As we bid adieu to 2015, we can’t help but reflect on what has happened this year on campus. We have said goodbye to Abyssinia, examined the history of Thayer street, and we have even provided some solid recommendations for how Brown can thrive in the 21st century. We helped you write a resume and gave you a crash-course on female anatomy.
Our video team dramatically read Spring Weekend lyrics, interviewed our favorite Uncle Teddy, gave your Ratty life-hacks, and continued to produce our Brunonia series.
But perhaps most importantly, over the past year, important conversations transpired regarding systemic issues impacting our campus and beyond. We’ve seen students participate in #MoneyTalksatBrown protests. We’ve seen massive student support for the University to change Fall Weekened to Indigenous People’s Day. We’ve seen Brown students gather to stand in solidarity with the larger #BlackLivesMatter movement and attended a teach-in organized by Brown graduate students of color, who later proposed a list of demands to the University. And after a student reported assault by a DPS officer at the Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown, we saw an overwhelming community response.
We certainly expect the upcoming year to have just as much in store as 2015 and we’re honored to continue serving up your campus news and happenings in 2016. Here’s to a full month of messing up the date and writing 2015 instead of 2016!
Without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2015:
10. Does money talk @ Brown?
“A Gawker exposé published Tuesday [April 21st] quoted leaked emails with offers of preferential admissions treatment from Brown administrators, including President Christina Paxson, for the children of potential donors. The story has drawn rapid response from both administrators, who claim the messages were cherry-picked and taken out of context, and student protesters from the #MoneyTalksAtBrown movement, who argue that they further validate the group’s concerns about undue financial influence on university policy.”
9. Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker
We had the honor of working with Brown Lecture Board to announce the potential Lecture Board speaker candidates and administer the Lecture Board poll to the student body. Lecture Board will announce the Spring speaker next semester!
Do you want to put your foot through the computer every time you’re forced to use 25Live? Does sifting through Critical Review turn your brain into Silly Putty because the colors remind you of Silly Putty? Does seeing the Ratty Menu immediately squelch your appetite, not because of the food, but because of the ugly layout?
You’re in luck: this semester, students from CSCI1300: User Interfaces, taught by Professor Jeff Huang, honed their prowess in user experience design for their final project presentations, redesigning well-known Brown University interfaces.
[Note: Comments are not actually from Christina Paxson, Barack Obama, or any of the mentioned names below.]
The best place to start fixing is to fix the place that takes suggestions about what should be fixed! When you’re done repeating that sentence 20 times in a row, see below for a revamped version of wtf*brown, designed by Joe Engelman ‘17, Nate Parrott ‘17.5, and Erica Oh ‘18. This team created a mobile version of wtf*brown so that when the unappeasable thirst to fix something hits you, you can enter it into the application immediately.
To make wtf*Brown more interactive, the designers also devised a system encouraging students to up-vote a fix that they support by writing the issue on a Post-it and sticking it to the problem area. In theory, other students who agree with it can take a photo of the sticker to vote.
There are plenty of reasons to be stressed at the end of a semester and BlogDH is here to help.
Do you have two essays due on the same day? Ask for an extension. Boom.
Not sure what you’re taking next semester? We’ve practically filled your cart for you both at Brown and RISD. Boom.
Ran out of meal credits OR have way too many meal credits? Give and get them here! BOOM!
Use this Facebook event to connect with people who need or have too many meal credits! + you’ll get to meet some great new people at Brown along the way.
For the seniors who are (way too) rapidly approaching graduation, reality occasionally hits and crisis undoubtedly ensues. Have I done enough here at Brown??? I thought I was supposed to be smart by now. Where even is Orwig? I think I forgot to change the world. Oh my god have I missed out on ~*the #socollege experience*~?
And by “spring” and “daffodils” we mean “your last semester” and “graduation.”
But all of this panic can be used in a positive way! Most seniors (and college students in general) know that panic is a great source of energy! So let’s shovel some panic into the motivation-fire and get this engine going so we can chug through this bucket list. We at Blog have already created the ultimate Senior bucket list, but it’s now time to take each challenge to the next level.
(*Note: being a senior is not a necessary part of accomplishing these things. You just have to have that ~senior mindset~.)
This is you shoveling panic.
At the end of my sophomore year, I found myself sobbing into a cup of pudding at the Ratty.
Of course, by then, I had cried plenty of times. But this was the first time in college I’d ugly cried in public. I didn’t have the privacy of my room, or the drunken mutual understanding of a Keeney stairwell on a Saturday night: I was sitting immediately next to the apples and bananas, and I was crying. Audibly. Anyone trying to refill their coffee would have definitely heard my stifled sobs. They maybe would have even noticed the tears streaming down my face, splashing into vanilla custard.
This send-off isn’t about defining success or embracing uncertainty or taking active control of your happiness. Many bloggers have written about these topics—far better than I could. This send-off is about the low points of college.
Graduation is all too often a time when smiling is mandatory, and nostalgia overshadows reflection. The story of the past few years isn’t so neat, though. Success was not always inevitable, or expected. Not every pain became a teachable moment.
I want to talk about the low points, though, because they taught me that it’s okay to ask for help. As I was sitting in the Ratty, all I could worry about at the time was all the different ways I had already failed. I didn’t know what I was doing that summer, or where I was living. Switching majors was a terrible idea, and I’d never catch up to everyone else. My classes were tanking, and I was so behind in lecture that I didn’t even know how to be wrong anymore.
Everyone’s been there: you’re painfully, paralyzingly hung over, and you NEED to get to the Ratty for some TLC/CT Crunch. Your laptop is an insurmountable 6 feet way on your desk, but you simply must know what’s at the Ratty. It’s a very specific, yet, for many Brown students, shockingly common crisis.
Enter the Ratty App, the creation of Nate Parrott ‘17.5. Now, iPhone users (sorry, Android et al. owners) can check what’s cooking at the school’s biggest dining hall on a very aesthetically pleasing interface. In addition, you can add the menu to your phone’s Notification Center to check whether or not they’re serving grilled cheese (Ed. – probably.) with a simple downward swipe of a finger.
Even the most hung over Brunonian can figure that one out. That is, unless your phone is dead, in which case God help you and your poor soul.