Confessions of a Jabbermom

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The following is a real letter, and the attached document was sent by a real mother of a real Brown Jabberwock. She has consented to this publication. The identities of all parties have been redacted for reasons you will soon understand.
Dear [son],
I am sending you this so that I can try to start to move on.
It has been a whole week, and I have not been able get a single other thing done, except think about the Jabberwocks.
One must admit when they have a problem. 
Love,
Mom

CONFESSIONS OF A JABBERMOM:

  1. Cannot stop listening to Jabbertalk. Have had Higher Ground on iTunes for a year.
  2. A previously confirmed non-subscriber to social media, signed up for Facebook, just to follow the Jabberwocks.
  3. Signed up for a souped up YouTube app to have faster downloading of every Jabberwock YouTube there is.  Have searched Jabberwocks, Jabberwocks Brown, and Jabberwocks Brown University…are there any more?
  4. Read every posting on jabberwocks.com since 2008.
  5. Made an Excel spreadsheet of all the 2013 Jabberwocks, including ranges, soloists, and arrangers.
  6. Downloaded the liner notes from Jabbertalk to make said spreadsheet.
  7. Looked up the exact ranges of baritone and bass on Wikipedia. Figuring out the bass part on the piano.
  8. Try to sing along with almost every song in alto.
  9. Had no idea the Jabberwocks were rated so highly and toured Europe.
  10. Dreams of someday hosting the Jabberwocks at her house on a West Coast tour. Worried that she might not have room for all of them. Trying to decide who else to invite to an intimate concert in her living room. Planning the menu.
  11. Downloaded the Jabberwock logo and considered making enclosure cards.
  12. Considered making stationery, or maybe a needlepoint pillow of the Jabberwock for the practice room.
  13. Named one of her tiny sheep Bandersnatch.
  14. Started to memorize Jabberwocky. Has a copy in her planner.
  15. Considered giving handmade jam to every member of the group. Or maybe regional honey from the farmer’s market would be better for their voices?
  16. Considered giving them all a copy of Musicophilia, by Oliver Sachs.
  17. Sent flowers to her Wockling’s grammar school music teacher.
  18. Considered sending a thank you note to the Chattertocks who helped her Wockling with his audition.
  19. Considered calling the Brown Athletic Department to ask if the Brown/Harvard football game footage includes the halftime show. And if so, can they email it?
  20. Studied a labeled photograph of this year’s Jabberwocks so she will be able to recognize them at Family Weekend.
  21. Considered starting a Facebook webpage for parents of Jabberwocks in order to anonymously dish and swoon, so as not to embarrass their sons. Can’t decide on a name: Jabberparents, Jabbermoms, Yammermoms, Jabberwonks. Don’t’ worry, won’t really do this.
  22. Probably should start a chapter of JA.
  23. Over the moon with happiness for her new Wockling.

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BlogDailyHerald’s Fourth Annual Halloweek Costume Contest: Results

You came, you dressed up, you conquered. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to our Fourth Annual Halloweek Costume Contest! As always, you didn’t let the crap weather we’ve grown to know and love deter you from going all out this Hallo-week, and we loved seeing your craftiness and creativity come to light. After much deliberation and heated discussion, the editors of BlogDH finally came to a decision about who deserved to be crowned the winner. Without further delay, behold this year’s costume conquerers.

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NamesSara P. ’15, Julia V. ’15, Zakary C. ’15, Jessica V. ’15, Henry W. ’15., Krishnanand K. ’15, Abi K. ’15, Jonathan N. ’15, Ali K. ’15, Caroline S. ’15, James G. ’15.
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Congratulations, all – you killed the group costume game! As promised, their photos will be featured in every post that we put up today. Check out the runners up after the jump.

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Campus mourns the passing of student Sara Overstreet

This afternoon, President Paxson notified the Brown community of the untimely passing of student Sara Overstreet ’16. Overstreet, a junior from San Jose, California, was concentrating in English and International Relations at Brown. According to Paxson’s email, she planned on continuing her cross-disciplinary studies in graduate school and eventually working for a think tank or non-governmental organization.

We at BlogDailyHerald would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Overstreet’s friends and family. Any remembrances and photos of Overstreet are encouraged to be sent to blog@browndailyherald.com so that we may publish a memorial in her honor on our site.

In her email, President Paxson reminded the student body that the offices of Counseling and Psychological Services (401-863-3476) and Chaplains and Religious Life (401-863-2344) are always available to provide support to the Brown community. 


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BlogDailyHerald’s Fourth Annual Halloweek Costume Contest

Alright, Brunonia, it’s that spOoOoky time of the year, which means that BlogDailyHerald is back with its fourth annual Halloweek Costume ContestUnfamiliar with this yearly tradition of ours? We’ll break it down for you.

