Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be on campus tonight

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One of the awesome things about going to school in a small state like Lil’ Rhody is the unbelievable access we have to our politicians. Tonight, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be on campus to speak about his work in Washington, D.C. and the current state of various pieces of national legislation. According to the Brown Dems’ Facebook event, the Senator will also talk about how young people can get involved in politics. The event is hosted by the Brown Dems and will take place at 8 p.m. in Wilson 101. It’s not every day that a Senator comes to our hill to talk about his work on The Hill, so if you’re around, consider checking it out.

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Tonight: Bill McKibben’s Do the Math Tour

As part of the Do The Math Roadshow Tour, Bill McKibben is coming to Brown tonight to speak to us about fossil fuels. Why? Because fossil fuels suck, and we need to stop burning them, except unlike this uneducated blogger talking at you right now, Bill McKibben knows his shit. It’s gonna be a great event, and it’s gonna have music. For those with tickets doors open at 7; for those waiting to prey on open seating, doors open at 7:45. However, the Extraordinary Rendition Band will play along with other outdoor festivities starting at 6 outside of Salomon. And who dragged convinced Bill McKibben to stop by campus? Brown Divest Coal, an awesome student group that is actually trying to make changes happen with where the university gets and puts its money (you probably know them from their omnipresent flyers and their spam-worthy volumes of emails).

Being concerned/pissed off that we are now getting a storm of the century every year doesn’t warrant a condescending Facebook status about global warming, but it does warrant you going to check out this event. If you can’t get into Salomon 101, there is a simulcast in Salomon 001. Check out the tour here: Do The Math Tour

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Remember that time it snowed two months too soon?

It’s climate change, betches! I don’t mean to sound excited about that, but for any non-believers out there — the snow that fell on Saturday, October 29th better have rocked your world. And if that wasn’t enough to get you thinking, this snowfall was NYC’s earliest since 1869. In the dialogue about climate change, there’s a lot of emphasis on the global warming bit, but the truth is that our climate is changing in a lot of other extreme ways, too. In case you haven’t noticed, winters have been colder and longer in the past few years. Remember how long it took to whip out our short shorts last spring? Hate to break it to ya, but chances are that it’ll be the same deal this year. So why, exactly, is global warming causing fucking freezing cold winters that start in October? Let me break it down for you:

Note: this is the oversimplified version of the explanation, get at me for the dirty deetz. 

1. ice caps are melting because of higher global temperatures

2. as ice sheets melt, less of the heat on earth can be reflected back out

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College Hill gets a visit from Capitol Hill

Any biology-and-political-science double-concentrators hard at work in the depths of Sidney Frank Hall may have gotten a surprise treat Friday afternoon: none other than Rhode Island’s junior senator was in town and paying a visit to the building.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat elected in 2006, visited campus Friday afternoon to tour the building (better known to students as the LiSci) and meet with deans and researchers.

Included on the agenda:

  • A meeting with Dean of Medicine Edward Wing, Vice President for Research Clyde Briant, and director of Governmental Relations Tim Leshan
  • A discussion of climate change with Professor of Geological Sciences Jack Mustard and Professor of Biology Joanna Schmitt, who directs Brown’s Environmental Change Initiative

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