Summary: Sexual Assault “Community Notification”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn January 19th, Campus Life sent an email to all Brown students detailing the situations in the fall of 2014 that resulted in two campus fraternities’ suspensions. The email went on to discuss procedural changes on campus as a result of these incidents. The email is very long, and a bit confusing. Here is the backbone of it:

First, the paragraph that affects almost everyone.

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Both the term “alcoholic service” and “residential area” are loosely defined. One RPL in Wayland commented that their the job description still does not include busting parties like DPS. However, there is notable confusion as to whether “residential areas” are confined to on-campus, and whether alcohol services translates to selling alcohol, or to serving it as the host of a small gathering.

Brown insists that these changes are in the effort to make campus safer, and “change the status quo” that allows for parties that seem to foster sexual assault and misconduct.

Second, the incidents that led up to this:

  • Phi Psi threw an unregistered party in October where “two students reported receiving an alcoholic drink that contained a date rape drug.” One of the students went on to report non-consensual sexual contact off site later that night (and not from a member of Phi Psi). The student attributed it to the drugging. Continue Reading

SNL’s Stefon’s guide to freshman parties

Who is Stefon?

Stefon, played by Bill Hader, is a reoccurring guest from the Weekend Update portion of SNL He is a sharp diva, with a dark edge, and hilariously quirky side. He is plugged into (what he thinks are) the best parties in NYC. His plans are odd, unique and always out there. If you do not know him already, watch the video below to get a glimpse of the genius of Stefon, or watch the video below because you love him already. Why aren’t you watching this already? If Stefon were to describe the freshmen party scene at Brown, this is what we think he’d say:

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Brown’s hottest party is…Metcalf 2nd floor lounge. If you and your friends are looking for an unsanctioned, rowdy time, hit up the lounge. To get in just say the password: your SAT score. The party starts at 8:45 and gets shut down at 9:15 by DPS. Don’t worry, just get there early. There is watered down Vodka, beers someone stole from their dad, and some oregano that someone is pretending is weed. Show up fashionably early, and leave fashionably…early?

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Animation Show of Shows

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As the weekend approaches, and parties entitled “2 Chainz, No Midterms” and “Top Gun: Drink Like You Love Freedom” near, you are bound to need some serious R&R by Saturday evening. RISD’s Film/Animation/Video department has you covered: the Annual Animation Show of Shows will be screened on Saturday, October 26th at 7 p.m. in the RISD Auditorium. No, not this animation show. The Animation Show of Shows features 12 award-winning animated shorts from around the world. The festival is curated by Ron Diamond, the founder of Acme Filmworks, who compiles DVDs of short animated works that are otherwise pricey and difficult to find. You can even purchase DVDs from past shows before and after the screening: each DVD includes three films and goes for $5. Free admission! Open to the public! (Although seating is limited to the capacity of the auditorium.) RISD students who attended last year’s show gave it rave reviews, deeming it “weird, but amazing!” Continue Reading


I’m Shmacked: Deconstructing a different kind of magic school bus

Try to think back to your days as a wee elementary school student. Recall your precious prepubescent memories of “The Magic School Bus,” the television series starring the one and only Ms. Frizzle, a whimsical ginger who manages to take her unusually diverse classroom of students on realistic field trips to the typical locations—the Milky Way Galaxy, the large intestine, the Mesozoic era, etc. Keep this warm picture ingrained in your mind. Now, replace your diverse group of eight-year-olds with an inebriated group of 1,000 college students, the magic school bus with a souped-up party coach touring the country, and Ms. Friz with 19-year-old Jeffrie “Yofray” Ray, who comes equipped with a camera crew that specializes in capturing the architecture of the vodka luge and the picturesque lighting of a foam party.

These “independent filmmakers” started what they like to call “a movement”: I’m Shmacked. (Last I checked, movements tend to revolve around things like gender equality and economic liberty.) In any case, “shmacked” is not your typical go-to Yiddish word. According to urbandictionary.com, America’s most trusted dictionary source, “shmacked” means, “To become intoxicated to the point of not even being able to stand up, know what’s going on, or correctly pronounce any word.”

PVD got a glimpse of the debauchery this past week: I’m Shmacked came to The Roxy last Thursday, attracting students from JWU, URI, and Providence College. While Brown students spent their weekends breaking Blue Room doors, the I’m Shmacked team was busy making headlines. Mentioned in articles by the ProJo, ABC News, Huffington Post, My Fox Boston, and others, I’m Shmacked continues to make quite a name for themselves as they did during their one night stand in Providence, during which they wreaked havoc on the city. Case in point? This photo gallery of unconscious, facedown students in the middle of the street was published on The Providence Journal’s website after the movement took Providence-area students on the “trip” of a lifetime.

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How Not to be a Freshman: The one with the awkward encounters

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Have you ever had one of those weekends where so many weird things happen in a short amount of time that none of it seems plausible? Like, anything that could possibly happen does happen. My Saturday night started out simply enough. I went to the Red, White, and Booze party and was stirred by all the patriotic pride. The jello shots and abundance of Taylor Swift songs didn’t hurt either. The night was still young when I headed to another party … and that’s where things got dicey.

I was at this party where I introduced myself to this guy. We were conversing casually until, in my drunken stupor, I realized he was one of my Tinder matches. I know we’ve seen the dangers and hilarity that ensue in Tinder flirting, but no one has warned us about the awkwardness of actually bumping into a Tinder match in real life. I almost always “like” every person who goes to Brown because, I figure, why not? Tinder is thoroughly entertaining and allows people to make snap judgments about others based on their aesthetic appeal.

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How Not to be a Freshman: The one where I go to SexPowerGod

You know that sweaty, hormonally-driven, widely-talked-about dance known as SexPowerGod? Well, it was this past weekend and Luna here was lucky enough to score a golden ticket after camping out for four hours. After spending all day creating the perfectly sexy outfit, I was ready for this highly-anticipated night of drunken debauchery. My friends and I headed over to Andrews slightly nervous but totally excited. At an event where anything goes, I had cast any and all expectations aside.  I was prepared to fully embrace all the ideals that SexPowerGod represents.

Once we arrived, we were greeted by a mob of half-naked men and women dancing around without a care in the world.  Some were shirtless, others pantless but everyone there possessed a bodily confidence that I envied.  I’m normally a pretty reserved person but I was eager to lose my inhibitions.  So, I grabbed my friends’ hand and dove head-first into the crowd, swaying rhythmically (or maybe clumsily) to the music.

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