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A new column is coming to BlogDH…

BlogDailyHerald has grown immensely since it was founded in 2009. We’ve seen writers graduate, editorial boards change, and even a redesign. We pride ourselves on being a resource to students, and we aspire to be a trusted voice in what matters to the student body. We are also cognizant of the spaces we and other student publications create, and the opportunities for different voices and conversations that these allow for. We might worry a bit too much about the chatter on food truck block, but we think much more about our readership and how students are engaging with the content we produce.

A significant gap in our content is that which pertains to the experience of being a student of color at Brown. More importantly, as an on-campus publication, we feel that there’s not an apolitical space to talk about these issues. While we at BlogDailyHerald have students of color on staff that have shared and continue to share their own narratives, we will never be able to fully encompass the experience of what it means to be a student of color, nor is that our goal. What we want to create is a resource for both students whose lived experiences might resonate with those published on our site, and for those that might not be exposed to these occurrences. Community activism, interracial relationships, hair… These are the kind of things that matter to Brown students, and these are the things we want to be publishing

We are not here to summarize, tokenize, condense, or make a listicle out of the student of color experience at Brown. We are here to share voices. And we hope that the voices we are showcasing will offer new considerations, new perspectives, new tools for our readers. We have assembled a brilliant cast of columnists with the help of the MPC Friends program and other individual recommendations. These students have agreed to share their stories in the form of a column, which will be published bimonthly. They are personal, but they speak to the larger narrative of the Brown experience.

This column is a product of months of conversation and thought, but it’s just the beginning. We wish to see this column, as well as the rest of our content on our site, evolve. We hope you enjoy reading. If you’d like to participate, or would just like to get in touch, please reach out to us at blog@blogdailyherald.com. We would love nothing more than to keep this conversation moving.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Ivy Film Festival 2014

Ivy Film Festival, Brown’s annual student-run film festival, is right around the corner! From Monday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20, IFF has arranged an amazing schedule of events to descend upon College Hill. The Festival’s appeal is not solely in its exclusive screenings and guest speakers, but also in the opportunity it gives Brown’s own filmmaking community to showcase its incredible talents. BlogDailyHerald is proud to announce the Festival’s full lineup here, but make sure to check back on IFF’s Facebook page for additional event details, updates, and more information. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to get a taste of some of the film industry’s latest accomplishments from both on the Hill and off.

Monday, April 14:

Event: Free Screening: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah
Location: The Avon Theater
Time: 6:15-8:30 p.m.

For the festival’s opening night, come see Aronofsky’s latest film, Noah. This movie recounts a story of “courage, sacrifice, and hope,” inspired by the famous Biblical tale in which a man is chosen by God to lead a rescue mission before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson

Tuesday, April 15:

Event: Advance Screening: Locke
Location: List 120
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.

Starring Tom Hardy as lead Ivan Locke, director Steven Knight presents a suspenseful film of action and emotional turmoil that all takes place over the course of a single car ride. Locke is “an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.”

Starring: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, and Andrew Scott

Wednesday, April 16:

Event: Free Screening: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel
Location: The Avon Theater
Time: 6:15-8 p.m.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s most recent critically acclaimed venture, follows the mischievous adventures of Gustave H., the legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the hotel’s lobby boy and Gustave’s most trusted companion.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Almaric, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton

Event: Skype Q&A with director Wes Anderson
Location: Metcalf Auditorium
Time: 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Following the screening of his latest film, the IFF committee has arranged a Skype Q&A with director Wes Anderson himself! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Anderson speak about his directorial experiences and much more.

NOTE: Ticketing for both The Grand Budapest Hotel and the Skype Q&A will be released online to the public this Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. If you’d like to attend both events, you will have to get two separate tickets.

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BlogDH presents: The Concentration Sorting Hat

Are you sophomore slumping and still haven’t decided which concentration to declare, with the deadline tomorrow at 5 p.m.? Or are you senior springing and wondering if you should have studied something completely different? Let the Concentration Sorting Hat tell you! There are over 75 possible concentrations at Brown, so we couldn’t include of all of them. We’ve selected five from different corners of the academic globe to give you a sense of direction during these tumultuous times. Answer the sorting hat’s questions to find out what you should really be studying. Don’t let the sword of Gryffindor poke you on the way out.

