Best places on campus to jump out and say, “BOO!”

We all know that Halloween has one soul (sole. It’s a pun. Like ghosts. Forget it.) purpose. It’s not scantily clad ladies or bags of different kinds of candy that you trade for bags of only Reese’s. It is not for worshipping Satan, the Prince of Darkness, and finally, it’s not, as this confused Google search suggests, for the Grinch (who is a distinctly Christmas character).

Also questionable result: "Family is forever"

Also questionable result: “Family is forever”

No, Halloween is for scaring the shit out of people, and anyone who says anything different (be they sex maniacs, candy lovers, Satanists, or Grinch fans), is kidding themselves. To that end, here are the best places on campus to jump out and say “BOO!”

1. From behind corners.


2. Bathroom stalls

Really, it’s genius. “Ladada just minding my own business. Just gonna check HuffPo while I take a quick shit and hope I don’t see someone I know. I’ll just open the door—“ BOO. Their belt is half undone, their pants fall to their ankles, and you walk away with 10 points for Gryffindor. It’s perfect. People going to the bathroom are so unsuspecting and so trusting that everyone in the bathroom is on the same page and won’t try anything tricky. But not you, you comic genius. Not you. 

3. Slam yourself against a window

As demonstrated by that scene in The Dark Knight where that dead faux-Batman body slams against the mayor’s window, this is a scary move for real. Because in the fall, people are so into looking out of their windows like it’s a fun, normal, safe thing, never anticipating the danger that can emerge from the foliage. In this scenario, you are the danger. Danger is your middle name. Good windows include those weird shaped ones on the MCM building, the ones on the basement level of the Rock (THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR STUDYING DURING HALLOWEEK), and the ones on the top of Faunce (as long as no one sees you coming).

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2014-15 NBA Season Preview: Part 2

The following is Part 2 of Tucker Iverson’s 2014-15 NBA Season Preview: The Eastern Conference. If you missed it yesterday, Part 1: The Western Conference can be found here.

Last night’s opening games were pretty exhilarating. The defending champs vanquished Dallas in a one-point game and the Magic lost to a huge effort from Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.  The next set of games are tonight at 7:00, and the Cavaliers roll out their new, Love-filled, LeBron-infused lineup Thursday night at 8:00 against the Knicks. Don’t miss it.

Part 2: The Eastern Conference

Miami Heat

Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat - Game One

Why they will be fun to watch

THE HEAT POST-LEBRON!! Can Dwayne Wade still put the team on his back, or on his ailing knees? Will the Heat even make the playoffs?  Will Chris Bosh star in the new Jurassic Park film?

All this and more, coming up next season.

Best-Case Scenario

Bosh turns out to be the world destroyer we saw back in Toronto, Wade’s new bionic knees propel him to the slash-and-kick monster he was pre-LeBron, and LeBron decides the whole move to Cleveland was a mistake and comes back.

Worst-Case Scenario

Wade’s health fails, Bosh can’t be a legitimate first option, and Mad Scientist Pat Riley tries desperately to replicate LeBron’s efficiency by genetically combining new team additions Josh McRoberts, Luol Deng, and the ghost of Danny Granger.


Washington Wizards


Why they will be fun to watch

The NBA’s hottest team is Washington. This team has everything. The league’s best backcourt! The Polish Hammer! Old Man Pierce tearing up teams with his treachery! Kim Kardashian jokes! A Brazilian guy with one name! Dr. Andre Miller! And, like, that thing where a guy dresses up in a suit and pretends to be a good coach. The Wizards are so hot right now. Continue Reading

Halloweek for dummies


Ahh, it is Halloweek eve, and nothing seems spoooookier than the quickly disappearing bottles of Svedka from the shelves of Spiritus. Four days and four nights of celebration are upon us, and proper preparation is crucial. Last year we learned from our first Halloweek, and this year we’re ready to share that knowledge with you when you need it most. BlogDH has got your back, as always, to provide you with a user-friendly guide to navigating your way through the tumultuous waters of Halloweek–and by tumultuous waters, I am referring to the toilets that will inevitably overflow in freshman dorms bar bathrooms.

First and foremost, you need to stop procrastinating on your laptop (reading BlogDH is an exception) and get your work done. If you don’t get your work done, you will either have to miss a night o’ fun or spend the subsequent days stressing and being in a bad mood. Which sucks. So get your work done, and by get your work done we mean get all your work done that needs to be turned in by a deadline, and start doing that right now. Or start when you’ve finished reading this post.

Tonight, it will begin. Do not go too hard on Night One. Pace yourself. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. However, I really don’t remember the last time a marathon started without everyone frantically sprinting right away. So maybe it’s a marathon and a sprint. Yeah, definitely both. Just keep that in mind.

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Brown After Hours: Thinking Spaces

Suppose you live in Grad Center (or some other sterling example of 70′s architecture), and suppose you don’t want to spend all your weekday nights in your room. Or perhaps you have a roommate, and they’ve sexiled you, and you want to brood. Or maybe you just want a place to get some thinking done by yourself. College is a community experience, but it’s good to get some time to relax and think all by your lonesome.

You might think that your options for where to hang out on campus are limited after about 8 p.m. There’s Faunce, but it’s fairly busy, and lacks an atmosphere of privacy. You can go to the Rock, but unless you, like me, have a bizarre love for the Level B stacks, you won’t get the solitude you’re craving. You could go to the SciLi, but why move from one hideous building to another? Fortunately, there remain a number of great places to get work done or sit and relax in peace and quiet by yourself. Some of them are not always open, and others might require you to be in the building before the doors get locked, but each of them is a relaxing environment that will contain few, if any people.

1. The Meditation Room

On the 4th floor of J. Walter Wilson is a small room for meditation and prayer, perhaps 8 by 15 feet. It has a sign on the door that you can use to tell people not to bother you, and has a variety of religious items, if that’s your thing. The most important thing about the Meditation Room is that JWW is open at strange hours in the night. The 4th floor isn’t always reachable, but if you’re lucky maybe one of the maintenance people will let you in. Think away, fledgling monk.


Regrettably, the Meditation Room lacks a waterfall. 

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President Obama to speak at Rhode Island College


For Rhode Island Republicans, this Halloween might be especially spooky.

On Friday, October 31, President Obama will give a speech at Rhode Island College focused on the economy. He had previously been scheduled to speak on October 16 but canceled his visit “so he could continue to monitor the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak,” according to WPRI.

Barack isn’t the only Obama in the Ocean State this week, as First Lady Michelle Obama plans to head a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo at the Juanita Sanchez School in Providence tomorrow.

Tickets for the general public go on sale today at 4 pm at the Rhode Island College Recreation Center (600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence). They are free of charge and will be disbursed on a first come, first serve basis…meaning the second you read this, you should probably hop on the #92 RIPTA and head on over.

You’ll have to be early for the speech, too, as the doors open at 7:30 am on Saturday. Obama’s remarks are slated to begin at 11:10 am. You can dress up as a hungover college student for Halloween that morning.

For more information on ticketing, click here.

Blogify: Spooooooooooky

Halloweek requires a scary amount (get it?) of planning. From crafty costumes to strategic party-hopping, this once playful childhood holiday has morphed into a stressful social experience as we’ve grown older. To relieve you of one thing on your to-do list this week, we’ve created a playlist for any Halloweek pregame. Enjoy the classic hits from your elementary school costume parade as well as some newer, “cooler” tunes.