Snapshots of Brown: Brown Chorus Heads to Cuba!

IMG_2243Welcome 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… 

Those of you who followed “From Albania to Zimbabwe” last year may remember that I love to travel. My always go-to for get to know you facts (usually in 2 Truths and 1 Lie) is that I have been to more countries than the number of years I am old. When I found out that the Brown Chorus goes on tour (my dream since singing with them during ADOCH before my freshman year), I wanted to go. Well, the time is now. Tomorrow, to be exact (today, for those reading this on Friday!).

This semester, I have acted as the International Tour Manager for the choir, and tomorrow we embark our plane first to Toronto, Canada, and then on to Havana, Cuba, where we will collaborate with Cuban choirs and students to perform a selection of music we’ve been preparing all year. So, what do we have in store?

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On the Brown Low: Food Fight!

great cupcake championshipEver 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!

For such a tiny state, Rhode Island sure does have a lot of great food. From low key food trucks to upscale restaurants, Rhode Island is a food lover’s dream. The best part, especially for someone with an extreme sweet tooth like me, is all of the bakeries. I dream of being able to spend a whole day in a pastry shop, eating everything in sight. This past Sunday, my sugar laced dreams partially came true: several pastry shops came together in one place to participate in the Great Cupcake Championship 2015, a competition that allowed people to sample cupcakes and vote for their favorite one. Read on to find out more about this awesome event and how I may have ended up in the biggest sugar coma of my life! Continue reading

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The Extras: Brown EcoReps

A sign promoting recycling and energy conservation!

A sign promoting recycling and energy conservation!

Hello, Brunonian family! I’m Jacklyne Vargas, nice to meet you all *insert imaginary handshake 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, send help 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…

While we at Brown make a conscious effort to care for our peers and practice self-care as well, if you’d like to care for virtually everyone on Brown’s campus, there is just the extracurricular where you can do so: Brown EcoReps!

The EcoReps serve as “informed ambassadors, who work with their peers to create a culture of environmentally responsible behavior.”

Given that Brown is filled with fiercely passionate individuals who work for whatever cause they believe in, it comes as no surprise that environmental conservation/protection and sustainability is one of them!

The EcoReps take a multifaceted approach to making Brown and the environment more green. Some of what they do includes:

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Second Time Around: Pets

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Hello! My name’s Dolan, and I’m in my second semester at Brown, having transferred in as a sophomore last fall. I’m happy to offer insights gathered from my time here in Second Time Around, in the form of stories of varying degrees of coherence. So, if you please, read ahead! Continue reading

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Blogside Manner: A Few More Things to Sweeten the Deal

Another picture of the Alpert Medical School.

Another picture of the Alpert Medical School.

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!

Hello all! If you are in the New England area, I hope you have been enjoying the pretty nice weather that has been happening recently. Today I will be writing about a few of the opportunities that I have not yet covered over the past few weeks, so stick with me! Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice: Taking It Slow

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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.

When it comes to dating, past experiences, though not always immediately, often become moments of clarity. In fact, it is when we reflect upon those experiences that we avoid some of the circumstances that may have complicated previous relationships. However, perhaps one of the worst things you can do is allow yourself to define the future by the success, or lack thereof, of those past experiences. Previous relationships or hardships are generally not reliable indications of the future.

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Music to My Ears: Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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Hey y’all! I’m Eimi (pronounced ‘Amy’) and I’m your sophomore correspondent forMusic to My Ears, my personal outlet that showcases what Brown’s music scene has to offer!

Whew! Sorry for being absent for the past couple of days; midterms have been creeping up, and this week has been especially stressful. The good news is that spring break is nearly here…

Big news at for the orchestra/ music department at Brown: we are getting a brand-spankin’ new performing arts venue! Specific whereabouts are TBD this summer and no news on when construction is scheduled to start or finish, but this is a HUGE step for the music department and especially the orchestra for performing at a location that actually accommodates musical needs (sorry Sayles, we were just never meant to be). Continue reading

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