Brown has 6,182 undergrads, 1,974 grad students, and 463 med students. Someway, somehow, a lot of these people seem to look like each other. You might not know their names, and you might not be friends with them, but you know these pairs exist. And don’t you just want to tell them? We know we definitely do. After years in the making, Blog decided it was finally time to play a little game of doppelgangin’ matchmaking. We’re getting Brown’s doppelgangers together, face to face, for the first time.
FYI: Merriam-Webster defines “doppelganger” as “someone who looks like someone else.” We’re talking Annie and Hallie status here.
For our new segment, “It Takes Two” (an homage to our fav things, Mary Kate & Ashley and Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock), you can submit any doppelgangers you know by emailing their names to email@example.com. Then, Blog will get these twins together by informing them that they have a doppelganger while keeping the name of their other half undisclosed. We set them up to interview each other… because who wouldn’t love to interview him or her self?
For our first duo, we present Mark Valdez ’15 [full disclosure: Mark is a contributor for BlogDH] and Orlando Rodriguez ’17. (Check out their photo above.) Their signature traits include perfectly waved brown hair (to the left), thick rimmed glasses, and that big, goofy smile.
Check out Mark and Orlando’s questions for each other after the jump:
Last summer, Zach Ingber ’15 thought to himself that while Brown enjoyed great informal political conversation, our school was lacking more formal student debate on policy. To fill that gap, he, along with Katherine Pollock ’16, Felix Tettey ’15, Will Hale ’15, and Diego Arene-Morley ’16, worked to found the Brown Policy Union, “Brown’s first student-driven political debating society.”
Modeled after the Oxford Union, the Brown Policy Union seeks to give a nod to old debating societies while creating a modern and accessible feel that resonates with Brown. “The goal of the BPU is to elevate student voices and to offer students a space where they can really talk seriously about policy, ” says Ingber. Each week, students will debate a single resolution on a given public policy, ranging from local government (or even campus-related) issues to international affairs. Additionally, the BPU will host public debates once or twice a semester with audience participation encouraged. The launch meeting will take place tomorrow night from 7 to 8 p.m. in Wilson 105. The topic this week will be whether Edward Snowden should be tried for treason. If you please, come tomorrow night to speak (though you aren’t required), listen, and engage!
Researchers brought back to life a 30,000 year-old Siberian virus, according to the National Academy of Sciences. The virus was found in northeast Siberia’s permafrost, suggesting that dangerous viruses once thought extinct may reemerge as permafrost thaws due to climate change.
Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in favor of Chevron in a 20-year case regarding Chevron’s pollution of the Ecuadorean rainforest. The Judge pointed to fraud and corruption in the Ecuadorean judicial system as his main reason for dismissing the $9.5 billion lawsuit.
Are you in search of the weirdest possible dining experience in the greater Providence area? Look no further than Farmstead’s Biggie and Brunch offering on the first Sunday of every month. Farmstead, which usually operates as a popular and trendy cheese shop and restaurant, opens its doors for brunch only once a month. But when it does, it does so in style, with a DJ booth, standing speakers, and absolutely blasted tunes from the one and only Notorious B.I.G.
The menu is split into larger plates listed as “Biggies” and smaller plates listed as, you guessed it, “Smalls.” The dishes themselves don’t seem to be Biggie-themed, though they are certainly a bit unorthodox: the brown sugar waffle comes with fairly sweet ten-spice chicken wings; the only bagels offered are the house pretzel bagels; the “Smalls” offerings include potato latkes served with shortrib. You also have the chance to order one of the several Biggie and Brunch cocktails listed on the cocktail menu under the first four lines of “Juicy.”
Whether you enjoy your Biggie and Brunch adventure is likely a matter of context. The food is probably more appealing to a connoisseuring foodie than to the layman—I found it tasty but perhaps overly experimental at times. And the ambience experiment probably works a lot better for a late morning out with friends or even a really weird hipster first date than it does for an afternoon lunch with your visiting mother. Regardless, the brunch has been a remarkable success, and Farmstead encourages interested patrons to call for April reservations today (seriously) if they hope to get in. If you do secure a spot, you probably won’t forget your Biggie and Brunch any time soon.
