Pollerbears: Shopping period is ending…


Don’t you love the first week of school? You get to be excited about classes and yet have no work for them because maybe you’re just ~shopping~. While I know the whole not-knowing-your-schedule thing can stress people out, I personally love shopping, be it for classes, groceries, or on Etsy.

But sadly, all good things come to an end. You better know what you’re taking because fee-free registration, and shopping period, officially ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Also coming to an end: the lax attitude about work that one enjoys in the first few, hectic weeks of school. There will, sadly, be no excuse for not having bought the books. Sections will be starting… Assignments might even be coming up. So are you guys going to the library tonight? (I haven’t been yet…)

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An afternoon in the Annmary Brown Memorial


What are some buildings you’ve never set foot in at Brown? For some, it might be the Annmary Brown Memorial – that tomb-like, windowless building near Keeney and Health Services, a subject of much Brown folklore and ghost stories. Blog spent an afternoon in the famed memorial, and lived to tell the tale.

The Annmary Brown Memorial, located at 21 Brown Street, was built in 1907 by General Rush Christopher Hawkins as a memorial to his wife. During the Civil War, General Hawkins (1831 – 1920) served as Colonel of the “Hawkins Zouaves,” the 9th New York Volunteer Infantry, and was named Brigadier General in 1865. Hawkins was a well-known book collector, fascinated by early print editions, and a collector of early modern representational paintings.

Annmary Brown (1837 – 1903) was the daughter of Nicholas Brown III and granddaughter of Nicholas Brown II, for whom the university was named after. Brown and Hawkins married in 1860. Annmary was close with her sister, Carrie Brown Bajnotti, who is memorialized by the Carrie Tower on the Quiet Green. After her premature death from pneumonia in 1903, Hawkins decided to build a public memorial in her memory, to house belongings from their life together, Annmary Brown’s letters, as well as his Civil War memorabilia and art and book collections. Hawkins donated the memorial and the collection to the City of Providence in 1907. Brown was buried in the crypt in the rear of the building, and was joined by Hawkins, who died at the age of 89. The university acquired the memorial in 1948, which now houses the programs in Medieval Studies and in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

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Did you really read Morning Mail? Rock adopting SciLi basement hours


Guys! The Rock is going to be open 24 hours now! Morning Mail says so! I’m not sure how to process this information aside from my feeling that this will in some sense have a revolutionary impact on how I construct my late-night schedule. Is the Rock not the library you work at when you want to self-impose a 2 a.m. deadline anymore? Should I measure out the length of time it takes to get from the Rock to Jo’s exactly, so that I can arrive at the latter at exactly 1:57 a.m. and back at the former soon after? What does dawn look like through the AQR windows that look out on Providence?!?!!?

Oh man. This is nuts. The exact details, by the by, are that the Rock will now be open 24 hours Sunday through Friday–as the Sciences Library already is–with the circulation desk still closing at 2 a.m. every day. Plus, even crazier, the Rock will not close at all between the start of Reading Period (which for some reason they say begins Sunday, April 19th) until the end of Finals. For more info, see today’s Morning Mail or peep this link.

Shakespeare’s First Folio is coming to Brown


Fans of Shakespeare on the Green, rejoice! According to the Washington Post, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s copy of the First Folio will be staying at Brown at some point next year. Its visit to Brown is part of a national tour meant to coincide with with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, and yes, it already has a hashtag: #SHX400. It’s sure to be included in the nerdiest tweets ever known to the Internet.

The First Folio, “one of the most valuable printed books in the world,” will spend time in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C, and includes classic plays like Much Ado About NothingThe TempestHenry VRomeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. 36 of The Bard’s plays are in its pages.

There’s no word yet on where exactly the First Folio will be housed during its time at Brown or when exactly in 2016 it will be on College Hill. A big display case in the middle of Faunce would be a great sell for prospective students, though its age makes the Hay seem like a logical fit. Besides, I could totally see Shakespeare being a Beyoncé fan.

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What to do this week: December 8 – 14


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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