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Early cultures concentration draws four declared students

As one of four students currently concentrating in the Program in Early Cultures, Sarah Tropp ’15 belongs to one of the University’s smallest academic communities. “No one’s heard of it,” Tropp said. “When you go to one of the advisers and tell them, ‘Hey, I’m thinking of concentrating ...


Undergrad figure skaters host inaugural show

The sound of the Zamboni greeted spectators who arrived early to the ice rink Saturday night. Sipping hot chocolate while awaiting the skaters’ entrance, the members of the crowd at Meehan Auditorium chattered in anticipation of the inaugural performance of Figure Skating at Brown, titled “Paradise ...


Scholars reflect on jobs, experiences before Brown

While it may feel like some teachers were born to lecture, not all who take up the lectern have spent their lifetimes climbing up the ivory tower. Some professors and lecturers pursued a variety of jobs before arriving at Brown, from consulting to translating.   Passing up the bar for books Richard ...

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Undergrads protest Keystone XL pipeline in D.C.

For over 100 environmental student leaders within the Brown community, the long weekend was a break from classes ­— but not from advocating their cause. Living up to their activist image, Brown students traveled to the nation’s capital Sunday to march alongside an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 other ...

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Social media sparks Valentine’s Day connections

The atmosphere around Valentine’s Day at Brown varies from students using web tools to meet matches to clubs planning events. For a generation that grew up on Facebook, Twitter and smartphones, traditional romance and courtship can seem like a thing of the past. But this year on Valentine’s Day, ...


Technology connects students abroad with life back home

Students studying abroad adapt to an array of changes, from the food they eat to the classrooms where they study. But for many students, the only technological habit that changes in a foreign country is the adapter they plug into the wall. As students go abroad looking for adventure and new experiences, ...


RISD library fuses modern style with old architecture

At first glance, the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust Bank building looks much like it did in the early 1900s. The same spherical clock hangs from the high domed ceiling, much like a similar clock hangs in the converted train station in Paris that is now the Musee d’Orsay. The clock is one of several ...


R.I. universities weather storm complications

Except for occasional sledding injuries and brief power outages, many Brown students escaped unscathed from Winter Storm Nemo this weekend. But other universities in Rhode Island, especially those with large commuter populations, are still feeling the fallout from the storm.   Blast from the ...


Dual degree students forge their own path

Bringing together concentrations as varied as haute couture and computing, the first class of Brown-RISD Dual Degree program students will be graduating this May. After five years, these students will leave College Hill this spring with both a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine ...

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You’ve got mail: Students rediscover letter-writing

Though many students only venture to J. Walter Wilson to attend classes and collect Amazon textbook shipments, Brown Pen Pals is giving students a reason to check their mailboxes again. Meia Geddes ’14 and Nestor Noyola ’14 are bringing letter-writing back to life at Brown through the group, which ...


Urban farms sprout under community care

The plot of land at the corner of Slocum and Almy Streets in Providence’s West Side has seen better days — the old building’s brown paint is peeling, slats are stripping  from its walls and a fading sign reads “Providence Head Start,” a faint trace of the school it once housed. But the parking ...


Alums boost online education platform

As the University’s relationship with online education inches forward, three alumni are jumping on the movement to shift higher education from building bricks to online clicks. Launched by two Stanford professors in April 2012, online education system Coursera’s self-described vision is of “a ...

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Students volunteer locally over winter break

A church floor in downtown Providence became the sleeping ground for 35 Brown students with a common interest in community service during their last week of winter vacation. The students, participating in the Swearer Center Winter Break Projects program, engaged with local organizations and discussed ...


Alum makes 'bartering sexy' with closet swapping site

Sari Azout '10 and her childhood friend Sari Bibliowicz understand the experience of wandering into your best friend's closet and finding a sweater there that she never wears - but that you know would go perfectly with a pair of jeans you own. "One lady's trash is someone else's treasure," Azout said. ...

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