There’s always a sense of anticipation surrounding an empty storefront on College Hill. Sure, we might long for the days when an incredibly useful convenience store occupied the corner of Thayer and Euclid — take the hint, local entrepreneurs — but coupled with that desolation is hope for the future: someday, some new business is coming in there. Eventually.
Brunonians who frequent the eastern end of campus had become used to this feeling while staring at the façade that once was Iron Wok. Luckily, Yan’s Cuisine, a Chinese restaurant reminiscent of its predecessor, opened up a few weeks ago in the once-abandoned storefront on the corner of Brook and Benevolent. The newcomer offers a surprisingly diverse set of options. You can go for dishes typical of Americanized Chinese fare (General Tso’s chicken, steamed pork dumplings, egg rolls, etc.), or you can be brave and try one of an impressive selection of less popular items, like “House Special Neck Bone” and “Lion’s Head Meat Ball.” (Ed. – We’re taking submissions for artistic renderings of the latter dish).
The northern U.S. is in for a treat tonight. The aurora borealis — a beautiful glow that is the product of interactions between solar energy and Earth’s magnetic field — might be visible as far south as Nebraska, and even here in Providence. Seeing the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, is generally only possible at higher latitudes, but due to particularly heavy solar activity in recent days, Providence has a fair-ish/good (see above) chance of getting nature’s greatest show tonight.
So, if you want to skip roaming from off-campus house to off-campus house for a few hours, you now have an alternative activity. Maybe the Ladd Observatory will throw a viewing party. Seriously, though: we’re in for some clear skies tonight, so look “north and lower on the horizon;” maybe you’ll be able to see that famous green glow.
Do seniors look this cute while we shop? No, probably not.
The start of senior year has been strange and exciting for lots of reasons: the trials and tribulations of off-campus housing, reconnecting with old friends, enjoying the freakishly good weather, and more. And yet, since classes have started, reality has started to set in in a big way. I wouldn’t quite call it a Quarter Life Crisis yet — I haven’t gotten a tattoo, bleached my hair, or joined the Marines — but my priorities have changed. And I don’t seem to be alone. For many seniors, Shopping Period has been a whole lot more stressful the 7th time around.
You would think we’d be old pros at this game by now. You would think we’d jump out of bed on Wednesday morning, rainbow-colored carts filled to the brim with all-star professors and really cool classes that you would never have heard of if your roommate’s boyfriend’s older brother hadn’t been in them, ready to take on our final year on College Hill. Sadly, some other concerns have gotten in the way of a smooth beginning to our our victory lap:
President Paxson just announced that Vicki Leigh Colvin, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (wow, that’s a lot) at Rice University, will become Brown’s 12th Provost on July 1st.
In an email to the Brown community, Paxson called Professor Colvin “particularly well-prepared to assume the role of provost at this important juncture in the University’s history.” She replaces current Provost Mark Schlissel P’15, who will become President of the University of Michigan.
Here’s a very succinct description of Colvin’s new job from President Paxson:
The provost is the University’s chief academic officer and is a leader and critical partner in advancing the University’s strategic agenda. Many of the University’s senior positions report directly to the provost, including the deans of the College, Graduate School, and faculty; the University librarian; dean of admission; director of financial aid; vice president for research; and chief information officer. The provost chairs a number of committees designed to establish and propel University priorities, including the University Resources Committee and the Academic Priorities Committee. The provost serves as the senior officer in charge of the University in the absence of the president.
In case you’ve been living under a rock that doesn’t have Internet access or anything that brings happiness, you probably have heard that the roped off piece of Scili Desert was in fact housing a duck and her eleven baby ducklings (see above for cuteness overload). You also might have happened upon a Facebook page purportedly run by the Scili Duck herself. It has over 2,200 likes, and its updates have been quite something:
The Scili Duck Facebook page — along with its subjects — has been a welcome respite from a tough finals period. The page and BlogDailyHerald has had some online interaction in the days leading up to the ducklings’ birth, and we wanted to discover which social media genius was behind it.