6 stress-relievers that will get you through your finals


No matter how hard you study—or how hard you plan on studying (because you can always start reviewing those pesky equations after just one more GoT episode, right?)—finals are rarely a pleasant experience. For years, they have besieged poor college students and made us question our purpose in life. Alas, they are unavoidable parts of college life, like sleep-deprivation and lack of clean undergarments.

But, hold on to your knickers, because I just may have found the fail-proof formula for going into your finals feeling as confident as ever, and it doesn’t involve opening a single textbook.

1. Print out this picture of Bill Clinton in a fedora.

If you plan on frequently studying in your room, print out this picture of Bill Clinton and hang it over your work desk. If you plan on hitting the library, still print out this picture and take it wherever you may go. Keep it safe, keep it sound, and keep it close to your heart. This picture is the quintessential embodiment of cool. I mean, just look at it! Can you say GQ Man of the Year? One glance at it and you’ll feel an instant surge of badassery through your veins. Allow it to fill you with a feeling of invincibility, because if Bill Clinton in a fedora can’t inspire you, you’re a lost soul. Continue Reading

Help Common Sense Action win Brown the Up to Us Competition!

Here’s a quick quiz: Do you like Brown? Do you like Bill Clinton? Do you like the idea of Bill Clinton recognizing Brown? I bet you answered ‘yes’ to all three. Also, gotcha – the time you spent taking that quiz could’ve been spent taking one of these quizzes and directly contributing to the prospect of the whole Bill Clinton recognizing Brown thing actually happening.

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Some of you may already be familiar with Common Sense Action, a student organization led by Samuel Gilman ’15, Andrew Kaplan ’15 and Heath Mayo ’13 (maybe you read our post on it last month). The group has led Brown’s participation in the Up to Us Competition, and has us close to the top of the leaderboard (University of Texas is currently in the lead) with only a few days left. Clinton will meet with the leaders of the winning school’s campaign and publicly recognize the school as a whole. If you want to help Brown edge out University of Texas, make sure to check out Common Sense Action’s Causes page and sign its petition or take any of its many quizzes – every action counts.

But on a larger scale, Common Sense Action is just getting started. Its marquee event, the Rhode Island Fiscal Summit, brought together student leaders from five colleges in the state for a discussion about approaches to the debt and deficit that focus on the well-being of our generation. The conference was co-sponsored by both Brown Democrats and Republicans, as well as many other campus groups – the Swearer Center, the Taubman Center, UCS – in a remarkable display of Common Sense Action’s ability to bring together all sides of the issue to work toward pragmatic solutions.  Continue Reading

Time-waster of the day: September 7, 2012

u mad bro?

Have Commanders-in-Chief ever been truly cool? Have they ever inspired millions of Americans to give up the funk? Have they had their faces plastered on lamppost signs asking you if you’ve “seen this cat”? Most would say no, that the high-strung, slowly-going-gray leaders of our fearless nation are basically stone-faced monarchs who are visible only in moments of scripted glory or agonizing awkwardness.

But those people are wrong.

Bill Clinton played the saxophone. And here you were thinking his DNC speech was the high point of his career…