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Fall Fest draws crowds with music, desserts
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“Special Events Committee’s annual Fall Fest returned to Ruth Simmons Quadrangle Thursday night, providing students with a much-needed break from midterm studying. A line of students snaked out Soldier’s Arch and extended up Thayer Street, filling the chilly October night with excited chatter as they sought to enter a giant white tent on the green. There were various appetizers, festive desserts such as apple cider doughnuts and performances from student groups such as Lion Dance, Amira, the Jabberwocks and the Bear Necessities, all for free.
“SPEC’s mission is to create community-building events on campus that provide substance-free alternatives to weekend activities,” said Vannida Lorn ’16, co-chair of SPEC. The events are always on Thursday nights so that they do not compete with parties, but are   still close enough to the weekend for students to fit them into their schedules, Lorn said. “Fall Fest is a nice little study break where you can pop in, get some free food, enjoy some performances and hang out with your friends in a very safe environment.”
The structure of the event has not changed in recent years, Lorn said. Since last year, the event has had a bigger stage and tent in order to accommodate more people. The menu changes each year, as well.
Fall Fest has been a Brown tradition for many years, but it used to have a different name: Live on Lincoln.
“Live on Lincoln was a regular event for SPEC,” said Eric Foreman ’15, former co-chair of SPEC. “Once the University changed the name of the quad to Ruth Simmons, we had to decide whether to continue the event and if so, what its new name should be.”
After the quadrangle’s name change in 2012, Fall Fest was born.
Colored lights and loud music filled the tent at Thursday’s fest, while people gathered around tables and sat in groups on the ground. Students sipped on apple cider and hot chocolate and munched on bite-sized portions of popcorn chicken and samosas.
Beverly Tai ’17, who was attending the festival for the second time, said it was very similar to the previous year’s Fall Fest. “It’s fun. I enjoy the atmosphere,” she said.
Dan Wang ’17, who was also attending for the second time, said he was content with the food options and performances but expressed dissatisfaction with the line process.
“What they need to do is set up an online system where you log in your Brown ID ” and the system would provide a set time slot, he said. “You could get in after that time, but not before it. Basically, it would give everyone a place in line without having to physically be there.” ”

Brown Bites: Oct. 10–16, 2015
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“Native Americans at Brown held a  demonstration and march  Monday, urging the University to change the name of Fall Weekend to Indigenous People’s Day.
  Quote of the week:
“Terrorizing Indians into submission became as American as Apple Pie.” — Tall Oak, citizen of the Wampanoag and Pequot nations, in “ Native students demand University support “
The student group Native Americans at Brown  organized a demonstration  Monday to urge University administrators to change the name of Fall Weekend to “Indigenous People’s Day” and use the weekend to celebrate the history and culture of Native people at Brown and elsewhere. The event, which consisted of traditional songs and dances, speeches by citizens of local tribes and a march around campus that paused at President Paxson’s house, drew over 300 students and community members to the Main Green, where protesters also had the opportunity to sign NAB’s petition. Representatives from NAB called for Brown to increase support for Native students on campus in a number of ways, including creating a Native Studies department and institutionalizing recruitment of Native students.
PLME also made headlines this week after a recent study led by University researchers  comparing the success of PLME students  to that of traditional Alpert Medical School students was published. While differences between the groups in terms of achievements were statistically significant, Paul George, associate professor of family medicine and medical science and the lead author of the study, said “the differences between the two groups were not meaningful in any way.” Because PLMEs have more flexible pre-med class schedules, the results of the study call into question the importance of strict undergrad pre-med requirements, causing pre-meds around the Hill to cross their fingers in hopes that Orgo will be struck from the curriculum.
In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, a  photo campaign of Latinx individuals  is currently hanging in the downstairs lobby of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center. Latinx — a gender-neutral term referring to those of Latin American decent — was launched by the Latino Heritage Series and aims to celebrate different types of diversity.
