Pizza Night in the Rock and Sci-Li

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If you’re like me, you probably are running dangerously low on both meal credits and points. Any opportunity for free food is a godsend. Don’t miss a great chance for free pizza this Tuesday and Wednesday, when the Brown University Libraries will host pizza night in the Rock and Sci-Li.

On Tuesday, there will be free pizza starting at 9:00 in the Sci-Li lobby, and the following night on Wednesday in the Rock lobby.

Reading period is truly a special time here at Brown, where personal hygiene goes out the window, coffee is your best friend, and stuffing yourself with over four slices of pizza is completely normal. Studying is a mental exercise so it should totally burn a ton of calories, right? Tell your friends, study groups, heck, even your professors to enjoy some pizza, and don’t forget to thank the librarians when you grab your fourth second slice. It’s first come, first serve, so don’t be late.

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What to do this week: December 8 – 14

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Monday, December 8:

Event: Pricing Carbon Pollution
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Smitty B
The Taubman Center for Public Policy hosts this lecture by Scott Nystorm, economist at Regional Economic Models. Nystrom will speak about a study on the impacts of a national tax on CO2 content of fossil fuels. The lecture is free, plus you know what is more important than your finals? The environment.

Event: PW Presents: Broken Zipper
Time: 8:00 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: PW Downspace

Broken Zipper is an original play, written and directed by Russyan Mark Mabeza ’15. Tonight is the last performance, and although tickets are sold out online, there are tickets available at the door an hour before the performance.

Event: Brown Concert Agency Speakeasy
Time: 7:15 – 10.30 p.m.
Location: McCormack Theatre, 70 Brown St

Featuring three student bands (richard, Sad Family, and Butter), tonight’s speakeasy will previewed more in-depth on Blog later today. But the summary is: cool kids playing cool music in a cool speakeasy-format. Plus, free!

Tuesday, December 9:

Event: Library Pizza Night in the SciLi
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: See above

To make spending all night in the library bearable, Brown has a really lovely tradition of giving out FREE PIZZA in both libraries during Reading Period (and let’s not forget, free donuts via naked people, but there’s no FB event for that…). See Rock Night below.

Event: Late Night Waffles in the SciLi
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. (also Wednesday, Dec 10)
Location: Sci Li lobby

Wow, Tuesday night in the Sci Li = a really great food night. While not free, the profits from these waffles (with nutella, whipped cream, maple syrup or chocolate chips!!) will go to GlobeMed‘s partner in Nairobi, Kenya.

Event: Holiday Midnight Organ Concert
Time: 11:55 p.m. – 1.30 a.m. Location: Sayles Hall

Despite the deceptive title of the event, this is actually an a capella concert of epic proportions – fourteen of Brown’s a capella groups will perform, along with a student organist. (Yes, we have more than fourteen a capella groups). Grab a blankey and enjoy a musical study break with your friends.

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What to do this week: December 1 – 7

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Monday, December 1

Event: Die-In Protest
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Main Green

In response to the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson, this Die-In “represents the Black lives that have been lost in this country due to police brutality.”

Event: The Verdict: Community Discussion on the events of Ferguson, Missouri
Time: 5:00p.m.
Location: 80 Brown St.

Alpha Phi Alpha is hosting a discussion to provide information about the events surrounding the murder of Mike Brown, the decision not to indict Wilson, and the climate of response in Ferguson.

Event: March Against Police Violence in Solidarity with Ferguson and Mexico
Time: 7:00p.m
Location: Burnside Park, Washington St. (AKA The People’s Park)

Today, students, workers, and human rights activists around the world will be holding a national day of struggle in solidarity with Ferguson and Mexico. The event is calling allies to gather in response to the killing of Michael Brown and the disappearance and murder of students of Ayotzinapa in Mexico.

Tuesday, December 2

Event: Day of Silence
Time: All day
Location: Brown campus ; Faunce

In memory of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and all others who have lost their lives, a Day of Silence will be conducted throughout campus. The silence will be broken with a group gathering on the Faunce steps at 8:30p.m.

Event: IMPULSE Dance Company sponsored blood drive
Time: 11a.m.-6p.m.
Location: Brown-RISD Hillel (80 Brown St.)

Impulse Dance Company urges you to donate blood this Tuesday – Thursday!

Event: “Hurt People Hurt People:” An open art space for Microaggressions at Brown
Time: 5:30-7p.m.
Location: Leung Gallery

Join the Participatory Action Research team in their culminating research project on race-, gender-, and sexuality-based microaggressions at Brown. All students, staff, faculty, and guests will be able to write down and share their own narratives of experiencing or witnessing microaggressions and attaching them to a 3-D frame of thread with ribbon.

Event: White House Internship Info Session
Time: 7-8p.m.
Location: Wilson 102

Join CareerLAB and previous White House interns for an information session about summer opportunities with the White House Internship Program. Applications are due January 11, 2015. Learn more here.

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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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What to do this week: March 17-21

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Tuesday, March 18:

Event: Brown Veg Society Presents: PETA President Ingrid Newkirk
Time: 5p.m.
Location: Barus and Holley 166

The Brown Veg Society Presents: Animal Rights, Human Obligations with PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. Newkirk, who is an animal rights activist and author in addition to her position at PETA, will give a 40 minute talk, which is to be followed by a Q&A. The doors open at 4:45p.m. and Nice Slice will be served.

Event: Campus Center Duck Hunt
Time: 5-8p.m.
Location: Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center

This Tuesday, participate in the epic Campus Center Duck Hunt. 125 rubber ducks will be hidden throughout the Center, each corresponding to a different, special prize. Don’t miss this chance to win candy bags, DVDs, board games, gift cards from stores on Thayer, Spring Weekend tickets, a Senior Week package, or even an iPad mini! Once you find a duck, bring it to the Student Activities Center on the 2nd floor of Faunce by 8p.m. to claim your prize.

Event: Daniel Simon Lecture
Time: 7:30p.m.
Location: RISD Auditorium

Daniel Simon, automotive futurist and designer, will be coming to College Hill to share details about his career and life. Simon, who created the “Oblivion” Bubbleship, the “Tron: Legacy” Lihtcycle, and the “Captain America” Hydra Couple, is also author of the book “Cosmic Motors.” Check out his website to see more of his work.

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Pizza Nite returns tonight and tomorrow!

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The onset of finals means the return of a semesterly tradition: Pizza Nite at the SciLi and Rock.

For those of you who are freshmen, or just haven’t experienced it before, Pizza Nite is a semesterly event sponsored by Campus Life and the University Library featuring tons of free pizza as well as apples, cookies, and other snacks.

At its core, Pizza Nite isn’t really that special. It’s just a free pizza event, like the many others on campus. But it distinguishes itself in two ways:

1) The sheer volume of pizza. Several semesters ago, the total stood at 90 pizzas for the SciLi and 80 for the Rock — a little bit more than your typical free pizza shenanigans (and minus having to pretend to care about the student group or lecture that’s serving it).

2) The spectacle. Mainly due to #1, Pizza Nite usually attracts a pretty large crowd. And often the Madrigals singing carols.

It’s happening tonight in the Rock lobby and tomorrow night in the SciLi basement, both at 9 p.m. We’ll see you there!