New Dorm Debacle: Goodbye Lounges

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If this looks familiar, it’s because it was your lounge last semester -Vartian Gregorian B 352

A little before 5 p.m. EST on January 13th, the majority of students returning from semesters abroad were assigned rooms via ResLife. They received everything from singles in Grad Center to doubles, triples, and quads in various buildings with randos roommates they were not previously acquainted with. A select number of students were assigned to *triples* in Vartan Gregorian Quad (New Dorm A and B): rooms that were previously lounges.

The unfortunate souls placed in these *triples* were told by ResLife that the situation is “temporary.” However, the email relaying that information read:

Please note this space is a temporary room, as permanent space becomes available over the remaining weeks of August the office of Residential Life will work with you to relocate.”

August? It seems like that was copy + pasted from previous summer assignment emails.

New Dorm B 352:

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In contrast to buildings like Wayland and Hope College (which frequently have their lounges occupied), in New Dorm, each floor’s lounge also doubles as the floor’s kitchen. As of now, only the fourth floor kitchens in buildings A and B remain unoccupied, and available for cooking. Sans meal plan residents are naturally concerned about preparing food next semester.

New Dorm A 355:

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Hey ResLife, it’s everyone who studied abroad last semester

You don't know what you got 'til it's gone.

Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

Hey ResLife,

It’s us – the students that went abroad in the fall semester. Unfortunately, we need to talk.

While we’ve been away, we’ve traveled around the world, and we can’t pretend it’s not bittersweet to be going back to Brown. On the upside, at least we’re going back to stability: no more living out of suitcases, or wondering what conditions tomorrow’s hostel will bring. No, we are returning to a campus where we know we have a place – where we know that we’re wanted back.

Oh wait, never mind.

Actually, we still don’t know where we will be living in approximately five days time. After months of transit, it doesn’t seem like we’re so welcome home after all. In fact, the Storage Center of Providence is skeptical that we’re even returning, because we haven’t told them where to deliver our boxes (Matt Degulis, if you’re reading this, we’re truly sorry for the inconvenience).

Not only has this been a worse state of limbo than where Leo DiCaprio found himself in Inception (wait – if we jump out of window, will we wake up in a dorm in Providence?), but according to your email this morning, we should be exploring our off-campus options in the next 24 hours. This is rather absurd, considering Brown policy states that no student who went abroad in the fall can live off-campus in the following spring. But, hey, thanks for the 24-hour heads up to start calling landlords, and we really appreciate that we will still get charged an off-campus fee!

Email received January 12th

Email received January 12th

It sounds like at the moment, we may not even have rooms at Brown. *If you need creative suggestions for housing next term, see this post.*

Now sweetheart, we know that things have been stressful for you in Grad Center E. This isn’t meant to be a flog, but we filled out our housing preference forms in late November, and you haven’t even called since? If you don’t want us back, grow up and say it to our faces (and pay for our respective plane tickets for another semester abroad). Or, realistically, send us an email to let us know that things are running behind schedule, but we shouldn’t stress.

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BlogDH’s 10 most popular posts of 2014

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As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at everything that has happened this year — through BlogDH posts, of course. While it’s hard to imagine that 2015 is almost here, it’s even crazier that Brown has already begun welcoming the Class of 2019 (is that even a real year?!).

This past year, we made a bucket list of 100 things a senior needs to do before graduation, and we helped you get through finals with drunk-writing advice and BlogDH monster cookies. We flogged everything from wet denim to not throwing your trash away, and from the Sayles Hall bathrooms to the entire Grad Center Gym (we really like flogging things). We got drunk, sober and high with Buddy Cianci and space, and watched guys get drunk and read Cosmo. We brought you top-notch playlists with Blogify and told you what to do every week, and we added our coverage of national and global events with important hashtags, from #AYOTZINAPA to #BrownStandsWithFerguson.

