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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PSA: Don’t be “The Sniffler” this cold and flu season

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As much as we hate to admit it, it’s starting to get colder. The leaves are changing colors, the Main Green is becoming less crowded, and pumpkin-spiced lattes are back at Starbucks. Unfortunately, the changing of the seasons also signals that the cold and flu season is upon us. Yes, college is a time when exploration and learning are interspersed with crazy amounts of debauchery, but it is also a time when being sick is pretty much the norm. Living on top of one another in the dorms, sharing germs and intimate space, will usually do that to you. That is why we are asking, or rather, begging you, to please not be that guy or girl who wont stop sniffling in the AQR.

You all know the person to whom I am referring: phe who steps foot into the library all bundled up to fight the chills, armed with a gallon of tea and a box of tissues.  As soon as they sit down, they no longer are a Brown student, but instead become a germ-spewing, snot-sniffling megaphone that never seems to know when to leave and relieve some nasal pressure. Below we’ve highlighted a few tips to help you avoid being this library nuisance.

1) BLOW YOUR NOSE. It’s really not that hard. Before you go into a quiet place, take the time to really clear yourself up.

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Why Flash Tats are the perfect college accessory

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All the cool kids are wearing them. Flash Tats are kind of the next big thing, the Herschel backpacks of the accessory world. If you’re not one of the cool kids yet, Flash Tats are shiny temporary tattoos that look like jewelry—think of them as the lovechild of henna and those sparkly bracelet/scrunchie things.

You can buy Flash Tats online in different themed packs. They are a bit pricy, but you could always DIY it and tat yourself with a shiny sharpie. It wouldn’t be great for your skin, but let’s face it, Flash Tats probably aren’t either.

Despite being told that my Flash Tats make me resemble a middle-aged Hamptons mom, I rock them with pride. Read on for all the reasons that Flash Tats are the perfect way to accessorize in college: Continue Reading