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A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: BlogDailyHerald, 5 years on

Though it might be hard to believe, the school year has come to an end. The libraries are empty, the Main Green is silent, and the Class of 2014 has marched through the Van Wickle Gates. Congrats to the seniors on your graduation! We’ll miss you dearly, but we know you will be all kinds of successful in life outside College Hill.

The end of the 2013-2014 academic year also marks the conclusion of BlogDailyHerald’s 5th year of production (do we even call it that?). It is sometimes hard to believe how young our web site is, especially given how far we have come in such a short time. The brainchild of some Brown Daily Herald editors back in 2009, Blog has become an organization unlike anything we could have dreamed of.

For the 2011 BDH Commencement magazine, former Blog editors David Winer ’13 and Matt Klimerman ’13 painted a pretty extraordinary picture of what the site’s early days were like. There were no Sunday evening meetings. Blog had “day editors” who handled all of the site’s content for a single day of the week. And edit board meetings? Try “run-ins on the street and in the Ratty.”

That year, Blog’s fearless first leaders revolutionized how the organization works. Our weekly writers’ meeting, daily time-wasters, and current managerial structure all came from these early days. Needless to say, we are all in great debt to the site’s earliest editors.

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BlogDH’s epic summer movie preview bonanza

Disclaimer: At over 5,700 words, this may well be the longest post BlogDH has ever featured. Certainly it’s the longest post I’ve ever done. Prepare yourselves. Below are 100 movies from the coming summer, with accompanying trailers and descriptions. Every major release is included, but I should note that I was slightly selective with the smaller movies. Still, just about everything you might even consider seeing this summer should be here.  Think of it as one long, long, long study break. Let’s just jump right in.

May 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This newest Spider-Man has, of course, come out already, and by most accounts is nothing to write home about. Still, it’s probably fun enough to sit through, and BlogDH always gives the benefit of the doubt to (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb.

Walk of Shame

Elizabeth Banks hasn’t really had the career she deserves. Starring in a formulaic rom-com opposite James Marsden probably isn’t the way to kick-start her stalled fortunes, though. We’ll take a pass. So will the rest of the country.

Belle

One of those “inspired by a true story” summer indie types, Belle certainly looks like it has its heart in the right place. Reviews so far have been generally positive, and while it probably doesn’t reinvent the wheel, Belle could be a strong choice for fans of historical fiction with moral fiber.

Ida

This Polish movie is one of the summer’s many film festival alumni, having roared off the circuit with superb reviews. Probably slow, probably heavy, and definitely not in English, Ida will take some work but may be worth it for more serious film buffs.

May 9

Neighbors

Neighbors came out a while ago in the UK and also screened at IFF a couple weeks ago. BlogDH was there and can vouch for its funniness — the most salient comparison is to Seth Rogen’s last movie, the similarly amusing This is the End. See it if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Meet Your Senior Commencement speakers!

As you may know, Brown University proudly eschews the traditional hired Commencement speaker in favor of speeches from two members of the graduating class.

Over 80 members of the Class of 2014 anonymously sent fragments and ideas for a commencement speech to a ten-person committee, comprising Deans McSharry and Rodriguez, four seniors (chosen by those deans), and four faculty members (including Professor Barbara Tannenbaum of the famed Persuasive Communication course). The committee selected about 10 finalist proposals, whose writers were given recommendations and asked to flesh out and perform their entire speech. Based on those performances, the committee selected the two commencement speakers. Introducing…

Caroline Bologna ’14 and Joshua Block ’14!

This is what Caroline (left) and Josh (right) look like behind a lectern.

This is what Caroline (left) and Josh (right) look like behind a lectern.

If you don’t yet know these impressive seniors personally, you’ll become intimately acquainted with them on Commencement morning. To give you a preview, BlogDailyHerald sat down for coffee with Caroline and Josh. Here we go.

Joshua Block ‘14

Hometown: Sharon, MA
Concentration: Political Science, Philosophy
Freshman Unit: Archibald (Unit 2!)
Most likely to be found: “Probably in the Blue Room, or Faunce generally. Or on the Main Green on a nice day.”

Caroline Bologna ‘14

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Concentration: Comparative Literature, French Studies
Freshman Unit: West Andrews (Best Andrews!)
Most likely to be found: “Similar [to Josh]. Or I guess also in that conference room in the BDH for Post- every Wednesday. Also Chipotle.”

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If the Main Green were the Mean Girl’s cafeteria…

As the arctic tundra that is Providence warms up (or doesn’t—it’s almost May and we’re still in our fucking winter jackets), the Main Green becomes a certified animal kingdom. Although Brown is far from North Shore High School, sometimes the Main Green really does resemble the infamous Mean Girls cafeteria. In honor of Mean Girls’s 10th anniversary and the subsequent festivities, we decided we’d make our own little guide to the Main Green. First, you have us, the greatest people you will ever meet…

Green-dwellers 

The second these guys see sun, it’s bye-bye class, hello grass. As people filter in and out of the Main Green, the green-dweller is the constant we can all depend on. We admire your dedication.

Frisbee-ers

The quintessential Brown students, these bros love soakin’ up a few rays. Usually wearing a bandana, they obviously bring a Disc wherever they go. The second it the thermometer breaks 40 degrees, they can be spotted on the patch of Green in front of Sayles steps. They can’t be tamed.

Stair people

Version A: The Hipster

Usually wearing black.

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BlogDailyHerald Presents: Brunonia’s first episode, “Orientation”

Remember Freshmen Orientation? Remember being confused 99.99% of the time? So do we.

BlogDH Presents: Brunonia. The first episode of our spin-off of Carrie Brownstein’s and Fred Armisen’s Portlandia.


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We sat down with American Politics Professor Wendy Schiller to discuss House of Cards

Recently, we interviewed Wendy Schiller, Professor of Political Science, to discuss the latest season of Politics 101 House of Cards. Her Introduction to the American Political Process and The American Presidency courses are favorites among the student body, and she has numerous years of experience working in Washington D.C. with real Frank Underwoods, Doug Stampers, and Jackie Sharps. She first started watching the show after her students raved about it in her various classes. After some Spring Break bingeing, she was ready for the interview. Her wealth of knowledge made for an enlightening and slightly terrifying interview.

Be forewarned: SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. If you haven’t finished the second season, well, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. But also avoid the following interview if you are as emotionally invested in the show as most of its viewers. Without further ado, BlogDailyHerald presents to you an exclusive interview with the one, the only, Wendy Schiller:

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