when did stripper poles replace
all the choice seafood?
The Pembroke Record, a newspaper published by Brown’s very own women’s college between 1922 and 1970, is now completely digitized and online for public viewing. As the sister paper to the Herald, the Record reported about life on College Hill, documenting events like the conviction of Syrian spy Mary Hagan ’49, Governor Ronald Reagan’s 1969 appearance in Rhode Island, and President Keeney’s 1962 statement advocating the building of bomb shelters on campus. Check out these articles (and more) at http://dl.lib.brown.edu/pebr/.
I grew this moustache to serve as ironic protest of the affront to human decency that is the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.
Naaaahhhh, jk. I just know I look awesome. And yes, my tie is checkered.
(photo courtesy of the University Archives)
Sure, Spring Weekend is fun, but whatever happened to Winter Weekend? Here are some historical tidbits on vernal festivities, and stay tuned to The Herald and Post- magazine for more Spring Weekend coverage.
1971 — Cordozar Calvin Broadus, later known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, later still known as Snoop Dogg, is born in California.
1974 — The Student Union Concert Agency secures “Dylanesque folk singer Bruce Springstein” as a performer, promising that Springsteen and other performers won’t offer any “superlative supershow stuff.”
1985 — In a Spring Weekend column, David Dornstein implores readers to remember “Nerds Are People Too.” “For every individual who has a riotously good time drinking and lovemaking and gyrating,” he writes, “there must be someone . . . fretting and researching and crying under a tree.” Or, you can save time by doing your lovemaking and crying under the same tree! [Read more →]
1952 — A new “chit” system promises to put an end to free-loading at the Ratty, until the invention of the backpack later that year.
The long weekend gave you two extra days to party — but Blorgchiving gives you years of partying history.
1985 — From the headline “Frosh Male in Drag Attracts Attention at Delta Phi Bash” and the front-page placement, you can tell this story wasn’t written anytime recently. Stefan Rice ’89 couldn’t make it into DPhi as a man on ladies’ night, so he got advice on mascara and walking like a woman from his friend — and platform shoes from “a girl with really big feet down the hall.” Rice was apparently a hit with the brothers, judging from the president’s insistence that no members of his fraternity hit on Rice and they could all tell he was a man. “Most guys wait for rush,” the president told The Herald. As for Rice, he didn’t just walk the walk in getting in touch with his feminine side. “I don’t know how they do it,” he said. “When I left, my bra itched, my feet hurt, and my ears hurt from the earrings.”
After the jump: an authoritarian crackdown and a hero’s response! [Read more →]
If you’ve been missing your paninis and that “free” pizza your parents already paid for, then you’ll certainly be excited for today’s reopening of The Gate.
Back in 1947, when The Gate first opened, Pembroke students were excited, too. Unlike the Blue Room, which they could only enter when accompanied by a male escort, The Gate provided a place for the females of College Hill to lunch freely. Brown men were allowed in, too, but only if accompanied by a Pembroke student, according to the Encyclopedia Brunoniana.
And there were actually gates! White picket fences, which you can make out in the background of this picture. According an Evening Bulletin article describing the new eatery, The Gate also featured “many cozy nooks with leather-upholstered wicker furniture in lime, yellow and deep green.” Way too charming.
After the jump, a picture of the 1947 snack bar with era-appropriate glass bottles of soda, as well as pricing from the 1979 Gate menu. [Read more →]
1962 — To freshmen living in Andrews Hall who feel like they’re living in prison: At least you aren’t 1960s Pembroke girls. This December 1962 story headlined “University Takes Action” teaches us that not only did Brown once employ someone with the title “director of food, plant and housing,” but that things can always get worse. In an effort to stop peeping Toms who plagued the all-girls school, administrators decided to add barbed wire to the protections surrounding Andrews, which already included a wall, iron gate, floodlights and locks preventing windows from being opened more than a little. The Pembroke Sing-Sing was, of course, “for the girls’ safety.” Lucky for us, we only have to deal with Grad Center.
After the jump, drugs and booze! [Read more →]
Proving that if we can’t learn from the past, at least we can laugh at it: it’s blorgchiving.
1954 — Betcha didn’t know Alma Mater had a big hunk of rock named after her hanging around in outer space. 1570 Brunonia 1948 TX is a “minor planet,” now known as “small solar system body” (thanks a lot, IAU) — but you probably would know it better as an asteroid, and one small part of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Doesn’t it give new meaning to your short time here to know the school has a namesake space ambassador, ready at any time to threaten us all with Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler? But we shouldn’t feel too special — the asteroid belt isn’t exactly a country club, judging from this list of minor planet names. We’re looking at you, 48650 Kazanuniversity and 9704 Georgebeekman. For more random things named after Brown, check out the entry for the Brown University Glacier in the Encyclopedia Brunoniana.
After the jump, twin terrors: neckties in the Ratty and blow-up lizards on Wriston! [Read more →]