Overheard at ADOCH 2014

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Oh, ADOCH. On Tuesday we awaited the dewy-eyed admitted students you would bring, and now we sadly wave goodbye as you as your cheery participants leave us on trains and Peter Pan buses. It all went by so fast; one second we were offering prospies directions and our rendition of why Brown is hot shit amazing, and the next we were seeing our prefrosh and their sleeping bags out the door. Now that ADOCH is over, we can reflect on the good, the bad, and the brilliant that came out of the mouths of prefrosh and student, alike. We here at Blog made sure to keep our ears sharp, and here is what we heard:

Some were observational…

“I mean, libraries here are, like, not actual libraries…”

“Everyone here is soooo attractive oh my god”
“She’s actually studying piles of things.”
Some had legitimate questions…
“So when are we going to run into Emma Watson?”
“Aren’t like most of the classes here pass/fail or something?”
“What’s Sex Power God…?”

Campus visitors: an etiquette guide

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The prospies are coming, the prospies are coming! No, it isn’t necessary to get your bayonets ready. Because this week is spring break for many schools and next week is ADOCH (!!!), you will be seeing many, many visitors around campus. These youngsters are fairly harmless, though their perfectly tailored suits might frighten you, and their not-yet-jaded spirits may be too much for your barren prefinals souls to handle. And remember, they’re bringing lots of company.  In the upcoming days, Brown will be flooded with prospective students, and the parents and abuelitos and second cousins of said students. Look for them bumping into people at the bookstore, salivating over Blue Room muffins (alongside us), and taking selfies with Indomitable #GOBRUNO.

It’s important that Brown students are especially well behaved and accommodating when we have visitors. I mean, we’re not crazy party animals on the regular, but you surely don’t want to reenact your Spring Weekend behavior during these day (or just make sure to make that morning walk of shame extra discreet). Here are some etiquette rules to follow as we share our campus with future Brownies, and their economy-stimulating relatives, bless their hearts:

1. If a group of visitors clearly looks lost or is having a hard time making sense of the Faunce arch map, offer to help! Ignore the dad who says they don’t need directions and listen to the sensible mom.

2. Don’t be obnoxious and scoff when someone asks you where the Sharpe Refectory is. Kindly tell them it’s affectionately dubbed the Ratty, but there are no rats…we hope.

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Why you should host a prefrosh this ADOCH

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1. The following Mad-lib.

You (loved/hated/were indifferent to) your ADOCH host and you want to (pay it forward/give this pre-frosh a better impression than you got/probably take a nap later today?).

2. They are impressionable.

Sure, as a host you have the responsibility to house your pre-frosh and probably keep it him/her alive, but there is nothing in the rules about maybe making a few things up along the way. Feel free to show them the classic Sayles Hall, home to the infamous witch trial of Anne Hutchinson. Or Blue State coffee, home to the long-lived tradition of pre-frosh buying upperclassmen iced coffees in return for a college career of straight A’s. You get the idea.

3. Not hosting is only going to be worse.

Like it or not, come April 22, campus is going to covered in pre-frosh. They may be small, but good luck ignoring the hundreds of them gathered on the main green fighting for just one vanilla cone. Hosting is a great way to participate marginally in the events of the week in order to keep yourself from silently hating them from afar. Plus, there will be countless a cappella performances, comedy shows, etc. that as a host you can certainly attend with your pre-frosh. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

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Prefrosh ’17, meet BlogDailyHerald

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Today at 5 p.m., a new class of high school hopefuls received some great news from our Admissions Office. First off, we at BlogDailyHerald congratulate you on your acceptance to Brown University’s Class of 2017. But now comes the hard part: realizing that Brown is a significantly better place than every other school that sent you an acceptance letter. For some, this may be difficult. Concerned that your inner hamster’s ironic mustache is merely peach fuzz? Start reading The Indy. Unsure of the awesome (and sometimes ridiculously named) course offerings for next year? There’s a Mocha for that. Dying to know if Brown students are actually as nice and caring as everyone says they are? That’s what Brown University Compliments is for. Need to check out your class? Hail Mark Zuckerberg! There’s an Official Facebook Group for admitted students. Check out five simple reasons why Brown is great after the jump.

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Michael welcomes more prefrosh to campus

Michael helps the prefrosh fill out their luggage tags, despite his inability to actually grip the pen….

…and then fills out his own. Unfortunately, he’s been stuck in Keenasty.

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Prefrosh ’16, meet BlogDailyHerald

Today at 5 pm, a new class of high school hopefuls received some great news from our Admissions Office. First off, we at BlogDailyHerald congratulate you on your acceptance to Brown University’s Class of 2016. But now comes the hard part: actually realizing that Brown is a significantly better place than every other school that sent you an acceptance letter. For some, this may be difficult. Concerned that your inner hamster’s ironic mustache is merely peach fuzz? Start reading The Indy. Unsure of the awesome (and sometimes ridiculously named) course offerings for next year? There’s a Mocha for that. Wanna awkwardly chuckle at a bunch of silly memes you don’t get now, but will in less than 6 months?  Theres an online troll community for that.  Need to check out your class? Hail Mark Zuckerberg! There’s an Official Facebook Group for admitted students. Check out 5 simple reasons why Brown is great after the jump. Continue Reading