Brown has been here for a really long time. And so has Great Uncle Teddy.
Join BlogDH and Theodore F. Low, known to us as Uncle Teddy—a Providence native, Moses Brown graduate, and member of the Brown University class of 1949—as we embark on a new storytelling series. Uncle Teddy’s oral histories recollect his time at Brown as a child, student, and parent over the last 87 years.
In the first episode, Uncle Teddy tells us about his background:
In episode two, Uncle Teddy tells a story about a WBRU romance:
On November 21st, 1987, Hunter S. Thompson, the journalist and famed author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diaries, and many more, came to Brown to participate in an academic debate with G. Gordon Liddy, moderated by none other than the legendary Dean Barrett Hazeltine. Liddy, a lawyer who, among other things, directed and organized the burglary of the Democratic National Committee in 1972—a scandal that would infamously come to be known simply as “Watergate”—stood in stark contrast to the staunch liberal and psychedelically inspired writer.
The event was made possible, in part, by a student named Dan McCormack ’90, who met Thompson in his Colorado home that summer and suggested the idea. After some consideration and administrative scheduling, dates and times were set, flights were booked, and tickets were sold all leading up to a highly anticipated campus event. However, on the day of, those times were pushed back, the flights were missed and not tickets, but rather drugs—lots of drugs—were sold to and consequently consumed by the esteemed author. The Brown Daily Herald reported on the event in all of its glory, and to its credit, documented everything it could have possibly known. Looking back some 28 years later, details of the Thompson-Liddy debate were overlooked, missed and risk being forever forgotten and unheard. Thanks to an unnamed source—call him our “Deep Throat“—the full story can now be unveiled.
Today, students and alumni alike will make the seemingly transcontinental trek up Elmgrove Avenue — clearly a made up place — to watch our beloved Brown Bears take on the Harvard Winklevi in a rousing match of hand-egg (see below and take note).
At the tailgates, middle-aged men (and women! and phes!), sipping on their b-o-u-r-b-o-n, will be far drunker than is socially acceptable, and undergrads will leave behind an aluminum mess to rival that of the People’s Climate March. At game time, however, they will all pile into what is probably only the second biggest pure concrete structure on campus to watch some good ole’ fashioned American Football.
But what about that large-ish — seriously, the Scili puts everything in perspective — concrete structure we’re standing in during our beat-down of the Excellent Sheep from Cambridge? Brown Stadium, which no alum has paid to name after him/herself (yet), has an impressive history to it.
According to Encyclopedia Brunoniana, the stadium opened in its current location in 1925 and can actually fit up to 27,646 people. We were so excited about our new digs that in the stadium’s opening year, we decided everyone would have to come to us to play. We’re not lazy; we promise!
Go to the football game this weekend: a simple, yet surprisingly complex demand within the context of Brunonia. Though the air is becoming a bit more crisp and the work is beginning to pick up, we need to carry on the tradition of old and support the worthy purveyors of our athletic program (yes, we have one). The upcoming Fall Celebration for the University’s 250th Anniversary provides the perfect opportunity to make the “arduous” trek up to Brown Stadium to watch your Bears compete against the most feared hue in all the land: The Crimson. Though we understand that you may not know the rules of the game or even question why that yellow line from the TV isn’t on the field, attending the game is above all a way of channeling that often diffuse sense of school spirit. Instead of providing a general reason why you should go, it seems more appropriate to issue this “call to action” on a class-by-class basis:
It’s your first year on campus. There is absolutely no excuse for not attending this game–as long as you aren’t expecting a tailgate reminiscent of a Big Ten school or the pomp and circumstance of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide). The Brown-Harvard game is a wonderful way to build relationships with your peers, make a few memories, and if you are lucky, make it into that one Brown Athletics body-paint pic from the night (you know the one). Also, the game serves as a wonderful opportunity to show your friends that you, too, are having a great time in college (5-10 Facebook tags guaranteed).
Celebrating Orientation in all of its confused and awkward glory, the first episode of Brunonia, our spin-off of Carrie Brownstein’s and Fred Armisen’s Portlandia, is a must watch. Remember Freshmen Orientation? Remember being confused 99.99% of the time? So do we.
Though I am a bit hesitant to write this post (obviously due to the thousands of Brown students who will undoubtedly read it), there is a study space that must be taken advantage of during this stressful finals season. While the Rock and SciLi capture the traditional tension in one’s finals week hell study habits, there is a beacon of hope that is situated a mere ten-minute walk away. That my friends, is RISD’s Fleet Library. Though most of you are not affiliated or even familiar with our art-oriented sibling down the hill, your Brown ID is your ticket into the vaulted paradise that is Fleet Library.
Unlike the dreary setting of the Rock or the far too sociable environment of the Sci-Li, Fleet Library is absolutely stunning and provides the ordinary Brown student with the vision of what a Brown library could be (unfortunately you will have to keep dreaming). Located at 15 Westminster Street (or 15 West as the RISD kids call it) in downtown Providence, Fleet occupies a space that was once the Rhode Island Trust bank and boy, did the school truly do wonders in converting it. Beyond its ornately decorated ceiling, imposing chandelier clock, and grandiose Corinthian columns (shout-out to Architecture Professor Anthony Vidler and History Professor Kenneth Sacks), Fleet Library is truly modern and modular in character. The beautiful space provides students with unique study nooks and an elevated plateau chockfull-o-tables that holds an inspiring view of the entirety of the library.
Sick of the Rock food cart and its disappointing assortment of Clif Bars? Luckily for you, just outside of Fleet Library is Portfolio Café, which serves a variety of cuisine, but more importantly, has a soda fountain machine with RC Cola (a must try). The café provides a pleasant study break and allows one to refuel while chipping at that 20 pager. It also holds shelves of Pocky. Shelves.
Fleet Library adds a much-needed dynamic to your finals’ preparation plans, and is a valuable resource for all Brown students. While Fleet may not have the textbook for your upcoming Orgo exam, it does offer a pleasant environment for studying and a nice change of pace from the infamous Rock-SciLi duo. I hope you make use of Fleet in the next week and a half…just maybe not ALL of you. Ra Ra Brunonia! RISD!
The Fleet Library at RISD is open from 8:30am-11pm Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-8pm Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 12pm-11pm on Sunday.
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