In a completely subjective ranking by HerCampus.com, Brown has been deemed the most progressive school in the nation. Considering we’ve dipped our toes in the top lists of sexiest, hipster-est, and happiest schools–just to name a few–it only makes sense that we’d come out on top in an all-encompassing ranking of liberality and forward-thinking. Being labeled as the “most progressive” basically covers all the artsy/alternative/offbeat/generalize-as-you-will bases in one foul sweep. In other words, Brown continues to be regarded as the shit.
Rhode Island Hall seems to be one of the more unnoticed buildings on the Main Green—some only know it as Joukowsky, while others have never set foot inside. Little do people know that Rhode Island Hall has an incredibly cool history… and even used to home to a large collection of taxidermy (among other things). Yes, you read correctly.
Rhode Island Hall was built in 1840 to create new space for the Departments of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Geology, and Natural History. Its name reflected the fact that the building was almost funded entirely by Rhode Islanders. The second floor of Rhode Island Hall was also Brown’s Museum of Natural History, which displayed a large variety of taxidermy and osteological species. [Read more →]
Man, I love college. The independence, the self-discovery, the prevalence of fried and sugary goods… This is what dreams are made of. Still, I can’t say that I don’t miss my childhood days–and now more than ever, since finals are upon us. I mean, no one told me how nerve-wracking grocery shopping by yourself could be (especially when everyone at Whole Foods is beautiful and intimidating), or how terrifying calling your bank’s customer service is when they start bombarding you with security questions and you suddenly forget your own birthday. Sometimes, we just need to take a break from this freak show that is adulthood to feel like kids again. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reconnect with your inner child here at Brown. So, close that NPR tab and put adulthood on hold, and read up!
Get turnt up in the Providence Place toy store
It’s pretty safe to say that size envy has been part of the male psyche for a very long time. Think back to the 17th century, when European monarchs played “whose is bigger” with their castles (I’m talking to you, Louis XIV). We still get involved with such mind games, but now we’re talking about penises. This week, Time published research done by condomania.com about America’s buying habits when it comes to condoms. The website sells and delivers condoms throughout the country, and in their study they compiled sales data from across the country to determine the relative sizes of states’ male members.
At first I questioned the validity of this survey because, let’s be honest, who has ever ordered condoms online? But after perusing Condomania, it seems like they actually know their stuff when it comes to condoms. They literally have pages and pages of different types of condoms, as well as other sex toys. Who knew that you could import condoms from Japan, or buy vegan lube? [Read more →]
Sriracha is in trouble.
First, a judge ruled that Huy Fong Food’s Southern California Sriracha plant must shut down due to neighbor’s complaints that the smell caused headaches. Then, Dining Services implemented a rule barring the usage of spicy with sauces on anything but spicy withs. Say goodbye to your divine 1:30 a.m. Sriracha and fries.
But, just when we thought all was lost, in swoops Phillips Distilling Company to save the day. This
insane and delusional genius company decided enough was enough. Someone needed to combine college students’ two favorite liquids. Introducing…UV Sriracha Vodka.
The visionary director of research and development at Phillips, Jim Aune, describes the best pair since peanut and jelly as a “blend of chili peppers, garlic and vegetables.” Sounds like the perfect pre-hook up drink to me! While everyone is probably dying to drink that enticing blend straight, Aune suggests adding it to a bloody mary or any other savory drink.
Everybody loves Bill Nye. Well, not everybody, but at least we can agree that he has a lovable TV personality. His show, Bill Nye the Science Guy, aired from 1993 to 1998 on Disney and PBS, and enlightened a generation of children—and adults, perhaps—to love and appreciate science.
So it was not a surprise when just a few weeks ago, news of his visit to campus—scheduled for tonight at 7 in the Salomon Auditorium—erupted, as well as a fair dose of rapture among the student body. So fair was this dose that online tickets for the event sold out in seconds each of the first two days, and the remaining tickets were distributed in a lottery. One student is even reported to have said, “I would redo each and every one of my poor life decisions for the certainty of getting a ticket.”
