Snapshots of Brown: What’s Up in Providence?

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Welcome to Snapshots of Brown, your destination for pics of Brown all year long! I’m Celina Stewart, and I’ll be bringing you little photo insights into my third year on Brown’s campus. What’s up this week? Let’s take a look… 

Providence is a cool city. Cold, true. Windy, true. Often wet and overcast? Also true. However, those mild atmospheric conditions don’t prevent Providence from having a quirky, cool, and under-statedly New England vibe. If you head downtown, you’ll see regal architecture among artsy window displays; near the RISD campus, you’ll see more creative coloring on the buildings; venturing away from downtown, you’ll see many cute, Victorian style homes; College Hill has an endearing mix of quaint old buildings and questionable 1970s architectural choices.

The visual impact of the city is somewhat matched by it’s cultural offerings (so to speak): you’ll find a mix of compelling art exhibitions, upscale restaurants (and downscale dives), and a music scene that varies between big-name acts and indie bands. In the past couple weeks, I’ve gotten off campus several times, and wanted to share with you.

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Music to My Ears: The Academics

unnamedHey y’all! I’m Eimi (pronounced ‘Amy’) and I’m your sophomore correspondent for Music to My Ears, my personal outlet that showcases the different facets that Brown’s music scene has to offer!

But first, a shameless promotion: Come to the Brown University Orchestra’s concert on Sunday, November 23rd at 2 pm in Sayles Hall! Titled Music of of Old and New Worlds, we will be performing Invitation to the Dance (Carl Maria Von Weber, orch. Berlioz), Manhattan Intermezzo (Neil Sedaka), New World A-Coming (Duke Ellington), and Mr. W.S (Anthony Burgess). Tickets are $3 for students and $10 for the general public. Get yours online before they sell out:  https://payment.brown.edu/C20460_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=39&SINGLESTORE=true
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On the Brown Low: Bubble Tea House

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Ever wonder what there is to do once you step off Brown’s campus? Curious about what Providence has to offer? On the Brown Low will be your faithful guide! Be sure to check in every week with us, Lily Hartmann and Brianna Lambert, to find out about the best spots around Providence and Rhode Island!

Guess who’s back! After a week and a half of pure torture at the hands of midterms, I can thankfully say I made it through mostly unscathed. This weekend I took a lot of time for self care (read: sitting and doing absolutely nothing) and treating myself for making it thus far. To end my somewhat extravagant weekend, I returned to Federal Hill to pick up a sweet treat – bubble tea! Continue reading

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From Albania to Zimbabwe: Right2Education

IMG_0470Hi there! My name is Akira Camargo, a freshman hailing from Tokyo, Japan who will try to crack funny jokes and puns from time to time as I write posts for From Albania to Zimbabwe, the ins and outs of being at Brown from an international student’s perspective. Through my posts, you’ll be able to learn more about all things international here, ranging from international events at Brown (cool guest speakers, festivals and parties) to my thoughts on living in America for the first time (!!!), and a bunch of other interesting stuff as my first year at Brown unfolds. Hope you enjoy reading them!

Hi readers,

Brown is diverse. Brown is different. Seeing that we have such a wide array of people in this community, there has to be something that all 6000+ undergraduates at Brown share. Yeah, sure, most of us are probably procrastinators and are dreading the cold right now, but one other (more serious)characteristic we share is that all of us are pursuing an education.

This past week, I realized that this pursuit of education is not as common as one would think. On Tuesday, I went to an event called “Right2Education”, where students from Birzeit University in Palestine came to Brown for an education tour around schools in North America to speak about their experiences of being a student in an area of conflict such as Palestine. Continue reading

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The Extras: Swingin’ Away

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Photo booth shenanigans with some of Brown’s Swing Club members!

Hello, Brunonian family! I’m Jacklyne Vargas, nice to meet you all *insert imaginary handshakes here*! I’m here to be your compass (well, that sounds heavy, doesn’t it?) in everything extracurricular here at Brown. If you’re reading this,  you are a magnetic force of your own and I’m simply helping you figure out what attracts you. In all The Extras, in all the magnetic forces here at Brown, you can easily be pulled in countless directions, but I’m here to help! If anything, we’ll go crazy together…

Now that we’re in the very middle of November, all you prospectives must be going through the college application struggle #thestruggleisreal.

While you’re deciding what university you’re going to apply to, you definitely want to factor in extracurricular activities offered. If they take up much of your time and effort during your high school years, you want to make sure you at least like the options available at the school you’ll spend the next four years of your life at!

Extracurriculars are an amazing opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, try something new, hone your talents, de-stress, meet interesting individuals and even make new friends!

This week, the interesting extra featured below is…

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PLME Perspectives: Part III

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Hello! I’m Lulu, a member of the PLME class of 2018/2022, and I am the writer for Blogside Manner. In this column, I will talk about the ins and outs of PLME life at Brown and, of course, the dreaded application process. Whether or not you decide to ultimately apply for PLME, I hope to help provide you with a better sense of what Brown is all about!

I think it’s about time for a break from all of the application process stuff I’ve been writing about, so here are the thoughts of another one of my fellow PLMEs! Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice: As a Last Resort, Respect is Always Good

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Hello Blogosphere! My name is Isaiah Frisbie and I am honored to be the writer for Pride and Prejudice. As a freshman myself, I came to Brown with a number of questions, many of which were answered within a matter of weeks while others remain open-ended. Perhaps one of the more enduring questions, one that may continue to be answered throughout the entirety of my Brown career, is how my own sexuality will affect my college experience. So, I have taken it upon myself to use this blog to contribute any kind of insight that I can about LGBTQ life at Brown and hopefully, in some way, help any student, prospective or otherwise, put some of those nagging worries to rest.

So over the past week, I’ve been periodically filling my friends in about all things IvyQ and have come to realize that I have been repeating myself when it comes to one point.

Now, please stop me if for some strange reason, I am the one ridiculously inconsiderate person who sometimes feels this way. For most Ivy Leagues, and I’m assuming for many other progressive institutions, there is such a strong degree of open-mindedness and liberality that most people always strive to “say the right thing” when it comes to the LGBTQ community. Because there are so many ways in which an individual can identify themselves, and rightfully so, no one ever wants to accidentally say something that could potentially insult someone simply because they were unaware of a derogatory connotation behind whatever phrase or word they happened to use. Sometimes, it feels as though, at least in certain situations, you’re constantly walking on eggshells.  Continue reading

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