An inside look into sophomore dorms

The housing lottery is, besides SPG and Spring Weekend, the most infamous event at Brown. And the housing lottery is the most terrifying for the poor, bewildered freshman. Not to worry–we’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find a 360-degree view of one room in each sophomore dorm (Not pictured: Grad Center D and a few rooms on Vartan Gregorian Quad). To make the housing lottery feel a little less like warfare and a little more like online shopping!

Barbour
Barbour is a bit far from the center of campus, but is in close proximity to East Side Mini Mart, Louis, Bagel Gourmet, and Wickenden Street. Basically if you like brunch, Barbour is the place for you. While it’s bunker-esque facade (and interior, actually) lacks charm, it’s a great place for those of you hoping for a suite with a private kitchen and bathroom. However, do be warned that not all Barbour rooms are suites with the aforementioned amenities.

Caswell


Caswell is one of the older dorms, but it doesn’t show. The dorm is centrally located on Ruth Simmons quad, mere minutes away from the Ratty, the Main Green, and the SciLi. The rooms are fairly spacious and the windows are large, meaning there is a lot of natural light. The one downside to living in Caswell is that there is no elevator, making moving in a hassle.

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A glimpse of imPulse’s 12th Spring Show, IMPULSE RISES

imPulse Dance Company, Brown’s premiere hip-hop dance group, took the stage at Alumnae Hall last night for the first of two sold out performances of this year’s spring show, IMPULSE RISES.

The groups’s 26 student dancers and choreographers performed 16 pieces and an interlude, with a guest performance by Brown Badmaash, Brown’s South Asian fusion group. This year’s show centered around a theme of superheroes and villains–and even had a semblance of a storyline as the company explored their alter egos, in pieces like high-energy full company numbers “Impulse Rises,”in which the dancers resembled cogs in a perfectly running machine, and “Gays of Our Lives,” a delightfully un-heteronormative love story told through a medium that easily falls prey to compulsory boy/girl pairings.

The group numbers were accompanied by powerful, humorous, and intimately gorgeous duets like “Feelin’ Myself,” “Mouth Music,” and “Latch.” All of the numbers left the audience with questions like: How are they so bendy? How do they jump that high? How are they all so attractive? Just…how???

If you are still recovering from last night’s show and want to relive it, are just excited for tonight or are unlucky enough to not have scored a ticket to what may be the best performance at Brown this year, enjoy these rare photos of the superheroes and villains in action…

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A Look at Fusion Dance Company’s Spring Show

After 32 years of performing, Fusion Dance Company knows how to entertain. With 16 dances, five interludes, and countless shouts of “Fu Fu?… Fusion!”, the Fusion Dance Company Spring Show is a must-see. At times intimate, at times high-energy, and always artistic and creative, each dance attempts to capture the essence of Fusion Dance Company, and the diversity within the group and the members. No words can really do this show justice, so instead…

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Avec Meal Plan: The Ratty

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Here’s the deal. If you think the Ratty sucks, you’re just high maintenance. No, it’s not three catered meals given to you on a silver tray by Wolfgang Puck, but if you thought it would be, that’s on you. It’s a college dining hall, and when a single kitchen has to serve three square meals a day in a (theoretically) unlimited quantity to thousands of hungry students, I think it deserves to be cut some slack.

The Ratty is not delicious, but that is as much your fault as the Ratty’s. You clearly just aren’t aware of the options available to you. You are making your Ratty experience sucky when it could be distinctly just alright.

The lunch rush happens around 11:50am and lasts till around 12:45pm since, you know, that’s lunch time. Hate lines? Guess what? Not the Ratty’s fault. Eat a nice breakfast and you’ll be able to hold out until 1. Eat an early lunch and you’ll just have a nice afternoon pre-dinner snack. If you can spend time in the Ratty, you have time to make a perfectly tasty and respectable meal.


Bistro/Chef’s Corner:

These are perhaps the two busiest lines of any eatery on Brown’s campus during the lunch rush, but it also serves the main food options, which can be satisfying or mediocre depending on the day. The Bistro station serves breakfast items through the afternoon, and then it switches to hot entrees and sides. Breakfast for lunch is always a good look, and one frequently unconsidered past noon. You are not better than 1p.m. french toast, and don’t you forget it. Chef’s Corner usually serves alternative entrees, but if Bistro is serving something popular (i.e. chicken fingers), then Chef’s Corner will serve it as well. In any case, checking out both sides is usually a good idea.

Apricot noodles with beef is weird, but damn, snaps for bravery.

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It Takes Two: Lupita Rios ’17 and Monica Trevino ’17

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Lupita (left) and Monica (right) are known for their dark, wavy, side-swept hair, their almond-shaped eyes, and their distinct facial shape/adorable chin. They were extremely enthusiastic about meeting their doppelgangers, and looked as though they were having more fun during their interview than Bradley Cooper did participating in the “selfie of the century.”

Lupita: [Upon approaching Monica] Oh my god, this is too funny.
BlogDH: Did you guys know it was each other?
Monica: Not really. But someone showed me you [Lupita] on Instagram and were like, “Look! She looks like you!”
L: No… once someone saw me, and they, like, called me your name… they were like “Monica!”
M: Oh my god, that’s so funny.

M: Where are you from?
L: I’m from Texas.
M: Wait, me too!!!
L: Wait, maybe we’re long lost sisters. [Pause] You look good!!!
M: Thanks, you too!!!
L: Now I can compliment you and, like, compliment myself too.
M: Yeah, it’s fun.

L: Do you like Ryan Gosling?
M: I think he kinda has a weird face.
L: I’m kinda in love with Ryan Gosling.
M: I like his movies though.

L: Are you by any chance addicted to coffee?
M: Not really. Caffeine doesn’t have an effect on me… but I like it!

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A Thousand Words: Brown 250+ opening celebration

In case you were too busy fighting through the crowds for a taste of red velvet cake to take in the moment, our ace photographer Danielle Perelman ’17 was on the case. From perches in Faunce and shockingly near President Paxson’s podium, she snapped these awesome photos and many more. Click on the thumbnails for zoomed in versions of the images.

We can neither confirm nor deny that any Blog writers were involved in that dance party that was going on at a window on the 3rd floor. You all know you saw it.