Winter Storm Juno’s pal Linus headed to town

Where are they going to put all this snow?

Because Juno wasn’t enough, everyone please welcome Winter Storm Linus. Linus has already ripped through the midwest and is headed straight for us. Boston is predicted to get up to a foot and a half of snow, while Providence is slated to receive only a meager foot, starting tonight through Monday evening, at the latest.

Winter Storm Linus is sure to be meaner than Linus from Peanuts.

Winter Storm Linus is sure to be meaner than Linus from Peanuts.

A wintry mix later tomorrow means more ice–as if it wasn’t already impossible to walk at more than a glacial pace (see what I did there?????) on Providence’s nicely salted and shoveled sidewalks.

There’s been no word on class cancellations (we’re looking at you, Russell Carey), although I have already received emails from two professors about potential cancellations. Two snow days in a school year is unlikely, but not unprecedented following Winter Storm Sandy in 2012, which cancelled two days back to back. And even if the university remains open, be sure to check your email for individual class cancellations if professors can’t get to campus.

And, in a cruelly ironic twist, tomorrow is Groundhog Day. I guess that’s a good thing because the groundhog definitely won’t be able to see his shadow tomorrow. That being said, Providence is expecting snowfall two more days this week. Happy February everyone!

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Concert Knowledge: 8 Things I Learned at Fleetwood Mac

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A magical thing happened on Wednesday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but I swear, it was magic.

Fleetwood Mac stopped in Providence as a part of the second string of their “On With The Show” tour, the first time the ~core five~ members of the band have batted for the same team since Christine McVie, the band’s vocalist, keyboardist and accordionist, left in 1998. So it was a pretty big fucking deal.

Realizing that this may be the first and last opportunity I will ever have in my lifetime to get the full Fleetwood Mac experience, I bought tickets on StubHub and forgot about my 100 pages of creative nonfiction reading in order to do some creative nonfiction living. Ha.

Here are the eight things I learned and loved at Fleetwood Mac:

1. They just get it.

The first six songs of the setlist, in order:

The Chain
You Make Loving Fun
Dreams
Second Hand News
Rhiannon (during which I decided I might name my child Rhiannon)
Everywhere

Fleetwood Mac came to fool nobody. They gave their loyal audience what is wanted. They played no games, like that time I saw John Mayer at Madison Square Garden and he only played, like, three songs that everyone knew. They didn’t leave anything out, either, including “Seven Wonders,” “Big Love,” “Landslide,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Go Your Own Way,” “World Turning,” “Don’t Stop,” “Silver Springs,” and “Songbird.”

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Things that rhyme: Brown edition

2014 was an exciting time for anyone who had a penchant for clever wordplay, and too much time on their hands. Jews of Brown, Shoes of Brown. Brown Hook-ups, Brown Cookups. Baes of Brown, and then Neighs of Brown. (That one may have been a bit of a stretch.) Have you picked up on the trend? Things that rhyme are hilarious! Comedy, like, in one sentence!!

UnFortunately, it’s a new year, and it’s time to move on to fresh, surely less creative trolls. Some of these Facebook pages have already buckled under the pressure of maintenance, but we wanted to personally nip this in the bud.

From the people that arguably have the most verbal flair, and certainly have the most time to waste, here is an exhaustive list of things that rhyme with Brown Facebook pages.

Jews/Shoes of Brown

Blues of Brown – A page advertising various blues bands and/or Blue Man group wannabes.

Coups of Brown – A platform for those seeking tips in staging a hostile takeover, or who want to discuss their previous results at attempting to overthrow their superiors.

News of Brown – Potential rebranding for the Brown Daily Herald?

Ewes and Gnus of Brown – celebrating the wildlife of Providence.

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Brown Confessions

Brown Obsessions: An online community dedicated to celebrating Beyonce, the word “heteronormative,” and free condoms.

Brown Transgressions: Basically, the same exact thing as the Confessions page.

Brown Impressions: For people who appreciate the soul/R&B group from 1960s. No relation to the ability to impersonate another person’s voice.

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If you have experience making videos and want to join Blog, apply to join our video team today! We’re looking for talented videographers, cinematographers and video editors. E-mail us with some of your past work and you could have your videos shared with the whole student body. For more information, contact us at blog@browndailyherald.com.

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Now Here This is live!

10933954_331628020371703_3994028759200166041_nNow Here This, co-founded by Sophie McKibben ’16 and Liza Yeager ’17, is an online platform for student-produced audio stories. New pieces will be released weekly, “featuring memoirs and interviews, investigative journalism and live storytelling, slam poetry, and more,” on the website designed by Emma Funk ’16.

The concept of Now Here This originated this past fall, when McKibben and Yeager realized that Brown was missing a platform – “an audio platform to host all kinds of the audio stories they loved to listen to.” The idea of creating such a project caught fire, and soon enough, a team assembled to make this dream a reality. Now, the organization has grown through collaboration with Brown Storytellers and support from the Dean’s Office, the Transformative Conversations Initiative at Brown, advisors Professor Beth Taylor from the English Department and Alex Braunstein from the Swearer Center, as well as from the Brown community at large.

Audio stories on the site will tap into a variety of formats and topics. Some “Features” pieces will perhaps remind listeners of podcasts like This American Life or Radiolab, featuring personal stories and investigations into science topics, for example. Some stories will have producers narrating, in the style of 99% Invisible, and others, such as the “Creative Nonfiction” pieces, may remind listeners of recordings by David Sedaris. Though inspired by the podcasts McKibben and Yeager grew up listening to, Now Here This is “not quite a podcast and not quite a radio station,” while aiming to carve out its own genre of audio content. The platform hopes to combine all different kinds of audio storytelling, not limited to a specified format or subject.

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Sans Meal Plan: Sweet Potato Waffles

A few days ago one of my housemates got a waffle maker, so we obviously decided to have a breakfast party. We learned that Ed Sheeran is quality waffle-making music and invited friends with a selfie stick and GoPro for added entertainment. These friends also helped with the the leftover-batter-problem and dreaded dishwasher-less clean up. But waffles are also cool for those sans meal plan because you can freeze them for later. However, we didn’t make ordinary waffles, we made sweet potato waffles. Here’s an easy recipe from Food52, so in the morning you’re makin’ waffles.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted, melted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups pureed sweet potatoes

STEPS

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, orange zest, ground ginger, and salt.

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