What to do this week: November 10 – 14

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Tuesday, November 11:

Event: Startups: The pros and cons of chasing your dreams
Time: 6:30 – 7:30p.m.
Location: CIT 368

The Brown CS DUG and iXperience CEO Aaron Fuchs are co-hosting a discussion and interactive workshop on launching a successful startup. Looking to learn about some helpful tools you can use to enter the startup world? RSVP to the event here.

Event: Right2Education: Student Voices from Occupied Palestine
Time: 7:30-9p.m.
Location: List 110

Two students from Birzeit University in Palestine will come speak as a part of the first-ever US Right to Education Tour – a tour in which Palestinian students will spend two weeks touring college campuses across the US to speak about their experiences as students and youth activists. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, November 12:

Event: Celebrate the 250th day of Brown’s 250th: Cans 4 Cupcakes
Time: 11:30a.m.-2p.m.
Location: Main Green

“Cans 4 Cupcakes” is a food drive sponsored by Brown’s 250th Anniversary to benefit the RI Community Food Bank – bring a can of food or non-perishable food item, and receive a cupcake in return! The event will also feature hot cocoa and a photo booth.

Event: Beyond Bias: A Different Approach to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Time: 7p.m.
Location: MacMillan 117

A panel is being held in response to concern about the degree to which the discussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are biased polarized. It will feature an Israeli scholar, a Palestinian scholar, and a third scholar who teaches a course on the Arab-Israeli conflict at Brandeis University. 

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A cool thing you shouldn’t miss: Rock the CASA

Attend Rock the CASA, and make Salomon tu casa for the night.

Tonight is Kappa Alpha Theta’s (a.k.a. Theta’s) first variety show! Come see Rock the CASA, a star-studded setlist featuring Badmaash, Harmonic Motion, Mezcla, and many more campus headliners. The show will take place from  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Salomon. Tickets go for $5 at the door, or swing by JWW today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.! Rumor has it there will be baked cookies.

All proceeds from the event will go to the RI Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a non-profit group of lawyers who advocate to relocate abused and neglected children into safe and permanent foster homes. So no, CASA is not capitalized because someone was really excited about a rockin’ house party — it’s an acronym.

If you’re looking for something fun to do tonight, stop by Rock the CASA! You will see an Alef Beats Thanksgivukkah spectacle, Alfie Subiotto’s musically inclined Movember mustache, and of course, belly dancing. And who doesn’t love belly dancing? See you there!

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Project Dance’s first class

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Project Dance is a student group that wants to “empower individuals through original and energetic dance fitness” classes. They meet on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Classes run for 50 minutes and are open to people of all levels and ages. Project Dance’s first class is on Tuesday, October 8th at 5 p.m. (note that this is different from its usual class times) and if you “like” Project Dance on Facebook, you get to go to the first class for free!

Project Dance allows you to focus on your fitness all while you’re actively making a difference! Project Dance has two components: dancing, of course; and making the world a better place through its unique charity component. The five-dollar per-class fee will go to the following three charities: Campaign for Female Education, American Jewish World Service’s Gender Campaign, or Women’s Center of Rhode Island. And the coolest part? Each participant chooses to which of the three organizations his or her fee is donated. Now you can dance for 50 minutes, improve your fitness, and donate to charity!  

Classes take place at Brown RISD Hillel (80 Brown Street), and you can find the Facebook event for the first class here.

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Get off the Hill: Truck-a-palooza Edition

Lunchtime on Thayer between Waterman & George is a beautiful thing. Where else can you get a side of tacos for your bulgogi rice set? Well, tomorrow you can feast on your favorite meal on wheels and do some good for our community. Four food trucks— Thayer Street favorites Rocket and Providence Coffee Roasters, as well as Roxy Lobster and Jack’s Ice cream—are hosting a food truck extravaganza dubbed Truck-a-Palooza. From 1-4 p.m., these trucks will park at Roger Williams National Memorial and serve delicious nomz for charity. Ten percent of their profits will go to the City Meal Site food bank. Good food, good cause, and a good reason to leave the Hill.

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Marchtohealth.com turns your bracket into charity

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Instead of competing against millions of ESPN junkies for a random cash prize, why not help fight childhood obesity with your March Madness bracket? March to Health, a fundraiser started by Lex Rofes ’13, aims at doing just that. Before submitting their bracket to the school pools on the site, sports fans are asked to contribute to the charity ‘nPlay, a foundation supported by over 35 athletes (e.g., Grant Hill, Paul Pierce…) that promotes physical fitness in high schools. The added bonus here is that student-athletes are allowed to participate: the NCAA cleared the organization on the simple basis that “it doesn’t constitute gambling: there are no prizes except your own pride” and feeling of doing the right thing.

To Lex, starting March to Health “just made sense.” After starting a similar program in his senior year of high school, “it felt weird and shallow coming back to regular office pools.” So with the help of a few friends and the Sports Business Club, Lex raised about $5,000 last March in the fundraiser’s first year. “But people missed the smaller feel, being able to trash talk friends and compete in smaller subgroups,” he said. This year, 12 schools (including Harvard, UPenn, and Stanford) and a handful of companies have their own subgroups on the website — Lex hopes to add even more next year.

Since he feels that March to Health should keep its college vibe, Lex hopes his project will continue on after he graduates and looks to create similar fundraisers in future jobs. In this case, “it’s really students helping students. [People] try to push aside the positive value of sports, against what Brown is meant to do. But I think sports can be used in so many ways.”


We (don’t) need money!

Gawker, a media news blog, published a post yesterday by blogger Hamilton Nolan about how Ivy League schools are “the world’s worst charity.” Citing a recent $100 million dollar donation by Henry Kravis to the Columbia University Business School, Nolan argues that the large sums of money that go towards augmenting the already ginormous endowments of schools like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and…er…Brown could be put to better use.   Continue Reading