Warren Alpert Medical School professor earns Brown's highest faculty honor
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Since joining the Warren Alpert Medical School in 1998, Rena R. Wing has launched and directed a research center with over 50 researchers and staff members, mentored early-career researchers who have gone on to lead nationally recognized programs and received the ranking of the 110th best female scientist in the world from Research.com. To add to her list of accomplishments, Wing received the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal of Honor during Commencement on Sunday, May 26. The medal is the "highest honor the Brown faculty can bestow," and has been awarded only 35 times since its establishment in ..read more
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Harb '04: Twenty years ago, Brown University didn't want to fly my flag at commencement because I'm Palestinian
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My time at Brown was bittersweet. At my 20th reunion this year, it is a sense of bitterness that prevails. Right after arriving at Brown in September 2000 from Ramallah, Palestine (where I had to wash my last load of laundry with our well water because the Israeli occupation had shut off the water supply to Ramallah - a regular practice Palestinians have been coping with for decades), the peace negotiations fell apart and the second intifada broke out. I was lucky to find wonderful classmates at Brown who were willing to listen and help me navigate being Palestinian in America. However, my int ..read more
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Guermazi '24: Exploration at Brown and looking ahead
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I want to address the elephant in the room: Yes, my name is Dorra. I used to hate how my name sounded like that of a certain cartoon character with a watermelon-shaped head and a talking monkey. I realized, though, that I can relate to Dora the Explorer in more ways than I thought, and I'm sure you all can too. Just hear me out. Dora likes nothing more than to explore, and at Brown University, we do just that. One can't reflect on Brown without mentioning the open curriculum, so I'll just get that part out of the way. The open curriculum - paired perfectly with our interdisciplinary interests ..read more
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Fiorentino '24: A guide to keeping Brown's spirit with you
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The local legend says that if you drink from the fountain outside the Athanæum, you will never leave College Hill. Brown poet and Professor Keith Waldrop once told Robert Arellano '91 MA'94 that this legend was originally pronounced by Edgar Allan Poe after he was dumped by lifelong Providence resident Sarah Helen Whitman in the 1800s. Upon discovering this, the first thing that I did was enjoy a long gulp from the fountain. I was a sophomore transfer with three years ticking before me, and, like so many of us, I wished for my time at Brown to last forever, even at the cost of joining Josiah S ..read more
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Matos '24: Brunocollections
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At the beginning of this semester, I decided to hang a string of rainbow lights around the perimeter of my room. Later that same evening, when the sun had finally set, I plugged the lights into the extension cord near my bed and marveled as the tiny red, green, yellow and blue bulbs illuminated my tiny single dorm room in a pale pink glow. As I sat there that night, pondering the start of my last semester here at Brown, I was transported back to my first day on campus three springs ago, when as a fresh-faced first year, I sat on my bed and bathed in those very same lights. A lot has changed si ..read more
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Kiu '24: Creation, Not Discovery
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"Who are you?" "No, really, who are you?" This was the first question I was asked in my first class at Brown, ENGL 0900: "Critical Reading and Writing," taught by Professor of the Practice of English Robert Ward. I set out to discover the answer. For most of us, the end of our high school years was marked by the onset of the pandemic. For others, it was our first or second year of college. The global catastrophe encompassed some of the most formative years of our lives, in which our sense of self was irrevocably altered. Some of us took time off for health reasons, others became caretakers of ..read more
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No Harm. No Monica. No Regrets.
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What's your favorite instrument - and why is it the harmonica? And what's your favorite song -and why is it "Happy Birthday?" Die-hard fans of Brown's campus-famous harmonica trio No Harm No Monica have known the answer to these questions since the band's summer 2021 conception. But harmonicists Dana Herrnstadt '24, Evan Donnachie '24 and Emily Wagg '24 have cemented a legacy on Brown's campus as its oldest and only harmonica trio. They specialize in birthday parties. But from squeaky, impassioned musical Valentines to annual NHNM holiday singalongs, the band has forged a cult-like following ..read more
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From GLO to TWLO: Four pivotal years for Brown student unions
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In 2019, before the now-graduating class of seniors begantheir journey at Brown, it appeared that Stand Up forGraduate Student Employees - now the Graduate LaborOrganization - was in danger of ending theirs. The union had entered contract negotiations with theUniversity in the spring. But a proposed National Labor Relations Board rule threatened to exclude graduate studentsfrom classification as employees. If passed before the two sidesreached a collective bargaining agreement, the University wouldhave "no further obligations to the union," according to a 2018agreement between the two partie ..read more
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'I wouldn't change a thing about my journey': How the class of 2024's student-athletes adapted to an unusual intro
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In the 2020-21 academic year, most Brown first-years grappled with a unique setup. A tri-semester system kept them off campus in the fall, brought them on campus in the spring as public health restrictions shifted and required them to stay on campus again in the summer. For first-year athletes in the class of 2024, the academic calendar and pandemic restrictions were just part of that year's strange introduction to Brown. Entering their first semester, they faced many baffling questions: 'How do I keep training?' 'How do I meet my teammates?' and of course, the all-important 'Where do we go fr ..read more
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The bigger the better: Bilk Bonic expands Brown's music scene
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When Brown students attend a Bilk Bonic performance, they expect to see certain staples on stage: an instrument of every kind present on the stage, countless band members overflowing into the crowd and an instrument dubbed by the band as the "BrewSonic Resonator." The Resonator is a simple wooden structure with beer bottles of various sizes suspended from it. The bottles, tuned to different notes, are an essential part of the Bilk Bonic experience. One of Brown's many student bands, Bilk Bonic includes a string, horn, percussion and synth section, as well as a more traditional funk band and mu ..read more
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