Brown’s big birthday


If you didn’t already know, Brown is celebrating its 250th birthday this year – and you’re all invited!  This past Tuesday, President Paxson sent a school-wide email outlining the March launch of 15 months of events and activities in honor of Brown’s semiquincentenary (say that five times fast).  The festivities will begin on March 7-8 with the Opening Celebration on College Hill, which will include “distinguished alumni speakers and panels, gallery openings and performances and a very large birthday cake.”  A VERY LARGE BIRTHDAY CAKE.

Friday’s event will give 250 middle school students from all over Rhode Island an opportunity to participate in an academic exploration and dine at our finest eating establishment, the Sharpe Refectory.  Friday’s and Saturday’s keynote speakers will be World Bank President and 1982 grad, Dr. Jim Yong Kim M.D., Ph.D., who served as president of Dartmouth from 2009-2012, and US Secretary of Labor and ’83 grad, Thomas Perez, respectively.  Registration is required for all Opening Celebration events, so do that here.

If you’re interested in more details about the Opening Celebration or Brown’s semiquincentenary in general, you can find an anniversary events calendar on this beautiful site.  You’re also encouraged to tag your Facebook, Twitter, You-Tube, or Instagram content with #brown250, so that your posts, photos, and videos may be reposted on the website.

Again, Brown’s birthday bash begins on March 7th, and I repeat: there will be a very large birthday cake.  Show your school some love and don’t miss out!

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Happy Birthday, Texting!! :) <3 ;)

Twenty years ago today, the first ever text was sent by a 22-year-old engineer working at an English telecom company who was testing out the software. The text read “Merry Christmas.” I know, it is a weird text—it doesn’t even have any Emojis in it! And it’s so not non-denominational. Very dated.

Also, you’re not supposed to put a period at the end of a text like that. It comes off as like kind of terse and less like, “I casually want this conversation to keep flowing.” I know this because a friend of mine once exclaimed, “Did you feel the need to put a period?!?” when she asked to see the text I sent some boy, and when I was like,”What? Why is good punctuation bad?” she acted as if I was being slow.

And I was being slow. Because texting is a whole new language that our generation contends with, where periods, exclamation points (and their quantity), question marks, and semicolons followed by open parentheses all mean very intricate and subtle things that you can’t even really get at in normal conversation. Continue Reading

Time-waster of the day: February 29, 2012

Remember that time your friends thought it would be funny to shove your face in a birthday cake as part of a practical joke? Remember when they may have taken things a little too far and given you a concussion in the process? Well, this chick sure won’t.

Lucky for us, however, this girl’s hilarious birthday fail will forever be immortalized in the annals of the interwebz.  Can you say schadenfreude?