If you know anything about BlogDH, you probably know that we’re obsessed with the Dean of the College, Katherine Bergeron. In semesters past, we’ve: created and played BergeMash (verisons 1.0 and 2.0), our proprietary game that we lovingly named after Dean B; deconstructed her Facebook page; photoshopped her into some of the most bizarre situations; and created those “Keep Calm and Bergeron” stickers you’ve been seeing on laptops and water bottles all over campus.
And yet with all of this obsessing over KBerge, you would think that we had met her before. The truth is that we hadn’t. As KBerge’s biggest fans, while we know that her new appointment as president of Connecticut College is incredibly well-deserved, we were saddened to hear the news that she was leaving College Hill in January. So we decided to reach out to see if she’d be interested in sitting down with us to do a parting interview, as we typically do with graduating seniors for our Last Call column. We were absolutely thrilled when she invited us to her office to chat, and we’re even more excited to present this Last Call of epic proportions. Read our full interview with the Brunonian legend after the jump. Continue Reading
These stickers though. You know you want them. You know you need them. But how?
We’ll be giving out these beautiful stickers in the Blue Room on Wednesday, November 13 from 12-2 p.m. and again from 4-5 p.m. You won’t be able to miss us; we’ll have a huge BlogDH poster so that you’ll know exactly who/where we are.
If you bring your computer to our table and show us that you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or have us bookmarked in your browser, we’ll give you a sticker in return. Show us your love for BlogDH, and we’ll give it right back.
Keep calm and Bergeron.
I have no context for this inscrutable yet engrossing video of Dean Bergeron reciting a text by Ranier Maria Rilke. My personal favorite part begins at 8:25…
Our new Dean of the College Maud Mandel seemed a little jealous that her predecessor (and our obsession) Katherine Bergeron had a BlogDH original game named after her, BergeMash. So we decided we needed to give Dean Mandel her own game. After a genius idea from one blogger extraordinaire, we put our heads (read: Facebook comments) together and came up with MaudMash.
Here’s how it works: think of a place or building on Brown’s campus. Make it into a musical artist or band. Make it punny. Bam, you just MaudMashed. Check out the ones we’ve come up with, and as you’re walking around campus, open your Spotify (or Blogify) and come up with your own!
Main Green Day
Gene Simmons Quad (formerly Linkin Field)
J. Walter Wilson Phillips
J. Walter Will Smith
Aqualung Family Gallery
Slater Hall and Oates
Young O the Giant
Neil Young O
Historically, Blog has followed up the first few weeks of the semester with a riveting game of BergeMash. What is BergeMash, you might ask? Named after Brown’s beloved (albeit former) Dean of the College, BergeMash fuses Dean Katherine Bergeron’s musical and academic interests into an amusing and intellectually stimulating game. The task is simple: Open up your iTunes (or Spotify or Blogify). Pick a song. Take the title, add a colon to the end, and turn it into a Brown class offered by a specific department.
Brown has recently been graced with the presence of a new Dean of the College, Maud Mandel, and her Judaic interests don’t exactly translate into a game about the American musical canon. For the sake of tradition, the name of this game will probably not change to MaudMash or MandelMash, despite its alliterative appeal. But the game can be played with a new spin: BergeMash has never been altered for RISD courses…until now. Enter MaedaMash, named after RISD’s former president John Maeda who quickly left his post last year for a swanky position at the Silicon Valley firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Apparently the former Prez inspired a trend called Intelligent Dance Music back in the day, and so we play this round with a glass raised to you, Maeda:
- INDUSTRIAL DESIGN 3220 — Bugatti: Interface Design for the Modern Automobile
- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE 1670 — Hard to Live in the City: Urban Planning for the 99%
- TEXTILES 2350 — Furr: The Pleasures and Terrors of Plush Materials
- FILM/ANIMATION/VIDEO 1932 — Life in Technicolor: Cinema after the Advent of Color Film
- PRINTMAKING 1962 — Marilyn: Silkscreening American Icons after Warhol
- PAINTING 1660 — Neon Trees: Painting En Plein Air
- HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE 2370 — Rich Girl: Exploring Peggy Guggenheim‘s Collection
Maud Mandel is still in the first few months of her new position as the Dean of the College, and we thought that there was no better way to welcome her than to sit her down and interrogate interview her. Dean Mandel graciously agreed, and we’re thrilled to share her thoughts here.
We will admit that since Dean Katherine Bergeron, the previous DoC, left Brown to become the president of Connecticut College, there has been KBerge-sized hole left on Blog and in our hearts. We also have to say, however, that Dean Mandel is already filling that gap, and she is poised to become the new star of BlogDH’s photoshop game. Read on for Dean Mandel’s thoughts on her role as DoC, capes, her book, Beyoncé, and more:
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
BlogDailyHerald: What was your path to Brown?
Dean Maud Mandel: I went to Oberlin College in Ohio, which is a small liberal arts school with an open curriculum. I was an English major, and then I worked for a year before going to graduate school in history at the University of Michigan. I got a PhD in the subfield of Modern Jewish History, and I was just finishing up my doctorate when a position opened up as a visiting professor in Jewish History at Brown. So I came here, and it was a wonderful opportunity because it brought together these two paths – the open liberal arts curriculum of my undergraduate years and the serious research of my graduate school years. I couldn’t have found a better fit. And I’ve been here ever since—I say they’ll have to cart me out in a coffin.