Get your 20 seconds of fame in Brown 250+ & Me


Have you ever wanted to star in your own video? Do you love Brown? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should participate in Brown’s first ever crowdsourced video compilation project called Brown 250+ & Me! As part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary Opening Celebration, Brunonians around the world have been invited to make a 10-20 second video to be included in a video that will premiere March 7, 2014.

Here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  1. Choose a way of making the video. Vine, Instagram, your webcam are all acceptable forms of recording.
  2. Set the stage. Wear Brown swag, grab some friends, or smile big. Whatever you do, be creative.  Make sure to avoid excessive background noise and shakiness of the camera.
  3. Figure out what to say. You should mention your name, class year, and current location. After that, you can say pretty much whatever you want! If nothing else, shouting “In Deo Speramus” wouldn’t be a bad idea.
  4. Submit the video. You can either email the file to or upload on whichever platform you choose using #Brown250.
  5. Rejoice. You now have 10-20 seconds of fame that is available for viewing pleasure for forever starting March 7, 2014.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email

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“In Deo Speramus”: An open call to revive our motto

Let’s face it, sports at Brown are what they are. So you could imagine the perplexity that I experience when I hear my friends at larger schools with D-1 football teams chanting these dreadfully esoteric expressions such as “Go Blue,” “Hook Em’ Horns,” or, very popular among my Trojan buddies, “Fight On.” Thankfully, I have “In Deo Speramus.” How’s that for esoteric?

Go Bears

It’s been a while since we’ve used this motto in daily conversation. I think we should revive it. Let me tell you why.

“In Deo Speramus” is a versatile expression. It can be used triumphantly, in times of happiness or success. But it can also be used more literally, to affirm optimism in times of expectation, grief, or distress: just before the Spring Weekend lineup is announced, upon seeing Jesse Waters on campus, or even before attempting to connect to Brown-Secure.

For your convenience, because we know you must be so eager to go out and employ the old motto, we’ve created a list of more times when it is both within the realm of social acceptability and rhetorically fruitful to say “In Deo Speramus.” We think it’s best said in a sort of wizardly, antiquated voice, as if read by a Medieval serf making a decree. Be careful with that, though, at least until it catches on.

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