andrew liu

Gratitude in the face of climate change

warming up to the apocalypse

gratitude in the face of climate change

When I was 12, I loved conspiracy theories. Often, I would scour YouTube for mysterious videos that claimed to uncover a spectacular truth hidden from the public. Whether it was the banks, the Illuminati, or even corrupt lizard humanoids that ran the world, I would become a staunch believer. One theory that I was particularly…

Vampires and Hauntings in RI

little state of hauntings

reflection on vampires, spirits, and halloween

I was easily scared growing up. There was one episode of Scooby-Doo in particular that my sister and I would rent repeatedly from the local library: Its main villain was a disturbingly well-drawn vampire with the most startling hyena laugh. Yet, the most unsettling part came near the end of the episode. Instead of the…

vaccination and sensationalism

another false alarm

vaccination and sensationalism

Why the confusion? Even in the information era, with massive advancements in public health, there is still lingering public speculation about whether vaccines in young children might lead to autism. The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), which protects against three of the most fatal diseases for children, is still met with rumor and rejection…

mollyyoungillo

do it yourself

independent study options at brown

Like most students here at Brown, I was drawn to this school for its Open Curriculum, excited by the prospect of being in control of crafting an education fueled by my passions. Now well into my second semester, though I’ve sampled some unforgettable courses, it seems I’ve committed to blindly plowing forward in the course…

Band copy

the value of simplicity

a conversation with the brown marching band

It has almost been one year since I last played music with a band. At the start of my freshman year, I made the difficult choice to drop music and set aside time for other pursuits, and up to now I had swept feelings of regret and treasured band memories to the back of my…