Our new Dean of the College Maud Mandel seemed a little jealous that her predecessor (and our obsession) Katherine Bergeron had a BlogDH original game named after her, BergeMash. So we decided we needed to give Dean Mandel her own game. After a genius idea from one blogger extraordinaire, we put our heads (read: Facebook comments) together and came up with MaudMash.
Here’s how it works: think of a place or building on Brown’s campus. Make it into a musical artist or band. Make it punny. Bam, you just MaudMashed. Check out the ones we’ve come up with, and as you’re walking around campus, open your Spotify (or Blogify) and come up with your own!
Main Green Day
Gene Simmons Quad (formerly Linkin Field)
J. Walter Wilson Phillips
J. Walter Will Smith
Aqualung Family Gallery
Slater Hall and Oates
Young O the Giant
Neil Young O
Maud Mandel is still in the first few months of her new position as the Dean of the College, and we thought that there was no better way to welcome her than to sit her down and interrogate interview her. Dean Mandel graciously agreed, and we’re thrilled to share her thoughts here.
We will admit that since Dean Katherine Bergeron, the previous DoC, left Brown to become the president of Connecticut College, there has been KBerge-sized hole left on Blog and in our hearts. We also have to say, however, that Dean Mandel is already filling that gap, and she is poised to become the new star of BlogDH’s photoshop game. Read on for Dean Mandel’s thoughts on her role as DoC, capes, her book, Beyoncé, and more:
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
BlogDailyHerald: What was your path to Brown?
Dean Maud Mandel: I went to Oberlin College in Ohio, which is a small liberal arts school with an open curriculum. I was an English major, and then I worked for a year before going to graduate school in history at the University of Michigan. I got a PhD in the subfield of Modern Jewish History, and I was just finishing up my doctorate when a position opened up as a visiting professor in Jewish History at Brown. So I came here, and it was a wonderful opportunity because it brought together these two paths – the open liberal arts curriculum of my undergraduate years and the serious research of my graduate school years. I couldn’t have found a better fit. And I’ve been here ever since—I say they’ll have to cart me out in a coffin.
Today, President Paxson announced that Professor Maud Mandel, the current director of Brown’s Program in Judaic Studies, has accepted the offer to become our next dean of the College. Professor Mandel, who has contributed important scholarly work in history and Judaic studies to Brown since 1997, will assume her new responsibilities on July 1st, 2014.
In her email to the members of the Brown community, Paxson commends Mandel’s commitment to academic advising as well as her contributions to advisory committees on important issues such as “faculty diversity, graduate studies, academic priorities, curriculum, childcare planning, preparations for outside reviews, and many faculty and staff searches.”
BlogDailyHerald would like to take this time to congratulate Professor Mandel on this appointment, and we look forward to seeing all that she will contribute to the Brown community in her new position.
Look how aesthetically pleasing!
If not, check your archive again. The email announced a new web site called Focal Point, which provides brief information about concentration programs all on one page. It’s primarily designed for underclassmen to explore their options, but we think it’s worth a look anyway–if only because it’s really, really pretty. The thumbnails above are taken from the departments’ own websites, and apparently lots of them study old buildings and fall leaves. If you’re an upperclassman wondering where your concentration might lead you once you graduate, check out the information about what recent grads are doing in the real world. (Spoiler alert: you’re likely to end up in academia or in investment banking.)