What we’re reading

In the Internet age, it’s often difficult to filter through the inordinate amount of content to find the best there is. Between the barrage of clickbait present on your Facebook newsfeed (can ANYONE tell me why Answers.com exists?) and the sheer massive amount of reporting available online, sometimes it’s easier to read no news than to find the news you want. 

Fear no more! Introducing: “What we’re reading,” a weekly column designed to streamline the sifting process by providing you with some of Blog’s favorite web content of the week. 

First off, “Rising the Juggernaut,” a piece in the Economist asking (and attempting to answer!) the question: “Has the Islamic State baited America into a campaign to wipe it out?”

Politico’s “Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?” is not only pretty self-explanatory but also fascinating!

Quartz’s “Here’s how ‘disruptive innovation’ works in nature: a killing-machine fish has colonized reefs from Venezuela to Rhode Island,” is also extremely self-explanatory, given the Upworthy-length title.

ESPN anchor Hannah Storm said what everyone was thinking following the Ray Rice scandal.

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Amuse-Bouche: Yan’s Cuisine

There’s always a sense of anticipation surrounding an empty storefront on College Hill. Sure, we might long for the days when an incredibly useful convenience store occupied the corner of Thayer and Euclid — take the hint, local entrepreneurs — but coupled with that desolation is hope for the future: someday, some new business is coming in there. Eventually.

Brunonians who frequent the eastern end of campus had become used to this feeling while staring at the façade that once was Iron Wok. Luckily, Yan’s Cuisine, a Chinese restaurant reminiscent of its predecessor, opened up a few weeks ago in the once-abandoned storefront on the corner of Brook and Benevolent. The newcomer offers a surprisingly diverse set of options. You can go for dishes typical of Americanized Chinese fare (General Tso’s chicken, steamed pork dumplings, egg rolls, etc.), or you can be brave and try one of an impressive selection of less popular items, like “House Special Neck Bone” and “Lion’s Head Meat Ball.” (Ed. – We’re taking submissions for artistic renderings of the latter dish).

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Live Blog: William Deresiewicz Lecture

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We got lunch with William Deresiewicz

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Okay, well, we kind of did. Earlier today, thirty-ish students packed into the third floor of the SciLi to eat pizza and have controversial conversation — a Brunionian’s favorite pastime — with William (Bill) Deresiewicz. That name sound familiar to you? Maybe you saw it when his essay, “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League: The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies”, went viral at the end of last June. The article, arguing that elite education has become a disingenuous, impersonal, and streamlined process, placed a brutal attack on our Facebook Newsfeeds. When it wasn’t posted on your Timeline, it was emailed to you from Mom and Dad, from Bubbe, or even from a family friend who was sure to ask the standard, “What are your thoughts on this? Would love to hear!!!” Suddenly, the world questioned: Do you, as a Brown University student, feel like a zombie? Are you wasting your money? Your time? Your life? If the quarter-life crisis hadn’t kicked in yet, then “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League and both the offense and defense arguments that followed were sure to be triggers.

We wanted to hear what Bill Deresiewicz had to say in the flesh, and pizza always is an added incentive. In case you missed the dialogue earlier, Deresiewicz will be speaking tonight at 6p.m. in the McCormack Family Theater located inside of the English Department building (70 Brown Street).

Whether you’re skeptical of Deresiewicz’s rhetoric or open to his ideas about a reformed concept of academia, here are a few things we think you should know based on our conversation, despite the fact that it was confined within the bleak, cold, and desolate SciLi walls:

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What to do this week: September 15 – 21

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Monday, September 15:

Event: William Deresiewicz Lecture
Time: 6 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 70 Brown St, McComack Family Theatre

Deresiewicz is the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite (and a recently trending article on the New Republic that spoke of the same subject). Come hear and question him tonight on the subject of our very own education.

Tuesday, September 16:

Event: Pell Grant Symposium
Time: 6 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Macmillan 117

Come to this event hosted by the Education from the Inside Out Coalition to learn about the barriers currently facing previously incarcerated students reintegrating into society. With rising populations in both state and federal prisons, this symposium will discuss the necessary reforms for helping students get back on their feet. A panel of experts (that includes previously incarcerated students) will speak.

Event: BlogDailyHerald Info Session!!!!
Time: 7 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: 195 Angell St (The Herald Offices)

All are welcome to our info session tomorrow night to learn the details about the best organization on campus, and to ask any questions about our applications, which are due Friday, September 19. We’re hearing all the cool kids are coming so you should probably mark your calendar.

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Politely telling your roommate to GTFO: The DOs and DON’Ts of Sexiling

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Living in a double has its ups and downs. The setup is ideal for the first week of freshman year when you would rather not go to the ice cream social by yourself. However, the lack of privacy can turn into a major issue later on—primarily in the being-naked-with-someone-else department.

Hook-ups come in all shapes and sizes. There are the sober post-date hookups, the afternoon-frolic-between-classes hookups, and the “Hey you’re that cute guy from my class and we’re both drunk and horny” hookups.

As a disclaimer, if you are too intoxicated to properly text your roommate to give them a heads up, you should not be hooking up in the first place. Besides, under those circumstances, there is a higher chance of encountering whisky dick, and no one wants that.

Though it may be awkward, it is important for you and your roommate lay out some preemptive ground rules. Open communication is essential in any relationship, especially if you don’t want to resent each other later on.

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