(Campus)Lifehacker: Wireless printing to PAWPrints

Long gone are the days of waiting in line to use the printing station in Faunce. Apparently, we’ve been able to print wirelessly to PAWPrints all along. All it takes is a download or two, tweaking your system preferences, and, voilà, wireless printing is a go. Check out the high production value videos (see below) and written instructions to find out the full details. Now, every printing excursion can be stress free, that is, unless the printer’s broken…

Cool Things You Shouldn’t Miss: Great Pumpkin Hunt and CRC Halloween Party at Faunce


In the next two days, there will be two Halloween-themed events of interest to people who enjoy free things in Faunce. Tonight from 6-8:30 pm, the Campus Center will host the Great Pumpkin Hunt. The event will feature 100 small pumpkins hidden throughout Faunce, each marked with a number that corresponds to a prize. Among those will be a Great Pumpkin, whose finder will win a free iPad Mini.

Tomorrow from 12-2 pm, the Curricular Resource Center will host a Halloween party in room 228 (Faunce 2nd floor), with free apple cider and hot chocolate. The party will feature a raffle, open to anyone in costume, offering prizes that include advice dates with women on the CRC student staff. Stop by Faunce today and tomorrow to take part in the festivities.

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Ra Ra Brunonia: Boot scrapes demystified


Ever notice those metal contraptions bookending the Faunce Steps? These masterpieces of metal-smithing are not simply ornamental. They have a name: boot scrapes. These simple items first gained popularity in 18th-century Europe, when wealthy pedestrians walked through muddy city streets cluttered with horse manure and sewage and then employed the scrape to avoid tracking filth into their homes. The French call boot scrapes decrottoirs, which literally translates to “excrement removers.” As a traditional New England town, and a metropolis in one of the original colonies, Providence boasts architecture with boot scrapes galore. Boot scrapes also lurk by Faunce House’s Waterman entrances, and near the doors of historic homes on College Hill.

Although boot scrapes tickle the fancies of antique dealers and historians alike, the modern pedestrian tends to overlook these artifacts. The odd modern pedestrian who does notice the boot scrape approaches it in a bewildered state.

Have no fear! We’ve reevaluated the boot scrape’s relevance in the modern world, and established the top five ways to usher these Brunonian boot scrapes into the 21st century.

1. An anchor for your Pilates exercise bands

Exercise Bands

Studies show that one should regularly perform activities that engage your hamstrings and glutes, and we all walk past Faunce each day, so why not incorporate the building and its regal boot scrapes into your workout regimen? Who needs the Nelly when you can do Pilates in front of everyone on the Main Green? By simply tying a Pilates exercise band around one of the building’s many boot scrapes, you can limber up in a matter of minutes. Can anyone say: stretching time?!

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Ra Ra Brunonia: Gates


Who’s down to learn about some gates?! After another brief hiatus, Ra Ra Brunonia is back and better than ever (yes, I have said this before!)! As a member of the Ivy League, Brown is forced to conform to a strict gate policy: in order to proceed onto a grass-covered quadrangle, a student must walk through/beneath a gate. This policy is strictly enforced, as evidenced by this…and this…and this.

Let me just establish this up front: Brown loves gates. We walk through the Van Wickle Gates during our first week on campus, we run through the John Nicholas Brown gate when late to our American Legal and Constitutional History lecture, we even have an eatery explicitly named The Gate. Gates are to Brown as Gail is to the Ratty; you absolutely cannot separate the two.

We begin with the most regal of gates at Brown—The Van Wickle Gates. Located at the top of College Street, the Van Wickle Gate has been a staple of the Brown campus since 1901. Named after Augustus Stout Van Wickle, who was incidentally killed in a skeet shooting accident (Ed.-seriously?), the Van Wickle Gates are only fully opened twice a year: towards campus during Convocation and towards downtown Providence during Commencement. It is traditional that seniors doff their caps as the pass beneath the Van Wickle Gates after graduation. As a side note, Augustus Stout Van Wickle also donated a fence and gate to Princeton University—the man truly loved gates.  Continue Reading

Coughing up a Leung: 10 quiet room incidents you may never come back from


There’s an unspoken rule here at Brown: The Leung Gallery is a quiet room. The mod space, located above the beloved Blue Room, has no indication of a lowered decibel but has for some reason become a sanctioned study area, known for its wonderfully high ceilings, stylish interior and silence. Those who dare to pass through too loudly are given the stink eye by the students Facebooking hard at work. Woe be the poor soul whose stomach growls uncontrollably, who types too forcefully or who scrapes their chair on the ground upon shifting positions. Depending on the time of day, it can feel more like a stuffy country club than a cozy study space. Leung scholars are relentless when it comes to volume control (…okay, fine, we’re guilty of this too).  The two of us having almost officially moved into the gallery – or the “upstairs Blue Room,” as it has been nicknamed by those who can’t pronounce Leung (again, guilty!) – we have compiled a list of scarring quiet room incidents that may deter you from ever returning to the sacred space.  We’ve also included assorted faces of Kristen Wiig to better illustrate the facial expressions typically made by those who commit the various Leung faux pas:

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Ra Ra Brunonia: Faunce House


After a brief decently-long hiatus, Ra Ra Brunonia is back and poised to drop some serious info about a quaint little spot known as FAVNCE HOVSE. While I may not take Latin, for me, Faunce House is associated with coffee chats, confusion over implied silence in the Leung Gallery, and overall great times. In winter, Faunce additionally serves as an oasis nestled within the frozen tundra that is the Main Green. Honestly, thank you Blue Room, thank you—you have saved more than a few fingers from the perils of frostbite.

Though most students at Brown are familiar with the ins and outs of the current Stephen Roberts (wait for it…) ’62 Campus Center, few recognize the long-standing history of the building and its progression over the 20th Century. Faunce House was originally erected in 1904 and named Rockefeller Hall after the $75,000 benefactor John D. Rockefeller, Sr. The building included a large reading area, a smoking room and trophy gallery on the first floor, and a 400-seat auditorium on the second floor. Additionally, there existed numerous administrative offices, a barbershop, and rooms filled with f’real products (one day, one day…). Continue Reading