16th Annual Animation Show of Shows

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Last night, RISD Auditorium hosted the 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows, curated by Ron Diamond, founder of ACME Filmworks. It was awesome. That’s really the only word for it. And beautiful. And inspiring. And funny. And disturbing. Okay, there are lots of words to describe it, because each of the films was wildly different, both aesthetically and thematically. Here’s what you missed, with videos embedded where I could find them:

CRAC!

This was weird. It was the epic tale of a quaint French-Canadian village where a rocking chair brings a family enormous joy. The animation style resembled a dancing crayon illustration at a master-level (I clearly lack the vocabulary to talk about animation with any authority). Industrialization rears its ugly head and the chair is thrown away as the village becomes a city. It receives a second life as the chair of an art museum security guard. CRAC!, if your curious, is the sound of a tree falling before it becomes a chair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsWU-nksQWA

Feast

Feast will appear before Disney’s new animated feature Big Hero 6. It is the cutest fucking thing I’ve ever seen in my life. A little puppy who loves food is rescued by a man who also loves food. When the man gets a girlfriend, she forces him to eat healthier. The dog hates healthy food. But when the man and woman break up, the man becomes sad and unhealthy It’s then that the dog must decide if he should let his master be unhealthy so he can eat pizza, or if he should help him get the girl back and risk eating spinach.

Marilyn Myller

This is a surrealist, stop-motion short about a sculptor who plays God. It’s in black and white, but the lighting is unreal. The whole thing is impossible to stop looking at, and the end has a surprise twist that pokes fun at self-important artists.

Me and My Moulton

Oh my god, this might have been my favorite. I have never been so into the way animated trees look. It’s 2D and very simple but the humor is so on point. It’s about a Danish girl who wants her parents to be normal, but they are avant-garde and her dad is the only man in town with a mustache. It’s the epic quest to convince your parents to get you a bike. And it’s so good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xw_tH_sSVU

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Sextion: Getting with your TA

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I tend to be attracted to people with the ability to solve differential equations or who thought CS15 was “easy.” Throw in a cute smile and some hipster glasses and my panties will be dropping. But what about when that person happens to be grading your work and running review sessions before midterms? A.K.A. when that person is your TA. Something about how they answer your questions makes you all hot and bothered. So, is it ok to try and get with your TA? As a TA myself, I do enjoy some tactful flirting once in a while. Just don’t be obnoxious. After all, I’ve hooked up someone that I TA’ed.

I’ve also been other side of the scenario. More than once I’ve gone to TA sessions just because I wanted to get an eyeful. I’ve also plotted with friends on how to get my TA to the GCB so I could get them tipsy and then hit on them. I know…shameless. Nevertheless, unless you’re going to be violating the school’s code of academic conduct, I say go for it. Time to get frisky with intellectual authority.

Step One: The first step to get with your TA is to be doing well in the class. They clearly care about the material, and so should you. Passion is sexier than nonchalance. But also don’t be afraid to ask questions – a good question can show how engaged you are.

Step Two: The next step is to talk to them about something other than the class material. It also helps if you have mutual friends. Otherwise, you’ll have to try a little harder. Lingering after their hours, or showing up early, can be a good way to fit in some non-class oriented conversation. Figure out what their interests are. And, if you absolutely have to, use Facebook-stalking as a last resort.

Step Three: Try to get some one-on-one time. If they offer to help you outside of their normal hours, that’s a good sign, but don’t read too far into it – they might just be doing it to be nice. If you can meet up, see how they react to flirtations. Invite them to your friend’s party and see if they show up. Ask them if they’d like to grab a cup of coffee before class one day. Or, if you’re that confident, you could just ask them out.

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What to do this week: October 20 – 26

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Monday, October 20

Event: SPEC Presents: Brown’s Annual Fall Fest
Time: 8.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: Ruth Simmons Quad

The main thing you need to know: everything is free, a student’s favorite number. Free food (pie, cider, mac and cheese), free performances (yes, a cappella), and even a free tent.

Event: PW Presents: Song for a Future Generation
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Location: PW Downspace
Tonight is the last showing of Song for a Future Generation, directed by Grant Glovin ’16. Tickets are available an hour before the show at the PW box office. It’s a future-space-comedy good time.

Tuesday, October 21

Event: Consent Day Fair
Time: 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Location: Main Green

Who doesn’t love those ‘consexual sex is hot’ t-shirts? And they’re free. Make like California talk about how yes means oh, yes. Trivia, consent pledges and t-shirts galore.

Event: Heavy Petting
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
Location: Wriston Quad

You know the drill. Cute animals, hugging, squeezing, Instagramming, and hopefully, hand sanitizing. (Am I the only one to have ever questioned the proximity to the Ratty?) But srsly, #cuteoverload!

Event: UCAAP Presents: Buddy Screening
Time: 8.30 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: Smitty-B 106

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Buddy Cianci, ex-con and ex-mayor, is running for mayor again! This 2008 documentary on the hero/anti-hero is a crowd fave. Go learn and be political, etc.

