Pollerbears: What is the quietest space on campus?

Even the freshmen must have figured this out by now: Brown students create quiet study spaces where there are no laws mandating silence, and talk and chew food where signs tell us to do otherwise. As rule-breakers and trendsetters, we don’t care that the Rock’s “Absolute Quiet Room” has a sign prohibiting laptop use or that the Leung Gallery was actually meant to be an upper Blue Room social space. We talk or don’t talk as we please! We type where we want. Except for the Hay; everyone respects the Hay.

Rules no one ever has followed

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Particularly laughable is the SciLi’s attempt to tell us what decibel level to speak at in specific areas. I have no idea how many decibels normal speaking voice or whispering is, but I do know that the 00 decibel space is definitely supposed to be quieter than the 75 decibel space. This never happens.

So, we at BlogDH are here to poll the student body on what actually is the quietest space on campus. Silence etiquette is definitely important — it’s basic manners — albeit hard to figure out.

Happy midterms season!

What's the most quiet of Brown's quiet spaces?

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

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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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PollerBears: Should we be allowed to breathe heavily in the Leung Gallery?

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Things have come to a head in that large space above the Blue Room. We’ve heard stories of students getting death stares for chomping on some carrots and stern shushing for zipping up a jacket. It’s clear that right now the Leung Family Gallery is a “quiet zone,” like those in the Rock and Scili. But how many hyper-silent spaces do we need on campus? It seems that silence has already taken over the upstairs space of Andrews Commons. We at BlogDailyHerald believe the student body should have power over the decibel level of the Leung Gallery (unlike, say, in the Scili basement).

On one side, we have those that argue that there are plenty of other quiet spaces on campus (AQR, 4th floor of the Scili). What the University really needs, they insist, is more recreational spaces to just hang out in. And besides, enforcing the silence of the Leung Gallery is turning us into just the worst kinds of study buddies.

On the other side are those who would keep the chit-chat to the Blue Room below. It’s not like Faunce doesn’t have plenty of other places in which chill and eat those carrots.

I know we often take a joking tone to our polls, but we’re taking this one seriously. If a solid majority of students vote for it on this poll, BlogDailyHerald will launch an all-out campaign to transform the Leung Gallery into a space in which basic conversation is allowed. If you vote to keep the Leung Gallery silent in the poll, we will accept the room’s current state. Now, let your voices be heard!

Do you think the Leung Gallery should be a silent space?

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