What to do this week: March 16 – March 22

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Sunday, March 15 – March 21:

Event: Sex Week 2015

Sex Week is a week-long series of workshops (click the link for specific events) hosted by the Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council (SHEEC). This year’s theme is “DV8,” and seeks to encourage students to expand their own expectations about sexuality.

Monday, March 16:

Event: Israeli Elections: An Open Discussion with BSI
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: JWW 303

Polls project a neck and neck race between Israel’s two major parties in the upcoming Knesset elections. The outcome will have a major effect on U.S.-Israeli relations and the peace process in general. Join Brown Students for Israel to discuss the possible results.

Tuesday, March 17:

Event: Get Lucky 2015!
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: List 120

Brown’s three all-female a cappella groups will be celebrating the start of Spring with a concert in List.

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Ra Ra Brunonia Throwback: That time Hunter S. Thompson got plastered in Sayles

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On November 21st, 1987, Hunter S. Thompson, the journalist and famed author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diaries, and many more, came to Brown to participate in an academic debate with G. Gordon Liddy, moderated by none other than the legendary Dean Barrett Hazeltine. Liddy, a lawyer who, among other things, directed and organized the burglary of the Democratic National Committee in 1972—a scandal that would infamously come to be known simply as “Watergate”—stood in stark contrast to the staunch liberal and psychedelically inspired writer.

The event was made possible, in part, by a student named Dan McCormack ’90, who met Thompson in his Colorado home that summer and suggested the idea. After some consideration and administrative scheduling, dates and times were set, flights were booked, and tickets were sold all leading up to a highly anticipated campus event. However, on the day of, those times were pushed back, the flights were missed and not tickets, but rather drugs—lots of drugs—were sold to and consequently consumed by the esteemed author. The Brown Daily Herald reported on the event in all of its glory, and to its credit, documented everything it could have possibly known. Looking back some 28 years later, details of the Thompson-Liddy debate were overlooked, missed and risk being forever forgotten and unheard. Thanks to an unnamed source—call him our “Deep Throat“—the full story can now be unveiled.

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What to do this week: February 9-15

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Tuesday, February 10:

Event: Q&A with CNN International Correspondent!
Location: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
Time: 12 p.m.

Ivan Watson (Brown IR ’97) will speak about his experiences and describe how he went from studying at Brown to being a foreign correspondent for CNN.

Event: Why #BlackLivesMatter: an MPC Workshop Exploring Anti-Blackness in the United States
Location: Petteruti Lounge
Time: 6:30 p.m.

The MPCs will explore the history and current condition of anti-Blackness in America. Food will be provided!

Wednesday, February 11:

Event: YOGA NIGHT: A Sophomore Slump Event
Location: Brown RISD Hillel
Time: 6:45 p.m.

All are welcome to this FREE hour of relaxation. Don’t miss out!

Event: Does Science Point to Atheism?
Location: Salomon 101
Time: 7 p.m.

Does science increasingly point to God or to atheism? Come watch Hans Halvorson and David Rand hash out the two-sided “answer” to this age old question. Continue Reading


Why your fake ID won’t work at Darwin’s Liquors

This is what happens when you use a fake ID at Darwin’s Liquors. 

In December, the owner of Darwin’s Liquors was fined $7,500 for selling alcohol to minors. In order to protect his business and ensure authorities that he was obeying the law, the store’s owner had to buy the card scanning device shown in the video above for another $3,700.

The device checks for all of the above categories. It's full proof.

The device checks for all of the above categories. It’s full proof. This is what happened when I scanned my real drivers license that says I’m 20.

Fines for liquor stores are cumulative and can eventually lead to the loss of a business’s liquor license, obviously a costly consequence.

Authorities sent undercover minors to purchase alcohol from Darwin’s on three separate occasions. The first incident did not result in a fine, while the second and third missteps cost the business $150 and $1,000 respectively. On the fourth occasion, the store sold alcohol to minors who presented fake IDs, but these particular customers were not sent by the police to expose the business. Instead, officers staked out the store and confronted these minors.

Public records show that the officers confronted 21 minors on nine separate incidences over the course of 17 days, and only four of them presented officers with fraudulent IDs. The rest exercised their right to refuse being searched.

“I was trying to keep [the owner] from getting in trouble,” said one of the customers who showed a fake ID to the police.

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What to do this week: February 2 – 8

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Monday, February 2:

Event: World Hijab Day@Brown!
Location: Blue Room
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Join the Brown Muslim Students’ Association in the Blue Room to try on a hijab and stick around until 7 p.m. for hot chocolate and cookies. A discussion will also take place in the Brown Muslim Students Center in the basement of Champlin.

Event: Police Profiling: Causes and Consequences
Location: BERT 130
Time: 5 p.m.

The Taubman Center for Public Policy and the Watson Institute for International Studies is presenting a panel of police policy experts will discuss a variety of topics, including racial profiling and the expansion of mass incarceration.

Wednesday, February 4:

Event: Obama’s Cuba Policy: The Top Secret History Behind the Historic Breakthrough U.S. – Cuban Relations
Location: Joukowsky Forum
Time: 12 p.m.

CLACS will be hosting a lunch and lecture by Peter Kornbluh on the backdoor negotiations that have taken place in the rocky history of U.S.- Cuban Relations.

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What’s open on College Hill?

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Much like our neatly scheduled syllabi, some Providence businesses will be taking a hit tomorrow in anticipation of Juno’s wrath. To make it easy for you, Blog went door to door on College Hill to find out exactly who will be staying open. Here’s what we got:

Food

Better Burger Co. – closed tomorrow

Froyo World – closed tomorrow

Ben and Jerry’s – closed tonight and tomorrow

Starbucks – closing at 6 p.m. today and “80% sure it will be closed tomorrow,” call (401) 421-1677

Le Creperie – “most likely” closed tomorrow

Au Bon Pain – closed tomorrow

Tealuxe – closed tomorrow

Haruki Sushi – closing at 6 p.m. and closed tomorrow

Sushi Express – closed tomorrow

Subway – closed tomorrow

East Side Pockets – closed tomorrow

Meeting Street Cafe – TBD, call (401) 273-1066 for more information

Baja’s – open tonight and tomorrow

Bagel Gourmet – TBD, call (401) 453-5560

Bagel Gourmet Ole (Thayer) – TBD, call (401) 331-1311

Mike’s Calzones – closed tomorrow

Soban – open tonight and tomorrow

Flatbread – closed for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. Open for dinner tomorrow

Blue State Coffee – TBD, call (401) 383-8393

Loui’s – open

Chipotle – TBD, call (401) 621-2503

Yan’s – TBD, but probably staying open. Call (401) 751-8888

Shanghai – TBD, call (401) 331-0077

Geoff’s – TBD, call (401) 751-2248

Den Den – closed tonight and tomorrow

Drink/BYOB

Campus Fine Wines – closing at 8pm tonight, TBD tomorrow

Sakura – open tonight and tomorrow

Spiritus – open tonight and tomorrow

Viva – closed tonight, TBD for tomorrow, call (401) 331-6200

Ale House – open tonight, TBD for tomorrow, call (401) 454-3434

Kartabar – closed tonight and tomorrow

Darwin’s – open tonight and tomorrow

Madeira’s – TBD, call (401) 272-5911

Spat’s – open… gotcha

Grocery

Metro Mart – TBD, call (401) 278-4088

CVS – open

East Side Mini Mart – open

In other words, we suggest you hit the grocery store before tonight.

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