Finals are upon us, which means long, sad nights studying (or crying) in the Rock or SciLi and resulting sleep deprivation. Though it’s unquestionable Brown needs a designated nap-room, here are some prime spots to catch a few Z’s in the midst of finals period.
A Blue Room booth
Though it’s debatably unacceptable to hog a coveted Blue Room booth all to yourself, one of them makes a great, albeit noisy, mid-day nap spot. It fulfills my general life rule to never stray too far from the nearest source of muffins.
Chairs in the SciLi basement
The kidney bean-shaped grey alien chairs in the Friedman Study Center seem designed perfectly for a low-key snooze. The soft suede and gentle curve of the seat gives your body a comforting embrace.
List Art Center couches
Though not as modern or soothing as the SciLi basement’s chairs, the couches on the low trafficked second floor of List provide a comfortable, quiet place to take a quick nap.
Because we at BlogDailyHerald like to watch and pick petty fights on the Internet, we’re borrowing a most excellent series from Gawker Media’s Deadspin. The site has ranked everything from light beers to every age 40 and under, with little to no comment attached. The goal? Not just to give an unearned platform to one author’s totally not authoritative personal opinion, but also to start a conversation. This ranking may be (completely) unscientific, even “useless,” but together I know we can put together a definitive list. Comment with your staunch support or vehement disagreement!
13. Spicy Brown Mustard. It must suck to win the bronze… among the mustards.
12. Chevre Spread. What the fuck is a Chevre?
11. Yellow Mustard. Sure, it’s a classic, but why not live a little?
10. Fat Free Italian. I’m not sure what chemicals had to go into this dressing to make it fat free, but I’m into it.
And this time, you were all invited to take part.
Remember when we did a little pumpkin spice challenge? Remember when we sacrificed our bodies and minds to the gods of flavored coffee syrup and fall-y flavors? We thought we were done after taste testing any and all things pumpkin on College Hill. But BDS and our little seasonally spirited friends over at the Blue Room couldn’t help but giving us one more challenge before the season of peppermint and gingerbread kicks in into high gear. We can pretend that after our last PSC (Pumpkin Spice Challenge), we said we’d never even look at anything pumpkin again. However, we will go ahead and admit that we’d never make a claim like that, and if we ever did, it would be a straight up lie.
4 pm yesterday was one of the most glorious moments of the semester. Not only were meal credits accepted at the Blue Room, but the pumpkin shop was open for business. Here’s a review of what we ate so that all who missed this once in a lifetime opportunity can live vicariously through BlogDH’s pumpkin beat reporters.
Can’t you smell them already…?
Let’s be honest – the thoughts that run through a college student’s mind often fall into a pretty specific set of categories. They may vary in content and percentage depending on the person, of course, but you can almost guarantee that they include the following: homework, romance, various forms of inebriation, and of course, food.
Brown University Dining Services therefore has ambitious tasks to accomplish in feeding Brown’s hungry students. Aaron Fitzsenry, culinary manager of retail dining and one of our favorite food authorities on campus, sat down with me to discuss some of the exciting culinary ch-ch-ch-changes taking place across campus this year.
The Blue Room will soon be introducing a Mediterranean Bar a few nights a week. Fitzsenry dreamed up this idea this summer while he was strolling down Thayer Street looking for inspiration in the existing business models. Featuring fresh and local ingredients such as hummus, tabbouleh, chickpea salad, fresh Narragansett feta, and Sam’s Bakery Syrian wraps, the Mediterranean Bar will be joining the ranks of student favorites Kabob and Curry and the Naked Burrito Bar. As the Herald reported, the Blue Room will also be serving savory pastries of the leek-and-parmesan and cherry-Greek-yogurt varieties. And don’t worry – those muffins and cookies you dream about will continue to be baked fresh daily. Rotating soup and meal specials can be found on the Blue Room’s website, in addition to any and all ingredient information about which you may be curious.
The prospies are coming, the prospies are coming! No, it isn’t necessary to get your bayonets ready. Because this week is spring break for many schools and next week is ADOCH (!!!), you will be seeing many, many visitors around campus. These youngsters are fairly harmless, though their perfectly tailored suits might frighten you, and their not-yet-jaded spirits may be too much for your barren prefinals souls to handle. And remember, they’re bringing lots of company. In the upcoming days, Brown will be flooded with prospective students, and the parents and abuelitos and second cousins of said students. Look for them bumping into people at the bookstore, salivating over Blue Room muffins (alongside us), and taking selfies with Indomitable #GOBRUNO.
It’s important that Brown students are especially well behaved and accommodating when we have visitors. I mean, we’re not crazy party animals on the regular, but you surely don’t want to reenact your Spring Weekend behavior during these day (or just make sure to make that morning walk of shame extra discreet). Here are some etiquette rules to follow as we share our campus with future Brownies, and their economy-stimulating relatives, bless their hearts:
1. If a group of visitors clearly looks lost or is having a hard time making sense of the Faunce arch map, offer to help! Ignore the dad who says they don’t need directions and listen to the sensible mom.
2. Don’t be obnoxious and scoff when someone asks you where the Sharpe Refectory is. Kindly tell them it’s affectionately dubbed the Ratty, but there are no rats…we hope.