Prospective students: It gets better after ADOCH

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I had a weird time at ADOCH. I spent most of it getting lost and making excruciating small talk with all the other overly excited pre-frosh (just for the record, I also felt that the term “pre-frosh” was remarkably pejorative).

I stuck with a couple other prospective students, and together we shuffled around campus, clutching our little Brown folders that contained a map, a schedule, and the contact info of our hosts. We ran into about a thousand a cappella concerts during the three days of ADOCH. Seriously, we couldn’t go anywhere without having our path blocked by a horde of jauntily-dressed students swaying, singing, and snapping like their lives depended on it.

Yeah, it was kinda bizarre. But for all the pre-frosh who felt weirdly about ADOCH, take heart. Being a student at Brown is a lot better than being a pre-frosh.

You might get lost sometimes at the beginning of freshman year, and for the first couple weeks of school conversations with other first years can feel repetitive — “Where are you from? What do you plan to study? Where are you living?”

But it gets better. And it starts to feel normal as you meet and learn about other people, get into the rhythm of your classes, and figure out the nuances of the dining room schedules (Pro tip: Sweet potato fries are in the Ratty on Wednesday).

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Brouhaha: Spring Weekend Packing List

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Crampons definitely a must.

Brouhaha is an all-new, entirely satirical column. It’s (my) views, jokes, and opinions are by no means endorsed by Blog. My editors made me say that so that I wouldn’t besmirch Blog Daily Herald’s sterling journalistic accolades with my bullshit. Enjoy.

Spring Weekend is starting very soon. While most folks are getting pretty stoked about the performances, it’s important to remember to thoroughly prepare yourself for the festivities. Please consult the packing list below to ensure that you are ready to enjoy Spring Weekend in a safe, responsible, and fun way.

Boxing gloves are essential items at any concert. They will protect your fingernails, while also allowing you to more easily maneuver to the front of the crowd by punching anyone who stands in your way. You should be fine with a basic model such as the Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves, but if you’re looking to really get ahead of the crowd, I’d recommend the Venum Challenger 2.0.

Once you’ve fought your way to within spitting zone of the stage, a good a pair crampons will help you keep your ground. You really don’t want to skimp on the crampons, because with a lower-quality pair you’ll be swept away in no time (remember, most people will be wearing boxing gloves). My personal recommendation is the Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Step-In with ABS Plates. Trust me, those puppies are so strong they could keep you rooted to the ceiling.

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Just look at those ABS plates…Wow.

 

Once you’ve fought your way to the front of the crowd, and rooted yourself to the ground, you’ll want to stay for a while. To reduce muscular fatigue in your legs and feet, a good pair of Moon Boots is a must. Moon Boots are comfy and fun, and the various color options are a great way to express your unique Spring Weekend style. Jump into some Moon Boots, snap on your Black Diamond Sabretooths, and you’ll be wylin’ and stylin’ until the morning comes, at which point you’ll need a bulldozer to tear you and your crampons out of the lawn.

Concerts can get a little rowdy sometimes, and you can’t always be prepared to defend yourself with your boxing gloves. For this reason, added chest protection will ensure that you have a safe and fun Spring Weekend. A good old medieval breast plate should do the trick. And while you’re at it, you may as well get a Benzara Metal Crusader Helmet, to protect you from localized head injuries and rogue beer throwers.

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On second thought, maybe you should just stay home.

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“Sisterhood of the Night” brings spooky social critique to Ivy Film Festival

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I know enough about movies to say that this was a really important scene.

There’s nothing like attending a film festival to remind you that you know absolutely nothing about cinema. That was the first thought I had as I took my seat for the Ivy Film Festival’s screening of “Sisterhood of the Night.”

It turned out to be an incredible film, my cinematic ignorance notwithstanding. The premise is that of a modern-day Salem witch trial that grips a sleepy suburban town. A group of girls form a secretive cult called The Sisterhood of the Night, and allegations soon surface that the girls are sexually abusing their recruits. But the girls won’t say anything, because they’ve taken a vow of silence.

The scandal balloons as parents and the local media become involved and misinterpret everything. As it turns out, the Sisterhood’s intent is entirely harmless: The girls are just sharing their secrets and insecurities with each other in a world that doesn’t listen to teenage girls.

The film is beautiful and spooky, with lots of ethereal nighttime scenes of the girls running around through the darkness. The film plays off clichéd high school drama in way that’s both funny and self-aware. The characters are lovable, and the quiet suburban setting gives the whole film a slightly dystopian feel.

All in all I really liked it, but I don’t know shit about movies, so take that with a grain of salt.

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Spring Break 2K15!! Photos!!! TRAVEL QUOTES!!!!

Yay! I went on an awesome trip over Spring Break and had so much fun! I’ll prove how much fun I had with all of these beautiful photos that I took in a different country. I’ve captioned all the photos with vaguely philosophical travel-related quotes to show that not only do I have the best vacations, but I also have the best, most sophisticated feelings about them.

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“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

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“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

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Brown’s original Brick Squad excited for Flocka performance

Most of us are thrilled that 1017 Brick Squad Records is sending its very own Wacka Flocka Flame to this year’s Spring Weekend. But few people are aware that Brown actually has its own Brick Squad. You won’t find them on iTunes because they aren’t musicians. They are buildings. Let’s meet them.

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Don’t let those pretty windows fool you: Smitty Beast is one of the brickiest buildings on campus. Just look at all those bricks. Wow.

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When it comes down to sheer guap, no one has more bricks than the Biomedical Center. Cells may be the building blocks of life, but bricks are the building blocks of the Biomed Center.

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A conversation with campus celebrity Russell C. Carey

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Russell C. Carey might be running for president.

Russell C. Carey, Executive Vice President of Planning and Policy, doesn’t cancel school for a bit of snow, even if it comes with an 800-signature petition. This winter, though, a pair of blizzards have forced Carey to call two snow days, catapulting him into the spotlight and making him one of the most popular administrators on campus. I sat down with Carey to talk snow days and the possibility of a 2016 Presidential campaign.

BlogDH: What exactly is the job of the Executive Vice President, Planning and Policy?

Carey: I have responsibility for campus safety and chair the Core Crisis Tea. For example, public safety reports to me. I oversee the team that really manages and responds to major crises, including winter weather. And certainly the blizzard at the beginning of January was in that category.

BlogDH: How do you decide when to call a snow day?

Carey: We gather a lot of information. We subscribe to a weather service that gives us very accurate weather information. Even several days out from a storm people are watching those forecasts. A key priority is: Is it safe? The January blizzard was clearly a life-threatening situation, but it can vary a lot depending on timing and accumulation. There’s just basic set of considerations. Is it possible to operate? Is the weather such that people that have to commute to campus can do so? Is there a parking ban? What’s the ability of the staff to clear the campus before classes begin? It’s very weather and day specific.

BlogDH: Would say that student petitions, for example, have negligible impact on your decision to call a snow day?

Carey: [Laughs] Negligible. Less than negligible.

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