This Valentine’s Day falls on the eve of a long weekend, prompting what could well be a long, lonely bus ride through Winter Storm Pax, perhaps en route to one’s anxiously awaiting paramour. Between the curse (blessing for some… eh? eh?) of the Pembroke seal and the rather phallic buildings scattered around campus, Brown is clearly a place for love birds.
My parents met at Brown, and I have many friends whose parents did, too. It’s not uncommon for two like-minded students to fall in love in the cozy SciLi basement, or perhaps even in the upscale, romantic, and sweet-smelling Ratty. It would only be fair for Brown-born couples to name their future children after the alma mater that first brought them together.
If you and your Brunonian lover find yourselves bored this Friday, here’s a great conversation starter. Nothing says “I love you” like “Let’s have babies together and then name them after Brown-related things!!!” In case you’re stumped, here are a few ideas to get your brainstorm going:
This time of year is hard for everybody. Some are drowning in work, others are stressed about jobs; some are worried about getting through their holiday gift lists in time, others are worried about surviving the winter weather. We get it: everybody has something. And we all have different ways of coping with it. But one thing is unforgivable; one thing, we will not let you get away with: hogging up the precious sitting area that is a Blue Room booth.
The Blue Room is the epicenter of campus. It’s ideal for meeting up with people, for carbo-loading before a long night at the Rock, and for running into people you
have been avoiding haven’t seen all semester. But somewhere between the social butterflies and the enticing aroma of muffins, people forget basic etiquette. I could go on about messy tables, huge crowds around a four-seat table, and the 4 p.m. dinner rush—but I’m fighting a different battle. Continue Reading
‘Twas the night before Christmas…and your wishlist sucked. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you this year, we put together a list of the 25 most practical (?) Christmas wishes of all time. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s okay. Only one of us does anyway.
Stuff yo’ stocking.
1. Mandatory study guides for finals
Remember study guides? We don’t. The key to everyone passing high school has been stripped by many of our professors. Please bring them back. Please.
2. An actual idea of what is going on in the world
Yeah, we’re Brown students. We’re socially aware or whatever. We dabble in the New York Times. But life on College Hill can be so consuming that it’s easy to forget that the real world exists. Well, it does. Continue Reading
Having a rough week? Struggling to finalize your Halloweek costumes? Need a little somethin’ to brighten up your day? We want to remind you how much you love this place by presenting to you Part 2 in our new series, ‘Little Victories.’ A literary booster dose of positivity highlighting those little things that you can’t help but love. Here are the ten more ‘Little Victories at Brown’–the ‘small, universal pleasures’ we find around campus that make us the happiest student body in the country.
1. When you forget your laundry in the washer/dryer for a couple of hours and come back to find it unharmed. We all know and dread that moment… the moment when you realize that you forgot to collect your precious wards from that lawless land known as the laundry room. In a frantic burst of speed you head towards the dryer. Panting and out of breath, you anxiously peer through the machine’s window, and… find that your clothes are still there. You return back to your dorm cuddling them. While your unit finds your behavior disconcerting, you’re too happy about this reunion to give a damn.
2. When you can fit two cups under the water dispensers in the Ivy Room at the same time. If you place a giant cup under two of the water spigots, you fill it up in half the time. You’re also twenty times more excited to do something equally as cool as it is efficient while inebriated, hence the clutch-ness of the same water dispenser at Jo’s. You feel weirdly powerful and talented. How magical. Continue Reading
Whether you’re a dewy-eyed prospie or an experienced senior, you know that the Blue Room is one of the best places to grab a quality meal
and waste all of your Flex Points. And, though the occasional pre-4 p.m. splurge may seem worth it, ending the semester with only meal credits to your name is not. Well, not to worry. Now you can start using that other piece of plastic. Yep, that’s right. The Blue Room is getting credit card machines (right in time for your parents to buy you all the muffins in the world).
“It’s what a customer wants, it’s what a customer expects,” Aaron Fitzsenry (Campus Eateries master and overall boss) explained. We met up yesterday, and he gave us the DL on this new venture. The credit card machines will also be in the Ivy Room, the Campus Market, and Poppy’s. The real machines should be here by November 1st, but until then, they’re using temporary wireless versions.
