BlogDH’s top 10 posts of 2015

As we bid adieu to 2015, we can’t help but reflect on what has happened this year on campus. We have said goodbye to Abyssinia, examined the history of Thayer street, and we have even provided some solid recommendations for how Brown can thrive in the 21st century. We helped you write a resume and gave you a crash-course on female anatomy.

Our video team dramatically read Spring Weekend lyrics, interviewed our favorite Uncle Teddy, gave your Ratty life-hacks, and continued to produce our Brunonia series.

But perhaps most importantly, over the past year, important conversations transpired regarding systemic issues impacting our campus and beyond. We’ve seen students participate in #MoneyTalksatBrown protests. We’ve seen massive student support for the University to change Fall Weekened to Indigenous People’s Day. We’ve seen Brown students gather to stand in solidarity with the larger #BlackLivesMatter movement and attended a teach-in organized by Brown graduate students of color, who later proposed a list of demands to the University. And after a student reported assault by a DPS officer at the Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown, we saw an overwhelming community response.

We certainly expect the upcoming year to have just as much in store as 2015 and we’re honored to continue serving up your campus news and happenings in 2016. Here’s to a full month of messing up the date and writing 2015 instead of 2016!

Without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2015:

10. Does money talk @ Brown?

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“A Gawker exposé published Tuesday [April 21st] quoted leaked emails with offers of preferential admissions treatment from Brown administrators, including President Christina Paxson, for the children of potential donors. The story has drawn rapid response from both administrators, who claim the messages were cherry-picked and taken out of context, and student protesters from the #MoneyTalksAtBrown movement, who argue that they further validate the group’s concerns about undue financial influence on university policy.”

9. Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker

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We had the honor of working with Brown Lecture Board to announce the potential Lecture Board speaker candidates and administer the Lecture Board poll to the student body. Lecture Board will announce the Spring speaker next semester!

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Dorm Room Bartender

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We’ve all been there: It’s a Friday night, and that bottle of vodka you brought isn’t tasting very good. Taking shots can be efficient, but the intense garbage-y flavor associated with them can be pretty hard to handle sometimes. A lot of times, a mixed drink is the way to go. But if you’re pre-gaming in someone’s dorm room, you probably don’t have all the ingredients/appliances necessary to make a nice mojito. But don’t worry. Margaritas may be out of reach, but there are plenty of low-cost mixed drinks available to Brown students if you just take the time to look around. Check out some of these simple recipes that can be made with vodka, rum, Fireball cinnamon whiskey, and anything available at CVS or the Ratty:

 

5 Stars ★★★★★

 

Tornado

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This drink tastes pretty damn good. Its main flavors are coca-cola and cinnamon, with only a hint of alcoholic aftertaste. That’s kinda amazing, considering the fact that this drink is 60% hard alcohol.

Taste Experience: Like being a CEO of a fortune five hundred corporation and you’re getting drunk on a Tuesday night.

Recipe: 1 part vodka, 1 part rum, 1 part Fireball, 2 parts Coca-Cola

 

Spicy Cider

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This stuff is incredible. It definitely tastes alcoholic, but its flavor is super sweet and complex. Super Autumnal.

Taste Experience: Like diving headfirst into a fresh apple pie.

Recipe: Half Fireball, half apple cider

 

4 Stars ★★★★

 

Cape Coder (Vodka Cranberry)

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The cranberry juice in this one nearly covers up the taste of alcohol, and the color is pretty classy. Just watch out for your drunk friends spilling it; that stain’s not gonna come out.

Taste Experience: Like swallowing whole cranberries, one after the other.

Recipe: Half vodka, half cranberry juice (courtesy of the Ratty)

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In defense of Grad Center

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“These hedge-rows, hardly hedge-rows, really though/ There are no hedge-rows, just look”

 “Where are you living this year?”

“I’m in Grad Center.”

“That sucks.”

That was a conversation I had within seconds of meeting another Brown student over Thanksgiving break, who happens to be a friend of my cousin. It was not an unusual interaction in the slightest. The Graduate Center is not held in high esteem by the student population at large, and I admit that I take the occasional potshot at it. But today is going to be different – today, I shall avoid the quick and easy defamation of this cinder block citadel and explain why Grad Center is actually a nice place to live. This is my second year living in this dorm thanks to the potent combination of my apathy towards the housing lottery and my bizarre and fragmented sleep schedule. Am I exposing the truth, or is this a textbook case of Stockholm Syndrome? I leave it up to you, dear reader, to decide.