If you read the title of this post and didn’t get the hilarious reference, you obviously did not watch last night’s Oscars. But you’re in luck, because we are more than willing to prioritize watching the rich, beautiful, and famous be recognized for their world-changing achievements in movies over our own ever-growing reading. Here is a quick recap of the highlights of the evening:
Based on thorough online investigation, it appears that no celebrity other than Kelly Osbourne appeared on the red carpet with an umbrella, nor was any rain apparent during pre-show red carpet footage. All of which begs the question, was it even raining or was this an actual fashion decision?
Cue the camera flashes: Scandal is BACK. And in traditional Scandal fashion, we begin in the middle of things at the press conference that defines the episode, “Ride, Sally, Ride.” There are several subplots to cover and Sally is up first. Somehow in this show, and now more than ever, all roads lead to Langston.
President Obama warned Russia that if “they continue on the current trajectory that they’re on… we are examining a whole series of steps—economic, diplomatic–that will isolate Russia and will have a negative impact on Russia’s economy and its status in the world.” Shares of Russia’s two largest banks are 12 and 10 percent at the closing bell. However, U.S. stocks, following the world market, have also plummeted due to the crisis in Ukraine. The Dow closed down nearly 1% today.
Things have come to a head in that large space above the Blue Room. We’ve heard stories of students getting death stares for chomping on some carrots and stern shushing for zipping up a jacket. It’s clear that right now the Leung Family Gallery is a “quiet zone,” like those in the Rock and Scili. But how many hyper-silent spaces do we need on campus? It seems that silence has already taken over the upstairs space of Andrews Commons. We at BlogDailyHerald believe the student body should have power over the decibel level of the Leung Gallery (unlike, say, in the Scili basement).
On one side, we have those that argue that there are plenty of other quiet spaces on campus (AQR, 4th floor of the Scili). What the University really needs, they insist, is more recreational spaces to just hang out in. And besides, enforcing the silence of the Leung Gallery is turning us into just the worst kinds of study buddies.
On the other side are those who would keep the chit-chat to the Blue Room below. It’s not like Faunce doesn’t have plenty of other places in which chill and eat those carrots.
I know we often take a joking tone to our polls, but we’re taking this one seriously. If a solid majority of students vote for it on this poll, BlogDailyHerald will launch an all-out campaign to transform the Leung Gallery into a space in which basic conversation is allowed. If you vote to keep the Leung Gallery silent in the poll, we will accept the room’s current state. Now, let your voices be heard!
Event: Making Sense of Events in Ukraine: A Teach In
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International Studies
Join the Watson Institute and The Janus Forum for a teach-in panel on the subject of “Making Sense of Events in Ukraine.” Various professors in different departments will be participating as commentators, and the event is open to the public. Click here for a video preview.
Event: Brown Policy Union Launch Meeting
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wilson 105
This Wednesday, join Brown’s first student-driven political debating society, the Brown Policy Union, for their inaugural meeting. Every week, the BPU, modeled on the Oxford Union, will host weekly meetings at which public policy resolutions will be debated. This week, they will be discussing Edward Snowden and whether or not the United States should charge him with treason.
Event: Plan A/B/C: We Got You Covered!
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kassar Fox Auditorium
Women Peer Counselors (WPCs) and Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) are coming together to present this workshop on contraceptives and good sexual health. Topics will include ways to have comfortable and open sexual dialogue, the role of race and gender in these conversations, and much more. The event will culminate with free samosas and a raffle for safe sex supplies.
Last week, Harvard’s Fifteen Minutesmagazine released its list of the 15 hottest students in Harvard’s freshman class. The internet responded accordingly. First, Gawker offered its perspective on the situation, hoping to gain clarity on “exactly what medical steps are being taken to correct their thermoregulatory disorders.” Then, Fifteen Minutes’ parent publication, The Harvard Crimson, released its list of the 14 coldest freshmen at Harvard, satisfying the curiosity of those who desperately wanted to know what was taking place at the “other end of the spectrum.”
The sheer absurdity of Fifteen Minutes’ list got us thinking, too. At first, we were confused. On what basis and/or metrics does one rate another’s “hotness”? Is it their physical appearance? Their body temperature? The degree to which they’re hot and bothered? Determined to apply a similar framework in a Brunonian setting, we went out on a search for Brown’s 15 hottest freshmen, and we found them. Our metrics? These freshmen had to be as toasty as Flatbread Co.’s wood-fired ovens—drenched in sweat, feverish, thirsty, red-faced, and clad in multiple layers.
We now present to you the Brown Class of 2017’s 15 hottest freshmen. (See full profiles after the jump.)
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