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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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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A Thousand Words: Inside (partially) renovated Keeney!

This changes everything.

Living in Keeney has been known to have its advantages and disadvantages. For a long time, Keeney Quadrangle has been defined as a hub of activity due to its large concentration of freshmen first-years (+).  Keeney was also defined by the condition of its interior: not so great (-). The furniture was old, the bathrooms were gross, and kitchen and lounge space was scarce.

As part of a larger plan for dorm renovations, Keeney is being renovated in two phases. The first phase, which occurred this summer, overhauled and reconfigured student rooms and created new “magnet lounges” (with fancy kitchens!) on the top floors. Next summer, the bathrooms and hallways will be renovated, elevator installation will be completed, and the building will be split into three separate sections. Check out BlogDailyHerald’s tour of the new and improved Keeney after the jump.

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Students who do cool things: Pokémon Brown University

If you’re short on Magic School Bus clips to feed your nostalgia trips, “Pokémon: Brown University” is here to bring you back to days of VHS tapes and Lunchables. After all, you’re never too old for Pokémon, especially if it comes with a unhealthy dose of school love.

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The best thing to ever happen to the Ratty: Good Coffee

Guys, this is so great. We are peeing in our pants. Literally. Because we just drank so much coffee in the Ratty.  That’s right. Coffee. Not “coffee.”

The Ratty now has a new coffee station (not even completed! It’s going to get more awesome!) that serves Sun Coffee, the same brand sold in the Blue Room and other Brown Dining retail locations. This is a game-changer.