The Underground Coffee Shop: A review

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The third cup of coffee ever sold at the Underground.

It’s hardly surprising that a beverage with such a storied intellectual history–something something Enlightenment coffee shops exchange of ideas AP European history–should be so popular at Brown. Coffee, and with the businesses it fosters, is an integral part of College Hill, from the shops that dot Thayer and Wickenden to the syrupy coffee-milk that is a unique staple of the beautifully strange state of we live in.

And yet there’s much to suggest that the coffee scene here isn’t quite as unified as it could be; witness the trek necessary to get to Dave’s Coffee and/or Coffee Exchange, the lackluster options at Starbucks and Blue State, and the plainly mediocre stuff they serve at campus establishments (RIP Bear Buzz).

Most campus establishments, that is. The Underground, which opened Monday, appears to be the coffee shop that College Hill both deserves and needs. It combines the geographic centrality of the Blue Room, the expertise of Dave’s Coffee (which supplies the roasts themselves), and the enthusiasm of the Brown/RISD Coffee Society (who were consulted for proper brewing methods).

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Last Call: Uday Agrawal

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As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.

People might know me as… Udy-booty.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Putting up with my crazy but lovable roommate(s) for the past 4 years.

On Friday night, you might find yourself…
 At Kabob and Curry!

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
  1. You can print directly from your laptop to PAWPrints.
  2. Tea in Sahara is the best place to pretend to study, and the Watson Institute is the best place to actually study.
  3. The best way to save money is to participate in every single research experiment and go to all the events with free food.
Ratty vs. V-Dub… Ratty, obviously.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Folk Fest

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As you might’ve guessed from last year, we here at Blog love Folk Fest. Just when you thought Brown was all done with concerts, the Brown University Folk Festival is back this weekend for **two** days of guitar-strumming and new music to add to your Spotify playlists.

The schedule of events is a bit different from last year, with Friday night taking on a more exclusive party feel in Pembroke Field House for the small price of $2. (Tickets for Friday night can be bought here.) The night boasts bigger names, including New York City’s Tall Tall Trees, and the winners of the student band competition that took place this winter–RISD’s one-man act Kale and Brown’s harmonizing ladies Big Jim and the Sisterwives. Other acts for Friday include The Mighty Good Boys and the more classically folky four-piece The Four Legged Faithful.

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The post-Spring Weekend detox plan

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With the end of Spring Weekend debauchery comes one of the most feared and talked-about social ills known to campus: the post-bender hangover. Whatever crazy things you did these last few days will undoubtedly be followed by a series of ailments. Whether it’s an incredibly hellish headache, stomach issue, sinus infection, or any combination of illnesses, it’s your body’s way of saying f**k you, this is payback. So what can we as Brown students do? Although pretending that we aren’t enrolled in college and staying in bed all week does sound like a good idea, we have to live up to our play hard-work hard reputation. That is why we created a list of the best ways you can detox here on campus.

The Vita-Coco Cleanse

There is a reason the Blue Room stocks these bad boys. Use all your meal credits, points, Bear Bucks or cash, and stock up on as many as you can get your hands on. No solid foods for the next week.

The Bathroom Steam Sauna

We hope to make RPLs angry Norwegians jealous with this time-honored Scandinavian tradition. All you need is a few towels, some eucalyptus oil, and a lock on your bathroom. Just throw a few towels underneath the door, turn all the showers on to full blast, and inhale the sweet vapors of a steam room. (Disclaimer: BlogDailyHerald is not legallyor financially responsible for any damage done to the dorm, oneself, or one’s pride.)

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What we’re reading

unnamed4This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta–perhaps simultaneously one of the most cited and most often forgotten documents in legal history. The New Yorker‘s “The Rule of History” examines the document’s relevance throughout history and its lasting legacy in Western society, particularly the United States.

As China continues to urbanize and works towards its goal of having 60 percent of the country’s population living in urban centers by 2020, many citizens have been fighting to maintain their old way of life. The Atlantic‘s photo essay, “And Then There Was One,” documents several cases of “nail houses,” buildings whose owners have resisted selling their land to the government. The pictures show lone houses standing in the middle of construction sites, a phenomenon that can be seen all across the country.

Netflix has had one hell of a year so far, having just launched Daredevil, its 17th original series of 2015 (!). The company plans to air over 320 hours of original material in 2015–a threefold increase from last year. The New York Times explored the future of the company and the changing nature of television programming with Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive.

With the recent leak of the first four episodes of the latest season of Game of Thrones, many fans are wondering what the show would be like if it were released all at once a la Netflix. Though this doesn’t seem likely anytime soon, we can read about one phe’s quest to watch seasons one through four in one sitting. Vice News’ Allie Conti goes through all of the ups and downs, one episode at a time.  Continue Reading


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(Pre-Frosh) What to do this week: ADOCH 2015

Admitted students from the Class of 2019 will descend on College Hill this week, from Tuesday, April 21 to Thursday, April 23 for ADOCH 2015. If you are one of them, here’s what you should do this week:

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Event: Brown Welcomes the Class of 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Main Green Tent

President Christina Paxson and Dean of Admission James Miller ’73 welcome members of the Class of 2019 to College Hill.

Event: Speed Friending
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Location: Alumnae Hall

Like speed dating, but platonic (?). Meet other students visiting for ADOCH and current Brown students.

Event: Arch Sings
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Location: Wayland Arch and Morris-Champlin Arch

#socollege. Enjoy performances by Brown’s a cappella groups. The IGCAC (Intergalactic Community of A Cappella) performs in group Arch Sings during fall orientation and ADOCH in the spring.

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