Rhode Island Same-Sex Marriage Panel

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The fight over same-sex marriage has taken place across the country, in homes, schools, campaigns and bedrooms, an incredible number of times through recent decades. The issue holds a special place in the American political process for the emotions it raises among both its supporters and its detractors.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage and one of the two major political parties have embraced it as a part of their platform. Now the debate has taken over Rhode Island. Lawmakers in the R.I. House of Representatives passed a bill in February that would legalize same-sex marriage. If the Senate approves the bill, Rhode Island’s governor Lincoln Chafee’75 P’14 will sign it. The matter, however, is far from settled.

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The Herald brings you further into the 21st century with data science

Screen shot 2013-04-05 at 2.26.58 PMAs The Herald moves further and further into 21st century, we’d like to bring you our next development in online journalism: our incredible, brilliant data science team (aka, the future Nate Silvers of America).

For the first data science project, Herald Data Science Editor Andersen Chen ’14 and Data Science Contributor Marvin Arroz ’14 have created a beautiful interactive graphic that compiles 28 years worth of data from the Brown’s Office of Institutional Research on all the concentrations Brown offers and how they’ve changed over time.

You can use the interactive graphic in two modes:

  • “Line” is the default view, which plots the number of concentrators in a particular concentration over time with a solid line.
  • “Area” mode stacks the data, allowing you to see more clearly trends involving related concentrations. The thickness of a colored band in a given year is proportional to the number of degrees completed in the concentration that year.

Want to see changes in just your concentration? Select the name of a concentration to see only its data. Click on checkmarks for others to compare multiple concentrations. Once you’re ready to switch back to viewing all of them, click on a highlighted concentration again. Continue Reading


This week in The Herald: Introductory science education at Brown

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This week, The Herald is running a four-part series examining students’ experiences in introductory science courses at Brown.

This topic is particularly relevant now — nearly 60 percent of the class of students that Brown admitted this year expressed the intent to concentrate in the sciences. The Committee on Educational Innovation, one of the strategic planning committees formed under Christina Paxson this fall, identified science, technology, engineering, and math fields as a key area of focus in the strategic planning process.

Improving undergraduate science education has also been an area of recent national concern, with a growing amount of press devoted to high attrition rates in certain STEM fields. In 2011, the Association of American Universities announced it would undertake a five-year initiative to improve STEM education at its member institutions, including Brown.

Introductory courses enroll significant percentages of the student body each semester. In spring 2011, for example, nearly one-fifth of the freshman class enrolled in BIOL 0200: “The Foundation of Living Systems.” Continue Reading


A Thousand Words: Inside renovated 315 Thayer and Andrews

Many former Keeney residents were shocked when they returned to campus to find that the building received a major facelift. But this summer’s changes hardly end there.

Today’s Herald featured a spread that breaks down all of this and next summer’s housing changes, which aim to create a more uniform progression of housing from freshman to senior year. Since we’ve already given you a photo tour of the new Keeney, we now bring you inside some of the other renovated dorms.

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Herald spillover: Read this interview at LIGHTSpeed

Oh, puns.

At first listen, Toronto-based crooner LIGHTS didn’t turn me on. Her debut album, The Listening, reminded me more than anything of the saccharine sludge at the bottom of a weak and poorly-stirred cup of coffee. Think breathless Zooey Deschanel laid over Owl City’s insipid beats.

Her sophomore effort, Siberia, released Oct. 4, is something else entirely. The record, featuring Vancouver hip hop artist Shad and electrofunk outfit Holy Fuck, is lyrically adventurous and more raw than her radio-ready premiere.

Lights, née Valerie Poxleitner, was born in Timmins, Ontario, the daughter of missionaries. BlogDH read spoke with the Juno Award-winner about touring, comic books and her beloved keytar, Russell.

LIGHTS plays at The Met Jan 29th (tickets here).

BlogDailyHerald: So you used to be in a metal band. Tell me more!
Lights: The metal band is really funny because it was when I was 17 or 18 and I didn’t sing or anything — I just played guitar. I was playing around in a bunch of different bands … the metal band was called Shovelface.

BDH: Can I find Shovelface’s music online?
L: Thankfully, no. It was on the cusp of anything other than dial-up. Continue Reading


The hedgehog, Kugel, was certainly memorable. Especially if you were the guy who got your foot bitten while you were peeing,

Herald Spillover: Alligators, hedgehogs and bunnies … in dorm rooms?


Chubbs the gator hangs out on the bottom shelf of Derrick Duquette 12.5's TV stand.

If you don’t already know all about  the exotic pets some students keep in their dorm rooms, then clearly you didn’t read Wednesday’s Herald.

While the article has all the hilarious stories from students who’ve kept alligators, hedgehogs and bunnies in their rooms — as well as warnings from ResLife about the health and safety problems that pets can cause — newspapers have limited space, and we couldn’t fit in all the photos we got.

Fortunately, BlogDH has got you covered. After the jump, we have EVEN MORE PET PHOTOS! And some of them are really cute. Continue Reading