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We have a University Organist and no one can take that away from us

That Brown possesses the largest remaining operational Hutchings-Votey organ in the galaxy ranks in the top five things you hear on a prospective student tour, somewhere between “there is no typical Brown student” and “No, I didn’t see Emma Watson on campus” (Ed. – We should write that up). While most Brown students never saw Emma Watson, many Brown students do go to an organ concert or two during their undergraduate careers. If you have yet to see the organ in action, don’t miss tonight’s Midnight Halloween Organ Concert. For most of Brunonia, however, knowledge of the behemoth that resides inside Sayles above the imposing portraits of old white guys stops there. Most people don’t even know what a Hutchings (or a Votey) is! Last month, we sat down with Mark Steinbach, Brown’s University Organist, to clear a few things up ahead of the annual Halloween concert. It’s safe to say we got more than we bargained for.

I caught up with Mark Steinbach after one of his organ lessons. I showed up in Sayles at 2:57 for a 3:00 p.m. meeting, and he gave me a polite yet stern request to wait downstairs while he finished with his student. You’re really getting your money’s worth with him, apparently. Once he had finished teaching, however, he dove headfirst into our meeting. I guess you kind of have to be all-in on the organ once you’re that good at playing it. We began with a tour of the inside of the organ.

Pipes. Everywhere.

Pipes. Pipes everywhere.

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BlogDailyHerald’s Fourth Annual Halloweek Costume Contest

Alright, Brunonia, it’s that spOoOoky time of the year, which means that BlogDailyHerald is back with its fourth annual Halloweek Costume ContestUnfamiliar with this yearly tradition of ours? We’ll break it down for you.

BlogDH wants to see you put your best-costumed foot forward; whether it’s most unique, controversial, or just plain insane, this year we want you to get crazier and more creative than ever. Have a friend take a picture of you in costume within the upcoming week and submit it along with your first name, first letter of your last name, class year and a brief description of your costume to blog@browndailyherald.com. Costumes will be particularly commended for creativity, group collaborations, and of course, Brown relevance. Submissions will be accepted until 5p.m. on Sunday, November 2.

We’ll announce the winner of the contest on the morning of Monday, November 3, and every post that goes up on Monday will use your costume photo as its featured picture. That’s right, your Halloween costume could be your ticket to 15 minutes 24 hours of BlogDH fame. In addition, we’ll post our favorite runners-up on Blog and on our Facebook page.

Happy Halloweek, and may the costume odds be ever in your favor!

Image by Albie Brown ’16.


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Are Whiskey Wednesdays a thing of the past?

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Way back in the day, Brown University students flocked to Fish Company Bar & Grille (aka FishCo) every Wednesday night for alcohol, stripper poles, and bouncers who were happy to turn a blind eye to even the worst of fake IDs. But FishCo sadly closed in 2011 (perhaps because of said bouncers), right before the current seniors arrived at Brown for their freshman year. In its place opened The Whiskey Republic – or WhisCo, in homage to its predecessor – yet again providing a Wednesday night activity for Brown Students.

This fall, though, there has been something amiss on our regular hump day Whiskey visits. What has traditionally been Brown Night seems to have transformed into Providence College (PC) Night, with a smattering of 21+ Brown students.

PC night has traditionally been on Thursdays, but only allows 21+ students. Recently, PC students caught wind of the 18+ privilege that has been bestowed upon Brown, and naturally flocked to the bar on Wednesday, crowding the 18+ line before Brown students had even started pre-gaming. The Brown students of legal drinking age had no trouble getting in, but those without legit IDs (or really, really good fakes) were deterred by the absurdly long line and peaced it back to campus. One sophomore says, “One night… we walked all the way down there and literally as soon as Whiskey came into our sights we saw about 150 kids wandering around the street and I just kept hearing ‘at capacity, at capacity.’ I honestly only recognized, like, 10 kids outside, all the rest were PC kids. That was precipitated by the week before, when we got there and the lines were already around the corner, and I tried sneaking in through a side door and got kicked out and had to take a full lap around the block, then barely got back into Whiskey. So yeah, after that second time I tried going, I knew we were fucked.”