Brown’s  arts programs are taking center stage  this semester with plans for massive expansion on and around College Hill. Plans for a new on-campus performing arts venue are underway, while existing art spaces in desperate need of makeovers will be renovated soon. A six-year joint degree architecture program with RISD is also launching later this year, giving budding Frank Lloyd Wrights the opportunity to earn an AB from Brown and an MFA from RISD. And if all that isn’t exciting enough, there will also be a new arts program in Berlin through which students will be able to travel to Germany to learn about music, religion, architecture and politics. We only have one question: Is it a problem if the only German we know is “Wiener Schnitzel”?
I <3 RI:
Rhode Island’s trying to move to the cool kids’ table. In a move that feels a lot like when we suddenly started shopping at Abercrombie in sixth grade, the state has allocated $4.5 million to  rebrand and boost tourism . The Ocean State has hired three firms to help bump up the state’s cool factor: Havas PR, Epic Decade and Milton Glaser, the campaigners behind “I Love New York.” While the PR companies will try to attract tourists and new businesses, they also aim to renew locals’ enthusiasm in the state. We can already hear TSwift’s next hit: “Welcome to Rhode Island.”
As if you weren’t already feeling unaccomplished when writing that resume,  Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Inc. talked  in Salomon last Friday about his rise to becoming a household name. Dell is one of many entrepreneurs who dropped out of college, and at the age of 27, he became the youngest CEO ever on the Fortune 500 list. He took the time to speak about the future of the tech industry, highlighting the need for businesses to constantly “evolve” and ask themselves, “How do we grow faster than the industry?” Dell also spoke about fearlessness and curiosity, saying: “You don’t actually learn anything while you’re succeeding. You learn a lot more when you fail.” Does that mean we don’t have to feel so bad about our CHEM 0330 grades?”

Swartz ’14 MD’19: PLME seniors, don’t enroll in biochemistry
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“PLME seniors are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 0280: “Introductory Biochemistry” in their last semester as a way to better prepare themselves for the challenges of the first year of medical school. Having just completed the biochemistry block at Alpert Medical School myself last week, I feel strongly that this recommendation is misguided and, in some cases, does more harm than good for students.
Biochemistry is a component of just one of the six exams taken by first-semester med students, and it constitutes approximately 45 percent of one of these. The exams taken by first-years at Alpert are spaced three weeks apart, so the amount of time spent on biochemistry is limited to that acute timeframe.
Enrolling in a rigorous course like biochemistry, strictly to better prepare oneself for medical school, counters the vision of the PLME program and comes at a steep opportunity cost because of its time intensity, especially for those students who are not interested in the subject material.
Being a PLME student is a tremendous privilege. It affords a small number of students the opportunity to take risks that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them. It is somewhat ironic that the program has eliminated requirements for medical school and yet compels students to take such an unnecessary course — talk about mixed messages, right?
If particular PLME students have so much time to commit to a rigorous course like biochemistry but have no interest in the subject, they should instead take advantage of the security blanket they’ve been gifted and travel to Europe, as long as they can manage given their other coursework.
During my final semester as an undergraduate, I traveled through Europe for a total of 24 days, and I was still able to complete all of my requirements for graduation. I began medical school with everyone else this past August and carried with me some of the best memories of my life.
There are multiple points throughout the spring semester when seniors can travel, assuming they are managing their academic responsibilities appropriately while abroad (especially for essay-based courses and those with recorded lectures.) In February, there is a four-day weekend that can be used for a mini-escape. There is also spring break, as well as times in every student’s individual schedule when midterms are spaced far apart enough to warrant skipping a day or two of classes. Those times are particularly cheap. But if a student is enrolled in a time-intensive course like biochemistry for no other reason than to incur unnecessary anxiety, those times won’t present themselves easily.
