• Jen Harlan

    Eight People, One Room

    something promising from nothing productive

    April 28, 2012
    article by Jen Harlan

    Scene one: interior conference room, day. A motley crew of eight students is strewn around a conference table. Over the next 14 minutes, they proceed to laugh, cry, fight, and light things on fire. And judging by the reception at last week’s premiere, the audience loves every minute of it. This is Nothing Productive, a […]

    My Old Kentucky Home

    chocolate pecan bourbon pie: oh-so-southern, oh-so-delicious

    April 28, 2012
    article by Jen Harlan

    For most of you readers out there, the first week in May means reading period, early exams from overeager professors, and sad hours spent cooped up in your library of choice, staring out wistfully at the sunny green. But for me, that first Saturday in May is a holiday, worthy of canceled classes, closed businesses, […]


    my strange addiction

    March 9, 2012
    article by Jen Harlan

    The Gale Medical Encyclopedia defines withdrawal as “the side effects experienced by a person who has become physically dependent on a substance, upon decreasing the substance’s dosage or discontinuing its use.” This, dear reader, is the story of my withdrawal. “Say what?” you ask, “Don’t you know your future employers can read this?” But never […]

    Survival of the Fittest

    harlan family story hour

    February 2, 2012
    article by Jen Harlan

    I’m standing on a grey sandy beach, peering out over the steady waves that pour onto the shore and kiss it with their foamy white tips. I dip one foot into the hazy water and gasp in shock, my Californian skin unaccustomed to the icy chill of the Atlantic. Determined, I wade in, squelching the […]

    The Show Must Go On

    spending spring weekend on another stage

    April 20, 2010
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    Springtime at Brown. A season of iced coffee, Frisbee on the Main Green and Ratty take-out, culminating in the debauchery-fest known as Spring Weekend. I arrived as a freshman full of expectations about this quintessential part of the Brown experience, preparing myself for an epic marathon of parties, concerts and sunshine. I did not anticipate […]