Avec Meal Plan: Ratty Oreo Milkshake

BlogDH’s milkshakes bring all the phes to the yard Ratty.

Inspired by the always iconic Ratty Gourmet, our video team swiped into the Ratty to tackle this week’s subject: the simple, yet satisfying, Oreo Milkshake…

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Ch-ch-ch-changes: Courses @ Brown

There are a few things all Brown students can agree on. Meal plan makes no sense. BioMed windows are the best place on campus to check yourself out. The circle dance statue is weird. A quintessential fact-of-life for any Brunonian is that registration is a nightmare. We’re not just talking pre-registration, either. This goes way beyond that awful moment when Banner tells you the seminar you wanted to take is capped; no one likes searching desperately through Banner to fill up their cart, or staring at those awful red boxes that only serve to remind you how much choosing classes sucks.

The Registrar’s Office and the Office of the Dean of College have decided to make registering for classes slightly less painful by introducing the new course selection platform Courses @ Brown.

Check it out:



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Frosh-cessities: How to avoid getting sick


There are several facts of life that everyone must accept. For example, death is inevitable and college students can be–and are–gross. From the latter stems a great problem: the epidemic of flus and colds at Brown. For those of you who are specifically avoiding the post hook-up cold, Blog has you covered here. For those of you who refuse to get sick, or those who are refusing to believe you are actually sick, here are a few tips.

1. Get your flu shot.

Health Services will be offering free flu shots for students starting on October 14. They will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the lower level of Faunce.

2. Avoid Keeney at all costs.

Keeney is a swarming hub of germs. To be fair, it can’t be blamed. There are a lot of people in tight quarters and soap isn’t always stocked. So, to play it safe, avoid Keeney. Don’t worry if you live there, though! BlogDH has already listed the warmest places to hide. I strongly recommend the mysterious vents in front of Bio-Med.

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Inaugurating RISD’s 17th President

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The Rhode Island School of Design is throwing a crazy house party this Fall Weekend. Kicking off on Friday, RISD’s annual alumni and parents’ weekend, RISD By Design, will conflate with the art school’s 17th Presidential Inauguration. As we mentioned last February, these ceremonies will formally introduce Rosanne Somerson to the community as RISD’s 17th President (and first ever female alum to be president!). In true RISD fashion, the Inauguration weekend is demarcated by its very own taxi cab-yellow graphic identity. For those of you sticking around campus for the long weekend, here’s a highlight reel of RISD events you can crash (a comprehensive list can be found here):

Friday October 9th, 2015

12 p.m.

RISD classes conclude in preparation for the Inauguration!

2 p.m. 

Inauguration commences underneath a tent at Roger Williams National Memorial. Three female RISD graduates, Janine Antoni, Kara Walker, and Nicole Miller, will deliver speeches.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Adam Silverman, who received an Architecture degree from RISD in 1988, will deliver a keynote address about his multi-faceted career spent co-founding cult 90s fashion brands like X-Large and X-Girl (beloved by 90s It girls Chloë Sevigny and Sofia Coppola), and directing the wildly popular Heath Ceramics studio. Silverman will be speaking in RISD’s Metcalf Auditorium.

6 p.m. 

Then after the show, it’s the after party… RISD takes over Market Square, Moore Terrace, and Benefit Street. Lightning Bolt and other noteworthy RISD bands are slated to perform. Food (and drinks for those 21+ with cash) will be served.

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Sextion: Bachelor(ette) pad must-haves

Hookup: “No way, you love Nickelback too??”

Before you know it, you and Hookup are on top of each other. Your hand on the back of their neck. Their hand running through your luscious head of hair. Both of you thinking you’re the master of seduction (keep telling yourself that). You whisper, “Let’s go back to my place,” because that’s what TV and movies have told you to do, and the two of you begin your stumbling, wobbly journey across campus to the overflowing landfill that is your dorm room.

Things are going smoothly until you remember that you didn’t expect making it this far.


Don’t be unprepared, be ready. Here’s our must-have supplies list for hooking up in your bachelor(ette) pad:

The basics:

  • Spare toothbrush: Hookup’s had a wild day. From Andrews Commons’ breakfast burrito to mystery hooch, their breath probably isn’t doing so hot. Be their knight in shining armor and hand them one of your toothbrushes lying around (not the one you use to scrub toilets with). While you’re at it, hit them up with some floss, and you’re practically their dentist.
  • Baby wipes: Time is money, they say. Well in this case, time is what both of you don’t have to take a shower and clean yourselves before passing out. Grab a couple of wipes, rub off that stank of the day from your armpits and groin, and you’ll both be as fresh as Will Smith from that one show in west Philadelphia.

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How To: Write a Reading Response Without Doing the Reading


Perhaps the most important skill a college student will acquire in their four years of higher learning is the ability to accomplish large amounts of work in a thorough and timely fashion effectively convey an air of confidence and opinion about work they have not done. This ability is tested each time said student arrives at class un-prepared, but is never as threatened as by reading responses typically required for small, weekly seminars.  Here, a senior who has very legitimately not had time to do the 900 pages of reading assigned to him as a result of his active job search and binge-drinking, is asked to review and engage with this reading all on his own. Of course, this senior is a senior and has had three years to cultivate his own unique style of response, which flies subtly under the radar while still appearing substantiated. For those who need a little more help, here goes:

1. Don’t be a hero. Your response doesn’t need to be the longest on Canvas. You haven’t done the reading so every claim you make is tenuous, and has the potential to betray your web of lies. Keep it short, and keep it simple. Medium-length responses display the confidence of someone who has, in fact, done the reading and has nothing to prove, without the arrogance of someone who actually enjoyed the work and has something to say. This is your sweet spot.

2. Start with a clarification/question. Another way of demonstrating a level of confidence that can only be associated with someone who has, in fact, done the reading, is to admit that you did not understand something about the text. This will make you seem grounded, secure in your own intelligence, and, most importantly, like you have done the reading. Ex. “I found Smith’s piece about Houston slightly inaccessible as someone who has never been to Texas. His references, I felt, relied on knowledge of southern architecture and climate, without which I lacked context.”


3. Pull quotes. Obviously you need to fill up space somehow and there is no better way than by directly quoting the text itself. Any time spent word-for-word citing the author is time not spent making assertions that may turn out to be embarrassingly incorrect. Of course, too much textual citation will instantly raise suspicion so be wary of going overboard. Additionally, make sure your quotes are from varying texts and portions of text. Quoting only the first two pages of a 200-page essay is a rookie mistake, and everyone in the class will laugh at you behind your back and volunteer you first for their next ritual sacrifice. One final quoting strategy is two pull two quotes from separate texts and open a dialogue about their similarities and differences. Ex. “So when Smith says Houston is hot, and Bensinger mentions that J. Edgar Hoover was ‘cold’ how can we look at weather in these distinct pieces as a common thread in this week’s discussion of gender?”

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