Brown community continues to show solidarity with Ferguson and New York

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In the weeks since the non-indictments of the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we have seen all kinds of protests against a justice system that is rarely applied equally to all Americans. In Providence alone, there have been die-ins, marches, and a massive petition to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse demanding reform.

Though finals period often takes our attention away from just about everything outside of our looming exams, many members of the Brown community have continued to stand up and demand a more equitable justice system–one in which black lives matter. You can see as much on your news feed every day: our classmates are traveling to New York to join the Millions March, sharing posts about how best to be an ally at a time like this, and expressing their rage and sorrow at the events of the past month. Some have led their own protests, lending a hand in the best way they know how.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Skies Over Milton

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Studying all day in a carrel, time moves slowly, and often entire days pass without you catching a glimpse of the sun. The good news is that there are great events happening on campus even amidst all this drudgery. One such event is Skies over Milton which is a sound and video installation in Cohen Gallery (Granoff) that will be open from Saturday, December 13 to Wednesday, December 17 from 4-9p.m. The installation by  the theater company PearlDamour shows footage of the sky from five towns all named Milton (across the country) and examines what it means to be American. So if you are bogged down by all the work and just want to sit and relax, drop by the Granoff Center. The art will make you forget your finals (hopefully only temporarily) and allow you to lose yourself in the bigger questions.


3 times the John Hay Library couldn’t handle finals

This is meant to be a humor post, and is in no ways intended to offend those who work to maintain the immaculacy of the John Hay Library. It’s personally one of my favorite places to work, and I love it dearly and have profound respect for its staff. 

Finals season is definitely not for the faint of heart. Between term papers, exams, and group projects, finals season is mentally and physically exhausting. The poor newly-renovated John Hay Library is a lowly first-year at Brown, and it’s definitely feeling the struggle. Here are three times the John Hay Library simply could not deal with finals season:

 

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1. That time it just needed to sleep. The John Hay Library has been caught sleeping on the job twice this week! Between a 10:30 p.m. bedtime on Tuesday and a 4:08 p.m. power nap today, this poor little first-year is definitely struggling to adapt to the finals season sleep cycle (or lack thereof).

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2. That time it forgot to drink Emergen-C and caught a cold. Poor John Hay Library hasn’t quite realized the importance of keeping its immune system strong during this tough time. It must have forgotten to take its daily dose of Vitamin C, because it started to get quite cold earlier this week. There was supposedly some sort of malfunction with the heater, but we all know that the John Hay Library was really just feeling a bit under the weather due to all of the stress and lack of sleep that comes with finals period!

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3. That time it was too exhausted to print out its term paper. The John Hay Library finally finished its term paper, just before the deadline! However, it was just so mentally and physically run-down from the many long hours of work  that it dedicated to the paper that it forgot to print it out! Poor thing.

Hang in there, John Hay Library! It’ll all be over before you know it!

Images via, via, and via Kevin Haggerty ’18.


Four daydreams to get you through finals

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Finals are brutal, and studying seems more soul-crushing than ever, now that the Naked Donut Run has come and gone. But do not despair, because there is still one sure-fire way to survive finals with a smile: daydreaming. Daydreaming can be done anywhere and will leave you recharged and ready to hit the books. Plus, you are capable of thinking about whatever you want. How cool is that? While I’m sure you have plenty of wonderful things to think about, here are a few ideas to get yourself to that happy place:

1. You’re in the reading room of the John Hay Library, running through flashcards for an Arabic final. You’re sweating from the concentration. You need to pass this final, because if not you’ll fail the class and possibly not graduate. A tap on your shoulder breaks your concentration. You look up and see Queen Elizabeth II.

“What do you want?” you snap at Her Majesty. “Can’t you see I’m working here?”

“Pardon me,” says the Queen. “It’s just that I’ve decided that I want you to be my successor. I’ve made all the arrangements. You start this afternoon.”

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BlogDH Presents: Fall 2014 Cubicle Superlatives!

As you’re probably well-aware, finals season is in full swing. It’s time for the University’s study resources to shine, so in honor of the many long hours we’re all spending in libraries, here are BlogDH’s official Fall 2014 Cubicle Superlatives! (This is definitely a thing that is real.)

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Most beautiful: Main Reading Room, the Rock. Brand-new to the University, the Rock’s main reading room features several cubicles that can only be described as undeniably sexy. Just look at those partitions. And the chairs are so ergonomic…swoon.

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Most artistic: RISD Library. I mean, the RISD library is literally an art school library. It doesn’t get much more artistic than that.

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Cutest couple: SciLi, 13th floor. Look at that configuration–they’re truly lovers intertwined. So adorable.

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“Write Drunk, Edit Sober”: A guide to final papers and assignments

With finals upon us, I have no doubt that many of you, like me, have classes that require final papers. They tend to loom over your week, your every waking moment dogged by the thought that you could be making some progress on an essay. At least with in-class finals you can tell yourself you’ve done all the studying that will be beneficial. A paper is in the back of your mind right up to the moment you pass the minimum page threshold, and even then you have to worry about editing. Under this level of stress, you might find yourself with some stubborn writer’s block. Fortunately, you can get around this in much the same way you get around stalled conversations: alcohol. Let your mind run free to get a draft done, then return at a later date to look upon your work and marvel at your typos. Depending on the assignment and the subject, you can indulge yourself with varying levels of inebriation. Let’s get down to business.

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Hm, it seems I’ve stored my books beneath my booze. There’s only one way out of this.

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Drink: Coke Zero

Drunkenness: You on your tenth birthday

This isn’t technically a final paper, but it is a take-home assignment that you have to write things on, so I’ll say it counts. Anyway, I hate to be the fun police here, but I can’t imagine successfully doing math whilst inebriated. If you can navigate the sea of numbers and party at the same time, then go for it, you beautiful lunatic.

Research Paper

Drink: Beer

Drunkenness: Out to dinner with close friends

Please note that I’m assuming you’ve already gathered the necessary information and references on which you’re basing the paper. If all you’ve got is a vague idea about what you want the subject to be, I’d suggest leaving the libations on hold.

A research paper is less about inspiration than precision. You don’t need to stir the reader’s heart with stunningly beautiful prose; you just have to make sure your arguments are concise and airtight. Drinking too much will work against this, so get a good beer and use it more to relax and enjoy the process of writing than to inspire the writing itself. If your only experience drinking beer before now is through funnels or Natty Light cans, you’ll want to slow down your pace. You can’t afford to black out burn out too early. Research papers are frequently 10 to 15 pages in length, if not more. Take your time.

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