What to do this week: October 19 – 25

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Monday, October 19

Event: Vitor Izecksohn–War and Slavery in the Rio de La Plata Basin: The Triple Alliance against Paraguay (1864-1870)
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Izecksohn will discuss the emancipation of slaves to fight as soldiers in the Triple Alliance War of South America.

Event: Brown Lecture Board Presents: Jane Goodall
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Salomon

Goodall is a world-famous primatologist and expert on chimpanzee behavior.

Tuesday, October 20

Event: Marriage Rights≠Queer Strife: An MPC Workshop on Heterosexism
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: Petteruti Lounge

A workshop aiming to dismantle the idea of marriage as the central LGBTQ issue of today.

Event: Ecological Debt
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Salomon 203

The Brown Political Forum is hosting a discussion on ecological debt. Topics covered include the debt of colonial powers to developing countries, the role of the United States and its ecological debt, among others. There’ll be free pizza.

Wednesday, October 21

Event: SUPER Heavy Petting!
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Wriston Quad

The 2018 Class Board invites you to cuddle little animals and relieve stress.

Thursday, October 22

Event: Storytelling for the Next Generation: Harnessing the Power of Video Games to Share and Celebrate Cultures
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Learn how a tribal nonprofit organization from Alaska created a new genre of video games and set a new standard for indigenous story telling.

Event: 95.5 WBRU Birthday Bash fea. Cold War Kids at Lupo’s!
Time: 6:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Location: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

Special guests include BØRNS, Coleman Hell, and Public Alley Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets here.

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Why I fear Computer Science courses

Just because you can’t read it, doesn’t mean it won’t kill you.

This fall, I am doing something f***ing crazy. It’s on my senior bucket list, but it’s not the Naked Donut Run (been there, done that), and no, it’s not the SciLi challenge. What I am doing is way more hard-core than that.

I am enrolled in CSCI0150: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming, otherwise known as CS15.

While not everyone will be doing coordinated stretch breaks with Andy van Dam this semester, a lot of you have probably toyed around with the idea of taking a computer science course before. Banner stats currently put the registration numbers for CS15 and CS17 (another introductory course) at 394 and 214, respectively.

That being said, a lot of you have also wimped out. No shame, we totally get it–computer science is scary! The cold, gripping fear of sitting down in the Sun Lab (or more recently, your own computer), and having no clue how to go about your assignment–it’s enough for anyone to drop.

All of the concentrators will tell you that’s silly talk. Sure, it will be a lot of work, but you’ll be capable of it! Essentially, the fear of CS is irrational. I am here to tell you about my own fear of computer science, which is irrational, but for very different reasons. These are all the things I’m afraid will happen if I take CS:

  • I will undoubtedly awaken an internet demon that will manipulate me into freeing it from its digital prison, and wreak havoc on campus a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It will name me as its co-conspirator on Reddit, and everyone will hate me.
  • The complete lack of sunlight will cause my appearance to shift into something like this:

    Deep sea Angler fish

    Smile for your graduation picture!

  • The tech bubble will burst upon my graduation, and I will still end up jobless and alone.

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