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The GCB is great, no question about it. But how often do we consider what the first two letters of that acronym stand for? Without Grad Center, there can be no GCB. Think about that the next time you want to talk trash, you ungrateful wretches.

The Bear’s Lair

No, don’t stop reading. The Bear’s Lair is terrible, and utterly inferior to Nelson Center in terms of equipment and space. However, it fills a particular workout niche that Nelson leaves woefully unaddressed: night workouts. The Bear’s Lair is listed on the Brown recreation website as closing at midnight. This is pure fiction. The Bear’s Lair is always open, which is a dream if you, like me, procrastinate your workouts so much that you end up starting at 3a.m. I’d go so far as to say that the middle of the night is the only good time to workout in Grad Center’s own carpeted gym (Who made that decision?). You won’t have to wait for a treadmill, or for some guy to get his millionth set of curls done with the 25’s. If you feel intensely awkward when working out, or have an intense fear of gym rats, get to the Bear’s Lair at the witching hour. If you live in Grad Center, you barely have to go outside, which is ideal in colder months.

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The best first-year dorm is… Morriss?

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“I’m going home/To the place where I belong/Where love has always been enough for me.” -Chris “Morriss” Daughtry

Everyone knows that Andrews and Keeney are the two worst freshman dorms. This left me to wonder, where is the best place for first-years to live?

Morriss, of course.

Since I do not have swipe access to Morriss, I relied on an informant whom I’ll call Brendan (because that is his name) to get me into the building.

As soon as I stepped through the door, I knew that Morriss was different. Maybe it was the cinderblock walls, maybe it was the fly infestation (Brendan said some kids threw trash down an inactive trash shoot), but something about the place just made me feel comfortable. I know it sounds crazy, but even though I’d never been in Morriss before, I felt like I was home. Continue Reading


Keeney problems

Recently, fellow blogger Ari Snider ’18 wrote a lovely post about the struggles of being an Andrews resident. He touched on the many issues of life in such a swanky dorm, including distractingly large windows and lackluster water pressure in his personal sink. (True travesties, I know.) After reading the post, I felt it would only be fitting to give some attention to Brown’s largest (and best) freshmen dorm: Keeney. So, without further ado, here are the 10 biggest Keeney problems:

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1. Not being able to swipe into any of the other houses. One of the greatest aspects of life in Keeney is being so close to so many other freshmen. The residential complex used to be completely conjoined; residents were able to access all parts of the dorm by either walking across the quad and swiping in or by simply walking through the hallways (hence the infamous “Keeney crawl”). Renovations in recent years gave the quad a much-needed facelift; changes included re-vamped interiors, brand-new lounges and laundry facilities, a pristine fitness center, and the splitting off of the dorm into three distinct “houses.” While many of the renovations are awesome, this last one has proven to be incredibly infuriating. Though the division of the dorm does foster a greater sense of community in each house, the inability of residents to access other houses is quite a let-down. Imagine having a friend who lives in the same building as you and having to ask that friend to swipe you into their section of the same building. It’s extremely annoying.

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2. Never knowing what to expect when going to the bathroom. See above.

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3. Paper-thin walls. People can hear everything from the hallways, from casual conversations to the Taylor Swift jams you play in your room at 7am on a Tuesday.

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Spice up your dorm room with free things on RI Craigslist

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The beginning of the semester is the perfect time to add that new kick to your good ol’ dorm room. If you’ve been looking to take those cinderblock walls to the next level without spending a dime, we know just the place: Craigslist. You can find everything you ever wanted — and things you never knew you wanted until now — on the “free stuff” page of Rhode Island Craigslist. (Ed. Note that there is one Craigslist page for all of Lil Rhody. Cool.)

Scrolling through the postings is also prime entertainment while you’re bored in lecture—who knew we had such creative people in RI? To help you out, we’ve put together a selection of offers you might want to look into to spice up your dorm room, and your life:

1. Bored of your desk chair? Two words: Tire swing.

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2. You need something warm and fuzzy in your dorm room, and this cat needs a home. Just hope it doesn’t piss… you off. (And don’t tell ResLife).

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