Welcome to Brown, pre-frosh!

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The Hogwarts Express Amtraks, buses, cars, and bicycles (shout out to the local kids) are arriving — ADOCH has begun! There will be hordes of high school seniors on campus for the next few days deciding whether or not to make Brunonia their home for the next four years. Hosts, show your pre-frosh a good time (though not too good a time), and sell your school as best as you can.

To the pre-frosh: Welcome. Meet BlogDailyHerald. We’re the site that will tell you who the 15 “hottest” (literally) among you are, kick conservative correspondents’ asses, console those among you that didn’t get in early, and show you everything you learned in your first year, all for you. In short, we’re your one-stop shop for everything you need to know — and a lot of things you would never, ever, EVER need to know — about Brown and the community in which you’ll be living. We really, sincerely hope that each and every one of you decides to choose this school for your college experience. Keep reading our site for more information about Brown as the school year wraps up!

With love,

BlogDailyHerald

PS – We’ll be at the ADOCH activities fair tomorrow evening. Come say hi!

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BlogDailyHerald and BUFF Present: The Mean Girls 10th anniversary screening

“On Wednesdays we wear pink.”

Arguably the most quotable movie of the 21st century is turning 10, and we at BlogDailyHerald are excited to be partnering with Brown University Film Forum (BUFF) to bring you a FREE screening of Mean Girls on Wednesday, April 30th.

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The 30th is the actual 10th anniversary of the hit movie starring Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, and many more. Coincidentally (and serendipitously), April 30th is a Wednesday. And on Wednesdays, we wear pink. We hope to see you all there, wearing your finest pink garments, or “you can’t sit with us!” Just kidding. But still.

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I ate that Domino’s fried chicken pizza crust thing so you wouldn’t have to

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If you don’t think this looks delicious, you can’t be my friend.

This past week, there was a bit of an uproar in the culinary corners of the Internet. Not only was KFC rolling out a fried chicken corsage (and cufflinks) just in time for prom season, but it also looked like Domino’s was going to blow stoner America’s collective mind with a pizza — wait for it — MADE OF FRIED CHICKEN. Even though the latter rumor turned out to be a bit misleading, I was still excited at the possibility of trying this “Specialty Chicken,” if only to test the resiliency of my digestive tract. And on top of that, on Domino’s web site, it looked delicious. Of the four possible flavors, only Spicy Jalapeño-Pineapple sounded like it would be horrifyingly gross.

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10 things we learned from Skyping with Wes Anderson

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OH MY GOD THAT’S WES ANDERSON.

Thanks to the brilliance (and enviable sway) of this year’s Ivy Film Festival organizers, we were among the many who were lucky enough to Skype with the director of the beloved Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and most recently, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is now playing at the Avon. Through a list of pre-selected questions — and a decidedly imperfect video feed — we learned just what inspires Wes’ characters, stories, and color schemes, among the other gems we’ve listed for you here:

1. Never has the artificial ringing of a Skype call come with such anticipation and subsequent cheering from any user.

2. Wes neither speaks French, nor is he well-versed in French cinema, but he yearns to direct more French actors, like Romain Duris and Isabelle Huppert. #AmericanDream?

3. Wes claims The Last Picture Show influenced his filmmaking, and he totaled a convertible in the middle of the night as he and a friend drove to the film’s location site in Archer City, Texas. The feed got kind of choppy at this point, and all we heard was “then my friend was trying to get me to look at the stars… and then I looked back at the road, and we weren’t on it!”

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: Explaining this year’s ticket price increase

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Notice something strange embedded in BCA’s announcements regarding Monday’s Spring Weekend ticket sale? Besides the usual rules about how many tickets are on sale, and when, it seems that ticket prices have increased $5 from last year’s $15.

What could have caused this increase? Did BCA have to blow the budget due to Dan Deacon’s completely irrational demands for what amenities needed to be available for him?* Is Paxson taking a 5% commission on the whole thing? We reached out to a member of BCA for comment, and got a fairly simple explanation for the price increase:

The ticket prices have increased this year because the money we get from UFB only funds the talent we bring, and we need to make up the rest with ticket sales. A higher talent budget means higher production, staging, and hospitality costs. Since it’s a non-profit event, we use our ticket sales to cover all production costs.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: An ugly forecast

April has finally arrived, and spring (maybe) has accompanied it. That means it’s time to break out our Doppler radars and other, less scientific tricks to entirely accurately forecast predict Spring Weekend’s weather. Luckily, we have a couple of different weapons in our forecasting arsenal. The 2014 Farmer’s Almanac, that all-knowing publication that tells you when to plant your seeds and also how many layers to wear on the Main Green, has some good news to tell about this month’s weather.

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That’s right, Brunonia: black bars going up and red bars going down! That means April in general should be bringing us higher temperatures than normal — a full 4 degrees — and lower than average precipitation. Break out the BlogDH tanks and fluorescent sunglasses; we’re good to go! Continue Reading