RISD Last Call: Noah Berch

By now, you’ve read the beginnings of this semester’s Last Call chains here and here. This year, BlogDailyHerald is adding another chain to the mix (or more than 2 chainz, if you will), featuring seniors from the RISD Class of 2015. Presenting RISD Last Call: making art school a little less confidential, one senior at a time. 

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Then + Now

People might know me as… The boy who loves and knows way too much about the Kennedy/Onassis family… (and is an owner of 11+ books on the subject…)

In my time at RISD, I am most proud of… The life-long friendships and experiences I have gained. I will miss being surrounded by such driven, ambitious, and talented peers.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… In the studio or with friends. A bottle of red wine usually makes its way in there.

The best class/professor at RISD is… Image Bank taught by Lisa Young. She’s incredible.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… The weather sucks for most of the academic year, being challenged is a good thing, and it’s okay to relax.

The Met vs. Portfolio… The Met.

One thing you wish you had done… Taken more classes at Brown.

Who or what are the major influences in your workI am constantly inspired by nostalgia and history. I also look at street style for ideas. I love seeing the way people carry themselves with how they dress. Old photographs also influence my color palettes. I enjoy mixing modern styling with nostalgic, timeless pieces.

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RISD Last Call: Sierra Barela

By now, you’ve read the first posts of this semester’s Last Call chains here and here. This year, BlogDailyHerald is adding another chain to the mix (or more than 2 chainz, if you will), featuring seniors from the RISD Class of 2015. Presenting RISD Last Call: making art school a little less confidential, one senior at a time. 

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Then + Now

People might know me as… The girl with curly hair who paints.

In my time at RISD, I am most proud of… The lifelong friendships I’ve made with a handful of incredible people.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… In the studio painting or just hanging out with friends. Some 90s R&B/Hip Hop usually finds it’s way in there

The best class/professor at RISD is… I’ve had a lot of great teachers, but I’d say I probably gained the most from Craig Taylor’s painting class Junior year.

The Met vs. Portfolio… The Met! Always!

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Last Call: Katharine (Kappi) Patterson

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. 

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Then + Now


People might know me as… The once-off substitute captain of the runners-up in the 2013 Intramural Inner Tube Water Polo league.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Only getting called out in junior year for shamelessly making up my own nickname and successfully getting it used ubiquitously.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Meticulously cutting holes in F’real loyalty cards so as to gain free F’reals after only buying one from Campus Market.

The best class/professor at Brown is… Design and Analysis of Algorithms, taught by Paul Valiant. 

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… 1) The Blue Room didn’t invent the breakfast bagel. They are actually a pretty common food. 2) It’s called an eraser in America. Don’t loudly ask for a rubber in VISA 100. 3) Be on the lookout for a new startup called Snapchat around September 2011. Don’t ask questions – just invest in it immediately.

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BlogDH’s ultimate Senior Spring bucket list

On a cold March evening, a group of ’14-ers convened with a daunting task: draft the ultimate Senior Spring bucket list. They thought long and hard as to what to include, what to cross out, and what would truly capture the essence of the Brown experience. After much deliberation, discussion, and Antonio’s pizza, this is what they determined to be the 100 crucial experiences a second semester senior should have.
This is by no means a definitive list—and we don’t want it to be. It’s merely a starting point for all your Senior Spring adventures. Feel free to follow this list, to edit and condense it, or to add your own items to it. The key to the ultimate Senior Spring: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. So make your experience your own, and have the best time doing it.
  1. Don’t get caught, EMS’d, or kicked out of Brown.
  2. Go to WhisCo.
  3. Go to the Ladd Observatory on a Tuesday.
  4. Climb on the roof of a Brown University building.
  5. Eat at every Brown eatery in one day.
  6. Go to Paxson’s office hours.
  7. Find someone from your freshman unit that you have never met/don’t know well, and grab coffee with them.
  8. Steal something from the Blue Room.
  9. Get an entire dining set from the Ratty.
  10. Say “byeeee” to Gail.
  11. Vandalize Keeney.
  12. GCB Challenge: stay from open to closing.
  13. Go to a naked party/do something naked.
  14. SciLi challenge: starting from 14th floor, make your way down the SciLi taking a shot at every floor.
  15. Rock challenge: hook up in the stacks.
  16. Go to a class you’re not in, wasted.
  17. Go on a tour and act like you don’t go here.
  18. Get drunk with a professor.
  19. Hook up in the balcony of Salomon while a class is happening below.
  20. Submit a Brown Bares.
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Why being a second semester senior is awesome

Some of you may have recently seen a popular “Why Being In Your 20s Is Awesome” article from Thought Catalog jumping around your Facebook and Twitter feeds.

At Brown, most of us are barely even into our twenties, and those who are are (mostly) on our way out the door. So instead, roughly one-fourth of the undergraduate population is really thinking about what it means to be a second semester senior. And this is why it’s awesome.


I know I talk crap on being a second semester senior, but I’m only half kidding. In actuality, there’s no class year I’d rather be. (Besides a first-year, because they don’t do anything except eat chicken fingers and pretend they’re actually good at responding to emails.) Continue Reading

Quarter-life crisis: The sorta-bearable lightness of Senior Spring

If you’re about to graduate in May, you already know: your hide is glossed like a fresh, crisp apple, shining with sweet potential. And those of you who’re still snug in your cozy and bohemian Ivory Tower, you’re closer to ripening than you realize.

Each student’s inevitable harvest, Senior Spring, is precarious. It’s like a dizzy red balloon at the end of a taut line — the thread that attaches the light, frantic excitement of any looming release to the heavy, terrible dread of walking outside those Van Wickle Gates. Continue Reading