Do Legacies Get a Leg Up?

The college admissions process is broken and we don’t know how to fix it. Experts point fingers in every direction: “Generation Y is too entitled”; “Competition is too stiff”; “Demographic X is categorically less qualified than Demographic Y”—the list goes on. Ultimately, these same experts must either eschew their specialization and admit the system’s convoluted…


An Intellectual Kegger Down the Hill

friday night out at the athenaeum

Quick—where were you the second-to-last Friday night of fall semester? Pregaming with the bros, no doubt? Headed off to that SSDP “meeting”? Or perhaps just settling in for a cozy evening of Facebook stalking? (Don’t deny it. I know you commented on That Guy’s 533rd picture. How? Oh, it, um, popped up on my newsfeed.)…


Looking Through the Glass

is one building’s architecture enough to change the arts at brown?

The hat makes the man. It’s all about image. Or, to forgo cliché in favor of a little critical-intellectual precision, like the good Brown student I am, I’ll posit instead that the aesthetic creates the reality. That’s the theory, anyway (she said skeptically)—though I will say this: from the west-facing windows of the new Granoff…


Making Your Sunday School Teacher Queasy

femsex, msex, and the brown experience

As far as universities go, Brown seems to be as uniquely open as a college can get. While some schools feature basketball games or football tailgates as can’t-miss-this-before-you-graduate events, Brown infamously celebrates more uncommon activities in its array of campus traditions. Take, for example, The Female Sexuality Workshop. More commonly known as FemSex, this workshop…

Oh, the Absurdity

musings on winter break

Not that we don’t appreciate the parents, the sister or brother, the scruffy little dog, the familiar bed, the home-cooked meals, the childhood home—we just don’t need them 24-7. You know, ever, ever again.