(Campus)Lifehacker: Orange creamsicle floats at the Ratty

For those who feel a little sick after their 100th consecutive delicious waffle cake for desert when dining at the Ratty, try a delightful, refreshing alternative: the Ratty orange creamsicle float. Here’s how you make it:

1. Grab a glass. Grumble to yourself about how ridiculously small the Ratty cups are compared to the V-Dub’s normal-sized ones.

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2. Go to the soda machine that dispenses Fanta, located to the back left of the Ratty. Fill it up halfway.

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3. Get some vanilla soft serve, located in the Bistro section. Grumble to yourself how the ice cream is so inconveniently located from the Fanta machine, and how walking/exercise is the worst.

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4. Put the vanilla ice cream in the orange soda. Grab a spoon, stir it up, and enjoy!

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What we’re reading

Another semester, another heavy course load, still no time to read the news. We still got you. 


The New York Times‘ “Searching for Sex” aims to answer elusive questions about American’s sexual behavior using, among other things, online searches.

A Germaphobe’s Guide to Buying a Metrocard,” from Next City, is, in fact, a germaphobe’s guide to buying a Metrocard. But it is also a case study on how we organize public transportation and how we will continue to do so in the future.

As if you wanted to read or see more about #DeflateGate. Well, if you do, there’s The Atlantic‘s roundup/social commentary piece: “#DeflateGate: A Sports Scandal That’s Full of Hot Air.”

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” in The New York Times, uses psychology and an anecdote to look at whether or not we can manipulate people into falling into love.

The Atlantic‘s “Why I Am Not a Maker” is a fascinating cultural critique of tech culture’s obsession with creation, a look at who this philosophy empowers and what systems it reinforces.

And in a saddening account, New York Times columnist Charles Blow recounts the story of his son, a third-year student at Yale, being held at gunpoint by a Yale police officer in “Library Visit, Then Held at Gunpoint.”

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A brief guide to Senior Scramble

The dead of winter immediately after holiday sweets may not seem like the ideal time for romantic intrigue, but for some of the student body, bulky coats and indoor dates are going to have to do.

Snow suits

An outfit that could never fail to stir the heart

For the uninitiated, “Senior Scramble” describes the phenomenon that occurs when a student (hereafter referred to as the Scrambler) beginning their last semester of college realizes that they live in a place full of interesting and attractive people who are close to the Scrambler’s age and part of their social circle (if only loosely), and that this utopia will cease to exist for the Scrambler within five months’ time. In response to this alarming realization, the Scrambler must throw caution to the wind and act on any attractions they have harbored but never had the courage to pursue. Senior Scramble is a social adrenaline rush; the knowledge that you’ll never have another chance to talk to that unfairly attractive person you had a class with sophomore year is galvanizing. We can’t all be the cure for Alex Turner’s January blues, but we can do something about our own. Here are a few tips and recommendations to help you get in the correct mindset for this semester.

(Note: I’m assuming your crush is single, or that you have no knowledge of their relationship status at all. If you’re attempting to get Jessie’s girl, that’s an entirely different game. I don’t feel I can wish you good luck, scoundrel, but I won’t wish you ill fortune either.)

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Class of 2015 Senior Superlatives: Voting

Last week, we presented our second annual Senior Superlatives. You nominated seniors across 30 different categories. Your job now? Vote for one of the top five nominees in each category!

Remember everyone with a Brown email —freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, professors, their pets – is eligible to vote. Vote now (after the jump) or forever hold your peace. Voting will close Sunday, February 1st at 11:59 p.m.

Please note: due to a spam-protection feature of our polling system, any one IP address can only submit one round of votes. This means that seniors who live off-campus and share WiFi networks with their housemates may find that the site suggests they have already voted when they have not; please vote either from your phones or through Brown WiFi if you encounter this problem. Email us at blog@browndailyherald.com if you continue to have issues voting.

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Sans Meal Plan: Blizzard Edition


Hello and happy snow day! We hope you’re all still in your PJs, enjoying the fruits of Juno. In honor of the ridiculous amount of snow, we decided to make a ridiculously indulgent breakfast. Okay, maybe it should be called dessert, but you’re not my mom and you can’t tell me what to do!!!

What better way to pay homage to the snow than by dousing some Funfetti pancakes with flurry-like vanilla frosting and sprinkles? Below is the recipe, adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T’s.

(Makes 22 5″ pancakes, but we halved the recipe.)



  • 1⅓ cup white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2⅓ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup sprinkles
  • Store-bought vanilla frosting (you could make your own if you’re feeling up to it!)

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Sign-up for Spring Market Shares ends Wednesday


If your New Year’s resolution wasn’t already to cook more often, the impending climate catastrophe certainly proves the usefulness of being able to fend for yourself — Thayer can’t always be there. Luckily, sign-ups for Spring Market Shares are still open until this Wednesday, January 28th at midnight.

The Market Shares Program provides weekly shares of varied produce for students, faculty, and staff alike; additional shares of eggs, dairy, bread and meat are also available. All Market Shares products are local and sustainably grown, so it’s as healthy for the environment as for you. The spring shares include apples, pea greens, carrots, kale, radishes, and more, and will run from February 5th to April 23rd, excluding the week of spring break. For sample shares and more information, look here. Sign up now and be one of the cool kids all prepared with a stock of kale and organic apples when the next blizzard hits.

Image via Brown Market Shares Program.