PSA: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 classes are up on Banner

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 3.41.36 AMWith all of the hype surrounding the announcement of BCA’s SW 15 lineup, some pretty exciting news slipped by: all classes for next year are up on Banner. Don’t panic, though, you have plenty of time between now and April 14th, the beginning of pre-registration, to figure out your cart. Freshmen need to get their advising PIN at some point between March 30th and April 10th in order to have a smooth and successful pre-registration; sophomores have the more intimidating task of declaring their concentration before April 1st in order to be able to pre-register.

Since our minds are already on vacation, there’s no need to sweat it before spring break [Ed’s note: Unless you are a sophomore who has no idea what you’re going to declare and has told no one about it — then maybe contact your advisor ASAP!]. Freshmen and sophomores, just keep your potential concentration requirements in mind and you’ll be good. Juniors, start planning the rest of your time at Brown. Soon the days of constant streams of midterms, Providence weather, and summer planning will be long gone, and we’ll be looking for a little fix of Brown.

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Nostalgia Trip: Lisa Frank is hiring

I know this is funny, but we aren’t joking.

Do you all remember your first trip? No, I’m not talking about Spring Weekend 2012. I’m talking about 2002, when you got your first Lisa Frank school folder:


Or what about that notebook?


In one way or another, Lisa Frank products and the elusive identity of Lisa Frank herself have together crafted our psychedelic fantasies.

If you’re a senior on the brink of a quarter-life crisis, and either have no post-grad plans OR are looking to live the rest of your life in what appears to be a combination of kindergarten and an upper-level MCM and/or VISA class, we’ve found just the thing for you. We’ve got the scoop that CareerLAB doesn’t.


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PSA: Don’t be “The Sniffler” this cold and flu season


As much as we hate to admit it, it’s starting to get colder. The leaves are changing colors, the Main Green is becoming less crowded, and pumpkin-spiced lattes are back at Starbucks. Unfortunately, the changing of the seasons also signals that the cold and flu season is upon us. Yes, college is a time when exploration and learning are interspersed with crazy amounts of debauchery, but it is also a time when being sick is pretty much the norm. Living on top of one another in the dorms, sharing germs and intimate space, will usually do that to you. That is why we are asking, or rather, begging you, to please not be that guy or girl who wont stop sniffling in the AQR.

You all know the person to whom I am referring: phe who steps foot into the library all bundled up to fight the chills, armed with a gallon of tea and a box of tissues.  As soon as they sit down, they no longer are a Brown student, but instead become a germ-spewing, snot-sniffling megaphone that never seems to know when to leave and relieve some nasal pressure. Below we’ve highlighted a few tips to help you avoid being this library nuisance.

1) BLOW YOUR NOSE. It’s really not that hard. Before you go into a quiet place, take the time to really clear yourself up.

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PSA: It’s Earth Week!

Sure, you might have heard of Earth Day, but we at Brown celebrate Earth Week (hence the new BlogDH banner)! That’s right: an entire week dedicated to saving the planet and forming some eco-friendly habits. As Brown students are known for being ecologically conscious, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are a ton of events planned for this “green” week.

Below is a round-up of some of the most interesting events (with descriptions quoted from the Brown Earth Week web site) planned by the emPower committee:

Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day!)

Event: Earth Day Dinner
Where: Ratty
When: Dinner (duh.)

The Ratty will have a local food night to celebrate Earth day. If that wasn’t enough, several food groups will also be there with yummy goodies!

Wednesday, April 23

Event: Yoga on The Green
Where: Ruth J. Simmons Quad
When: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

“Get in touch with Mother Nature this Earth Week at Yoga on the Green! Co-sponsored by YAM, we’ll be hosting a special outdoor yoga class featuring all of your favorite tree poses and flying pigeons. You do not want to miss this opportunity to sun salute with the sun. There will be limited mats available, so better to bring your own if you can. If you haven’t tried open-air yoga, it rules.”

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PSA: Quitting iPhone apps actually kills battery life

The enemy.

The enemy.

Sorry to shatter the illusion. My life, too, now feels like a lie. But, according to a Lifehacker article published yesterday, swiping away Tinder (or any app) when you’re not using it actually doesn’t save battery. In fact, it can hurt your battery life.

As Lifehacker explains, by closing apps, you are taking the app out of the phone’s RAM. For all the non-CS concentrators (myself included), that means that when you open the same app again, your phone is actually using more battery than if you were to just leave it open the entire time. Plus, iOS closes apps automatically when it needs more memory.

But, as Blog gnome overlord tech aficionado Joe Stein ’16 pointed out, if you are opening enough apps that your phone has to place open apps into “cold storage,” quitting apps ahead of time allows new apps to open slightly faster. So, your life is only a half lie (if you use more apps than just Tinder).

This is a great lesson not only in phone maintenance but in “don’t listen to that shmuck who thinks he knows a lot about tech but is actually talking out of his ass.”

For more tips on how to enhance your iPhone’s battery life, check out “The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain.”

PSA: Drop everything. The courses are coming!

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.46.07 AMQuick! Stop doing work and start procrastinating by planning the work you (won’t) do in the future! That’s right: courses for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 are now available on Banner. Start making that hypothetical schedule that you will inevitably deviate from in the trauma of the coming pre-registration and shopping period. Go here ASAP (unless you’re a senior, in which case you should probably just work on filling out this bucket list), and take a midterm break. Fall will be here before you know it, if Winter ever goes away.