A guide to voting at Brown

Tryna have your voice heard in the Rhode Island elections this year, but are far too lazy to seek out any of the information needed to do so? Look no further. Here are a few things you might want to know about voting in Rhode Island this fall.

1. Rhode Island Primary Elections are this Tuesday, September 9th. That means that if you were eligible to vote in Rhode Island on or before August 9th, 2014, and are registered as either a Republican or Democrat, you are able to vote in the primary. If you are not registered as a member of either party, but are still registered to vote in Rhode Island, you are able to show up to your voting station and affiliate yourself with either party, and you will able to vote (Beware: you will then be affiliated with whatever party you choose on primary day).

 

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I’m Turbo and I ruv Democracy! RUFF!

2. Voter Registration. Thanks to UCS, we now have access to TurboVote, an awesome online App that hooks you up with all of the info that you’ll need to register in Rhode Island or to request an absentee ballot if you’re registered to vote elsewhere. To vote in Rhode Island on Election Day this year, you’ll have to register on TurboVote by October 5th. If you already are registered to vote in Rhode Island, or in any other state,  you can also sign up to use TurboVote and receive text message and email reminders to vote from the state in which you are registered. TurboVote will also send you reminders about absentee ballot deadlines for your voting state. Also, that puppy though.

3. Voting Locations. If your registered address is 69 Brown Street, you can vote at Salomon Hall on September 9th and November 4th. If you’re registered at an off-campus address, or accidentally put your address down elsewhere in Rhode Island, check here to see where you should go and vote.

Happy voting, ya’ll!

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Introducing: Poncho, the Northeast’s sassiest weather service, to Providence

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As of yesterday morning, the previously boutique NYC weather service Poncho has expanded to Lil’ Rhody.

Q: What is Poncho?

A: A simplified weather service customized to your daily morning routine, Poncho delivers only the hard facts via e-mail or text message every morning, complete with a sassy pop culture reference and a GIF to match. Poncho aims to prepare you for your day with the simplest impression of the forecast, rather than burdening you with a bevy of indecipherable statistics.

Take notes, incoming freshmen: Blog gets weak at the knees for all things Mean Girls.

Poncho has an endearing mascot to boot: phe is a domestic animal of ambiguous genus and species wearing a “poncho” that looks oddly similar to an American Apparel hoodie.

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Register for Providence-centric Poncho here and you’ll never have to worry about a (weather-inflicted) bad hair day again.  We’ll still have to live vicariously through New York to bookend our days with weather services, because it doesn’t look like anyone will be waxing poetic and scribing Providence weather reviews any time soon.

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Clay Pell’s YouTube ads are everywhere

I was sitting down last Tuesday with a bowl of popcorn, geared up to watch Beyonce and Jay Z’s grammy performance for the umpteenth time, when one of those annoying YouTube ads popped up. It was a five seconder. Not bad, I thought. Except then a sad-looking man filled the screen while acoustic guitar played in the background.

“Hi. I’m Clay Pell. I am announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor of Rhode Island…”

I quickly clicked SKIP AD. But as I continued to surf YouTube, I found I couldn’t escape it.  Nobody in the state of Rhode Island can. It appeared before every music video and movie trailer I attempted to watch. I started to have nightmares about it.

“Hola. Soy Clay Pell. Hoy, anuncio mi candidatura para la nominación…” AHHH. IT’S EVEN IN SPANISH.

I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what bothered me about the ad, and then I realized: Pell had the same expression and voice typically reserved for anti-depressant and laxative ads. Between the James Blunt-esque music and Pell’s puppy dog eyes, he could just as easily have said: “Hi. I’m Clay Pell. I’m here today to talk about your inflamed colon. I want to let you know — I’m here to help.”

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Rhode Island once again has a Christmas tree

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‘Tis the season for overly dramatic and arboreal scuffles.

In response to last year’s flak regarding renaming the 17-foot evergreen in the State House a “Holiday Tree,” Rhode Island’s Governor Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 has restored the Christmas tree title in a statement issued on Monday.

Rhode Island of all places is a peculiar site for a debate over public religious tokens, considering the Rhode Island Charter of 1663 was the first legal document in the world that completely decoupled church and state in favor of toleration, according to historian J. Stanley Lemons.

However, unsurprisingly, much of the hubbub last year surrounding the name “Holiday Tree” came from none other than Papa Bear Bill O’Reilly. In classic Factor fashion, he sent Jesse Watters up to Providence to ask Brown students for their take on the issue. Watters aired a segment portraying Brown students as the only population in the state that preferred the holiday tree over a Christmas tree, saying that all people he spoke to in Providence preferred the traditional name “except if you go to Brown University.” Continue Reading


Brian Griffin, former Brown student and loving family dog, dies at 8

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Brian Griffin, former Brown student and loving dog of the Griffin Family, was struck by a car while playing roller hockey and died in Quahog, Rhode Island on Sunday, November 24. He was 8 years old.

Brian was picked up as a stray by his owner, Peter Griffin. Brian was brought into the family of Peter, Lois, Chris, Meg, and Stewie. He loved his family deeply—he was known to spend lots of time with baby Stewie, and also was known to have been madly in love with Peter’s wife, Lois. His relationships with the Griffin’s neighbors were cordial, for the most part; the exception was his relationship with Glenn Quagmire, which was particularly tense. This was due to each individual’s fixation with Lois Griffin.

His admiration of Lois wasn’t exceptional—he was generally affectionate toward human women. Sadly, he was unable to maintain his various relationships, due in part to poor relationship advice from Stewie (remember: Stewie is an evil talking baby). The most notable case was his (ex-)girlfriend Jillian. The two moved in together, but things got rocky thereafter, largely due to Brian’s inability to handle her complete idiocy. He died a single man.

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BruNews Weekly Round-up: September 29

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Rhode Island killing it: The University of Alabama has released a map revealing the statistically worst things about every state. Rhode Island came in first for the highest rate of illicit drug use, with around 12.5 percent of the population using. Just another fact to add to one of the strangest states in the country. Check out your home state’s fact at Policy Mic.

Too cool to miss: Scientists at Harvard and MIT have successfully created “photonic molecules,” a phenomenon that occurs when photons bind together into a solid state. The coolest part: these molecules could potentially be used to make light sabers. Light sabers. Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin stated “It’s not an in-apt analogy to compare this to light sabers. When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.” Maybe they’ll use real light sabers for Star War VII. Just maybe (International Business Times). Continue Reading