Hey, Brunonia! This is Demisexual Lovato, your new Sextion writer. If you are puzzled or confused by my pseudonym, allow me to explain: demisexuals are folks who don’t feel sexually attracted to other people unless they’ve gotten to know them on an emotional or romantic level. Essentially– I’m all about the feels. But have no fear! I’ll still be talking abouthooking up, romance, and everything in between during my tenure as Blog’s Sextion columnist.
It’s September 5th, 2015. 1,600-ish nervous freshmen (including me!) are moving into their dorms.
Many are looking for love and almost all are looking for friendship. Somewhere between these two goals lies the issue: the friendzone. At a time when most of us are rushing to make friends and meet as many new people as possible, it’s so easy in this chaos to mistake kindness for romantic interest or to brush off someone’s subtle flirtations as, “Oh, they are just a really nice person.” Whether you are looking for close friendship, a serious relationship, a friend with benefits, casual dating, random hookups, a study buddy, a crazed sex monster, or nothing at all along the lines of human attachment, you have probably already experienced the feelings of uncertainty and confusion that accompany this new and foreign territory.
The most perplexing person you’ve met thus far is your new (and, might I add, devilishly attractive) best friend in whom you can’t help but find yourself interested. Do they like you back? Are you willing to risk your amazing new friendship to find out?
Now that Shopping Period’s (finally) officially over, things are starting to fall into place. As one fellow Blogify-er once said, you’re probably starting to feel “in the groove.” So, in that spirit, here’s a playlist in honor of getting back into the swing of things, featuring plenty of classic throwbacks, new jams, and–of course–Beyoncé.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships are often called “genius grants,” because the selected fellows get $625,000 with what the Foundation itself calls “no-strings attached.”
There is no application; an anonymous committee makes the decision to select individuals who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.” Those individuals then receive over half a million dollars to just keep doing what they’re doing.
This year, the 24 fellows include a puppeteer, a history professor, a chemist, and Brown alum, Ben Lerner. Lerner graduated Brown with a B.A. in Political Science in 2001, and remained at Brown to attain a M.F.A in creative writing. He is no stranger to prestigious awards (Fulbright, Guggenheim Fellow) or high critical praise.
Lerner is the author of three collections of poetry and two novels. If you haven’t read it already, Leaving the Atocha Station is definitely worth picking up. The novel follows narrator Adam Gordon through a year in Spain, where, having won a prestigious fellowship, he mostly just attempts to keep up the appearance of doing something.
Lerner also works as a professor at Brooklyn College, though he told the New York Times that he can now hopefully spend less time teaching and more time writing. Regarding the grant, Lerner said, ““It takes away all your excuses to not be doing the most ambitious work.”
The Better World by Design conference took Brown and RISD’s campuses by storm last weekend, bringing 700 attendees and volunteers together to hear from 50 incredible presenters. BlogDH had the honor of covering the three-day event from start to finish, and we live tweeted and intagrammed at you to share in the fun. Now that we’ve recovered from speaking in buzzwords like “design for social innovation” and “disruptive design,” we present to you a round-up of some of our favorite keynotes and workshops at the conference.
The conference opened on Friday with a presentation given by Annie Wu, a RISD alum and employee of Greater Good Studio in Chicago. Wu’s presentation centered on the principle of applying human-centered design to the often neglected, “unexotic underclass,” or those who lie outside the realm of the privileged upper-class that many startups tend to target. Drawing on successes and failures in her own work at Greater Good Studio, Wu’s message encapsulated the conference’s theme of access and perfectly set the tone for the events to come.
Later that day, RISD graduate Elio Icaza (’15) led a workshop on a project he’s been working on called Clear Canvas. The products of Clear Canvas are designed to help students collaborate in art and science classes. The workshop involved a clear white board, with a participant seated on other side. The participants would have to work together to draw an object, an idea or an emotion without talking. The workshop stressed mindful collaboration. By being able to see the person on the other side, the participants learned to respond to each other. This workshop was a lot of fun.
Gavin Atkinson (Brown ’13, RISD ’15) and Lukas Winklerprins (Brown ’15.5) ran a workshop titled “Speaking in Brick – Lego as a Creative Tool”, where participants used legos to explain a community they were a part of and a mental state. The workshop was inspiring, as it allowed participants to formulate and express their ideas despite different points of view.
The latest and greatest news, commentary, culture, entertainment, sports and miscellany from College Hill and beyond, brought to you by The Brown Daily Herald. If you have questions, comments, tips, ideas or want to write for us, shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com.