What we’re reading

unnamed4This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta–perhaps simultaneously one of the most cited and most often forgotten documents in legal history. The New Yorker‘s “The Rule of History” examines the document’s relevance throughout history and its lasting legacy in Western society, particularly the United States.

As China continues to urbanize and works towards its goal of having 60 percent of the country’s population living in urban centers by 2020, many citizens have been fighting to maintain their old way of life. The Atlantic‘s photo essay, “And Then There Was One,” documents several cases of “nail houses,” buildings whose owners have resisted selling their land to the government. The pictures show lone houses standing in the middle of construction sites, a phenomenon that can be seen all across the country.

Netflix has had one hell of a year so far, having just launched Daredevil, its 17th original series of 2015 (!). The company plans to air over 320 hours of original material in 2015–a threefold increase from last year. The New York Times explored the future of the company and the changing nature of television programming with Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive.

With the recent leak of the first four episodes of the latest season of Game of Thrones, many fans are wondering what the show would be like if it were released all at once a la Netflix. Though this doesn’t seem likely anytime soon, we can read about one phe’s quest to watch seasons one through four in one sitting. Vice News’ Allie Conti goes through all of the ups and downs, one episode at a time.  Continue Reading


What we’re reading

On Sunday, after months of speculation, Hillary Clinton announced that she will be running as a candidate for the 2016 presidential election. The Atlantic’s “The 2016 Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet” breaks down the candidates who have announced and people likely to do so in the near future. Things keep heating up as the time left until election day winds down.



The New York Times‘ Michael Sokolove followed around the Philadelphia 76ers this season trying to get to the bottom of one of their worst seasons in recent history. In “How Long Can the Philadelphia 76ers Go?“, Sokolove explores the team’s history starting four years ago in 2011. He traces their successes and failures, including this season’s opening 17-game consecutive losing streak, to explain the 76ers’ 2014-2015 season.

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PSA: Pre-registration begins tomorrow at 8 a.m.!

Screen-Shot-2015-03-18-at-3.41.36-AMWith all of the excitement surround Spring Weekend, it’s easy to forget that pre-registration starts tomorrow! Rising seniors get first dibs on classes next semester starting at 8 a.m. Rising juniors will be able to sign up for classes starting 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15. All other students will have access to registration starting on Thursday at 8 a.m. Registrations will be open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.

Students in their first, second, or third semester will have to get an Advising Pin in order to smoothly register for classes. Rising junior will also need to declare their concentrations before being able to register.

If a student fails to pre-register, phe will be automatically charged a $15 fee to their student account. So get your carts in order–it’s go time.

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PSA: Remaining SW ’15 tickets go on sale at 8 p.m. tonight

399834_10151296040670834_1933240393_nThis morning, as everyone was rushing to snag tickets for Spring Weekend, many experienced yet another failed purchasing experience. The BSA’s server did not send out confirmation emails with ticket links to everyone who purchased tickets. Others were barred from buying tickets because their browser was timed out of the purchasing page prematurely. A more detailed explanation of the technological malfunctions can be found on BCA’s blog. But bottom line, these things happen–a lot.

Don’t worry, though. You’ll get another chance to try your luck at the ticket game. BCA will be selling tickets for this weekend’s shows starting at 8 p.m. at this link. There are around 500 tickets left for each day.

The rest of the ticket release schedule is the same as before.

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PSA: SW ’15 tickets go on sale tomorrow at 8 a.m.

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The time is nigh. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Spring Week. What better way to start it off than a mad dash to the virtual box office?

Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., 3,200 tickets will go on sale for the Brown community at this link. Tickets for each day will cost $18. Community members can only buy one ticket per concert at this point. This first round of tickets comprises the indoor capacity for the concert, which hopefully is not all that this weekend’s events will be limited to. As of now, things are looking grim… but hey, wear your PJs inside out and I’m sure all will be well. That’s how it works, right?

If the weather call for the concert is in our favor, BCA will release another 2,300 tickets at 2 p.m. this Wednesday, April 15. This round of tickets will be for community members that weren’t able to score tickets in the first round, meaning people can only buy one ticket per event this time as well. BCA will open ticket sales back up to everyone on Thursday, April 16, at 8 a.m. so that community members can buy tickets for visiting friends and the like.

Looks like we’re in for an intense week, Brunonians. Make sure to wake up bright and early tomorrow to score tickets to this weekend’s concerts.

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Demystifying concentration gender breakdowns

As sophomores have (hopefully) finally declared their concentrations, they’re asking themselves many questions: Did I make the right choice? Do I actually like Orgo? What are my odds of finding lust or love within my concentration?

Below are the top ten concentrations at Brown broken down by gender enrollment. All information was obtained from the Registrar, which does not account for non-binary genders. This is the first part of a series that will explore identities within concentrations.
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10. Applied Math-Econ: This concentration is for the brave of the brave. Currently, 109 students have declared this concentration. The breakdown is heavily skewed towards males, constituting 65 percent of students enrolled.

 

9 and 8. Political Science and International Relations: With 156 concentrators in each, Brown is buzzing with political jargon at any given time of the day. Political Science is pretty evenly split, with 83 females and 73 males. International Relations, however, is heavily dominated by females who make up nearly 67 percent of all concentrators. Who says we can’t have a female president?

 

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