Pollerbears: It’s finally Spring Break!

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You know what makes the spring semester so superior to the fall semester? The week-long break after a hectic midterms week. (Spring Weekend and the–hopefully–approaching warm weather also don’t hurt.) BlogDH is about to peace out for the week, but before we go, we want to know what you guys are going to be up to this week.

What are you doing for Spring Break?

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Last Call: Chanelle Adams

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… that lady over there talking about the “core issues” in inappropriate settings.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… everything I cultivated in my life outside of Brown.

On a Friday night, you might find me… convincing my roommates to watch a creepy cult film, and then immediately falling asleep once we finally start the movie.

The best class/professor at Brown is… The Intimate State (Politics of the Family) with Prof Self. I took it with an amazing bunch of people and the course content helped shape my interest in using historical frameworks in activist spaces.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year:

  1. You don’t have to coordinate to eat dinner with 15 people every single night.
  2. Make friends with Professors ASAP because advising stops v. abruptly after the first year.
  3. Only take classes that are exciting to attend. If a class is boring, but the material looks good, just take the syllabus and nerd out over the readings during the summer.

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BREAKING: Malia Obama to visit Brown next week

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Those spending Spring Break in Providence, be woeful no more. No longer will you have to deal with the nagging brags of your homebound friends, or plug your ears when someone talks about vacationing in CaboPuntaCanaCancunPuertoRico.

And why, you may ask? Because the FDOTUS is coming to town.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this acronym (which you should be, considering I made it up), FDOTUS stands for: “First Daughter Of the United States.” And if we’re using lineage as a metric here, the “First” daughter of the presidential family could only refer to the one and only… Malia Obama. As many of you may have heard, in the past few months she has been gracing various East Coast schools with her presence. Though Dad has not been accompanying her, supposedly the First Lady has frequently joined her daughter on the college tour trail.

According to GoLocalProv News, Malia is scheduled to visit our humble College Hill abode next week. That’s right, all you spring breakers: you’ll be bikini-clad, but you also may miss out on a potential sighting of Presidential royalty. Damn, that’ll be a lucky tour guide. If she chooses to attend Brown, Malia would be the third child of a President to do so, following in the footsteps of Amy Carter and John Kennedy Jr.

Though the article claims that “according to sources, neither the First Lady nor the President is expected to accompany Malia on the trip to Providence,” we may still keep our fingers crossed that they decide to leave the District for a brief respite in icy scenic Providence.

So if I were you, I would reconsider going to that all-inclusive resort and vacation in Faunce instead. Just think – you could easily sustain yourself for a week with Blue Room muffins and the Leung Gallery couches. Who needs the sun? [Ed: Wouldn’t you rather see the daughter? (It’s a pun.)]

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Paxson’s latest email gives insight on GHB case

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In her most recent “Letter to the Brown Community,” President Christina Paxson reflected on the three-pronged student conduct issue that has dominated campus this semester: the case involving the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, the individual student charged with use of the date rape drug GHB, and the sexual assault charge, all of which occurred on one night last fall.

Paxson detailed some of the difficulties facing the University and particularly cited her frustration in keeping confidentiality when there is so much misinformation circulating in the media. Apparently, the administration is unable to set the record straight while maintaining mandatory privacy measures for the parties involves.

In a marked change in tone, President Paxson fired back at those who suggested that corporation money played a role in the GHB case:

“Recent suggestions of a ‘thumb on the scale’ of justice because one student, whose name has been circulated on campus although not in the press, is the son of a trustee are completely false. There is no evidence whatsoever that anyone improperly influenced the investigation or adjudication process. I would not allow that to occur. The members of Brown’s governing body are aware of this and know that it would not be tolerated. Our administrators also understand it, and firewalls are in place to protect the integrity of the system.”

President Paxson went on to say that the University is making the necessary changes for the drug testing in these instances to be more reliable in the future. Brown will also continue to work towards fair processes, and a safer campus. The Sexual Assault Task Force is still hard at work, and students should expect a survey sometime after spring break on “campus climate and their experiences with sexual assault, harassment, and gender-based violence.” In addition, Brown will soon have a “new Title IX program officer [that] will oversee sexual assault cases as well as enhanced training and education programs for students, faculty, and staff, with the primary goal of preventing sexual assault.”

The email ends with an assurance that the administration is dedicated to this cause:

“We clearly have work to do and it will take a great deal of caring, wisdom, and willingness to get it right. I ask for your support in doing so.”

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Snow melting odds: a March Madness alternative

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It’s that time of year for me to lose another five bucks on a sport that I pay little attention to yet am socially obligated to follow for three weeks in March and April. To me, March Madness is always the same. Of course there are occasional surprising upsets, and some years are crazier than others, but in the end, the fan bases of sixty-seven teams go home disappointed. The whole charade is like a night at Colosseum: I pretend to have fun until reality strikes and I realize I’ve immersed myself in the lives of dozens of sweaty dudes.

This apathy has taken a toll on my brackets. Instead of looking at teams’ styles of play, strengths of schedule, and common opponents, I find myself simply taking my anger out at the teams that disappointed me the year before (fuck you, Villanova).

I will be boycotting March Madness this year. It’s overhyped and I’m terrible at it. We need another March/April-specific alternative to lose money on.

My eureka moment came during a drunken argument simple inquiry while walking through the main green: “Which snow mound will be the last to melt on campus?” No need for 67 games; just countless piles of ice, salt, and dirt in a war of attrition against the sun.

I am overjoyed to present the first annual March Melting. Here are some previews to get you oriented:

The Prestigious: The pile on Wriston QuadIMG_4949

Strengths: Good balance of dirt and salt, sheltered from wind and afternoon sun.

Weaknesses: Heavy weekend traffic of drunk college kids could pose a hazard.

March Madness Equivalent: Duke

Few piles can stand up to the prestige of the one on Wriston. Made up of snow from all around Wayland Arch, the mound has been a consistent presence this season, from the snowball fights and tackle football of the first snowstorm, to the sweltering 50-degree heat of March 12th.

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Writing Fellows manager Janet Peters was an Olympic torchbearer

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Fun fact: the flame that Janet passed along eventually made its way to Muhammad Ali.

 

In 2002, 12,012 Olympic torchbearers carried a single flame across 13,500 miles. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Winter Torch relay, torchbearers weaved their way through 46 states for 65 days. It even has its own Wikipedia page. Janet Peters remembers these details, and many more painstaking ones, because she has the relay map on the back of a t-shirt.

Janet, who impressively juggles managing the Writing Center, the Writing Fellows Program, Excellence at Brown, and other academic tutoring programs, was one of the 12,012 to helped the flame travel across the world to Salt Lake City. The tradition of the torch relay that makes places over a few months before each Olympics began in 1936 at the summer games in Berlin. The torch is lit by the sun using a parabolic mirror at the site of the original Olympics, in Olympia, Greece, at the Temple of Hera, which is quite cool. It is then carried a bit through Greece before making its journey to the country of that year’s Olympic games, the flame being passed from torchbearer to torchbearer, until the final carrier runs toward the cauldron and lights the official Olympic flame atop a grand staircase.

We interviewed Janet to get the scoop on her experience and what it’s like to now have an Olympic torch in her house.

As your “salient fact” at the Writing Fellows retreat last month, you very casually noted that you were a torchbearer in the 2002 Olympics. What was your exact role?

It was the torch relay, so I ran a leg of it, which is a third of a mile. The flame has to remain lit from its journey, at that time, from Olympia, Greece to Salt Lake City.

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