A conversation with campus celebrity Russell C. Carey

Snowdays

Russell C. Carey might be running for president.

Russell C. Carey, Executive Vice President of Planning and Policy, doesn’t cancel school for a bit of snow, even if it comes with an 800-signature petition. This winter, though, a pair of blizzards have forced Carey to call two snow days, catapulting him into the spotlight and making him one of the most popular administrators on campus. I sat down with Carey to talk snow days and the possibility of a 2016 Presidential campaign.

BlogDH: What exactly is the job of the Executive Vice President, Planning and Policy?

Carey: I have responsibility for campus safety and chair the Core Crisis Tea. For example, public safety reports to me. I oversee the team that really manages and responds to major crises, including winter weather. And certainly the blizzard at the beginning of January was in that category.

BlogDH: How do you decide when to call a snow day?

Carey: We gather a lot of information. We subscribe to a weather service that gives us very accurate weather information. Even several days out from a storm people are watching those forecasts. A key priority is: Is it safe? The January blizzard was clearly a life-threatening situation, but it can vary a lot depending on timing and accumulation. There’s just basic set of considerations. Is it possible to operate? Is the weather such that people that have to commute to campus can do so? Is there a parking ban? What’s the ability of the staff to clear the campus before classes begin? It’s very weather and day specific.

BlogDH: Would say that student petitions, for example, have negligible impact on your decision to call a snow day?

Carey: [Laughs] Negligible. Less than negligible.

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Sans Meal Plan: Blizzard Edition

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Hello and happy snow day! We hope you’re all still in your PJs, enjoying the fruits of Juno. In honor of the ridiculous amount of snow, we decided to make a ridiculously indulgent breakfast. Okay, maybe it should be called dessert, but you’re not my mom and you can’t tell me what to do!!!

What better way to pay homage to the snow than by dousing some Funfetti pancakes with flurry-like vanilla frosting and sprinkles? Below is the recipe, adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T’s.

(Makes 22 5″ pancakes, but we halved the recipe.)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1⅓ cup white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2⅓ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup sprinkles
  • Store-bought vanilla frosting (you could make your own if you’re feeling up to it!)

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What’s open on College Hill?

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Much like our neatly scheduled syllabi, some Providence businesses will be taking a hit tomorrow in anticipation of Juno’s wrath. To make it easy for you, Blog went door to door on College Hill to find out exactly who will be staying open. Here’s what we got:

Food

Better Burger Co. – closed tomorrow

Froyo World – closed tomorrow

Ben and Jerry’s – closed tonight and tomorrow

Starbucks – closing at 6 p.m. today and “80% sure it will be closed tomorrow,” call (401) 421-1677

Le Creperie – “most likely” closed tomorrow

Au Bon Pain – closed tomorrow

Tealuxe – closed tomorrow

Haruki Sushi – closing at 6 p.m. and closed tomorrow

Sushi Express – closed tomorrow

Subway – closed tomorrow

East Side Pockets – closed tomorrow

Meeting Street Cafe – TBD, call (401) 273-1066 for more information

Baja’s – open tonight and tomorrow

Bagel Gourmet – TBD, call (401) 453-5560

Bagel Gourmet Ole (Thayer) – TBD, call (401) 331-1311

Mike’s Calzones – closed tomorrow

Soban – open tonight and tomorrow

Flatbread – closed for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. Open for dinner tomorrow

Blue State Coffee – TBD, call (401) 383-8393

Loui’s – open

Chipotle – TBD, call (401) 621-2503

Yan’s – TBD, but probably staying open. Call (401) 751-8888

Shanghai – TBD, call (401) 331-0077

Geoff’s – TBD, call (401) 751-2248

Den Den – closed tonight and tomorrow

Drink/BYOB

Campus Fine Wines – closing at 8pm tonight, TBD tomorrow

Sakura – open tonight and tomorrow

Spiritus – open tonight and tomorrow

Viva – closed tonight, TBD for tomorrow, call (401) 331-6200

Ale House – open tonight, TBD for tomorrow, call (401) 454-3434

Kartabar – closed tonight and tomorrow

Darwin’s – open tonight and tomorrow

Madeira’s – TBD, call (401) 272-5911

Spat’s – open… gotcha

Grocery

Metro Mart – TBD, call (401) 278-4088

CVS – open

East Side Mini Mart – open

In other words, we suggest you hit the grocery store before tonight.

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Breaking: Classes Canceled for 1/27 On Account Snowmageddon

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An email from Russell Carey has just been sent to the Brown community announcing all classes and operations to be canceled on Tuesday, January 27th. RISD has also canceled all classes. Juno marks the third storm in 40 years to prompt Brown to cancel a full day of classes. Despite 2014 being reported as the warmest year in recorded history, this upcoming blizzard is already being called “historic.”

A couple of things for you to keep in mind:

  • The Ratty will be the only dining hall open tomorrow, with hours from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • The Blue Room will close at 6 tonight, instead of it’s typical 9 p.m. closing.
  • Brown Public Safety and Medical Services will still be fully operational.
  • Report any power outages to 401 963-7800.

And a couple of words of advice from Blog:

  • Stay indoors.
  • Snuggle for warmth.
  • Stock up on food (Odwalla bars?).
  • Watch Juno all day.
  • Enjoy!

[Update: Libraries are closing at 8 p.m. tonight and will remain closed all day Tuesday.]


3 episodes of The Simpsons students in blizzards should watch

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The last blizzard this big to hit Brown was so long ago, the Simpsons weren’t even around. In honor of my favorite show, and for the many closeted The Simpsons fans out there, the remaining time you have in this snow weekend for you to reminisce about the good times with your favorite yellow family. Get under some blankets, drink some Duff, and enjoy these three Simpsons episodes that are most appropriate to watch in this snowy ambiance.

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BlizDailyHerald: Ratty Strategy

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Nemo may mean no classes, but it also means no Jo’s, Blue Room, limited (if any) Thayer, and the V-Dub closing at 2 p.m. (no one can take CFF away). There is no getting away from it; the Ratty is going to be terrifying tonight.

To be clear, I think the Ratty can be scary on a normal day at noon, and that’s with other options available. When it’s the only option available, like it was during our old friend Sandy or awkward last-day-before-break or first-night-back, it is nearly unbearable. Everyone gets so mean! And pushy! And there are SO MANY PEOPLE.

Tips on how to survive tonight:

1) Establish a home base. This is key. Get a table, make sure everyone in your party KNOWS where the table is, and use your excessive extra layers/scarves/layers/hats to mark your territory. You don’t want to be finding a table when you’re already carrying plates on a crowded night like tonight—spillage would be a tragedy waiting to happen. Also, I really hate the whole follow-around-whoever-you-came-with Ratty experience, but really, if you haven’t gotten your table YOU WILL LOSE EACH OTHER. It’s highly likely tonight will bring about many a table-sharing experience. This is very doable if you have the correct ratio of friends to randos – you DON’T want to be the pair tacked onto the end of an 8-person party, with no chair in between. (This is especially bad if you find yourself sitting at a sports team’s table. Repeat: Do not sit with a team). Continue Reading