Although it feels somewhat unclear if winter is actually coming (see: 70-degree highs a week and a half ago), it is already November. Midterms are sort of starting to wrap up, but the f-word (f*nals) is starting to work its way into on-campus dialogue, and seminar papers are no longer the stuff of myths. Ugh.
In other words, whether we like it or not, it’s that time of the semester where work becomes a thing that’s real. So, in honor of the impending misery that is actually being productive, here’s a quick guide to which study spots on and around campus are hot and which ones are not. Literally.
HOT: J. Walter Wilson. For some odd reason, JWW is consistently just slightly warmer than one would expect. I really don’t know how I feel about it.
NOT: The Rock, Main Reading Room. I wouldn’t necessarily call it cold, but the main area of the Rock is definitely not hot. Actually, it’s quite pleasant.
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.
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!
Guys! The Rock is going to be open 24 hours now! Morning Mail says so! I’m not sure how to process this information aside from my feeling that this will in some sense have a revolutionary impact on how I construct my late-night schedule. Is the Rock not the library you work at when you want to self-impose a 2 a.m. deadline anymore? Should I measure out the length of time it takes to get from the Rock to Jo’s exactly, so that I can arrive at the latter at exactly 1:57 a.m. and back at the former soon after? What does dawn look like through the AQR windows that look out on Providence?!?!!?
Oh man. This is nuts. The exact details, by the by, are that the Rock will now be open 24 hours Sunday through Friday–as the Sciences Library already is–with the circulation desk still closing at 2 a.m. every day. Plus, even crazier, the Rock will not close at all between the start of Reading Period (which for some reason they say begins Sunday, April 19th) until the end of Finals. For more info, see today’s Morning Mail or peep this link.
As you’re probably well-aware, finals season is in full swing. It’s time for the University’s study resources to shine, so in honor of the many long hours we’re all spending in libraries, here are BlogDH’s official Fall 2014 Cubicle Superlatives! (This is definitely a thing that is real.)
Most beautiful: Main Reading Room, the Rock. Brand-new to the University, the Rock’s main reading room features several cubicles that can only be described as undeniably sexy. Just look at those partitions. And the chairs are so ergonomic…swoon.
Most artistic: RISD Library. I mean, the RISD library is literally an art school library. It doesn’t get much more artistic than that.
Cutest couple: SciLi, 13th floor. Look at that configuration–they’re truly lovers intertwined. So adorable.
Life sucks right now. We all have to write eleventy million pages by the end of next week and/or memorize everything our professors ever said. Plus, winter finally started, so we’re also all freezing. We could talk about everything we have to do in these next two weeks forever (and in fact, this is what I spend my days doing: running around listing everything I have to do to my friends, on scraps of paper, in my mind, etc). But instead, let’s try and think of something to be positive about. BlogDH wants to know: what’s good/okay/not totally awful in your life right now?