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A chair-spective on things

The ubiquitous chair. The companion of human laziness since chairs were referred to as “sitting things.” They were around even before the first human to ever sit, ever sat. Probably.

But if only they could speak. Oh, the stories they’d tell.

Luckily, while I was pulling an all-nighter for a midterm, a chair started talking to me.

If you thought Brown students were cool, wait till you hear what Brown chairs have to say.

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Me: “So, Mr. Chair, how is it like being a chair?”

Chair: *shivers* “All this booty..”

Me: “Do you have a name?”

Chair: “All this booty.”

Me: “…”

Chair: “Sorry about that. Booty got me day-dreamin’.

I guess it’s not all that bad. It pays the bills.

The name’s Fred, by the way.”

Me: “Okay, Fred. Can you stop talking about butts?

My audience may not approve.”

Fred: “Uhm. Rude. It’s literally on my mind every day.

So excuse me.”

Me: “I’m so–”

Fred: “And you know what’s worse?

I’m not even into butts! People just don’t seem to get it.”

Me: “Can I j–”

Fred: “Standing is a social construct.”

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Songs that you hear at every Brown party

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When you go to parties on campus, you may notice certain trends. For one, there’s always that freshmen couple voraciously going at it on the couch (they probably met through Brown Hookups- good for them). There’s also that person trying too hard to be the life of the party by yelling “Yeah!” or “Wooo!” and making other throaty sounds that make us slightly uncomfortable. By now, you may have also realized that there are specific songs that are played at every party you attend, no matter what. Here is a guide to understanding Brown’s favorite party music!

Turn Down for What- Lil Jon

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Mood: Zzjsbfsdafalg

Lil Jon has done it again! This is the “Get Low” of the modern age. Have no doubt that once this song starts playing, people will go apeshit, so it may be wise to seek cover; beer will spill, and heads will roll (jk). Everyone in the room will suddenly become the grimiest versions of themselves, all the while wondering what the hell the lyrics actually mean. Hmm, is this possible MCM thesis material? You take a mental note.

Ignition (Remix)- R. Kelly

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Mood: It’s a Wednesday night, baby, and I’m alive!

Brunonia’s fixation with this song still puzzles me. Maybe it’s just that funky beat that makes us want to get jiggy with it. Or, maybe it’s because we have a spiritual connection with R. Kelly (eek?). I mean, it is the freaking weekend, and I AM about to have me some fun! Whoa, it’s like he gets us, you know? I once saw a boy start tearing up the moment this song began to play during a Spring Weekend party, and to this day, I still wonder if he’s doing alright.

Anaconda- Nicki Minaj

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Mood: Dear flat ass, don’t fail me now!

This song allegedly spurred the “big booty” movement… I’ll let you know when I figure out exactly what this entails. Anyway, this song will have everyone werkin’ and twerkin’, and all other variations of ‘erkin. It will put you in touch with your inner Nicki Minaj, so definitely proceed with caution. Also, you may find yourself popping your booty in ways you did not think possible, so make sure to have some Icy Hot back patches for the morning after.

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SPONSORED: Why you should become one of the 267 in 257 Thayer

After walking up Thayer Street dozens of times a day, Brown students have become accustomed to passing the 257 Thayer construction site without a second thought. However, now that the complex is ready for leasing, 257 Thayer is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This year’s batch of 267 residents will be the first to experience its prime location, all-inclusive amenities, and fun, community-building activities.

One of the features of 257 Thayer that sets it apart from other apartments in Providence is that 257 Thayer is all-inclusive. Renting one of the complex’s single, double, or three-person apartments comes with utilities, furniture, cable TV, Wi-Fi, heating and air conditioning, and access to the complex’s state-of-the-art gym. Everything a student may need in their apartment is provided and included in the monthly rent. No extra purchases necessary.

Heather Rojas, manager of 257 Thayer, says, “We specialize in student housing. We understand what student needs are and try to meet them. We have a maintenance and service team on site and available for residents at anytime.” If student-residents have issues, 257 managers will talk to students about the problem rather than immediately implementing lease repercussions. “We like to do business family style,” Rojas says.

In keeping with Brown University’s commitment to environmentalism, 257 Thayer is Silver LEED certified, meaning the complex reduces its energy by 30% compared to other buildings of its size. 257 Thayer’s other eco-friendly features include solar panels on the roof, insulation that saves energy, electric car charging stations, and a commitment to decreasing carbon emissions through biking.

Located in the basement level of 257 Thayer are numerous bike racks, encouraging students to choose eco-friendly transportation and make use of Providence’s new bike path that will connect East Bay and College Hill. Moreover, 257 will host a bicycle benefit, during which residents can bring their bike helmets to the 257 Thayer office and receive a helmet sticker that allows them to get discounts at places such as Spectrum India, NOW Yoga, and many more local businesses.

Perhaps the most unique feature of 257 Thayer is its emphasis on community. Rojas says, “We will have events with various merchants on Thayer and will bring in local artists and musicians as well. We want to help bring Thayer Street back to what it used to be.” 257 Thayer’s commitment to community interaction can already be seen in the parklet outside the Brown University Bookstore, built by 257 Thayer for the spring, summer, and fall months.

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