Insomnia coming to Thayer!

Break out your stretchy eating pants, Brown U, because if it hasn’t hit you already, here comes the Freshman 15. INSOMNIA COOKIES, the rad cookie bakery that delivers late night treats to people in need of some serious snacks, is going to bless Thayer with its presence. (Weren’t we just wishing for this?)

To the chagrin of our waistlines but to the delight of our hearts and mouths, Insomnia will be up and running from its new home at 307 Thayer (right across from the post office) early in the spring semester of 2017. Late night study sessions will never be the same.


Brown Lecture Board announces Gina Rodriguez as speaker

The Brown Lecture Board announced Nov. 1 that award-winning actress Gina Rodriguez will come to campus to speak Nov. 21.

Rodriguez, who is featured in the film “Deepwater Horizon” and stars in the television comedy series “Jane the Virgin” as protagonist Jane Gloriana Villanueva, has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe in the “Best Actress — Television Series Musical or Comedy” category, which she won in 2015.

Rodriguez is “at the height of her career,” said Allison Schaefer ’17, vice president of marketing and public relations for Brown Lecture Board.  “She is an amazing actress. There are currently so few Latina leads on network television, and she will bring a really important perspective to campus,” Schaefer said. “She’s been very active in promoting and helping first-generation students go to college, so the lecture will be a great complement to the opening of the First Generation College and Low-Income Student Center.”

The lecture will be Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Salomon. Students will have a chance to enter the lottery for tickets Nov. 9, 10 and 11.

Ugly bear takes Ruth Simmons hostage

As if leaving home behind and transitioning to college life didn’t already precipitate a strange haze of nostalgia or create plenty of emotional trauma, students beginning their U. experience in September will be greeted by a most hideous addition to campus: Urs Fischer’s “Untitled (Lamp/Bear),” the freakish baby-blue bear-lamp sculpture that will make our home its home for the next FIVE YEARS.

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A passion for pesto

Assistant Chef Aaron Fitzsenry and Taylor Viggiano ’17 welcomed students to a pesto pasta cooking class in the Ivy Room on Sunday. 

(Photos courtesy of Taylor Viggiano, ’17, and recipes courtesy of Aaron Fitzsenry.)

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Brown recognizes, grants residential status to new fraternity Beta Omega Chi

Beta Omega Chi, a greek organization for men of color at Brown, was officially recognized by the University as a Greek letter organization and granted residential status Feb. 11.

What began in September 2013 as three founders and five initiates (the “starting five”) has grown to 16 members, said Jordan Ferguson ’17, vice president of Beta Omega Chi. Founders Andrew Gonzales ’16, Ahmed Elsayed ’16 and Cedric Kuakumensah ’16 came together and “founded it with the idea of creating a space on campus for men of color to cultivate a fraternal bond,” said Stephen Bozier ’17.

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