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Spring Weekend Tanks: A round-up for 2014

Last week, we gave you BCA’s line-up for Spring Weekend. This week, we bring you tanks on tanks on tanks. We understand how overwhelming it can be to prowl around on your Facebook newsfeed and various class pages in search of the Spring Weekend apparel that best expresses you, so we have consolidated that process and created a buyer’s guide.

Normally, we would publish this after spring break. However, with SW being only ten days after we resume school, most of the deadlines for ordering tanks will be at the end of this weekend! Get them while they are hot (and still available/without rush charges).

*IMPORTANT NOTE* – Be sure to check out the process for buying the tank that you want. In the case of Teespring campaigns, there will be a printing threshold. If not enough people buy a tank, it won’t be printed and everyone gets his/her money back. A couple of these tanks work through other online platforms, are only sold through spreadsheets, or are still using google docs to figure out whether they should order the apparel or not. Start being a responsible consumer early this year and stay updated on the status of your purchases. We have tried to link to as many FB events and teespring pages as possible, but, just like Pokémon, it’s hard to catch them all.

The artist-relevant: For everyone who wants to represent their favorite Spring Weekend artists, or, for everyone who has really bad short term memory and keeps on forgetting the line up, you can now wear them on your upper body. You have a choice between wearing an artist’s face, or the slightly more obscure/hip option of referencing their lyrics.

You’ve got your Lauryn Hill face, and arrow:

Chance, juice carton and plain text:

Diplo’s face, and a very intimidating Diplo-themed bear face:

We are still waiting on a tank featuring Andrew Bird.

The feminists: It’s really exciting this year to have a whole category of Spring Weekend tanks dedicated to feminism. You can go with the subtle fem-powered, the cheeky “D“, or the extremely catchy, Spice Girls-themed consent tank. Ask me what I want what I really really want. . .

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BlogDH’s ultimate Senior Spring bucket list

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On a cold March evening, a group of ’14-ers convened with a daunting task: draft the ultimate Senior Spring bucket list. They thought long and hard as to what to include, what to cross out, and what would truly capture the essence of the Brown experience. After much deliberation, discussion, and Antonio’s pizza, this is what they determined to be the 100 crucial experiences a second semester senior should have.
This is by no means a definitive list—and we don’t want it to be. It’s merely a starting point for all your Senior Spring adventures. Feel free to follow this list, to edit and condense it, or to add your own items to it. The key to the ultimate Senior Spring: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. So make your experience your own, and have the best time doing it.
  1. Don’t get caught, EMS’d, or kicked out of Brown.
  2. Go to WhisCo.
  3. Go to the Ladd Observatory on a Tuesday.
  4. Climb on the roof of a Brown University building.
  5. Eat at every Brown eatery in one day.
  6. Go to Paxson’s office hours.
  7. Find someone from your freshman unit that you have never met/don’t know well, and grab coffee with them.
  8. Steal something from the Blue Room.
  9. Get an entire dining set from the Ratty.
  10. Say “byeeee” to Gail.
  11. Vandalize Keeney.
  12. GCB Challenge: stay from open to closing.
  13. Go to a naked party/do something naked.
  14. SciLi challenge: starting from 14th floor, make your way down the SciLi taking a shot at every floor.
  15. Rock challenge: hook up in the stacks.
  16. Go to a class you’re not in, wasted.
  17. Go on a tour and act like you don’t go here.
  18. Get drunk with a professor.
  19. Hook up in the balcony of Salomon while a class is happening below.
  20. Submit a Brown Bares.
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Introducing BlogDailyHerald’s Spring Weekend 2014 tank

Now that the business of announcing the lineup is done, we can look forward to the fun that Spring Weekend’s warm weather (we hope) will bring! With that in mind, we are proud to introduce our 2014 Spring Weekend tank.

You’ll find the party on the front (with Bruno Cyrus) and business on the back (#hbdBrown). In the ”250+,” we decided to feature LITERALLY every single band who has played a Brown spring weekend concert EVER. The big names are big (duh), and this year’s lineup makes up the bold border around the plus sign. Take a Chance and Diplo into your wallet to snag this tank, we promise it’s not just for the Bird[s]!

We’re launching a Teespring campaign to sell the tanks, which will cost $15 each, just like last year. The campaign will expire on March 23. We chose a higher quality heavyweight tank material so that this tank can last you forever. We’re timing the campaign so they should arrive with a few days to spare before Chance and Diplo take the stage. You can also check out this Facebook event for more information.

Happy birthday Bruno, 250 years and counting (that’s 707 in bear years)!

Love, BlogDH