What we’re reading

If you read one thing this week (yikes), it should be ProPublica‘s “Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash,” exposing patronage and corruption within the country’s largest regional Federal Reserve banks. The report was so influential that it provoked a congressional reaction and changes in policy at Goldman Sachs.

Another hugely important article: “For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences” situates the tragic death of Maria Fernandes in a greater context of unlivable circumstances for low wage American workers.

Ai Weiwei’s new exhibition at Alcatraz is awesome.

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A little sneak preview.

In “God, Darwin and My College Biology Class,” David Barash takes the more controversial stance that science and religion are incompatible and students should know that.

For your weekly dosage of cultural critique, New Republic‘s “How Parody Videos Transformed Pop Music–for Better and Worse.”

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BlogDH’s S/NC checklist

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Tuesday is the deadline to change the grading methods for your classes. Since it’s the one thing about Brown academics that is apparently written in stone, you should probably carefully consider how intense you want this semester to be when deciding whether or not to take that class S/NC.

Check everything below that applies to you, and our generator will let you know whether taking that fourth class for a grade really is a good idea.


Should you take that fourth class S/NC?

Should you take that fourth class S/NC?

I’m taking two (or more!) classes for my concentration.
I’m taking on leadership positions like it’s junior year of high school.
I just started How to Get Away with Murder.
I spend more time in the SciLi/Rock/BarHo/CIT than not.
I’m off meal-plan …
… and I have no idea what to do with the kholrabi from my Market Share.
I just rediscovered my old Neopets account so, I’ve got that going on.
I’m also working a job.
I’m starting to realize that I really won’t care enough at the end of the semester to write that final essay about a geobiochemical-linguistic analysis of late-post-structuralist agrarian economies and what Foucault had to say about them.
Sometimes I, you know, like to have fun.
Like … really have fun.
Like the GCB is my idea of a night off.
I’m living off campus.
Living off campus is not as glamorous as people made it out to be.
I’m doing a thesis.
I’ve already had to choose between the schoolwork-friends-health triangle.
I’m taking five classes.
I’m a science concetrator taking that senior seminar in the humanities and oh dear god the reading doesn’t end.
I’m a humanities concentrator taking that one I-shoud-probably-take-a-science-class-’cause-it’s-good-for-me class.
“Do I have mono?” is something you’ve wondered multiple times.
I’ve already pulled an all-nighter.
I’ve already pulled multiple all-nighters.
I’ve napped in a school building that wasn’t a dorm.
I’m currently using this quiz to procrastinate an assignment



If the dining halls were rappers, who would they be?

Lucky for you all, I know the answer to the question that has been keeping you up at night. No, it’s not the pressing matter of “Do they like me back?” or, “Did I just fail my midterm?” or even, “Should I go out tomorrow night?” But rather, I can provide you with the long-sought answer to: “If the dining halls were rappers, who would they be?” See below, and thank me later.

Andrews Commons = Drake

“Started from the bottom, now we eating pho.”

Drake breaking it down, Andrews style

Andrews Commons is the hottest dining hall on the scene right now. It’s young, fresh, and multi-cultural. I have even heard that Andrews was on Degrassi for a while, but I’m not sure, that could just be a rumor. But in all seriousness, AC and Drake are so clearly twins (Can a person and a dining hall be twins? In this case, I’ll argue yes). Drake is everyone’s guilty pleasure, and Drake and AC can both provide happiness until the wee hours of the night. Whether you are feeling sad, hungry, happy, tired, defeated, or lonely, Drake is there for you. Slip in some headphones and bump some “Nothing Was the Same,” “Take Care,” or “Thank Me Later,” and all suddenly becomes better. Andrews provides the same source of solace; whether you are craving some nacho pizza, pho, ageless sushi, mystery calzones, or a beastly grinder, it has your back and never asks, “Are you sure you want all of that?” Finally - Drake hates breakfast, and Andrews Commons does not serve breakfast. He even raps about it -“Bank account statements just look like I’m ready for early retirement…I hate breakfast.” ‘Nuff said.

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Captain Seaweed’s Thursday Night Lobster Raffle: Cheap beer, cheese puffs and live lobsters

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One Thursday night, these two BlogDH writers decided—like the proper seniors we are—to ignore our readings for the night and drag our housemates to Captain Seaweed’s Pub on the corner of Ives and Williams. The honeymoon period with the GCB was waning, and it was good to get out to the other bars of Providence—you can only go to Spats so many times before you feel like you should be a real adult and branch out. Meanwhile, Seaweed’s is home to good-spirited bartenders, plenty of fishing tackle and an old decrepit statue of a fisherman, whose level of creepiness is certainly up there.

But the real reason to visit Seaweed’s is for the Thursday night lobster raffle. Every Thursday, each drink comes with a raffle ticket, and then, at 11:30, winners are chosen and given a tray with two lobsters and a bag of mussels.

The success of the evening is all about strategy.

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What to do this week: September 29 – October 5

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Ongoing:

Event: Nudity in the Upspace
Time: All week
Location: The PW Upspace

Nudity in the Upspace provides a safe space to explore bodies and identity in a variety of ways. Events are described below:

Event: Nude Arts & Crafts/Body Painting
Time: Monday 9/29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Decorate the walls of the Upspace and each other. Nudity required to participate.

Event: Nude Yoga
Time: Tuesday 9/30, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Practice yoga while in the nude. Nudity required to participate.

Event: “Bodies in Context” Mini Lecture Series
Time: Wednesday 10/1, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Listen to three short lectures that address bodies through different lenses, followed by a Q&A. Fully clothed event.

Event: Family movie/game night
Time: Thursday 10/2
Watch a movie, play games and eat snacks in the nude. Nudity required to participate.

Event: A Devised Piece of Nudity
Time: Friday 10/3, 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
A piece of nude theater that includes personal narratives, skits and comedy. Nudity optional.

Event: Nude Open Mic Night
Time: Saturday 10/4
Anyone can perform whatever they like, such as a poem, song or dance, while naked. Nudity required for performers, optional for audience members.

Monday, September 29:

Event: Ben & Jerry’s Benefit Night
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ben & Jerry’s (224 Thayer St.)

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The 10 most #basic Snapstories

Last October, Snapchat unveiled its feature that would change social media stalking forever: the Snapstory. In case you’re unfamiliar with this new technological feat, Snapstories are the new Facebook status — an impersonal way to tell everyone what aspects of your life they should be jealous of you’re doing, when you’re doing it, and who you’re doing it with. Snapstories are, in their essence, a double edged sword: you put yourself out there, a vulnerable iPhone user prone to judgment and shit-talking galore, but the viewer puts him/herself out there, too. Snapchat tells you who views your story and how quickly (read: desperately) they view it.

Through Snapstories, you can create a new identity. You are no longer just you — you are your Fraturday shotguns; you are your yoga pants; you are the indulgent fro-yo you ate this afternoon; you are the hangover nap (or even the hangover shit) you just took. Though dozens of Snapstories show up on your feed every day, you might quickly realize that, in fact, they’re kind of all the same. Or more aptly, they’re kind of all #basic.

We’re here to break it down for you so that you can finally come to terms with just how #basic your Snapchat persona is. Without further ado, here are the 10 most basic Snapstories:

1. Concerts
Yes. We get it. You’re a carefree college student who likes to have fun and go crazy at random EDM concerts. But just because you go to the concerts does not mean you have to document every second of them. Snapstories at concerts take the number one spot on our list of the most #basic snapstories because they are the most ubiquitous, and probably the most annoying. No one wants to see 131 seconds of flashing lights, screaming girls and unintelligible bass.

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