Now, touching on the sensitive topic of privilege, I will be so bold as to argue that the majority of students at Brown can finagle their way to pay for at least one Eurotrip, if not two or three. Flying to Europe does not have to be prohibitively expensive if planned far in advance and with prudence. Here’s how:
Low-cost airlines like Wowair, which flies from Boston with layovers in Iceland, are surprisingly affordable and can get you to Copenhagen for a price comparable to an Amtrak ticket to New York City. Hostels are an incredibly cheap alternative to hotels and can be as cheap as $20 a night. An even cheaper option is to find some junior friends studying abroad and crash on their couches.
So why do I recommend this plan specifically to PLME seniors? Because PLME seniors have the least at stake by going to Europe and the most at stake by staying in Providence. PLME seniors will have completed all of their requirements for medical school by their eighth semester. And because they will be in Providence for an additional four years, they will not be losing out on all that Providence has to offer during the final months of their undergraduate careers. That should resonate even more with those PLMEs who elect not to study abroad.
Let me be clear: I’m not advocating overindulgence or academic negligence. Schoolwork is important, and it is the core of our experience at Brown. But seniors deserve some time for self-exploration. Traveling is the ideal way to achieve that end.
So, PLME seniors, skip biochemistry and any other unnecessary classes and fly to Europe. Build happy memories, maximize your undergraduate experience and take a second to breathe. There will always be more work to do, and there will never be as much time as there is next semester. You won’t remember enough biochemistry by this time next year for it to make any difference, but you will remember the adventures you allow yourself to have for the rest of your life.
Solomon Swartz MD ’19 can be reached at”

Sharon Swartz appointed interim director of Sheridan Center
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“Sharon Swartz, professor of ecology, evolutionary biology and engineering, has been appointed interim director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. The   previous director, Kathy Takayama, stepped down in July to join Columbia as associate provost, executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and adjunct professor of biological sciences.
As part of her new post, Swartz will participate in conducting a nationwide search for a permanent faculty director for the center, she said.
The Sheridan Center allows faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to explore the practices of teaching and learning in collaboration, according to its website. It also aims to prepare graduate students for careers on university faculties.
The Sheridan Center’s theme this year is “Re-envisioning Teaching and Learning at Brown.” Swartz said the theme suggests that the center and the University should recognize that “technology is playing a different role today in classrooms than it did in previous generations.” As such, the center and the University could increase the contact time between students and professors during class, such as through the flipped classroom approach , she said.
The theme of “Re-envisioning Teaching and Learning at Brown” will inform several aspects of the Sheridan Center’s undertakings this year, including its programming and partnerships with other centers and departments across campus. Last year, when the theme was “Communication,” the center held workshops on classroom communication and informal science communication.
Swartz also joins the center as the University prepares to create a Learning Commons housed in the Sciences Library. The Learning Commons will include the Laboratory for Educational Innovation — a part of the Sheridan Center — as well as the Instructional Technology Group, the Writing Center, the Language Resource Center and the Social Sciences Research Lab.
The University “will be evolving the Learning Commons” over the next five to 10 years, Swartz said. The Sheridan Center will help oversee some aspects of teacher training at the Learning Commons, she added.
The Sheridan Center is also looking to develop a better-structured program for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants to help them reflect on their teaching styles. Currently, the center offers five comprehensive certificate programs on teaching for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Christopher Yates, a graduate teaching assistant in the English department, said he was “encouraged to take the well-structured certificate programs offered by the Sheridan Center and is looking forward to doing so.””

Startup looks toward future of smart devices
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“Techa, a small startup founded by Socrates Zouboulakis ’17, aims to revolutionize how users interact with their electronic devices and eventually their whole homes.
“The dream is to have a home where there are no buttons, no switches, no levers — just an organic interaction between a user and their devices,” Zouboulakis said. He said he thought of the idea in 2013, when he was watching TV with the current president of Techa, Dong Seo, when he envisioned a remote that could control not only the TV but the lights, speakers, thermostat and more.
This idea quickly evolved into creating an app, as opposed to a physical remote, that would interact with all the smart devices in a home. While Techa is currently in the process of developing this app, the startup does not have nearly enough computer engineers, as “engineers are scared of startups,” Zouboulakis said.
