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Students Who Do Cool Things: Julie Christian, policewoman extraordinaire

Julie Christian is full of unlikely combinations. She can look you in the face with utmost humble sincerity and say, “I am so proud to wear a uniform.” Her favorite part of being a police officer is “witnessing the positive impact one can make in every event or call.” Julie is 49 years old. Oh, yeah, and don’t let me forget to mention—she’s a student at Brown.

Julie is able to study at Brown through the Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) program, which admits a small number of students who have been out of high school for six years or more and are looking to complete or begin a college education.

Clearly, Julie is a bit more than six years out of high school. In the time that elapsed between then and now, a lot’s happened that made her into who she is today: a police officer, police dispatcher, Eucharistic Minister, mother, and a Brown University first-year.

You might be shocked that someone so prim and put-together is a policewoman on the side. You might be shocked that this ex-stay-at-home-mom is a college student. You will be even more shocked to know that all of this—returning to school, becoming a policewoman—has only happened in the last three years of Julie’s life.

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Drunk/Sober/High: Mister Sister

One snowy Saturday, three bloggers decided to get drunk, sober, and high and go to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Upon arrival, they were informed that the wait time was over two hours. After contemplating bribing small children with candy for their special orange Sky Zone socks or sneaking into an 8-year-old’s birthday party, they decided it would be best to put their jumping plans on hold. What was Plan B, you might ask? No, not ceramics painting, or attending the Providence Children’s Museum. The bloggers decided to venture to Wickenden Street’s own sex shop, Mister Sister. There, they stumbled upon a variety of edible sex items and decided to try–or in this case just taste–them. 

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A taste (get it?!) of what’s to come…

High: I’ve been to Mister Sister before (guilty), but never bought anything. I think I might want to touch everything. I hope the employee working there can’t tell I’m high. Wow, I never realized how many random fucking fast food restaurants there are in Rhode Island.

This place is awesome and freaky at the same time. If you’ve never been in, you should go. I’ve always wondered why we have a campus sex shop and not, like, a chopped salad restaurant. I know those things are completely unrelated, but I think I’m still angry about Skewers. Such a waste of space.

Drunk: I didn’t realize just how many shapes could be transformed into a vibrator. Some look like small pebbles that you could skip across a river, while others resemble Gumby. Christian’s Grey’s character makes more sense after flipping boxes to find the price tags – most “toys” were $60+. My budget doesn’t really cover kinky at the moment.

Sober: Drunk is giggling to herself. High keeps touching everything, which for some reason makes me uncomfortable even though I know the display products are clean. Some of these vibrators are so small and cute!!!

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The college movie Oscars

The Oscars are behind us, and wow, what a ride. We at BlogDailyHerald’s unofficial Academy, however, noticed a disconnect between the people with whom we were watching and the show — none had seen the majority of the nominees. While this didn’t matter for categories like “Best Documentary Short,” people were saltier than Skewers’ horrible pita chips over Boyhood‘s loss, if they had yet to see Birdman. Therefore, we decided to create our own Academy Awards featuring college-themed films: because everyone loves a good college movie. The nominated films and our predictions are as follows…

Best Picture

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Nominees:

21 & Over
22 Jump Street
Accepted
Animal House
Legally Blonde
Neighbors
Old School
Pitch Perfect
Social Network

Verdict:

There are lots of worthy movies in the running for best college movie of all time, but one movie clearly stands head and shoulders above the pack. The case for the others: 21 & Over features Miles Teller at his most charismatic; 22 Jump Street makes us cry with laughter upon each viewing; Accepted’s premise is hilarious and well-executed; Legally Blonde, though technically a law school movie, features the smartest lead character and tons of memorable moments (bend and snap anyone?); Neighbors has Rogen’s schlub up against Efron’s ultimate bro; Old School makes Will Ferrell streak through the quad and it invented “earmuffs”; Pitch Perfect has Fat Amy; and, the Social Network nearly won Best Picture at the (real) Oscars. All these films owe a great deal, however, to Animal House: the OG of university films. Upon rewatching, this movie feels like it could have been made within the last decade, and the toga party scene still stands as the best-ever party scene (besides maybe Project X). Eminently quotable quotes, impossible to replicate performances, and memorable hijinks, all add up to make Animal House the gold standard of college movies, and very deserving of the Best Picture Oscar.

