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BlogDH’s top 10 posts of 2015

As we bid adieu to 2015, we can’t help but reflect on what has happened this year on campus. We have said goodbye to Abyssinia, examined the history of Thayer street, and we have even provided some solid recommendations for how Brown can thrive in the 21st century. We helped you write a resume and gave you a crash-course on female anatomy.

Our video team dramatically read Spring Weekend lyrics, interviewed our favorite Uncle Teddy, gave your Ratty life-hacks, and continued to produce our Brunonia series.

But perhaps most importantly, over the past year, important conversations transpired regarding systemic issues impacting our campus and beyond. We’ve seen students participate in #MoneyTalksatBrown protests. We’ve seen massive student support for the University to change Fall Weekened to Indigenous People’s Day. We’ve seen Brown students gather to stand in solidarity with the larger #BlackLivesMatter movement and attended a teach-in organized by Brown graduate students of color, who later proposed a list of demands to the University. And after a student reported assault by a DPS officer at the Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown, we saw an overwhelming community response.

We certainly expect the upcoming year to have just as much in store as 2015 and we’re honored to continue serving up your campus news and happenings in 2016. Here’s to a full month of messing up the date and writing 2015 instead of 2016!

Without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2015:

10. Does money talk @ Brown?

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“A Gawker exposé published Tuesday [April 21st] quoted leaked emails with offers of preferential admissions treatment from Brown administrators, including President Christina Paxson, for the children of potential donors. The story has drawn rapid response from both administrators, who claim the messages were cherry-picked and taken out of context, and student protesters from the #MoneyTalksAtBrown movement, who argue that they further validate the group’s concerns about undue financial influence on university policy.”

9. Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker

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We had the honor of working with Brown Lecture Board to announce the potential Lecture Board speaker candidates and administer the Lecture Board poll to the student body. Lecture Board will announce the Spring speaker next semester!

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What’s In a Meal Credit? | The Blue Room

Whether you want to admit it or not, the end of the semester is upon us. For some, their hoard of meal credits has almost dwindled away. For others, the task at hand is almost insurmountable: spend 100+ meal credits in three weeks.

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Whatever your situation, VlogDH has you covered. Check out the video below to learn how one can best spend a meal credit in one of the most popular eateries on campus.

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A ranking of study spots based on how much work you actually need to do

Choosing a study spot is something of an art form. It requires serious consideration of the task at hand. There are days when not getting your work done is simply not an option. And then there are the (glorious) days when you have some reading you probably should do but you’re more than ready to leave it behind the moment something mildly exciting comes your way. So, for people on all parts of the study spectrum, here’s a ranking from “if you talk to me I’ll probably kill you” to “I will literally use any excuse to stop doing my work.”

 

  1. John Hay Library

 

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The Hay is the place to go when you simply need to zero in, get in the zone, and just get down to business. You pretty much have no other option than to be alone with your thoughts. The sheer weight of the silence will physically force your fingers to type that paper you’ve been dreading. You will feel shame for scrolling through your Facebook feed for the fifteenth time, and although everyone else is deep inside their studious worlds, they will know that you are procrastinating, and they might judge you.

 

  1. The SciLi

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This is where you go when you need to burn the midnight oil, since the Hay closes at 10 p.m. and, let’s be real, you’re lucky if your book is open by 10. On the SciLi’s quiet floor, there is actually nothing to distract you. In fact, you will probably want to do your work in order to get out of that concrete dungeon as fast as possible. If that’s not enough, the tangible stress floating through the air should do the trick.

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PSA: Blue Room closing at 7 p.m. tonight

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What the Blue Room fridges look like right now

Looks like all the nice weather was too much for the Blue Room! The eatery will be closing at 7 p.m. tonight due to refrigerator malfunctions. Though Dining Services is working to get them repaired as soon as possible, the Blue Room will also be closed tomorrow and potentially Wednesday. Check the Blue Room twitter for updates.

Go get your food while you still can!

[Update: The Blue Room is closed again on Wednesday, April 13.]

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The Underground Coffee Shop: A review

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The third cup of coffee ever sold at the Underground.

It’s hardly surprising that a beverage with such a storied intellectual history–something something Enlightenment coffee shops exchange of ideas AP European history–should be so popular at Brown. Coffee, and with the businesses it fosters, is an integral part of College Hill, from the shops that dot Thayer and Wickenden to the syrupy coffee-milk that is a unique staple of the beautifully strange state of we live in.

And yet there’s much to suggest that the coffee scene here isn’t quite as unified as it could be; witness the trek necessary to get to Dave’s Coffee and/or Coffee Exchange, the lackluster options at Starbucks and Blue State, and the plainly mediocre stuff they serve at campus establishments (RIP Bear Buzz).

Most campus establishments, that is. The Underground, which opened Monday, appears to be the coffee shop that College Hill both deserves and needs. It combines the geographic centrality of the Blue Room, the expertise of Dave’s Coffee (which supplies the roasts themselves), and the enthusiasm of the Brown/RISD Coffee Society (who were consulted for proper brewing methods).

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Brown, meet the Underground Coffee Shop

The Underground, that space directly under the Blue Room whose name you might have forgotten, has a storied history. Evidence of its past as a key player in Brown social life is on display today. Take the bar on the room’s wall: do you think that was just for show? Nope. Back in the Wild West days of legal drinking for all those 18 years of age and older, there was a genuine bar down there. Indeed, the Underground might be worthy of its own Ra Ra Brunonia post. It has been the host of everything from Funk Nites to IFF screenplay reads, with a few desperate last-minute study breaks in between.

On Monday, however, the Underground will take on a new role. Just in time to revive Brunonia from a crippling post-Spring Weekend group hangover, a group of students will be launching a coffee shop that has been months in the making. Katie Murphy ’16, Yousef Hilmy ’16, and Viktor Gavrielov ’15 have been working with SAO, the Blue Room, and even President Paxson to radically reimagine the space.

The grand opening is on Monday at 9 a.m., and they’ll be serving until 2 p.m. Though Opening Day will only be 5 hours long, Hilmy promises they will eventually be open for “long hours.” If you can’t make it to the Underground before the early closing, don’t fret, because there will be an opening party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that night. You can find more information about the Underground Coffee Shop on their (freakishly popular) Facebook page here.

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