Now you’re probably wondering, how will I ever spend all this money? Turns out there are lots of specials coming up. This Saturday, the Blue Room is bringing back its apple pie floats. Yeah, you read right. Aaron’s putting a spin on root beer floats, and is instead dousing vanilla ice cream with a blend of ginger ale and spiced apple cider. Nom. And, if Aaron doesn’t get through all of his cider, there’ll be hot cider and apple crisps on Sunday. Next week, look out for Oktoberfest at the Gate. Also get psyched for Halloween, where there will be tons of candy. And if you’re really looking ahead, the pasta action station will be at the Gate on November 6. Niiiiice.
When was the last time you read a newspaper with a front page full of nothing but happy headlines? Couldn’t come up with a single instance? Neither could we. According to research presented on Lifehacker, this barrage of negative news has an alarming side effect on readers, training them to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. For example, a Brown student adapted to this mindset would complain about the stress of midterms and forget about the privilege of actually being here. We get it; it’s hard not to.
BlogDH figured that a literary booster dose of happiness and positivity couldn’t hurt. Taking a cue from Neil Parischa, we present to you the first ten ‘Little Victories at Brown’ in BlogDH’s new series — the ‘small, universal pleasures’ we find around campus that make us the happiest student body in the country. Continue Reading
You may be a coffee aficionado, or you may be the farthest thing from one, but if there’s one thing we all know it’s that the coffee scene on campus is booming. A walk to your 9 a.m. class wouldn’t be complete without seeing at least ten pallid-faced individuals clutching their coffee cup as tightly as Kate held Leo’s hand at the end of Titanic. Of course, these folks actually won’t let go, because utter calamity would ensue if they were to drop their life support caffeinated elixir. It’s hard out there for someone who doesn’t drink coffee or just isn’t that enamored of it. Long paper-writing nights become excruciating, and early mornings hurt more than missing Super Heavy Petting. After the break, we offer some alternatives to help you keep up with your restless lifestyle, you untamable beast you.
As BlogDH has noted in the past, doors are not Brown’s strong suit. But their infamy rose by 100000% last night, when a frustrated and hungry student, Anthony Kanellopoulos ’16, accidentally shattered one of the Blue Room’s glass doors. A gracious and good-humored Kanellopoulos agreed to sit down with Blog—in the Blue Room itself—to tell us his story.
BlogDailyHerald: Alright, so, we’ll start with this–you are in fact the person who broke the Blue Room door?
Kanellopoulos: Just one door.
BlogDH: Okay, just one door.
K: Um, how about you don’t shout?
BlogDH: [Laughs] Alright. So give us a play-by-play.
K: I was about to leave the Blue Room. I was inside, and it was closing. I was about to step out. And the girl at the counter says to use the other door. So I’m like, “OK, I’ll use the other door.” The glass doors are almost closed, so I’m like, “I might as well shut these and go through the other side.” So I grab it to close it, and the moment I just pull it a little bit [mimes an explosion] that happens.
You’re just getting back in the full swing of things here at Brown, yet your usual dining routine seems a bit off. Case in point: You go to the Ratty and see a fried crispy ringlet. You think to yourself, Must be an onion ring, right? You attempt to confirm by reading the description on the glass barricade, but it just simply cannot be: the description reads “Calamari.” The Ratty has… real food? Though I’m sure you’ve been craving Ratty food all summer, you couldn’t have imagined the glory and satisfaction that awaited you during your first meal back at Brown. This example is just a mere taste of all of the changes already in effect around campus. Brown Dining Services has made some inspired—if not revolutionary—changes to its food offerings. A run-down of these culinary ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:
Ratty and V-Dub: The Ratty and V-Dub now have a rotating 13-week cycle with several new gastronomical options. You probably have already had a chance to experience some of them. In addition to providing these new options, BDS has developed nutrition facts for all of the food it will be serving and will make this information available in both dining halls. Word on the street is that it’s also developing an app so students can quickly access nutritional information on the go. We’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, be sure to check out the menus on the Brown Dining Services website.