What to do this week: September 9- September 13

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Welcome to/back to campus! Here are the events you’ll want to factor into your shopping schedule.

Wednesday, September 9

Event: Effective Interviewing
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: CareerLAB

Learn how to prepare for any upcoming job or internship interviews. This workshop will cover the basics of making a good first impression and how to answer tough questions from employers. (Seniors, take notes.)

Event: Screening of M. Night Shyamalan’s, “The Visit”
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Granoff Auditorium

Brown Motion Pictures will host an advanced screening of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, “The Visit.” Reserved tickets are already sold out, and if you have a ticket you must get to Granoff between 6:30 and 6:45. At 6:45 p.m., the auditorium will be open to students who don’t have tickets, on a first come first served basis.

Event: LGTBQ Welcome Dinner
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location:Petteruti Lounge

The LGTBQ Center and Queer Alliance welcome new LGBTQ students and allies to Brown by hosting a dinner that will introduce offered resources, programs, and groups.

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Brown’s Newest Varsity Team: Women’s Rugby

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Many American football fans consider their game the toughest in the world. After all, which sport has one of the highest levels of concussions, some of the most grueling conditions, and 300-pound men who can run a 40-yard dash in under 5 seconds? To many, this type of athleticism is the pinnacle of sports entertainment. However, there are also people who scoff at the “roughest” sport in the world: rugby fans. For rugby enthusiasts, the traditional helmet/pad combination of football is a sign of weakness. In a way, it’s hard to disagree. For example, some players even wear tape around their ears so they don’t get ripped off in a scrum. If that isn’t badass, then I don’t know what is.

This week, Brown’s toughest group of women received some good news: the Brown Women’s Rugby team was just elevated to varsity status. This move now means that Brown has 21 Women’s Varsity sports. It is a big step for the University, which has now become the country’s leader in women’s athletics. The club, which was founded in 1977, has become one of the top-ranked teams in Division I. They have won the Ivy League championship six years in a row, and in 2012 they reached the semifinals for the national championship. With a new coach, the Brown Women’s Rugby team looks poised to succeed even more in the world of collegiate rugby.

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Alums who do cool things: Dow Travers ’12, Olympic Skier and Biodiesel Visionary

2010 Vancouver Winter OlympicsWhen you Google the Cayman Islands, you typically find images of sandy beaches, clear water, and all types of aquatic life–not snow-covered mountains. With a story that slightly resembles that of Cool Runnings, Dow Travers ’12 is skiing in his second Winter Olympics for the Cayman Islands. Dow has skied for his home country in races throughout the world, and he will be competing this year in Sochi. On top of being an Olympic athlete, he also played Rugby while at Brown, and is a member of the Cayman Islands squad in that sport as well. If that isn’t impressive enough, Dow has started his own company called Island Biodiesel that hopes to make the Cayman Islands more fuel independent while simultaneously reducing the territory’s carbon footprint. Despite being busy preparing for the games, Dow was gracious enough to answer our questions about skiing, his life at Brown, and just what exactly happens in the Olympic Village.

BlogDailyHerald: What was it like growing up in the Cayman Islands?

Dow Travers ’12: Cayman’s a wonderful place to grow up. Everyone is very friendly and the sun is always shinning.

BlogDH: How did you first get involved in skiing?

Dow: I started skiing when I was fairly young on family vacations in Colorado but I didn’t start racing until I went to a ski camp in France when I was about 14. Ever since then it was a hunt for snow. However, I only managed to ski about two weeks a year while I was in high school which did not allow me to be very competitive, but once I graduated when I was 19 I was able to spend some more time on the slopes. So really I was a very late starter.

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