April showers bring Fetty Wap
The Spring Weekend 2016 lineup was announced at Whiskey Republic this week, causing “Trap Queen” to blare in harmony throughout dorm rooms across campus. The Friday headliner, Fetty Wap, was the “highest polling artist we had in the fall poll we put out,” according to Michael Briskin ’16 co-chair of the Brown Concert Agency. Also playing Spring Weekend will be Tinashe, Mac DeMarco, Tink, Thundercat, Funkinevil and the What Cheer? Brigade.
Thank you, Lecture Board
Students were brought to tears by Viola Davis’ lecture in Salomon this week, as the actress received three standing ovations from the crowd. Davis took the time to answer questions as well as speak about her journey to becoming the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Davis spoke about her upbringing and the racism that she has faced, explaining to the audience, “You’re not your scars.” Davis also spoke of the key to her success, saying, “If you are not living a life bigger than yourself, then you’re not living a life at all.” Woah.
Crying in the corner
But if students weren’t emotional enough after Viola Davis’ lecture, news of a new tradition at the SciLi — shining a bright flashlight to say goodnight every night to the children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital — will surely melt the hearts of even the most awkward computer science major. The initiative was started by Steve Brosnihan, Hasbro’s resident cartoonist. Brosnihan said “I want to grow this minute of magic into a tradition that any hospitalized child can look forward to on any night they look out their window.” Is someone chopping onions in here?
Up in smoke
Medical marijuana also made headlines this week after a number of patients and advocates protested the new “tagging fee” proposed by Gov. Gina Raimondo. While some state officials maintain that the proposal will allow for better access for medical marijuana patients, protesters are saying the fee will make the drug prohibitively more expensive. According to Michael Raia, communications director for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, “the proposed reforms would charge $350 per year per tag for caregivers and $150 per year per tag for patients who grow their own medicine,” and the fee could generate up to $8.4 million in general state revenue. According to Steven Brown, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, the system “essentially (taxes) people based on the fact that they have a disability.”
Money, money, money
Wallets runneth over in the School of Engineering. Three junior faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Awards of about $500,000 each. Assistant Professors of Engineering Franklin Goldsmith, David Henann and Andrew Peterson won the awards, which are open to all untenured faculty members in the country, by completing 15-page research project proposals that laid out their plans for their next five years of research. Foldsmith and Peterson both won their awards for research on fuel cells, and Henann’s was received for his research on granule materials. All of a sudden, winning our seventh grade science fair seems a little less impressive.