Good news, student, and anyone else who wasn’t able to secure a ticket: you don’t have to redo your poor life decisions. Instead, you can watch Bill’s talk live on screen (“simulcast”) in Salomon 001. Students waiting in the stand-by line tonight who don’t get their numbers called will have the opportunity to go downstairs and have the eerie knowledge that the Science Guy is just above them, delivering his words of wisdom (and science).
Be sure to head over to Salomon before 6:45 tonight! Who knows, there may be a seat available for you, especially if you come early, and if not, there should be one downstairs. I’m sure that with all of our upcoming exams and whatnot, we could all use some Bill Nye in our lives.
Today, President John Maeda announced that he will be leaving RISD at the end of this semester (read: in two weeks). Maeda will conclude his six-year term, and move on to be the first Design Partner at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2014. He will also chair the eBay Design Advisory Board. When RISD students return to the steeper sections of College Hill on January 6th, 2014 for Wintersession, John Maeda will have departed… so get your selfies in with Maeda now, before it’s too late! Here is the video Maeda e-mailed to the RISD community this afternoon, along with his official announcement:
Maeda concluded his campus-wide e-mail with heartwarming last words: [Read more →]
December not only brings revenue to our favorite holiday outlets, but also to our friends at Loui’s [Ed.—While its website spells it "Louis," the sign, pictured above, spells it "Loui's." We're going to go with the sign on this one], who, bless ‘em, fire up the grills and prepare eggs any way you like at 5 a.m., just in time to get you over the finals-season all-nighter hump. (Although some of us prefer the pumpkin pancakes, and wonder if anyone, ever, has ordered the fish and chips.)
While you barely may be able to keep your eyes open at that hour, you may have noticed the eclectic artwork and hangings that adorn every foot of Loui’s wall space. What you may not know is some of the history and thought behind some of the more noteworthy of these pieces. Blog took a few morning trips to Loui’s, had a look around, and sat down with Johnny—the owner and son of the legendary Louis—himself.
Our trips and learnings culminated into BlogDH’s Original Loui’s I-SPY GAME! RISD museum, ShmISD museum—the walls of Loui’s are where it’s at.
Next time you make the trip to Loui’s, see if you can spy the following artworks of interest, and comment with any other odd and delightful curios you come across! [Read more →]
While we know the picture above is absolutely terrifying, we can take comfort in the fact that our stroll through Van Wickle Gates isn’t quite on the horizon… yet. In the meantime, we want to celebrate the incredible members of the Class of 2014 and focus on what makes them special—like their inability to suppress the urge to friend every single member of the Brown Class of 2014 Admitted Students Facebook group, or their tendency to be at the GCB at any given moment.
TL;DR: We’re thrilled to present BlogDailyHerald’s first-ever Senior Superlatives. Here’s how it works:
Anyone with a Brown email address is eligible to vote. This means all students and faculty are allowed to nominate members of the senior class.
You’ll 1) nominate seniors in 30 different categories. Nominations will close on Friday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m.
You’ll then 2) vote for one of the top five nominees in each category. Voting will close Monday, December 9 at 11:59 p.m.
Your job now: Nominate seniors across 30 categories in a Google Form after the jump. Ready, set, go!
Tuesday, December 3:
Event: Serial Entrepreneur Angus Davis — Talk and Q&A
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: List 120
Brown Entrepreneurship Program and RISD E’Ship host a talk with Angus Davis, the man who sold his first venture to Microsoft for nearly $1 billion. Davis is also a Renaissance man: he’s a serial entrepreneur, innovator, angel investor, and advocate for education reform. You should go and take notes.
Wednesday, December 4:
Event: Make Your Own Cuneiform Tablet
Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Rhode Island Hall 108
This is probably the coolest thing we’ve ever seen in Morning Mail. The event is hosted by the Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies DUGs. Go. [Read more →]