Senior Send-off: Regrets are OK

Then + Now

Then + Now

As seniors, we hear a lot about the “bucket list:” The SciLi challenge, 5 a.m. Louis, WaterFire, etc. Throughout this year, my friends and I kept putting various parts of the list off until later. But then, all of a sudden, it was May and I started to feel anxious about not having enough time to complete the list in my limited days left on the Hill.

At first, the realization caused an uneasy feeling—something reminiscent of the FOMO (fear of missing out) you feel during your first semester freshman year when you’re sick or busy and you miss a frat party that all your friends are talking about the next morning in the Ratty. I never went to Sex Power God. I never snuck onto the roof of any Brown buildings. I never took Mande. Does that mean I haven’t made the most of my college years? As an eager freshman, I told myself I would do all these random “must do before you graduate” things one day.

This quarter-life crisis caused me to wonder what it really means to make the most of your college experience. Obviously, this answer is going to be different for each person. But, I do know that it actually doesn’t have anything to do with an arbitrary list of activities. Continue Reading

Chow Down Brown: Top 5 reasons to be a fan of Gourmet Heaven

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As a senior, I’ve seen a lot of bars and restaurants come and go throughout my four years on the Hill. Liquid Lounge was replaced by the English Cellar Ale House. Toledo, the infamous pizza-in-a-cone restaurant, was replaced by Sahara Hookah. Chipotle replaced Roba Dolce  some random restaurant that had no customers. And Marley’s was replaced by Hercules Mulligan’s (until that too closed).

On Monday, Gourmet Heaven opened, replacing Via Via in terms of its location, and replacing surpassing Tedeschi in terms of its purpose. Within 48 hours of opening its doors, the specialty food store has gained widespread approval, and I’ll even go as far as to say endless amounts of love, from Brunonians.

If you haven’t been yet, remove yourself from the rock (Rock?) you’ve clearly been living under and go check it out for yourself. And, if you’ve already graduated, I’m sorry to say this so bluntly, but you missed out. Even the opening of Froyo World doesn’t even compare to this newest addition. Though there are hundreds of reasons to be a fan of Gourmet Heaven, here are the top 5: Continue Reading

Relay for Life this Friday!

RelayLogo2013Brown will host its annual Relay for Life event tomorrow, which starts at 6 p.m. and will end Saturday morning at 6 a.m. Established by The American Cancer Society, Relay is an overnight fundraising walk that is held in various communities and on college campuses across the country.

Hundreds of dedicated Brunonians will walk around the OMAC for these 12 hours to raise money for this great cause. According to the event’s Facebook pagethey have impressively collected over $30,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

It’s not too late to register or fundraise; visit or sign up in person on Friday. And to support the cause today, stop by Ben and Jerry’s between 7 and 9 p.m. — 25% of the proceeds go towards Relay for Life!

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Alums who do cool things: Bryan Davis ’94

payment_bungee_tags-1Bryan Davis ’94, who founded a virtual lost-and-found system called Bungee in 2008, is now offering Brown students a year of the company’s service for free. Bungee mails users tags that they can place on any type of item, from wallets and phones to keys and USB flash drives. If someone finds an item with a Bungee tag, he/she can text Bungee and the owner will then receive a text and email about the lost possession. From there, the two people can arrange a safe return.

Davis and his business partner, A.J. Bontempo, have tested Bungee over 100 times, showing that it actually does work, according to an article in The Herald. To try it for free, use the promo code “bruno” on It’s definitely worth signing up before Spring Weekend, as the odds of losing something during Binder are probably higher than during your average Sunday afternoon.

Made-up Holidays: Boo’s Birthday

You might think this is a holiday weekend because of St. Patty’s tomorrow, but today marks an equally important celebration too. Boo, the famous Pomeranian who has over six and a half million likes on his Facebook page, turns seven today. 150257_467661708253_3193138_n

There are multiple ways in which one can honor Boo on his seventh birthday. If you feel like purchasing something, the Urban Outfitters store on Thayer Street has lots of options, such as Boo cell phone cases and plush toys. If the stuffed animal Boo doesn’t cut it for you, you could consider adopting a pomeranian of your very own, though having pets in dorms is not the most practical.

A more meaningful way to celebrate Boo’s birthday is to donate seven dollars to the Pet Therapy Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. On both his Facebook page and the hospital’s website, Boo has asked for donations to this program, which brings trained therapy dogs and cats to the hospital to ease children’s anxiety and discomfort.

So, enjoy the dual holiday weekend filled with lots of green and “the world’s cutest dog.” Rumor has it Gala tonight is actually one huge birthday party for this canine celebrity.

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The Fourth Annual State of Brown Address with President Paxson

199042_10151341338263870_390082502_nToday, at 4 p.m. in Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium, the Undergraduate Council of Students will present President Paxson’s first  State of Brown Address. She will discuss current issues on campus and strategic planning for Brown’s future.

The address is open only to undergraduate students and President Paxson will answer questions from the audience following her speech. In addition, UCS will draw the names of 20 students who will have breakfast with President Paxson this Friday.

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