Techa currently offers engineers an hourly rate as contractual workers, but the startup is looking to attract more engineers by offering them equity in the company, Zouboulakis said. Zouboulakis has funded the venture with $340,000 in high interest loans from private investors, many of whom frequently lend capital to startups.
Techa’s dream does not stop at the app, though.
“We can make an app and change the world, but then we need to take advantage of the world we created,” Zouboulakis said. Techa’s eventual plan is to build houses and apartments with every smart device on the market, such as controllable outlets, locks, ovens and lightbulbs, Zouboulakis said. The company plans to invest around $10,000 in upgrading each apartment into a “Smart Suite” complete with all smart technology and then sell the apartments for profit, he added.
Many of these devices, such as the Nest thermostat, currently have their own individual apps. Techa’s app will combine all of these separate apps into a single point of contact. To achieve this combination, Techa plans to work with the smart device companies to facilitate interaction between the Techa app and the smart devices present in the home.
Zouboulakis said his primary concern is that few people will adopt the app once it has been developed, given the fairly small market size of consumers who can afford the expensive smart technology — technology that is still in its infancy. “We are targeting the people who can afford a $300 Nest and $50 lightbulbs,” he said.
Techa’s Director of Marketing Shawn Verma MD’18 plans to combat this challenge with an aggressive advertising campaign on Facebook and in Brown publications. Verma said he hopes the advertising campaign will push consumers to think “I need Techa” immediately after buying any smart technology, despite the “sticker shock” of higher-than-expected prices.
The goal is to “clearly convey the different package options that will be available to our consumers,” Verma wrote in a follow-up message to The Herald.
While Techa does not have a specific market strategy yet, its leaders plan to offer various incentives for users to download the app — a strategy that many other technological ventures have used successfully, Verma said.
Security presents another challenge for Techa, as people must be prevented from hacking into the app and controlling a user’s devices, such as their door lock or security system, Zouboulakis said. Techa has multiple security engineers ensuring the system is not hackable, all of whom are overseen by a Brown student who previously worked on securities for Facebook.
The app will also have different security settings, such as one that requires a fingerprint to unlock your door. “Our app is no less secure than a pair of keys,” Zouboulakis said.”

Athlete of the week: Gould ’17 nets first-half hat trick in impressive win over Marist
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“Since the turn of the millennium, the women’s soccer team has played 261 games. It has scored three or more goals in 44 — or 16.9 percent — of those games. Before last Monday, only four of those games featured a player who managed to generate all three goals on her own. But against Marist College, Carly Gould ’17 made it five.
Gould shredded the defense in Bruno’s 4-0 thrashing of the Red Foxes Monday, netting all three of her tallies in the first half. She nodded in a corner in the 10th minute to open the scoring, connected with another header just two minutes later off a Sydney Calas ’17 cross and completed her hat trick half an hour later when Celia Story ’19 found her open in the box again.
Coming into the season, only two players in the last 15 years — Kathryn Moos ’07 and Chloe Cross ’15 —   had ever netted three goals in a game. Moos bookended her career with hat tricks, accomplishing the feat as a first-year and a senior, while Cross did it once as a rookie.
This year, lightning struck twice, as Erin Katz ’16 compiled a hat trick of her own just five games before Gould notched hers.
For her accuracy in the air, her composure in the box and her nose for goal, Gould has been named The Herald’s Athlete of the Week.
Herald: Had you scored a hat trick before last Monday?
Gould: No, it was my first one. It felt really good. It was a fun game.
On the first goal, you and two teammates all rushed to the near post on a corner, which created some chaos for the goalie and the defenders. Did you work on that in practice?
In our corner kick offense, that’s exactly what we do every time. It’s usually the same three players going for the ball, but we don’t always go near post. As the runners, we try to know where the person who is taking the corner likes to place the ball. There are multiple people on our team who take corner kicks, so it’s our job to know where each of their balls usually go and whether it curves, if it’s driven or it floats, so that’s just something we do a lot in practice.
