Theories why the Blue Room refuses to spread cream cheese

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The Blue Room is a great place to get a good meal. Where else but the Blue Room can you walk in at10 a.m. and get a chocolate chip muffin, a sushi roll, and an iced coffee? Despite all the love and admiration for the Blue Room, it has one major problem: why won’t we spread cream cheese? I work for BuDS and have never gotten a real answer. This may seem like a ridiculous problem to have with such a great place. Thanks to extensive socratic research and analysis, compiled here are the best theories of why we won’t spread for you.

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Rhode Island has put stringent regulations on the cream cheese business.

As many people know, Rhode Island is a corrupt very particular state. It has laws and regulations that are unique, perhaps, to its Puritanic heritage. Some examples of rational laws in Rhode Island are as follows:

1) It is against the law to throw pickle juice at a trolley.

2) It is against the law to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.

These make sense, and they reflect the strict social controls the Ocean State has drafted over the years to uphold its morally sound society. Would it be so crazy to think that Rhode Island passed an anti-cream-cheese-spreading law?

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Brown has a financially selfish ulterior motive.

Brown has made some ambitious investments in the butter industry. Brown will take any opportunity it can to deter its students from using cream cheese. Fact.

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(Finger)Blast from the past

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Last week, I wrote about the hand job: a staple of the early hook up years, whose favor has gone by the wayside. But, what about vagina owners? I think they deserve some hand-love, too.

Since I moved out of my freshman dorm room, I have not discussed “fingering” whatsoever. As an obvious lover of foreplay, I, along with the support of my partners, incorporated it into the pre-sex motions. I failed to give it the “extracurricular” thought it deserved, as my mind was preoccupied with new sex positions and blow job techniques. During Nick Offerman’s lecture at Brown last semester, he talked a lot about how great his sex life is with his wife, Megan Mullally. Nothing stuck with me as much, however, as his discussion of “fingerblasting” her to orgasm. “I want that!” I thought to myself. Similar to the hand job, getting fingered has been seamlessly integrated into foreplay, but does not often get the chance to stand on its own. Furthermore, from my own experience, it seems to be a lot more poking and prodding than anything actually arousing. This is not a gynecologic exam; you’re not trying to feel my uterus. If we’re going to do this, let’s do it right, please. So, let’s get down to it after the jump: Continue Reading


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The pizza revolution is here

Before recently, I hadn’t had the chance to meet any computer whizzes at Brown–or, for that matter, anywhere else–so I don’t quite know what to expect when I venture into the CIT for the first time to meet Graham Carling. He takes me up to the 5th floor of the building and as we walk past old computers on display he tells me, “It’s usually pretty deserted up here.” And he’s right: the two top floors feel like a ghost town. I find myself wondering whether I should have chosen a concentration with its own swipe-access-only building. This place is like a goddamn personal library.

I’ve reached out to Graham to hear more about an app he’s been a part of for close to two years, Push For Pizza – an iPhone application that streamlines the process of ordering pizza. If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Push for Pizza went viral last fall with an awesome video [above] that the team made for the launch of the app. The video and the app caught the attention of Forbes, New York Times, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post–for Christ’s sake, it featured on Steve Harvey. It was everywhere. But don’t Google “Push for Pizza” and expect Graham’s face to pop up. He’s not on the public side of the app. Instead, he’s busy developing it – building and maintaining the complicated code that makes the app function.

“It’s not that simple,” Graham says as he explains some of the intricacies of how the app actually goes about ordering pizza for a customer. “We first thought about writing a code that went onto Dominos.com and just filled out forms…we could’ve done that. But that would’ve been boring.” Without getting too specific, Push For Pizza version 1.0 worked by sending a customer’s information to Order-in.com, where the order was processed, confirmed and then routed to the pizzeria. “It was extremely janky and so inconsistent…it was not good,” Graham says. Still, the Push for Pizza team released the app to the public in August of 2014 with phenomenal media success. “Then the VCs started to get involved.”

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Yale sets the bar for Spring Weekend very high

Last night, Yale’s BCA equivalent–I’m going to go ahead and call them the YCA? –announced their Spring Fling line up for this year. It’s… amazing: St Lucia, Klingande, and Jessie J.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of the above artists, watch the announcement video above. You probably know St. Lucia and Klingande, but just don’t know you know — their songs are everywhere. ‘YCA’ has also given helpful category labels: St Lucia is the “indie electronic performer,” Klingande will be the “house performer,” and Jessie J is the headliner, i.e. an actual pop star!

Holy shit, this line up is great. St Lucia is not some crappy random indie artist, which is always the concern when filling this category. His debut album, When the Night, is not only full of great indie-dance tracks (check out “Elevate” in the above video, and “All Eyes On You” or “Closer Than This“), but it was also actually popular. You’ll find in on any given indie pop/dance playlist on Songza, or whatever equivalent Spotify playlists you follow.

House music is not my area of specialty,  but Klingande has some very doting fans here at BlogDH. He makes those very recognizable songs with great sounds in them and then a few words that repeat. “Jubel” and “Punga” are the ones you’ve definitely heard.

And, wow, Jessie J. “Bang Bang” is probably one of the most fun pop songs of the last year (even though one friend described it as a less-great rip-off of “Lady Marmalade”). And who didn’t secretly wake up to “Domino” in their head in 2012? Yale is going to be feeling so sexy and free at their Spring Fling!!! According to the Yale Daily News, she’s also the first female headliner at their Spring Fling since 1998.

God, good job Yale. We’re super jealous and feeling threatened–we’re the “cool Ivy”!  Your move, BCA.


Students Who Do Cool Things: Amara Berry, Miss RI U.S. Supranational, founder of Camp Sparkle

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Rhode Island’s candidate for Miss U.S. Supranational, Brown junior Amara Berry, is working to empower young girls (and boys and phes) by teaching them valuable skills from carpentry to jiu jitsu, and all in the presence of plenty of glitter. We sat down with her to discuss this latest (and sparkliest) project:

BlogDailyHerald: In your own words, what is Camp Sparkle?

Amara Berry: Camp Sparkle is a place for kids of all genders to learn how to change a tire, fix a leaky faucet, build things and break things if they want.

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BlogDH: When and how did you first get the idea for Camp Sparkle?

AB: I’ve been a nanny for 10 years, and before that, I was a child. I loved princesses and glitter and pink, but I also loved football. One of the things that I noticed is that princesses always waited to be saved, and never solved their problems for themselves. I was conflicted, and I wanted to see someone like myself reflected in toys and the way we see princesses. I thought of Camp Sparkle as a place for kids who also love pink and sparkles who might be interested in the things that we teach the kids we don’t give pink and sparkles to.

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RISD Last Call: Sierra Barela

By now, you’ve read the first posts of this semester’s Last Call chains here and here. This year, BlogDailyHerald is adding another chain to the mix (or more than 2 chainz, if you will), featuring seniors from the RISD Class of 2015. Presenting RISD Last Call: making art school a little less confidential, one senior at a time. 

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Then + Now

People might know me as… The girl with curly hair who paints.

In my time at RISD, I am most proud of… The lifelong friendships I’ve made with a handful of incredible people.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… In the studio painting or just hanging out with friends. Some 90s R&B/Hip Hop usually finds it’s way in there

The best class/professor at RISD is… I’ve had a lot of great teachers, but I’d say I probably gained the most from Craig Taylor’s painting class Junior year.

The Met vs. Portfolio… The Met! Always!

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