What to do this week: April 27 – May 3

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The number one thing you should do this week is stop by the Blue Room to buy your very own vintage Bruno head shotglass (which will also support your favorite campus publication) —  more info here.

Monday, April 27

Event: Musical Forum Presents: The Last Five Years
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: PW

This is the last night to see this intimate musical, directed by Andrew Ganem ’16 and with music directed by Ryan Segur ’17. Tickets are available an hour before the show at the door.

Tuesday, April 28:

Event: Brown Alumni and US Diplomacy
Time: 1:10 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum

Future politicians, take note: three US officials, all Brown alums, will speak about their professional diplomatic experience as well as their time on College Hill. This event is hosted by Watson Institute, and will feature breakout discussions and be followed by a reception.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: The February Funk

(BlogDH) February Funke

It’s the end of February. We’ve endured four months of sub-freezing temperatures, rain, snow, sleet, and general grey-ness. Spring is supposed to be coming, but it still gets dark around 5 p.m. Suddenly, the entire campus becomes overwhelmed in a collective hopelessness, a mass movement of misery that drives us away from the textbooks and towards the waffle fries.

9 a.m. class? Pssh, you’re lucky if I’m out of bed by noon. Screw orgo. Homework? Please, there’s whole seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians on Netflix to keep up with. The Ratty? Yes please, I suddenly feel like eating everything, including scrod (whatever the hell that is). Going out? Nah, it’s a much better idea to lie on the floor in fetal position and silently attempt to fill the lack of love in my life with a giant tub of EasyMac.

Basically, the whole campus — male and female — has a communal case of PMS.

There’s a name for this phenomenon: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is not to be confused with Singles Awareness Day. We joke, but SAD is a real and serious problem. If you suffer from the winter doldrums, you’re not alone.

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PsychPowerGod: Is Facebook Bumming Us Out?

From taking exams to taking shots, from attending section to having sexction, from smoking Buddha to learning about Buddha, college is defined by a variety of experiences. Whether you know it or not, all of these experiences affect your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This new series hopes to explore and discuss the psychology behind phenomena you might otherwise overlook. Item one on the menu is the depressive nature of Facebook:

Let’s be real. When was the last time you were stalking that person’s Facebook whom you secretly admire (be patient, Valentines Day is near!) and found yourself thinking, “Wow. This person has a lot of friends and seems to be having an inordinate amount of fun in every one of his/her photos.”

According to a recent article in Slate Magazine, Facebook may be, in fact, making us feel crummy. And seeing as depression is on the rise in college students, is it possible that Facebook is to blame? Continue Reading