After you scored the first two goals, did you feel like the third was going to come?
I wasn’t exactly thinking about getting the hat trick. In soccer, the opportunities just kind of come to you and you don’t exactly know when you’re going to get a chance to score another.
After the tough loss to Princeton, do you think the Marist win will give the team some confidence and momentum heading into the home stretch of the season?
We were definitely looking to score a lot of goals against Marist. We had a streak of multiple games where we hadn’t scored a goal, so we wanted to put a lot of them in the back of the net.
You usually sit back a little and play a more defensive role in the midfield. Were you looking to get up-field and join in on the attack against Marist?
I was definitely looking to generate more goal-scoring opportunities. I had a little bit less defensive responsibility against Marist than, say, against a team like Princeton, which helped too. Our whole team was really set on putting multiple goals in the net. Everyone was making the extra effort to get into the box, and all three of my goals were on crosses, so a lot of it just had to do with my teammates putting really good balls into the box for me.
Do you have a favorite drill that the team does in practice?
Shoot and play goalkeeper. There’s two teams, and your team feeds the ball to you. You shoot it and then get in net and the other team shoots on you. It’s just fun to switch roles.
Do you have a go-to song that gets you pumped up before games?
I don’t. Usually, we all listen to a playlist together in the locker room.
If you could play any sport other than soccer, what would it be and why?
It would be either basketball or football. I played basketball in high school, and I was also the kicker for my school’s football team, so I’d love to do that again. It was really fun.
— This interview has been edited for length and clarity.”

Diehl ’18: Warning — fantasy sports betting is highly addictive
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“I’ve been spending a lot of time on my computer screen recently. Not because of an increase in work, and not because I’ve found a new computer game to play (I was terrible at all of them, so I gave that up awhile ago). The culprit: DraftKings, or more broadly, daily fantasy sports betting. They have many ways of getting you to give them your money, and I’m here to tell you what you’re getting into.
In case you don’t know what daily fantasy is, let’s take the NFL, for example. Instead of having a season-long team, each week you pick a new team of players, and each costs a certain amount of fictional money. Your team has to fit under a set salary cap to keep everything fair. Then you enter whichever league you want for a certain amount of real money — anywhere from $3 to 300 times that.
It all started with the 500 TV commercials, many of them with a unique code you can apply to get a double bonus on your deposit. Despite my “300”-Spartan-like effort to fend off the Persian army of commercials, they finally wore me down. After all, my brain was vastly outnumbered by the people on the commercials: regular, average guys like “Chad” who decided to sign up and then made $300,000 on DraftKings.
The commercials make you believe you can be a big winner. And with a promise to match your deposit, you feel like you’re winning big. Truth is, Chad and the gang are a bunch of liars.
Once I bothered to do the research and saw that the double deposit is only released dollar-by-dollar over a long period of time, I felt betrayed. But no matter — I could keep playing and winning money. Unfortunately, I have only won money in a precious few competitions I’ve entered. Although my net balance is only -$26, my ego has been bruised.
I thought I was an above-average fantasy player. What I failed to realize is that there are plenty of above-average fantasy players on DraftKings. People who have a faulty sense of confidence when it comes to fantasy prowess. Know that once you enter a competition, there will be plenty of people who have selected many of the same players you did. Your ability to win big instantly gets capped. And you’re stuck losing $3 each time you play. Time to go to CVS to get a Band-Aid for that wounded ego.
You see, DraftKings’ business model is very similar to that of a casino, except the biggest threats their bouncers pose amount to a “poke” on Facebook. On any given night, you know the house will come out on top. But it’s the people who win who stand out — the people you think you’ll become.
Having “skill” in fantasy is almost rendered irrelevant when you’re competing against 200,000 other people in the same contest. In a 12-team season-long league, it is a lot easier to separate yourself from the rest of the pack, because no one else can own the players you do.
