Rethinking the myths of college weight gain


The myth that college causes extra weight gain becomes especially prominent during finals period. Students munching on junk food is a common sight during finals, from those Lays from the SciLi vending machine to the Cheez-Its from CVS or the Reese’s back from Halloween.

Such snacks are not as wholesome as a plate of celery and carrots, but studies show that eating junk food isn’t actually the main factor in gaining extra pounds. A recent study targeting college students found that a poor sleep schedule factors more heavily in weight gain.

It’s not that less sleep causes weight gain: it’s that less sleep causes more sweet cravings. When you’re not fully rested, your body naturally seeks for a quick energy source. Sugar provides that short-term, immediate energy, and your body wants that extra kick to get the day going. The journal Sleep followed students into their adult years and found each later hour of bedtime in school resulted in an approximate two-point increase in body mass index. Continue Reading

Where to Cry at Brown, Pt II


Two years ago, we gave you a comprehensive list of places you could cry at Brown. They were the classics and while the compilation seemed timeless, times have changed and so has our campus. After recently coming across another school’s article on places to cry, we realized that it has been too long. Despite us not having any trademarks on tears, and considering the original post in question is apparently hardly original, we still felt jealous. In fact, we felt like we wanted to cry.

It is time to end the drought in your eyes, so here it is: more places where you can cry at Brown.

The construction site in front of Barus and Holley

Because buildings used to be there… and now it’s a pile of rubble that won’t be finished until after you graduate… and life is just changing so fast! Also, if you were an Urban Studies Major, feel free to cry because they legitimately knocked down your house.


Brown builds a new facility and expects you to not cry in it? Unlikely. Look at these beautiful hard wood floors! *sobs*

Main Green

Since it’s freakishly warm outside, treat yourself to crying outside. What to cry about? Your own mortality or maybe the beauty of those cherry blossoms that should definitely not be in bloom right now. Or, because climate change is really depressing and some people don’t believe it’s happening. Continue Reading



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BlogDH Presents: Finals Bingo

The only thing that gets us through the onslaught of finals is complaining about them. In fact, scientific studies (i.e. my observations from the SciLi basement) have shown that most students spend more time talking about how awful finals are than actually studying.

So don’t just listen to your friends whine, turn their whining into a procrastination technique and play Finals Bingo. Keep it open next to your blank Word doc essay, and let the complaints fly. For added fun, keep track of which friend says the most of these and crown them Master of Complaining. Game on.

finals bingo

Get your friends to download the other boards (below) and see who’s the first to catch ’em all.

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Sextion: Procrastination and your sexuality


Oh, procrastination finals season. With all of the work we have to do, we welcome and embrace any possible distraction. An article about the Champions League (lol sports) or one about the importance of stretching is suddenly the most fascinating thing in the world when you don’t want to do your work.Right freaking now seems like the optimal moment to reorganize your Spotify playlists, doesn’t it? Or in my case, now is the time to write this post and ignore my 10-page paper due on Friday. 


But, if you’re like me and you like to pretend everything is secretly about sex, perhaps you’re wondering what your procrastination technique reveals about your sexuality. Allow me to interpret:

  • If you procrastinate by doing other, less urgent, work: You cyborg! How are you productive even while you’re procrastinating? I would be scared/too intimidated to hook up with you. You’re just so… efficient. I would recommend relaxing in all aspects of your life, from your schoolwork to what you do in the bedroom. Not everything has to be so serious!


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Frosh-cessities: Reading Period Essentials


You did it! You’ve managed to summon enough will power to return to Brown after Thanksgiving! But, then you immediately got hit by a truck, but not just any truck, the “Finals are next week, even though I just took a ‘midterm’ yesterday, and I have no idea what ‘hegemony’ or the ten(?) principles of economics really are” truck. Fear not, though, because Blog has your freshmen backs with several necessities to help you survive your reading period.

1. Towels


A dry towel will soon be a rare occurrence.

Remember when you participated in the pack and go program at Bed, Bath & Beyond and realized that towels don’t just materialize in bathrooms (thanks parents for hiding this harsh truth from me for so long) and you had to actually buy some? Those towels come super handy during reading period for soaking up huge amounts of tears, especially ones that are caused by chemistry, neuroscience, or math. More importantly, however, is the fact that they are dual purpose. Roll one up under your door to prevent bothering people with your screaming or to deaden the noise of your soul shattering.

2. Chocolate or flowers


Keep these treats around to win back your friends, roommates, and significant others at the end of reading period. Use them to apologize for your terrible behavior while studying, including but not limited to yelling at them out of stress, anger, hunger, or even hanger, throwing textbooks at them out of frustration, re-reading your essay out loud over and over until the wee hours of the morning, and papering every surface of your room with notes.

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