Blog Goes Abroad: Oktoberfest

PROST!

You might have noticed some photos like the above clogging your newsfeed this week. For all those juniors on-campus who feel confused (and annoyed) about Oktoberfest, we’re republishing an old post that puts the #abroad drinking fest in Brown terms.  Two blog writers attended the event in Munich, Germany a few years ago, and in a beer-induced nostalgia for Brown, they compared the infamous event to aspects of Brown’s social scene, including the Whiskey Republic, a frat basement party, and Spring Weekend’s Dave Binder concert.  

The differences between Oktoberfest and the three aforementioned Brown social venues are obvious—Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany in tents that hold up to 10,000 people. However, you may be surprised to learn just how many “comforts” of home we found in such a foreign landscape of debauchery.  Among the lederhosen and drindls, we literally stumbled upon the same infamous characters and qualities that are quintessential to the Brown party scene:

1. Oktoberfest vs. Whisko

  • Aggressive bouncers: Count your lucky stars that Whiskey’s bouncers aren’t German-speaking, whistle-wielding body builders from hell. These guys were literally employed by Satan himself. Who thought we’d miss the sassy Whisko guards that we’ve all come to know and hate/love?
  • Bathroom stampede: We all know that the girls’ bathroom at Whiskey is always a shit-show. Well, that has NOTHING on the corralling of females taking place behind the scenes at Oktoberfest. We use the word “corralling” intentionally: the stalls were literally in a barn off the tent and we were but helpless cattle. If you weren’t careful, you could be dragged out of a sneaky back door under the false promise that there were “extra stalls” outside. Once outside, you became crudely aware of the fact that there was no getting back in. Let’s just say that only the most dire bladder pains would tempt us into that bathroom. Oh to be back in the toilet-paper-strewn, overcrowded restroom of the Whiskey Republic.

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Where to watch the Super Bowl

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If you consider a three hour drive away “in your backyard”, this year’s Super Bowl is in your backyard.

Early February is always a very exciting time for Americans. Sorry Obama, it’s not because of the State of the Union — it’s  Super Bowl Sunday. This year, the NFL’s number one ranked defense, the Seattle Seahawks, will be going against the league’s top offense, the Denver Broncos ( led by advertisement superstar and not half bad quarterback Peyton Manning).

Every year more money is spent on advertising for the commercial breaks, and this year’s half time show features The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars. The event appeals to a wide range of people, including those that don’t care about who wins and are just rooting for Budweiser. All of this is to say for the football newbies: not only is the Super Bowl a huge fucking deal, but it is also engineered for TV viewers.

But wait, you’re a college student, so you don’t have cable! Actually, chances are you don’t even have a television set. Not to fear, for we will present you with a selection of options to make viewing the Super Bowl doable and fun this year. Cue this song:

On a laptop, via ethernet: Aimed at the two extremes, this method is either for the ultimate purist or the “not-even-a-football-fan” type. The purists don’t care that the screen is tiny; they just want to watch the game. In fact, the fewer people around to break their concentration, the better.  (Note: it’s also easier to rock your lucky underpants alone in your room.) On the other side are those who are just vaguely curious enough to plug in to the live stream during homework breaks. After all, you can’t resist seeing what all of the Facebook fuss is about.

In a dorm room, on a small-to-moderate sized TV: Watching the game with friends will make cheering for your preferred team more enjoyable, and it will probably give you access to more “free” food (if you are the bringer of snacks, be prepared to share). On the downside, dorms rarely acquire the right number of people for watching such a monumental event. You either have enough people that it’s too crowded, or it’s eerily empty and everyone is trying to go to the next biggest thing.  In addition, there’s approximately a 65% chance that someone in the room will order in from Wings and Things.

Alternatively: You can try to find the remote for one of the fancier lounges in dorms like Keeney. Allot yourself a good two hours beforehand because technology is confusing.

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It’s Homecoming Weekend

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Brace yourself, winter homecoming is coming! Tomorrow (Saturday, November 2) at 12:30 p.m. is Brown’s homecoming football game against Penn, and the festivities continue all weekend.

Whether you’re a die-hard Brown football fan or you’ve never been to a Brown sporting event before, this is the game to go to. The shuttles will start picking up students at multiple points across campus at 10:30 a.m. (it’s okay to wake up earlier for a tailgate than you usually do for class, right?). Support your team while keeping up the Halloweek momentum, but be sure not to burn out before SPG that night.

Homecoming weekend also features men’s hockey games tonight and tomorrow night, and both men’s and women’s soccer tomorrow (game times here). There will be t-shirt giveaways throughout the weekend, and what’s better than free stuff, sports and dayging? Get out your Brown apparel and beer hat (or beer belt) and support Bruno!


A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Brown/RISD Lawn Party

58115_614901698537658_1072888076_nSo this kinda came out of nowhere, but apparently Brown’s UCS and RISD’s Student Alliance came together to put on the first ever Brown/RISD Lawn Party this Saturday from 1-5 pm on Benefit St. (between College and Waterman).  Not only will there be an actual lawn, the party will feature a beergarden (Ed.- the beer isn’t free, but still, yay beer!), food trucks, a photobooth, music, volleyball, and, most importantly, plastic flamingos.  This should be a pretty dope opportunity to take some time off from studies, (hopefully) enjoy the sunshine, and get some RISD kids to make you feel inadequate about your own artistic abilities paint your face.


Participate in democracy and get cheap burgers!

Slow down there, cowboy: They’ll cut you off after four burgers.

Yet another incentive for you to rock the vote. All day tomorrow, Harry’s, home of the 68-ounce beer boot, spiked root beer float, and Mother of All Burgers, will be offering its legendarily cheap and delicious sliders for one buck a pop. (Note: This doesn’t combine with other promotions, which means no 50-cent sliders during half-off happy hour.) All you have to do is show ’em your “I Voted!” sticker. [Ed.-We get stickers for voting?!?! Why don’t they advertise that more?] No word on how us stickerless absentee voters will prove our participation, but we’ll take our chances. Burgers and democracy: Does it get any more American than that?


Time-waster of the day: October 1, 2012

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