Inaugurating RISD’s 17th President

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The Rhode Island School of Design is throwing a crazy house party this Fall Weekend. Kicking off on Friday, RISD’s annual alumni and parents’ weekend, RISD By Design, will conflate with the art school’s 17th Presidential Inauguration. As we mentioned last February, these ceremonies will formally introduce Rosanne Somerson to the community as RISD’s 17th President (and first ever female alum to be president!). In true RISD fashion, the Inauguration weekend is demarcated by its very own taxi cab-yellow graphic identity. For those of you sticking around campus for the long weekend, here’s a highlight reel of RISD events you can crash (a comprehensive list can be found here):

Friday October 9th, 2015

12 p.m.

RISD classes conclude in preparation for the Inauguration!

2 p.m. 

Inauguration commences underneath a tent at Roger Williams National Memorial. Three female RISD graduates, Janine Antoni, Kara Walker, and Nicole Miller, will deliver speeches.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Adam Silverman, who received an Architecture degree from RISD in 1988, will deliver a keynote address about his multi-faceted career spent co-founding cult 90s fashion brands like X-Large and X-Girl (beloved by 90s It girls Chloë Sevigny and Sofia Coppola), and directing the wildly popular Heath Ceramics studio. Silverman will be speaking in RISD’s Metcalf Auditorium.

6 p.m. 

Then after the show, it’s the after party… RISD takes over Market Square, Moore Terrace, and Benefit Street. Lightning Bolt and other noteworthy RISD bands are slated to perform. Food (and drinks for those 21+ with cash) will be served.

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What Lincoln Chafee brings to the 2016 Presidential race


Yesterday in Wilson 101, former Governor and Senator of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee ‘75 P’ 14 P ’17, in a partnership with the Brown Journal of World Affairs, participated in a Q&A on various national and international issues. This comes right on the tail of Chafee basically announcing that he was running for President of the United States, and offered ample opportunity for participants to get an early understanding of his agenda and positions on key topics in the upcoming race.

With Hillary Clinton dominating the democratic nomination conversation, it can be hard to understand why other Democrats would even bother. Yet, as Chafee said himself, “There shouldn’t be one person out there…voters want options.” Chafee would certainly be a very different candidate from Clinton.

Here is what Lincoln Chafee could bring to the presidential race:

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We’re live blogging the 2014 UCS/UFB Debates!

Tune in at 7:30 p.m. for our live blog of the 2014 UCS/UFB Debates. You can also stop by Metcalf Auditorium to watch the event live, with the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.

The candidates running for UCS President are Asia Nelson ’15, Maahika Srinivasan ’15, and Jonathan Vu ’15. The candidates running for UCS Vice President are Alex Drechsler ’15 and Sazzy Gourley ’16.

Art School(ed): President John Maeda to leave RISD

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Today, President John Maeda announced that he will be leaving RISD at the end of this semester (read: in two weeks). Maeda will conclude his six-year term, and move on to be the first Design Partner at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2014. He will also chair the eBay Design Advisory Board. When RISD students return to the steeper sections of College Hill on January 6th, 2014 for Wintersession, John Maeda will have departed… so get your selfies in with Maeda now, before it’s too late! Here is the video Maeda e-mailed to the RISD community this afternoon, along with his official announcement:

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Ted Turner '60 — just look at that 'stache.

(Dis)appointment 2012: “I am honored to accept your nomination…”

Ted Turner ’60 — just look at that ‘stache.

The search for Brown University’s next president is bound to be an arduous, painful process, as the committee figures out which candidate will be able to make the University the most money while simultaneously carpet-bombing the collective soul of all humanities concentrators.  But why must they choose from people with experience in managing institutions of higher ed?  After all, that hasn’t really proved to be an ironclad route to success.  Here are five candidates who undoubtedly know nothing about running a University, but who would allow us to get more excited when we see “Letter to the Community from President ______” in our inboxes.  Plus, they’re all alums.  Hooray for institutional nepotism!

1.  Lois Lowry ’58.  Yeah yeah, she dropped out her sophomore year to get married, whatever.  More important is the fact that she wrote that book we all read in fourth grade.  The one with Gandalf on the cover?  It won the Corndog Medal or something?  Point is, if we hand Lowry the helm, perhaps we can finally get some goddamn closure regarding the ending of The Giver.  I for one really want to know what happens after the protagonist and his mysterious baby friend go on that hypothermia-induced sled ride, and whether he eventually hooks up with that girl (the one who he hoped would start stripping down in an old folks’ home).  So much good thesis material there.  Continue Reading