Pizza Nite is here!!!

That’s right, folks! The bi-annual Pizza Nite is here!

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For those of you who don’t know, Pizza Nite is a magical experience where the Rock and the Sci Li dole out *FREE* pizza for students stressing over finals. The event is sponsored by Campus Life and the University Library. If you’re running low on points, meal credits, and your monthly allowance, then this is the night for you. The crowds can pretty intense so make sure you get there on time. The pizza nights are staggered, meaning you can get DOUBLE free pizza if you’re feeling really ambitious. If pizza isn’t your thing, then don’t fret: there will also be apples, cookies, and other snacks.

Pizza Nite is happening tonight at 9:00pm in the Sci Li and tomorrow night at 9:00pm in the Rock. Come one, come all!

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Your professor’s house: A brief guide to etiquette

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As the end of the semester appears on the horizon, there may be many of you who, whether through TA positions, a small seminar class, or general enthusiasm for a class’s subject (nerd), will find yourselves invited to a professor’s home for a bit of discussion and light refreshment. This is particularly true for professors who live on College Hill, as moving class to their abode adds only a few minutes to the commute. You may be chomping at the bit to witness the colonial beauty of your instructor’s residence, but, like all things Puritan, visiting a professor’s house isn’t fun and games. It’s fraught with the risk of eternal damnation for the image you’ve carefully crafted throughout a semester’s worth of class meetings. Here are a few conundrums you may encounter, and my recommendations for how to react.

Attire

What ought you wear to a professor’s home? Clearly it ought to be something fairly nice. This means that your “(Blood Alcohol) Concentration Advisor” tank from Spring Weekend is a non-starter. At the same time, you shouldn’t overdress. your get-together is probably taking the place of a normal day of class, so black tie is a bit much. You can get a clue as to what’s acceptable by comparing your clothing to what your professor usually wears to class, and see if you can approximately mimic their sartorial formality. Alternatively, you can damn the torpedoes, show up in pajama pants, and act like everything’s cool (it isn’t).

Food: How Much is Too Much?

Your professor will likely provide you with, at the very least, a plate of cookies or crackers to snack upon whilst you either have a relatively normal class or else relax and discuss whatever subject you and your classmates settle on for the day. Typically, cookies are the food of choice.

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No white chocolate macadamia nut? The knave!

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Chow Down Brown: Cookie decorating in the Blue Room

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If there’s one thing we love here at BlogDH more than eating, it’s eating cookies. “Cookies?,” you might ask. “What on earth are you talking about?” Well, Aaron Fitzsenry is back at it again, y’all! Today at 4 p.m. there will be a table set up in the Blue Room for cookie decorating. You know what that means: frostings, chocolate chips, colored sugar, sprinkles, and every other food from your Freshman 15 nightmares.

Now, for those of us on tight budgets, cookie decorating may remind us of that wonderful time of year when our entire life savings gets spent on wrapping paper and socks for grandpa. But, the best part about this cookie decorating party is that it doesn’t cost you extra money. In fact, the Blue Room will be lowering the prices of said cookies and the cookie decorating aspect is free. That means you can use all the frosting your little heart desires without wasting those last few Flex Points you’ve been saving.

Most importantly, there will be a cookie decorating contest. Aaron will post pictures of the cookies on the Blue Room’s twitter (@brown_blueroom), and student workers will choose the top decorators who will win fun goodies including freebies. (I’m not saying it’ll be Gingerbread Man S’mores, but I’m also not not saying it’ll be Gingerbread Man S’mores.)

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TL;DR: Cookie decorating in the Blue Room today, submit your works of art for the chance to win Blue Room goodies, Aaron Fitzsenry is awesome.

See you there!

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COOKIES!: Tales from a smackdown

Sunday afternoon, 1 p.m.: We drive in circles around Olneyville, trying to find a cookie convention amidst abandoned warehouses with shattered windows and graffitied brick walls. Is this Spectacular Cookie Smackdown a front for another kind of smackdown?

But we arrived safely at Fête, albeit unprepared for what would await us inside: a large room packed with people and, more importantly, COOKIES. ALL OF THE COOKIES. The Spectacular Cookie Smackdown is an event organized by RI Food Fights, in which different RI bakeries battle for the glory of being crowned Best in their category. Last year, it was cupcakes. This year, they fought for their honor the title of Best Cookie.

This Smackdown of baked-good greats came at a very opportune time: It’s finals, we’re tired, and we love to eat our feelings. So to walk around a room and be handed cookies of all varieties— chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, chipotle peanut butter… It was all too good to be true. Before we knew it, we were cuddled up in a dark corner, gloriously wallowing in the food coma (see above picture).

Amid all that, we actually did think about the food we were shoveling in our mouths. After the jump, our reviews—so that you, too, can get in on the cookie fun!

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Your childhood dream of an all-you-can-eat cookie buffet can finally come true

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Have you ever dreamed of being by yourself in the Blue Room with trays of fresh baked cookies, and having the cashier tell you that you can have them ALL for two credits? (Anyone? No? Just me?) Whatever, that would be awesome. Well, RI Food Fights is back again, offering the next best thing: The Spectacular Cookie Smackdown. For $10, you get to feast on the best cookies Rhode Island has to offer, and drink all the milk, coffee, soda, and hot chocolate your bladder can handle. The Smackdown is going down on December 9th, right as Reading Period begins and your hopes and dreams social life disappears.

If you’re skeptical about spending money on an all-you-can-eat buffet of just cookies (we get it, we’re kind of broke, too), buying a ticket to the Smackdown has more benefits than just sugar, butter, chocolate, milk… Eh, sorry, got distracted. If you buy a ticket, you also get a coupon for $10 off Pizza Pie-er. So now, it’s cookies, milk, coffee, soda, hot chocolate, AND pizza. Save the diet for your New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s going down at Fête on December 9th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Perfect mid-afternoon study break, just sayin’. I’ll be the one in the corner drowning my sorrows in oatmeal raisin cookies.

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