What to do this week: March 30 – April 5


Monday, March 30:

Event: Sarah Koenig: Women in Radio
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Upper Salomon

As one of the final events in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Sarah Doyle Center brings you Sarah Koenig, of recent Serial fame. If you haven’t heard of/binge listened to/had an obsessive phase with Koenig’s podcast Serial yet, you need to re-prioritize your life.  Koenig’s lecture will focus not only on the hit podcast, but her overall career in journalism, including her work at This American Life and The New York Times. No tickets needed, but you should probably get there a little early.

Tuesday, March 31:

Event: GCB Challenge Senior Night
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Location: Grad Center Bar

The Senior Class Board is awarding any senior who manages to stick out the full nine hours in the GCB. If you want to participate but don’t want to subsist on popcorn the whole night, don’t worry: there’ll be free food.

Wednesday, April 1:

Event: Fashion, Art and Activism: A Conversation with Cameron Russell
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hillel

Cameron Russell is a model, writer, and activist, who gave this pretty great TED talk on how looks aren’t everything. All are welcome to this informal conversation and Q&A.

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Systems for Reporting Sexual Assault at Brown


This is an opinion piece.

Yesterday, UCS held Systems for Reporting Sexual Assault at Brown, an event raising student awareness of Brown’s policies on sexual assault. The event was split into two parts: first, a teach-in on the processes in place for reporting assault and, second, an open forum with the Task Force during which students could recommend changes and openly discuss their concerns.

The teach-in included Bita Shooshani (Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy at Health Services), Dean Yolanda Castillo (Office of Student Life), Michelle Nuey (DPS), and Gail Cohee (Director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center). Each described their individual place in the reporting process. 

Health Services can help victims upon referrals from Psychological Services or appointments at Health Services. From there, victims will meet with Bita Shooshani, who will inform victims on the decisions that need to be made, namely medical options. Similarly, Shooshani provides a place to file on-campus reports to DPS and speak to officers if a victim chooses to do so; furthermore, Shooshani provides a support system for victims. Victims may also choose to file criminal reports against their assaulters.

These counselors can also help the victims receive accommodations including medical as well as others, such as a no-contact report. Later in the adjudication process, these counselors or other trusted faculty and/or staff can work as an advisor on a hearing case.

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