Sans Meal Plan: Squaghetti

Keeping with the theme of turning veggies into carb-y guilty pleasures (a la cauliflower-crust pizza), we decided to tackle squaghetti.

Squaghetti is exactly what it sounds like – squash spaghetti – and is made using a spaghetti squash (which is real vegetable). This squash is basically magical, in that if you heat it up (microwave or oven) and run a fork through it, you instantaneously create an entire bowl of angel-hair like squash strands.

This is an incredibly versatile recipe and can be garnished with as many or as few toppings as you like. The recipe that we used comes from Miranda Hammer of The Crunchy Radish blog, and calls for chickpeas, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, and parmesan.

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Things We’ve Seen at A Better World By Design

A Better World by Design has taken campus by storm this weekend. We decided to experience it for ourselves!

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Thoughts on our morning panel…

We started our morning at a panel entitled “Youth Democracy and Design,” moderated by  Jen Hetzel Silbert, the founder and curator of Learning 401, an educational non-profit in Rhode Island.

The panel featured Yesica Guerra, director of Crónicas de Héroes/Hero Reports, Sam Gilman ‘15 co-founder of Common Sense Action, and Sam Chaltain, a national educator and organizational change consultant. While the panel took a few moments each to talk about the work that they had done in their respective fields to design solutions that provide a better platform for youth voice, participants spent the majority of the session asking questions, suggesting potential areas for intervention, and collaborating with one another to brainstorm.

One of the most interest take-aways was the idea of understanding the delicate balance of individual freedom and group structure within the school system and how this balance can be deeply impacted by the tension that democracy and capitalism create in our public schools.

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So about those bubbles…

The multi-colored bubbles popping up around campus are the brainchildren of a RISD art collaborative named Pneuhaus, which began as a thesis project for 2014 RISD graduates Matthew Muller and August Lehrecke. Over the summer, they added Hunter Blackwell (RISD ‘14, glass) and Levi Bedall (Ohio State University, Architecture, ‘14).

Their mission, according to their website, is “focused around designing objects and spaces that require an active participation from their audience,” and their latest installation is no exception.

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Know Your Shit: The best places on campus to poop

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Disclaimer: I have chosen to withhold my name from this article for one reason and one reason only: I plan to continue using these locations for my bathroom ventures. Specifically the lovely Brown/RISD Hillel. I do not want to be labeled as “that guy who told everyone to poop at Hillel.” It’s not my fault they have awesome facilities.

We’ve all been there – it’s a Thursday morning, you’re incredibly hungover, and the last place you want to be is sitting in class. As you count down the minutes until your lecture ends, you start to feel a rumbling in your stomach. Shit. Literally. All the spicy mayo you put on your fries last night at Jo’s is really starting to take its toll, and you need to go now.

We all know how deadly hangover shits can be, but the real question is, what do you do next? Where do you turn? Some people might take the gamble and try to make it back to their dorm room, but if you’re across campus, this is definitely not an option. That is why I am (reluctantly) revealing the best places on campus to poop.

poopI wouldn’t call myself an expert on pooping, but let’s face it, I’ve been doing it for over 20 years. After careful consideration, I’ve narrowed down the defining characteristics of what makes a perfect pooping environment. The first is obviously cleanliness. Nothing is worse than rushing into a bathroom and seeing that someone has already defiled your sanctuary. The second aspect that I look for is privacy. Pooping in silence is just clearly better than being interrupted, no explanation needed. The third, and oft overlooked aspect is ambiance. If you are setting in a grungy, albeit clean, bathroom, it is acceptable. But not ideal.

So here it is, the list of the best bathrooms to go poop in on campus:

The John Hay – Oh man. Was I excited when I found out the John Hay was opening. Not because of a great new study space or vaulted ceilings. No, I was excited because I knew with a new building comes new bathrooms. I was not disappointed. The bathrooms that are inside the Hay are quiet, well lit, and fastidiously maintained.

Above Andrews Commons – I find that study spaces often provide the best bathrooms in terms of privacy, but Andrews Commons also knocks it out of the park in terms of cleanliness and ambience. Not only are they well-cared for, but the large windows also provide great lighting and a heavenly glow to compliment your bathroom experience.

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PW Presents: Almost, Maine

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Marli Scharlin’s ’16 production of Almost, Maine, coming to the PW downspace this weekend, is truly an ensemble show. There are no lead roles, but rather a cast of supporting characters each seamlessly stabilizing and carrying the next in toy-like fashion, such that if one performance fell, so would the show (yes, that is a Jenga metaphor, and a well-constructed one at that. Pun intended.) Luckily, no performers fell. Well, not figuratively. Quite literally, several characters fall.

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9 things we learned at the Janus Campaign Finance Debate

As politically and socially active as Brown is, three (vastly important) words rarely enter the myriad of debates and discussions taking place on the Main Green, in classrooms, dorm room floors and, because this is Brown, at parties on Saturday nights: campaign finance reform.

Everyone sort of knows what it is (“we need to get money out of politics!”), but few talk about the specifics. How are we going to get money out of politics? Exactly why is that so vastly important? Is it an attainable goal?

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The Janus Forum sought to answer this question by organizing an informal debate between Harvard Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig and UCLA Professor of Law Eugene Volokh. Both are outspoken members of the campaign finance reform debate, Lessig an advocate for overhauling our current campaign finance system (he recently started a grassroots PAC to support candidates pledging to reform campaign finance laws), Volokh, an eminent critic of reform.

What ensued was a nuanced and in-depth discussion of not only the theoretical problems and solutions (or lack thereof, according to Volokh) but also of tangible steps forward. Here are the highlights.

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Best places on campus to check yourself out

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It’s no doubt that we live in the age of the “selfie,” to linguists’ dismay, but what does this really tell us about the underlying principals of current society? Ok, we’re not about to invoke Chomsky or get too technical here. In fact, TIME Magazine put it quite simply: our generation is a bunch of narcissistic assholes. Well, you’re in luck, kiddos, because the following list of the best places to check out your appearance on campus will help you become the best version of your “assholey-millennial” self!

For the record, I am physically repulsed by the word “millennial,” and I would push instead for the label “fabuluxe trailblazers,” but whatever, TIME, you win this one.

1. BioMed building facing Brown St.

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This is the quintessential checkout spot. The extremely reflective windows seem to go on for days, and allow you to catch a glimpse of your entire body in motion, because sometimes you just need to triple check that your skirt is obeying gravity on those windy autumn days. Also, apparently there are offices behind these windows. Cool, then, this has just confirmed my worry that a bunch of strangers may have gained insider’s access to my nostrils.

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