The Activities Fair: A Retrospective

It comes once twice a year. The chance for every club to strut its stuff. The chance for every new freshman to find his or her new calling among the diverse, active, hilarious, serious, lighthearted, political, food-oriented, and multicultural chaos integral to all of Brown’s student groups and clubs. Fun, right?

It sucks. It really effing sucks.

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FrugaList Vol. 2

‘Sup, britches.  You have money but you want to spend less of it.  Understandable.  None of us wants to be nickeled and dimed until we are forced to get a buzz from candy.  Take heart – it’s the FrugaList, Vol. 2.


Brown treats food like the tears of orphans – a rare commodity to be conserved at all costs, supped silently in the dark of the night, and priced beyond infinity until even the Ratty’s all-you-can-eat baked scrod looks like fleshy gold.  But there are ways around it, beyond, you know, blatantly stuffing your bag with 50 Nuckets and sidling out.

Consider this:  next time you’re in Jo’s on a quesadilla night, pay attention to the white condiment containers.  They’re tubs of fun, just waiting to be filled with…wait for it..soup.  SOUP.  One night I naively thought that they were, indeed, meant to be filled with soup, so I stacked a pair of chowdahs on top of my quesadilla and went to pay.  When I was unquestioningly charged $5.95 (or whatever queso costs), for the whole load, I stood stunned by the culinary concussion grenade that had roared through my mind, then handed the cashier my card.  Had three meals right there, for the price of one.  Smart.  And if you’re a BUDS worker reading this, don’t be a dick.  You know we’d do the same for you.

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Because Everyone Loves Free Candy: A College Student’s Guide to Trick-or-Treating

College is all about juxtaposing the old with the new, combining the rights of adulthood with childhood nostalgia.  Those songs you loved in middle school are even more fun to sing while drunk!  What better way to procrastinate writing your thesis than by watching old cartoons and playing Pokémon on your Gameboy?  Sometimes, you just have to feel like a kid again, and you can do that on Halloween in the midst of all the more “mature” antics.

Yes, there are some of us who still like to go trick-or-treating.  We’ve all heard about how weird it is that Halloween is on a Monday, but honestly, that’s the perfect excuse.  You can still celebrate Halloween on the actual day without impeding your ability to write that paper due Tuesday at noon, and you get free candy out of it!  Here are some tips to get the most out of being the oldest trick-or-treater on the block:

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Easter on the Green

The first day back from spring break is tough.  Fortunately, College Hill for Christ has, once again, relieved the Brown community’s collective stress with–you guessed it–candy!  The student organization has placed many chocolate-filled plastic Easter eggs (like the one shown above) on the main green.  Each egg has a little message inside wishing its finder a happy Easter.  Thanks CHC!