BlogDH’s top 10 posts of 2015

As we bid adieu to 2015, we can’t help but reflect on what has happened this year on campus. We have said goodbye to Abyssinia, examined the history of Thayer street, and we have even provided some solid recommendations for how Brown can thrive in the 21st century. We helped you write a resume and gave you a crash-course on female anatomy.

Our video team dramatically read Spring Weekend lyrics, interviewed our favorite Uncle Teddy, gave your Ratty life-hacks, and continued to produce our Brunonia series.

But perhaps most importantly, over the past year, important conversations transpired regarding systemic issues impacting our campus and beyond. We’ve seen students participate in #MoneyTalksatBrown protests. We’ve seen massive student support for the University to change Fall Weekened to Indigenous People’s Day. We’ve seen Brown students gather to stand in solidarity with the larger #BlackLivesMatter movement and attended a teach-in organized by Brown graduate students of color, who later proposed a list of demands to the University. And after a student reported assault by a DPS officer at the Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown, we saw an overwhelming community response.

We certainly expect the upcoming year to have just as much in store as 2015 and we’re honored to continue serving up your campus news and happenings in 2016. Here’s to a full month of messing up the date and writing 2015 instead of 2016!

Without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2015:

10. Does money talk @ Brown?


“A Gawker exposé published Tuesday [April 21st] quoted leaked emails with offers of preferential admissions treatment from Brown administrators, including President Christina Paxson, for the children of potential donors. The story has drawn rapid response from both administrators, who claim the messages were cherry-picked and taken out of context, and student protesters from the #MoneyTalksAtBrown movement, who argue that they further validate the group’s concerns about undue financial influence on university policy.”

9. Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker


We had the honor of working with Brown Lecture Board to announce the potential Lecture Board speaker candidates and administer the Lecture Board poll to the student body. Lecture Board will announce the Spring speaker next semester!

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What to do this week: April 21-25

what to do this week

Monday, April 21:

Event: Fashion Week Kick-Off Celebration
Time: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Main Green

Fashion@Brown is celebrating the beginning of Fashion Week with a big celebration on the Main Green tomorrow. Come get free food and drinks and pose in a giant sized photo booth.

Event: Clerestory Art Showcase
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: RISD Expose, 204 Westminster Street

In celebration of its 50th issue, Clerestory Journal of the Arts is hosting an art showcase featuring student artists, music, and free food and refreshments.

Event: BPF Presents: The State of the Parties
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Salmon 203

In the first installment of this miniseries event, Brown Political Forum and Brown Common Sense Action invite you to evaluate the Republican and Democratic Parties. They will ask questions ranging from identifying the strengths and weaknesses of these parties to discussing their respective potentials to reform. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, and free Nice Slice will be provided.

Tuesday, April 22:

Event: Earth Day Food Celebration
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Ratty

In celebration of Earth Day, come to the Ratty for a special meal of local, seasonal foods and to discuss food, waste, and energy issues with on-campus groups.

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What to do this week: April 15-18

what to do this week


Event: Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival
Time: Tuesday-Thursday
Location: Martinos Auditorium, Granoff

This year’s Cinema Ritrovato tour brings a number of screenings of Italian films to the Granoff center this Tuesday through Thursday. Among the films featured are Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita (Tuesday at 6:45p.m.) and this year’s Oscar Best Foreign Film The Great Beauty, which I highly, highly recommend. Full schedule here.

Event: Ivy Film Festival
Time: Various, Monday-Sunday
Location: Mostly Granoff as well; various other sites including the Avon and List Art Center

The 2014 Ivy Film Festival is here, with events all week including screenings of Noah (tonight), Locke (Tuesday), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wednesday),  Cutie and the Boxer (Thursday), and Neighbors (Saturday). Read our post about the festival here and view the full schedule here.

Wednesday, April 16:

Event: Governing Climate Change Conference
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Joukouwsky Forum, Watson Institute

The Watson Institute hosts an all-day conference exploring climate change from a Latin American perspective as Peru readies itself to host the 2014 UN Climate Negotiations. Former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos chairs the conference and will speak at 9:15a.m. along with former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Other speakers include several more Chilean and Mexican officials, as well as a minister from Colombia. The conference will also be live-streamed here.

Event: GCB Challenge
Time: 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Grad Center Bar

Senior Class Board hosts the GCB Challenge, which appeared at number 12 on our Senior Spring Bucket List. The cover fee will be waived for non-members, and Class Board promises to “keep you fed for free throughout your stay.” Let’s be honest, seniors–what else are you going to be doing that’s really more important?

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Andrew Ross Sorkin (Cornell ’99…ugh) to speak tonight

Probably a press photo, but I don't really care.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a wildly popular, forward-thinking and well-respected writer/journalist. Sounds like a Brown alum who does cool things? As much as it pains us to say it, he’s from a certain other “Ivy.” Luckily, he’s been wise enough to accept our university’s money and will be speaking tonight (12/5) at 7 pm in Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium.

If you haven’t heard of Sorkin, he wrote a book called Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves. Since Americans like their corn-syrup sodas in 2 liter bottles and their cars to guzzle gas, it makes sense that they would prefer books with excessively long titles. In all seriousness, the book has been hailed as “comprehensive and chilling” by TIME magazine, which means it’s worth a look. Unfortunately, busy college students hate books — so see Sorkin this evening, when he will talk about…something related to his work, himself or his career in a rhetorically appealing way (Note: Brown Lecture Board has failed to include any information regarding the content of the speech on its cute Wherevent page).

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This Brunonian Life: Ira Glass ’82 on Spring Weekend ’11

Ira Glass ’82, radio host and subject of earnest college essays across America, was on campus this weekend. No big deal.

Courtesy of Julieta Cardenas

Well, maybe a little bit of one. Glass presented at the MCM@50 conference’s “Big Media” panel, where he spoke about various subjects including Roland Barthes, being a transfer student and the often inexorable pull of mediocrity. Those of you who missed hearing Ira’s dulcet tones and spot-on analogies in the flesh can check out the event’s Herald coverage here.

Amidst the coconut shrimp and admiring fans at the reception that followed, we were able to ask Glass for his thoughts on the 2011 Spring Weekend lineup. His skeptical response: “Like, P.Diddy? In 2011?”

On the other hand, he said, “TV on the Radio — awesome.”

Glass said he wasn’t familiar with Friday night supporting act Das Racist, but promised to check the band out, pulling out his iPhone and emailing himself a reminder. Did you hear that, concertgoers? Who’s that? Brooooooooooooooown.


Colombia’s President Santos to Speak at Brown TODAY

Colombia's President Santos wants to make sure you give a damn about Latin America ©

Today at 6:30, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will be speaking to a packed Salomon Center. The evocative topic? “Why People Should Give More than a Damn About Latin America.” Unfortunately, tickets are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still give a damn about these important issues. Continue Reading