I’m living in New York City this summer, (let’s be honest, which humanities major interested in “media” isn’t living in New York this summer?), but I visited Providence last weekend and saw something so incredible that I felt obligated to share with you all:

Brown has built stairs up to the eastern entrance of Caswell Hall.

Not only did Brown succesfully complete a logical building project, but they identified a glaring architectural oversight whose absurdity I have never fully appreciated. Facilities hoped to build these stairs last summer, but postponed the plans for the sake of bike racks and lighting. Jeez, people, you and your environmentally ethical transportation choices and your legitimate expectation of late-night safety.

These stairs represent, in my opinion, a great triumph for Facilities. Yet, I still find this to be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the stairs mean less drunken scrambling and fewer scraped elbows and knees. On the other hand, the stairs mean less drunken scrambling of people drunker and more confident than I, and thus the lessening of my ability to make fun of their failures. Hmm…

Image via Ashton Strait ’13. 

A Thousand Words: Hard Hat Tour of Metcalf

Currently under renovation, Metcalf Chemistry and Research Laboratory will re-open in October as a home for the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences. Students walk by the building every day, but yesterday, The Herald was able to get a hard hat tour of the inside of the building. Read about it in today’s Herald.

Special thanks to David LaPlante from Facilities Management for giving this tour.

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