Useless rankings: We’re… interesting?

At least it's not Bill O'Reilly being mad at us

Don’t we look so interesting?

Huffington Post, apparently having run out of ideas for best-of lists, has deemed Brown to be among the most interesting schools in the country. It’s unclear what actually counts as “interesting,” considering that other colleges qualify due to anything from partying a lot (ASU/UCSB) to not being racist (congrats University of Alabama?) or the occasional cheating scandal (sorry, Harvard).

Brunonia’s qualifications, meanwhile, are predictably mainly related to nudity, protests, and… Pixar? Well, at least they didn’t talk about O’Reilly and Jesse Watters.

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HuffPo Poll: Brown makes hottest college list

Aw yeah. Huffington Post showed College Hill some love today, publishing Brown on the list of Hottest Colleges in the Nation.

Unfortunately it wasn’t a list of sexiest colleges (I don’t know what their polling methods were, but we are not less attractive than Princeton, thank you very much). Instead, in the words of Inside College,Β we’re “the place to be.”

I’m not quite sure what that means exactly, but hey, who am I to question their “panel of experts”? Go Bruno!


HuffPo Poll: Brown Most Intellectual School (Still can’t pass orgo)

Really? Of all the scenic places on campus, you chose the medical buildings?

Somewhere between our nonstop discussions of sex, debates between V-Dub or Ratty and complaining about orgo, we Brown students are actually intellectual. At least, that’s according to a poll by Unigo published on Huffington Post.

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Study abroad, drink more?

As it’s beginning to reach mid-October, students–sophomores, especially–are starting to think about where they might find themselves in the world, studying abroad, next year. When trying to decide where to go, there are lots of things to consider: do I want to spend three months in this country? Will I get to travel around? What will I be studying? How will I meet people? Will I speak the language?

These are all important things to consider, but according to The Huffington Post, there may be one more thing to add to your list of considerations: booze. An article in The Huffington Post entitled, “Students Learning Abroad Increase Drinking: Study,” declares, “Students who go abroad while in college are likely to increase or even double their alcohol intake while they’re away, a new study has found.” Maybe not, but isn’t that kind of obvious? In most other countries, drinking under the age of 21 is either totally legal or not a problem. And the survey mirrors that fact saying, “Students who were less than the legal drinking age in the United States increased their drinking while abroad by about 170 percent…The overall increase was about 105 percent.” It makes sense that if the drinking age is legal and you’re studying away from home, you’re probably going to drink more. But worry not, concerned citizens remaining on campus β€” your peers’ new drinking habits won’t stick with them when they return to their U.S. campus.

So if you’re considering studying abroad in Europe, Australia, or New Zealand, you may want to keep this so called “spring-break drinking culture” in mind.