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A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: BlogDailyHerald, 5 years on

Though it might be hard to believe, the school year has come to an end. The libraries are empty, the Main Green is silent, and the Class of 2014 has marched through the Van Wickle Gates. Congrats to the seniors on your graduation! We’ll miss you dearly, but we know you will be all kinds of successful in life outside College Hill.

The end of the 2013-2014 academic year also marks the conclusion of BlogDailyHerald’s 5th year of production (do we even call it that?). It is sometimes hard to believe how young our web site is, especially given how far we have come in such a short time. The brainchild of some Brown Daily Herald editors back in 2009, Blog has become an organization unlike anything we could have dreamed of.

For the 2011 BDH Commencement magazine, former Blog editors David Winer ’13 and Matt Klimerman ’13 painted a pretty extraordinary picture of what the site’s early days were like. There were no Sunday evening meetings. Blog had “day editors” who handled all of the site’s content for a single day of the week. And edit board meetings? Try “run-ins on the street and in the Ratty.”

That year, Blog’s fearless first leaders revolutionized how the organization works. Our weekly writers’ meeting, daily time-wasters, and current managerial structure all came from these early days. Needless to say, we are all in great debt to the site’s earliest editors.

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BREAKING: New Provost selected

docpkg-1President 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.

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Meet Mama Duck: Emily Wilkins ’14.5

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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:

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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.

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It has begun.

10288748_10151936402575834_8432428213777575318_nSpotted in the stacks. Enjoy!

 


PollerBears: What should we call the new SciLi Ducklings?

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The ducklings have hatched! Mama Psy/SciDuck has welcomed a few lovely ducklings to the world this morning. Skip your finals so you can go marvel at the miracle of life. But what shall we name them? Here are some of our suggestions. Let us know what you think.

What's your favorite name for one of the Scili Ducklings?

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The Herald wants to know what your favorite Brown meal is

As part of its Brown 250+ web site that will be going up soon, the Brown Daily Herald wants images of Brunonia’s favorite meals from the various university eateries. You heard right. The BDH wants your Ratty food porn.

Whether it’s a succulent Spicy With from Jo’s, grilled chicken from the Ratty, or whatever it is they sell at Poppy’s, this is a great opportunity to let your voice be heard on what is sure to be a beautiful new site. To enter your photo, simply post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BrownEats. Once the site goes live, your favorite food will be there for all to see. We haven’t heard anything about whether or not there will be prizes for the top submissions, but know that the person who puts the best filter on an Ivy Room falafel wrap has a special place in my heart. Be sure to post your favorites!

Image via Emily Gilbert ’14.