7:30 p.m. Such a good level of silence here! I can eat chips without dirty looks (unlike some places) but also no loud talking.
7:35 p.m. Desktop computers are so beautiful. Look at this screen! I’ve pulled up my assignment sheet, a clean word document to type my essay in, and there is even extra space for quick internet time. These computers are just so fancy and cool. Remember that interview with that writer I read where he/she was like, oh, I can only write my novels on my desktop? If I had my own personal desktop I could write a novel, too. But right now I’m going to do this essay.
7:45 p.m. White spaces are so intimidating.
8:02 p.m. [After spinning in chair a bit.] Why a painting of peppers, though?
It’s getting late on a Friday night and you’re feeling lucky: whether you met dancing to that one song at a party or you matched on Brown Hookups, you’ve found the phe you’re hoping to take home tonight. Unfortunately, you have midterms, practice, and/or a life to get to next week and catching a cold is really not an option. Resources like the Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) are here to make sure you’re fully protected from the more important stuff, but BlogDH is here with some ways to avoid the cough/congestion/headache everyone seems to be getting on Tuesday.
First, let’s quickly clear a few things up: There seems to be some debate as to whether or not you can catch a cold from kissing (pro). Unfortunately, it can be transferred through just about everything else: their pillow, breath, etc. (con).
People are also most contagious before they show symptoms, so even if there are no tissues on the dresser you should still follow these tips:
1. Get your flu shot: If you missed getting one in Faunce, it’s not too late. Head to Health Services or to CVS for one of the quickest and easiest ways to protect yourself this season. Get that special someone to come with you and hold your hand in the case of fear of needles.
2. Hydrate up: The thirst is real. You’re going to be sweating off some electrolytes, and just like with any workout, you’re going to need to replenish them. Not to mention that drinking plenty of liquids is the best way to ward off congestion.
3. Take a hot shower: Showering after a hookup is always a good idea. The hotter the water, the better for getting clean. Bonus if you invite your partner to shower with you.
I asked everyone to leave so we could have our privacy.
Dear Sayles Hall,
How are you? For 133 years old, you’re looking great. You’ve been a loving host to student group rehearsals, SPEC events, and The Housing Games (RIP). Heck, you have even been to SPG! Have I mentioned you have the largest remaining Hutchings-Votey pipe organ in the world?! Seriously, thnks4themmrs and way to be you.
Hey, there is something I’ve wanted to talk to you about. I’ve been on staff here at BlogDH for three years and have never written a Flog. I’ve never really wanted to because I hate complaining and I seek to see the glass half-full as frequently as possible. Until now.
I’m quite bad at confrontation and don’t want this to come as a shock to you. Please bear with me as I try to express my feelings. I will even try to speak from the “I” perspective. What I’ve been meaning to tell you is that your bathrooms are literally the worst thing about this entire institution for higher learning.
Was that too harsh?
Let me explain myself. We can start by talking about the location of your facilities. Your only bathrooms are located in the basement of the building, which is an absurd amount of steps away from your third floor
dungeon. I could also get into all of the sense that your stairs lack, but I digress.
Given my abnormally small bladder, I always face this dilemma as to whether I should commit myself to hiking the literal Oregon Trail to get to your facilities or if I should just suffer the bladder discomfort. Also, seriously my bad if I’m taking this the wrong way, but it seems that you are proud of this trek and wear it as a badge of honorable character. You really shouldn’t, Sayles. I dare you to have one more sign telling me that your only bathrooms are located in the basement. Also stop sugar-coating it by calling it “the lower level.” It is the basement.
Sure, Family Weekend can be great. It likely entails reunions with loved ones and good meals. It will also probably alleviate some of that homesickness you have been feeling lately in this perpetual grey-ness that is October in Providence.
But there are also aspects of having your family descend upon College Hill that are likely to disrupt your daily life and independence here at Brown. We’re here to listen, so tell us: what part of Family Weekend are you most dreading?
Recently, fellow blogger Ari Snider ’18 wrote a lovely post about the struggles of being an Andrews resident. He touched on the many issues of life in such a swanky dorm, including distractingly large windows and lackluster water pressure in his personal sink. (True travesties, I know.) After reading the post, I felt it would only be fitting to give some attention to Brown’s largest (and best) freshmen dorm: Keeney. So, without further ado, here are the 10 biggest Keeney problems:
1. Not being able to swipe into any of the other houses. One of the greatest aspects of life in Keeney is being so close to so many other freshmen. The residential complex used to be completely conjoined; residents were able to access all parts of the dorm by either walking across the quad and swiping in or by simply walking through the hallways (hence the infamous “Keeney crawl”). Renovations in recent years gave the quad a much-needed facelift; changes included re-vamped interiors, brand-new lounges and laundry facilities, a pristine fitness center, and the splitting off of the dorm into three distinct “houses.” While many of the renovations are awesome, this last one has proven to be incredibly infuriating. Though the division of the dorm does foster a greater sense of community in each house, the inability of residents to access other houses is quite a let-down. Imagine having a friend who lives in the same building as you and having to ask that friend to swipe you into their section of the same building. It’s extremely annoying.
2. Never knowing what to expect when going to the bathroom. See above.
3. Paper-thin walls. People can hear everything from the hallways, from casual conversations to the Taylor Swift jams you play in your room at 7am on a Tuesday.
Parents outside of their natural habitat.
With midterms and destructive squirrels taking up most of our energy, it’s hard to think ahead to this weekend when Brunonia will be alive with parents and families. While some of us may be primarily focused on getting our ‘rents to cover our many expenses, others may be worried about what the hell they’re supposed to do with a bunch of parents on a college campus. Never fear! There’s no need to spend actual quality time with your parents, for Brown’s clubs and activities have come together to give us a weekend packed with sporting events, brunches, and cleverly named concerts (I’m looking at you, a cappella) to drag your families to. Check our comprehensive list of every single thing you can do with your family this weekend.
Friday, October 24
4:00 p.m. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Building Dedication & Opening and Black Experiences at Brown: A Visual Narrative Exhibition Opening Reception, 94 Waterman Street
Visit the new home of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Address by the one and only president emerita Ruth J. Simmons.
6:00 p.m. PW presents 3C2C (3 Chairs, 2 Cubes)
A festival of new plays in the PW Downspace
6:30 p.m. Musical Forum’s Family Weekend Revue, Alumnae Hall Crystal Room
Join Musical Forum as in their annual Family Weekend Revue, featuring songs from hit musicals and movies.
7:30 p.m. Brown Madrigal Singers Family Weekend Concert