Dorm Room Bartender


We’ve all been there: It’s a Friday night, and that bottle of vodka you brought isn’t tasting very good. Taking shots can be efficient, but the intense garbage-y flavor associated with them can be pretty hard to handle sometimes. A lot of times, a mixed drink is the way to go. But if you’re pre-gaming in someone’s dorm room, you probably don’t have all the ingredients/appliances necessary to make a nice mojito. But don’t worry. Margaritas may be out of reach, but there are plenty of low-cost mixed drinks available to Brown students if you just take the time to look around. Check out some of these simple recipes that can be made with vodka, rum, Fireball cinnamon whiskey, and anything available at CVS or the Ratty:


5 Stars ★★★★★




This drink tastes pretty damn good. Its main flavors are coca-cola and cinnamon, with only a hint of alcoholic aftertaste. That’s kinda amazing, considering the fact that this drink is 60% hard alcohol.

Taste Experience: Like being a CEO of a fortune five hundred corporation and you’re getting drunk on a Tuesday night.

Recipe: 1 part vodka, 1 part rum, 1 part Fireball, 2 parts Coca-Cola


Spicy Cider


This stuff is incredible. It definitely tastes alcoholic, but its flavor is super sweet and complex. Super Autumnal.

Taste Experience: Like diving headfirst into a fresh apple pie.

Recipe: Half Fireball, half apple cider


4 Stars ★★★★


Cape Coder (Vodka Cranberry)


The cranberry juice in this one nearly covers up the taste of alcohol, and the color is pretty classy. Just watch out for your drunk friends spilling it; that stain’s not gonna come out.

Taste Experience: Like swallowing whole cranberries, one after the other.

Recipe: Half vodka, half cranberry juice (courtesy of the Ratty)

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Spooky Halloween Spirits

My favorite part about ‘words’ is that they can have multiple definitions. Case in point, the word ‘spirit.’ On, there are 31 definitions of the word spirit. But for the real definitions, I went to old faithful: Urban Dictionary.

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“Some thing”

Point is, I like Halloween, I like drinking, and I really like doing the two together. Get ready for a list of truly terrifying drinks, ’cause nothing goes together better like spirits and spirits.


Piña Ghoul-ada

Combine equal amounts coconut cream, pineapple juice, and ice in a blender. Add rum – maybe some Mali-boo rum! Garnish with a devilishly red Maraschino cherry.


Buy margarita mix and combine with tequila and ice. Drink in a cold, dank place.

Mint Boo-lip

Perhaps invented by the ghost of a wealthy patron watching his ghost horses race at Churchill Downs, this mint boo-lip is certain to have you cheering for the ghost horse. Mint, bourbon, ice, seltzer. Go Seabiscuit!

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Family Weekend: What we’re afraid of

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The storm is almost here. A hurricane of pinched cheeks and forehead kisses is descending on Brown University as we speak. Parents descend on campus this weekend, and we hope you’re all prepared.

Family Weekend is a beautiful time on campus, when many people are reunited with their beloved birthgivers. But it’s stressful, too. The sudden appearance of your 50-year-old guardian(s) back in your life is often a great reason to stash that bong beneath your bed or delete the texts from that cute guy you met at Jo’s. Why? Because we don’t want our parents finding out about all the random crap we’ve been up to. But we don’t all react in the same way. Some people will delete those texts and leave the bong out, while others will do the opposite. This raises the question: What things are Brown students really afraid of their parents discovering over Parents’ Weekend? This Blog reporter asked 100 random Brown students, and the results are below:

“What are you most afraid of your parents finding out about over Parents’ Weekend?”


Alcohol Use: 19 students out of 100
This isn’t really that surprising. We’re college students and we love to party, but our beloved parents (and BroPo) aren’t typically on board if we’re underage. Expect to see a lot of people frantically hiding handles of vodka Friday afternoon.

