Hours before you witnessed your mom’s pre-dinner panic, got drunk off mulled wine with Grandma, and sat down for mashed potatoes and stuffing, juniors studying abroad this semester had the unique opportunity to engage in the Turkey Day festivities in different countries (and time zones) around the world. Although unconventional, these Thanksgiving celebrations proved to be a reminder of these students’ national pride as they were able to take this slice of Americana with them and share it with both old and new friends. Check out how your peers celebrated Thanksgiving abroad! It’s like the Ludacris song, but with Thanksgiving. [Read more →]
‘Tis the season for overly dramatic and arboreal scuffles.
In response to last year’s flak regarding renaming the 17-foot evergreen in the State House a “Holiday Tree,” Rhode Island’s Governor Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 has restored the Christmas tree title in a statement issued on Monday.
Rhode Island of all places is a peculiar site for a debate over public religious tokens, considering the Rhode Island Charter of 1663 was the first legal document in the world that completely decoupled church and state in favor of toleration, according to historian J. Stanley Lemons.
However, unsurprisingly, much of the hubbub last year surrounding the name “Holiday Tree” came from none other than Papa Bear Bill O’Reilly. In classic Factor fashion, he sent Jesse Watters up to Providence to ask Brown students for their take on the issue. Watters aired a segment portraying Brown students as the only population in the state that preferred the holiday tree over a Christmas tree, saying that all people he spoke to in Providence preferred the traditional name “except if you go to Brown University.” [Read more →]
Being off meal plan has really pushed my culinary boundaries. From making my way through the Smitten Kitchen cookbook to exploring the aisles of Trader Joe’s, I’ve tried it all. (Except maybe duck. I haven’t delved into fancy poultry.) However, when I don’t feel adventurous or I’ve had a hard day, there’s always one recipe I can fall back on: Puerto Rican-style rice and beans. It’s easy, it’s filling, and it reminds me of home. I could also eat it for a week straight and not get bored—an ideal recipe for any off meal plan cook.
What you’ll need:
- A couple of tablespoons of olive oil
- Half an onion, minced
- 1/3 of a red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1/4 tablespoon of Goya seasoning (I use Cilantro y achiote, but any type works because Goya = food of the Gods.)
- 1/4 tablespoon of oregano (I used thyme in this recipe, because I am a dorm room cook and I grab whatever herb is at arm’s length.)
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons (or 1 large spoonful) of white cooking wine
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
- A can of Goya red kidney beans, drained
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Optional: Half of a chicken bouillon cube. Because Puerto Rican-style rice and beans are not strictly vegetarian. Oops.
Phew, that was a mouthful. Now, to the recipe! [Read more →]
Brian Griffin, former Brown student and loving dog of the Griffin Family, was struck by a car while playing roller hockey and died in Quahog, Rhode Island on Sunday, November 24. He was 8 years old.
Brian was picked up as a stray by his owner, Peter Griffin. Brian was brought into the family of Peter, Lois, Chris, Meg, and Stewie. He loved his family deeply—he was known to spend lots of time with baby Stewie, and also was known to have been madly in love with Peter’s wife, Lois. His relationships with the Griffin’s neighbors were cordial, for the most part; the exception was his relationship with Glenn Quagmire, which was particularly tense. This was due to each individual’s fixation with Lois Griffin.
His admiration of Lois wasn’t exceptional—he was generally affectionate toward human women. Sadly, he was unable to maintain his various relationships, due in part to poor relationship advice from Stewie (remember: Stewie is an evil talking baby). The most notable case was his (ex-)girlfriend Jillian. The two moved in together, but things got rocky thereafter, largely due to Brian’s inability to handle her complete idiocy. He died a single man.
Dave Binder, legendary Brown Spring Weekend performer and BlogDH superfan, has videotaped one of his most recent performances in Florida—”an evening of great interpretations of great singer songwriters”—and put it on YouTube for the world to enjoy. The backdrop is no Wriston Quad, but the way he covers his usual favorites, such as Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles, and James Taylor, among others, is completely familiar. If he’s selling paradise, the combination of palm trees, acoustic guitar, and “Margaritaville” sure do the trick. But we also think taping and sharing a Sunday Binder Spring Weekend performance would have equally done the job, too—nothing screams paradise like sunshine, song, and dance on Wriston Quad.
“I can’t wait to go home,” seems to be the constant refrain of Brown students as Thanksgiving draws nearer and nearer. However, some of us will have to wait longer before going back home. I am of course talking about the wonderful International student body at Brown.
As some of us come from across several seas and timezones, going back home over Thanksgiving isn’t always possible. But five days of vacation can still be put to good use. What follows is a list of things to do over the Thanksgiving break so Internationals can celebrate in their own way, without feeling left out.
- Visit your relatives living nearby. Your home away from home. If you have relatives living nearby, be sure to visit them over Thanksgiving. Not only will you get to eat “home food” again, but you can also practice speaking your native language again, which probably will have gotten a bit rusty with all these months abroad. [Read more →]
Editorial Disclaimer: This post has been created by college students for college students. It has been rated NC-17 for its sexual nature and anatomically graphic references. Please proceed at your own risk. Thanks for reading! Love, BlogDH
As we sit down to our lovely Thanksgiving feasts with our families and friends, we must think about the things in our lives for which we are thankful. Last year, we were thankful for my tips on hickey removal before we went home to Mom and Dad. This year, I am of course thankful for sex. But even more than that, I am thankful to find partners who are receptive to trying new things in the bedroom, that I feel comfortable sharing my personal desires and kinks with, and who are open to enacting those fantasies that tend to remain tucked up inside my head. One such fantasy is spanking, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. In the spirit of this most wonderful holiday, I am here to give you Monica’s Spanks-giving tips. Whether you’re seasoned in the art of spanking or new to the practice, these tips should help ensure you and your partner make the most out of this most wicked activity! [Read more →]
We wanted to spread a little Thanksgiving thankfulness, so last week we set up shop in the Blue Room and asked people
if they wanted free candy what they were thankful for. We got great responses: students gave thanks for friends & family, life & love, food & free candy (we recognize that giving out free candy may have resulted in a biased sample). Naturally, we collected a sample of these responses into a GIF (what else?), so you can feast your eyes on the thankfulness while you feast on a Thanksgiving turducken. Feel free to leave what you’re thankful for in the comments.
As for us? We’re going to be slowing down our posting for the next few days as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for you. <3
As you may have learned, Amtrak tickets are overpriced, and Megabus can be sketchy. In the face of these less-than-attractive alternatives, many will opt to take Peter Pan/Greyhound buses that depart from Kennedy Plaza. For those of you following this strategy, there are some things you need to know.
Your ticket will only get you halfway there.
READ: A ticket does NOT guarantee you a seat on the bus. Peter Pan always overbooks its buses.
Last year Long ago, one could purchase a “reserved seat” for an extra $5. This was akin to the system where all the rich people on the Titanic got to board the limited supply of life boats while everyone else was left to freeze, the only difference being that K-Plaza in November is slightly colder than the Northern Atlantic Ocean. Seriously, watch out for icebergs on your way down the Hill.
In any case, Peter Pan has done away with this ticket-reserve policy, so now plebeians and bourgeois alike get to vie for their seat on the bus equally. [Read more →]
Meet Pip, the snuggliest looking piano player we’ve ever seen! Massimo Riva, a professor in the Italian Studies department, gives us all the details on his furry friend. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Pip comes to campus in the very near future (hopefully with his stuffed Rat).
Age: One year old. Not much more than a puppy.
Do you have a story behind your pet’s name? My daughter named her Pippi Longstocking, because she has red curly ears. [Read more →]