A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew is presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday. There were no reports of bad weather and no answers as to why the plane, traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, vanished from radar screens an hour after it took off. Adding to the confusion, an Italian and an Australian on the manifest match the names of two passports stolen in Thailand. Vietnamese officials spotted what they suspect to be one of the doors of the missing Boeing 777 early this evening.
Russian President Vladimir Putin defended pro-Russian groups in Crimea, having increased Russian military presence in the area. Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he would not give up “a single centimeter” of Ukrainian territory. He will be visiting the United States this week to discuss the crisis in Crimea.
A new study released by Ohio State University researchers suggest that many of the long-term benefits of breastfeeding may be an effect not of breast milk itself but of the good health and wealth of women who choose to breastfeed.
Designer Nickolay Lamm created a “Normal Barbie” using the average proportions of a 19-year-old woman. To find out more about Lamm’s project, check out his crowd-funding video, entitled “Average is Beautiful” here.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) presidential straw poll, garnering 31% of the vote. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) finished second with 11% of the vote.
The federal budget deficit fell from $1.1 trillion to $680 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, the Treasury Department said today. This marks the smallest deficit since 2008 and the first time since then that the deficit has been below $1 trillion.
Russian nationalist gunmen seized government buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea region today, raising the Russian flag outside the buildings. Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych declared today that he remained the country’s lawful leader. Russian news sources reported that he has already arrived in Russia. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned Russia to stay out of Ukraine today.
Spike Lee, speaking at the Pratt Institute in New York last night, went on a seven-minute “rant” against gentrification, claiming many New York hipsters are guilty of “Christopher Columbus Syndrome.”
Cinemetric analysts found that the Oscar-nominated lead actors average 85 minutes on screen, while lead actresses average only 57 minutes, exposing an already hinted at gender gap in screen time.
The World Bank delayed a $90 million loan to Uganda, as World Bank President (and Ogden Memorial lecturer) Jim Yong Kim ’82 stated that Uganda’s homophobic legislation “cannot be tolerated.”
The European Parliament approved the first regulations on electronic cigarettes today, including a ban on electronic cigarette advertising in 28 EU nations beginning in mid-2016. The European Parliament also enacted significantly stricter anti-smoking legislation today. Picture health warnings will have to appear on the front and back of all packaging. In addition, flavored cigarettes, such as menthol, will be banned. Per year, approximately 700,000 premature deaths in the EU are caused by smoking.
Texas became the latest state to strike down a same-sex marriage ban today after Judge Orlando Garcia ruled in favor of two gay couples challenging a Texas state constitutional amendment.
More than half of U.S. states are considering decriminalizing marijuana or legalizing it for medical and/or recreational use. The two states most likely to legalize marijuana next are Oregon (a blue state) and Alaska (a red state), demonstrating how the subject may be shifting to become a nonpartisan issue.
Thanks mostly to people like Bill O’Reilly and Jesse Watters, Brown has received more than its fair share of negative publicity in recent years. This publicity has solidified Brown’s already well-established reputation as a liberal, pot-smoking hippie bastion (correction: Brown is a liberal, pot-smoking hipster bastion). But, since Brown is not Miley Cyrus, there is such thing as bad press. Thanks to
Fox News many misinformed people, rumors about scandalous and puzzling behavior at Brown have been circulating like crazy. When we returned home for winter break, every other conversation we had included at least one question from a shocked friend or family member about the enigma that is Brown. So we’ve compiled a few of our favorites and also provided time-tested answers guaranteed to stop the ceaseless flow of inane queries like these:
Q: Brown has no grades, right?
Is Brown a historically black college?
What was it like when the nudists were walking around campus with their junk out?
I don’t know how to answer this question, because that never happened.
“I don’t really have a worldview. Well, actually, my worldview is that the world is a pile of shit.”
That’s definitely the idea you get as you walk into the Upspace for The Pillowman, which opens tonight at 8 p.m. and runs through Monday. With a dark, minimalist set and eerie dolls hanging on the wall, averting their gaze from the audience, this dystopian world director Andrew Ganem ’16 has created is unsettling before the actors even take the stage.
Yet, it is the cast, as they vacillate abruptly between riotous dark comedy and engrossing drama, that truly brings the text of Martin McDonagh’s terrifyingly brilliant three-act play from 2003 about a writer, Katurian Katurian (Alex Ostroff ’14), accused of carrying out the murders of three children exactly like they take place in his short stories, to life.
First, there’s Tupolski and Ariel, played by Sam Rubinek ’17 and Keston McMillan ’17, the abusive and deliciously sadistic policemen. As they nonsensically question Katurian about murders he did not commit, McDonagh’s biting satire is in its purest form, thanks to Rubinek and McMillan’s mastery of the comic tone and timing. Rubinek, with a drawl reminiscent of a 1950s Chicago mobster, is the good cop (although in this hopeless totalitarian dictatorship, there is no such thing) . McMillan is certainly the bad cop, his speech menacingly quiet and his body language hinting at the imminent doom each of these characters is hurtling towards. The first act belongs to this freshman duo.
First semester freshman year is an odd time. You’re finally at Brown after a summer of waiting, but it’s not your home yet. Since you’re not living at home for the first time, you’re basically unleashing your repressed self around people you don’t really know. It’s a recipe for delicious disaster.
However, your second semester is a completely different world. With a heightened sense of stability and less of a deer-in-headlights look on your face, Brown feels more manageable, a place you really understand. Sort of.
There are some key differences between first and second semester that seem small but make a world of difference. Here they are:
“This is college?”