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Sorry, we’re closed: What’s affected by the snow

Congrats, Brown, on your first snow day of the year! Classes are cancelled, but the University remains an operational facility:

  • Public Safety and EMS remain on-call and available, at (401) 863-4111.
  • OnCall phone services for mental health emergencies (401 863-3476) and for sexual assault response (401) 863-6000 will be operational.
  • Health Services is open from 9 am to 4 pm for urgent care (not well-visits), and can be reached at (401) 863-3953.
  • For nursing advice call  (401) 863-1330.
  • The Ratty and the V Dub are open today from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Students not on meal plan may purchase meals individually, while the dining halls elsewhere on campus remain closed.
  • The Nelson Fitness Center and OMAC will be open till 7.

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Fall Weekend changed to Indigenous People’s Day

On the afternoon of February 2, the faculty voted to change the name of the Monday of Fall Weekend to Indigenous People’s Day.

This vote came after months of controversy surrounding op-ed publications by the Brown Daily Herald. Resistance to these publications culminated in a die-in protest on the Main Green organized by Native Americans at Brown (NAB) in October of last semester. However, Floripa Olguin ’16, one of the coordinators of the die-in protest and a member of NAB was quick to point out that this vote was about far more than the Herald publications.

“The significance of a name speaks to the historical legacy of Brown,” she said. “Centering the dialogue on Indigenous People’s Day speaks to Brown’s ability to learn from the past and move into the future. A lot of people have criticized us by saying that we are trying to erase history, but I think we are trying to broaden [the campus’] view of that time in history.”

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What to do this week: February 1-7

Monday, February 1

Event: Brown Dems x BPR Present: Iowa Caucus Viewing Party (with Snacks!)
Location: Wilson 102
Time: 9:30 PM- 11:30 PM

Interested in learning more about the confusing caucus system? Want to be surrounded by politically-minded individuals? The Brown Dems and Brown Political Review will be co-hosting an Iowa Caucus results viewing party! Come for the political fun, stay for the snacks.

Tuesday, February 2 (Groundhog Day)

Event: Upspace Oddity, or Bowie Week
Location: PW
Time: 8:30 PM

Beginning on Tuesday night, join PW in celebrating Bowie. You can make a Bowie-inspired collage while listening to Blackstar and other releases. For the complete list of activities each night this week, click here.

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Event: BUFF + MES Present: A Separation
Location: Joukowsky Institute
Time: 7 PM

BUFF has partnered with the Middle Eastern Studies Department for the continuation of the popular Middle Eastern Film Series from last year. On Tuesday, they will present the Oscar winning film, A Separation.

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Frosh-cessities: A guide to summer opportunities

“So… what are you doing this summer?” — maybe the worst question since that dreaded “Where are you heading next year?” you might have gotten from relatives, your dentist, or strangers your senior year of high school.

Have no idea where to start your search? Have no idea people did things over the summer? Blog has you covered with an overview of some different options, especially for you precocious but overwhelmed first-years.

Taking Classes

Some students stay at Brown to take classes over the summer. It’s a great opportunity to take a class you might not have time for in your normal schedule during the year, or to get a concentration requirement out of the way. Despite the shorter term, each class counts as a full course credit because they meet more frequently. You can take up to two courses a summer, and up to four summer classes can count towards your degree. Classes are paid à la carteHere’s the current course catalogue for Summer 2016. Pre registration for summer courses runs from April 1 – 21.

You can also take classes at another university and petition for transfer credit. This needs to be arranged through the Dean of the College, because Brown’s course hours might not match up with the other school. If you’d like to get credit counted towards your concentration, you should double check with the department, because often departments are strict on what courses can fulfill a Brown equivalent.

RISD classes are also offered during the summer. Note that while RISD classes are included in Brown tuition for the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, Summer classes are not included. More information hereUp to four RISD classes can count towards your Brown degree.

If you’re sticking around Brown for the summer, whether for classes, research, an internship, or something else, you can pay for Brown summer housing, or get a sublet in the neighborhood (there are always many options available, as juniors and seniors who live off campus desperately want to find subletters). You can also apply to be a Summer@Brown residential assistant (for high school students) and live in dorms over the summer for free. Many students enjoy spending the summer in Providence, for the free concerts and events, the warm weather, or for the change in pace and community from during the year.

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BlogDH’s top 10 posts of 2015

As we bid adieu to 2015, we can’t help but reflect on what has happened this year on campus. We have said goodbye to Abyssinia, examined the history of Thayer street, and we have even provided some solid recommendations for how Brown can thrive in the 21st century. We helped you write a resume and gave you a crash-course on female anatomy.

Our video team dramatically read Spring Weekend lyrics, interviewed our favorite Uncle Teddy, gave your Ratty life-hacks, and continued to produce our Brunonia series.

But perhaps most importantly, over the past year, important conversations transpired regarding systemic issues impacting our campus and beyond. We’ve seen students participate in #MoneyTalksatBrown protests. We’ve seen massive student support for the University to change Fall Weekened to Indigenous People’s Day. We’ve seen Brown students gather to stand in solidarity with the larger #BlackLivesMatter movement and attended a teach-in organized by Brown graduate students of color, who later proposed a list of demands to the University. And after a student reported assault by a DPS officer at the Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown, we saw an overwhelming community response.

We certainly expect the upcoming year to have just as much in store as 2015 and we’re honored to continue serving up your campus news and happenings in 2016. Here’s to a full month of messing up the date and writing 2015 instead of 2016!

Without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2015:

10. Does money talk @ Brown?

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“A Gawker exposé published Tuesday [April 21st] quoted leaked emails with offers of preferential admissions treatment from Brown administrators, including President Christina Paxson, for the children of potential donors. The story has drawn rapid response from both administrators, who claim the messages were cherry-picked and taken out of context, and student protesters from the #MoneyTalksAtBrown movement, who argue that they further validate the group’s concerns about undue financial influence on university policy.”

9. Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker

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We had the honor of working with Brown Lecture Board to announce the potential Lecture Board speaker candidates and administer the Lecture Board poll to the student body. Lecture Board will announce the Spring speaker next semester!

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BlogDH Presents: Truckz: Mama Kim’s Edition

Ever wonder what it takes to feed hordes of hungry Brunonians who are fed up with the Ratty looking to eat off campus? So have we.

Last week, Caitlin from Blog and Arturo from Vlog teamed up to bring you an inside look (à la MTV’s Cribz) at one of the most beloved food trucks on campus, Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ.

Peep the vid below:

Reporting via Caitlin Dorman ’16 and Arturo Bory ’17.