Blogify: Kanye Samples

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With the release of Swish Waves next week, Blog decided to take a look back at some of our favorite Kanye samples. Drawing on almost every genre imaginable, Kanye’s samples—which serve all sorts of purposes, like providing a song’s backbone or providing a single lyric—may be even more diverse than his own discography. The subsequent playlist is as wacky and whimsical as the man himself.

If you want to follow along, check out The Verge‘s guide.


A Cool Thing You Probably Missed: 2 x 4, the 8th Annual Dual Degree Exhibition

The Brown/RISD dual degree exhibit, called 2 x 4 (as in the lumber you buy at Home Depot) was unveiled on January 28 at the Granoff Center. Running through February 12, this year’s exhibition focused “on themes of multiplicity, calculation, and construction and was “inspired by what is elementary, use of materials, process work, manmade versus natural, and collaboration.”

The main exhibition space had more than a few nods to the 2 x 4 theme, with a Bob the Builder themed photo booth, a huge wooden cube built in the center of the room, and small art installation featuring, you guessed it: 2 x 4’s.

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Small tables supplied with index cards and markers offered visitors a chance to participate. Little cards prompted us: draw wood, draw the person next to you, draw your transportation to the wood, draw a compliment. Once finished with your masterpiece, you could hang them up in the cube.

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The best club (names) at Brown

The second semester activities fair is tomorrow tonight, and if you went first semester (ehem, freshmen), you’ll know it’s a completely intimidating affair with hoards of people crowded into a narrow space and hundreds of upper classmen demanding your email if you so much as glance at their poster. So, if you choose to forgo second semester activities in the much more civilized Alumae Hall (or just forgot), never fear! Brown has a nifty interface called BearSync that lists all of the 400+ clubs in a Facebook style fashion with a profile and a newsfeed of current happenings. And if that’s still too much for you to handle, some Brown clubs have particularly creative names that you should join for the sole purpose of being able to tell someone with a straight face you are a part of the ARRR!!! Club (said with truth enthusiasm).

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                 Proof of first semester madness

Beard Appreciation Society: I would imagine this club is a must for any semi-hipsters school. Their profile page claims to critique famous facial hair and discuss beards in the news and social media, and you don’t even need to have facial hair! While it’s unclear if any of that actually happens or not, the name will definitely make you chuckle.

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Fall Weekend changed to Indigenous People’s Day

On the afternoon of February 2, the faculty voted to change the name of the Monday of Fall Weekend to Indigenous People’s Day.

This vote came after months of controversy surrounding op-ed publications by the Brown Daily Herald. Resistance to these publications culminated in a die-in protest on the Main Green organized by Native Americans at Brown (NAB) in October of last semester. However, Floripa Olguin ’16, one of the coordinators of the die-in protest and a member of NAB was quick to point out that this vote was about far more than the Herald publications.

“The significance of a name speaks to the historical legacy of Brown,” she said. “Centering the dialogue on Indigenous People’s Day speaks to Brown’s ability to learn from the past and move into the future. A lot of people have criticized us by saying that we are trying to erase history, but I think we are trying to broaden [the campus’] view of that time in history.”

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February is Black History Month. The New York Times is commemorating lesser known aspects of American Black history through their column “Unpublished Black History.” It is to be updated daily until March and will feature never before seen photos from the Times archives.

It’s a busy week in politics as the Iowa caucus takes place tonight, followed by the New Hampshire primary a week from today. Politico looked at the political consequences of America’s electoral process placing so much emphasis on early primary states in “How Iowa Hijacked Our Democracy,” while the New York Times editorial board outlined the importance of Iowa’s results in “The Cornfield Crucible.”

Meanwhile, Slate tried to uncover why math whiz Nate Silver, who started the statistics-driven FiveThirtyEight, was so wrong when he predicted Trump didn’t have a shot in the GOP primary. On a lighter note, check out Bernie Sanders singing “This Land Is Your Land” with Vampire Weekend at an Iowa rally.

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What to do this week: February 1-7

Monday, February 1

Event: Brown Dems x BPR Present: Iowa Caucus Viewing Party (with Snacks!)
Location: Wilson 102
Time: 9:30 PM- 11:30 PM

Interested in learning more about the confusing caucus system? Want to be surrounded by politically-minded individuals? The Brown Dems and Brown Political Review will be co-hosting an Iowa Caucus results viewing party! Come for the political fun, stay for the snacks.

Tuesday, February 2 (Groundhog Day)

Event: Upspace Oddity, or Bowie Week
Location: PW
Time: 8:30 PM

Beginning on Tuesday night, join PW in celebrating Bowie. You can make a Bowie-inspired collage while listening to Blackstar and other releases. For the complete list of activities each night this week, click here.

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Event: BUFF + MES Present: A Separation
Location: Joukowsky Institute
Time: 7 PM

BUFF has partnered with the Middle Eastern Studies Department for the continuation of the popular Middle Eastern Film Series from last year. On Tuesday, they will present the Oscar winning film, A Separation.

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