BlogDH wants to see you put your best-costumed foot forward; whether it’s most unique, controversial, or just plain insane, this year we want you to get crazier and more creative than ever. Have a friend take a picture of you in costume within the upcoming week and submit it along with your first name, first letter of your last name, class year and a brief description of your costume to blog@browndailyherald.com. Costumes will be particularly commended for creativity, group collaborations, and of course, Brown relevance. Submissions will be accepted until 5p.m. on Sunday, November 2.

We’ll announce the winner of the contest on the morning of Monday, November 3, and every post that goes up on Monday will use your costume photo as its featured picture. That’s right, your Halloween costume could be your ticket to 15 minutes 24 hours of BlogDH fame. In addition, we’ll post our favorite runners-up on Blog and on our Facebook page.

Happy Halloweek, and may the costume odds be ever in your favor!

Image by Albie Brown ’16.


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A beginner’s guide to throwing a party

Recently, my housemates and I undertook a big project: throwing our first party. We are not members of a fraternity, none of us are on any teams (Blog is a sport), nor do we have some greater social purpose for living together (like farming or whatever it is that co-ops do). We’re just some humans that wanted to have about 100 people we know and kinda like over to our house to drink and chat and stuff. Ambitious, I know!

I’ve been at Brown for a few years and attended many a party, but there is so much to learn by being the host yourself. After all, you’re at the same event from its commencement to its bitter end. Who even knows what happens at a party in that first techincally-its-started-but-not-actually hour?!

Read on for a gripping portrait of what happens when you invite many college students over to your home for a couple hours, having purchased a copious amount of cheap alcohol.

Before the party 

The first thing you learn when you want to throw a party is that it’s hard to decide when to throw a party. When you first move in to your house, someone will say every few hours, “We could have such a good party here!” As the days and weeks go on, once in a while people will make a comment like “When we have our party, we should have pitchers of fun drinks! Maybe homemade sangria!” or, if you get mad at someone “Well, she’s certainly not going to be invited to the Facebook event for our party.” None of these off-hand comments will prove relevant to your actual party, but they are good for keeping the ‘party concept’ on everyone’s mind.

Weeks will go by, and you will not have your party. There will be other big events on campus, midterms in your classes, and a general insecurity festering that you aren’t good enough to throw a party. But then, one Tuesday or Wednesday, you will realize: Hey! I know of nothing going on this weekend. We should have a party! This is the first step in an uphill battle of getting the attention of everyone you live with, convincing them to have a party, getting frustrated about everyone’s lack of commitment, becoming hesitant about the party, being re-convinced by your housemate who now wants to have the party, and finally, everyone agreeing that you all are going to have a party.

Deciding how to invite people is another difficult step. Are you trying to throw a “casual” party, where you text people a brief, cool invite the  morning of, hoping word of mouth will do the trick? Do you go alt and email people? If so, is everyone cc’ed or bcc’ed? A Facebook event seems most efficient, but then do you make it private or can guests’ friends see? Decisions, decisions. Whatever you decide, it will not go exactly according to plan. You don’t have all that much control over who ends up coming.

Then, it’s time to purchase alcohol, potentially buy decorations, and move some furniture around. Our layout consisted of a “dance floor room” (an empty room), a “hang out room” (the room with the couch), a “bar area” (the kitchen has a fridge), and a “smoking area” (we have a porch).

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Sextion: Avoiding the post-hookup cold

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It’s getting late on a Friday night and you’re feeling lucky: whether you met dancing to that one song at a party or you matched on Brown Hookups, you’ve found the phe you’re hoping to take home tonight. Unfortunately, you have midterms, practice, and/or a life to get to next week and catching a cold is really not an option. Resources like the Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) are here to make sure you’re fully protected from the more important stuff, but BlogDH is here with some ways to avoid the cough/congestion/headache everyone seems to be getting on Tuesday.

First, let’s quickly clear a few things up: There seems to be some debate as to whether or not you can catch a cold from kissing (pro). Unfortunately,  it can be transferred through just about everything else: their pillow, breath, etc. (con).

People are also most contagious before they show symptoms, so even if there are no tissues on the dresser you should still follow these tips:

1. Get your flu shot: If you missed getting one in Faunce, it’s not too late. Head to Health Services or to CVS for one of the quickest and easiest ways to protect yourself this season. Get that special someone to come with you and hold your hand in the case of fear of needles.

2. Hydrate up: The thirst is real. You’re going to be sweating off some electrolytes, and just like with any workout, you’re going to need to replenish them. Not to mention that drinking plenty of liquids is the best way to ward off congestion.

3. Take a hot shower: Showering after a hookup is always a good idea. The hotter the water, the better for getting clean. Bonus if you invite your partner to shower with you.

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