Frosh-cessities: The Seven Deadly Mentalities of Freshman Orientation

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As summer comes to an end, first-year college students around America will be pumped through the exciting yet cringe-inducing process of college orientation. The event somehow walks the line between purgatory and platonic speed dating. Students spend excruciating hours sitting down for awkward seminars and icebreaker sessions. The three questions: “What’s your name?”, “Where are you from?” and “Where are you living?” will be repeated millions of times until responses start sounding like they’re coming out of Siri. For some, orientation means newfound independence; for others, it is the gift of a blank canvas and a chance to start over. However, all feel the constant pressure to give off the right first impression to the right people.

Despite the superficial nature of the first days on campus, freshman orientation shouldn’t be something you float through. This is the only time in college where everyone is in the same social boat; everyone is looking for friends. The shared experience makes it easy to meet loads of people from different backgrounds and possibly make connections to last the next four years and beyond.

To get the most out of orientation, I recommend avoiding the following seven mentalities:

1. “This is so stupid.”

You’ve had nightmares based on posts on the accepted students Facebook page and now believe everyone is dorky, snobbish, and/or overexcited to a level that would make even Michael Scott cringe. You’re the only normal one here. Maybe it’s best to skip orientation altogether and lay low for a while.

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Please. Not everyone will be straight outta Cringefest 2015. If you shut yourself out of orientation, you will miss opportunities to both find friends and learn how to navigate the complicated and often confusing Brown system. Although some events wont hurt to skip [Ed. Not that we’re condoning this], make sure you at least go to convocation, and learn the names of everyone on your floor.

2. “No parents! No rules!”

You’re free from the parents!!! Now is your time to GET WASTED!

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La, La, La Brunonia: An interview with reggae band Iration

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Last week, two BlogDailyHerald writers sat down with Iration vocalist and guitarist Micah Pueschel to speak about music, college life, Spring Weekend, and the band’s style.

BlogDailyHerald: Can you quickly describe your music to us?

Micah Pueschel: I would describe it as… I mean, the general consensus is like reggae rock. But we kinda blend a lot—we’re a lot more diverse than just reggae rock. We’re reggae, rock, pop, I don’t know, indie maybe, alternative—something like that—there’s just so many different things that we do.

BlogDH: You have an album coming out. Can you tell us a little bit more about it?

MP: It’s going to be different. It’s kind of like a step up from our earlier stuff, Iration 2.0. It’s going to be a lot more rhythm and beat driven. You know, we felt like in our live set we lacked up-tempo danceable songs. So we enlisted a guy from the Hip Hop world who has worked with artists such as Lupe Fiasco. We have a whole engineering and mixing team, and it sounds really good. It’s up-tempo. It’s everything I think we wanted it to be and I’m very happy about it. Continue Reading


Brown Motion Pictures: Spring Premiere

During the fifteen or so minutes before the curtains (yes, real curtains) opened Sunday night, swankily dressed student actors, directors, producers, and crew members chatted as the last remaining people trickled into the Avon, struggling to find an open seat. By the time the show was over, it was that clear Brown Motion Pictures had brought the house down, each film receiving thunderous applause.

If you were unlucky enough to miss the Spring Premiere, don’t fret. The films will be available online on the BMP website at some point, and when they are, you should see all of them.

On the Run – Directed by Bill Marcy ‘17 and written by Jordan Stein ‘1610830564_815328271887435_8042661582750981086_oOn the Run is a comedic lens into to the life of a workaholic clean-freak Max Greenwater (Brendan George ‘18), who commits a petty crime that he believes has got him in way over his head.

See it for: Despite the use of the timeworn germaphobe trope, this film is able to stand out via George’s hilariously frantic body language and outbursts, a series of hysterical three second cut scenes, and a fantastic jazzy soundtrack. 

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Tips to get up front at Spring Weekend

Assuming you were able to snag tickets amid the free-for-all online scrum on Monday, it’s still likely that you won’t end up directly in front of center stage. If you want to high five Isaac Brock or kiss/fight Waka Flocka Flame, you’re going to have to get creative. Here are our suggestions for how to get up to the front of a Spring Weekend concert without overtly looking like an asshole:

“Uhhh… I don’t feel so good.”

Proclaim how dizzy and sick you are feeling as you move forward through the crowd. Throw in a “I think I’m gonna…” here and there. If people don’t respond, bend over and cover your mouth with your hands.

Effectiveness:✯✯✯✯ Getting puked on is one of many things that can immediately ruin someone’s spring weekend experience. Anyone paying attention will step aside once aware of the ticking vomit-bomb.

Act distressed.

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Yell “Fuck” while repeatedly covering and uncovering your face with your hands. Pretend that you lost your phone and/or significant other at the front of the crowd.

Effectiveness:✯✯ People on Spring Weekend are generally in a pretty good mood. The sight of someone distressed will conflict with built up positive energy; this might leave them annoyed for a second but they’ll be happy once you’re out of sight.

Crowd surf.

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Get some friends to hoist you atop the crowd and succumb to the will of those underneath you.

Effectiveness: ✯✯✯✯✩ This strategy may not get you to the front but you can make progress if you are persistent. Crowd surfing will also leave a gap between the people behind you, which your friends can use to make their way forward.

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“Slow West” brings the Wild West to Ivy Film Festival

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I walked into the Avon expecting to see indie-er version of True Grit. Instead, I was taken along an absurd 84-minute adventure through director John Maclean’s surreal vision of the American West.

Slow West follows the hapless journey of Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a young Scotsman making his way across the frontier in pursuit of unrequited love. In the opening scene, Silas (Michael Fassbender), a rugged and mysterious outlaw, saves Jay from bandits and offers to chaperone him for the rest of his journey in exchange for money. As they ride on, they are pursued by a hodgepodge group of bounty-hunters, and Silas’s true motive for accompanying Jay is revealed.

The film is a parody of a western movie with an interesting twist, since the main character is European. Some scenes are cliché to the point of hilarity, while others are punctuated by dark humor that leaves the audience chuckling in the wake of extreme misfortune.

However, it would be wrong to label Slow West as a comedy. Death and violence in the movie come out of desperation. In one scene, Silas shoots an immigrant mother who attempts to rob a general store with her husband. As Silas leaves, two young freshly-orphaned children are seen waiting outside, utterly helpless.

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Grilling the Shark Bar and Grille

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There is something unmistakably alluring and sexy about the large blue shark awning on Thayer Street. The words “Bar, Grille, Hookah, Sushi” are displayed underneath: a plethora of things that represent all that is good and well in the world of Brown students. However, my friends, we hope you will dig a little deeper the next time you consider going to Shark. Beneath the glitz and glam are some shady characters and fishy dealings that you might not want to get yourself involved in…

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It was a Saturday evening, and a few of my friends and I were excited to start the night off with dinner at what we thought was Thayer’s hottest venue. As we approached the door, we spotted two large bouncers blocking the entrance.

“ID’s,” he said. Sharp and curt.

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