Devastation, Outrage, and Pain: Reactions to Episode VII

It was around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when the news sunk in. I had just peacefully awoken to a room awash with cool sunlight. Class was cancelled, the libraries were closed, and the cafeterias were open; it was undoubtedly a simpler time. Without a trace of the urgency that characterizes a typical day at Brown, I eventually drifted over to my computer to see what had transpired during my indulgent sleep. What I found was truly shocking. My newsfeed was alight with stunned reports and fervent commentary.  Many had foreseen a simplified version of what had transpired, but no one could have predicted the extent of the consequences.  Some of the more impassioned outbursts:

Portions of the East Coast remained effectively underwater, but these outspoken friends were aghast at another piece of news: The announcement of Star Wars Episode VII. Continue Reading


Weather you like it or not: Your Hurricane Sandy update

Hurricane Sandy is raining on something worse than a parade: Halloweek.

After attempts to downplay the University’s email alert and incessant nagging from our parents that we buy a flashlight, we may have to come to terms with Frankenstorm.

“What we don’t want is for people to think that because the storm is hitting New Jersey, we are safe [in Rhode Island]. That’s just not true,” said Bill Simmons, a spokesperson for The National Weather Service, in an article in The Providence Journal.

Starting Sunday evening, Rhode Island will be hit with a 10- to 12-hour period of strong winds, and rainfall is predicted at around one or two inches, according to Simmons. Flooding is also likely because the storm will knock the leaves off of trees, causing drainage problems. I bet you’re no longer thinking that fall in New England and colorful leaves are that awesome.

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