Last Call: Danny Sobor

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. Find the other Brown Last Call chain here and RISD Last Call chain here

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… Based/Clyde Lawrence’s friend/ ††Slug Christ 2.0††.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… MILC (formerly Milk Supply Co). It’s my baby. I launched the site on my 21st birthday junior year. In the year and a half since then, MILC has been picked up in stores, written up in blogs from Cali to the UK, and sponsored a pop-up show in Chicago with original artwork and clothes. I’m still working on it and things keep picking up (on the low). The experience has taught me about inventory, manufacturing, networking, marketing, design, overall hustling, etc. Also it’s been really fun. By far the most grueling/rewarding/educational experience in my time here.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Cooking in the kitchen.

 The best class/professor at Brown is… Other classes can finish but Art of the Book with Lara Henderson is the best class of all time. Students get access to the John Hay print shop which has incredibly rare printing presses that only a dozen or so students can use per semester. Also: shout-out to Joseph Pucci as the best professor.  

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… 1) This school is smaller than you think. 2) The street sign you and Adam put in your Emery dorm room is going to slip and seriously damage the wall, you idiot, you don’t even need a street sign, why would you possibly need a full street sign with the pole still attached throw it away. 3) The best way to make friends is to find the toughest person you know and beat them up.

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RISD Last Call: Sierra Barela

By now, you’ve read the first posts of this semester’s Last Call chains here and here. This year, BlogDailyHerald is adding another chain to the mix (or more than 2 chainz, if you will), featuring seniors from the RISD Class of 2015. Presenting RISD Last Call: making art school a little less confidential, one senior at a time. 

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Then + Now

People might know me as… The girl with curly hair who paints.

In my time at RISD, I am most proud of… The lifelong friendships I’ve made with a handful of incredible people.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… In the studio painting or just hanging out with friends. Some 90s R&B/Hip Hop usually finds it’s way in there

The best class/professor at RISD is… I’ve had a lot of great teachers, but I’d say I probably gained the most from Craig Taylor’s painting class Junior year.

The Met vs. Portfolio… The Met! Always!

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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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Class of 2015 Senior Superlatives: Results

Brunonia, your voices have been heard. Over the past few weeks, you nominated and voted for seniors across 30 different categories of Senior Class Superlatives. The competition was fierce, the nominees led head-to-head campaigns, but now the polls are closed and the votes are in. Let the glory of your classmates ring loud, clear, and true as we introduce the Class of 2015 Senior Superlatives.

Most Likely to be President of the United States: Maahika Srinivasan

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Maahika is absolutely ready to ascend the throne of the United States, having finally mastered the correct pronunciation of “Taco Bell” and understood that a “down” in American football is not something to be sad about. Currently serving as the President of UCS, Maahika has cultivated several crucial leadership skills, such as identifying the best sources for adorable puppy gifs, timing desperate pee breaks in meetings for the exact opportune moment someone is about to ask for a favor, and mitigating every tyrannical decision with follow-up hashtags #sorrynotsorry and #trollsgonnatroll.

Best Friends: Georgia Tollin and Sydney Mondry

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Georgia and Sydney became friends the spring of their freshman year when Georgia nursed Sydney back to health from a not-so-brief Mono stint. They agree on almost everything (peanut butter textures, English being the best concentration, and brunch locations), yet they have distinctly different opinions when it comes to movies, cheese varieties, and skiing. They’re known to coordinate their outfits unintentionally (see above), and are used to having people mixing them up all the time. And yes, they are aware that both of their names happen to be geographical locations. Every joke has been made about it. Ever.

Most Likely to Have Their Own Reality Show: Jo’Nella Queen Ellerbe

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Jo’Nella Queen Cabrera Ellerbe (Jo’Nella Queen) was born and raised in Spanish Harlem in Manhattan, New York. Jo’Nella has thought long and hard about the very blurb that you are presently reading because 1) she is a writer/poet and words are so important to her, and 2) Because BlogDailyHerald will live on forever as a piece of institutional memory. So here we go. 

From the makers of Top Chef, America’s Next Top Model, and Love and Hiphop we present: God Save Your Queen, a truthful new reality TV series about a Queen searching for a space of her own. Get #prepared for uncontrollable laughter, side eye, those screenshots/receipts she keeps, and the glamour shots as Jo’Nella navigates understanding her various intersectional identities, relationships with family, friends, fans, and love interests while you sip your tea and decide whether the #SupportJoNella2k15 or #StopJoNella2k15 is appropriate for a given episode. Get insight into her favorite meals to cook, her search for spaces to practice singing and journeys from the club to her room to church. Will she end up working in DC or NYC post-Brown? Will she be a lawyer or on a Netflix Original Series?  Who will she retire Baes of Brown to? (also hello hi yes there have been several blizzards but people need to be #ready) What will her next hairstyle be? And her personal Bae situation? Tune into the next episode and find out workshops she’s facilitating next. When, you ask? Tuesday nights on Bravo. 

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Class of 2015 Senior Superlatives: Voting

Last week, we presented our second annual Senior Superlatives. You nominated seniors across 30 different categories. Your job now? Vote for one of the top five nominees in each category!

Remember everyone with a Brown email —freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, professors, their pets – is eligible to vote. Vote now (after the jump) or forever hold your peace. Voting will close Sunday, February 1st at 11:59 p.m.

Please note: due to a spam-protection feature of our polling system, any one IP address can only submit one round of votes. This means that seniors who live off-campus and share WiFi networks with their housemates may find that the site suggests they have already voted when they have not; please vote either from your phones or through Brown WiFi if you encounter this problem. Email us at blog@browndailyherald.com if you continue to have issues voting.

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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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