Coughing up a Leung: 10 quiet room incidents you may never come back from

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There’s an unspoken rule here at Brown: The Leung Gallery is a quiet room. The mod space, located above the beloved Blue Room, has no indication of a lowered decibel but has for some reason become a sanctioned study area, known for its wonderfully high ceilings, stylish interior and silence. Those who dare to pass through too loudly are given the stink eye by the students Facebooking hard at work. Woe be the poor soul whose stomach growls uncontrollably, who types too forcefully or who scrapes their chair on the ground upon shifting positions. Depending on the time of day, it can feel more like a stuffy country club than a cozy study space. Leung scholars are relentless when it comes to volume control (…okay, fine, we’re guilty of this too).  The two of us having almost officially moved into the gallery – or the “upstairs Blue Room,” as it has been nicknamed by those who can’t pronounce Leung (again, guilty!) – we have compiled a list of scarring quiet room incidents that may deter you from ever returning to the sacred space.  We’ve also included assorted faces of Kristen Wiig to better illustrate the facial expressions typically made by those who commit the various Leung faux pas:

  • Accidentally pulling your headphones out of computer while listening to music. If you’re bumping Major Lazer, expect some major gazers.

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  • Hitting your head on one of the insufficiently bright low-hanging lamps (worse – if it falls over). It’s amazing how much noise this makes.

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  • Falling into one of the oversized outlet holes on the floor.  Bonus points for every second you can’t get your foot out.

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  • Dropping your computer charger on the floor.  People react as if they’ve just witnessed an explosion – yeah, it’s that loud.

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  • Mispronouncing “Leung.” It is pronounced like “lung,” not “lee-ung” or “lay-oong.” Alternative nicknames to try: The Gallery, Upper Blue, GBC (Grand Blue Corridor), da big LG. (Let us know how that works out for you.)

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  • Falling asleep on the couch and drooling / snoring / sexy sleep-talking.

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  • Forgetting to turn your phone on vibrate.  On second thought, just turn it on silent altogether.  The vibrating against the table is enough to set off any surrounding students.

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  • Farting loudly. Makes us cringe with embarrassment just thinking about it…

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  • Dropping anything from the balcony.  We’ve actually witnessed this happen – rogue phones fly out of jacket pockets when you least expect it.

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  • Blowing your nose like it’s a shofar, or suffering a coughing fit.  We know it’s not your fault you’re sick, but try to keep it down; it happens to the genetically weakest best of us.

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We’ve tried to warn you about the most common episodes, but we can’t promise that you won’t fall victim to a slew of other Leung-induced embarrassments. Though it is not EXPLICITLY a quiet room, treat it like you would the AQR: keep your mouth shut, your headphones turned down to an appropriate level, and don’t make any sudden or unnecessary movements. The Leungs will be watching… If you don’t believe us, take a gander at the massive family portrait.

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3 Comments

  1. J.M. '02

    The renovation of the Leung Gallery was a shame. There used to be contra dances and other community-building events in the space, but now it’s a place where you get glared at for breaking the silence.

    I just hope the original wood floor us still there underneath the new floor, in case a future administration wants to undo this mistake.

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