As we bid adieu to 2015, we can’t help but reflect on what has happened this year on campus. We have said goodbye to Abyssinia, examined the history of Thayer street, and we have even provided some solid recommendations for how Brown can thrive in the 21st century. We helped you write a resume and gave you a crash-course on female anatomy.
Our video team dramatically read Spring Weekend lyrics, interviewed our favorite Uncle Teddy, gave your Ratty life-hacks, and continued to produce our Brunonia series.
But perhaps most importantly, over the past year, important conversations transpired regarding systemic issues impacting our campus and beyond. We’ve seen students participate in #MoneyTalksatBrown protests. We’ve seen massive student support for the University to change Fall Weekened to Indigenous People’s Day. We’ve seen Brown students gather to stand in solidarity with the larger #BlackLivesMatter movement and attended a teach-in organized by Brown graduate students of color, who later proposed a list of demands to the University. And after a student reported assault by a DPS officer at the Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown, we saw an overwhelming community response.
We certainly expect the upcoming year to have just as much in store as 2015 and we’re honored to continue serving up your campus news and happenings in 2016. Here’s to a full month of messing up the date and writing 2015 instead of 2016!
Without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2015:
10. Does money talk @ Brown?
“A Gawker exposé published Tuesday [April 21st] quoted leaked emails with offers of preferential admissions treatment from Brown administrators, including President Christina Paxson, for the children of potential donors. The story has drawn rapid response from both administrators, who claim the messages were cherry-picked and taken out of context, and student protesters from the #MoneyTalksAtBrown movement, who argue that they further validate the group’s concerns about undue financial influence on university policy.”
9. Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker
We had the honor of working with Brown Lecture Board to announce the potential Lecture Board speaker candidates and administer the Lecture Board poll to the student body. Lecture Board will announce the Spring speaker next semester!
Last night, a group of students and faculty members gathered in the Petteruti lounge for a teach-in entitled “Muslims at Brown and the Reality of Islamophobia.” The room quickly filled with people and boxes of pizza.
The event began with a quick introduction by Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith, the Associate Chaplain of the University for the Muslim community, who outlined the layout of the next 30 minutes. He then introduced Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of the University. Reverend Nelson spoke briefly, noting that Brown has a rich and diverse religious community and that, since its founding, Brown has always been religiously neutral “in terms of of who taught here and who studied here.”
Provost Richard Locke then spoke briefly, emphasizing that politicians and the media have used recent events for their own gain in many cases and that it is of utmost importance that all members of the Brown University community listen and “take care of one another.”
After the provost finished speaking, the organizers showed a video entitled “American Muslims: Fact vs. Fiction.” The video began with an overview of a few stereotypes of Muslims that are often perpetuated in Western media, such as the idea that “all Muslims are terrorists” or that “Muslim women are oppressed.” Following these statements, the video sought to explain that these stereotypes are inaccurate. For example, only 6% of domestic terrorist events in the US involve Muslim people or are motivated by Islam, and Muslims compose 82-97% of those killed or injured by terrorist attacks. Muslims are the religious group in the US that is most likely to believe that other religious groups can reach salvation, and Muslims are more likely than any other religious group to believe that killing civilians is never justified. In spite of this, only 27% of United States citizens have a favorable view of Islam.