Though I have yet to enter a high-risk, high-reward league (which for my budget would mean a $25-$50 entry), I think this gives you a better chance of winning, even though the majority of people will still be out of their cash by the end of the weekend, especially in NFL daily. I have had more success betting on the English Premier League and golf than the NFL, though I still enjoy participating in NFL pools each week.
Playing daily fantasy on DraftKings is almost like going to a remodeled McDonald’s. Deep down, you know what you’re getting into, but the flashy surface makes you forget that you’re wasting your money. That Big Mac is still pink slime. And DraftKings will probably make you lose money.
I’ll still play DraftKings for the time being, because it truly does add a new dimension and personality to watching sports. But if, or when, my money runs out, don’t expect me to play again. Unless, of course, I’m working for DraftKings and using unreleased numbers and information to win $350,000 on a competing daily fantasy website.
Oh, someone already did that? Rats, gotta find a new way to scam people. Time to try to break into finance.”

Blasberg ’18: Dion Lewis continues the legacy of 33
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2015
“When the number 33 is mentioned in or around Boston, one name generally comes to mind: Larry Bird. Dion Lewis, however, is giving the number new meaning for the Patriots.
From 1999 to 2011, Kevin Faulk wore number 33 but was never the Patriots’ primary running back. But he did end up being one of the team’s longest tenured players by the end of his career. Despite his limited role, Faulk took each small task seriously and personified the Patriots’ values of meticulous preparation and solid execution. Due to his speed and smarts, Faulk was a dangerous ball carrier as well an effective option on the screen.
When situations became more crucial, Faulk was known to rise to each occasion. A third-and-long specialist and a terrific blocker, Faulk was an integral part of the Patriots’ reign of terror in the first decade of the 2000s.
This season, Lewis, an off-season acquisition from the Indianapolis Colts, won the starting running back spot as the Patriots’ top three rushers from 2014 have matriculated to other teams. Sporting number 33, Lewis is now splitting time with power back LaGarrette Blount, and Lewis has far exceeded any preseason expectations. Taking on a role very similar to that of Faulk, Lewis is continuing the legacy of the number 33 on the Patriots.
While the Patriots’ 2015 revenge march has been characterized by Tom Brady’s ability to take over games and the coaching staff’s tendency to be consistently better prepared than the opponents every Sunday, Lewis has been quietly doing his job well. The Patriots pass more than almost any other team in the league, and the only teams that pass more often are ones that fall behind early and are forced to air the ball out in the second half. As a result, Lewis, like Faulk, is underappreciated by fans. But evidenced by Faulk’s long tenure in New England, these backs are valued by the coaches and the organization.
Both Faulk and Lewis stand at a mere 5-foot-8, notably shorter than their teammates. In the huddle, the tops of their helmets reach the shoulder pads of the offensive linemen. Their low centers of gravity aid shiftiness and make them elusive to taller defenders. They are both very astute at picking up blitzing linebackers on pass plays, and they make effective screen pass options. It is not uncommon to see Lewis in the slot, as he has already made several big plays as a receiver. On third-and-longs, Head Coach Bill Belichick has a proclivity to calling draws for his small backs, as Faulk and Lewis routinely pick up seven to eight yards and get the Patriots out of trouble.
Lewis will not turn into a big-name running back in the NFL because the Patriots pass too much. But he is better than he has gotten credit for so far. A receiving, rushing and blocking threat, Lewis has taken after Faulk as a versatile and hard-nosed running back.”

CareerLAB’s Project 2019 targets first-years
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 10, 2015
“This fall, CareerLAB unveiled Project 2019, a series of programs specifically aimed at getting first-years involved in the services and opportunities CareerLAB offers.
Project 2019 was created over the summer by a group of CareerLAB counselors, said Ron Foreman, a CareerLAB advisor. CareerLAB’s increased focus on spurring younger students to engage with the department’s resources arose after counselors noticed students involved with CareerLAB earlier in their college careers typically were more capable of using those resources later on as upperclassmen, Foreman said.
