A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Brown/RISD Lawn Party

58115_614901698537658_1072888076_nSo this kinda came out of nowhere, but apparently Brown’s UCS and RISD’s Student Alliance came together to put on the first ever Brown/RISD Lawn Party this Saturday from 1-5 pm on Benefit St. (between College and Waterman).  Not only will there be an actual lawn, the party will feature a beergarden (Ed.- the beer isn’t free, but still, yay beer!), food trucks, a photobooth, music, volleyball, and, most importantly, plastic flamingos.  This should be a pretty dope opportunity to take some time off from studies, (hopefully) enjoy the sunshine, and get some RISD kids to make you feel inadequate about your own artistic abilities paint your face.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Spring Weekend tickets go on sale tomorrow morning

tumblr_lts1nzP3S11qdian6o1_1280This year, the Brown Concert Agency has decided to change up how they are doing Spring Weekend ticketing, in hopes that we don’t have a repeat of last year. Tomorrow morning (4/15), the BCA will release 3,200 tickets for each day (their indoor capacity).  Each member of the Brown community can purchase 1 ticket for each day. Another 2,300 tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. on April 17th, if the weather call is (fingers crossed) for outdoor concerts.

The most important (and potentially exciting) change to this year’s ticketing process is that tickets will NOT be sold through Brown Marketplace, but will instead will be sold through a link that will appear on BCA’s website at 8 a.m.  

Rising seniors: As The Herald pointed out last week, ticket sales may overlap with pre-registration.

Although this process sounds significantly more complicated than it has in past years, we remain fairly hopeful that this should solve many past issues.  Check out the BCA’s full ticketing FAQ (which includes information about tickets for non-Brown students) after the jump. Continue Reading

Last Call: Gladys Ndagire


Then + Now

People might know me as… Gladys, just Gladys, my name is very distinctive so people hardly alter it but I’ve had very close friends call me Ndagire, Glad, Glarys, Lady or even “Maroon Sweater” over and over again under the influence of way too much happiness

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Graduating from Brown is such a big deal; I’ll be the first one in my mother’s line to graduate not just from high school but from college, in an Ivy League institution. I’ve come from very far, from my family’s tiny farm in Uganda to British Columbia and very soon New York City. Yes, the glass ceiling can and will be broken.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Anywhere from having a drink with my favorite people to tucked in bed catching up on TV, but hopefully, never in a library.
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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Language of Hip Hop


Rap Genius founder Ilan with rapper Cam’ron

At 7:30 tomorrow night Rap Genius and Hip Hop 4 are hosting a panel on hip hop, education, and social justice called Language of Hip Hop in MacMillan 117. The panel will feature Africana Studies Prof. Tricia Rose, Brown alum Sam Seidel ’02, AS220’s Medusah Black, and Rap Genius founder Ilan Zechory!!!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rap Genius, it is a Wikipedia-like database for annotated song lyrics that has gotten a lot of press recently owing to a $15 Million investment by prominent venture capital fund Andreesesen Horowitz. Additionally the three founders (all Yale alums) made it onto Forbes’ 30 under 30 list this past year in the music category, nested between Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars.

If that wasn’t enough to sell you on this event, check out this interview Tricia Rose did with the Rap Genius late last year, and check out the event flyer after the jump. Continue Reading

Comedy Conference coming to Brown this weekend


It is a truth universally acknowledged that the week after spring break is one of the most difficult to get through. With its lingering hangovers, worsening skin-peeling, and crippling regret that you finished A Song of Ice and Fire instead of opening your Orgo textbook, this week tends to require of a healthy dose of late-night SciLife. Thankfully, Brown’s community of hilarious humans feels our collective pain and is putting on The First Annual Brown University Comedy Conference this weekend in Granoff!

The conference is free and features performances by numerous collegiate comedy groups (Brown and other), a panel on “breaking into the comedy business” and some rather remarkable headliners, including Hannibal Buress and The Chris Gethhard Show. For the full schedule, as well as more information about the weekend, please either check out the conference’s website or the event poster after the jump. Continue Reading

Last Call: Lucy Kissel

Lucy then and now

Then + Now

People might know me as… that girl who carries around the Round Magazine canvas bag most paces I go. There are a few of them out there in circulation, but mine is recognizable for being the farthest now from its original white.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… becoming deeply involved in wonderful friendships, a wonderful relationship, and wonderful projects.

Why don’t you have a Facebook? What’s the best part about not having one? Worst part? It’s been more of a passive choice than an active one. That, and I was planning to be ahead of the curve when it went the way of MySpace. The best part about not having one is being unaware of any and all unflattering pictures out there. The worst part about not having one is being unaware of any and all unflattering pictures out there. Continue Reading