R.O.T.C. revisited

This weekend, as most of us are heading home for Thanksgiving, Joy Joung’11 will be heading into the woods. She’ll have a protractor, a map, a compass, and a flashlight. Joung is currently the only Brown student enrolled in the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, and this weekend is her first weekend field training. Three…


Going Greek

brown embraces brotherly love

Ian Gray’s bedroom is not what you would expect for a stereotypical frat boy.  Multicolored teacups hang from the wall.  On the desk lies a tea cozy and a selection of bags: Earl Grey, English breakfast, peppermint.  A keyboard lies propped in the corner and an American flag dominates one of the walls.  Opposite the…

great expectations

The Major Dilemma

losing concentration

One of the visitors’ parking lots at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood sits next to a giant wall painted to look like an ocean. The studio has its own water tower. And when he worked at Paramount, Scott Aversano ’91 could see palm trees from his office, which has gleaming wood floors and an electric-blue…


Creative by Design

eggs, art, and RISD living

A white jet stream slices through a robin’s-egg-blue sky and trails off with a curlicue. The silhouette of a cherry tree pierces the sky over College Hill, its blossoms not quite yet the magnificent pink they will become. Ben Noam sits on a yellow picnic blanket. The senior at the Rhode Island School of Design…

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From Formal Dances to Facebook Friending

in search of brown past, brown present, and the ever-elusive campus vibe

Emma went off to high school this year, and I won’t pretend I haven’t been keeping tabs on her–just a little bit. These things are just so easy to follow these days—the new sophomore boyfriend, the long list of assigned schoolbooks she’s already come to loathe, the stunning array of swear words she’s taken to…