Here’s something I didn’t consider in my college decision: adventurous romps through the wilderness of the Main Green. This first priceless snapshot, taken by your intrepid reporter, depicts an animal species that my research indicates was a “bird” eating another animal species that my research indicates was a “small rodent.” By my own admission, after seeing more pictures taken by people with better phone cameras and/or who weren’t too scared to go closer to this rapacious beast, I will admit that my initial diagnosis of “dead rabbit” would more accurately be put as “dead squirrel.” Here’s a better picture, taken by someone who probably had a real camera:
At noon, demonstrators from Brown Divest Coal will be taking their year-long campaign to the Main Green. Just a few days after hosting environmentalist Bill McKibben P’16 on campus, the organization will be taking its message directly to President Paxson as it hopes she will sign on to an effort to, according to the campaign’s Facebook page, “divest the Brown endowment from the 15 most environmentally destructive coal companies,” otherwise known as the “Filthy 15.” Coal “contributes to climate change and causes 13,000 preventable deaths each year,” says Emily Kirkland ’13, Brown Divest Coal’s Director of Media Relations. She expects anywhere from “50 to 75″ people to attend the rally, but there may be even more judging by the 126 who are “attending” the rally’s Facebook event.
If you’ve walked by the Main Green today, you probably noticed a couple clotheslines airing out what looks to be some dirty laundry. If you take a closer look, you’ll see different stories about Brown students and their domestic abuse experiences sprawled on the various colored shirts. This is real dirty laundry being hung up to dry in front of the eyes of the public. This set up is part of the Clothesline Project, a project started in 1990 not too far from here in Massachusetts. Its main goal is to raise awareness and break the silence surrounding domestic violence against women.
The Project began with 31 shirts in one location and has expanded to over 500 national and international events that together will display over 50,000 shirts. The this organization has helped raise awareness about abuse through its work and uses college campuses to reach young adults that have experienced abuse but may feel uncomfortable talking about it. Stop by and look at some of the tragic, yet inspiring experiences our peers have had. They’ve bravely showed the world what they have gone through. Make it count and learn from their experiences. This is an opportunity to create a more open environment to discuss these sensitive issues in the hopes of hindering the use of violence against women.
The puppies are back! If you’re stressed about work, the study break of your dreams is coming to the Main Green tomorrow. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Brown faculty and staff will be chilling with their dogs for some “heavy petting” and nuzzling. With midterms picking up, the dogs will no doubt provide some welcome stress relief. And if you can’t wait until the pups arrive on the Main Green, don’t worry: Brown University Health Education’s picture advertising the event is absolutely adorable too.
On their “Ivy League Tour,” high school students from Korea are at Brown today to “reintroduce Korea” to Brown students. Activities include a Korean “guessing game” (with such questions as “Does South Korea possess nuclear weapons?” among others); a game called “Quiz and Gift,” in which Korean students ask Brown students questions about various aspects of Korean culture; instructions on how to use chopsticks; traditional Korean games, including variations of jump rope and hackeysack; an awesome singing and dancing performance to”Gangnam Style” (video to follow); and lots of really tasty Korean candy. Czech it out.
It’s that time of the year again: If you walked by the Main Green any time after 3 p.m., you might have seen the massive crowds of people gathering to participate in “Consent Day.”
Celebrate by visiting various stations and participating in fun activities, ranging from a good ol’ game of condom darts to a dildo ring toss! The brave souls who get all six activities stamped on their Consent Day Passport will receive the neon pink “Consensual Sex is Hot” t-shirt.
Just got out of class? No worries, Consent Day will be going on until 6 p.m., so be sure to stop by to learn a serious message in a fun way!
No, there isn’t a giant hotbox a la parachute on the Main Green. A Better World by Design, the annual Brown-RISD conference on environmental and social design, is offering free silkscreen prints of their shnazzy logo today until 4 pm.
It’s simple: climb into the giant plastic bag tent, print your own poster, and then register to volunteer if you want.
If you can’t make it and still wanna volunteer, go online here. No free poster for you, but still lots of swag for volunteers.
Ever wanted to steal an obscure German appendix about concrete from the 1870s in the Rock? Well now you don’t have to! The Rock is clearing out some old volumes on the cheap: old Italian novels, music records, and comprehensive (and I mean comprehensive) encyclopedias on CS acronyms. Just avoid any book that looks like this.
Better hurry though: It’s over at 3 p.m.
Possible uses are: cutaway flask storage, paper mâché, or cool and hip dorm decoration. Or, you know, reading.
Health Education and Health Services held Heavy Petting on the Main Green, when Brown staff and faculty brought their dogs to school for the petting/making-silly-noises benefit of the student body.
Held once or twice a semester, Heavy Petting helps relief the stress of upcoming final exams, papers and projects.
Better hurry: The dogs are only here from 11:30 to 1:00.
… because his stoop is the porch outside of Faunce, and he’s a Lucky Strike-smoking, Wayfarer-sporting hamster. He even brought his rickety armchair in expectation of more unseasonably warm weather! After all, classy iron chairs are, like, so mainstream…