Drug Use: 17 students
Alcohol use’s more-relaxed [Ed’s note: But less legal] friend. Drug use, especially marijuana, is pretty common on Brown’s campus, and parents typically aren’t chill with it unless they smoke themselves.

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Campus Life Updates: Policy changes this Fall


Campus Life’s most recent email details some of the significant changes to the Student Conduct code, the alcohol and social event policy, and student resources, resulting from the review process that took place last May. To get the full scoop, well… you should probably read your email. For a condensed version, see below.

Alcohol and Social Events:

-The restrictions on dorm spaces serving alcohol that were introduced last semester will be continued, at least through this Fall. Certain spaces on campus will be “on hold” on Friday and Saturday nights, in order to meet the demand for housing student events. This will also help with “increasing university support for the management” of said events.

-According to feedback from last year, students prefer “calmer living spaces.”

-Graduate students are filling a new role for Reslife to “enhance harm-reduction strategies on weekend nights in residence halls.” The grad students are supposed to address community disruptions, provide assistance for students, and host “alcohol-free programming.” Mayhaps, Settlers of Catan?

See the full report here.

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Summary: Sexual Assault “Community Notification”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn January 19th, Campus Life sent an email to all Brown students detailing the situations in the fall of 2014 that resulted in two campus fraternities’ suspensions. The email went on to discuss procedural changes on campus as a result of these incidents. The email is very long, and a bit confusing. Here is the backbone of it:

First, the paragraph that affects almost everyone.


Both the term “alcoholic service” and “residential area” are loosely defined. One RPL in Wayland commented that their the job description still does not include busting parties like DPS. However, there is notable confusion as to whether “residential areas” are confined to on-campus, and whether alcohol services translates to selling alcohol, or to serving it as the host of a small gathering.

Brown insists that these changes are in the effort to make campus safer, and “change the status quo” that allows for parties that seem to foster sexual assault and misconduct.

Second, the incidents that led up to this:

  • Phi Psi threw an unregistered party in October where “two students reported receiving an alcoholic drink that contained a date rape drug.” One of the students went on to report non-consensual sexual contact off site later that night (and not from a member of Phi Psi). The student attributed it to the drugging. Continue Reading


Healthy living, as told by Health Services brochures

Health Services can get bogged down treating all of the students on campus, particularly during cold season, which seems to extend from September to May. Some people have experienced a longer than preferred sit in the waiting area whilst picking up a prescription or prior to a doctor’s appointment, but you also may have noticed the wide array of informative pamphlets available for pleasure reading. While waiting for the doctor, we have looked through almost all of the pamphlets, and, in classic BlogDH fashion, are providing you with a top-notch summary. Here’s what you might’ve missed if you’ve never visited a nurse/live in a plastic bubble.


1. You should ingest around 2300mg of salt per day, or one teaspoon. For terrifying, college-relevant reference, 1/2 a block of prepared Ramen noodles is between 800 and 900mg of sodium, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce is 1000 mg, and an extra crispy fried chicken breast (a healthier alternative to a spicy with) is 1010mg. Basically, say goodbye to the easiest Sans Meal Plan dinner, the toppings on your pho at Andrews Commons, and the entirety of Jo’s.
2. When you add more fiber to your diet, you should also drink more water to help the fiber move through your digestive system.
3. If you are a vegetarian who eats dairy products and eggs, you are a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. That means lacto-vegetarians (who do not eat eggs but do eat dairy), and vegans will have a superiority complex around you.

A History Lesson in Alcohol

1. The first beer brewed in colonial America was made from maize by settlers in Roanoke Colony, Virginia, in 1587. No wonder they mysteriously disappeared—they were all shitfaced.
2. The first law against alcohol consumption in America was set in 1623 in Virginia.
3. Beer is believed to have been made in Ancient Babylonia circa 5000 B.C.

Let us all remember that the only thing that gets a drink out of your system is time – approximately 1 hour per drink.

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