After weeks of deliberation and many truly tasty-sounding suggestions (and one that included bald eagle meat… weird), we are proud to bring to you the finalists for the new Brunonian sandwich at Geoff’s. What will its ingredients be? It’s up to you.
BlogDH sent an ambassador from the humanities (yours truly) to sit in on a panel entitled “Never too late to take CS.” Many of us have dreamed of taking CS 15 with Andy van Dam, but then reality checks in: our schedules can’t accommodate it, we don’t think we can handle the extra workload, and most importantly – a lot of us are secretly afraid of computers. Computer-phobia isn’t a science fiction trope, it’s a very real affliction that plagues all of us who don’t understand why our Macbook suddenly stops working, or why our PC is so damn slow.
At BlogDH, we have suffered from confusion as to why sometimes WordPress decides that it hates us and doesn’t publish our posts. Our web masters/technology overlords tried to put it in terms we could understand: “There are little gnomes that live inside of computers, and sometimes those gnomes get drunk, and things stop working.” This is a photo our current webmaster, Joe Stein ’16, took of our old webmaster, Neal Poole ’13:
Just another day on the job.
Going into this panel, my go-to solution for computer misbehavior was to call Stein ’16 on the phone in tears, and then rate in retrospect how drunk my gnomes were on a scale of tipsy, to black out, to requiring medical attention. Luckily, I soon realized I wasn’t alone, because 1/3rd of the people in the room raised their hand to the opening question “who has never taken a CS class before?”
Evidently, a lot of people were curious about the mysteries of computer science. Our fears were further quelled when one of the panel members, Ardra Hren ’15, admitted off the bat that she “was afraid of computers until sophomore year.”
The SciLi: In all its Brutalist glory
With finals season steadily creeping up on us—much to the chagrin of my Main Green hang-out time and Faunce Step gatherings—it is once again time to consider the age old question: Rock or SciLi? Now at this point in the year, I would truly hope that each and every Brown student knows which two buildings I speak of: the one that is sky-high and painful to the eyes, and the other, stout and equally painful to the eyes. Yes, those buildings. While each library has its traditional stereotypes, I thought it would be appropriate to update the framework and introduce a newly-minted metric for your finals period study plans.
With its inviting concrete floors, endless rows of stacks, well-stocked food cart and perpetually dysfunctional (albeit ergonomic!) desk chairs, the Rock is the spot for the student who enjoys a more low-key vibe, but likes to get shit work done. From the prison-cell, isolation chambers study rooms on the Second floor to the Penthouse with its sprawling and surprisingly impressive views of the Manhattan-esque, Providence skyline (we all have the right to dream), the Rock is for the studious, the bold, the hipsters, the prepsters and is occasionally the home of a nightclub (luckily not one associated with Coliseum or Ultra). The carrels of the Rock promote focused study, but be aware of the overly-confident thesis writers who won’t think twice about stating that it is his/her spot (and obviously something about the level of stress he/she/phe is experiencing). Though you may have the occasional run-in with a grad student (yes, we have graduate students at Brown), they will consider you an inferior species and merely walk past you without acknowledgment or consideration. If likened to a group of musical artists, the Rock would be Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver and Fleetwood Mac all rolled into one: it is classic, but it does have an edge of reflection (ßBon Iver) and collegiate vitality. If likened to a former WWE fighter, it would be the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, without a doubt (disclaimer: I have never watched a WWE fight, only the “Scorpion King.”)
Not at Brown
Monday, April 21:
Event: Fashion Week Kick-Off Celebration
Time: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Main Green
Fashion@Brown is celebrating the beginning of Fashion Week with a big celebration on the Main Green tomorrow. Come get free food and drinks and pose in a giant sized photo booth.
Event: Clerestory Art Showcase
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: RISD Expose, 204 Westminster Street
In celebration of its 50th issue, Clerestory Journal of the Arts is hosting an art showcase featuring student artists, music, and free food and refreshments.
Event: BPF Presents: The State of the Parties
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Salmon 203
In the first installment of this miniseries event, Brown Political Forum and Brown Common Sense Action invite you to evaluate the Republican and Democratic Parties. They will ask questions ranging from identifying the strengths and weaknesses of these parties to discussing their respective potentials to reform. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, and free Nice Slice will be provided.
Tuesday, April 22:
Event: Earth Day Food Celebration
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Ratty
In celebration of Earth Day, come to the Ratty for a special meal of local, seasonal foods and to discuss food, waste, and energy issues with on-campus groups.
“On Wednesdays we wear pink.”
Arguably the most quotable movie of the 21st century is turning 10, and we at BlogDailyHerald are excited to be partnering with Brown University Film Forum (BUFF) to bring you a FREE screening of Mean Girls on Wednesday, April 30th.
The 30th is the actual 10th anniversary of the hit movie starring Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, and many more. Coincidentally (and serendipitously), April 30th is a Wednesday. And on Wednesdays, we wear pink. We hope to see you all there, wearing your finest pink garments, or “you can’t sit with us!” Just kidding. But still.
If you don’t think this looks delicious, you can’t be my friend.
This past week, there was a bit of an uproar in the culinary corners of the Internet. Not only was KFC rolling out a fried chicken corsage (and cufflinks) just in time for prom season, but it also looked like Domino’s was going to blow stoner America’s collective mind with a pizza — wait for it — MADE OF FRIED CHICKEN. Even though the latter rumor turned out to be a bit misleading, I was still excited at the possibility of trying this “Specialty Chicken,” if only to test the resiliency of my digestive tract. And on top of that, on Domino’s web site, it looked delicious. Of the four possible flavors, only Spicy Jalapeño-Pineapple sounded like it would be horrifyingly gross.