Reasons You Should Vote

In case you somehow live under a rock (and if you do, trust me, I approve! It’s safer there.), you should know that Midterms are on the way! Wait, before you yell at us for inducing yet another panic attack, we mean the 2018 Midterm elections are on Tuesday, November 6th. In case you’re not already psyched to perform your civic duty, here are a few reasons you should vote (and info on how to):

1. You Might Meet your soulmate while in the line:

Tired of meaningless interactions with people on shady dating apps like Tinder, Bumble or even Datamatch? Does your lack of success during cuffing season have you down? The line to your polling place might be that one place where you might meet your soulmate. What are the odds of that? Idk, I can’t math, but are you really willing to risk it?

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Know your Lecture Board candidates: Fred Armisen

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If you’re ready to laugh, then vote for Fred Armisen for Brown Lecture Board’s spring speaker.

Armisen was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and moved to New York as a baby. Armisen dropped out of the School of Visual Arts to begin his career as a professional rock drummer. He started drumming with the hip 80’s band Trenchmouth (we just started listening and they’re awesome), but his interests soon switched to acting. In 2002, he became a featured player on Saturday Night Live, and in 2004, he was promoted to repertory cast member. His famous impersonations include Steve Jobs and the Californian Stuart.

In 2003, Armisen met his platonic soulmate Carrie Brownstein. In 2005, the two began producing the hilarious web series ThunderAnt. ThunderAnt became the basis of their hit show Portlandia (*inspiration for blog’s own Brunonia*). As its name suggests, the show is set in Portland. It is based around a variety of paired characters played by Fred and Carrie, including femininst bookstore owners Candace and Toni and “Fred” and “Carrie” themselves (genius). In 2011, Portlandia won a Peabody award, which is a prestigious award recognizing public service in radio and television. (Note: Armisen also won one in 2008 as part of the Saturday Night Live political satire cast. Could he be any cooler??)

In addition to Portlandia (sixth season premieres January 21, 2016), Armisen keeps himself busy as the current bandleader of the 8G Band, the house band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He has a number of new projects coming down the pike, including “Blue Jean Committee,” a fake California-based band with buddy Bill Hader.

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Now that we’ve described his career in mere words, we’re going to let his varied and hilarious work speak for itself.

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Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker preference!

Brown Lecture Board has given us a very fun responsibility: to present our campus with their amazing options of speakers for them to bring next to Brown. For the next week, we’ll be profiling one of the six options every day, in case you need a little help in deciding who to cast your vote for. Lecture Board will pursue speakers in the order of the results from this poll, which will be open via Google Form until November 29th. You need @brown.edu email to vote, and can only do so once, so pick carefully!

The options are:

  • Viola Davis, actress
  • Toni Morrison, writer
  • Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York creator
  • Skype Conversation with Edward Snowden
  • Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Fred Armisen, comedian/actor

You can access the poll here, and find our first profile on the site tomorrow!

Note: Lecture Board may not be able to host the speakers on this poll, given potential scheduling conflicts and availability issues.

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Calling all Seniors: Vote for your favorite Spring Week tank!

Believe it or not, ’tis the season for tanks. Yes, the sun has decided to stay on Spring Break (come back, please?), but Spring Week is quickly approaching.

Once again, the Senior Class Gift Committee is sponsoring this limited-edition tank contest for the graduating seniors. The artist of the winning design will get free tickets to Spring Weekend (!!!), and the design will be printed on hundreds of tanks that members of the class of 2015 can obtain if they donate to the Senior Class Gift. Haven’t made a donation yet? You can make your contribution at gifts.brown.edu.

Here’s where you come in: Exercise your natural right and vote for your favorite design below. Determine which one of these designs (made by your very own classmates!) gets sent to the printer and ends up on a sick SW tank. Democracy! Choice! The right to bare arms! Get to it, because the polls close on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Which design would you like to see on a Senior Spring Week tank?

  • Design 1 (38%, 128 Votes)
  • Design 3 (36%, 122 Votes)
  • Design 2 (26%, 86 Votes)

Total Voters: 336

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Design 1

Aashna Tank Design Front 2 of 2 Aashna Tank Design Back 1 of 2

 

Design 2

Lars Andersen Front 2 of 2 Lars Andersen Back 1 of 2

Design 3

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Register to vote before tomorrow’s deadline

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At a progressive university, students feel (and are!) expected to be active participants in our democratic process. But, registering to vote is usually such a hassle, especially when most students have to deal with absentee voting and reregistration. 

Now that the University has graced us with the implementation of TurboVote, a website allowing Brown students to register to vote in under five minutes, we can no longer get away with blaming our lack of involvement on the drudgery of bureaucracy. The deadline for registering to vote in the November elections is October 5th. So, if you’re interested (and you should be!) and have the willpower to get off Facebook for a few minutes to register, head over to TurboVote and do it today. 

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A PSA about the UCS Elections

Voting for our next UCS president has begun, and you should go and do it. Look, we get if it’s your first time, but seriously, it’s just a simple survey link this year, and it’s not that difficult. Depressing fact: only 28 percent of the student body voted last year, and that was somehow an improvement over last year’s turnout. Voting is American like the Fourth of July and baseball, so please stop reading and just vote. We will be waiting for you when you get back.

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