Last Call: Katharine (Kappi) Patterson

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. 

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Then + Now

 

People might know me as… The once-off substitute captain of the runners-up in the 2013 Intramural Inner Tube Water Polo league.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Only getting called out in junior year for shamelessly making up my own nickname and successfully getting it used ubiquitously.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Meticulously cutting holes in F’real loyalty cards so as to gain free F’reals after only buying one from Campus Market.

The best class/professor at Brown is… Design and Analysis of Algorithms, taught by Paul Valiant. 

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… 1) The Blue Room didn’t invent the breakfast bagel. They are actually a pretty common food. 2) It’s called an eraser in America. Don’t loudly ask for a rubber in VISA 100. 3) Be on the lookout for a new startup called Snapchat around September 2011. Don’t ask questions – just invest in it immediately.

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A Cool Thing you Shouldn’t Miss: Pasta cooking class with Chef Fitzsenry

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Aaron Fitzsenry, Assistant Chef of BUDS and revered culinary ally of BlogDH, has done it again. Next Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m., Chef Fitzsenry is leading a FREE pasta cooking class in the Ratty Bakeshop. Whether you find yourself culinarily-inclined, or simply eager to learn a new skill to impress your roommates with, this afternoon in the kitchen will undoubtedly be informative and delicious.

Secure a spot for the upcoming class by filling out this form. If you do not get selected for this first course, don’t be discouraged – there will be four classes this semester, and your name will remain on the list for the following classes if the pasta gods are not in your favor this time.

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Sans Meal Plan: Blizzard Edition

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Hello and happy snow day! We hope you’re all still in your PJs, enjoying the fruits of Juno. In honor of the ridiculous amount of snow, we decided to make a ridiculously indulgent breakfast. Okay, maybe it should be called dessert, but you’re not my mom and you can’t tell me what to do!!!

What better way to pay homage to the snow than by dousing some Funfetti pancakes with flurry-like vanilla frosting and sprinkles? Below is the recipe, adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T’s.

(Makes 22 5″ pancakes, but we halved the recipe.)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1⅓ cup white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2⅓ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup sprinkles
  • Store-bought vanilla frosting (you could make your own if you’re feeling up to it!)

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A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Happy Blogidays!

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And that’s a wrap, folks. Fall semester has come to a close; the dorms have emptied, your finals are behind you, and the prospect of five weeks of vacation has you feeling blissfully carefree.

Entering our sixth year of production, BlogDailyHerald worked tirelessly to live up to your standards, bringing you anything and everything Brunonia.

We brought you two new episodes of BlogDH’s webseries Brunonia, commemorated Brown’s 250+ years, and asked you to deeply consider: “If the dining halls were rappers, who would they be?” We covered important current events and issues from the People’s Climate March to the 2014 RI elections, and from the Sexual Assault Task Force to Ferguson; we investigated cybersecurity on Brown’s campus, and examined which freshman dorm truly reigns supreme.

This semester, Blog helped Brown welcome Dean Maud Mandel, George R.R. Martin, and Nick Offerman, and say goodbye to Sex Power God and Gourmet Heaven. With our incredible staff, the forces of our Creative Team, and the bolstered efforts of our edit board at the helm, we garnered over 5,000 unique hits on a daily basis this semester.

Though we had to say tearful farewells to our dear Blog writers going abroad, I know next semester’s staff will continue to allow the BlogDH community to grow and prosper. Sixth-Man David Oyer ’16 will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief, while Deena Butt ’16 and Jacob Koffler ’17 will act as the site’s Managing Editors and his trusty right-hand phes.

Three Deputy Managing Editors are also joining the ranks: Edith Young RISD ’16 who will continue to (Art)School us, Zach Fredericks ’17 who is Buddy Cianci’s #1 fan, and Tomas Novia ’16, who returns to Blog from a saucy Spanish semester in Barcelona. Albie Brown ’16 will continue to fearlessly lead our Creative Team, which will be expanding next semester to bring you even more Photoshopped administrators, video content, and of course, Spring Weekend tanks.

