Like many of you beautiful nerds, I happened to host for ADOCH this past week. I, being myself, had no problem with it when my pre-frosh asked if it was OK if he (note: I live in a gender-neutral room) changed in the room. I remained fine with it when he added that the pants have built-in underwear (not sure if that’s cool or ill-advised) and that there would be a bare butt involved. But here’s the interesting bit: I didn’t even get to assure him that it was fine before, almost as if he were remembering something he’d forgotten, he said, “Oh, but you’re in college: You’re probably pretty used to stuff like this.”
Which brings me to a concept I’ve discussed with several of my friends, one which doesn’t actually seem to ring true: the idea that college is Hook-Up Central.
Thought I’d be eating a lot of this cake, tbh.
A former CIA agent and NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden remains a figure who – over two years since his deliberate leaking of classified NSA and GCHQ documents – requires little introduction.
One of the most controversial figures in the world, Snowden rose to prominence in 2013 when journalist Glenn Greenwald and others published thousands of US government documents acknowledging the existence of widespread telecommunications surveillance programs extending not merely across the US, but in European countries and elsewhere. Greenwald later admitted that it had been an NSA contractor, working at the organization’s regional operations center in Hawaii, who had provided him with the documents.
Born into a family with a long history of service in the federal government (his grandfather was a rear admiral in the Navy), Edward Snowden is currently wanted by US authorities for theft of US government property and two counts of violating the Espionage Act.
Despite his ongoing process of seeking asylum in a number of Latin American countries, Snowden’s current inability to travel beyond the borders of his current haven of Russia will necessitate a Skype conversation in lieu of a physical presence if he is chosen as the speaker for next semester. Regardless of the measures necessary, however, Snowden should prove an extremely interesting and relevant candidate in today’s era of global surveillance and privacy concerns.
Don’t forget to vote for Snowden or for the other Lecture Board speaker candidates here!
Brown Lecture Board has given us a very fun responsibility: to present our campus with their amazing options of speakers for them to bring next to Brown. For the next week, we’ll be profiling one of the six options every day, in case you need a little help in deciding who to cast your vote for. Lecture Board will pursue speakers in the order of the results from this poll, which will be open via Google Form until November 29th. You need @brown.edu email to vote, and can only do so once, so pick carefully!
The options are:
- Viola Davis, actress
- Toni Morrison, writer
- Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York creator
- Skype Conversation with Edward Snowden
- Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement
- Fred Armisen, comedian/actor
You can access the poll here, and find our first profile on the site tomorrow!
Note: Lecture Board may not be able to host the speakers on this poll, given potential scheduling conflicts and availability issues.
Image via Albie Brown ’16.
In case you have been living under a rock or winter in south Florida, Providence has become a bit of a winter
hellscape wonderland in the past couple of weeks. Though the cold really is a pain, the extraordinary amount of snow has given us some opportunities for fun. Russell Carey ’91 MA’06 wrote the best email ever. The Pyramids of Giza showed up on the Main Green. Every bottle of peppermint schnapps on the East Side was purchased and consumed in the span of 24 hours last week (probably).
You see? There are plenty of fun ways to beat the cold. Now we want to know how you brave the New England winters.
It’s November, which means a seemingly endless onslaught of heavy precipitation at temperatures just above freezing has begun. In the past few days, I’ve heard a myriad of terms used for the absolutely awful weather that most recently visited us on Monday.
So what is it? A wintry mix? Sleet? The Worst Thing? Let us know. In the meantime, we at BlogDH just wish it would snow already. Time to move to Buffalo.
Thanks in large part to the birth of our new creative team, we’ve been putting out a lot of crazy graphics recently. We turned all our new writers into zombies, taught you how to best Uber, and “Let it Go” on the Main Green. That said, we’re always looking for new content, and now we’re turning to you. What do you want to see as our Facebook page’s next cover photo?