Pangea.app: How to Win Long-Lasting Life Connections and Influence People

Pangea.app provides college students with a freelance market for their future.

When one hears “Pangea,” the hundreds-of-millions-years-old supercontinent is usually what comes to mind. But now, there’s a new Pangea in Providence — and instead of connecting land masses, it’s an app connecting students with their community.

Pangea.app was an idea conceived three years ago as a marketplace specifically designed to give students the opportunity to use their skillsets by offering freelance services and fulfilling requests by other students and members of the greater Providence community. After a beta version launched last October, a team of ten students from Brown, RISD, and Johnson & Wales came together to redevelop, rebuild, and rebrand the app, culminating in a relaunch this September with the new and improved Pangea.app.

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Growlers will make your stomach growl

If you never quite filled the void in your heart and stomach left by beloved Spats (RIP), you’re not alone.

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SPONSORED: Why you should become one of the 267 in 257 Thayer

After walking up Thayer Street dozens of times a day, Brown students have become accustomed to passing the 257 Thayer construction site without a second thought. However, now that the complex is ready for leasing, 257 Thayer is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This year’s batch of 267 residents will be the first to experience its prime location, all-inclusive amenities, and fun, community-building activities.

One of the features of 257 Thayer that sets it apart from other apartments in Providence is that 257 Thayer is all-inclusive. Renting one of the complex’s single, double, or three-person apartments comes with utilities, furniture, cable TV, Wi-Fi, heating and air conditioning, and access to the complex’s state-of-the-art gym. Everything a student may need in their apartment is provided and included in the monthly rent. No extra purchases necessary.

Heather Rojas, manager of 257 Thayer, says, “We specialize in student housing. We understand what student needs are and try to meet them. We have a maintenance and service team on site and available for residents at anytime.” If student-residents have issues, 257 managers will talk to students about the problem rather than immediately implementing lease repercussions. “We like to do business family style,” Rojas says.

In keeping with Brown University’s commitment to environmentalism, 257 Thayer is Silver LEED certified, meaning the complex reduces its energy by 30% compared to other buildings of its size. 257 Thayer’s other eco-friendly features include solar panels on the roof, insulation that saves energy, electric car charging stations, and a commitment to decreasing carbon emissions through biking.

Located in the basement level of 257 Thayer are numerous bike racks, encouraging students to choose eco-friendly transportation and make use of Providence’s new bike path that will connect East Bay and College Hill. Moreover, 257 will host a bicycle benefit, during which residents can bring their bike helmets to the 257 Thayer office and receive a helmet sticker that allows them to get discounts at places such as Spectrum India, NOW Yoga, and many more local businesses.

Perhaps the most unique feature of 257 Thayer is its emphasis on community. Rojas says, “We will have events with various merchants on Thayer and will bring in local artists and musicians as well. We want to help bring Thayer Street back to what it used to be.” 257 Thayer’s commitment to community interaction can already be seen in the parklet outside the Brown University Bookstore, built by 257 Thayer for the spring, summer, and fall months.

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SPONSORED: We have a new Geoff’s sandwich!

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The newly created “Brunonian” sandwich at Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches is finally here! BlogDH asked you for your suggestions,  and after narrowing it down to a poll of five, one sandwich was victorious. After 581 votes cast, our winner took 34% of the votes and beat its closest competitor 195 to 144.

We would like to congratulate Herald Senior Editor Maddie Berg ’15 for the creation of the “Brunonian” sandwich! This sandwich contains hot turkey, apple, cheddar, and honey mustard on a buttered, toasted superlative roll. Berg credits her win to her favorite ingredient. “It’s all about the apple—crisp, refreshing, and the perfect tang,” said Berg.

BlogDH would like to thank Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches for giving us the opportunity to make this sandwich. It is truly an honor to have  a created sandwich for Brunonians that is now on the famous chalkboard menu. Head to Geoff’s to taste this new creation.

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SPONSORED: Brown University, An Architectural Tour

Brown University: An Architectural Tour (The Campus Guide) is a new and noteworthy book about the history of our campus. The Brown University Library and its Library Advisory Council are holding a book talk on Friday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the first floor presentation space of Rhode Island Hall on the Main Green. The talk will feature the author, Raymond P. Rhinehart ’62, and the photographer, Walter Smalling, Jr. They will discuss the process of collecting the images and the stories behind the buildings, as well as the vast array of architectural styles on Brown’s campus.

The book is divided into nine campus walks that bring together the images of the buildings with information about their history and architectural significance. President Christina Paxson wrote the foreword for the book, while Professor of the History of Art and Architecture Dietrich Neumann provides the introduction. The guide was not purposely made in conjunction with Brown’s 250th Anniversary, but the Brown Alumni Association, which generated the idea for the book, considers it a gift to the University in this special year.

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PollerBears: What do you want the Brunonian sandwich to look like?

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After weeks of deliberation and many truly tasty-sounding suggestions (and one that included bald eagle meat… weird), we are proud to bring to you the finalists for the new Brunonian sandwich at Geoff’s. What will its ingredients be? It’s up to you.

What do you want the Brunonian sandwich to look like?

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