Thank you, dear readers, for allowing us to work towards our goal of serving as every Brown student’s go-to resource for campus happenings, news, and friendly irreverence. As one on-campus publication among many, we couldn’t continue to do what we love – namely, bringing you information, procrastination tools, and comic relief – without you.

We sincerely wish you a Happy Blogidays and a wonderful vacation.

See you in the spring!


Calling all seniors: Nominate your Commencement speakers!

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As much as we might hate to admit it, seniors, graduation is looming not-so-far on the horizon for us. Whether this has become apparent to you through your family’s incessant inquiries about your post-grad plans over Thanksgiving break (jeez, can’t you let me finish my turkey before staging an interrogation?!) or being buried alive in books at your thesis carrel, there’s no denying that that infamous day in May is approaching–and approaching quickly.

That terrifying prospect aside, Brown’s Commencement ceremony is unique in that it gives us the chance to nominate our own classmates to speak on behalf of the class of 2015. Earlier today, our Dean of the College Maud Mandel sent seniors an email reminding us of this opportunity. In case you missed it, Dean Mandel wrote: “Senior orators are nominated by Brown seniors and faculty. You may nominate two seniors for the honor; self-nominations are permitted. Criteria for selection include articulateness and wit, scholarship, activity within the University community, and an interest in public speaking.”

Feel as though you’re up for the task? Or know someone who is? Click here to nominate your classmate, roommate, peer, or person you don’t really know but admire from afar to be a senior orator. As soon as the nominations have been collected, nominees will be notified about the details of applying. The nomination period ends Wednesday, December 31 at 11 p.m.

Commencement happens only once for each of us, and Brown gives us the amazing opportunity and authority to design it as we see fit. Don’t miss this opportunity. And try not to cry too much into your diploma when the time comes to receive it.

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What to do this week: December 1 – 7

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Monday, December 1

Event: Die-In Protest
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Main Green

In response to the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson, this Die-In “represents the Black lives that have been lost in this country due to police brutality.”

Event: The Verdict: Community Discussion on the events of Ferguson, Missouri
Time: 5:00p.m.
Location: 80 Brown St.

Alpha Phi Alpha is hosting a discussion to provide information about the events surrounding the murder of Mike Brown, the decision not to indict Wilson, and the climate of response in Ferguson.

Event: March Against Police Violence in Solidarity with Ferguson and Mexico
Time: 7:00p.m
Location: Burnside Park, Washington St. (AKA The People’s Park)

Today, students, workers, and human rights activists around the world will be holding a national day of struggle in solidarity with Ferguson and Mexico. The event is calling allies to gather in response to the killing of Michael Brown and the disappearance and murder of students of Ayotzinapa in Mexico.

Tuesday, December 2

Event: Day of Silence
Time: All day
Location: Brown campus ; Faunce

In memory of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and all others who have lost their lives, a Day of Silence will be conducted throughout campus. The silence will be broken with a group gathering on the Faunce steps at 8:30p.m.

Event: IMPULSE Dance Company sponsored blood drive
Time: 11a.m.-6p.m.
Location: Brown-RISD Hillel (80 Brown St.)

Impulse Dance Company urges you to donate blood this Tuesday – Thursday!

Event: “Hurt People Hurt People:” An open art space for Microaggressions at Brown
Time: 5:30-7p.m.
Location: Leung Gallery

Join the Participatory Action Research team in their culminating research project on race-, gender-, and sexuality-based microaggressions at Brown. All students, staff, faculty, and guests will be able to write down and share their own narratives of experiencing or witnessing microaggressions and attaching them to a 3-D frame of thread with ribbon.

Event: White House Internship Info Session
Time: 7-8p.m.
Location: Wilson 102

Join CareerLAB and previous White House interns for an information session about summer opportunities with the White House Internship Program. Applications are due January 11, 2015. Learn more here.

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