‘Tis the season for overly dramatic and arboreal scuffles.
In response to last year’s flak regarding renaming the 17-foot evergreen in the State House a “Holiday Tree,” Rhode Island’s Governor Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 has restored the Christmas tree title in a statement issued on Monday.
Rhode Island of all places is a peculiar site for a debate over public religious tokens, considering the Rhode Island Charter of 1663 was the first legal document in the world that completely decoupled church and state in favor of toleration, according to historian J. Stanley Lemons.
However, unsurprisingly, much of the hubbub last year surrounding the name “Holiday Tree” came from none other than Papa Bear Bill O’Reilly. In classic Factor fashion, he sent Jesse Watters up to Providence to ask Brown students for their take on the issue. Watters aired a segment portraying Brown students as the only population in the state that preferred the holiday tree over a Christmas tree, saying that all people he spoke to in Providence preferred the traditional name “except if you go to Brown University.” Continue Reading
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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where designers, marketers, product managers, developers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch businesses. Come join us to validate your idea, perfect your business model, practice your pitch, and collaborate with smart, talented people. The weekend culminates with team presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders for feedback and prizes. Special deals are offered to Brown University students.
Startup Weekend has had over 400 different events in 100 countries since its founding in 2011. Tickets for students are only $50 for the whole weekend. You’ll get access to young professionals, leading business owners, and other like-minded and driven individuals. Get in on the action this weekend by registering here.
Art School(ed) is a column about all things arty (e.g., exhibits, printmakers, gouache, the Rhode Island School of Design, zines, Van Gogh, that Circle Dance sculpture made out of impenetrable tinfoil, contemporary photography, Woody Allen, etc.) penned by a real, live RISD student.
Ever wonder what the story is behind Brickway on Wickenden’s kaleidoscopic walls? It all started at the behest of one guy with an alliterative name and a soft spot for breakfast food. Zio Ziegler, who studied at both RISD and Brown, dined at Brickway multiple mornings per week before class, and could not quite jibe with the primary colored walls of the restaurant. He arranged a trade with the Brickway staff: he would paint the restaurants’ walls in his signature style in exchange for free pancakes. The Brickway we know today is the product of one month of Zio Ziegler’s junior year, when he painted those psychedelic walls every evening after class until the wee hours of the morning.
Zio Ziegler, a Mill Valley, California native, majored in Painting at RISD and graduated in 2010. Ziegler is the crazy hybrid of Picasso and Keith Haring with Haring’s itch for spray paint and Picasso’s penchant for murals. This dude’s free-spirited public art knows no bounds: it can be spotted on temporary walls, on Porsches, on the skate ramps of this past summer’s Vans US Open of Surfing, and on the walls of Facebook’s Headquarters. The guy paints any found object he can get his hands on. He painted a mural in one day in Vegas, in preparation for upcoming “Life is Beautiful” music festival, and you can peep his process. Hella cool. Continue Reading
Feeling bored and uninspired by all that reading you put off until now? Or don’t know what to do with yourself other than obnoxiously brag to your worn-out friends about how early you’ve finished finals?
Whichever category you fall under, you should take advantage of the annual TEDxProvidence conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RISD Auditorium this Saturday, May 11.
While Brown held its own TEDx event this past semester, the Providence conference boasts an impressive list of speakers with ties to the area, including Rhode Island state poet and Brown professor Rick Benjamin; Umberto Crenca, the founder of AS220; and Cassandra Lin, an RI high school student whose U.N.-recognized nonprofit works to convert kitchen grease to fuel and has offset over 2 million pounds of carbon emissions. Not that what you’ve been doing with your time isn’t important or anything. Continue Reading
The ever joyous and festive Cinco de Mayo tends to fall during a not-so-festive reading period for Brown students. Sure, this timing may be less than ideal, but engaging in the Cinco de Mayo festivities is a welcome break from the tedium of studying. Need a study break? Here are six reasons why you should check out the 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party, taking place today from 12-6 p.m. on Westminster between Eddy and Clemence.
Face painting. Everyone needs to regress a bit, especially during finals.
Mariachi de Brown. Bet you didn’t know we had a mariachi band.
Curious as to where all your favorite food trucks are? They may or may not be on dishing out on Westminster. Go say hello to Like No Udder, Sprout, Mijos, and PVD Pudding Pops, among others.
Writer’s block? You can write Happy Cinco de Mayo messages on a Mini Cooper courtesy of ZipCar. Get those creative juices flowing.
Stressed? Smash a Pinata…or two.
If you’re of age, get your tequila fix at the Block Party’s outdoor bar. It’s a beautiful day, and margaritas are calling your name.
It’s “The Greatest Show On Earth.” Yes, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey’s Circus is coming to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this weekend. Of all places it could possibly go on Earth, why would the circus come to Providence? We literally have no idea. But whatever the reason, you should take advantage of this most bizarre opportunity, especially since it falls during reading period.
“But BlogDH!” you say. “If I’m going to procrastinate this weekend, I might as well do it by doing something normal, like running on Blackstone. Plus, I’ve exceeded my weekly quota of clown sightings!” To which I say shame on you. Of the several things we promise ourselves we’ll do during reading period—go to Newport! go to the mall! have BRRRUNCH!—this one blows all of them out of the water. The Breakers will be here during Senior Week, but THE LEGENDARY RINGLING BROS. BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS WON’T.
There are elephants…giving each other massages.People riding motorcycles in weird spherical balls. People who contort in weird ways. It’s just about the weirdest thing to come to this city after the Dalai Lama’s profanity. Procrastinating by going to see flying people and a clown who looks like the guy who got a hemorrhage at the party at Billy Madison’s house after he passed the first grade is totally justifiable. Your professors will completely understand.
I mean, are you kidding? You’re actually not considering to go see this? Whatever. We’ll see you there. Bye.
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