It’s Faunce, people

We spotted you … SpottedAtBrown poster who referred to the Steven Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House as “Steve Bob.”

Sources say some tour guides have also started telling prospective students and parents that kids call the building “SteeRow.”

No. Just no.

Let’s get one thing straight. It’s Faunce. It’s clear, it’s easy to say, it has history.

True, a lot of that history involves the building being named after John D. Rockefeller Jr, but we needn’t concern ourselves with that because he already has a campus building. Students doubtless appreciate the generosity of the Campus Center’s namesake, and clinging to the name “Faunce” is not meant to be an insult to the University’s benefactor.

Perhaps a distinction between the building as a whole and the Campus Center should be highlighted. The University had good reason to name the Campus Center after Robert, but the building itself is still Faunce.

So if you’re passing through the Main Green, and you want an iced coffee, sushi or a game of pool, just say you’re going to Faunce. It’s quicker, easier, and probably for the best.


  1. Who is anne simons to say what the students of brown university nickname their buildings? And since when is the bdh such a hater? You guys are starting to sound like the brown spectator…

  2. Ahh, if only lingo could be regulated by stodgy, unimaginative campus publications. The SteveBob is here to stay, BDH.

  3. lizbeth

    Don’t like new arch at all, brick is good, other stuff less substantial and cheap-looking. Could do without any improvements.

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