(Campus)Lifehacker: Hiding your prohibited items before room inspections

If you’re living on campus, there’s a good chance you recently received a “HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS” email. These room inspections start this week and, depending on the dorm, continue until Thanksgiving. There’s no reason to panic – ResLife has no intention of snooping through your stuff. However, in case you’re feeling a little more creative than just putting whatever-that-“illegal”-thing-is in a drawer, here are some alternative hiding places you can utilize in order to avoid the fine.

(Note: All of the listed bold items have been taken directly from ResLife’s webpage.)

Appliances and cooking devices: Easy. Hide these in the communal kitchen.

Barbeque grill: If we’re talking George Forman here, your best bet is to hide it in the Gate where they’ll blend in with all the forgotten panini makers. If we’re talking BeerBQ equipment, donate it to a frat who will give it a loving home.

Candles: With a hefty fine of $100 per candle, you’re going to want to hide these somewhere confusing enough that no one will ever find them. I’d suggest somewhere in the stacks of the Rock, especially because they tend to get very dark (and creepy) late at night.

Canopies/tapestries: Lay these out on your bed, and boom! “Is that a hazard?” “Nope, definitely just a trendy blanket.”

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The Housing Games 2014 – Lottery Info

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*Cue accent from the Capitol* Let the games begin!

In case you didn’t already know, the Housing Lottery has moved to a completely online process. ResCouncil has started giving info sessions for how to approach the housing games. Luckily for everyone who didn’t make it, BlogDH was there to record some essential facts.

You have until March 20 to enter the lottery with your group. If you are looking for other people to enter the lottery with, be sure to check out ResCouncil’s Facebook event “Roommate Connecting.” It’s guaranteed to be at least slightly less anxiety-inducing than a Blind Bears date!

When you pick your group leader, you are picking the person that will select all of the rooms for your housing group. You want to pick someone that is responsible and generally available from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., as those are the times that the lottery will be taking place (April 7 through April 10). If there is an emergency or a serious conflict and the selected person cannot get online to choose your rooms, you can contact Reslife and change your group leader.

Your group should receive a lottery number AND a lottery time slot. Your lottery number will just give you a sense of your ranking in the student body participating in the process. Your lottery time slot is much more important, as it will tell you what specific time your group leader needs to be on the lottery website to select rooms. Each group will get a specific 3 minute time slot. After three minutes, you can still select a room, but the group that has the next slot will also be allowed onto the system. Be aware that unless you have the first time slot, it is possible that you will log on to a system that already has the previous time slot’s group leader on it. That being said, there is no priority for time slots once you are selecting a room in those minutes; it is entirely about who clicks first. It is in your best interest to act as quickly as possible. Continue Reading


Inside Keeney’s second round of renovations!

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Keeney Quad–formerly known to some as “Kee-nasty”–underwent renovation last summer. But ResLife wasn’t done: even more renovation happened this summer. The changes include:

  • The building has been physically divided into its three houses using locked doors.
  • The hallways have been overhauled.
  • The exit signs are of the new, indestructible type.
  • Bathrooms have been renovated and turned to gender-neutral.
  • New wheelchair-accessible, single-use bathrooms have been created in certain locations.
  • Additional lounges have been added.
  • Courtyards have been upgraded, with vertical banners identifying the houses.

Without further ado, the photos:

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It’s time to leave: How to kick your family out of your dorm

r-ARRESTED-DEVELOPMENT-large570If you’ve seen this year’s attempt at a fourth season of Arrested Development, you know that in the first episode we see Michael Cera’s character’s father move into his dorm room. Skeptics, take note: This is definitely what the first few hours (or days) of moving in feel like. When you get to your dorm room, the average over-protective parent/guardian will want to set it up for you as if they were decorating your nursery. They’ll actually be more of a roommate at that point than your real roommate. As long as you don’t let them come into the shower with you like the father and son above, the overdose of affection makes for a great feeling.

Relish the over-nurturing, because your family is about to go back home, and this should be the last time your mom makes your bed this year. That’s right: nobody who isn’t wearing a hairnet is going to make you lunch anymore (although the Brown dining staff are a bunch of sweeties). Have your family take you out to a meal on Thayer Street, and then take the traditional Hajj to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy some unnecessary dorm room swag. Then, as your loved ones are putting those finishing touches on your tchotchkes, arguing about the placement of your One Direction stereotypical Pink Floyd poster, you will realize it is time for them to get the f*** out.

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Dorm changes for 2013 housing lottery revealed

For a long time, students have been wondering exactly what the dorm options will be for the 2013 housing lottery. On Wednesday, ResCouncil posted a list of all the changes. We’ve broken them down for you in an easy-to-digest map:

Note: Greek and program houses located in sophomore communities will still be open to juniors and seniors.

Note: Greek and program houses located in sophomore communities will still be open to juniors and seniors.

A year ago, the University announced a sweeping plan for renovating and reorganizing campus housing. We won’t recap the details of that, but there are some important differences between that plan and the new one: Perkins will be sophomore doubles, not junior/senior singles, and Slater and Hegeman will be for juniors and seniors, not sophomores. Read more here.

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A Thousand Words: Inside renovated 315 Thayer and Andrews

Many former Keeney residents were shocked when they returned to campus to find that the building received a major facelift. But this summer’s changes hardly end there.

Today’s Herald featured a spread that breaks down all of this and next summer’s housing changes, which aim to create a more uniform progression of housing from freshman to senior year. Since we’ve already given you a photo tour of the new Keeney, we now bring you inside some of the other renovated dorms.

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