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We sat down with American Politics Professor Wendy Schiller to discuss House of Cards

Recently, we interviewed Wendy Schiller, Professor of Political Science, to discuss the latest season of Politics 101 House of Cards. Her Introduction to the American Political Process and The American Presidency courses are favorites among the student body, and she has numerous years of experience working in Washington D.C. with real Frank Underwoods, Doug Stampers, and Jackie Sharps. She first started watching the show after her students raved about it in her various classes. After some Spring Break bingeing, she was ready for the interview. Her wealth of knowledge made for an enlightening and slightly terrifying interview.

Be forewarned: SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. If you haven’t finished the second season, well, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. But also avoid the following interview if you are as emotionally invested in the show as most of its viewers. Without further ado, BlogDailyHerald presents to you an exclusive interview with the one, the only, Wendy Schiller:

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be on campus tonight

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One of the awesome things about going to school in a small state like Lil’ Rhody is the unbelievable access we have to our politicians. Tonight, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be on campus to speak about his work in Washington, D.C. and the current state of various pieces of national legislation. According to the Brown Dems’ Facebook event, the Senator will also talk about how young people can get involved in politics. The event is hosted by the Brown Dems and will take place at 8 p.m. in Wilson 101. It’s not every day that a Senator comes to our hill to talk about his work on The Hill, so if you’re around, consider checking it out.

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“Ride, Sally, Ride:” Scandal is BACK!

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Cue the camera flashes: Scandal is BACK. And in traditional Scandal fashion, we begin in the middle of things at the press conference that defines the episode, “Ride, Sally, Ride.” There are several subplots to cover and Sally is up first. Somehow in this show, and now more than ever, all roads lead to Langston.

Note: Spoilers below!

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BruNews: Monday, February 24

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Life on College Hill can be pretty all-consuming and although we are constantly inundated with educational material, we Brown students sometimes forget what’s happening in the outside world. BruNews, a new experiment and potential daily column, is intended to give a very truncated report of what’s going on in the world and is equipped with hyper-links galore so you can read more about whatever piques your interest. Now, you’re ready to take on any dinner party ever–and impress your parents, friends and professors alike. 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a proposal today to cut the U.S.armed forces to its pre-World War II size, including eliminating an entire class of Air Force attack jets. The result, according to the New York Times: a military capable of defeating any adversary, but too small for protracted foreign occupations.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed an anti-gay bill that imposes a 14-year sentence on “first time offenders” and up to life imprisonment for offenders of “aggravated homosexuality.” The White House released a statement urging Ugandan lawmakers to “repeal this abhorrent law.”

Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych for the “mass killings” of civilians. Yanukovych’s last public appearance was on Saturday, when he delivered a televised speech in which he claimed he was still the legitimate leader of Ukraine and vowed not to leave the country. Ukrainian protestors demand new officials “who can say no to the oligarchs” in parliament.

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How I got my swag back: the Mid-Year Activities Fair

So. Many. Flyers.

So. Many. Flyers.

The Mid-Year Activities Fair does not get a lot of publicity. It makes sense, because joining a new extra curricular second semester is usually reserved for frosh and the upperclassmen who are having existential crises because they just broke up with their old extracurriculars and want to fill the void with new ones. For me, however, any gathering of trifold posters and free pens is a perfect excuse to snag goodies. I will confess that I had no intention of picking up any new hobbies. My goal (like always) was to steal shit that was already being given away, and get my mojo back.

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This year’s fair was in Alumnae Hall, which was a bit awkward, because the last time I was in there was for SPG. Even more awkward, Aerial Arts was doing a demonstration on the stage… which they also did at SPG. Did someone mistake this for Throwback Thursday? Slightly disappointed by the lack of lingerie the students around me were wearing, I took the plunge into the equally sweaty and far less sexual mob. Let’s take a look at my haul:

Tech House: With a table covered in a Settler’s of Catan board and Nintendo 64 Cartridges, tech house had a very inviting setup. They had no freebies to give me, but I settled for the implied offer that I can come by and play drunk Pokemon later this semester.

That an axe is an heirloom, not even kidding.

That axe is an heirloom, not even kidding.

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Clay Pell’s YouTube ads are everywhere

I was sitting down last Tuesday with a bowl of popcorn, geared up to watch Beyonce and Jay Z’s grammy performance for the umpteenth time, when one of those annoying YouTube ads popped up. It was a five seconder. Not bad, I thought. Except then a sad-looking man filled the screen while acoustic guitar played in the background.

“Hi. I’m Clay Pell. I am announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor of Rhode Island…”

I quickly clicked SKIP AD. But as I continued to surf YouTube, I found I couldn’t escape it.  Nobody in the state of Rhode Island can. It appeared before every music video and movie trailer I attempted to watch. I started to have nightmares about it.

“Hola. Soy Clay Pell. Hoy, anuncio mi candidatura para la nominación…” AHHH. IT’S EVEN IN SPANISH.

I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what bothered me about the ad, and then I realized: Pell had the same expression and voice typically reserved for anti-depressant and laxative ads. Between the James Blunt-esque music and Pell’s puppy dog eyes, he could just as easily have said: “Hi. I’m Clay Pell. I’m here today to talk about your inflamed colon. I want to let you know — I’m here to help.”

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