We’ve done a lot this year, and you all were with us every step of the way. We present our 10 most read posts of 2014:

10. BREAKING: Sex Power God Cancelled

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SPG has been a staple Brown tradition for over a decade, and its cancellation this year sent waves across campus. The future of the dance is not set, but the 2014 Queer Alliance board’s decision to cancel it made the community rethink safe spaces at Brown. Continue Reading


Cable Car Cinema is officially screening “The Interview” this week

As you probably know by now, the bro-comedy The Interview has caused quite the controversy in the past few weeks. The film documents the story of  Seth Rogen and James Franco as two loser-ish reporters who hit it big by scoring an interview with Kim Jong-Un, and are asked by the CIA to assassinate the dictator. After the Sony hacking crisis and a terrorist message from the hackers that threatened theaters that played the film, most major cinema chains (including AMC, Showcase, and Regal Entertainment) announced they would not be screening the film. However, over 200 independent theaters have agreed, even petitioned, to screen The Interview, our own Cable Car Cinema among them. Cable Car will be the only theater screening The Interview in Rhode Island. Tonight’s screening is already sold out; owner Daniel Kamil told the Providence Journal that Providence and RISD police will provide security for the event, commenting that, “It’s strange that a James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy has been elevated to a political film.”

In case you missed the details of the Sony Hack (after all, the events did begin during finals), Sony Pictures was originally planning a Christmas Day major theatrical release of the film. This plan was thwarted when  the company’s network was hacked by a group calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace.” The hackers released thousands of private emails, leaked unreleased films and top executive salaries, creating a myriad of PR issues for Sony. The FBI initially stated they did not believe the hack was perpetrated by North Korea, though later confirmed that North Korean officials were indeed involved. A second message from the attackers invoked 9/11 when threatening  any theater that screened the film, resulting in the decision of major theatrical chains not to air the film. Sony eventually decided to release the film online, and to private theaters that requested to air it.

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A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Happy Blogidays!

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And that’s a wrap, folks. Fall semester has come to a close; the dorms have emptied, your finals are behind you, and the prospect of five weeks of vacation has you feeling blissfully carefree.

Entering our sixth year of production, BlogDailyHerald worked tirelessly to live up to your standards, bringing you anything and everything Brunonia.

We brought you two new episodes of BlogDH’s webseries Brunonia, commemorated Brown’s 250+ years, and asked you to deeply consider: “If the dining halls were rappers, who would they be?” We covered important current events and issues from the People’s Climate March to the 2014 RI elections, and from the Sexual Assault Task Force to Ferguson; we investigated cybersecurity on Brown’s campus, and examined which freshman dorm truly reigns supreme.

This semester, Blog helped Brown welcome Dean Maud Mandel, George R.R. Martin, and Nick Offerman, and say goodbye to Sex Power God and Gourmet Heaven. With our incredible staff, the forces of our Creative Team, and the bolstered efforts of our edit board at the helm, we garnered over 5,000 unique hits on a daily basis this semester.

Though we had to say tearful farewells to our dear Blog writers going abroad, I know next semester’s staff will continue to allow the BlogDH community to grow and prosper. Sixth-Man David Oyer ’16 will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief, while Deena Butt ’16 and Jacob Koffler ’17 will act as the site’s Managing Editors and his trusty right-hand phes.

Three Deputy Managing Editors are also joining the ranks: Edith Young RISD ’16 who will continue to (Art)School us, Zach Fredericks ’17 who is Buddy Cianci’s #1 fan, and Tomas Novia ’16, who returns to Blog from a saucy Spanish semester in Barcelona. Albie Brown ’16 will continue to fearlessly lead our Creative Team, which will be expanding next semester to bring you even more Photoshopped administrators, video content, and of course, Spring Weekend tanks.

Thank you, dear readers, for allowing us to work towards our goal of serving as every Brown student’s go-to resource for campus happenings, news, and friendly irreverence. As one on-campus publication among many, we couldn’t continue to do what we love – namely, bringing you information, procrastination tools, and comic relief – without you.

We sincerely wish you a Happy Blogidays and a wonderful vacation.

See you in the spring!


Brown community continues to show solidarity with Ferguson and New York

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In the weeks since the non-indictments of the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we have seen all kinds of protests against a justice system that is rarely applied equally to all Americans. In Providence alone, there have been die-ins, marches, and a massive petition to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse demanding reform.

Though finals period often takes our attention away from just about everything outside of our looming exams, many members of the Brown community have continued to stand up and demand a more equitable justice system–one in which black lives matter. You can see as much on your news feed every day: our classmates are traveling to New York to join the Millions March, sharing posts about how best to be an ally at a time like this, and expressing their rage and sorrow at the events of the past month. Some have led their own protests, lending a hand in the best way they know how.

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