Winner: Animal House

Runner-Up: Legally Blonde

Best Actor

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Nominees:

Miles Teller – 21 & Over
Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street
Justin Long – Accepted
Nick Cannon – Drumline
Adam Sandler – Waterboy

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Skewers opened (… and it’s not great)

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Let me premise this post by saying I really, really wanted to  like Skewers. First of all, I am a fan of cheap, to-go, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine. I was excited to return from break to find this obnoxious, kind of ugly sign above the old Thayer Street Cleansers location promising kabob wraps–kabob wraps that would be about three blocks closer to my house than East Side Pockets! Then, a week later, we at BlogDH discovered their Facebook page:

 

 

And so my excitement about Skewers only grew. Seriously, falafels and typos are two of my favorite things. A typo as awkward as that can make me laugh for a week or two. Also considering the fact that sharing their Facebook page from Blog’s got them a solid 20 likes, I thought Kaboobs and I could be good friends. (They still haven’t added anything to their Facebook page or corrected the typo. Their website also looks like this, so it seemed like they would fit in perfectly with the many odd and dysfunctional Thayer establishments we love).

Unfortunately, Skewers is just not very good. It’s actually kinda bad. My first tip-off was when a fellow blogger, who’d actually fought me for this joy of reviewing Kaboobs Skewers, sent me this screenshot of his newsfeed:

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Cliff’s Notes from the Prison-Industrial Complex 101 Teach-In

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Last night, Students Against the Prison-Industrial Complex (SAPIC) held a teach-in in Leung Gallery to “discuss the history of these institutions [the prison system and the prison-industrial complex (PIC)], their modern manifestations, and potential futures.”

When Brown and its student body presents opportunities to further our education outside the classroom, in ways perhaps more important, we’ve gotta hop on them. Thus, the PIC teach-in was one of those opportunities, opening students’ eyes wider about injustice in the justice system, the patterns it presents and perpetuates, and, most shockingly, how Brown and its corporation plays into that.

If you couldn’t make the event, have no fear–we’ve got you covered with BlogDH’s Cliff’s Notes: an extensive yet abridged guide to what we all should and need to know.

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6 ways to freshen up your winter boots

I’m sick of the snow. I’m sick of the slush. I’m sick of having to take turns on the sidewalk when someone is coming in the opposite direction. But most of all, I’m sick of wearing my fugly snow boots.

It would be one thing if I was restricted to wearing my Converse — at least they’re passably cute and match with everything! Instead, I’m forced to trudge around campus with sheepskin-lined weights on my feet that would make a lumberjack cringe. Okay, they’re not terrible — I’ve seen worse — but everything is good in moderation, as they say, and I surpassed moderation about 2.5 weeks ago.

I know that I’m not the only one in this predicament, so I’ve created a fun list of DYI tips for sprucing up your feet prisons!!!

1) Bedazzled Boots

Buy some plastic jewels from your local craft store and glue, glue, glue! Use hot glue for a long-lasting masterpiece. Bonus: if you burn yourself badly enough, you’ll have a great excuse for missing class, and won’t have to go outside / wear your boots in the first place!  

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2) Cute Cut-outs

First decide what pattern you want — edgy triangles? Playful circles? Your roommate’s silhouette? Next, grab a pair of hardware scissors and start hacking. Really go at it! In fact, don’t stop until there’s not even a boot left to cut anymore!

3) Charming Char

Rustic is timeless. An easy and cheap way to achieve this look is charring the lining of your boots for a smoky finish that screams vintage. To begin, run a lit match or lighter along the top rim of your boots. Then, go to the kitchen for a snack. “Accidentally forget” about your DIY project. Come back to a smoldering pile of ashes.

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