Sari Azout ’10, a Colombian-born former International Relations concentrator, always had an eye for business and trends in the market. After graduating from Brown in 2010, she moved to New York City with a couple childhood friends and worked as a trader for a bank. As a way to save time and money while always looking good, she and her roommates began trading clothes and soon became addicted to the revolving closet.
They would freely bib (give) and tuck (take), establishing a new type of barter that required no more than a mutually beneficial exchange of clothes. Sari and her partners soon decided to bring this new means of “shopping without spending” to the world, thus creating Bib + Tuck. You may recognize the name; the company recently collaborated with Fashion@Brown for their clothing swap. In 2011, even before it launched, the company was Vogue approved, solidifying it as a bona fide fashion novelty.
Sari took some time out of her busy schedule to tell BlogDH all about the company, fashion, and her time at Brown. Check out the interview and an exclusive promo code after the jump:
When you Google the Cayman Islands, you typically find images of sandy beaches, clear water, and all types of aquatic life–not snow-covered mountains. With a story that slightly resembles that of Cool Runnings, Dow Travers ’12 is skiing in his second Winter Olympics for the Cayman Islands. Dow has skied for his home country in races throughout the world, and he will be competing this year in Sochi. On top of being an Olympic athlete, he also played Rugby while at Brown, and is a member of the Cayman Islands squad in that sport as well. If that isn’t impressive enough, Dow has started his own company called Island Biodiesel that hopes to make the Cayman Islands more fuel independent while simultaneously reducing the territory’s carbon footprint. Despite being busy preparing for the games, Dow was gracious enough to answer our questions about skiing, his life at Brown, and just what exactly happens in the Olympic Village.
BlogDailyHerald: What was it like growing up in the Cayman Islands?
Dow Travers ’12: Cayman’s a wonderful place to grow up. Everyone is very friendly and the sun is always shinning.
BlogDH: How did you first get involved in skiing?
Dow: I started skiing when I was fairly young on family vacations in Colorado but I didn’t start racing until I went to a ski camp in France when I was about 14. Ever since then it was a hunt for snow. However, I only managed to ski about two weeks a year while I was in high school which did not allow me to be very competitive, but once I graduated when I was 19 I was able to spend some more time on the slopes. So really I was a very late starter.
To the best of our knowledge, none of the crickets graduated from Brown.
“Once people take the first bite, the barrier is overcome, so it’s all about getting people to take that first bite.” - Greg Sewitz.
Gabi Lewis ’13 and Greg Sewitz ’13 — now of New York Times fame — are co-founders of the food startup Exo, which makes protein bars with cricket flour. With equal parts of both skepticism and curiosity in tow, BlogDH took a field trip to Brooklyn to interview them on crickets and what it’s like to be a real adult.
It turns out that crickets are one of the most nutritious bugs out there, and they don’t taste terrible either. But before you get too grossed out, remember that it could be worse: two of the most protein-rich bugs are actually the dung beetle and the cockroach (although eating cockroaches does sound like a cheaper and more reliable solution to your insect infestation).
Gabi and Greg walked us through all the benefits of eating these crunchy critters. Crickets are:
In the hierarchy of badass jobs one can have, there are a few standouts: astronaut, Alaskan crab fisherman, falconer, professional skydiver (to name a few). But there’s still one more that really takes the cake as the most hardcore, badass job on the planet, and that’s the National Geographic Photographer. These photographers put themselves through the ultimate tests in order to get the most incredible shots, and it takes a special kind of person to want to stay up for hours on end—covered in god knows what—just to take a photo of a bird that no one has ever been seen before.
Daniel Byers ’08
One of our very own is that special kind of person: Daniel Byers ’08 is an alum who has worked as a photographer for National Geographic and USAID. He also produces films about environmental and health issues along with Joey Brunelle ’07. Together, they have created films that cover issues around the world, including climate change, the preservation tropical ecosystems, and healthcare in Nepal.
We asked Daniel about his time at Brown and some of the work that he has done. Check out our interview with the brave alum after the jump. Continue Reading
Brian Cross ’12 is indeed an alum who does cool things. Making a debut on Broadway in Sharr White’s new play “The Snow Geese,” Cross plays Arnold Gaesling, a sensible young man in the mid-1910s who tries to get his family to come to terms with its crippling financial situation: “I wish we could all just speak plainly for once,” he says. As the family realizes the debt left behind by Arnold’s late, well-respected father, it undergoes a rude divestment of a life of privilege. He performed a monologue for the New York Times’ “In Performance” series, below:
“It’s a complete blessing to go to the theatre everyday,” Cross says. “Even if this is the last acting job I ever have, I can say with confidence that ‘The Snow Geese’ has changed my life.” We expect big things from Cross.
Earlier this month, the Internet exploded when Susan Bennett ’71 revealed herself to CNN as the voice of Siri. Even if you don’t have an iPhone, you’ve surely heard of Siri, the always helpful and sometimes sassy iPhone application that answers all of your questions, from logistical to philosophical. Bennett, who works as a voice actress based in Atlanta, GA, was approached by a software company called ScanSoft in 2005 to record her voice for a new product. That product would become Siri, and the rest is history. Bennett took time out of
Siri’s her busy schedule to answer our burning questions about Siri, her newfound fame, and how she envisions Siri IRL.
BlogDH: When did you record your voice for Siri, and how long did it take? What was the process like?
Susan Bennett: I did the initial recordings for what became the voice of Siri in July 2005 for a text-to-speech company—four hours a day, five days a week. I read hundreds of sentences specifically created to utilize every sound combination in the English language. I don’t remember them specifically, but some were pretty funny. In addition to the initial recordings, I did some updates for close to four months in 2011-2012. Continue Reading
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, which opens tonight at 8:00 p.m. and runs through Monday, October 21st, is on the surface a rollicking comedy—a story of sex and deceit with a good dose of physical and slapstick humor and witty retorts. However, around fifteen minutes in, you begin to realize In the Next Room is not merely a wildly entertaining, 21st-century Oscar Wilde-esque play, but a modern feminist manifesto.
Directed masterfully by Karin Nilo ’14 and written by Sarah Ruhl ’97 MFA ’01, In the Next Room is set in Victorian-era New York and follows Mrs. Givings, a woman whose husband treats female (and later male) patients for hysteria using the vibrator, and Mrs. Daldry, one of Dr. Givings patients, as they discover their sexuality and slowly take control of their bodies. Continue Reading
Brown University’s own Nico Jaar ’12 received a glowing profile in the New York Times yesterday, a bittersweet milestone meaning he has officially taken flight out of the Brown University hipster nest and made it big in the real world.
Actually, the process was well underway even back in 2011, when he made Pitchfork’s best new music list. We were lucky to have him for a few spring weekends in the past, but he is quickly becoming a tough act to snag. The New York Times recounts his rise to fame (he apparently is huge in Europe, and I encountered posters of him all over Istanbul in May), and the article showcases the debut album from his recent collaborations with fellow Brunonian Dave Harrington, under the moniker Darkside.
More Brunonians in the NYT: Janet Yellen ’67 was featured several times this week in the Times (well, obviously), and Michael Dickinson’s ’84 cool fruit fly obsession was chronicled in this article Monday.
If you are stuck in Providence this weekend and are somehow getting bored with drinking and watching Fox News by the time Monday rolls around, I’ve got just the ticket for you. This weekend boasts two Brass Festivals: Honk on Saturday and Sunday throughout Massachusetts, and Pronk! on Monday in Providence, are bringing over a dozen brass bands of international renown to our region, including Providence faves What Cheer? Brigade. Bear with me while I explain why you should care.
Nothing could be further from your high school brass band.