After a couple weeks of these shenanigans, rumors began to swirl that Brown night at Whiskey would be coming to a halt, perhaps because the PC students were a more reliable source of profit. I sat down with Grant Senne ’16, a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity and Brown night coordinator, for the inside scoop.

Can you address the rumors that Wednesday night is becoming PC night?

It is not. There has been a Providence College contingent that [has] probably been higher than it has in the past, due to, I’d say, a dwindling number of Brown students just electing not to come out on Wednesday night for whatever reason […] whether it’s midterms or studying. It is still a Brown event, and through things like this UNICEF event that’s going on tonight, which is a fundraising night, the owners of the Whiskey Republic and [Theta Delta Chi fraternity] plan to continue to make it a Brown night. And to enforce that and try to get Brown attendance back up, if you bring your Brown ID you get to skip the line… in order to ensure that if there’s a Brown student there, they’re not turned off by the fact that there are Providence College students waiting in line as well. So we can still make it as much of a Brown event as people want it to be.

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SPONSORED: Why you should become one of the 267 in 257 Thayer

After walking up Thayer Street dozens of times a day, Brown students have become accustomed to passing the 257 Thayer construction site without a second thought. However, now that the complex is ready for leasing, 257 Thayer is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This year’s batch of 267 residents will be the first to experience its prime location, all-inclusive amenities, and fun, community-building activities.

One of the features of 257 Thayer that sets it apart from other apartments in Providence is that 257 Thayer is all-inclusive. Renting one of the complex’s single, double, or three-person apartments comes with utilities, furniture, cable TV, Wi-Fi, heating and air conditioning, and access to the complex’s state-of-the-art gym. Everything a student may need in their apartment is provided and included in the monthly rent. No extra purchases necessary.

Heather Rojas, manager of 257 Thayer, says, “We specialize in student housing. We understand what student needs are and try to meet them. We have a maintenance and service team on site and available for residents at anytime.” If student-residents have issues, 257 managers will talk to students about the problem rather than immediately implementing lease repercussions. “We like to do business family style,” Rojas says.

In keeping with Brown University’s commitment to environmentalism, 257 Thayer is Silver LEED certified, meaning the complex reduces its energy by 30% compared to other buildings of its size. 257 Thayer’s other eco-friendly features include solar panels on the roof, insulation that saves energy, electric car charging stations, and a commitment to decreasing carbon emissions through biking.

Located in the basement level of 257 Thayer are numerous bike racks, encouraging students to choose eco-friendly transportation and make use of Providence’s new bike path that will connect East Bay and College Hill. Moreover, 257 will host a bicycle benefit, during which residents can bring their bike helmets to the 257 Thayer office and receive a helmet sticker that allows them to get discounts at places such as Spectrum India, NOW Yoga, and many more local businesses.

Perhaps the most unique feature of 257 Thayer is its emphasis on community. Rojas says, “We will have events with various merchants on Thayer and will bring in local artists and musicians as well. We want to help bring Thayer Street back to what it used to be.” 257 Thayer’s commitment to community interaction can already be seen in the parklet outside the Brown University Bookstore, built by 257 Thayer for the spring, summer, and fall months.

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BlogDailyHerald Presents: Brunonia, Episode 2: The Tour

As Brown students, we know how those campus tour groups can impede us from running to CFF get in our way. But every once in a while, they just might be worth tagging along.

Here’s the second episode of BlogDailyHerald’s webseries Brunonia!


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Providence Coffee Shop Round-Up

Fall break is almost upon us. For those of us staying in Providence for the long weekend, this downtime is ideal for exploring new places in the area. While Blue State will always be near and dear to our hearts, it’s time to get off the Hill and see where else you can get a coffee buzz. See below for some of the best places in Providence to enjoy some down time and get your caffeine fix.

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White Electric Coffee

White Electric Coffee is a bagel-eating and coffee-drinking hipster’s haven. Located on Westminster street, White Electric’s menu includes a variety of breakfast and lunch items, including an impressive list of alternative bagel toppings that range from Laughing Cow cheese, to Tofutti cream cheese, to Nutella. The coffee is claimed to be “some of the best in Providence,” oh, and they make their own coffee stout.

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