Alums who do cool things: Gabi Lewis ’13, Greg Sewitz ’13, and a lot of crickets


To the best of our knowledge, none of the crickets graduated from Brown.

“Once people take the first bite, the barrier is overcome, so it’s all about getting people to take that first bite.”  – Greg Sewitz.

Gabi Lewis ’13 and Greg Sewitz ’13 — now of New York Times fame — are co-founders of the food startup Exo, which makes protein bars with cricket flour. With equal parts of both skepticism and curiosity in tow, BlogDH took a field trip to Brooklyn to interview them on crickets and what it’s like to be a real adult.

entomophagy 101

It turns out that crickets are one of the most nutritious bugs out there, and they don’t taste terrible either. But before you get too grossed out, remember that it could be worse: two of the most protein-rich bugs are actually the dung beetle and the cockroach (although eating cockroaches does sound like a cheaper and more reliable solution to your insect infestation).

Gabi and Greg walked us through all the benefits of eating these crunchy critters. Crickets are:

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PSA: Download Microsoft Office through Brown for FREE

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Brown CIS has been making moves lately. This past semester, they hooked us up with an online subscription to The New York Times, listened to our movement to improve Brown Secure, and took steps to make our demands dreams a reality. Now, they’re at it again, offering all Brown undergrad and graduate students free access to Microsoft Office 365. This set includes the usual suspects (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as a few ancillary programs (Outlook, Publisher, Access). Gone are the days of using third party programs and bootleg substitutes (or just paying a lot of money). To download the programs, go to this link and follow the instructions. You’ll have to use your Brown username and password to log in, and then you’re good to download any of the programs. So have at it, Brunonia. A new era awaits us — one of equal access to programing and equal opportunity to make snazzy PowerPoints.

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Did you really read Morning Mail? Brown U. Library grants unlimited NYT access to Brown community

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Sure, you thought the University Library was already killing the game with its incredible Instagram and Josiah Carberry hype, but its definitely got more up its sleeve.

Those of you without a New York Times subscription know how frustrating it is to browse the publication’s site and find yourself blocked from consuming more content after only reading a few articles. In a Morning Mail announcement of epic proportions, the University Library informed students and faculty that it would be granting members of the Brown community unlimited online access to the New York Times by way of an exclusive site license (!!!!). OMGame-changer. Your research papers are about to become all the more Times-ly.

Click here for more information about how to access the site license. As for you, Brown Library: You rock. Don’t ever change.

Professors who do cool things: Seth Rockman

While Gordon Wood (the subject of this squabble) and our beloved Michael Vorenberg continue to hold it down in Peter Green, a trendsetter has emerged from the History Department’s Sharpe House. According to a recent article in the New York Times, capitalism has become the fashionable topic for historians across the country and Brown’s own Seth Rockman is part of the vanguard. Professor Rockman, an early Americanist, has focused his research on slavery and the elaborate economic machinery that kept the peculiar institution running—incredibly interesting for history nerds, but not quite exciting for the student masses.

In a textbook case of historical contingency, however, Rockman noticed that emphasizing a trendy topic such as capitalism in his course might attract more students from other disciplines to his lectures. Subsequently, as the Times notes, Rockman’s course enrollments jumped up when he changed its title from “Capitalism, Slavery and the Economy of Early America” to “History of Capitalism.” Naturally, the lure of big ideas and power relation exploration—the opiates of undergraduate study—attracted students in droves. Capitalism, additionally, will provide the organizing theme for his introductory U.S. survey class next fall. With a couple of books in the works (including one entitled Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development), there is little doubt that Rockman will remain a key player in this emergent wave of capitalist historians. And long as there are new hegemonic relationships to “explode,” Brown students will be along for the ride.

(BlogDH) Date Approval Matrix

Sextion: A dating approval matrix

With the advent of Brown University ComplimentsAdmirers, and now Scramblers, it is clear that lust love is in the air. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time for you to start thinking about how to spend it. Whether or not you consider yourself a dating aficionado, Blog has decided to help. Here are some activities you could do with your main hang that cover the entire date/not date spectrum (based on the level of thoughtfulness).


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(Another) Study break of the day: 12/12/12

A hundred years ago, the New York Times celebrated this once-in-a-lifetime occasion by encouraging people to write the date on the top of a sheet of paper, and treat themselves to the pleasure of knowing that this “triple-plated date of magic mischance” is pretty cool.

Finals are upon us, and it’s easy to forget the little things in life. Like the fact that this will probably be the only time in our lifetime that we’ll see 12/12/12 on our phones, our computers, our newspapers, etc. Some people are doing 12/12/12 big: people are getting married, the Pope started tweeting, and hundreds of anxious high schoolers will join the Class of 2017. BlogDH doesn’t encourage shotgun weddings, but we do like things that fill us with warm fuzzies. There are tons of ways to make 12/12/12 count: eat a dozen cupcakes, make a list of 12 things you’re looking forward to, write a letter to someone you care about (or write one to yourself.) Take this moment to do something for yourself and make 12/12/12 memorable.

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