythm of Change Festival. Well, in this story, Brown students, faculty and alumni gathered in a flock and made a whole lot of noise—helping to bring three Malian artists to Brown to share their work in the festival.

The Rhythm of Change Festival is, as its poster reads, “a festival for performing arts & social change in Africa & its diaspora.” The festival, organized primarily by Shackleton with the support of TAPS Lecturer Michelle Bach-Coulibaly of the famed Mande class, is set to start off tonight, Friday, March 2, with the Communal Bowl meal and continue throughout the weekend with workshops on dance, drumming, singing, music and social justice work. Lecturers include guests from other Universities and institutions, artists from across the country, and three artists who have come all the way from Mali to share in cross-cultural exchange. Two of these artists had never been to America, one of whom had never left West Africa.

It is within the tale of Djibril Coulibaly, Sali Soumaré and Alhassane Sissoko, the three visiting Malian artists, that an amazing story emerges. As of Feb. 7, Coulibaly and Soumaré were effectively blocked from coming to the US from Mali because their visas were denied. A press release for the Festival explains, after the jump: Continue Reading

BlogDailyHerald + Unhemmed: Street Style

A couple weeks ago, we told you that we would be collaborating with Brown’s new fashion magazine Unhemmed. In case you forgot, this means that we’ll be posting a preview of the Street Style photos that will be featured in Unhemmed’s upcoming issue (which, in this case, will be released today at noon). So now, presenting, our BlogDailyHerald + Unhemmed Street Style preview.

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We know it’s finals and many of you are probably forgoing your most stylish apparel and opting for Brown sweatpants, but some of your peers are still out and about looking fashionable on campus, and Unhemmed was there to take their photos.

“20 Chairs for Ai Weiwei” on the Main Green

Chairs for Ai Weiwei on the Main Green

If you’ve been on the Main Green at all today, you probably noticed the 20 white chairs lined up in the middle section of the green. And no, the University didn’t decide to put these out to encourage us to take time out from studying to hang out on the Main Green and relax.

In fact, the chairs are part of a worldwide ‘peaceful protest’ promoting the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The text next to the chairs reads,

“On April 3, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained at the Beijing airport while en route to Hong Kong, and his papers and computers were seized from his studio compound. Ai’s whereabouts remain unknown and he has been denied due process under Chinese law.   Continue Reading

Time-waster of the day: April 29, 2011

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you know that today was the Royal Wedding. But chances are you weren’t up at 6am to catch the actual live coverage of the wedding. Luckily for you, it’s 2011, and you can pretty much get everything you need to see to be up on your water-cooler talk online.

For the official stuff, Gawker is offering footage of the ceremony, in addition to some great quality photos. And for everything else, Buzzfeed has you covered: a photo of the dress, another of the pretty awesome train of the dress, and finally the ever important and also entertaining ‘best 18 hats’ of the wedding.

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