How I got my swag back: the Mid-Year Activities Fair

So. Many. Flyers.

So. Many. Flyers.

The Mid-Year Activities Fair does not get a lot of publicity. It makes sense, because joining a new extra curricular second semester is usually reserved for frosh and the upperclassmen who are having existential crises because they just broke up with their old extracurriculars and want to fill the void with new ones. For me, however, any gathering of trifold posters and free pens is a perfect excuse to snag goodies. I will confess that I had no intention of picking up any new hobbies. My goal (like always) was to steal shit that was already being given away, and get my mojo back.

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This year’s fair was in Alumnae Hall, which was a bit awkward, because the last time I was in there was for SPG. Even more awkward, Aerial Arts was doing a demonstration on the stage… which they also did at SPG. Did someone mistake this for Throwback Thursday? Slightly disappointed by the lack of lingerie the students around me were wearing, I took the plunge into the equally sweaty and far less sexual mob. Let’s take a look at my haul:

Tech House: With a table covered in a Settler’s of Catan board and Nintendo 64 Cartridges, tech house had a very inviting setup. They had no freebies to give me, but I settled for the implied offer that I can come by and play drunk Pokemon later this semester.

That an axe is an heirloom, not even kidding.

That axe is an heirloom, not even kidding.

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BlogDH(Panel) Explains Orientation

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Ah, orientation—that week before your freshman year when you can attend an array events all built around the copious opportunities to awkwardly introduce yourself to hundreds of people and hope a few become your best friends. But those events are not all created equal. Here’s BlogDH’s preview of the Orientation calendar’s greatest hits.

Paxson’s Welcome
It might feel like you’ve already been welcomed by the entire Brown community, but the official welcome from President Christina Paxson is a must. The class of 2017 is only the second one to be treated to the Pax’s wisdom, so consider yourselves Paxsoneers. Get to the Main Green early to save seats in the shade for yourself, your parents, and maybe even your first-day-friends if you’re feeling the welcoming spirit. Cheers of “Pax on Pax on Pax!” are encouraged as the Prez steps up to the podium. Try to contain the excitement of being surrounded by your 1500 classmates for the first time and actually listen to the president’s words. Having just completed her own “freshman” year, she’s sure to give some valuable frosh advice. After the speech, don’t miss out on a photo-op behind the podium on the Faunce steps: it makes for a great (if slightly pretentious) first Brown mupload.
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The Activities Fair: A Retrospective

It comes once twice a year. The chance for every club to strut its stuff. The chance for every new freshman to find his or her new calling among the diverse, active, hilarious, serious, lighthearted, political, food-oriented, and multicultural chaos integral to all of Brown’s student groups and clubs. Fun, right?

It sucks. It really effing sucks.

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Mariachi accompanies dinner in Ratty

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In what is clearly an elaborate stunt to make all tables at tonight’s Activities Fair seem lame, the Mariachi de Brown band put on a show during dinner at the Ratty. They handed out fliers informing listeners that they’re seeking trumpeters, guitarists, violinists, and singers for their group. Too bad it wasn’t taco night at the Ratty – the cuisine would have fit the music!

Make sure you stop by the Activities Fair to see all the groups that didn’t bother to serenade you as you ate.


Activities fair tonight

If you’ve been looking for a way to get more involved in groups and clubs, or if you’re a freshman who wants to learn about all the different student groups at Brown, you’re in luck: the activities fair is being held tonight at the OMAC from 7-10 pm. It’s sure to be hot in there, but there’s also going to be lots of free candy, interesting people, and cool tables to check out. Plus, we’ll be there, so if you’re looking to get involved with the Blog or just think we’re awesome, come check out our table.

ETA: Check out this floor plan of the Activities Fair. Tables are arranged by theme (but The Herald and Blog are in Campus Resources, not Media, in case you’re looking for us). By the way, only at Brown could the Gender and Sexuality section be as big as the Greek section.