If you never quite filled the void in your heart and stomach left by beloved Spats (RIP), you’re not alone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Simpson ’14 always wanted to know what was happening around Brown’s campus but never felt satisfied with the resources available. “Morning Mail was really hard to read through and took a lot of time,” says Peter. “I wanted a Morning Mail that really had the stuff I cared about. I wanted to know about archeology, computer science, and entrepreneurship.” So he came up with the idea for a website and mobile application that informs students about what’s going on around campus in a more effective way, and he found his software engineer and partner in Joe Stein ’16.
Peter describes Ventfull as a “tailored Morning Mail” that makes everything easier for students. Unlike Brown’s nightly email, where one has to jump through a couple of hoops to create a post, anyone can submit an event to be included in Ventfull. These events are categorized into six groups (social, organization, performance, sports, academic, and free food), which are also then subcategorized. New users are asked about their interests when they sign in for the first time, and then an email is sent to them with only relevant information about what’s going on at Brown. Even more, Ventfull gives its users the freedom to choose how often this email is sent out, whether it’s every single day or maybe twice a week. Ventfull allows for a great deal of social engagement, as events can be exported to both Facebook and Google Calendar. There is also a voting system like on Reddit, where posts are ranked higher when they receive a greater number of approving votes.