Students “Stand with Lena” against Brown’s sexual assault policy

Yesterday, at about 11:00 a.m., some 50 students and community members gathered at the Van Wickle Gates to hear Lena Sclove ‘15.5 speak about her experience as a rape victim at Brown. The above is a video recording of her speech, in which Lena discusses the attack, reporting the sexual assault, pursuing disciplinary action, and the ultimate decision of the administration to suspend her rapist for only one year. Despite her having appealed the decision, he will be back next fall, while she still has three semesters left at Brown. For more information, read The Herald’s article here, and Bluestockings Magazine’s response to the press conference here.

A petition has been started by students that asks the university to require “anyone found responsible for sexual misconduct be suspended until the person they have assaulted graduates, or until two years have passed (whichever is longer).”

Dean Klawunn sent out an email yesterday afternoon, acknowledging that “important discussions of sexual assault awareness, prevention, and related conduct policies are taking place at Brown and on campuses across the country,” and stating that today’s Brown University Community Council meeting will discuss the university’s policies regarding sexual assault. The meeting will be from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Hillel, and it’s open to all interested students.

A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Brown University Comedy Conference


Does the impending sprint to the end of the semester have you feeling unusually serious? Do you just wish that there could be a little more humor in your life (besides BlogDH, obviously)? Well, you’re in luck. This Friday and Saturday, Brown will be hosting its second annual Comedy Conference in Granoff. So forget about that homework you had no intention of doing anyway, and come laugh your ass off with some great comedians!

Friday’s lineup includes student performances at 7 p.m. from our very own Brown Stand-Up Comics and Starla & Sons, in addition to groups visiting from Wesleyan, Skidmore, and Emerson. Following that, comedian Brody Stevens will be performing at 9:30 p.m. with a special appearance from Brown alum Jordan Carlos ’03. (Fun fact: he’s been on Guy Code and The Colbert Report. Jealous.) Brody Stevens, who hails from the San Fernando Valley, got his own show, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! on Comedy Central after its success as a series of shorts on HBO.

If you’re still looking for more laughs on Saturday, not to worry. The day kicks off with a panel on breaking into the industry at 3 p.m. featuring various comedians, including alums Chris Duffy ’09 (You’re the Expert), Caroline Martin ’11 (The PIT), Max Godnick ’13 (CMT), and, again, Jordan Carlos. At 7 p.m., more student groups will be performing including Brown’s IMPROVidence and Out of Bounds. Finally, 9:30 p.m. will bring The Stepfathers, a premier group of veteran improvers from NYC, to the stage.

The Eventbrite page, where you get your tickets, will go live at 11:59 p.m. on April 1. And guess what? All the events are free. 

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Comedy Conference coming to Brown this weekend


It is a truth universally acknowledged that the week after spring break is one of the most difficult to get through. With its lingering hangovers, worsening skin-peeling, and crippling regret that you finished A Song of Ice and Fire instead of opening your Orgo textbook, this week tends to require of a healthy dose of late-night SciLife. Thankfully, Brown’s community of hilarious humans feels our collective pain and is putting on The First Annual Brown University Comedy Conference this weekend in Granoff!

The conference is free and features performances by numerous collegiate comedy groups (Brown and other), a panel on “breaking into the comedy business” and some rather remarkable headliners, including Hannibal Buress and The Chris Gethhard Show. For the full schedule, as well as more information about the weekend, please either check out the conference’s website or the event poster after the jump. Continue Reading

What is the BUCC?

Today at 4 pm, the Brown University Community Council will be holding a meeting in the Kasper Multipurpose Room in Faunce.  It will be addressing the Athletics Review Committee Report published earlier in the year, which recommended the discontinuation of skiing, wrestling, and fencing as varsity sports, resulting in a widespread pushback from Brown students.

According to its website, the Brown University Community Council:

serves as a university-wide representative forum for discussion, debate, and advisory recommendations on a wide spectrum of issues and concerns.  It may, at its discretion, consider and advance questions of University community policy, the governing of the University, and issues related to the overall welfare of the University; and to make recommendations regarding any such matters to the appropriate decision-making bodies of the University or to the appropriate officers of the University.

Membership of the BUCC is comprised of 4 students, including UCS President Ralanda Nelson, President Simmons, Provost Schlissel, members of the faculty, two alumni and university administrators.  Its decision will be brought forward at the Corporation meeting in October.  Think about what you would recommend if you were a member of the committee, and feel free to attend, as it is open to all students.

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