Though first-years have always been welcome to visit CareerLAB, Project 2019 differs from past efforts in that the programs are exclusively designed for first-year students, Foreman said. The hope is that branding the events as first-year specific will increase first-year attendance and interest in CareerLAB, he said. The goal is to “get every first-year in the office in some form,” he added.
Project 2019’s five programs are being offered on a rotating basis throughout the school year. Though some programs — including “How to Find and Fund an Internship for First-Years,” “Careers and Concentrations” and “Effective Interviewing for First-Years” — offer a broad overview of a topic, others such as “Getting Started 101” introduce first-year students to the varied resources available to them at CareerLAB.
“Getting Started 101” provides a setting in which first-year students will be introduced to Peer Career Advisors, upperclassmen specifically trained to aid students with the basics of creating resumes and connecting to CareerLAB’s resources. In the “Getting Started 101” sessions, PCAs offer a broad introduction to skills like building cover letters and conducting job and internship searches.
Through Project 2019, first-years are also encouraged to connect to PCAs during weekly open hours, which are available to all students, as well as additional Sunday open hours that are only available to first-year students.
So far, the Project 2019 programs have been well-attended, said PCA Vannida Lorn ’16.
“Our first ‘Getting Started’ workshop had over 70 people come,” she said, adding that the room designated for the program was “overfilling.”
After students have met with PCAs and learned foundational skills, they can meet with career counselors for a more in-depth conversation. This requirement allows career counselors to better serve the needs of the large number of students seeking out CareerLAB services, Foreman said. More students can receive support if career counselors are able to have conversations beyond “helping students with resumes,” he added.
PCA Elena Saltzman ’16 said Project 2019 has already accomplished its goals of raising first-year involvement with CareerLAB, noting a definite uptick in the number of first-years attending open hours.
Saltzman said she hopes Project 2019 will be successful in showing new students that “not only can you come to CareerLAB, but you should come to CareerLAB.””

Applied math finds new home
by Brown Daily Herald
Oct 10, 2015
“Graduate students and faculty members have moved into the Division of Applied Mathematics’ new and improved building on 170 Hope St. The move marks the conclusion of nearly a year of construction.
The new three-story building features chalkboard walls, allowing students to solve problems wherever they go, said Madeline Brewster, administration assistant for the building.
The space also contains several seminar rooms as well as a kitchen and common area on each floor, promoting collaboration between students and faculty members, said Björn Sandstede, professor of applied mathematics and chair of the division.
While the new building would ideally be larger, the architects did the best they could under the budgetary constraints, Sandstede said.
170 Hope St. replaces offices located at 37 Manning St. and 333 Brook St., which are being torn down to make room for new engineering facilities, Sanstede said. The construction process lasted about 10 months, and the architects designed the building with input from Sandstede, other applied mathematics faculty members and Facilities Management, he added. 
Anthony Cruz ’18, an applied math and computer science concentrator, said he appreciates that the applied math offices are now centralized rather than scattered around campus. The modernity of the new building is also a major draw, he added.
While other applied math buildings were converted from residences and were limited in their ability to house offices and classrooms, “the new building is designed to be an academic department,” Sandstede said. “It’s a huge advantage over what we had.”
“It’s much more flexible,” he said. “You can sit down at a table to work, or you can just as easily get up, go anywhere and do math on the chalkboards.”    
Tong Qin GS and Guo-Jhen Wu GS, both graduate students in applied mathematics, relocated to 170 Hope St. from 182 George St. — the only applied math building that will not be torn down. They are already enjoying their new workspace, Wu said.
“Our (previous) office was underground, with no sunlight and no air,” Qin said.
Though the majority of their applied math classes are still located in other buildings, some undergraduates are already planning to make use of 170 Hope St.
Emma Byrne ’17, president of the Applied Mathematics Departmental Undergraduate Group, said she hopes to use the space to host DUG meetings and activities and foster community within the applied math division.
“You more naturally interact with faculty and graduate students when you’re in this collaborative workspace,” Byrne said.”

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